So yes, I didn't follow Heroes from the beginning. This is sad, I know. But I have watched the last four episodes, a few here and there, and with the recaps provided by Pearl I think it's safe to say I am totally an expert. Totally. Seriously, even.
WHAT THE HELL SYLAR. That's basically what I screamed at the TV when it was done. I agree with amaresu on wondering why he's still alive. Granted, as she points out, he is a fan favorite. And his death scene WAS quite awesome. However, Sylar is almost too powerful. A sword did not stop him (guesses? He does have liquefaction, a power we don't know that much about. Could he have liquefied the sword? Or his own body? Another guess is that he acquired power from another mutant or whatever that allows him to maybe move the particles around in his body, thus basically "dodging" the sword. I think Granny Weatherwax used that trick once, but I could be mistaken) so lord knows what else will. Plus, seeing how not every special person knows about him, and, like all true sociopaths, he's ever so charming, it would be easy for him to get MORE powers. I don't like my super heroes super indestructible.
After talking with Bee for a bit tonight, she mentioned how the theories of her and her friends either involve him going into the sewers to become a ninja or doing something with alligators. Personally, seeing how much they've already borrowed from Marvel, would it be so unrealistic of me to wonder if they are going to do a whole Morlock thing, with Sylar as Callisto or something? However they chose to do it, though, I'm kind of grumpy that he's still alive. While I understand the writers probably don't want to fall into the same trap BtVS did (new season, new big bad) I'm not sure what they will do with Sylar. Who knows - perhaps he's not even in next season's plot line (I mean, if we're following comic book style, shouldn't we embrace and enjoy the growing complexities of many villains? Magneto is not the only bad guy out there in x-men land) but he will remain an ever present force to be dealt with. Just, not right now. I hope.
So yes - I do feel dumb for not having caught on right at the very start. However, I am glad that I will catch on at the start of the 2nd season, and I have the full summer to watch the old episodes online.
I love the fact that this is a comic book true and true. And they're doing it RIGHT. They are writing it like a comic book and I don't CARE if they lift story lines just as long as they do it right. And they have good actors. And dude - as long as Jeph Loeb has his hand in this, I know it'll be fabulous.