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The line to get into Hall H, which housed panels for Heroes and Lost at Comic-Con on Saturday morning, was so massive that it nearly wrapped around the San Diego Convention Center. Some people camped out all night to get into the panels, and when I hopped in line about two hours before the hall opened there were thousands of people in front of me. Thankfully, I was able to get into the building and watch as Heroes creator Tim Kring unveiled the shocking first half of the two-hour season 3 premiere, entitled “The Second Coming.” Afterwards, cast members including Milo Ventimiglia, Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka and Hayden Panettiere took the stage for a short Q&A session.
BEWARE! MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD!
“The Second Coming” kicks off four years in the future, where we see a brunette Claire facing off with the facially scarred Peter Petrelli. He wants to go back and shoot Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) before he can tell the world about their secret, and she’s willing to do anything to stop him. It’s not long before Future Peter travels back to the present, and at that moment the episode kicks into high gear. Fans can look forward to the resurrection of Linderman, new superpowers for Ando (in the future) and Mohinder (in the present), a new identity for Niki, and finding out what Sylar does to people’s brains. It’s an episode jam-packed with surprises and revelations, some of which are a bit ridiculous, and others that are genuinely jaw-dropping.
Between the shocks and surprises, the premiere also lays the groundwork for the rest of the season. Hiro gets a message from his dead father warning him about a formula that could destroy the world. Half of the formula is in his father’s safe, but if anyone should ever get their hands on it the results would be catastrophic. Of course, moments after Hiro opens the safe a new speedy foil named Daphne breezes by and steals the formula. It’s up to Hiro and his trusty sidekick to get the document back before something very bad happens. In addition, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) heads to a prison full of villains (including Noah Bennett) to steal their powers after successfully absorbing Claire’s healing ability.
I can’t say I was a fan of the second season of Heroes, but thankfully the third season premiere seems to be a massive improvement. I still think the show would be better off without the likes of Mohinder, Maya and whoever Ali Larter is playing now days, but for the most part the premiere recaptured the comic book zip of the first season. The hardcore fans were definitely excited, and I seemed to be the only one annoyed that characters were coming back from the dead yet again. Seriously, does no one kick the bucket on this show?
After “The Second Coming,” the creators and stars of the series took the stage for a short Q&A moderated by Heroes scribe Jeph Loeb. One lucky girl got a hug and a picture from Milo Ventimiglia, while other audience members got prizes like DVDs and Heroes action figures. As the panel came to a close, Tim Kring grabbed the mic and let the audience know, “We’re back, and we’re back in a big way.” Viewers can discover just how big Heroes can get when the show returns to NBC on September 22.
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