When Heroes returns for its fourth season, our super-powered friends will try to start anew after all the cat and mouse chase that’s happened in the past three seasons. And that includes seeing Ando go back to his normal life as an employee at Yamagato Industries. Hearing that actually sounds boring but we all know that there will always be a few villains popping out of the woods and sooner or later, he’ll be fighting crime again.
Still, it’s interesting to see how Ando, a character who has evolved from a regular human being to a hero with power amplification and energy projection, in a storyline different from what we’re used to. After all, his portrayer, James Kyson Lee, has already hinted before, “He’s going to be starting a new business with Hiro [Masi Oka] and that’s gonna thrust us into some really unusual adventures.”
The nature of the business and the “really unusual adventures” will remain a surprise for now but Lee hints it’s related to superpowers. “I’m going to save it for the premiere, but you’ll find out the first episode,” Lee said. “You’re going to see a giant billboard. We’re back at Yamagato. This new venture that we’re starting, it’s a handful right now. That’s what this volume is about.”
While Ando and Hiro’s new venture alone would setup a potentially good storyline, Ando has another storyline that’s more worth looking forward to. “He’s going to partner with somebody that you would never expect on the show,” Lee said. “I’m going to keep that a little bit [mysterious], but someone that you totally did not expect.” Who could he be partnering with? Tracy? Angela? Or perhaps one of the newcomers like Robert Knepper’s Samuel Sullivan?
Ando is expected to appear in between 12 to 15 episodes of the fourth season’s 19 episodes. Sounds like Lee’s getting a more substantial role this season on Heroes and it’s about time.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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