Heroes: The Mohinder Degradation

Mohinder Suresh


Mohinder Suresh
is surely one of the most irritating characters in Heroes.

First there’s the whole “I need to complete my father’s work” fixation, then how easily distracted he is and how quickly he changes sides from working with HRG to working with The Company to collaborating with HRG again.

Then you’ve got that whole narration thing in each episode where Sendhil Ramamurthy – presumably speaking as Mohinder – prattles on with statements about spirituality and the human condition. So, after listening to all this, you’d think Suresh would have a modicum of intelligence.

Apparently not. As the third series of Heroes begins, Suresh quickly discovers the formula for hero-like powers. And after spending so much time researching how to take away people’s powers, what’s the first thing he does? Right, he injects a load of the serum into himself. Over to Orange Michael for a more thorough analysis…

we’ve got Mohinder injecting himself with an unproven, untested serum that might give him powers. This after he figures it out in ten seconds when his dad couldn’t do it in years before that. And right as he’s about to…wait for it..throw the vial with this untested serum into the water. Yes, you read that right. That’s how this scientific genius guy is going to dispose of it. Surely that seems a bit dangerous, don’t you think?

Best of all, within 24 hours, he’s crawling walls and has the libido of a far studlier man. Yes, he even seduces gullible Mexican Maya (looking a lot hotter in this series, thank you).

The unfortunate side effect appears to be a Jeff Goldblum in The Fly style transformation with boils on the skin and all sorts of horrible pus, kind of like a mutant teenager with mutant teenager acne. Yuck.

So now Mohinder has superpowers, and all at the mere expense of any sort of intelligence. Yes, the same fella who was trying to protect the world against a pandemic in the last series is now standing on a pier about to throw a dangerous serum into the water.

We could look kindly on the character of Suresh and assume he’s just a complex character. On the other hand, it’s more likely that he’s the most inconsistent character in the show. I can’t help wondering if – with all these developing powers – might Mohinder develop a personality in this series?

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