Eeeeee!!!!!! Flying!Nathan was awesome! I take back what I said about flying being a lame super-power. He was so SPEEDY, and I completely cracked up when he skidded to a halt in the middle of the desert. Also, the scene between him and Hiro in the diner goes down as one of my favourite TV scenes ever. So adorable! I loved how calmly Nathan dealt with being stared at in his PJs. And please, please let someone make icons of him in that 'fly by night diner' t-shirt. *squeeeeees* And he handled Hiro so charmingly. I was worried he was going to be SUCH a shit to dear Hiro that I would have to dislike him. But he managed to combine wry amusement with mild annoyance and a genuine curiosity that I liked. And he gave him a 'rid-e beep beep!' Heeeee. Hiro needs to ditch Ando and follow Nathan! I was completely charmed by Hiro's reaction to Nathan as well, which mirrored my own so well: *squeeeee*!! Flying guy!!
Still shipping Nathan/Nikki HARD. Loved their interaction on the escalator--I like Nathan when he's genuine. I also like him when he's a manipulative bastard--his negotiations vis a vis the tape were masterful. Oh, Nathan, you are so Lexian!
Not much Mohinder this ep, but I didn't care because that also meant no Elf!Girl.
I like the policeman's wife a lot. I enjoyed seeing more of her, though I alternated between being happy for her and angered that her husband's still keeping so many secrets from her. I found the policeman very sympathetic initially, but he's testing my patience now. He seems too out of control about his powers now--his approach to the guy in the service station was naive. Although it's certainly interesting to see how he's riding the 'high' of his superpower and will presumably experience the 'low' now, with the searing headache and passing out.
Claire remains my hero! I loved that she went and confronted the guy who attacked her, and with such honesty. I'm also really glad she made it about her in that conversation. She's acknowledged the affront to herself now, as well as the danger to others. What a mature kid! It's just so sad that she's getting played by daddy. He creeped me out in her bedside scene, though it was awesome that he defended his daughter to the guy. It's extra-creepy to have him protect Claire while also be watching/controlling her. I fear for her. I wish she wouldn't open up to him--he was so odd in that conversation--if she wasn't so caught up in her emotions (understandably), you'd think she'd notice that something was a bit 'off'. *frets*
Ok, Lana complaint of the week: so Lana gets to have Isaac's superpower without having to take drugs. That is so frakking unfair!! I really wanted Isaac to punch him out for that, but alas the lad demonstrated bizarre zen in the face of this revelation. I'm irked that this means that the writers have side-stepped the most interesting thing about Isaac so far--the fact that he would have to self-sacrifice and potentially kill himself to save the world. Now he just needs to hang around Lana and get Lana to do the work. (Oh, wait, that IS kind of self-sacrificing!) Ok, and Lana suddenly acquires the ability to PAINT, as well as the superpower? Hmph. Excuse me while I deal with my credulity-strain. A brushoff line about 'stick figures' and some drippy paint isn't enough to make me buy that he'd be able to paint that accurately.
But the thing I was most uncomfortable with in this ep was the 'we have to save the cheerleader' plot. Just as Claire shows how empowered she is, the writers trap her back into victim mode. *glares* I liked how neatly Hiro's plan worked, but I dislike that Lana is cast as the key to saving Claire.
This combined with Nikki's behaviour this episode brought back my discomfort with this show's gender dynamic. She continues to deny aspects of herself to such an extreme that she momentarily lost my sympathy. The scene I was most uncomfortable with was the one with Ando. I didn't like the writing of that scene. I think having someone shift from internet-acquaintance to real-life-stalker should have been more emotionally significant for Nikki. But she seemed to want to just ruffle his hair and go 'awww, you silly guy!' OK, as viewers WE know that he's a harmless amusing sap, but Nikki does not know this, and I thought it was poor writing. I would be ragey about someone invading my house in front of my child in that way. On top of that, her refusal to take ownership of her online identity even when confronted with the reality of it in Ando's eyes didn't sit well with me either. I'd like to see Nikki pull it together and deal soon--she's remained ineffectual and fractured for too long now.
But bring on next week's ep! I am so, so hooked.
ETA: It occurred to me belatedly that I was being biased in this review: I didn't even mention the implausability of Hiro suddenly being able to speak English so well to Nathan, while totally laying in to Lana and his irritatingly flexible and side-effect free superpowers. My bad, but Hiro is just so much more sympathetic a character than Lana. Plus the charm of the diner scene overrode its linguistic implausability! ;-)