Heroes Review: "The Fifth Stage"

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Nathan Petrelli deserved better.

The character - who had the potential throughout Heroes to be the show's most layered, complex character - was misused for seasons on end. The writers could never decide in what direction to point the politician, as they officially killed him off this week in a death NBC hyped across the Internet in order to boost ratings.

Did it do the job? Were you satisfied with the death of Nathan? You gotta at least give Adrian Pasdar credit for doing the best he could with utterly pathetic, cliche-ridden lines during his final scene, such as:

You can do anything.

Tell mom I love her.

Fight the good fight.

Read our detailed review of the episode "The Fifth Stage" and let us know if you share our disappointment in how the show gave Nathan the axe.

Don't Die!

The installment wasn't all bad, however. We dug Claire's interaction with Samuel at the carnival. This really is a girl that's been seeking acceptance her entire life and it makes sense she'd find it there.

Among the questions on our minds after the episode concluded:

  • Hiro, Ando and Mohinder are now on the run? Where did that come from?
  • We know Heroes is hard up for money, but must it shill so blatantly for Sprint?
  • If Lauren's mind, and feelings were erased, why did she flirt so openly with HRG upon first meeting him again?
  • Samuel said Claire isn't the person he's after. To whom do you think he's referring?
  • What the heck happened to Lydia being pissed at Samuel for killing Jacob? Can this show ever maintain consistent storytelling?
  • HRG is a veteran, secret agent... and keeps his files at home, in a box labeled "Primatech." Really?!?
  • Were you happy to have known about Nathan's death for weeks? Or do you wish it had been a surprise?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how loudly do you groan each time Tracy is on screen?

Leave a comment and/our sound off in our Heroes forum about these questions and more!

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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