No, really. Don't read any further if you're not caught up on Heroes.
My record of shows that I like being negatively impacted by outside forces continues unbroken: Heroes succumbs to my television curse by getting thrown off course by the writer's strike.
I do understand that the plot got painted into a corner by the strike, and some things happened with characters that were totally uncharacteristic for them because they had to resolve some points very quickly. Nathan was apparently originally supposed to get the virus, I've heard, rather than getting shot.
But ... Mohinder shooting Noah seemed totally out of character. And Hiro? Talking about honoring his father, and then burying Adam alive? Let me repeat that: burying Adam alive. That's so out of character for contemporary Hiro that it's jarring, and it's too abrupt a shift into future Hiro. I know they're as much as saying that Adam's coming back (fine with me - David Anders is excellent in this sort of role), but surely there was some other way. I think Masi Oka has done a very good job of letting little bits of Hiro maturing peek through, but the writing failed him in certain places. Poor Ando. They need to find more for him to do. Ditto The Haitian.
Side note: again, someone else's comment, but they said that Monroe will dig his way out into Arvin Sloane's Rambaldi cave. Hee. :) Buried alive immortal Alias cast members FTW! And then Jack Bristow, my original television daddy crush, will save the day because you do not mess with Spydaddy, but I digress.
On the subject of daddy crushes, Claire dating biodaddy's power much? I still don't like West. I know we're supposed to be all on the Likey West Train now, but I'm just not. They'd better not do their Claire/Noah trust relationship reset again. Not after this. Claire, how many times does your adoptive father have to die for you to get it? Speaking of adopted daughters, Molly is getting on my nerves. I think it's Adair Tishler's voice: she has just a slight whine in her pitch, not her fault, but I find it grating.
Assuming the strike ends sooner rather than later, I hope they'll at least resolve the Caitlin plot thread. It's fine if she's sent off quickly, I wasn't super crazy about that storyline, but just leaving her stranded in the future ... well, although Peter seems to have lost some IQ points this season, I don't think he'd just completely forget her. Speaking of the Petrellis, please don't kill off the Petrelli brother that actually, y'know, has a functioning brain and some potentially interesting plot threads with being Claire's biological dad. (Quite a lot of speculation that Noah's the one who shot Nathan - adoptive dad kills biodad? Biodad going with Claire's idea of telling the world -- showing the chip off the original block? I don't know. I just know that Nathan is the more interesting Petrelli brother, IMHO, and I'll be annoyed if they let him die after they've just resurrected him.)
Speaking of the less interesting Petrelli brother, if I am ever the evil overload of a sinister organization like The Company, I certainly will not put my incarcerated heroes in cells right next to each other, especially if there's an adjoining vent.
I'm not the first person to make this point, but as one fan said, Claire's blood A) apparently doesn't heal vision impairment and B) there's a Lenscrafters next door to Primatech Paper. :) It's okay, writers. It's part of the character's signature, and if you'd actually killed Noah the Morally Grey Daddy, I really would have quit watching.
Mama Petrelli and Bob Bishop apparently both were A+ students at the School of Bad Parenting.
On the bright side, I'm glad Alejandro is gone. Now we just have to get rid of Maya, although I assume they kept her around for some yet-to-be revealed S3 reason. They've laid the groundwork for Elle going good. Matt was my favorite character last season, and he became even more interesting in S2. His new abilities are even more ethically challenging (Maybe Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson has his power? :) ). I also really like the character of Monica Dawson. For me, she's provided a bit of the hope and gee-wowness that Hiro offered in S1. I'm liking Micah more, too. Mr. Muggles remains awesome.
"We will never speak of this again." Hee. :)
I still want Claude to come back.