Heroes Round Table: Cold Wars

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Welcome to our 25th Heroes Round Table.

While fans of the show gather in the forums to discuss every character and storyline, our staff comes together every week to analyze the latest developments from the latest episode.

Topics in this edition include: the episode format, Mohinder and Daphne. Let's get to the Q&A...

This episode focused largely on one storyline. Do you like that format?
A. Hiro: YES! Any series with so many characters and so many threads running through it needs to slow down its pace from time to time. Just look at Lost. Its success is largely due to how intimately fans know each character, as the results of focused episodes such as this.

Milover: I loved it, but I wonder if it would work with any other character. HRG has so much depth and moral greyness to him. Could the show really pull off something like this with Ando, for example?

Timex: If you're asking if I missed another episode that tossed Hiro into some utterly useless, boring plot, the answer is no. This one was great.

Can Mohinder get any dumber?
Timex: It doesn't seem possible. He's worked with the bad guys in each of the past few volumes, and now he knew of Nathan's evil scheme, but didn't reveal it to anyone? Who gave this guy a medical degree?!?

A. Hiro: Who cares? I'm just glad his skin isn't falling off anymore. That was gross.

Milover: It is hard to fathom why Mohinder didn't at least mention to his good pal Parkman that HRG approached him in such a manner. How was your day, Mo? Oh, funny story, Noah Bennet told me we're all gonna be rounded up and held captive!

Are you glad Daphne is alive?
Milover: I'll say yes because I like Daphne a lot. But it's getting ridiculous that no character ever remains dead. Doesn't that remove all suspense and lower the show's stakes?

Timex: Of course. Parkman and Daphne are my favorite couple on the show! I'm so glad to see the former being used more this volume.

A. Hiro: Yes. I think Brea Grant is actually an underrated actress. She's always done a great job showcasing the actress' vulnerable side.

So now Washington, D.C. might blow up? Really?!?

A. Hiro: I was definitely annoyed by this development. Is the only storyline the writers can come up with the threat of a city being blown up? By one of the show's main characters, no less?

Milover: This will all make sense when the show is over. It's clear fate plays some role in the overall arc. I refuse to believe the writers are actually repeating a storyline such as this unless the idea of destiny and inevitability will mean something in a grand sense before all is said and done.

Timex: Good. We need to get rid of those lobbyists!

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This son of a bitch is thinking in Japanese!

Matt Parkman

[voiceover] In the beginning there was discovery. A confusion of elements. The first snowfall of impossible change. Old lives undone, left behind. Strange faces, made familiar. New nightmares, to challenge sleep. New friends, to feel safe with. Only then comes control. The need to impose order unto chaos, through determination through study, through struggle. All in defiance of a thundering truth. They’re here, and the earth shudders underfoot.


Heroes Music

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Song Road to Joy Bright Eyes
Song Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Song I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys