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Heroes Rundown Chapter Nine: "It's Coming"

Heroes Rundown Chapter Nine: "It's Coming"

In case you somehow didn't notice, the promise of an eclipse is a consistent theme in this week's episode of Heroes. The opening narration explains that when the moon passes in front of the sun, apparently anything is possible (really, anything?). "It's power is undeniable. . . It's meaning unknowable."

In the next two episodes, "The Eclipse Parts I and II," we'll find out what happens, exactly, but for now all we know is that "it's coming." Yeah. To chat about this week's Heroes,


  • In Africa, Hiro snaps out of Arthur's mind grip and thinks he's 10 years old. He teleports himself and Ando to a bowling alley where they make his favorite waffles. Ando then has to explain to "10-year-old" Hiro that he has a power, like a superhero. When Hiro re-figures out how to use his power, he uses it to play pranks on people.
  • Arthur tells Sylar that his hunger is not about killing, "it's about power." He says that he needs to access his empathy and then puts Sylar in a dark, creepy room with a very angry Elle, who repeatedly electrocutes him. So, I may just have Watchmen on the brain these days, but the parts when we see Sylar getting electrocuted from behind reminds me an awful lot of the moment in Watchmen when Jon becomes Dr. Manhattan. But anyway.
  • Everywhere people go, they see the image of the eclipse.
  • Does anyone actually sit through the commercials for those new heroes in the NBC web series? Anyone?
  • Turns out there's a third piece to the formula, a catalyst, hidden away in the blood of a human host. Kaito Nakumura was the only one who knew the identity of the host.
  • I think my favorite part of this show is now the Elle-Sylar relationship. They're weirdly cute together. Elle lashes out at Sylar electrically, for her father's death, shrieking "murderer!" She zaps him good, and then tells him to kill her. Sylar says he forgives her, but she must forgive herself. He then touches her, her pain goes away, and Sylar now has her power, too.
  • Parkman sees Usutu in the hallways of Primatech. He and Daphne come upon Angela. Daphne speeds over to Arthur, asks him to leave Matt out of it. Arthur mentions Daphne's past yet again and she relents.
  • I know it's been said before in the comments section here and I've always agreed: The dynamic between Claire and Peter (or rather, Hayden and Milo) just seems kind of icky. They're supposed to be uncle and niece to each other, but I keep expecting them to make out. Claire says Peter never should have become "my friend and my hero." Eeeeuck. Tough guy Claire tries to elude Knox and Flint but they grab her. Then Peter outsmarts them and he and Claire run away.
  • Nathan says everything he's ever done is because of his father, and he and Tracy go to see him. Arthur says he should have told Nathan what his role was in all of this, goes on about Nathan's destiny, Nathan's talent to lead a nation. "I am not afraid to admit that you have always been my favorite son. The one most like me. The strong one. We can save the world together. This can be our legacy, Nathan."

  • Hiro teleports himself and Ando to a comic book store, or "the source of all knowledge." There they see a 9th Wonders comic book. On the last page there's the eclipse image with the words, "It's coming."
  • Nathan: "He wants to give half the planet superpowers so that we can save the world together with me as president." Tracy wants people to know all about this stuff, but Nathan says the last time he tried to tell anybody anything like this, "my brother came back from the future and shot me. Twice." Nathan flies off. Tracy goes up to see Arthur, and tells him he has a PR problem. If he helps her, she will convince Nathan to be "the face" of Arthur's plan.
  • I couldn't decide if I liked that whole surreal segment when Parkman gets into that creepy head space with Angela and then Daphne and Arthur. I did like that Angela suddenly becomes the one in control, though I found it rather unlikely (even if a part of Arthur still loves her). Arthur allows her to come out of her mental shackles, as it were.
  • Yieeeck, Mohinder's test subject is gross. Mohinder kills him at the guy's request.
  • So, Claire thinks she's the most special one of all, carrying the catalyst for the formula. Mostly I hope she's not because Claire is grating on my last nerve these days.
  • In the end, we see Arthur, white-eyed, sketching something while a bunch of others look on. And you know what? I have no idea if anything happens after that because my DVR recording cut off! I'm going to seek out the video online, but sheesh!

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loopymoi loopymoi 8 years
Just saw the episode online today, because I forgot to create the time for it on my DVR. Claire is getting to me and so is Mohinder...Where is this show going?
Posse Posse 8 years
Im a hero a fearless doer of good deeds,And i love the show we kickass.
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Claire to Peter: "You should've never come to Odessa and saved me, and you should've never been so hot doing it" I dunno, I hate to think that the whole Milo/Hayden dating is a contributing factor to the series going downhill but the "Friend and Hero" line.. ugh, I nearly harfed.
psterling psterling 8 years
I'm really loving Sylar's story line this year. I like seeing how he's gone from a 1-dimensional villain to a conflicted, substantial character. It also doesn't hurt that Zachary Quinto is majorly sexy and spent a good amount of time shirtless this episode :-)
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Thanks YMO, that would make more sense. I can't figure out how Peter's supposed to regain his powers again either- unless the eclipse does it. So then we would basically have Peter, Arthur and Syler loaded up with powers, and the others with just their one power. Or no powers, according to the upcoming episode trailer. Something like that. It's funny, when I watch LOST, the inconsistencies don't bug me as much, because they always seem to either explain them, or maybe it's just the general feel of that show. But here, they just seem to build up and never get resolved sensibly. And Caterpiller Girl is right about the wig thing, you too, jlr32phl. I kept thinking 'Why does Claire's hair look so weird???'
jlr32phl jlr32phl 8 years
in the whole angela petrelli's mind/coma/paralysis thing, i think by daphne unintentionally luring arthur petrelli there, angela was able to use her "power of persuasion" or whatever her power is on him and made him let her go. which also is good to know that someone still has some kind of power over him, because he was looking a little unstoppable there for a while. but i don't think he did it out of the goodness of his heart because he still loves her. that wouldn't have made sense since he's pretty evil. love the elle/sylar storyline. it was nice to see the possible turning point that lets him be the guy he was in the future. oh and CaterpillarGirl: i thought i was the only one who thought it looks like claire is wearing a wig in EVERY episode! she has long blond hair in real life...what's the point? is it really that essential to her character?
hautemommie hautemommie 8 years
Heroes is disappointing me. I missed the last 2 epis and watched last night but I feel like I haven't been missing anything. This show had so much promise...
bunnyOhare bunnyOhare 8 years
Isn't it a *solar* eclipse that is coming? (it says lunar in the synopsis above)
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
I have to agree, the dynamic between Claire & Peter just wierds me out! Ew.. And, anyways, Claire/Hayden is annoyhing me. Also, I love how basically they're going back to the season one thing of 'save the cheerleader, save the world' again, making Claire the catalyst, the important one, the special one. Why can't someone else be special?! haha.. sorry, just annoyed with her. :| I do like Sylar & Elle though! They're cute in an evil kind of way :D And I have to say, I also like Matt & Daphne, I dunno why, I just do :)
sleekeasy sleekeasy 8 years
i can't believe i never wondered about sylar's baby mama til now
nimue nimue 8 years
I don't know if anyone mentioned it yet, but they do show author's drawing and its of an eclipse
clareberrys clareberrys 8 years
I loved Heroes the 1st season but I think it's really gone downhill since season2. I honestly can't bring myself to watch it anymore it's so bad.
YMO YMO 8 years
@ressiekitty, regarding point 1, I think Ando threw Arthur off before he could suck out all of Ando's power. Since we know he can make people forget things, I think he wiped away the part of his recent memory, so he only remembers the time he was 10 years old. I have a feeling that when Arthur takes powers, he makes people forget how to use them. That's the only thing I can come up with for a way Peter could get his powers back
MandyWH MandyWH 8 years
I'm just hoping that with the closing of the "Villains" chapter, Heroes might get back on track -- Tim Kring knows that he's losing people, and he seems to be trying to do some streamlining to keep his viewers. This episode was more interesting and easier to follow than the last few, I thought -- although I also rolled my eyes at Claire's "I'm the catalyst" moment. And can we PLEASE get rid of Mohinder, or at least have him stop with the cheesy narration?
c-a-t-h c-a-t-h 8 years
Elle and Sylar are the only remaining redeeming storyline of the show. Sigh, oh Heroes how you have fallen...
shafiii shafiii 8 years
Zachary Quinto is a hottie. =] Claire is getting on my last nerve too, she is not that great and not only does she, but everyone else needs to get over her.
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 8 years
And now were back to the whole "Save the cheerleader, Save the world" bs. I hate to say it, but I really wont miss this show if it ever gets canceled. And does anyone else agree the whole "10 yr old Hiro" was a bit goofy for the type of storyline they were trying to go with? The only thing really enjoyable was shirtless Thank bob for HD!
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
another loophole in this season: -who created this magnificent copy of 9th wonders? isaac mendez is DEAD. and didn't he create his last copy and sell it to someone back in season 1? ugh, so tired of this inconsistency. the daphne/parkman scene inside angela's head was a bit too david lynch for heroes (don't get me wrong, i love david lynch but it seemed like a complete rip-off). the best scene was elle/ the development of that relationship. so clearly flint is claire's uncle too, right? i hope he kills her, cuz i'm so over the cheerleader. the only good thing about that scene was the 2 groups gathering together (good vs. evil) so they actually stayed consistent with their whole theme of villains for this season.
bleached bleached 8 years
@ superstar... if it is boredom that is making him less than enthusiastic, that makes sense. I am totally bored with this plot
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Wow, I wrote a huge comment and it says it has been flagged for possibly inappropriate content! If so, I apologize, I don't think I used any actual bad words and certainly didn't mean to offend anyone!
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Wow, I can't decide if I should start with the things I liked or the things that annoyed the heck out of me... ok, here goes: 1) 10 year old Hiro and Ando was actually kind of fun. It harkens back to the sweet, goofy friendship they had in Season 1 when they were both just put-upon salary men who liked geeky stuff. And I TOTALLY want to go to the Waffles and Chicken Bowling Alley.Not sure why Arthur didn't just kill Hiro or take his power though. I mean, ok, he made him 10 mentally, but that isn't like the worst punishment you could give someone. 2)Ok, I just have to momentarily rave SYLER AND ELLE! hOORAY!!! Ok, I just love this- they are really two of the best actors on the show and the complexity they're getting in this relationship is better than any of the other romances going on. I thought their whole scene was great- he let her get all her anger and pain out of her system and then helped her by taking just enough of her power so she can still have it, but it doesn't hurt her anymore. I was totally waiting for them to do it the entire time- they have great chemistry. That said, how come the electrical pulses burned off Syler's SHIRT, but not his PANTS?? Flame-retardent denim or something? Anyway, Syler shirtless was ok by me :) But why are they still hanging with the bad guys? I don't think Syler's new wise and Buddah-like heart is in it(now that he is suddenly all enlightened and good). I think he just wants to see what Arthur is up to. 3)Starting to not care about the eclipse. Gosh, so in addition to injecting people with superpowers, there has to be an eclipse for it to work? That just wasn't that hard to figure out. And the Mohinder voiceover at the beginning was just pretentious and annoying. Seriously, Mohinder, you're turning into a lizard and injecting people with your experimental serum WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION, and then mercy killing them. I know you're all about the pursuit of science, but don't you think you've kind of crossed that good guy/bad guy line at this point into Joseph Megeles territory?? You just give Mohinder a few beakers and test tubes and some DNA to mess with and he is all yours... no company loyalty there at all. 4)no one cares about the new online Hero. I bet they made him up because not enough people cared enough to vote on it. Yea TIVO! 5)Oh lord, does Claire HAVE to be the catalyst??? Ok, I still think she is a descendant of Adam whats his bucket who Arthur sucked dry. So it is highly possible that she is the catalyst. But... ok, once and for all: CLAIRE IS NOT SAFE AT HOME. STOP TRYING TO SEND HER BACK THERE. Peter is an idiot for even suggesting this. And again, maybe if she was allowed to take some SELF DEFENSE CLASSES or learn to shoot an actual gun, she might feel more empowered and NOT become evil later on. Of course, we only have Future Peter's take on this anyway- that Future Claire is evil for shooting him. But we don't know- if he keeps being so effing annoying, he probably deserves it! And please, please rework the story line so they are not uncle and niece. It is feeling waaaaay too close and personal with them. They are either supposed to be acting that way or are not good enough actors to hide their real-life attraction. Either way, it's distracting and weird unless the plot changes somehow. 6)I don't dislike Daphne and Parkman, but I find their sudden devotion kind of unbelievable. I thought the scenes with Angela in her brain, could have been made much more creepy- they felt really toned down to me. And ok, what was with Angela being captive and Arthur's getting mind-freak Daphne to stab Parkman to keep Angela there- and suddenly she's all "Some part of you still loves me so you're going to let me go, Arthur." AND HE DOES IT??? I mean, what was the point? If she could have just made him feel bad about it, why didn't she do that in the first place? And then like magic- here's Nathan! and Peter! and Clare! Isn't there any security to this building? A doorman? A key? Anything??? They all just sort of show up there, it was funny. 7)Nathan did get the best line of the night about his brother coming back and shooting him. Twice. I never trusted Tracy- she is a total user. But I am also just not finding the political take-over plotline very interesting. I'm trying to be worried about Arthur ruling the world in a shadowy way through his son Nathan as President and then giving a bunch of people super powers- but frankly, I'm just not all that concerned. So, the good guys and the bad guys are lining up. Except I don't totally believe some of the bad guys are bad and the ones we know are bad are sort of second raters except for Arthur. Mohinder is definitely becoming a lizard and Peter and Claire are very very close to inappropriate touching. Elle and Syler made the episode- everything else was just a lot of ok.
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
@ bleached: I don't think robert forster (arthur petrelli) is a bad actor at all, he's been around forever and he has had some great roles in other things (like 'jackie brown'). but he does seem to be phoning it in a bit on heroes, like he is bored or something!
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
I am so sick of claire/hayden! I don't know why she bothers me so much. I actually rolled my eyes at the tv when she was talking about "I'm the catalyst". I thought the catalyst was going to be hiro? it would make sense since he's kaito's son. I love elle and sylar together, their scenes in the box were kind of endearing. though it was so dark I couldn't see very well on my tv. the parkman/daphne scenes were creepy, and I don't believe all this "I love you" stuff, I mean although we've seen them together in the future, in the present they haven't really known each other that long. and I think arthur sketching was the last scene. his eyes cleared up and the camera went to a close up of the drawing, and mohinder said something in his narration, and we cut to "to be continued" ...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Claire I think your special because you get to wear wigs alot. hello zachary quinto without shirt? hitting the pause on my DVR fo sho.
bleached bleached 8 years
I am so disappointed with this show this season! Mohinder annoys the bejeezus out of me, the guy who plays Arthur Petrelli is the worst actor ever (after Tom Welling), Matt Parkman and Daphne have become non-entities and don't get me started on Claire and Peter. The only redeeming thing this season is the way they are finally developing Sylar's character. I like that he is no longer the one-dimensional killer he started off as.
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