Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"Heroes" Worship: Nov.12, 2007

I read one of Wizard Universe's columns and they've highlighted Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier as a "best bet" for value. Does this mean that this super super SUPER late title is finally shipping in the next couple of weeks or so? I haven't seen it in any of the shipping lists yet!

Anyway, it's time for another Heroes recap...ALREADY!?

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

By Wade Gum

Posted November 13, 2007 10:15 AM

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’

We learned who our new villain is when the identity of the mysterious Adam was revealed. Hiro left the past after getting into a big fight with Kensei. The fight ended with an entire camp full of gunpowder exploding and Kensei presumed dead. Either Kensei’s healing factor is insanely good and prevents aging or he’s a time traveler, because he showed up in present day claiming to be Adam, the man responsible for murdering all the elder superheroes recently.

Peter is the one who learned about Adam, after returning from the post-apocalyptic future. He unwittingly used Hiro’s time-traveling ability and got both himself and Caitlin stuck in a future world where the Shanti virus has decimated the world’s population. Once there, Peter ran into his mother, Angela, who jogged some of his memories about childhood and made him remember a bit about who he is. Peter accidentally sent himself back into the past, stranding Caitlin in the future.

Matt Parkman confronted his daddy issues when his father, Maury, tried to kill Bob at Primatech. Matt used his abilities to rescue Molly Walker from her nightmare prison and trapped his father in one instead. Niki, influenced by Maury, ended up injecting herself with the Shanti virus in a moment of clarity. No big deal, right? She’ll just inject herself with Mohinder’s inhibitors and be cured again. Nope! The virus has mutated and now Mohinder’s inhibitors have no effect.

The tortured romance between Claire and West hit a speed bump when West discovered that Claire’s father, Noah, is the man responsible for tagging him back in the day. West flew off in a huff and Noah threatened to move the entire family out of California once he discovered Claire’s recent dating exploits. There may not be any time for that though, since Mohinder is on his way to track down Claire. According to Bob, her regenerative powers may hold the key for stopping the Shanti virus.

The Recap—‘Four Months Ago’

Tired of “Heroes” constantly jumping around in time with its narrative? Wish the plot would move forward instead of backward? Too bad! It’s time to jump back four months and explore the immediate aftereffects of Peter’s explosion. After returning to the present without Caitlin, Peter runs into Adam/Kensei. According to Adam, the Haitian is responsible for Peter’s amnesia. He tells Peter to absorb his healing power and use it to repair his mind. Of course, that triggers a series of convenient flashbacks to four months ago.

After Nathan sped off into the sky with Peter, Nathan’s face got horribly burned by the power he was giving off. Peter persuaded Nathan to let him go, causing Peter to expend his explosive power above New York. Afterward, Peter was okay and used his flying ability to catch Nathan and speed him off to safety. Peter carries Nathan into the emergency room and then tries to make his getaway. Unfortunately, he gets captured once Elle and Bob appear out of nowhere and zap him.

Peter wakes up in Bob’s office and gets a stern talking-to. Bob considers him a threat until Peter can learn to control his powers. Until he can do so, the Haitian will continue blocking Peter’s abilities. He’s put on a strict diet of pills to control his abilities. While in the program, he meets his next-door cellmate: Adam.

Peter forges a friendship with dear Adam and hatches a plan. With Adam’s healing powers, Peter hopes to heal Nathan of his injuries. Peter stops taking the Haitian medicine and uses the phasing powers he took from D.L. in order to break Adam out. They go to the hospital and use Adam’s blood to heal Nathan, but Elle and the Haitian are onto them. Elle subdues Adam with her electric powers, but the Haitian continues his ambiguous game by erasing Peter’s memory and locking him inside a shipping container.

In the storied life of Micah and Niki, D.L. barely survived his encounter with Linderman but doctors say he’ll live. Micah and Niki have a little family moment with D.L. and celebrate his recovery. Since Niki doesn’t have medical insurance, Bob picks up the tab on his bill. Bob is really dead-set on this curing of dangerous powers and wants to help Niki with her Jessica problem.

Niki agrees to take the medication that Peter was on but eventually stops doing it. As a result, she goes a bit crazy and develops yet another personality. She leaves Micah and D.L. behind to go shack up with another crazy drug addict, who ends up shooting D.L. once he arrives and killing him. Well, that settles that, eh?

Four months ago, Alejandro married a beautiful woman after knowing her for only four months. Maya was wary of the wedding from the start. During the reception, Maya witnessed her brother’s new wife getting busy with her ex-boyfriend, causing her to manifest her deadly powers and kill everyone at the wedding party. Alejandro wants Maya to surrender to the cops, but ends up discovering that his power can counteract hers and goes on the run with dear old sis.

‘Heroes’ Highlights

Note to the viewer: On “Heroes,” if someone says something that seems totally innocuous and sweet, it means the ending is going to prove that phrase untrue with horrific irony. Case in point, D.L.’s seeming survival from the Linderman-induced gunshot wound and subsequent proclamation of domestic joy. The second the phrase left his lips, we knew it wasn’t going to end well, and thanks to Niki’s new “Gina” personality, that’s just what happened. On the positive side, if we lived in the world of “Heroes” we’d walk around all day going, “I ain’t gonna find a million dollars. I ain’t gonna find a million dollars.”—Staff Writer Kiel Phegley

While “Heroes” generally does a nice job of pulling our sympathies one way or the other on certain characters, the revelation that Angela Petrelli willingly broke up her son’s marriage to hide the secrets of her own past settled our minds on mommy dearest. That woman has to die! Okay, maybe that’s a bit much, but her chances of being redeemed by volume’s end are as small as our chances of figuring out the exact dictates of her particular power before we’re told.—Staff Writer Kiel Phegley

So…Peter explodes but his clothes stay intact? He must’ve absorbed Tommy Hilfiger’s super-tailor powers. —Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

She can seduce you, electrocute you sadistically AND give you a mean haircut! She may be black as sin…but it’s tough not falling for this bad girl. Just don’t get too close—she’ll surge a thousand volts through your tongue! —Executive Editor Brian Cunningham

D.L. becoming a firefighter makes sense, since it’s a noble profession and his phasing abilities would come in handy. But what’s up with Niki selling cars? Nothing wrong with putting folks in a shiny new vehicle (“Could I interest you in a Nissan Versa?”), but which personality would do the selling: Niki or Jessica? A bit of heated bargaining over free floor mats could send you through the showroom window.—Wizard Universe editor Eric Moya

When Alejandro’s bride sneaks into the closet to fool around with her ex-boyfriend, that’s just human nature, but admittedly, that’s a pretty messed up thing to do. But seriously, there was a deadbolt on that door. I’d think if you were going to cheat on your new husband the night of your wedding you would LOCK THE DOOR! The other part where I scratched my head? I was wondering how D.L. could become a firefighter after only a month or so. Even volunteer firefighters have to go through some training, right?—Editorial Director Mel Caylo

Okay, so this week’s rating isn’t exactly fair as an all-flashback episode almost certainly precludes any kind of dangling plot threads, but the revelations that Bob is behind Elle, that Niki has a third personality and that Mrs. Petrelli is the one who broke up Nathan’s marriage pretty much make up for it. Fingers crossed for next week.—Staff Writer Kiel Phegley

Next Time on ‘Heroes’

Noah gets his family packed up and ready to leave the wild wild West Coast, but Claire is a petulant teenager and doesn’t want to leave her creepy stalker boyfriend behind. Hiro takes another jaunt into the past and teams up with Dan from “Journeyman” to save the world! Actually, he just makes a stunning personal discovery. Mohinder encounters Elle and lives to tell about it, and the Maya/Alejandro/Sylar “Three’s Company” story barrels onward.

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