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"Heroes" Recap: Episode 20, "String Theory"

"Heroes" Recap: Episode 20, "String Theory"

Three words: Best. "Heroes." Ever.

This episode was so action-packed and edge-of-your-seat exciting, I don't know where to begin. So many twists and turns! This all made it especially painful when my DVR-recorded episode ended five minutes before the actual ending, due to NBC's horrible, sneaky, no-good tactic for getting more people to watch "The Real Wedding Crashers" — by having a few minutes of "Heroes" bleed into "Crashers." Thus, if you don't also record "Crashers," the "Heroes" recording just stops and poor schlubs like me are screwed out of seeing the ending. Luckily, I could watch the last bit on NBC.com this morning.


So if you haven't seen the episode, you can catch up by watching it online. If you have, you can check out my racing thoughts if you read more

  • Firstly, how amazing is Masi Oka? I had to remind myself — and marvel over the fact — that Present-Day Hiro and Future Hiro are played by the same actor. I am infatuated with that man. There, I said it.
  • So... it was Peter who exploded, but Nathan covered it up by saying it was Sylar. Doesn't this mean that Hiro must go back and kill Peter... as well as Sylar? And won't he have to go back to before the Homecoming Dance when Peter absorbed Claire's regenerating power?
  • Matt Parkman has become a jerk. I don't care if his kid is named after him and has to be in a kind of Witness Protection Program. He's a jerk.
  • Why did Niki lose Jessica? And what actually happened to Micah? Last we knew, Linderman thought Micah could save the world.
  • Speaking of Linderman, where was he? One of the news broadcasts said that "special" people were being rounded up and taken in under "The Linderman Act."
  • Nathan seems to have crossed over to the dark side — even when he's not actually Sylar in Nathan form. He's taken to using Linderman's reasoning: "Let's do terrible things so everyone will unite in fear/grief." But what if that backfired and the "special" people united in anger? Oooh, that would make for an even more "X-Men"-y episode.

  • Mohinder — who proves, yet again, to be deliciously awesome when he attacks the Haitian — says the "special" people are like a different species, and that he could not reverse the way they are since it's "hard-coded in their DNA." This "species" thing makes Nathan's idea to destroy them all seem like simple evolution: "one species [being] exterminated for the preservation of another." Yikes.
  • Claire looks really pretty with dark hair.
  • I had to wonder if it was a little tongue-in-cheek when Nathan (er, Sylar), the President of the U.S., says to Claire, "I'm the leader of the free world. For all I know, I’m the most special person in the world."
  • Anyone else grossed-out by Peter and Niki together? Maybe it's because he looks like he's 12 and she looks like she's 45.
  • Hiro and Ando have a lot of man-love between them. Indeed, Peter suggests that Hiro's motive to go back and save the world was really to save Ando. Then, when Hiro needs encouragement the most, Ando says, "I believe in you. I've seen the man that you become. You can do this." I half-expected Hiro to pick up Ando and transport them through time to the tune of "I Will Always Love You."

I don't know how they can possibly do better than this week's episode, but I can't wait to see them try! What did you think about "String Theory"?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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