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A fandom question about Sylar 
12th-Feb-2008 12:37 pm
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So. I was writing a comment on one of barhaven 's posts and I realized something that I don't recall ever discussing before (if I have discussed it and forgotten about it, or if other people have, can you point it out to me just so I'll know?).

barhaven and I both wrote alternate takes on Sylar's storyline this season, but I realized that there's one plot point that neither one of us addressed, and the show didn't either. From Sylar's P.O.V., his last memory is passing out on the concrete of Kirby Plaza after flinging Hiro through the air and laughing as Peter stood there, about to explode. Then he woke up on the beach with Candice. So as far as Sylar knows, based on the visions he painted of the future, and based on seeing Peter glowing and losing it, New York should be destroyed. Correct?

The fact that he survived wouldn't be a tip-off that New York was all right, since he has that same nuclear ability and could have inferred (or seen in his vision) that Peter's use of the ability wouldn't physically harm him. Even when Candice says that she dragged him off Kirby Plaza, he'd never seen her before, and for all he knows, she was flown in from outside the city and was wearing a radiation suit when she did it.

So when the Twins and their redshirt pick him up...why does he tell them he's going home to New York? Maybe he just had no idea what else to do and decided that if he had to live a sad pathetic powerless life, he might as well do it in the ruins of the only place he ever called home. But shouldn't he, at this point, think that New York is a smoking crater? So shouldn't he be a little surprised when no one in the car asks him why he's going back to a smoking crater?

And when Maya shows him the book and he perks up, my read of that has always been that he realized Mohinder's continuing research might help him get his powers back. But Mohinder was right there at ground zero at the moment that Sylar thinks Peter exploded. Even though Sylar was concentrated on Peter, he was on his toes enough to stop Parkman's bullets. So surely he would have noticed five people bursting out of a door near Parkman's moaning form, and he's spent enough time with Mohinder that it would be easy to identify him in that group even without superhearing.  So shouldn't Sylar think that Mohinder is dead and his research was incinerated?

I'm probably way overthinking this, especially since it took me 5 months to realize the potential inconsistency. But now that I've thought of it, I can't get my brain to stop wondering about it. 

Comments 
12th-Feb-2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
This is what I thought, too. There was enough time in between those scenes for him to ask Candice for a brief update.

why does he tell them he's going home to New York? Maybe he just had no idea what else to do and decided that if he had to live a sad pathetic powerless life, he might as well do it in the ruins of the only place he ever called home
Exactly. I really wish the story had continued along that point for awhile (ie., he didn't realize the twins had powers like five minutes later)... but that's a rant for another post.
12th-Feb-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
This is what I thought, too. There was enough time in between those scenes for him to ask Candice for a brief update.

I realized after I posted that this is really just another form of my questions about what really happened to him after the fight in Kirby Plaza. Some of them are simple: did he actually manage to drag himself into the sewer on his own? What did Mohinder and Bennet think had happened to his body, since surely they wouldn't go off without checking to make sure the guy who can cheat death was really dead? Some of them, like how he got the memory gap, are more complex. I just wish they would give us a partial answer, so I can stop thinking about it...

I really wish the story had continued along that point for awhile (ie., he didn't realize the twins had powers like five minutes later)

I know that the writers would probably say, "Look, we have a limited amount of time to fit all these story elements in." But in thinking about it...I might have had a different opinion of this road trip if the Twins HAD traveled with Sylar for an episode before he found out. Sylar had no other resources, so he would have stuck with them no matter what. And you're right, it would have been nice to actually see Sylar struggling to come to terms with being normal again. Plus, I always imagine Gabriel as having a lot of anger and frustration inside, but appearing quiet and soft-spoken to the people around him. If he'd spent a day behaving like that around Maya, he would have come across as gentle and kind and sweet, which would be a big contrast to a lot of the men she's met on this trip. And then she would have had a real reason to think he was trustworthy before she pulled out Chandra's book, so she wouldn't have seemed so darn gullible.
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