The coming attractions say a few of our heroes will die next week. Here's what I think:
Neither Hiro nor Peter.
Maybe Nathan, coming to Peter's assistance. Nathan hasn't had much of a story this year, and seems out of place in this world.
Who else? Strictly on the basis of the storyline and characterizations, I would say Niki might not make it. Micah could be raised by his grandmother. Niki also seems without moorings, without a center of gravity, this Fall. And there would be a sad poetry of sorts in her joining D. L. - on the other hand, Ali Larter has a lot of fans (including me).
Villains? Either Adam or Sylar won't make it - but one should survive. The obvious prediction is Adam will die - because the Fall has been his story, not Sylar's. But Heroes could be pull a switch and have Sylar dead. Not likely, because a lot has been quietly invested in his character this Fall ... but, you never know...
Non-super-hero heroes? I can't see Mohinder dying - his role in the series is unique. Mr. Bennet? I assume he can't be killed now, unless someone blows his head off ... it would be a wild twist to somehow kill him, anyway ... but, not likely. (One possibility, though, is that Claire's blood is not 100% effective in repairing him.) Elle's father ... I don't like the character and would love to see him go - but that's no indication that he will go. Possibly all of the above with survive.
Pretty good, huh? I was right about Nathan and Niki (and I really will miss Ali Larter), and there was a special sad poetry indeed in her dying saving someone in a fire - echoing D. L.'s act of heroism.
And it was also Adam not Hiro who was vanquished - even though Adam yet lives to likely menace some other year.
And none of the non-heroes died.
The way Nathan died, though, was a shocker. (I suppose there is slight chance that someone will get Claire's blood to him - they're both in the same town, after all - but I don't think that's likely.) An assassination of a politician in Texas can't help but give chills. And Mrs. Petrelli on the phone - she's getting more evil by the minute.
But who was she talking to? Who pulled the trigger on Nathan?
My guess is Mr. Bennet, much as I like him. But his working for the company, again, as the only way to protect his family, would put him on a collision course with Nathan's speech. The company, after all, does not want any of this stuff public - that's been crystal clear.
I think the next volume of Heroes should be a good one. The two deaths above offset at least a little of the proliferation of new heroes - Claire's flying boyfriend, Monica, Maya, and Elle - all very enjoyable, but I think the show would be stronger with just a fewer number of heroes and storylines.
And I like the way Claire is getting tougher and Elle more human. This pairing alone, along with the respective, almost parallel fathers, makes the Spring 2008 volume appealing.
And I'll be back here, whenever it airs, with more reviews (and predictions).
Review of other Season 2 Heroes: Episode 2 ... 3
... 4 ... 7. Heroes Meets 12 Monkeys ... 9. How Immutable Are Fate and Isaac's Futures? ... 10. Penultimate for the Fall
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