The writers seem to have in mind a fixed cast-list, and just seek to reposition the core characters in ever more intricately convoluted circumstances to propel their stories. All of the characters seem to have, more or less, re-shuffled eventually back into their starting positions. Where’s the character development? Once each character got past the “I have powers” moment of enlightenment, they’ve been treading water.
First: kill Sylar. His story was so done at the end of Season 1. Let him die, and move on to other villains. Adam was a promising replacement; but by no means the last imaginative challenge for our “heroes”.
Second: if we find out next week that Old Lady Pettrelli is Hiro’s mother, I’m not going to be surprised. The surprise-parentage revelation has been already well and truly done to death on your own show. I want you to stop surprising characters with shock revelations and let them actually process information and make meaningful decisions.
Third… or really more of Second: Conspiracy theories are a “tell, don’t show” kinda deal. Seriously. This “inside the belly” business is cool, if you’re going to be grown-up about it and let things change and evolve; but that’s not what you’re doing.
In general, the whole thing seems lazy. Every plot device they’ve used before they’ve just started to recycle. Future Hiro was cool, so let’s have Future Emo-boy. etc. Hey writers: stop being so lazy. And if you only have one season’s worth of plot only make one season.
The other sweeping comment I’m going to make is that they’re all about the Soap-Opera style “dramatic moment” type of conflict which is all sound and fury but has no real decision point or story nexus buried in it. Characters are always going into these long intense arguments and coming out with nothing to show for it: just using up emotional energy. Hey writers: that’s now how Shakespeare wrote and it’s how you shouldn’t write too*.
I’m going to give it one more episode, but my good faith was pretty much burned by Season 2, and Season 3 is so far not winning back my love.
* Does anyone have a copy of Thinking Inside the Box I can borrow? I am particularly proud of this sentence. 😉