BRYAN FULLER: It became too dense and fell into certain sci-fi trappings. For instance, in the “Villains” arc, when you talk about formulas and catalysts, it takes the face off the drama. And I think the goal for everybody is to put a face back on the drama. You have to save something with a face; otherwise you don’t understand what you’re caring about. I thought the "Villains" arc started out very interestingly, and then became sort of muddy and dense and I couldn't get my hooks into the characters to understand their motivations. I also started to feel confused about what people's abilities were. One of the great things about the first season is that the metaphor for their abilities was very clear. Those metaphors seem to have gotten complicated in the past two seasons. I share that concern with everybody on the writing staff. It's not like I'm coming in and saying, "This is what you need to do to fix it!" Everybody knows what needs to be fixed and everybody is sort of rowing in that direction.Fuller also says he intends to hang around for season four. Next Monday’s episode is 3.13 and concludes the show’s appallingly lunkheaded “Villians” arc. How lunkheaded? Noah, who’s been corralling superhumans for a couple decades or so, slashes Sylar’s throat and wanders off, never suspecting for a second that Sylar might be able to heal such a deep, deep incision. Even though his daughter has been doing that trick every day for the last year or so. No need to fully decapitate Sylar, or take Sylar’s head with him, or stick Sylar’s brain in a meat grinder or dump Sylar’s whole body in vat of hydrochloric acid. No. He cut Sylar’s throat pretty deep; no way Sylar’s going to heal up once that eclipse goes away. Fuller, who wrote the first season’s best episodes before he went away to create "Pushing Daisies" for ABC, calls 3.14, 3.15 and 3.16 (the first three episodes of the “Fugitives” arc launching first thing next year) “amazing,” which some readers may take to mean that 3.17 and 3.18 are not. “[I]t gets a little dense in the middle in terms of the mythology,” notes Fuller. Find all of Ausiello’s interview with Fuller here.