In this week’s episode of “Heroes” aptly titled, “The Wall,” we got to watch two of our favorite characters (Sylar and Peter) go at it. They had to push through their differences to achieve one goal, and that was to get the hell out of Matt Parkman’s basement. Last night it felt like we were watching an episode of “Lost,” because there were a lot of flashbacks from Noah’s past courtesy of a creepy, dread locked member of Samuel’s carnival, and if Noah’s involved that unfortunately means Claire isn’t too far behind. This episode was a lot better than what we’ve seen these past few weeks, which probably has something do with the upcoming finale.

The Players:

  • Director: Allan Arkush
  • Writer/Creator: Nora Kay Foster, Adam Armus, Tim Kring
  • Actors: Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, Robert Knepper, Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Greg Grunberg, Deanna Bray, Elisabeth Rohm, Madeline Zima, Eric Roberts, Jimmy Jean Louis

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 Wall” Season 4: Episode 18

Peter (Ventimiglia) faces a major obstacle when trying to break Sylar (Quinto) out of his mental prison so he can save Emma (Bray) from future danger. At the carnival, Samuel (Knepper) reveals Noah’s (Jack Coleman) secret past to bring Claire (Panettiere) as a final attempt to bring her over to the dark side. Meanwhile, Lauren (Rohm) makes a bold move to put a stop to Samuel.

The Good:

  • Noah’s Backstory: Noah has always been one of the most cut and dry characters out of the “Heroes” bunch. We all knew he had a shady past when it came to his job, but we had no idea that he used to be young, hip, good hearted, and married to another woman?! That was a refreshing twist.
  • The Haitian: Whenever the Haitian makes an appearance it’s a pleasant surprise, because he reminds me of all the greatness that was in season one. He only pops up every once and a while, but when he does it’s a throwback to the good old days.
  • Peter and Sylar: Remember when Peter and Sylar’s tumultuous relationship was at the show’s center? As an audience, we were just waiting for these powerful beings to go head to head, and last night we got that but in reverse. They’re both shadows of their former selves, so it was interesting to see them work together while clashing at the same time. Hopefully, we’ll get to see them kick some serious ass next week.

The Bad:

  • Samuel’s Sign Language: How did he go from knowing a few gestures to full blown sign language? It seems like overnight he’s learned how to communicate with Emma without the help of lip reading. That was a bit hard to believe, but then again this is “Heroes.”
  • The X-Men Dialogue: Am I the only one that caught Samuel’s statement about bringing people to Central Park in New York City, where everyone will be forced to fear and respect people with abilities? It sounded like something straight out of Magneto’s mouth. It was kind of eerie.


This episode was quite enjoyable and actually echoed some of the awesome stories and characters we loved in the first season. The best moment came at the end, which looked like a set up for next week where Peter and Sylar will have to join forces to escape the Multiple Man rip-off from Parkman’s basement. And on another note, where is Parkman?

Rating: 8.5/10

Show Airs: Mondays at 9pm on NBC


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