Wednesday, November 7, 2007

"Heroes" Worship: Nov. 5, 2007

What, it's time for ANOTHER Heroes episode recap? Damn!

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

By Wade Gum

Posted November 6, 2007 11:00 AM

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 and West continued their little superhero team-up by uniting against the most powerful foe ever seen: the captain of the cheerleading squad. They go through an elaborate plan that involves flying and fake deaths in order to disgrace the captain and get her thrown off the team, allowing Claire to join the squad. Way to use those powers for good, Claire.

Then again, perhaps she’s just emulating her father. Noah and the Haitian continued their search for the lost paintings of Isaac. They killed Noah’s former mentor and recovered some of the paintings, but they’re of little use at the moment until they can figure out just what the heck the paintings depict.

Hiro couldn’t resist the feminine charms of sword-master’s daughter Yaeko and ended up kissing her in the past. Takezo Kensei saw them and felt betrayed that Hiro would violate the old adage of “bros before hos.” In turn, Kensei beat up Hiro and delivered him to White Beard.

Peter uses the power he previously absorbed from Hiro to travel into the future. Of course, he has amnesia and doesn’t realize he has this power. In the post-apocalyptic future Peter travels to, New York is once again destroyed, just like in last season. Can’t anyone keep this town in pristine condition?

In other heroic news, Mohinder decides to work together with Niki, even though she attacked Bob last week in a violent manner. No headway is made in the whole plotline about the kanji killer regarding Matt Parkman and Nathan Petrelli. Also, Sylar convinced Maya to use her deadly powers in order to get them all across the Mexican border.

The Recap—‘Out of Time’

Kensei continues to punish Hiro for kissing Yaeko, imprisoning him in White Beard’s camp. Yaeko picks her handcuffs and escapes the camp with Hiro’s teleporting ability. Hiro decides that he can’t let White Beard’s army succeed and makes a plan to steal his guns.

That night, Kensei confronts Hiro when he tries to sabotage the gunpowder. They have a swordfight that results in all the gunpowder exploding. Hiro tries to get Kensei to leave with him, but he refuses. Hiro is forced to teleport out of the camp and leave Kensei to get blown up. Effectively, Hiro has become Takezo Kensei, but he cannot stay with the princess. He has to confront the dragon and cut out his heart to save the woman he loves. Yaeko promises to spread the legend of Takezo Kensei far and wide.

Hiro returns to the office and greets Ando. Hiro is overjoyed to learn that no one exploded and that New York City was saved. However, Ando is forced to put a damper on the reunion, breaking the news that Hiro’s father was murdered.

Noah and the Haitian take a careful look at Isaac’s paintings. Noah calls Mohinder and fills him in on the situation. He takes pictures of all the paintings, and then promptly burns the originals.

The relationship drama between Claire and West continues, and West finally learns who Claire’s father is. West is understandably dumbfounded and thinks that Claire is part of some grand conspiracy to abduct him once again. Noah confronts Claire about her little incident with the head cheerleader and decides to move the family yet again.

Back at the Company, Bob evacuates the place because the “nightmare man” is on his way there. Matt and Noah arrive in order to try to intercept Maury. Bob wants Mohinder and Niki to inject Maury with the Shanti virus. Bob informs Matt that he has the same abilities as Maury and is the only one who can defeat him.

Matt doesn’t know he has that power, but he unwittingly uses it to get some brainwave activity out of Molly. Bob reveals that Adam was the dangerous man responsible for bringing all of the old guard together. Adam is using Maury as his instrument for murder after the old guard imprisoned him for years. Bob also tells Nathan that Peter is alive and well.

Maury wastes no time in using his nightmare powers, causing Niki to have a vision of D.L. She goes crazy and prepares to kill Bob until Nathan talks her down and makes her stab herself with the needle. Matt finally uses his dormant powers and tugs Maury into the nightmare world where Molly is. Matt takes Molly with him and leaves Maury trapped inside his own nightmare. Mohinder discovers that the virus has mutated and that his blood cannot cure Niki now that she’s been injected with the virus. Bob promises to destroy every last vial of the drug and gives Mohinder a new lead for a cure—Claire and her regenerative cells.

In the future, Peter and Caitlin walk the deserted streets of New York. Guys in fancy hazard suits pick them up and throw them into a van before they can be “infected.” After a decontamination shower, Peter gets questioned by the authorities. Peter discovers that on March 20, 2007, the Shanti virus spread across the globe and killed 93 percent of the world’s population.

The cop reunites Peter with the future version of Angela Petrelli, but he doesn’t recognize her. She tries to inform him about his powerful abilities. She tells him about his time-traveling abilities and begs him to go back and change history. Eventually he remembers Angela, but not everything else. When he sees Caitlin being dragged away, Peter unwittingly transports himself back into the past without her. Adam appears, and it’s really Takezo Kensei. Adam promises that he and Peter are going to change history.

‘Heroes’ Highlights

When Peter’s taken by the hazmat crew, isn’t it kinda weird he struggles instead of using his powers? He already knows how to use some of them, right?—Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

Y’know, for a super-shady dude, I like this Bob guy. He name-drops the elusive—and perhaps deadly—Adam Monroe, who he says is the former leader of the older generation of superpowered folk, that he’s used Maury Parkman as a “tool” of revenge, and that he can control the weather. And he gives Mohinder reason to out himself as an ally of HRG, not to mention giving him the gun that it appears will kill HRG. Of course, this is all coming from a master manipulator (could he have the power of persuasion?), so who knows what to trust and not. But I like ’im. Bob rates a solid 8 on my Bob-o-meter. —Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

Matt turns the tables on his dad, trapping the so-called Nightmare Man in his own worst nightmare: the Parkman home on the day he went deadbeat all those years ago. As Matt and Molly make their getaway, Maury is left to the horrors of (gasp!) responsible domesticity. Now do the dishes, jerk.—Wizard Universe editor Eric Moya

After “Alias” actor David Anders was cast in “Heroes” as Takezo Kensei and started working on his scenes, he reportedly impressed the writers so much, they found a way to keep him on the show and upped him to a series regular. Last night, we found out just how they did that: Apparently, Takezo survived the explosion at White Beard’s camp and is immortal or is himself a time traveler, having appeared in the present as the mysterious Adam Monroe.—Editorial Director Mel Caylo

Four of Isaac’s prescient paintings came to pass in last night’s episode: the hand holding the vial of liquid, which turned out to be Mohinder holding the Shanti virus; a blonde woman banging on the door, which turned out to be Niki trying to break into Bob’s office; two men standing in what looked to be a jail cell behind a window, with the biohazard symbol in the corner, which turned out to be Peter and an official looking into a roomful of dead people who have died from the Shanti virus; and Hiro swordfighting against Kensei, which turned out to be just that. The two paintings left are Mohinder shooting a gun and HRG lying dead as Claire and a mysterious figure embrace in the background. —Editorial Director Mel Caylo

Sure, revealing Takezo Kensei to be the mysterious Adam who’s been working to kill some heroes while apparently allying himself with Peter is a “WHA?!?!” moment like no other, but after just seeing a “death scene” where the English samurai swore to never stop until he destroyed everyone Hiro loved, the impact was a bit blunted. —Staff Writer Kiel Phegley


Next Time on ‘Heroes’

We flash back to those missing four months between Season 1’s finale and Season 2’s first episode. Nathan and Peter deal with the fallout from his explosion and we learn about the encounters that Peter had with the Company. We learn the reason behind D.L.’s death and Maya uses her powers for the first time.

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