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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 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

  • 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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fashionist fashionist 10 years
i think the amazing thing about the episode is that it threw the actions of the past into a different reality. hiro-present and hiro-future didn't jive up their knowledge like they had previously. conceivably hiro-future should have known that hiro-present was going to be in isaac's apartment (and that claire was saved). which means that hiro-present (along with the other heroes) may have already created a different future. a future we weren't privy to in this episode.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Awesome eppy! Peter can do better though. I can't wait too see Molly's power.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 10 years
aahh this episode was so freaking awesome. i think peter isreally hot in the future... he is in control of his powers and can kick some serious ass. i love hiro with all my heart lol. i have to say that. he's my super hiro! so cute i wanna squeeze and hug him.. is that weird? haha anyway the heroes are going to save the world so this isn't going to be the actual future future great episode! i can't wait to see how it ends
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 10 years
Nadia Potter I am still in shock.. most part because in the hour of heroes, the local news keep coming saying we have a tornado alert... and when this happen i was like "stop interrumpid Heroes!!!" But anyway... I think that Nathan turn against Linderman and everything went out of control...even if it wasn´t Nathan and was Sylar who did it wrong, and Nathan and Linderman are both death, and Sylar did kill DL... and that fight nathan-sylar and peter, he just reacts fast and knows he is not his brother, but Peter can stop time... for God´s sake.. just stop it and cut his head off, man!!!
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
what came through my mind when i saw peter and nikki together was that she's already slept w/his brother before in vegas.
tomtom7 tomtom7 10 years
i completey disagree with most of the postings and the buzz's raving review. I lived 0,07%. That episode delivered. Monday's episode was BORING. Lame, repetitive and time wasting. sure, some information was noteworthy and fun. E.G. that sylar survived - but why couldn't our smart mind reader find that out? and why didn't peter have a clue that his brother was dead? i expected much more and hope that the next and finale episodes will fulufill my expectations.
maze1 maze1 10 years
Wow! What a fantastic episode. I remember taking a breath after the show ended! I always found Peter extremely annoying until I watched this episode, I think I have to divide my crush time between him and Hiro! Why did they make Mohinder look so old? He looks like he aged 20 years with that get-up he was wearing. I hate Parkman more than Sylar. Hopefully the next episode is just as exciting (and I remember to breathe in betweeen!
carito8 carito8 10 years
I actually liked Peter and Niki together...The whole episode was fantastic!!! Loved it!:)
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
I loved Heroes yesterday. One of my favorite episodes. I am always amazed at Masi Oka's acting ability. Matt was definitely an ass in this future. I hated him. I was glad Peter finally came around and decided to help future Hiro and Ando. And I was not expecting Nathan to be Sylar. Just made it even more interesting. Can't wait for till next week's episode.
Floral Floral 10 years
Love love love love loved this episode! It was just perfectiona and I wished it could have lasted longer :) Cant wait for next week!
calibabi calibabi 10 years
loved it!!!
elynette elynette 10 years
I knew something was up with Nathan when Mohinder mentioned to him "You're one of them" then Nathan replied "I can fly, how harmful could I possibly be?" it seemed sketchy. Peter's scar and new attitude was hot. I giggled when I saw him. I think its Peter and Nate's mom that is going to kill Sylar. She has a power that no one knows yet. She has to power to hurt the feelings of even the most evil of villans. The power to b**ch anyone's ear off.
McBrizzle McBrizzle 10 years
Loved it! My interest in the show had kind of cooled, but now I am sucked back in.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I think this episode was a glimpse of what *would* happen if Hiro doesn't travel back and save everyone. Thus, Nathan isn't really dead. I also think Nathan really was making the genocidal plans: Sylar tells Nathan toward the end that when he killed Nathan, Nathan had already "turned against" his kind.
ezfinn ezfinn 10 years
Nathan could not have turned to the dark side since he is now dead. Sylar seems to be the one making all of these genocidal plans, so that he can be the most special one in the world. Getting Claire's power will prevent him from being killed at all.
Janners Janners 10 years
So what's Molly's power?! Any guesses?! I mean... she was there when Parkman first realised he could read thoughts... and how could Sylar have missed her when he killed her dad? Did he mistake the dad for her... in that they were in the same household? I mean, this would have been pretty early on... The commercials were TORTURE during this episode... SOOOO GOOD!
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
Oh, and that cute little Molly-- I cannot wait to see what her power is!! And yes Buzz- I am infatuated with Masi Oki as well!! ;)
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
LOVED it! I think Linderman knows about Sylar, and may be working with him in some way? Because remember how he said he was a "collector"? Well... thats what Sylar is... eeeek. Claire was too cute with her brown hair, and it made her look more like a Petrelli! Peter and Nikki was too weird for me, I really miss Simone for him, they were adorable together. I wonder who has the sketch book that Isaac let the messenger keep?? That was to tell HOW to kill Sylar, and save NYC. Anyone notice the blaring similarities to 9-11 and the capture of Sadam Husseine??? It reminded me of all the conspiracy theories that are out there saying they "let" it happen to unite the country... then blamed it all on the wrong people. Hmmmmm..... AAAH I cant wait till next week! :)
sfgiantsjo sfgiantsjo 10 years
I thought Peter was HOT all bad boyed-up. I thought Micah was killed in the explosion? Didn't Peter say that HE killed Micah and DL when he exploded? I just love this show. **sfgiantsjo**
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Loved it!!!!! Claire DOES look really pretty as a brunette (ha! but who doesn't.. ;)) I can't believe Sylar killed Nathan and has fooled EVERYONE.. Soo proud of Mohinder.. It would have broken my heart to see young Hiro murdered!! They have to save the world!!
ktjones ktjones 10 years
I missed it to watch 24..I am totally going to watch it online tonight!!
Littlelovebee Littlelovebee 10 years
Awesome episode - the scar on Peter's face was pretty mean... but if he can regenerate, how did he end up with a scar?
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