Miscellaneous Complaints About the Fall Finale of Heroes Reborn
Here are our biggest complaints about last night's Heroes Reborn:
Matt Parkman is literally the worst
At everything. Matt Parkman is literally the worst at everything; he's suddenly a terrible person (which makes little to no sense from a psychological standpoint, but that's an argument for another time), and more irritatingly, he's a terrible telepath. His entire plotline this episode hinges on him torturing information out of Farah, but he's a TELEPATH. In the Heroes universe, people with certain psychic powers can block Matt's abilities, but she has the power of invisibility, so why couldn't he just read her mind? We saw that his powers became more potent by the end of the original series, so he theoretically wouldn't even have to make her think about Malina explicitly. (Although, are we really supposed to believe she wasn't thinking about Malina while he was repeatedly asking about her? It's like trying to win The Game.)
And that trend continues for the entire episode. Why didn't he know that a shapeshifter was right next to him? Why can't he read Erica's mind to find out if he's on the list of people to be saved? Why wouldn't he read her mind in the first place to find out that she has absolutely no idea what she's doing? The list goes on and on. Worst. Telepath. Ever.
Everyone should always listen to prophecies
For Tommy, the sequence of events goes something like this: he finds out about a prophecy that he and Malina are supposed to prevent the Hele apocalypse. He's kidnapped by an evil sociopath who tries to siphon off his powers. When she can't, she asks him to join her in an attempt to save a tiny fraction of the human race. He weakly says that he's supposed to stop the apocalypse from happening, and then agrees to her plan five minutes later. What? This doesn't make sense on either a character or plot level.
Why can't they teleport as many people as possible?
Speaking of things that don't make sense, why is Tommy agreeing to the premise that they will only save a select number of people? Erica is clearly a eugenicist, but Tommy isn't. If he's going to accept that the prophecy was wrong and humanity is better off with Erica's plan, then why wouldn't they just try to teleport as many people as humanly possible before the apocalypse happens? I know they can't save billions, but they could at least save more than Erica's planning.
No one cares that Luke is a serial killer
The conversations between Luke and Noah were oddly stilted and didn't flow logically. How on Earth did Luke know that Noah lost a child? And Luke just sort of admits that he went on a killing spree like he's admitting that he used to be into Ayn Rand, and Noah sort of shrugs it off. He doesn't let Luke come with them, but it seems to be the result of a general distrust of strangers, rather than a fear that a man who recently spent his time killing Evos shouldn't be around Noah's Evo granddaughter.
Why is every single dead person described as "stubborn"?
This is just a pet peeve of mine. Noah's conversation with Malina about Claire was surprisingly sweet, and a highlight of a boring episode, but I laughed when he called her "stubborn," because I think that word has been used to describe every single beloved, idealized dead character in the history of television, especially if we've never met them. Seriously, watch any teen soap in which a character's mother died before the pilot, and you'll hear the word "stubborn" come out of the widower's mouth.