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Heroes: Out of Time

by JJ Hawkins, posted Nov 6th 2007 1:05AM
HRG and his wife(S02E07) I enjoyed this episode immensely.

For starters, there wasn't a single mention of the wonder twins tonight! There were no black tears, no subtitles, and consequently, no dozing off on my part. The twins' storyline is this years version of the Nikki/Jessica snorefest that ensued most of last season. The less I have to see of it the better.

Unfortunately, we also received no further insight into what's going on in Gabriele's world. I was really hoping we'd get to see him make good on his promise to kill Alejandro.

Judging by some of the comments I've read in past recaps, I'm willing to bet a few of you completely agree with me on that point.

Aside from being thrilled that I didn't have to endure the twins journey to America (to visit a dead man no less), I really enjoyed how chock full of information this episode ended up being. It felt like two hours of television crammed into 60 minutes. I better get started because we have a lot to cover.

Kensei and Hiro
If I found myself on a massage table breathing in a copious amount of opium, I'd probably consider it my own personal heaven. Not the case with Hiro. He was being held captive in White Beard's camp after Kensei sold him out for countless riches and inimitable power.

Am I the only one who thinks Kensei's reaction to the kiss between Yaeko and Hiro was disproportionate to the offense?

I understand that Kensei was in love with Yaeko, but it was merely a kiss in a heated moment of passion. Totally forgivable in my opinion, but if Kensei forgave Hiro that easily he wouldn't have a reason to show up in the present and wreak havoc on Hiro's life.

I got a little chill after the sword battle and imminent explosion when Kensei said, "As long as I have breath, anything you love I will lay to waste. I swear, you will suffer." Hmmm, I wonder who's responsible for the death of Hiro's dad? Could it be ... Kensei/Adam? Kudos to those of you who predicted this earlier in the season.

Near the end of the episode Hiro wormholed his way back to modern day Japan where Ando informed him that his father is dead. He doesn't appear to have put 2 + 2 together yet as his reaction appeared to be one of dismay, and not suspicion.

I'm sure I'm not the only one thrilled to have Hiro back in the present. Having him in the past was really starting to wear thin.

Noah Bennett

Noah wasn't showcased as much this episode as he was in the previous two. In fact, most of his involvement revolved around Claire, but we did get to see a heated conversation take place between him and Mohinder.

We also got an up close look at the series of paintings and they included some of the activities that took place tonight. Namely, Hiro battling Kensei, Nikki beating her way through a door, a hand holding a vial, and Peter in 2008 observing a room full of people killed by the pandemic. We also saw Mohinder brandishing a company gun and the familiar scene of Noah dead on the floor while a girl and boy (presumably Claire and West) hug in the background.

Mohinder also displayed the first signs of not trusting Noah when he said, "We were supposed to take the company down together. I don't know what your agenda is anymore!" This is the precursor to Mohinder pretty much selling Noah out to the company a bit later in the episode.

West and Claire Bear
West weaseled his way into the Bennett household by showing Claire a newspaper clipping that he could have waited to show her at school. To make a long story full of kissing and teenage hormones short, West discovered that HRG is Claire's dad and he completely flipped out.

Peter and Caitlin - 2008
Continuing their journey from last week, Peter and Caitlin found themselves on the vacated streets of New York when out of the blue they were apprehended by men in biohazard suits asking if "they had any symptoms" and if they were "sick."

Peter and Caitlin were stripped down, cleaned, and probably deloused before being separated and interrogated. This is where we discover that Peter is dead according to death records in 2008. I'm guessing that after Peter exploded in the sky during last season's finale, his family had him declared dead. It seems like a logical thing to have done.

In this future Peter finds himself in, 93% of the world's population has perished thanks to the Shanti virus. It spread across the globe as a pandemic and the few remaining people are quarantined and trying to find a cure.

Mama Petrelli is one of the fortunate ones and she assists Peter in remembering who he is although there isn't really a good explanation as to how and why she knew Peter's whereabouts in the future.

She let Peter know that that Nathan died in the first outbreak of the disease and she implored him to travel back to the past and alter history so that virus never has a chance to take hold. All I have to say about this sequence of events is THANK THE LORD! PETER IS FINALLY AMNESIA FREE! It took a season and a half, but Peter finally realizes who he is and what he's fully capable of doing. I'm hoping too see some extraordinary things from his character going forward.

Finally, Peter was transported back to the room in Montreal where he instinctively shot a bolt of lightning into the palm of ... dun dun dun ... Kensei/Adam. Can't wait to see how this plays out.

Bob, Mohinder, Nikki, Nathan, and Parkman

Several important/interesting things happened during this story line of the show:

  1. Nathan and Nikki hadn't seen each other for who knows how long, but they shared an awkward "I've seen you naked" kind of glance when their eyes first locked. I found this rather amusing.
  2. Everyone knews Maury (Parkman's homeless looking dad) as on the way to the company to bring some pain. The plan was to isolate Maury and inject him with the virus in the hopes that it would nullify his powers.
  3. Adam/Kensei is controlling Maury. He's the visionary and he views himself as a God. Linderman was Adam's disciple. Adam escaped two weeks ago and he wants revenge on the company.
  4. Nathan found out that Peter is still alive.
  5. Maury eventually made his way to the company and used his abilities to trick Nikki into thinking that Bob shot DL. Nikki went apeshit, punched Mohinder in the nose, and went after Bob with a syringe full of cure/virus/scourge on humanity. She ultimately injects it into her own arm to no result (yet). I'm guessing this injection will be the beginning of the Shanti pandemic, but it's just speculation on my part.
  6. Parkman further realized the scope of his abilities. He managed to speak to Molly while she was in the coma, got into the "room" that Maury had her locked in, summoned and locked Maury in this "room", and escaped with Molly in tow. Seriously, if there's an award for most improved Hero from Season 1 to Season 2 my votes has to go to Parkman. The guy is turning into a veritable powerhouse.
  7. Mohinder woke up this morning and got himself a gun. Got himself a gun. Bob informed Mohinder that he may need the gun when he confronts Noah while trying to apprehend Claire Bear. Between the broken nose and the gun the prophecy is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.
  8. Mohinder flat out tells Bob that he's been working with Noah in an effort to bring the company down. Mohinder has obviously lost his mind, has been thoroughly manipulated by Bob and the company, and will be making the biggest blunder of his life if and when he shoots Noah in the face. I'm really hoping this never ends up happening as I'm quite fond of HRG.

Did I miss anything? Probably, but so much happened this episode, I'm hoping you can find it in your heart to forgive me.

All in all, this was an excellent, content filled episode. With Adam/Kensei becoming the primary antagonist, I'm really curious to see how Sylar is going to factor into this whole equation. Was it Adam who placed him in isolation and for what reason? I'm also dying to figure out what the hell happened immediately after the Season 1 finale.

Thankfully, the preview for next week promises to address some of my questions. They include:

What happened after the bomb?
Where did Sylar go?
What happened to DL?
How did Peter survive?
Who is Elle?

How are you liking Season 2 of Heroes?
I'm loving it - It's equal to if not better than Season 1.864 (56.4%)
I'm hating it - It's much weaker than Season 1.97 (6.3%)
Meh - It's less than great but greater than horrible.543 (35.5%)
Other - I'll tell you in the comments.27 (1.8%)

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Mike

Hmmm call me what you may, but I think that even though this episode of Heroes was the best so far this season, I am pretty disappointed with the season. I have been a big fan since day one and even though this season has gotten off to a rocky start I have stayed true.

Kensei is Adam? come on that is pretty ridiculous. And that Hiro is the real Kensei? Even better. And when did NPH start playing Kensei (He is a dead ringer isnt he?).

I have so many conspiracy theory's of my own and ones that I have read here and sadly they all seem to be true since Heroes is starting to be pretty darn predictable. Is it because as people say its pretty much the same storyline as last season or poor writing or what?

All I know is I want to be entertained and I want to be dumbfounded/bewildered like I was last season. So come on writers, earn your money or get kicked to the curb since you don't deserve it.

Thats my .2, thank you.

November 10 2007 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A Viewer

Best episode of the season, hands down.

November 10 2007 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Montgomery Lopez

We start with Hiro and who appears to be face down on some type of vapor bath. Ahh, breathe my pasty white friend, breathe. (commercial reference) Kensei has made a deal with Whitebeard for half the country. Later, a guard moves away from his post; why? This gives Yaeko time to pick the lock, knock away the vapor bath, and gets Hiro to concentrate in using his teleportation powers. They get away but Yaeko’s father is never seen again without explaination. However, I think a BAMF! sound f/x would have been in order as Hiro a good deal of sight to site transporting in this epsiode. As Yaeko speaks to Hiro before attack Whitebeard, he goes own to say how he still sense good in Kensei. Oh how ROTJ you are Luke Hiro! The plan to blow up the camp is successful and all that remains is Kensei’s helmet and face mask. He leaps home to Ando and gives him the helmet as a present. Ando should have commented as to why is smelled like burnt ass monkey hair.
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November 10 2007 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Z!

wow sorry about the "comma" instead of coma. i didnt realize i should proof read my comments before i post them. i'm sure no one understood what i was trying to say.

i suspect the company injected sylar with the virus which is why he doesnt have his powers. when they find a cure watch out. and i want to know about the damn cockroaches!

i agree with whoever talked about the paradox of time travel. its always cool until you start to really think about it. did hiro really change the future because what happened in the past as always happened, or did it. thinking... too... hard

November 10 2007 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erin

Did anyone else catch Angela Petrelli's line, "You absorb abilities from other people... you are the most powerful of us all." Since when does she have an ability?

I don't know what makes me think this, but I'm guessing that Peter was never working with Adam/Kensei, but rather Adam is taking advantage of Peter's amnesia and using him. If you've seen Memento, that's basically what I'm talking about.

November 08 2007 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erin

Did anyone else catch Angela Petrelli's line, "You absorb abilities from other people... you are the most powerful of us all." Since when does she have an ability?

I don't know what makes me think this, but I'm guessing that Peter was never working with Adam/Kensei, but rather Adam is taking advantage of Peter's amnesia and using him. If you've seen Memento, that's basically what I'm talking about.

November 08 2007 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William

Don't get me wrong; I like this show a lot, and I understand that the people with powers/abilities can't be using them to their fullest potential all the time otherwise there would be no story [just like there'd be no story if Superman always used all his powers, etc...], but it frustrates me SOOOO much when Hiro never uses his ability to stop time "correctly." He uses it to admire the pretty girl under the cherry blossoms, but he doesn't use it when he's infiltrating an enemy camp. wtf?! Or when the gunpowder is about to explode, he doesn't stop time, grab Kensei, and teleport out.

Or Parkman not reading Bob's mind. Or Mohinder's.

And don't even get me started on Peter...especially last season. So far this season, he had amnesia, so fine, he has a reprieve, but I'm betting the writers won't let Peter REALLY use his powers/abilities.

Etc, etc, ad nauseum...

November 08 2007 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
strokerace

Why would the company be after Claire if they allready had Kensi/Adam in the cell? They both have regenerative abilities. Don't tell me they wouldn't have samples of his blood stored somwhere.

November 08 2007 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily Pray

Just a minor theory--- perhaps Adam/Kensai does not have new powers, and did not create the snowstorm in miami. After all, he has used Matt's dad as his tool, why not somone else, i.e. Molly's father/mother who I suspect Sylar got his freezing power from. Alos, I think there are perhaps two sides to Kensai- the one who saved Miami, and the other who wants to destroy the world. Another theory is that perhaps he is involved with the not killing of Sylar when he was held by the Company-- after all a killing machine like Sylar would appeal to the bad side of Kensai.

Another theory-- I think that perhaps Micah and Sylar have the same power in slightly different variants-- they both see how things work and can manipulate them, however Sylar has chosen the path of violence while Micah's power is geared towards machines.

Also to you scond season haters-- I am a longtime TV fan who has been through a lot of good and bad seasons on several shows-- it happens. My advice is to delight in the parts you didn't figure out beforehand and to brag o your friends about the parts you did and enjoy the experience as a whole.

November 07 2007 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

@fred 52. I think it’s pretty obvious that Kensei/Adam helped Peter “escape” from the company; hid him in the shipping container with the box which had what Peter needed to get back to him in Montreal. Elle was sent to find the lost Peter for the company.

I think it's been a pretty good season so far; not quite at the same level as season 1, but getting better.

November 07 2007 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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