Heroes Reborn Fails to Tell Us the One Thing We Want to Know

Friday, 30 October 2015 - 10:26AM
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Friday, 30 October 2015 - 10:26AM
Heroes Reborn Fails to Tell Us the One Thing We Want to Know
This week's episode of Heroes Reborn was stronger than usual, as there were familiar faces, twists, and actual emotional stakes. But the weakest part of the episode by far was the storyline that promised to tell us what happened to Claire Bennet, partially because the show couldn't get Hayden Panettiere back, but mostly because it didn't tell us what happened to her

Spoilers for Heroes Reborn, "June 13th Part One" follow!


Noah's quest to discover what happened to Claire was ultimately disappointing all around, as it was far too cheeky about including a character who was never actually shown. There were references, phone calls, an offscreen death, and a sheet-covered body, all without seeing Hayden Panettiere's face. It cut down on the emotional impact considerably, and in the case of Noah saying he "had to see her" and then never looking at her face, it was just plain awkward.



But the most annoying part by far was the writers' failure to explain Claire's death, which was supposed to be the entire point of the episode. All season, fans have been wondering along with Noah how Claire could possibly have died, considering that her powers rendered her essentially indestructible. The above promo literally says we're going to find out "what happened to the cheerleader," but we still have no idea why she died. Now we know she died of cardiac arrest while in childbirth, but no explanation is given for why her regenerative healing powers didn't work, which is by far the most pertinent information about her death.

It's almost like the writers just threw their hands up and decided that it was an intractable problem resulting from Hayden Panettiere's busy schedule, which is silly. This is the Heroes universe, after all; any number of suitably sci-fi explanations could have been given. New character Phoebe Frady has been shown to suppress the powers of Evos, so she could have been interfered with Claire's powers long enough for her to die of natural causes in childbirth. Or, they could have come up with a more convoluted explanation about the twins siphoning off Claire's powers during a difficult delivery, which would have made her death even more tragic. 

Speaking of which, Malina and Tommy are Claire's time traveling twins, which was the most interesting reveal of the night. It was also a nice, if bittersweet, harkening back to the show's golden age; "Save the cheerleader, save the world" was Heroes's mantra back when it had cohesiveness and a sense of purpose, and now they've brought that mantra full circle. They couldn't save the cheerleader this time, but by saving the cheerleader back in season one, they allowed her to grow up to have children who would save the world from this scientifically dubious solar flare apocalypse.
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