One of the best parts of picking up a new TV show is when you figure out that the show is so much more than you expected. Heroes is one of these shows. At first, I expected it to be like The 4400 meets X-Men, and while a lot of that is true, the quality of the show goes beyond the obvious science fiction/comic book crossover geekery to give us a number of great story elements. It’s great seeing people get their powers and figure out ways to use them, but it is even better to see how all of their stories are interconnected, and you know that it’s going to be just as interesting watching how they all get together to save us from the impending nuclear apocalypse in New York City.Once again, we are forced to deal with the narrator. I’m not at the point where I feel like I am going to have to figure out who this guy is and tie him up until the show is over, but I figure that it would be just as easy to pull off justifiable homicide since I am guess about 41 million of the 42 million viewers NBC touts as watching Heroes would probably testify in my favor. However, I am not in the habit of breaking necks, just hearts (yeeooow!), so I’ll leave that to somebody with closer ties to NBC-U.
This week’s educational lesson from Mohinder was “Sometimes questions are more powerful than answers”, which is also a good way of describing the allure of this show. It’s one thing to know that a bunch of people have powers, but there are so many questions, like how is it happening, why is it happening to some and not others, why at this point in time, and what is it all leading up to?
There are a number of powerful questions that we have to deal with from last week, and to start, we checked in with Matt Parkman. We saw from the previews last week, that the mysterious black guy and Claire’s father, who we still don’t have an official first name for; even the imdb calls him “Horn Rimmed Glasses”, so unless I suddenly get creative, that’s how I’m going to refer to him. HRG has Matt strapped to a bed and attached to a number of medical instruments.
In the past few weeks, I have been coming up with an alternate theory to HRG. I think that he might actually be a good guy. He’s creepy and secretive, that’s for sure, but if he had wanted to kill anybody, he would have done so already. At first, I thought he was holding back only because he had reservations about killing his daughter, but now that I see he has this black guy who obviously has an ability, I think he has been holding out for a reason. Yes, that reason may be that he wants to get as much information from the heroes that he captures before killing them, but it might mean he doesn’t actually want to kill anybody. Matt asks him if he is FBI or CIA, and Claire’s father says that he is not part of any organization that has initials.
Saying that his organization doesn’t have initials is probably his way of saying that he doesn’t work for the government, which probably leaves us with some sort of international brotherhood or cabal, like the Stonecutters, that are secretly pulling the strings with one hand, while keeping the metric system down with the other. It sounds far-fetched, yes, but why not? If there is secret society created to protect the Holy Grail, couldn’t there be some society out there watching over the heroes? Now, it doesn’t explain why the creepiest guy on the planet was picked to keep the traditions going, but it does add a nice little level of conspiracy not seen since Sydney Bristow and The Alliance.
Horn-rimmed glasses doesn’t really interrogate Matt, but it is clear that Matt is becoming a little more powerful. At first, the mysterious black guy was able to block all of Matt’s attempts to get into HRG’s head, but at the end Matt says “Who’s Claire?” which doesn’t really faze HRG, but he does tell mysterious black guy to “go deep, and clean him out”, which, besides sounding kind of gross, kind of puts a dent into this whole “HRG is not really that bad theory.
Speaking of Claire, I think we can all admit that the scene at the end of the last episode where she sees herself split down the middle on an autopsy table was one of the best twists in a long time. It was just gross enough that you wanted to look away, but it was also so gross that you really needed to know what happened next and didn’t actually pull away.
This week, we are treated to the shot of Claire getting her incision and her chest being exposed. The medical examiner, who appears to have no idea who Claire is and has not one clue that Claire is special in anyway, is dictating her findings, which are that Claire was found in a river, naked, and they could tell she was dragged a long distance. The base of her skull was punctured by a tree branch, which we all saw last week, but before the ME can continue, she receives a phone call. Hey, its’ late, and it’s not like the body is going anywhere, so she might as well answer the phone, which is conveniently placed in another, room, which gives Claire time to wake up, realize where she is, pull herself together (literally) and sneak out.
The ME comes in to find that Claire is missing. I am not sure how often this happens in this small Texas town, but it seemed like the Medical Examiner reacted with an “Oh, now where did I put that girl that was murdered and thrown into the river?” instead of “OH SHIT! Who the hell walked in here and stole that dead body? Man, I have to stop drinking.” Claire gets home and her parents didn’t know that she was gone, and she is even able to sneak in wearing nothing but a lab coat. I have to say, Claire’s little brother kind of sucks. Aren’t younger siblings supposed to tattle on you if you are out even five minutes past when mom and dad said to be back? He not only completely missed that his sister was out all night; he completely missed it when she snuck in THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. This kid really needs to go to younger sibling re-education camp.
Sibling re-education is a perfect way to segue into Nathan and Peter’s story. Nathan so desperately wanted his brother to change that he fabricated a case of depression as a way of preemptively explaining away any crazy things that Peter may do in the future. Peter was upset with how his brother threw him under the bus, but it’s not like Peter’s night ended horribly. He not only got a kiss from Simone, he even convinced her to go back to his apartment, and yes, he sealed the deal.
I am actually very impressed with how well Peter is handling things. Simone is attractive, has a job, and didn’t leave screaming when she woke up and realized that she just slept with her father’s nurse. Things are going well until Peter suddenly turns into a retard and starts asking about Simone and Isaac. They are just about to get into the “what does this all mean” talk when somebody rings the doorbell. Peter goes to answer it there and finds his brother is there, and his brother is pissed.
When Mohinder left Sylar’s place after the police came and found it had been cleared out, he wasn’t left with much to continue the investigation about his father’s death and the whole dramatic paradigm shift in the history of man’s evolution thing. He did, however, have the name of Nathan Petrelli and went to find him. Mohinder found Nathan, but Nathan didn’t want to hear what he had to say. In fact, he thought that Peter had said something, and told his security guys to keep an eye on him.
Nathan went to Peter’s apartment to confront him about it. Peter has been acting strange lately, but he didn’t tell Mohinder about Nathan. And honestly, what if he did? When Nathan arrived at Peter’s place, he was practically foaming at the mouth with anger. But really, how can Nathan be upset after what he did to his brother the day before? Peter denied anything happened, but his brother gave him some money and told him that he could spend his own time chasing down Dr. Suresh.
I am sure that most of you reading are really upset that I haven’t mentioned the studliest man of the show, Hiro, until now. When we last saw Hiro, he was making his way to Las Vegas. Because of the way things were working out on the show, I thought that he was going to bump into Niki and somehow save her from her predicament, but that was not the case. Hiro does walk past her, but he has no clue that he is supposed to help her. Hiro does know that he has to get in touch with Isaac, and has been leaving messages for him Japanese, but until he figures out how to say “You are going to die in five weeks and then New York will explode” in English, I am sure Isaac is going to have trouble figuring out what to do.
Hiro wants to get in touch with Isaac for not just to save his life, but because he needs some direction. Ando may be content to sit around and spend his money on gambling, but Hiro really wants to start saving the world. They have less than five weeks to save Isaac and New York City, so there really isn’t that much time to sit around playing roulette, but that is what Ando decides to do. The good news is that Ando won’t be playing for long; the bad news is the only reason he would think about stopping is that he is out of money. He is actually about to lose the last of their money, when Hiro stops time and intervenes.
Ando is so excited that he won, and is really even more excited when Hiro tries to tell him that he helped him win because they were about to lose all of their money. Hiro was completely conflicted with his decision, but Ando saw it as an opportunity to really make a lot of money. Although Hiro was opposed to using his powers for anything other than helping people was cheating, Ando reminded him that Peter Parker sold pictures of Spiderman, and that wasn’t considered cheating, and Hiro decides that maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if to make a little money before they get on their way to New York. They make a ton of money and even though the cameras don’t catch them actually doing anything, the casinos really don’t like how well they are doing and decide to throw them out, Rain Man style.
Hiro and Ando’s Vegas Vacation ends with the two of them outside, confronted by a couple of people that they swindled at Black Jack[actually that would be poker, thanks Sholia]. Ando, feeling invincible knowing that Hiro can just stop time if they ever get in trouble, basically tells the guy that Hiro will kick his ass. Unfortunately, Ando neglected to tell Hiro about his plan and before he can lift a fever, Hiro is knocked out with what is really nothing more than a slap to the face.
Niki’s time in Vegas was a little more interesting. Mr. Lindermann, the guy pulling all of the strings in this town, is actually going to give Niki a way to undo all of the trouble she has caused him. Considering Niki’s husband stole millions from him, and she killed a couple of his collectors AND owes him some money as well, you almost start to think that this guy Lindermann isn’t so bad. Then you hear what she is asked to do. There is somebody coming in from New York and he needs to protect one of his investments. In other words, Niki is being asked to sleep with this guy. Lindermann will have a hidden camera and take incriminating photographs to use against him.
We all know that Niki is a sex worker, but her show is mostly soft core, and doesn’t involve her having to risk disease in order to satisfy her customers. What she’s being asked to do now is something different, and although she doesn’t want to do it, Lindermann is threatening Micah, and so she decides to seduce this guy and get it over with. You feel really bad for Niki, and you feel even worse for Micah. His mother has tried to shield him from the sort of life that put his father into exile, and has sort have been able to keep things from unraveling, but the deeper she gets into some of these schemes, the closer it all gets to just falling apart.
Wow, yet another great opportunity for a segue. Another young woman trying to keep things together after a tragedy is, of course, Claire. It’s hard enough that she was raped, but because of her ability, she feels like she can’t tell anybody. She was able to fool her brother, but her dad is no fool, and he notices that her feet are dirty. She tried to lie at first, but then admitted that she was with the quarterback, and you can tell that her father is pissed off, but he is going to miss his plane and has to leave. Once again, he tells Claire that she can always be honest with him because he loves her, and again I am starting to think that perhaps he isn’t the most awful person on the show.
As I said before, I thought that the medical examiner would have made a little bit more of a fuss about a missing body, but Claire seemed to get by that with no problem, but what about school? If she’s worried about her secret, she can’t just show up and go to class next to the person that stripped her naked and threw her in the river to cover up his crime? Can she? Yes she can. Claire goes back to school, and now that the popular boy has proven himself to be capable of rape and murder, she is back to talking to unpopular Zach, who tries to tell her that she has to tell somebody. Claire reminds him that she doesn’t have a scratch on her, which means no evidence. The quarterback, Brody, was so drunk that he probably doesn’t remember what happened. I don’t think he could have been that drunk because alcohol affects certain, uh, “motor” functions, but I guess with everything else going on, it makes as much sense as anything else.
Now that Peter has a fistful of cash, he decides to track down Dr. Suresh. Now, when Peter mentioned that Dr. Suresh had come up and asked him questions, he never thought to think that perhaps there were more than one Dr. Suresh, because honestly, Mohinder looks nothing like his father. Therefore, when Peter shows up at Mohinder’s door, everybody is very confused, including me. You see, before Peter showed up at Mohinder’s door, Eden showed up at Mohinder’s door, with a package. Their are many things wrong with this scenario: 1) Mohinder still hasn’t figured out that Eden is evil and now shows up unannounced with packages for him 2) The package contained his father’s ashes. I know that Mohinder is bitter and all, but is it too much trouble to pick up your own father’s ashes? 3) If Eden wants all this information from Mohinder, I wish she would just start sleeping with him and move this little charade along a little bit until a) she reveals that she has been spying on him or b) falls in love with him and decides she doesn’t want to spy any more or c) all of the above.
Receiving a parent’s ashes can be a downer, and Mohinder started to wonder why he even bothered staying in the states. To be honest, if I was in Mohinder’s position, I might have been a little skeptical at first, but how can he give up after finding Sylar’s apartment? Isn’t that like a huge clue that shit was going down? And if that wasn’t a big enough clue, how about a guy faking that he is a repairman just to tap your phones? Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and there is a ton of smoke surrounding Mohinder right now.
Both Peter and Mohinder failed to realize that they had met each other only a few weeks back, and Mohinder probably would have left if it wasn’t for Peter, who tells him that he is special. The only problem, of course, is that Peter doesn’t seem to have any powers right now. Like many of us have been speculating, Peter believes he only has powers when he is around other people with powers, which would explain his ability to fly when his brother was around, and draw the future a short time after he met Isaac. Peter’s brother is going to be in Vegas, so that won’t work (even if Mohinder could get through security), but Isaac is in town and although it’s always awkward to talk to the guy that used to be going out with the girl you just had sex with the night before, this heroes work is more important than some silly feud.
Wait? What was that? Nathan went to Vegas? Yes, that’s right. We learned that Nathan’s opponent is named “Lindermann”, and although Nathan is up in the polls, Lindermann has enough cash to buy some of those numbers back. You can probably guess a little bit of what’s going on from here. That guy that Niki was supposed to get in a compromising position? Well, that’s Nathan. And although I thought that Nathan was a smart guy, how can he be so stupid as to fall for that trick. He bumps into Niki and, I shit you not, ruins her ticket to Celine Dion. I think he did her a favor, but she is upset.
When I go to Vegas, I play a game that is literally called “Hooker or Skank”. This game involves find the girls who dress like hookers and walk around the casinos and trying to determine if they are actually prostitutes, or just normal girls who decided that it would be unfair for them to try and make people guess what color their underwear was or if they were wearing any at all. Niki says that she is a businesswoman that is on a business trip. She’s alone because she doesn’t like her co-workers. Everybody has co-workers that they can’t stand, so that’s believable, but take a look at that dress and those heels. What kind of businesswoman wears that for a conference? It just screams prostitute.
At first, I thought that nothing was going to happen. Niki and Nathan started talking, but then the conversation slipped to their spouses and their kids, and I thought that had killed the move, but Nathan proved politicians are the biggest whores on the planet and starts to kiss Niki, but she decides she is not going to be a whore and leaves. Unfortunately, this entire plan is not just up to her. When she takes the elevator down, she is met by one of Lindermann’s men, who politely remind her what will happen to her or her son if she doesn’t finish what she is supposed to do. Yes, that was a threat, and you know what happens whenever Niki is threatened: Niki 2.0 comes out! And this time, they didn’t cut away before we got to see her.
For the record, I am still trying to figure out what Niki’s power is. I know Niki 2.0 is powerful, but it’s still just a multiple personality, no? Niki 2.0 beats up the security guard, and then warns him if he ever threatens “our” son again, she is going to put a heel through his skull. But you know what? It didn’t matter. Niki 2.0 didn’t leave the casino; she went right back to Nathan’s room and threw him on the bed. I guess that means Niki’s power is an angrier, sluttier version of herself, but that’s still doesn’t make her a hero, does it? I can tell you that she has that hero symbol thing on her back. Take a look:
Yes, I know you can’t see it in the picture above, but I thought that Ali Larter’s posterior should be saved for posterity’s sake. Here is a shot of that tat:
Peter and Mohinder took the subway to Isaac’s place, but they knocked and didn’t hear anybody, so they just turned back. I think they should have been a little more persistent because Isaac was inside doing his business. Just imagine, if Mohinder broke in like he broke into Sylar’s apartment, they could have seen Isaac. Instead, they just return to the subway. More on that in a bit, but we should talk at least a little about Isaac. Simone went to Isaac’s apartment earlier in the day, where he confronted her about Peter. He drew a picture of her and Peter together months ago, but since it only rained the night before, he wanted to know if what he drew was true. Simone didn’t know what to say other than she doesn’t know how she feels about either of them.
Simone’s main issue is, of course, Isaac’s paintings. Before, he was upset that he couldn’t stop himself, but now he wants the drawings to come to him. Before he thought they were an accident, but now he believes that he can save the world. He doesn’t tell us how it’s going to happen, but we know that it is going to happen. For now, he just gets high and paints. And his eyes literally glaze over when it happens. He has the same look in his eyes as Claire did when she was dead on the autopsy table, if you ask me, although I can’t say if that is just a coincidence. When Mohinder and Peter stop by, he is painting a picture of Claire. She is sitting on some random set of steps somewhere, and there is a huge shadow looming over her. Is she in trouble?
Not really. Claire wanted to pretend that nothing happened the night of her rape, but when another girl came up to her and said that the same thing happened to her as well, Claire started to think that maybe Brody shouldn’t be left alone. She decided to pretend that she needed a ride home after school, and after finding out he owned a stick shift, asked if she could drive. As they are driving, Claire lets him know that she remembered what happened that night, but instead of apologizing, he says that it was her fault, she was drunk, and, of course, she “wanted it”. If “it” was a sweater massage, maybe, but that is not the “it” that Boyd is talking about.
Did anybody else find it sort of strange that Boyd was as arrogant as he was? Like I said, I am not sure he was drunk enough to forget stripping Claire down and dumping her in the river, so he had to think it was strange that she, you know, came back to life. Then he had to find it strange that Claire didn’t remember any of this, and wanted a ride home from him. Then he had to find it strange that she was driving 80 miles an hour and blowing past red lights, but even then, when Claire asks him about Laurie Trammel, the girl that said Boyd attacked her, Boyd says that she is a slut. When Claire asks if Boyd is going to call her a slut as well, Boyd said, “I already do. And there’s nothing you can do about it.”
When Claire realized that Boyd wouldn’t admit that anything happened, was not at all remorseful, and clearly wasn’t going to change his ways, she decided to get a little bit of vigilante justice. She put her foot on the pedal, got Boyd’s Camaro into 5th gear, and then crashed the car into a wall. Wow. I don’t want to condone murder, but is there anybody who is going to say that Boyd didn’t get exactly what he deserved?
Earlier, Claire’s father said that he would be late for his plane, but there would be a throw down when he got back. It made me think that they were on a different timeline because why would he have to get on a plane? The only place I could think for him to go would Los Angeles, but didn’t we already see what happened. Well, I was wrong. I am not sure how he knows who has powers before anybody else, but he decided to fly to Vegas. The next time we see him he is in Nathan’s room, looking at Niki and Nathan. The mysterious black guy is with him, and HRG tells him to take one but leave the other. But who are they going to take? And why do they want them?
I was just trying to figure out that one in my head when we cut back to Peter in New York. As he and Mohinder were traveling back from Isaac’s, the train suddenly stopped and so did everybody else inside. It was almost like Hiro was pulling it off, but how could he be pulling it off when he is in Vegas. Was there somebody else who had Hiro’s power? WAS IT SYLAR?
No, it was Hiro. Yes, Hiro. But it wasn’t the Hiro that we know. This Hiro knew English, didn’t wear glasses, and looked to be dressed in some sort of ninja get up. You have to admit, it was a pretty nice upgrade, but Hiro wasn’t there to pick up chicks. He looked at Peter told him that his name was Hiro Nakamura, mentioned something about you look different without your scar (I noticed Nathan had a big one on his chin), and then said “I have a message for you”.
As far as the twists go, this would have been much better if we didn’t see so much last week, but it was pretty good. I thought this might have been the best episode of the season. Claire seems about to lose it, so I wonder how she’ll handle being a killer, even if it was justified. I think the way that we left Matt Parkman, we are supposed to believe that he is dead, but I really don’t believe that is the case. Most importantly, I need to know what Hiro told Peter! That’s going to be killing me for a week.
What did you think of this episode? Is Horn Rimmed Glasses really evil? What is Hiro going to tell Peter?