I had the last two episodes of this latest Heroes storyline on TiVo, but I spent a few weeks waffling about whether I actually wanted to watch them.
As I noted a month ago, I was still enjoying Hiro's scenes, and (to a lesser degree) Noah's, but pretty much nothing else about the show.
But I found out that the storyline really did end with these two episodes, so with some trepidation, we watched them the other night.
And I'm glad we did. "Our Father," the second-to-last episode, was by far my favorite of the current season (as long as I ignore various annoying bits); I really liked the handling of Hiro's and Claire's mini-adventure in the past.
But then the final episode was back to the usual annoying standard, and even though the explicit moral at the end surprised me by actually being somewhat relevant to the themes of the storyline (and even making me more sympathetic to the writers' muddying of the moral waters this season), it's time for me to stop watching the show.
Yes, even though Michael Dorn may have a central part in the next storyline.
The other day, I happened across an article about Tim Kring speaking at Screenwriting Expo, which contains this bit:
Kring explained he had thought they could almost completely replace the characters each season, remarking, "I was primarily fascinated by the origin story. Once the original story is over, and the character has no more questions about what's happening or existential drama, then the questions become just about plot, and then it becomes harder for me personally to connect to."
This explains so much! I couldn't figure out why essentially all the characters underwent radical character transplants at the start of season 3; now I know. It's because Kring wanted to replace them with new characters, but the network and the fans wouldn't have stood for that.
Anyway. I'm done. But I'll miss Hiro, and Noah.