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Heroes: The Line

by Kristin Sample, posted Oct 30th 2007 7:20AM
Hiro and Yaeko
(S02E06) "There's a storm coming Dr. Suresh." --Bob

Is Bob heralding the return of season one's magic? Save the cheerleader. Save the world. Claire is a cheerleader again. New York is burning, destroyed, evacuated (or whatever) again. Now all we need is Sylar to get his powers back. I can only hope that the overarching plotline will take us in this direction. It's not that I want to see a repeat of season one. I just long for the overlapping stories. I like seeing the characters all together, supers cooperating to save the world. It gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Peter Petrelli
Early on in this episode, Peter decides to go to location in Montreal, which he future-painted in the last episode. He takes his Irish girlfriend with him and by the magic of television they get from Ireland to Montreal in only one episode.

In Montreal, Peter finds the location from the painting and, inside, finds a mirror with a note addressed to him. The note is from Adam (probably Adam Monroe, the same name on the file Bob had during his conversation with Suresh). I am excited for another new character because I think this character will help Peter get back to his former self. I don't like Peter not having his memory; it doesn't work for me anymore. He had all this self-discovery stuff last season.

Claire Bennet & West
Nothing really all that interesting happened with Claire in this episode. Sometimes I feel like the writers keep her in to satiate the younger audience who appreciate her teen turmoil. Hayden Panettiere is very popular (a kind of nicer, more sober version of Lindsay Lohan). The puppy love with Claire and West plays well too. I know some people think it's dumb but I think it's high time that the only teenager on the show had a love interest.

Back to what happened with Claire. She didn't make cheerleading at the real try-outs so she fanagled her way onto the team by setting up Debbie Marshall (head cheerleader and terrorizer of lesser teens). Claire and West scared Debbie into thinking that a flying man killed Claire then tried to attack her. When Debbie told the police about the crazy turn of events, her stories were not well-received and chalked up to underage drinking.

I did like how Claire and West used their powers to exact their revenge on Debbie. However, they should be careful of such uses of their respective abilities. Being irresponsible with such extraordinary talents may land them in a heap of trouble...probably with Claire's dad. Isn't she supposed to be staying under the radar?

Monica Dawson & Mohinder Suresh
Mohinder Suresh brings Monica Dawson to Hartsdale, NY for testing at company headquarters. Just a quick side note: X-Men's headquarters is also in Westchester, NY. Do all supers come to train in Westchester? I lived in Westchester for a few years and I can attest that I have never seen a mutant or superhero there (even though the powers that be in TV and movie land would have you believe it so.)

Back to Suresh. When he is approached by Bob with a vial that will take away Monica's powers, he refuses to administer the shot because he 1. thinks it's wrong to take away her powers 2. is worried the shot could possibly kill her 3. has moral issues about using her as a lab rat.

While I was not surprised by Suresh's adamant refusal to give Monica the shot, I was a little surprised by Noah Bennet's telling Suresh to man up and do it. Maybe that phone conversation was just a little added suspense for everyone--Will he do it or will Suresh listen to his conscience? In the end, not only does Suresh NOT give Monica the shot, he throws a chair at the fridge which holds the rest of the shots (a very uncharacteristic violent outburst from the professor, I think).

And here's the most incongruous part of tonight's episode: After Suresh "quits" the company (note the bunny ears), Bob apologizes to Suresh, says that he has done things he himself regrets, and says he wants Suresh to stay with the company (not only because Mohinder is a knowledgeable professor who carries the cure for the superpowers in his bloodstream, but also as a sort of moral advisor.) Uhh, Bob is lying. But, since Suresh is not good with important decisions, he stays. Bonus: he now has that psycho Niki as his partner. But she's "cured." (note the bunny ears again).

Back to Monica Dawson for a brief moment. Bob takes her home and gives her an alibi, a dossier full of important contacts, and a video ipod. I am looking forward to next week when Monica knows how to do...well, everything.

Hiro, Kensei, & Yaeko (via Ando)

"First you show me that I can be harmed by no weapon and then you cut me deeper than any blade possibly could." --Kensei

Things finally came to a head with Hiro, Yaeko, and Kensei. Hiro helps save Yaeko's father but in his attempt to finish fixing history he listens to his heart and messes it all up again. After watching Hiro and Yaeko share a kiss, an enraged and heartbroken Kensei turns them over to White Beard.

I wonder if Kensei will forgive Hiro and together they will fight White Beard or if Hiro will have to fight both Kensei and White Beard in the coming episodes. Does anyone else think that Hiro will ultimately become Kensei ( not become the actual person obviously but take Kensei's place in the legendary samurai stories)? Hiro has already led Kensei through so many of his legendary battles. If it wasn't for Hiro, Kensei would be drunk and arm wrestling for money.

Sylar, Maya Herrera, & Alejandro Herrera

The annoying twins are back. I was so happy to have them gone last week. Tweedle Dee can kill people and Tweedle Dum can bring them back to life by holding hands with Tweedle Dee. I still don't understand where all that bad energy goes when he takes it in and saves her from destroying people with the black tears.

Probably the most important development with these twins is that Sylar convinces Maya to use her powers intentionally. If you'll remember, Maya has major moral issues with her powers. In fact, she thinks her power is a curse and is going to see Dr. Suresh (Senior) to fix herself. Also, do I detect a little romance blooming between Maya and Sylar, I mean, Gabriel?

After the dangerous trio cross the border, Alejandro gets into a fist fight with Sylar. Big mistake, dude. Didn't you watch season one? Oh wait, I forgot, you don't speak English. Speaking of speaking English, I bet he wishes that he knew what the heck Sylar was saying to him. Sylar's plans are to get his powers back then take Maya's. If he can't get his powers back, Maya is still a nice consolation prize.

Noah Bennet & The Haitian
This week we found out what trouble Noah and memory-stealing Haitian are up to in Russia. He visited the home of Ivan (a former employee of the company) to find out where Isaac Mendez's paintings are hidden. After threatening to take Ivan's memories of his deceased daughter, Ivan finally gave up the location of the paintings. Then Noah killed him.

Yep, that just happened. I thought we were going to see a softer side of Noah this season. The murder seemed so cold-blooded. Also interesting was Noah's piqued interest in Ivan's offer to rejoin the Company. Didn't he seem all too interested in the idea of not having to hide his family anymore? I thought he had sworn off the Company though.

The Paintings
After many rewinds and pauses with my DVR, here's what I got. Feel free to leave comments about what you think the paintings are of.

"What does it mean?" --Noah

--A painting of Hiro and Kensei fighting each other.
--A painting of Claire sprawled out on the high school stairs.
--A painting of a white hand with a vial (maybe Bob handing the shot to Mohinder?)
--A painting of a blonde girl banging on a window (Niki?)
--A painting of Peter looking in a mirror that says BioHazard on it.
--A painting of a guy with a broken nose and a gun. (Peter? Adam?)
--A painting of Noah on the floor with glasses broken and dead. A blonde girl being held or kissed by someone in the background. (Claire and West?)

Do you think Sylar will get his powers back?
Yes and when he does, look out world.625 (76.9%)
No, he will just use Maya's powers.188 (23.1%)

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I like #31's theory about Hiro changing the past around and Kensei going around killing everyone although I'm not sure I buy that he'd be doing it over an old betrayal lost love sort of thing. I think it'd have more to do with something centering around his powers than anything else. But there's definitely got to be more to Hiro messing around in the past in the past. I totally suppot Hiro getting some love, it'll be pretty amusing if he ends up his own great-great-great-etc-grandfather though.

Peter just seems destined to destroy New York in some way. I'm not too fond of him not having his memory, he has to go through learning his powers all over again so it really does seem to be a version of season one.

I thought the Claire and West thing was alright (though I prefer her other outcast friend), West doesn't seem like he has any darker motives. But thing that made him stand out a little more was when he said their powers made them special, sounded a bit too much like Sylar.

November 05 2007 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Okay, this was a great episode. Unfortunately, it was a great episode in the midst of terrible storylines.

1) Hiro with Kensei is exciting, but last season the main reason I liked Hiro was the way his played off Ando.
2) Memory-lacking Peter Petrelli and the annoying Irish girl. I can't stand this.
3) Maya and Alejandro. Absolutley terrible.
4) Sylar's back. Why? Couldn't they make it good without bringing back the same villain?

Good stuff this season:
1) Claire. I like it so far, although I think it's painfully obvious that West is somehow affiliated with the Company. I mean, "Parental supervision is not an issue."? Come on.
2) HRG and the Haitian back in action. Their scenes in the Ukraine (NOT IN RUSSIA, KRISTIN) were awesome. I like the badass HRG better than the softer side.
3) The relative absence of Nikki. Thank God. She was my least favorite character last season, although her dead husband, D.L., was cool.
4) Mohinder, Parkman, and Molly. Their storyline with Matt's dad as the boogeyman has been exceptional. Too bad that wasn't really advanced this week.
5) Monica Dawson. Unlike the new characters (Irish chick, Veronica Mars, and Maya/Alejandro), she's actually a great character. Her power is much cooler than that of Maya/Alejandro, too. I want to see more of her, less of the twins.

So that's what I think of Season 2 so far. By no means do I want to see the same thing as Season 1, but really -- they could improve on this big-time.

That being said, this episode was the best of the season so far. It was very engaging, to say the least.

November 04 2007 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone see where Hereos Origins may not happen after all? Looks like the pending writters strike and lack luster ratings of Heroes is taking it's toll on the spin off. I am now wondering what maybe the fate of Heroes if continues to be beat on Monday nights.


November 01 2007 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

There was one throwaway line of dialogue that intrigued me - when Ivan mentioned that the warehouse which stored the pictures was where they "tagged the liquid man".

Could it be this is a character we'll see at some point this season?

October 31 2007 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First I just want to say that I'm really enjoying this season with its additional story lines and characters. I'm glad that there are so many things going on that the writers can't fit them all into a single episode.

Second, I think the writers are setting up West to be a Bad Guy. He expresses to Claire that it is okay to embarrass the head cheerleader because they have powers and people with powers are better than everyone else. I also think that West might know that HRG is Claires father and corrupting her - or trying to - is one way of hurting HRG. Its easy to see how West could be the one that kills HRG.

October 31 2007 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am definitely enjoying season 2 so far with one pet peeve. When are they going to introduce the character with universal translation powers so we can finally be done with the annoying subtitles?! There were on screen translations for Spanish, Japanese, and Russian (Ukranian?) last episode. When Peter and Lucky Charm wound up in Montreal all I could groan was "Great, now we have add French subtitles to the mix too?!"

Lose the subtitles, save a viewer!

October 31 2007 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

from the very beginning i've thought that hiro would become kensai, just as you described. i had given it up until kensai turned them over to white beard. i'm really hoping that's how it turns out actually. maybe that's how hiro becomes the badass we saw on the subway?

October 31 2007 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Someone mentioned the paintings and there's a video commentary discussing them all at:


You can find more video commentary on the episode here:

October 31 2007 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Season 1: There's going to be a bomb! Ted, Peter or Sylar? Find out mid-May!

Season 2: There's going to be a virus! Twins, The Company or Sylar? Find out mid-May!

October 30 2007 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay, know that death and destruction is back for New York City. Not too surprising…same song and dance, but a new dance partner. However, I do find it interesting that the drug the Company is perfecting could be the catalyst that starts this chain reaction which reaches an apex on June 18 2008. Will Peter save the day again or will the mysterious Adam Monroe be the hero or villain for this event? I hope this foundation that was created last night is strong enough for the rest of the season to build on.


October 30 2007 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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