In this past episode of Heroes Reborn, the stakes are heightened with our characters as more of their fates begin to intertwine with each other. The problem is that this happens through the same repetitive and unintelligent ways.
A lot happens within the 42 minutes of “Sundae, Bloody Sundae.” Tommy finds out his true identity as Nathan via Noah and his mother. Taylor, after leaking key info on Renataus a few episodes ago, is recruited by the Hero Truthers who intend to use her as means of finding their leader, Micah. Carlos manages to infiltrate Sunstone Manor to find his nephew, with the co-operation of Captain Dearing. Unfortunately, both are captured and put through psychological torment via the powers of the manor’s director: series-veteran Matt Parkman.
Most of the tension happens during the episode’s climax. Joanne holds up the diner Emily works in, trying to squeeze out information on where to find Tommy. Caspar, who has been watching over Tommy’s exploits, tries to assist Emily but ends up getting killed in the process. It all culminates in a Mexican-standoff that also eventually includes Joanne’s ex, Luke, who has Malina in tow. With Luke’s powers and Joanne’s gun, both open fire on each other. However, tragedy is averted when Tommy intervenes through the time-manipulating powers he absorbed from Hiro. Unfortunately, after escaping the thick of it with Emily, he is captured by a now Renetaus-converted Quentin and brought to Erica in the end.
This part of my review becomes troublesome because it largely contains the same complaints I have echoed numerous times for previous episodes.
Once again, important moments are quickly glossed over and with no emotional significance. The reveal of Tommy’s true identity is quickly done off-screen, and his quick response is equivalent to saying “Huh, that’s needlessly complicated.” To the show’s credit, this is unintentionally hilarious in a metaphysical way, considering this is how I’ve personally felt about most of the show’s plot threads.
Again, said important moments are also ruined by the comical writing. Though the diner hold-up is initially legitimately tense, other characters start rapidly appearing in the most convenient ways. Also, Miko is revealed to be alive by the end of the episode. Knowing that and how Quentin’s death was also retconned previously, this possibly marks the return of a historical problem the show has in liking its characters too much.
Again, characters participate in the silliest decisions, courtesy of said sub-par writing. Why does Casper try to initially subdue Joanne in a way that is much less subtle than how he usually does so? Why does Carlos, the well-trained, disciplined army veteran, immediately compromise himself at the sight of his nephew? On a related note, why is Captain Dearing suddenly cool with helping Carlos during this episode? He was beaten to a bloody pulp just a few hours ago by this man. This is something we’ll never know now that he is dead.
Again, the special effects are still distractingly bad, although at this point it should just be accepted. Perhaps it would not be as much of a problem if the show had restraint in introducing random powers from random ancillary-Evos that only appear briefly. This includes a woman whose power is being an overhead-projector which is as silly as it sounds.
There are only a few things to like about the episode. Malina’s interactions with Luke help shed light on the inner humanity of both characters, especially with the latter. Also, the mind games that Matt plays on Carlos reveal how fragile he really is inside.
Apart from that? There’s really nothing else to say that’s not already been said before. It’s the same sourness, but a different day.