Naturally Nathan's story was the most interesting to me. I loved seeing him with his wife in a happier time, and I'm so glad we found out what was behind the accident. And oh, I love the Petrelli brothers! Peter's far more interesting around Nathan and I liked hearing him argue against investigating Linderman (sp?) on the basis that it would be a betrayal of their father--we've never really heard his views on much besides his powers, so it helped flesh him out, though I have to say I still take Nathan's side heavily in that argument. And Nathan ANGST! I think the fact that his powers came into play at the time of the accident helps explain why he rejects them and why he sees danger in Peter exploring his powers. While avoidance is not a solution, it's true that their powers are NOT under their control yet and that they are very risky. Nathan's already risked (and lost) a great deal involuntarily. The second coincidental timing with his father dying the day of the deposition must also leave him feeling pretty raw. Twice a tragic event outside of his control, but related to an action he was in the process of taking, has occurred when he's tried to pursue Linderman--interesting and angsty!
I was far less chuffed with the Nikki revelation. At first I thought 'oh, yawn, she really is just insane', but then I realised that it was perhaps Jessica who had a power--somehow she had the power to shift into her sister's body and possess it when required. Well, I guess poor parenting just runs in the family then! So will Jessica never die? Now I have ambivalent feelings--Nikki herself is completely boring if she's just the passive victim of Jessica--unless/until she can actually rally herself to fight her. But Jessica is potentially quite interesting. An angry little girl who wants to protect her sister is sort of darkly fascinating. And the fact that she 'took' her father's abuse explains her own violence and black determination. Clearly she doesn't see the degree to which she herself is abusing her sister, but perhaps that could be explored in an interesting way? I don't know... I think it's going to be a long time before I get much out of that plot.
The Hiro plot I liked--he was ever so touching with his flowers and paper cranes and desperate attempt to save her. But I felt like the resolution was a little rushed... she has a brain aneurism? but people can survive those! I'd be asking a lot more questions before I gave up on her. Of course Hiro didn't get a chance to ask them because he got zapped back to Japan. Why? His kissing face is like his freezing-time face? *confused* His total defeatism on his return was a little overwritten if you ask me. Yes, this journey was about realising he couldn't save her... but nothing in what actually happened proved that that was the case to me--couldn't he just practise his powers some more? Perhaps he will. (I'm unspoiled.) And it seemed too coincidental that her illness was brain related with Sylar coming after her... will there be some connection? will it be gross? *winces*
Mohinder's father really really annoyed me! He's as daft as Mohinder and not half so handsome. Clearly their daftness is genetic. *frowns on them* It was OBVIOUS that the watchfixer was a psycho--you only had to look at his eyebrows, dammit! And Mr Suresh just played straight to the guy's crazy ego by feeding him fantasies about being 'special'. Don't mess with people's lives in that way! Don't think they're going to be inherently good just because they (may) have powers! aaaaarrrghhhh!
What I do think was well done was the contrast between Mr Suresh and Mr Bennett. Sure, Mr Bennett is kidnapping people and controlling them, but his actions with Eden were successful and productive. The idea of having powers is seductive and potentially very destructive. Everyone needs someone who can stop them, who can challenge them--and Mr Bennett does that very well, very decisively and with good follow through. Mr Suresh, on the other hand, bumbles around telling people they're special and feeding their megalomania! Urgh!
So the watchminder is Sylar. OK. I'm fine with that--he seems creepy enough. Though frankly, it's Mr Suresh who I see as the real enemy now! Pity he's dead already, or I'd be gunning for a Mr Bennett/Mr Suresh showdown!