The theme for tonight's show was corruption! Let's review, hero by hero.
Best performance of the episode? Zachary Quinto as Sylar! I was so ready to off a couple of the other storylines, just to have more of him! First he totally corrupts Maya, giving her a sweet taste of power wielded with dark purpose, and then he looks Alejandro right in the eye and spells out his terrifying intentions. I have never seen Sylar more direct or more deadly! How does a boy who appears so sweet in real life transmit those looks of unadulterated EVOL? Yikes! Oh, and did I mention he looked totally hot?
Over in California, we have West, convincing Claire Bear to use her power to sabatoge and publicly humiliate her rival on the cheer squad. Claire! You're a hero! This behavior is beneath you. And I still have a bad feeling about West. Seriously, he's skeevy.
Bob at The Company has already turned Niki to the dark side (or Jessica, I should say, because that was totally her), and Mohinder is next on his list. Bob freaks me out, because he seems so eminently reasonable, but you just know he's evil through and through. Hang in there, Mohinder! You were amazing when you were smashing things, keep it up! And Monica? Get the hell out of there! Now!
Over in the past, Hiro is corrupted by love, with potentially devastating consequences. It seems that Kensei was ready to embrace his heroic role in history, but embittered by Hiro's betrayal, sold out to the enemy instead.
In Russia, of all places, is Bennet, who was completely ruthless and more than a little scary tonight. I don't think he's evil, though, I just think he's a man at war, perhaps the only soldier in the hero army who truly knows what he's up against. He's willing to do whatever it takes to, first and foremost, protect his family, and second, to defeat The Company. His actions tonight were fundamentally disturbing, but war is not a pretty business. Briefly tempted to return to the bosom of the enemy, he accepts the burden of collateral damage, and steps into battle.
And then there's Peter. He finally left Ireland, but he took that stupid Caitlin girl with him! I'm not speaking to him. Although I don't have anything against that skintight shirt he was wearing. Yum. And OMG another new hero? Who is this Andy guy? And what is this? NYC again? Oh, well, I have faith. Bring it on, show!