This week’s episode of “Heroes was entitled “The Art of Deception” and we all learned a big lesson in betrayal thanks Carnival control freak, Samuel. He proved how much of a manipulative scumbag he really is by lying to his entire “family,” in order to regain their trust. It makes absolutely no sense, but that was his plan and plenty of people loss their lives because of it. Once again we were forced to watch Claire embed herself into everyone else’s storyline, and we continued to endure Sylar and his lost puppy dog act. What happened to the good old days when he was a legitimate bad guy?

The Players:

  • Director: S.J. Clarkson
  • Writer/Creator: Mark Verheiden, Misha Green, Tim Kring
  • Actors: Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, Robert Knepper, Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Greg Grunberg, Robert Knepper, Lisa Lackey, Deanna Bray, Dawn Olivieri, Elisabeth Rohm, Madeline Zima, Ray Park

The Shows Plot:

“Heroes” follows a group of regular people who discover that they have special abilities that separate them from everyone else in the world. Some choose to hide their gifts, others try to use them for evil, and a rare few choose to use their powers for a greater good.

Title of this Week’s Episode: “The Art of Deception” Season 4: Episode 17

Noah (Coleman) plans to take down the Carnival with the help of his partner and love interest, Lauren (Rohm), while Sylar (Quinto) looks to Parkman (Grunberg) for answers, unaware that Matt has a plan of his own. Meanwhile, Peter (Ventimiglia) sets out to save Emma (Bray) from a deadly future, that he believes only Sylar can protect her from.

The Good:

  • Gretchen: She was the voice of reason in this week’s episode. She finally called Claire out on her whole, ” I want a normal life” speech she’s been spouting since season one. When Claire asked her what she should do about the Samuel situation, Gretchen replied with, “I don’t know, you’ve got a humanities lecture in 20 minutes. Here’s a crazy idea, maybe you should go to class for once.” Thank you Gretchen!
  • Samuel: This guy is a lot more manipulative than I thought. He killed even more of his family members just to gain power over the majority. His lust for control knows no bounds.

The Bad:

  • Sylar’s Lack of Direction: One season he’s good, the next he’s bad, and in this one he’s just confused. I’m convinced that the writers no longer know what to do with Sylar because he’s walking around like an emotional basket case. He works best when he’s pointed in one direction.
  • Claire: This character has become the thorn in this show’s side. She always complains about her unconventional life, yet always puts herself in the middle of everyone’s drama. She made it her business to go to the Carnival to interfere with Noah’s plan. Who made her the negotiator? Does she always have to be the center of attention?
  • Noah and Lauren: The flirtatious banter between these two felt weird and coerced. I barely remember when Noah and Claire’s mom divorced/separated so this recent fling has taken me for a loop.
  • Parkman’s Brick wall: How many times have we seen bodies being buried in walls? Who does that? I’m all for Parkman getting some revenge on Sylar for the hell he put him through, but why would you bury him in your own home? You’d think he’d want him far, far away.
  • Tracy’s Back: We just can’t shake the presence of Ali Larter on this show, even though she’s already played 3 characters, whom we all believed were dead at one time or another.


This week’s episode was nowhere near as boring or unnecessary as last week’s, which centered on Hiro’s internal drama. We really got to see what type of extremes Samuel is willing to go to in order to have absolute control of those around him. It looks like the writers are setting us up for a Sylar vs Samuel and the Carnival showdown in the future, which I can totally get down with if he still has access to his powers. Hasn’t Sylar been in a huge fight at the end of every season since the show began? I don’t see them straying from that formula.

Rating: 6.5/10

Show Airs: Mondays at 9pm on NBC


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What did you think of this week’s episode? What’s going to happen with Sylar? What happened to Peter?