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Somebody’s Dad Turns Up On Tonight’s HEROES!! Too Late??

I am – Hercules!!
The ratings for “Heroes” continue their steep slide (“How I Met Your Mother” drew a bigger rating for the first time last Monday) and I have to admit I’ve finally decided to join the multitude jumping ship. We finally meet Arthur Petrelli tonight (played by Robert Forster, who looks nothing like the Arthur Petrelli we saw in that group photo), but I cannot get excited about the debut of Nathan and Peter’s pop. Following Peter’s ludicrous showdown at FutureSylar’s house, I have zero confidence left in this series’ writers. (If Nathan’s laughable “flight” last week was any indication, NBC-Universal may no longer have enough confidence in the show to give it a reasonable effects budget. It reminded me of the hideous flying effects that attended "Superman IV" as Cannon tried to milk just a few more dollars out of that spent franchise.) From Wikipedia’s entry on “idiot plot”:
In literary and film criticism, an idiot plot is a plot which (in the words of the Turkey City Lexicon), "functions only because all the characters involved are idiots: They behave in a way that suits the author's convenience, rather than through any rational motivation of their own." Alternate formulations describe only the protagonist as being an idiot.
And, indeed, Peter, Nathan, Noah, Angela, Hiro, Claire, Sylar and other major characters all seem to have had most of their IQs slowly sapped away by the Haitian over the last two seasons. NBC says:
Armed with H.R.G.'s old files and a taser, Claire attempts to take down her first target -- Stephen Canfield (Andre Royo), a Level 5 escapee with the ability to create black holes -- unaware that others are closing in. Meanwhile, in horror, Peter flees from all the death and destruction in the future, only to grimly discover how deeply the experience has changed him. Frustrated that Adam Monroe (guest star David Anders) didn't get them closer to "the formula," Hiro takes a stab at becoming friends with Daphne (guest star Brea Grant) and new associate Knox (guest star Jaime Hector), much to Ando's dismay. Later, Suresh's urge to correct research errors puts Maya, among others, in a sticky situation. Linderman (guest star Malcolm McDowell) advises Nathan to stick by Tracy, seeing that they could accomplish great things together. In Africa, Matt sees his vision of "happily ever after" destroyed. Zachary Quinto and Cristine Rose star. Alan Blumenfeld, Ashley Crow, Jessalyn Gilsig, Brea Grant, Jamie Hector, David H. Lawrence XVII and Andre Royo guest star.
9 p.m. Monday. NBC.


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