The Story: Claire decides whether to help the Puppetmaster and takes over Alex’s job at the comic store. Nathan and Danko continue to butt heads with Noah caught in the middle but Danko plays the last card he has, trying to find out Nathan’s ability. Sylar finally meets his dad and the two engage in a fight to the death.
Pros: This episode truly felt like season one material and is probably my favorite of the season. There were so many things that just felt right about this episode and kept me riveted the entire time, really surprising. Claire grew on me this week with her return to “normal” life and getting the job at the comic store. Some laugh out loud moments came from those scenes, the boys trailing her and everything. It was highly reminiscent of her old cheerleading days and I loved it. Hats off to David H. Lawrence as the Puppetmaster (I know his character has a name but he’s more identifiable by his ability) who I adored. He had such an innocence and sadness to his character, he’s the best introduced character I’ve seen and hopefully he’ll pop up in future episodes. Nathan also swayed me this week, more so at the end with Claire. His scenes with Danko were great and I love how there’s finally a power switch which should have some surprising results. Now that Danko knows about Nathan’s powers it should be a free for all in the coming episodes. I also loved the end of Sylar’s arc with his dad; the ending was perfect and well executed. In terms of smaller scenes, Tracy’s comment about Nathan’s bedroom skills made me laugh for half the episode and we finally get to find out about Matt’s child! That was a sore subject for me with last season and how Matt’s wife was just absent so kudos to the writers for finally re-introducing Parkman’s wife and baby.
Cons: Thank goodness Sylar and his father’s arc is finished, the first half of it was so tedious and predictable. The only thing I didn’t expect was the end, but everything before was so boring. I also hated how they advertised this episode last week. It was all implied that Parkman’s bomb was the big to-do when really it was only a few minutes.
Overall: This was a truly great episode and I’m holding out hope that the rest of the season can finish like this. Just a few missteps and some bad advertising but overall a worthy episode! I also like how they mention next week’s episode is like season one, acknowledged the problem is always good. I give this episode a near perfect 4.5/5.