Yes, as a Canadian I’m lucky enough to get an early shot at this week’s episode of Heroes that is its last until late April. After last week’s fantastic “Company Man”, which I consider to be the best episodes of TV aired last month, how does Heroes move forward in advancing their key storylines? Well, here’s how:
[Note: These are spoilers, and are only slightly vague. You’ve been warned!]
– Within the first few minutes: Bennet wakes up, Hiro arrives in Las Vegas, Peter escapes after Simone’s death and Claire realizes that she won’t be going home anytime soon.
– Nathan appears to have had a secret agenda throughout his campaign which could prove particularly volatile in its final days.
– Bennet doesn’t remember any of the past few episodes; however, it appears that he was busy off-screen in the last episodes and that his wife’s memory loss is perhaps not as complete as it once was.
– Sylar and Mohinder are back in New York (they “drove all night”) and Sylar is looking to complete the other part of Hiro’s fast-forward into the future: the murder of Isaac Mendez. However, it appears that Mohinder is only playing dumb, which is the greatest logical leap the show has asked of me in weeks.
– Hiro and Nathan have a chance greeting in LA; Hiro suffers from “Flying Man Interruptus” but gets it out in a different location as they forge further allegiance.
– Claire, for some odd reason, continues to have her creepy crush on Peter Petrelli while at the airport, and makes a last-ditch effort to go save him as opposed to continuing safely with the Haitian.
– Candace, our new young hero, proves to be quite useful on Bennet’s mission in New York; her ability is morph-a-rific.
– Jessica spends some time bonding with Micah over the unreleased Heavenly Sword for PS3 (Just part one of the Sony whoring in the episode: U.S. residents still have reason to turn in for the Spider-Man 3 Preview). Meanwhile, D.L. chats with Jessica about the Nathan assassination as Niki tries to throw a wrench into her double’s fan.
– Mohinder, having learned the truth about Sylar, decides to torture him for the purpose of scientific research. Sylar is quite adept, however, at manipulating Mohinder’s emotional weakenings.
– Hiro visits with Javier from Felicity who curates the Linderman Museum of Mendez paintings and random artifacts, and meets with an old friend who didn’t quite understand that 754-1 still gives you 753.
– Nathan’s backup plan in dealing with Linderman runs into a little hitch as Jessica makes her move on his life.
– Remember how the show asked us to think Mohinder was smart? Well, even it couldn’t keep a straight face for the entire episode on that one.
– Isaac decides to prophesize his own future for a change…it’s not pretty.
– The whole Niki/Jessica thing becomes really confusing for Nathan, who isn’t quite understanding it.
– There’s an earlier point in the episode where Candace compliments Mrs. Bennet on her hair…make note of that around the 45 minute mark.
– Hiro finally regains his ability to ignore that whole “time” thing later in the episode. His location of choice, however, could perhaps have been a bit better.
– Claire makes it to New York, and when she arrives she finds that she has a bit of a mysterious benefactor who’s trying to keep her safe.
– Nathan hits a girl.
– If you were holding a secret meeting with a political candidate, where would you have it? Apparently, for Linderman, it’s in a hotel kitchen.
– Linderman’s first words: “Do you enjoy vegetables, Mr. Petrelli” A Clockwork Orange this ain’t, as he enjoys cooking. He reminds me most of Malcolm McDowell’s character on Entourage.
– Linderman ends the episode by making a proposition to an angry Nathan: considering his flying, Peter’s problem, his illegitimate daughter, and “all the others like you.” He has big plans for Nathan, bigger than he could possible imagine.
– At episode’s end Peter enters Mohinder’s apartment to find Mohinder in a precarious position. We end on a chunk of hair falling to the floor amongst droplets of blood.
I’ll withhold my opinions until this week’s Superpower Bauer Hour, so stay tuned until Tuesday Afternoon!