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Heroes Rundown Chapter One: "The Second Coming"

Heroes Rundown Chapter One: "The Second Coming"

Am I alone in thinking this premiere was kickass? I feel like they upped the comedy factor and threw us some crazy new developments. It was thrilling and gruesome and surprising and funny. . . My faith in Heroes is fully restored. I'm not sure I needed both this episode and the one that came after it; I forgot how much they pack into each episode. After two of them my brain was starting to overload. So, here we can discuss the first of the two episodes, "The Second Coming," in which I think the best part was at the end (see: the end of this post after the jump). A post about "The Butterfly Effect" will follow this one.

After the jump you'll find spoilers, so now that you're warned,


Because the two-hour premiere was so full of craziness, I'm trying to keep it all straight. Here is my attempt to identify some of the key points from this episode. . .

  1. So, a future Peter shot his brother, Nathan. The Peter of today is inhabiting the body of another man, trapped on Level Five (where HRG is still being kept!).
  2. Peter transports Matt Parkman to the desert, where he wakes up with a scorpion on his face.
  3. Nathan dies from the bullet wounds — but is then revived (and totally made me jump when he suddenly sat up in bed) by Linderman, who is. . . also not dead.
  4. Joining the list of not-dead people is Niki — er, now called Tracy — who did not, in fact, die in a blazing building.
  5. Hiro discovers (from a DVD he was not supposed to watch) that his deceased father (hooray, Kaito Nakamura!) designated Hiro to be the "sentinel of a dangerous secret." Hiro then finds the secret (in a safe he was not supposed to open), and it's half of a formula, on which, apparently, the fate of the world depends. Kaito explains that if this secret gets out, there's only one hope, "a chosen one among you who carries the purity of blood, the 'light' to safeguard against the darkness."
  6. Hiro promptly loses this half-formula to a brand-new hero: a "speedster" who grabs the formula from Hiro and then punches him in the face. Dismayed, Hiro teleports to the future, where the city is in alarm mode as what appears to be the apocalypse descends. Future Hiro and future Ando are arguing about the formula when Ando electrifies Hiro! You guys, Ando gets a power (in a theoretical future unless Hiro stops him)!
  7. The scenes with Claire and Sylar are, in my opinion, just the right combination of campy horror/thriller and comedy (not unlike a real horror movie). Claire walking backwards into the kitchen holding a knife? Come on! Anyway, Sylar finds a file folder of special people, "a whole shopping list of abilities," before he manages to carve off the top part of Claire's skull (OMG ew) to access her. . . special abilities lobe? I dunno.
  8. Best line of the night goes to Sylar, in response to Claire's question about eating brains: "Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting." Sylar then imparts some intriguing information, "You're different, you're special, and I could never kill you, even if I wanted to. You can never die. . . And now, I guess, neither can I." Yipes!
  9. Nathan has had a kind of spiritual awakening, now spouting things about God's message ("we are all connected"), and other platitudes like, "Only together can we be the stewards of our own destiny," and "We could be angels, all here to do God's bidding." Finally, we have a new little mantra, evolving away from cheerleaders: "Save ourselves, save the world."
  10. Linderman is only too eager to agree with Nathan, gently telling him, "It seems you and I are meant for great things, Nathan. Great things, indeed."
  11. Mohinder determines from Maya that the abilities "are produced by adrenaline." He then manages to isolate whatever this is into a serum that can actually give someone powers (this seemed remarkably easy, but I'm cool with that). Thus, Mohinder injects himself! Mohinder has powers! I love this new development. The person studying superheroes. . . becomes one of them. He's like the good alternative to Sylar, in some ways.

And then there's the ending when they set the words to William Butler Yeats's poem, "The Second Coming," to a montage of images wrapping up the episode: "Turning and turning in the widening gyre/ The falcon cannot hear the falconer;/ Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. . .Surely some revelation is at hand;/ Surely the Second Coming is at hand./ The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out/ When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi/ Troubles my sight. . ."

I thought that was pretty freakin' cool.

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tchan01 tchan01 8 years
I totally agree with you on #3.
tchan01 tchan01 8 years
reesiekitty - you have a good eye as well ;-) :-)
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Wow... I hadn't thought of that originally, but it would make sense for a couple of reasons: 1)We haven't seen him. He is a pretty major character and so I was expecting him to at least be alluded to in the season premiere. But if he DID take over Peter's body, then that means ... let's see. He took over Future Peter and left his own body hidden in the future somewhere safe ( maybe in the antique shop or something?) and then came back to our time and ambushed Real Time Peter and stuffed his body into a bad guy and hid him on Level 5 where no one would believe him. (Although, as an aside- you would think that dealing with people who have super powers, the Company would have read a few comic books or watched an episode of Buffy and might suspect this whole body-switcharoo thing which is fairly common in those kinds of stories. I mean, if you have Peter running around acting strange and you have a bad guy locked up who keeps saying " no really, I'm Peter, he switched my body" you might at least consider checking into it. But maybe there was just too much going on for them to notice and now Mrs. P thinks things are so messed up already she is afraid to interfere even more and make it worse.) Sorry, off on a tangent there... 2)If ( as I hypothesized earlier)the blonde guy ( what is his name???) is Claire's ancestor, it would explain why even Future Peter cares about her and is looking out for her when she seems to be against him. Maybe he would feel a sense of responsibility towards her even if he is a bad guy. 3)Maybe Mrs. P knows that is who it is and knows he is too tough for her to take on, which would explain why she has been talking to him, etc. even though she is obviously P.O.ed that he took over her son's body and is messing with time. I think that theory makes a lot of sense, tchan. Good eye! :)
tchan01 tchan01 8 years
reesiekitty - hm...that's an interesting theory. It makes sense to me. But do you think that blonde guy is in Peter's body?
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
tchan- last season my BF and I hypothesized that the blonde guy is Claire's ancestor and that is one way she carries the 'pure' bloodline to be invincible. Don't know if that's true, but it would sort of make sense.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Oh! and when Mrs. P referred to Syler as her 'son' I think she meant in a 'I genetically engineered and tinkered with all this stuff and made you like this' Frankenstien's monster sort of way, not that he was her physical, actual born son. but he has dark hair etc. so I could be wrong...
tchan01 tchan01 8 years
Buzzsugar - I didn't read all the comments, but I really think that the guy that Hiro met in the olden days in Japan, is the Peter that we saw in this episode. What do you think?
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Ok, I was confused about some things, but here goes: 1) I also think that Mrs. Patrelli doesn't consider 'Future Peter' her real son- but somehow the future version of him has taken over this time stream by stuffing 'now Peter' into that other guy's body. HOWEVER- now that 'now Peter' is free and running around with the evil guys, maybe he will either try to get his body back ( assuming it still exsists and is just hidden somewhere?) and also, since he was locked up, maybe the body he is currently in also has some cool power. 2) Nathan's religious conversion was creepy to me. I think Linderman is a manifestation of Nathan's subconscious or something- not physically there, but might still have useful info. 3) I really like the theory about Jessica/Tracy being split up at birth by the company! Thanks- it makes a lot of sense. 4)Syler is awesome. I also felt he had some sympathy for Claire. I mean, he is totally self centered and all, but he really seemed to kind of like her. The 'I don't want to eat your brain' line will be hard to top all season. I kind of see him morphing into a sort of anti-hero- not doing what the 'good' guys are doing, but with a plan, not just chaotic or wanting to end the world. His is still one of the most interesting characters. Once he GETS all these powers- what the heck is he going to do with them??? 5)I don't think Claire will just rebel- I think she wants to learn to defend herself and become an ass-kicker- I thought her line about still just being a victim was great- even though she SURVIVES, it does not keep her from being victimized. And hello- Company, mom and dad, whoever- obviously the whole 'let's hide Claire and let her try and have a normal life' routine DOES NOT WORK. Give it up already!! 6) Poor Elle- her little world is just totally crumbled!! But- I thought it was interesting that her electrical power manifested as some kind of self-defense mechanism and wouldn't let Syler cut her head off!! This could be useful later on. Also, now that she is sort of cut loose, I think she will gravitate towards either Peter- who she sort of dug before- or Claire. I would LOVE to see her somehow find Claire and teach her some self defense. I think they would be funny together and also formidable on offense and defense. 7) Poor Ando. He obviously gets a power later, or someone who looks like him does. But now he is just confused. I love Hiro, always looking for the quest. I liked the new girl- but how come she is not French?? They could have at least given her an accent. She is fun though, and I totally think Hiro had a crush on her. All in all, a good opening.
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
strong-armed, lol, not string-armed.
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
kluster86, no you aren't the only one! Before we found out they were related, I *totally* thought Claire and Peter were going to be romantically linked, and I have never been able to shake that feeling every time I see them interact. As for Peter, what if he isn't trapped in an actual other body, but has just been mentally string-armed by future Peter into looking the way he does? Perhaps he just hasn't figured out yet how to change back, since it does take him a bit of time to harness his powers. If so, then where did he get the morphing power in the first place? I think Linderman is Sylar's father.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
Who knew Monhinder had such a great body?!?
kluster86 kluster86 8 years
"Claire, eat your brain? That's disgusting" funniest line ever. Am I the only one who wants to see Sylar and Claire, or Claire and Peter get together in some weird romance? I think I might be lol. Sylar is cute.. i really liked that "Cops" video recording that occurred when he was roaming the streets in Claire's neighborhood. Claire is obviouslly broken from Sylar's attack and I cant wait to see her as a bad girl.. I'm sure the writer's are going to have her doing the cliche drinking, drugs, DUI, etc etc type of thing. She's probably going to get a weird BF or something. Mohinder and Mya... eh... he was hot tho, and she's very pretty, but i feel like he ruined any chance of professionalism he had with her. Also, I think he's going to become addicted to taking "Hero Drugs", even tho he's growing some weird shit on his back. Elle- I'm glad she didnt die. I like Kirsten Bell. Maybe she's going to turn good and Claire is going to be bad and mayeb they'll meet up again and have another fight. Present Peter is so naive and boyish.. it's kind of sickening. I prefer future Peter. Nathan has lost his mind. Only he sees Linderman?? Rightttttttt... Linderman aint there!!! It's in his mind. Where did Mohinder send Molly??? How is Partman( Partman right? eh) going to get back without a passport?
shafiii shafiii 8 years
p.s "Claire, eat your brain? That's disgusting." probably the greatest line of the night. hahaha! genius.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
ahhh! i loved it all. "a chosen one among you..." - is most definetly claire! and i love peter and how this whole parallel between him and future peter is going on! nathan just seems weird now.... and i will always love mohinder. i was so happy when he got a power!
katefan katefan 8 years
OMG, the premiere was so kick ass!!!!! I loved it. I had never lost faith in Heroes anyway, but they just keep getting better and better! I can't wait for each new episode to air so I can sit in shock, awe, disbelief, wonder, amazement and have my breath taken away for an hour every week!!!! Heroes Kicks ASS!!!!!
marseilles-rose marseilles-rose 8 years
Is that all that happened because I missed "The Butterfly Effect."
thelorax thelorax 8 years
"He then manages to isolate whatever this is into a serum that can actually give someone powers (this seemed remarkably easy, but I'm cool with that)." LOL, Buzz...I love it. And I'm with CYL - if it involves a sweaty, shirtless, Mohinder then I'm DEFINITELY cool with that!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
it was too much to handle!! I vote for Future Peter and that Linderman is an imaginary friend of Nathan, I didn't see that Tracy (Nicky who's not Nicky, twin? triplet?) saw Linderman, just pass by him, and Linderman nod to her, but I didn't see her nod to him. to much!!! I invite friends over to dinner... and some of them were like 2 HOURS?? REALLY? I'M HUNGRY
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
"Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting." That line made me laugh so hard! Definitely the best line ever. The delivery was perfect. SO happy Heroes is back! Though I really should have re-watched the second season over the summer - I can hardly remember anything that happened last season. I always have this problem with TV shows, movies, books... I have to go through everything twice before any of it sticks. :-P
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Wow, Treb, I thought I was the only one! I thought the show was a yawn. I also literally fell asleep twice. I finished it, but I felt like I could have been just as thrilled watching Dancing With Stars. I think Heroes and I might be parting ways soon.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 8 years
Superstar - that is an AWESOME theory about Jessica! I'm sure the Company had something to do with that split up - I don't remember the story about her dying, though. I wish I could - because I seem to remember that things didn't match up. I do think it's future peter because no shapeshifter could act quite like peter - all angsty and what-not. Plus, when he's "alone" he looks like "scar" peter - not reg. peter or someone else.
ingalinnea ingalinnea 8 years
Does anyone else remember from season one when there was a Future Peter, who also had a scar across his face? (he was living in Vegas w/Nikki) So maybe the show denotes Future Peter - as having the scar across his face. And there is always the possibility that Future Peter has powers that he absorbed in the future, and therefore we don't understand yet. I think that Present Peter is stuck in this other guy's body (wherever his own body may be), and therefore can only use the guy's powers - powers which HRG alluded to when he was showing Claire the photos on the computer.
treb treb 8 years
Oh, and Hiro is so cute. I just want to snuggle him.
treb treb 8 years
I do not believe it's another force inhabbiting peter, but future peter. And apparently he has the power to make himself look like present day Peter. Stupid 2 hour premeire with a stupid 1 hour countdown, though. I fell asleep about 30 minutes into the second episode. I am an old lady, I can't be expected to stay up until 10!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Its not a shapeshifter. We have seen "future" heroes in past seasons, they werent shapeshifters, This Peter, as pointed out, has many powers even more than the present peter because hey, we dont know who he has been around right? He can morph, he can transport others into other bodies and other places.....This show might be confusing at times but I dont think its going to go to that "oh dang thats not peter from the future" gotchas. after all he is adamant about asking nathan for forgiveness even before he tells nathan who he is. why would some random shapeshifter do that?
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