Last week, on the season 2 premiere of Heroes
: Mohinder infiltrated the Company at HRG's behest, Claire got a flying stalker, Parkman got a job with the NYPD, Molly had nightmares of the Big Bad, Hiro discovered his hero is a faker, Hiro's dad was killed by the person he least suspected, Peter shirtlessly had amnesia, and two Hondurans with no connection to anyone ate up some time. Conspicuously absent? Niki, Micah and Sylar.
There was also mention of an either good or evil alliance of 12 with Mama Petrelli, Charles Deveaux, Linderman, Hiro's dad, and eight players to be named later. They're like the original Justice League, or Jesus' apostles, or Cylon models, or the days of Christmas. These "things that come in 12" jokes doing anything for you?
Peter (Milo Ventimiglia
) begins the episode shirtless, tied to a chair, getting water poured over him and getting beaten up by the Irish thugs who want their iPods. Fans of Milo Ventimiglia and S&M rejoice. Afterwards, an Irish lass named Caitlin shows up to wash Peter off. She notices his necklace, which is the same Godsend symbol on Hiro's dad's photo and Kensei's flag. After washing off all the blood, she marvels that he doesn't have a scratch on him. Later Peter uses some of his many adopted abilities to get out of his bindings and take down some other Irish thugs to save Caitlin. Peter is now stuck in the middle of an Irish gang war, and the leader blackmails Peter into helping him because he has a box with Peter's possessions and information about who he is.
Claire (Hayden Panettiere
) is still whining about living a secret double life, just like she did all last season. HRG (Jack Coleman
) sees a newspaper article about Hiro's dad's death, and he knew it was coming. He has an Isaac Mendez original painting showing Kaito's death, and says it's the first in a series of eight. By my count, three of the Alliance of 12 are already dead, meaning the other seven pictures most likely show seven more of them dead, leaving the final two as the culprits. My current theory: Sylar and Veronica Mars are working together as the Big Bads.
Claire is in science class, learning about how lizards have the ability to regenerate limbs. She's a lizard, Peter's a lizard, they're all lizards! West is being an obnoxious stalker guy, rambling about genetics and Mohinder's dad's book. Claire tries to take off, but her car is gone. Claire tells her dad, and she goes off on a rant about how maybe her powers can help other people, but he talks some sense into her about how much the government would run invasive tests on her. That night, she tests to see if she really is a lizard by cutting off her pinky toe with scissors. It magically grows back, but the excitement is short-lived, because West is outside the window stalking her. She runs out, but he's gone (on account of the ability to fly), leaving just Mohinder's dad's book. Claire is scared. As should we all, because since West can fly, and so can Nathan, I think we're in a total Luke and Leia situation with these two, and it's gross.
Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg
) is on the Deveaux roof investigating Kaito's death. They find the photo with the symbol on it. They also found a fingerprint of Angela Petrelli. After about a half hour, the show finally gets back to this plot. Angela is being interrogated and she implies she slept with Kaito a long time ago. Is Nathan Hiro's half-brother? She also lets us know the Godsend symbol was the logo of her husband's law firm. Parkman reads her mind about how someone wants revenge, and she mentally screams for him to get out of her head. When Nathan arrives to pick her up, some unseen figure is attacking her.
Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy
) is chilling in Stephen Tobolowsky's (BING!) posh mansion and gets an assignment. I realize this character has a name and that he can turn stuff into gold, but he'll always be Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day
to me. BING! Anyway, someone in the Caribbean has fallen ill to the mutant virus that can only be cured by Mohinder's blood. Gee, I wonder if the fact that Jimmy Jean-Louis' name was in the opening credits means we get to see...the Haitian! Indeed we do, and Mohinder runs into him and offers to save him, which he does. When he lets it slip that he works for a company, the Haitian gets scared and erases Mohinder's mind of the entire Haitian vacation. Tobolowsky (BING!) shows up to yell at Mohinder, then applaud that the cure works and the virus was contained.
Mohinder shows up to Parkman's apartment to play My Two Dads
to Molly. He gets on the phone with HRG and lets him know about his mission. HRG informs Mohinder that he'll find the other seven paintings on his own. When he gets off the phone, the Haitian is standing there, smiling, and it's kind of nice to see the team back together.
In 17th century Japan, Hiro (Masi Oka
) tries to sober up his hero, Takezo Kensei (David Anders) long enough to save the day. When that fails, Hiro takes Kensei's armor and rides off on his horse. We all get it, Hiro is the one who actually did all of Kensei's famous tasks, thus making him his own hero. Can we fast forward through the next five or six episodes of this dull plot so we can get Hiro back in the present? Hiro, posing as Kensei, uses his space-time manipulation skills to disarm some samurai warriors and save the girl. They stop off in a cherry blossom grove, and he continues to play the Cyrano de Bergerac of ancient Japan. Later, Hiro convinces Kensei to follow him. They exit a building, and samurai warriors fill Kensei with arrows. He dies, much to Hiros' chagrin, but then the wounds heal themselves. Looks like Hiro's hero is a real Hero after all.
Finally, the Honduran Wonder Twins show up to an old family friend's house for some shelter from the storm. They continue to bore the crap out of me. It's a little early, but I'm officially calling them the Heroes
version of Nikki and Paolo from Lost
. A random healer lady tries to help Maya, but she only sees true evil power in her, enough "to kill the devil." They try to cross the border into Mexico, and Maya goes into superpower mode. Her eyes start bleeding, and she knocks the family friend down with her mind. Alejandro shows up, and I guess he has the ability to reverse the eye blood thing. My opinion stands: I want these two buried alive by November.
Next week on Heroes
: Niki and Sylar! Everything's better with Zachary Quinto.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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