When NBC released promotional images for Heroes’ second season this weekend in preparation for Comic Con, there was something about them that bothered me. Ever since the first season ended, I have been hoping against hope that producers would not be stupid enough to sustain the life of the evil villain who was thwarted at the end of the show’s first season. Alas, it appears that they’ve made the decision: Zachary Quinto and his character, Sylar, will be around for Season Two. And this, my friends, basically kills any of the resolution of the show’s first season. These are the reasons why Sylar must die for this series to continue with any level of quality.
The First Season Won’t Matter
A lot of great things happened in the first season, but paramount amongst them was all of the Heroes coming together in the end to defeat Sylar. If Sylar doesn’t die, then this would have basically all been for nothing: Hiro’s training and resolve wouldn’t have resulted in his murder of Sylar, but rather just a life-threatening injury. This emasculates everything Peter, Claire, Hiro and everyone else went through if he just slinks off into the sewers. They stopped the bomb, sure, but the evil serial killer who threatened their livelihood? He just got hurt a little.
Hindsight is 20/20
In retrospect, Sylar’s death was handled terribly: how could someone with all of those superpowers possibly not be able to stop Hiro from stabbing him with that sword? He went out a pussy, basically, and I think that now producers want to resurrect him to give him a more badass sendoff later. This sets a terrible precedent: just because the producers screwed the pooch shouldn’t mean that they can just manipulate their series in contrived fashions to make up for it.
Sylar is no longer a Mystery
Sylar was a character born out of his mysterious history and the development of his need and hunger for powers. I actually think they botched much of this back story in the first season (Especially compared to the great back story for Mr. Bennet), but there is no doubt that they basically solved every major question. We know where he came from, how he got his powers, and the torment that it caused him. They tried to turn him into a tragic figure, and yet still treated him as an uber-villain: in both senses, he’s been played out. There’s nowhere else to take him except…
Sylar would be a really lame Good guy
Let’s face it, this is where they’re going: Sylar will be dragged into the sewers, lose his powers to a new evil villain, and then find himself forced to team with his own arch-nemeses against this Boogeyman. He’ll be constantly trying to fight for his own initiatives, but then he’ll find himself drawn to helping his new friends too. Conflicted about his feelings and emotions, he will withdraw himself at a key moment, but then return in time to save the day. See all that there? Boring tripe, all of it. Sylar was interesting as a mad man, as a conflicted hero I don’t see the character’s appeal.
The Show Doesn’t Need Another Hero
As it stands, the show struggled to find balance last season with its characters: some were critically underdeveloped, while other more annoying ones got more screen time (Like Niki/Jessica). The show’s episodes often felt like sensory overload, and the show was at its best when it slowed down and let character drama take over. If you add yet another character into the mix, you’re just going to make this problem even worse. It’s as if Heroes’ producers are considering their ratings success an indication that there was nothing wrong with the first season, and that’s a terrible stance to take on a horribly uneven freshman year.
The Spock Factor
As you may know, Zachary Quinto is confirmed to be playing Spock in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek film to be released next Christmas. This means that Quinto will be busy shooting that film while he should be on Heroes. This means that any role he might play in the second season will be limited. However, if this is the case, then why bother bringing him back? No justice can be done to his character in a shortened time frame, and it will just be a last ditch effort to salvage a character they royally screwed over last season.
And I, for one, don’t think they should have that second chance. Sylar might have had his good qualities, but with the end of the first season comes the end of Sylar’s usefulness. These heroes need to move on, having defeated their nemesis this time around, for there to be any future in this series. My faith in Tim Kring is damaged enough as it is considering the weakness of the show’s first season finale: this is going nothing to repair that damage.