Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"Heroes" Worship: Nov. 19, 2007

The new season of Heroes is just trotting along nicely! And I'll just continue to lament that I haven't watched the first season complete yet. Blah.

Here's the latest on Heroes:

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

By Wade Gum

Posted November 20, 2007 3:55 PM

What’s the Excitement About?

In case you slept under a rock during 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 individual 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 the destruction of New York as foreseen in a painter’s apocalyptic vision.

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.

Elle—Daughter of Primatech’s Bob. Possesses electrical powers.

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’

We flashed back to four months ago and learned a few of the reasons why things are as messed up as they are in the “Heroes” universe. We learned that Peter’s big boom gave Nathan wicked radiation burns and sent him to the intensive care unit. Peter was abducted by Bob and Elle, who put him on a diet of power-suppressing pills. Inside Primatech’s facility, Peter met Adam, who helped him break out. The pair went to the hospital and used some of Adam’s regenerative blood to heal Nathan. Elle and the Haitian caught up to the duo, forcing Peter to flee to a shipping yard. The Haitian wiped Peter’s memory and locked him into the shipping container where he was discovered earlier this season.

Peter wasn’t the only one who got hooked on the Company’s drugs. Niki was coerced into taking the power-suppressing drugs by Bob, who got on her good side by paying for D.L.’s medical bills. Niki eventually decided to stop taking the pills and developed yet another personality, a wild party girl. D.L. went in search of his wayward wife and discovered her, but got shot by a crazy drug dealer for his troubles. Well, that’s certainly an anticlimactic way to die.

The Recap—‘Cautionary Tales’

The family drama of the Bennet family continues as Claire refuses to move and defies Noah. Maybe he should get some parenting tips from Bob Saget. Claire tries to make things right with West, but he’s reluctant to believe she isn’t in cahoots with her dad. Noah decides to try and make things right by tracking down West. He doesn’t have to look hard, as West flies by and abducts him as soon as he walks out the door. West is a little wiener and only cares about whether Claire really cares about him. Once he receives an affirmative answer, West lets Noah go. Noah does the world a favor by beating West up and letting him know that Claire is leaving town one way or another.

Mohinder arrives on California and meets up with Bob to formulate a plan for abducting Claire. Mohinder receives Elle, Bob’s “daughter,” as his new partner for this assignment. Noah calls Mohinder trying to find West. Mohinder feeds Noah some false information that Noah picks up on once he gets West into custody. Mohinder confronts Noah alone and asks for Claire so that the Company can take her blood. Noah is adamant that the company won’t get Claire, so Mohinder pulls a gun on him and forces him to drive. They arrive at a location where Elle arrives to shock him to death. Fortunately, West swoops in and takes her out, allowing Noah to take the gun away from Mohinder.

Bob stops by Claire’s high school and tries to abduct her, but Claire gets tipped off once Bob calls her “Miss Bennet.” Bob shows up at the Bennets’ place and takes her at gunpoint this time. Noah arrives back at his home with West and Elle as a captive. Noah interrogates her and tells her to contact Bob to set up an exchange. Bob takes some of Claire’s blood and then heads off to the designated meeting spot.

During the tense exchange, Elle shoots West and Claire with her electricity and incapacitates them. Noah shoots Elle and takes her down as well, causing Mohinder to shoot Noah just like in Isaac’s painting. Fortunately, Noah gets some of his daughter’s healing blood in his veins just like Nathan received from Adam and survives the near-fatal ordeal.

Hiro attends his father’s funeral with Ando. Hiro refuses to give a eulogy and makes plans to go back in time and save him. He returns to one week ago and witnesses the conversation between Kaito and Angela Petrelli. After Angela leaves, Hiro reunites with his father. He tells his father that he’s going to die later that night. Kaito accepts his fate and tells his son not to try and alter it. Hiro takes Kaito back in time to teach him a lesson about accepting help. Hiro takes Kaito back to his wife’s funeral. Hiro meets his little kid self and learns a lesson himself, finally accepting his father’s death.

Hiro returns his father to the future on that fateful night. At least this way Hiro gets to say goodbye to his father one last time. Hiro travels back to his own time, leaving his father to die at the hands of the mysterious hooded figure. However, Hiro returns yet again and freezes time so that he can learn the identity of his father’s murderer. Predictably, it’s Takezo Kensei/Adam.

Matt Parkman studies the infamous photograph that contains all the members of the old guard of superheroes. Matt plays around with his developing psychic power a bit and discovers that he can give people mental commands. He uses this newfound ability on Angela Petrelli to discover that Adam is the man who has been killing the old guard. Unfortunately, even his powers aren’t helpful in trying to figure out who the one unidentified person in the photo is.

Thanks to Claire’s blood, HRG is brought back from a fatal gunshot wound. Awakening on a steel slab, HRG mutters “Holy…” just like when Claire awoke on the coroner’s table in Season 1! —Wizard Universe editor Eric Moya

So, Claire has the same powers as “Adam.” Matt has the same powers as his dad. And West has the same powers as Nathan. Is there some weird connection between folks here that’s yet to be explained? It can’t be that they’re all blood-related because that would mean West and Claire have to be blood relatives (think about it), and the “Heroes” creators wouldn’t skeev out like that. But still, we’re guessing there’s more to these power repeats than meets the eye, and we’re hoping it leads to a bigger explanation of where the powers come from somewhere down the road.—Staff Writer Kiel Phegley

Lies to Claire! Abducts Claire! Ties up Mrs. Bennet! Shoots HRG with Suresh as his triggerman! And, if you listen to HRG, brutally experiments on his own daughter…and then has the Haitian erase her memories of it all! Outstanding, even for Bob! A solid 8 of 10. —Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

Abducts Elle to trade for Claire. Shoots Elle. Almost shoots Bob. And then…gets shot himself, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaac Mendez’s painting. And then, thanks to Claire’s blood, he comes back to life!! What a finish! HRG rates a solid 9 of 10. —Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

While Jack Coleman did a nice job acting his “I just came back to life on a cold metal table” moment to a believable conclusion, it always helps add to the tension when a dead character returns at least one episode after we saw him get capped. Either way, we were kind of wondering if Claire’s blood could cure the sick and dead like Adam’s, so it probably wouldn’t have been that much of a shocker next week anyway.—Staff Writer Kiel Phegley

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