Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Heroes" Worship: Oct. 22, 2007

Another episode of Heroes screened in America yesterday. More twists and turns and va-va-voom images of Kristen Bell?

Get caught up on last night’s episode of ‘Heroes’ with our in-depth recap!

By Wade Gum

Posted October 23, 2007 12:00 PM

What’s the Excitement About?

In case you you just stepped off the space shuttle and missed last year’s television season, “Heroes” is NBC’s newest hit show masterminded by Tim Kring. The series follows ordinary people with extraordinary abilities and their attempts to sort out their lives and save the world.

Last season’s chief protagonist was Peter Petrelli, a male nurse who has the ability to absorb and retain the power of any other superpowered being he comes into contact with. He was relentlessly pursued by Sylar, a murderous villain who can also take powers, but only by killing other people who possess them. Throughout the season, Peter and his allies worked to prevent an apocalyptic vision in which New York was destroyed from coming true.

Hero Roll Call

Claire Bennet—The biological daughter of Nathan Petrelli. A cheerleader with regenerative powers.

Noah Bennet—Adoptive father of Claire. Possesses no superpowers and once worked for the villainous Primatech Paper Co.

Monica Dawson—The cousin of Micah Sanders. Possesses the ability to mimic any physical ability she sees demonstrated.

Alejandro and Maya Herrera—A brother and sister from Central America. Maya has a deadly power and is afflicted with a disease that kills superpowered individuals. Alejandro seems to have the ability to counteract his sister’s power.

Takezo Kensei—The legendary Japanese hero, who actually turns out to be a scumbag with the power of regeneration.

Hiro Nakamura—Son of Kaito Nakamura. Has the ability to manipulate time.

Matt Parkman—NYPD officer with the ability to hear people’s thoughts.

Nathan Petrelli—Brother of Peter Petrelli. Former politician. Has the power of flight.

Peter Petrelli—Brother of Nathan Petrelli. Has the ability to absorb and retain powers.

Micah Sanders—Son of D.L. and Niki. He has the ability to “talk” to technological devices.

Niki Sanders—Wife of D.L. and mother of Micah, with an alternate personality that possesses super-strength.

Mohinder Suresh—A genetics professor in search of superpowered individuals.

Sylar—The show’s central villain. His power is the ability to determine how things work. With this ability, he kills superpowered individuals and is able to steal their abilities.

Molly Walker—A young girl with the ability to concentrate and locate anyone in the world. Adopted by Matt Parkman.

West—A teenage boy who attends the same school as Claire. Has the power of flight and was tagged by Noah when he still worked for Primatech.

Previously on ‘Heroes’

Claire continued to be wooed by the flying schoolboy named West, who was bagged and tagged by her father Noah back in the day. Noah was paranoid after seeing one of Isaac’s lost paintings that depicted him getting killed while Claire watched. Noah got information from the Haitian that indicates the remaining Isaac paintings are somewhere in the Ukraine.

Molly Walker continued to have nightmares about the “bad man.” Matt Parkman teamed up with Nathan Petrelli and Mohinder to investigate the death of Kaito Nakamura and the attack against Angela Petrelli. They all eventually discovered that the “bad man” in Molly’s nightmares was Matt’s father. Molly used her ability to locate Matt’s father, but became trapped inside her own head once he attacked her.

Maya, Alejandro and Derek continued their journey north towards America. They stumbled upon a dehydrated and weakened Sylar and gave him a ride. Once Derek became aware that Alejandro and Maya were fugitives, he freaked out. Sylar, interested in the siblings because of their powers, killed Derek and continued driving Alejandro and Maya to the border.

Micah started bonding with his new relatives in New Orleans. His cousin Monica has an ability of her own. After observing someone doing something, she can do it herself. After observing Rey Mysterio Jr. do some professional wrestling, she learned to do the 619 and thwarted a robbery at the fast-food restaurant where she works.

The Recap—‘Fight or Flight’

Molly is still trapped inside her own dreams after encountering Matt’s father in the last episode. Mohinder tells Matt to go to Philadelphia and find her father if doing so will save Molly. Matt decides to meet with Angela Petrelli again and see if she knows anything about his father. Nathan Petrelli decides to tag along for the ride, despite Matt’s reservations.

Nathan flies Matt to Philadelphia and they arrive at his father’s apartment. They break in and find Matt’s father brandishing a shotgun. He’s freaked out because he received a photograph with the kanji symbol, indicating that he will be killed just like Kaito. Matt’s father has similar mind-reading powers, so Matt can’t read his mind without getting painful feedback.

Matt and Nathan question dear old dad about the supergroup he formed with Kaito, Angela and the rest of the old guard. Matt’s father gives Matt and Nathan a demonstration on just how powerful his abilities can be, trapping them in illusions that force them to confront their greatest fears. His duty done, the “nightmare man” leaves the apartment.

Nathan is trapped in a New York that was destroyed by an exploding Peter while Matt is trapped inside a prison cell. Nathan is confronted by the burned version of himself while Matt has to confront the child he left behind after he divorced his wife. The two end up fighting each other in their visions, but they don’t realize it. The two of them eventually wake up and come to their senses after Matt uses his abilities. Afterwards, Nathan discovers a photograph of Bob with the kanji on it, indicating that he’s the next target.

Mohinder is concerned about Molly’s help and calls Noah, who is traveling abroad with the Haitian. Mohinder wants to take Molly into the Company and see if they can help her, against Noah’s wishes. He takes Molly into the company and receives new orders from Bob. Niki makes her way into the Company’s facility and attacks Bob, but Mohinder stops the attack with a Taser. Later, Niki comes to her senses and apologizes to Bob for her multiple personality disorder. She explains to Mohinder that she’s there seeking treatment for her sickness.

Peter Petrelli was found inside of a shipping container a few nights ago without his memory. This week, someone named Elle came looking for him. Elle works for the Company and is interested in keeping Peter out of trouble. A dockworker tells Elle that Peter is staying at a local pub. Elle just happens to have the power to shoot electricity like Emperor Palpatine, so she can take care of herself when it comes to bringing Peter down.

Peter gets wind that Elle is looking for him. He goes to Caitlin’s cabin to escape his pursuer for the time being. He decides to open the box that holds the keys to his past and discovers a passport, a ticket and a picture of Nathan. Caitlin is a painter and has some canvases lying around, which leads Peter to use his Isaac-painting power and create some art. He paints two shadowy figures in front of a church.

Elle arrives at the pub, looking for Peter. She asks Ricky where Peter is, but he isn’t very forthcoming. In retaliation she unleashes her electricity powers on him. She gets a phone call from the company she works for and gets chewed out for killing Ricky. She talks to “Daddy,” who orders her to stop looking for Peter and come home.

Micah gets wind of Monica’s powers and figures out that she has the ability to mimic other people’s physical abilities. He shows her how his machine-talking powers work in order to ease her mind about her abilities. He gives her a 9th Wonders comic book about a “muscle mimic” who can copy physical abilities. The go out on the town and test out Monica’s abilities by having her emulate different people. After receiving orders from Bob, Mohinder visits Monica that night and offers her answers about her powers.

Back in the past, Hiro continues to help Takezo Kensei in his legendary journeys. Kensei finds the map to White Beard, which will allow them to rescue Yaeko’s father. White Beard has an entire army at his disposal, which is a tall order for Hiro, Kensei and Yaeko to defeat.

‘Heroes’ Highlights

After a few weeks wallowing in self-pity and a bottle of JD, Nathan Petrelli turned it around this week in spectacular fashion. Setting aside the scenes where he wrestled his own personal Two-Face to the ground and when he showed off an inexplicable ability to cock a shotgun better than John Wayne, our favorite moment had to be when Nathan dished out a little side-confidence to Parkman by knocking on the door to the struggling cop’s long-lost father. And if you liked that, tune in next week when Nathan calls all the girls Parkman was too nervous to speak to in high school and asks them out on dates.—Staff Writer Kiel Phegley

Kristen Bell made her “Heroes” debut as Elle, a bad girl who works for the Company. With the ability to shoot electricity from her hands (Elle, as in “electricity,” get it?), we now know where Peter “absorbed” that ability from, as it’s a good bet she came in close proximity to him when she put him into that cargo container in the first place. Also, I bet 10 bucks her daddy is none other than Bob, the bespectacled Midas touch guy who almost got choked to death by Niki last night.—Editorial Director Mel Caylo

When Micah brought out an issue of 9th Wonders to show Monica what kind of power she has, I wondered (heh), “Isn’t Isaac, the guy who wrote and drew the comic, dead?” Then I realized it was probably a back issue. But then I wondered (double heh), “Weren’t all of Isaac’s comics accounts of future events?” Does that mean there is a St. Joan character we can look forward to seeing in a future episode?—Editorial Director Mel Caylo

“Muscle mimic” Monica became the envy of piano students everywhere, matching Micah’s playing note for note without one lesson. Just imagine: “Für Elise” got you stumped? A couple minutes watching “Great Performances” on PBS and you’ll be back in front of your Xbox in no time! —Associate Editor Eric Moya

Parkman’s dad tricked his son and Nate by messing with their heads. You learn that not only can he read minds, but he can plant an entire reality into them, as well! Then he just waltzes out of his apartment, leaving them both within their own private hell.—Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

Parkman ain’t the only one with daddy issues. When Elle calls in to report back to her mysterious master after murdering Ricky, the voice on the other end is none too happy about her methods and orders her home. After much protest, an angry Elle hangs up after feebly apologizing, “Sorry, Daddy…it won’t happen again.” Who’s “Daddy”? That’s what we wanna know!—Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

A tense, emotional scene capped this week’s episode, smartly holding back the most gruesome details of Ricky’s charred corpse. But still, intensity is only one factor in making an ending a cliffhanger. So while we’re excited to see what’s up in Montreal, we’re not quite on the edge of our seats about it.—Staff Writer Kiel Phegley


Next Time on ‘Heroes’

Claire decides to teach the evil cheerleaders a lesson after they reject her from the squad. Noah continues his search for Isaac’s missing paintings in the Ukraine. Sylar continues driving Alejandro and Maya to the border, but the pair becomes suspicious of his intentions. Peter realizes he can’t hide from his past anymore and attempts to understand the meaning behind his mysterious painting.

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