Heroes: Season 3 (2008 - 2009)

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Season 3
Heroes

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A promising start nearly redeems Heroes after a haphazard second season -- unfortunately, old habits die hard and it quickly backslides into a muddled mess.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 194

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 22, 2008

Nathan's shooter is revealed. Elsewhere, Sylar visits Claire; Hiro and Ando guard a dangerous family secret and fret over the bleak future involving a dubious woman (Brea Grant); and Suresh makes an important breakthrough.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2008

Angela confronts Peter; Sylar attacks the Company's main facility; Claire has a revelation about her powers; a group of dangerous criminals escape during a battle with Elle; Hiro and Ando follow Daphne to Paris; Matt seeks help from a guide (Ntare Mwine); Suresh is pleased with the recent developments in his life.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2008

Angela recruits Noah Bennet and his new partner to diffuse a hostage situation at a bank; Peter tries to blend in while trapped inside an escapee's body; Hiro and Ando have a run-in with the Haitian; and Claire seeks advice from Meredith.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2008

Peter takes on a dark power in a gamble to prevent the future; Hiro and Ando are at odds while stuck in Level 5; Tracy looks for answers about her strange ability; and Suresh becomes impulsive.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2008

Claire hunts a Level 5 escapee who can create black holes; Linderman asks Daphne to recruit Hiro, who has trouble wrangling Adam; Maya discovers Suresh's transformation; Nathan helps Tracy find answers; and Peter's violent urges escalate.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2008

Knox and Daphne give Hiro a mission to find the precog; Claire and Sandra plan to rescue Meredith; Nathan and Tracy seek help from Suresh to find the origin of their abilities; and Sylar and Peter look for the cause of Angela's vegetative state.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2008

Elle comes to Claire for help; Angela asks Sylar to save Peter from Pinehurst; Arthur gives Daphne a murderous mission; and Hiro ponders Usutu's advice for facing his opponents.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2008

Hiro follows Arthur in the past to uncover what drove him to create Pinehearst; Meredith's brother disrupts her new life and training under the tutelage of Thompson (Eric Roberts); and Elle and Noah's persistence prevents Sylar from stopping his quest.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2008

Arthur sends Knox and Flint after Peter and Claire; Nathan learns the truth about his father; Sylar confronts Elle at Pinehurst; Suresh experiments with his new formula; and Matt tries to revive Angela.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2008

Arthur sends Sylar and Elle after Claire; Matt, Hiro and Ando follow Daphne to uncover her secret; Nathan and Peter search for the Haitian in hopes that he can stop their father. Seth Green and Breckin Meyer guest star.

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The third season of "Heroes" begins with Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) traveling from the future and attempting to assassinate Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar). Further adding to the mess wrought by villains is the escape of several evil-doers from the prisons of the Company, many of whom team up with Arthur Petrelli (Robert Forster) at the Pinehearst Company, where he is attempting to create a formula that will give powers to ordinary people.

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Critic Reviews for Heroes Season 3

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

When it fails, this show is worse than a muddle; it's a muddle that has already run out of fresh ideas.

Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…

The first hour of "Heroes" season three is more exciting than most of the 11 hours of "Heroes" season two combined.

Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…

The trouble with Heroes in the past is that it's been so afraid of being black and white that it often ends up dishwater gray. Anyway, at least from what we've seen so far, the "Villains" volume has the potential to change all that

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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YOU would think a group of people la beled "heroes" would do something heroic once in a while.

Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Without a generous scattering of smart riposte, even matters of life and death that involve hot lava and exposed brains can fall flat.

Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…

This was a tough season to sit through and enjoy. For all the fun superhero actions and ideas, there were five or more "Why is this happening?" moments.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Kring desperately needs to find some structure in all this, because it's unfocused and fragmented. There are just too many characters, plotlines and motivations. It might work in his head, but for mere none super-humans it's overload.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

The first half of season three meandered a bit, but was still fun to watch. The second half reminded me why I started watching the show in the first place and gives a great deal of hope for season four.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's all delivered with dynamic style, striking images and inventive special effects.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"Heroes" is officially the winner of the most god-awful show I've ever continued to watch despite hating it more than a mountain-top sunburn.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This was the season where we were promised President Worf and then the show gave us Boring Papa Petrelli instead.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

This week's first hour gets the season off to a positive start.

Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heroes: Season 3

  • Sep 25, 2015
    Season 3 started to go downhill as writers were unable to make the plot any more interesting.
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  • Apr 12, 2019
    The worst season of the show so far, the third season of Heroes raises the question: did the Writers' Strike kill Heroes or did it sign its death warrant the minute they decided to keep the old characters around and not make it an anthology series as was originally planned? The first thing Sylar does in this season is, minor spoilers, take Claire's healing factor. This was the point where I was tired and just wanted Sylar to die and now I can never get that catharsis factor knowing that the writers don't want to write a new permanent villain. The characters are idiots with the villain of the first half being overpowered and there's nothing Peter or Hiro can do about it yet all he does is draw pictures and sends his incompetent henchmen to do his dirty work. There's nothing stopping him from just going to Primatech and kicking everybody's ass. After all, the Haitian is always conveniently absent because "oh no, he isn't an idiot". Mini-story arcs are dropped as soon as they are picked up with the two good characters introduced in season 2 having their talents wasted, to put it vaguely, the pilot for the superhero cop drama "Noah & Sylar" not getting picked up and the whole Villains thing being abandoned, if not banished to the online graphic novels, in favour of having two of them becoming asskissers for the generic doomsday villain who does nothing. Really, HRG is the only character I still liked that survived the season but that's mainly because his characterization remained the most consistent. Otherwise, characters find themselves changing morality just because the plot demands it. For instance, Sylar suddenly grew a conscience or something? Gee, I wonder if it'll stick. And minimal explanation as to why Future Claire hates her good uncle. Leave him alone, you already killed your Future uncle. Big shock, Claire goes through the same "ooh, I hate my daddy so much. No, I love my daddy-not-daddy". But there is some good to be found surprisingly. The special effects look great finally having a big enough budget for more flashy superpowers like cryokinesis and creating black holes, the actors are trying their best with the scripts they're given and the second half is an improvement, if only because Season 1 writer Bryan Fuller returns but its more an improvement as in "lesser of two evils". While no action sequence because the special effects artists crapped themselves when they noticed in the script that there was going to be an epic, if brief, final fight, the ending is rather interesting and I'm sure it will in no way whatsoever come back to haunt those who were in on it. While I made it this far, I guess there's no point in skipping out the fourth season and Reborn but the third season is a plot-hole laden mess that's painful to sit through. Although I will say this: I do love the lore located in the online graphic novels, shorts and the websites for the in-universe locations such as the Corinthian Hotel thanks to my good friend the Wayback Machine.
  • May 30, 2018
    Although I enjoyed the overall story, the first 2/3 was horribly organized and outlandish so I can't give this more than 2.5.
  • Jan 06, 2017
    the first of this season is garbage, only the brave and the fool will go on this land of misery but the second part is cool
  • Oct 05, 2015
    I stopped watching ....
  • May 04, 2015
    Season 3 of Heroes is when I almost gave up on the show. Each episode is a constant back-and-forth between characters randomly switching sides, or a character learning something about themselves that's immediately contradicted in the next episode. Still trying to find identity during the Writer's Strike, Season 3 even ends abruptly...leaving no intrigue besides the fact of wanting to see the show return to what it could be.
  • Feb 12, 2014
    So lost. What happened to the 1st season?
  • Jan 03, 2014
    This is the season that was really poor. I was really disappointed with how the doubt with Ali Larter's character. And this season was so repetitive it drove me crazy. I did like the episode "1961" though. That was a great episode.

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