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  • Heroes is a serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. Some of the superheroes who will be introduced to the viewing audience include Peter Petrelli, an almost 30-something male nurse who suspects he might be able to fly, Isaac Mendez, a 28-year-old junkie who has the ability to paint images of the future when he is high, Niki Sanders, a 33-year-old Las Vegas showgirl who begins seeing strange things in mirrors, Hiro Nakamura, a 24-year-old Japanese comic-book geek who literally makes time stand still, D.L. Hawkins, a 31-year-old inmate who can walk through walls, Matt Parkman, a beat cop who can hear other people's thoughts, and Claire Bennet, a 17-year-old cheerleader who defies death at every turn. As the viewing audience is discovering the nature of each hero's powers, the heroes themselves are discovering what having superpowers means to them as well as the larger picture of where their superpowers come from. Tune in each week to see how these heroes are drawn together by their common interest of evading the series' antagonist who wants to harvest their super-DNA for himself. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world! The series will star Greg Grunberg (Alias), Leonard Roberts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls), and Hayden Panettiere (Ally McBeal, Guiding Light). Tim Kring (Crossing Jordan, Chicago Hope) is the series' creator. The pilot is set to be directed by Dave Semel (American Dreams, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Beverly Hills, 90210). Heroes will be produced by NBC/Universal/Tailwind.Summary revised with help from: space-cowboy.moreless

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    • Ando: What now? Hiro: I've broken the space/time continuum! Ando: Good for you. Hiro: My clock. I made it go back one second using only my mind, my thoughts. Ando: Too bad you're not paid by the hour. Hiro: I'm serious. This explains the subway this morning. Ando: It was fourteen seconds late. Big deal. Hiro: The train is never late. Ando: Until you made it late...using only your mind. Hiro: Yes. I have discovered powers beyond any mere mortal. Ando: Right. You and Spock. Exactly. (Hiro's supervisor grabs him by the collar and drags him away speaking in Japanese) Ando: Use your 'death grip', Spock! The 'death grip'!

    • Simone: You know, I don't know what he'd do without you. You've got a real gift. Peter: Just doing my job. Simone: No. You're like a son to him. Peter: Well, then, that would make us like brother and sister. Might be a little awkward if I ever wanted to ask you out. (chuckling) I'm sorry. That was, uh, that was inappropriate. Simone: No, it's--it's sweet. It's... I'm dating somebody.

    • (Peter's falling through the air and Nathan flies up to catch him) Nathan: Peter! Peter: You're flying, Nathan. You're flying. How did you... Nathan: I don't know. (Peter slips from his grasp and falls) No! No!

    • Simone: These are fantastic! Issac: No! They're evil. Simone: What are you talking about? Issac: What am I talking about? You know what I'm talking about? (Picks up painting of a burning bus) You see this? Suicide bombing in Israel. I painted it three weeks ago. Simone: Yeah, so? Issac: So? That's this morning's paper. Look at the number on the bus. This happened yesterday. Yesterday. Something's wrong with me.

    • Mohinder (to Nirad on his father): I need to know why he died, I need to know that it wasn't all for nothing. And then I need to finish what he started.

    • Isaac (Pointing to the painting on the floor of New York burning): We have to stop it.

    • Hiro: Did you see me? I did it! I was in the women's bathroom. Ando: Great. Now you're a pervert. Hiro: I tele-ported myself. Ando: Enough! You can't break the space/time continuum! Hiro: Fine, don't believe me. Ando: Hiro, there are twelve and a half million people in this city. Not one of them can bend space and time. Why do you want to be different?! Hiro: Why do you want to be the same?! Ando: Because that's what I am. The same. Hiro: It's what we all are. Homogenous. Yogurt. Ando: Heh? Yogurt? Hiro: You don't understand, I want to be special. Ando: We are not special! We are Japanese! Hiro: Fine. Stay here. Be just like everyone else. I wanna boldly go where no man has gone before. Ando: Hiro. Oy! That's right, you're special! You're "Super Hiro"!

    • Hiro (After he is caught in the Women's Bathroom): Yahoo! I did it!

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    Notes (294)

    • The original version of the pilot was 72 minutes long and was different from the aired version in many respects. This version, which originally was shown at Comic Con in San Diego, CA in 2006, is now available as a special feature on the season one DVDs. The title of the original, extended version of this episode was "In His Own Image". In the original version of the pilot, when Simone and Peter arrive at Isaac's loft, they find that he has cut off his own hand. These scenes were used in some of the promotional videos for the series, but the script was later changed to the aired version in which Isaac only overdosed. In previous versions of the script Issac Mendez was named Diego Medina and Issac Borolo and Hiro Nakamura was named Hiro Tanaka. Simone Deveaux at various points had the last names Devere and Deveraux. Also another character, Amid, was in the original pilot but never made it into the actual series. Amid was an engineer in a terrorist cell with radiation powers. He wanted to quit but got pulled back in after the other members of the cell stopped him from hanging himself. The backstory for this character was that he quit on September, 10, 2001 (right before the World Trade Center attack) to run off with an American girl. Who later died of radiation poisoning. Also when he was in high school he was in a foreign exchange program where he stayed with Matt Parkman's family (which tied into Matt's original storyline). Sylar was referenced a lot more and appeared (the showed a man in a hat and trench coat who Mohinder called "Sylar?"). His name in this episode was Paul Sylar. Finally, D.L.'s original story (which can be found on the deleted scenes) showed him phasing out of jail without being aware of it. Micah took a bus to the prison to see him. Also D.L. wanted to kill Nathan for some reason.

    • The Symbol: There were no new appearances of the symbol in this episode.

    • In the originally aired version of the pilot, Claire injured her hand badly by putting it into a running sink garbage disposal to retrieve her class ring. However, Emerson (the company which makes the "In Sink Erator" brand disposal which was used in the shot), threatened to sue NBC for airing footage which they claimed "seriously damaged the reputation" of their product. NBC settled out of court, so all future airings of this episode will have that scene removed. (This scene was kept in when it aired in Australia and the UK).

    • International Air Dates: India: January 24, 2007 on Star World Australia: January 31, 2007 on Channel 7 Malaysia: January 31, 2007 on Star World Sweden: February 7, 2007 on Canal Plus UK: February 19, 2007 on the Scifi Channel Brazil: March 2, 2007 on Universal Channel Hungary: March 4, 2007 on TV2 Turkey: March 4, 2007 on CNBC-e Belgium (Flanders): March 5, 2007 on VT4 Israel: March 6, 2007 on Yes Latin America: March 9, 2007 on Universal Channel Latin America Portugal: April 14, 2007 on TVI Poland: May 17, 2007 on TVP1 South Africa: May 23, 2007 on SABC3 Philippines: May 28, 2007 on Crime/Suspense Netherlands: June 21, 2007 on RTL 5 UK: July 25, 2007 on BBC2 Italy: September 2, 2007 on Italia1 Norway: September 3, 2007 on NRK3 Germany: October 10, 2007 on RTL2 Estonia: October 17, 2007 on TV3 Finland: October 17, 2007 on MTV3 Czech Republic: January 3, 2008 on Prima Croatia: February 25, 2008 on NOVA TV Slovakia: June 30, 2008 on Markiza

    • Major Awards and Nominations For This Episode: 1. Emmy Award Nominations: "Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series" Tim Kring for "Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series" David Semel for "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series" "Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series" "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)" "Outstanding Stunt Coordination" Major Awards and Nominations For This Season: 1. Emmy Award Nominations: "Outstanding Drama Series" Masi Oka for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" 2. WGA Award nomination for "Best New Series" 3. People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama" 4. Hugo Award nomination for "Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form" 5. Golden Globe Award Nominations: Masi Oka for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series" "Best Television Series - Drama" 6. Saturn Award Nominations: Greg Grunberg for "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Program" Ali Larter for "Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program" 7. Saturn Awards: Masi Oka for "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Program" Hayden Panettiere for "Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program" "Best Network Television Series" 8. Writer's Guild of America nomination for "Best New Series"

    • Power Developments: Claire Bennet: Her body will regenerate almost instantly from virtually any injury, the only limit seems to be that obstructions must be removed (such as a protruding rib which must be pushed back into place before her skin can heal). We see her testing these powers by falling a long distance, walking through fire, and putting her hand into a garbage disposal. Isaac Mendez: He seems to be able to paint the future, but he believes that he can only do it while he is on heroin. We see several paintings which Isaac claims to have painted weeks before, but which clearly show events that have happened within the last forty two hours. Hiro Nakamura: Hiro claims that he can "bend the space/time continuum" thus speeding up or slowing down his passage through time and being able to "teleport" by instantly moving to another point in spacetime. We are told that he made his train late this morning, we see him make the second hand of a clock stop and then move backward, we see that he gets past a throng of women to wind up in the women's bathroom, and finally we see him teleport from a busy subway train in Tokyo to Times Square in New York. Nathan Petrelli: We learn that he can fly. When Peter jumps from the rooftop, Nathan is able to fly upwards and catch him in an effort to save his life. This may have been foreshadowed by the fact that Nathan always appeared in Peter's flying dreams earlier in the episode. Peter Petrelli: Peter has strangely vivid dreams of flying and claims he has a sort of spiritual connection to his brother, Nathan. When Nathan suffered an accident some months ago, Peter dreamed about it before he got the call that Nathan was in the hospital. Niki Sanders: She seems to have an alter ego with a very different personality, and possibly possesses super-human strength. Niki often sees her reflection moving independently of her own actions, and when threatened by two enforcers she blacks out (possibly being "possessed" by her other personality) and wakes up to find the men dead, including one of them being literally ripped in half.

    • New Heroes: Claire Bennet: A seemingly normal High School cheerleader, Claire just wants to forget her new abilities and live a normal life. Her parents names are unknown, but her father is the mysterious man with the horn-rimmed glasses; sister of Lyle Bennet; friend of Zach. Age: 17. Gender: Female. Hometown: Odessa, TX. Isaac Mendez: Renowned painter and comic book artist, Isaac is also a heroin addict whose paintings tend to depict violence and tragedy. Dating Simone Deveraux. Age: 28. Gender: Male. Hometown: New York, NY. Hiro Nakamura: A cubicle worker for Yamagato Industries in Tokyo, Hiro has always dreamed of living a life of purpose... of being a hero. Friend of Ando Masahashi. Age: early twenties. Gender: Male. Hometown: Tokyo, Japan. Nathan Petrelli: Nathan is running for the U.S. Congress, and fears that his eccentric mother and younger brother will hurt his chances of winning the race. Older brother of Peter Petrelli; Son of Angela Petrelli; Reluctant associate of Linderman. Age: early thirties. Gender: Male. Hometown: New York, NY. Peter Petrelli: A hospice nurse, Peter has a gift for making dying patients feel better just by his presence. Brother to Nathan Petrelli; Son of Angela Petrelli; Caretaker for Simone Deveraux's father. Age: mid-twenties. Gender: Male. Hometown: New York, NY. Niki Sanders: A former casino employee and young mother whose ex-husband is in jail for murder, Niki supports herself and her son by running an Internet strip-tease business. Mother of Micah Sanders; Ex-wife of D.L. Hawkins; Owes money to Linderman. Age: Late twenties. Gender: Female. Hometown: Las Vegas, NV.

    • Music Featured In This Episode: 1. "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett 2. "Eyes" by Rogue Wave 3. "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys 4. When Hiro was being thrown out of the pub after teleporting himself into the ladies room, the music being played is from a Japanese rock duo, is "That's The Way It Is (Kore Ga Watashi No Ikirumichi)" by Puffy (aka Puffy AmiYumi) 5. 'Red House' by Jimi Hendrix, when Niki was stripping. 6. "Eptesicus" by Han Zimmer & James Newton Howard 7. "Road to Joy" by Bright Eyes

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    • Since Claire Bennet can regenerate from any injury, it seems that the holes for her pierced earrings should close up when she does not have any earrings in. This does not, however, seem to be the case.

    • The cheerleading uniform Claire wears in the pilot episode differs from the one she will wear for the rest of the first season: the pilot episode's uniform has a shallow V-neck in the front and back of the top, while the uniform she wears for the rest of the season has a deep V-neck in the front and a high "crew" neck in the back. It also depicts the "Union Wells High School Trojans" with a Trojan soldier emblem, whereas in the remainder of the season, it depicts the "Union Wells H.S. Wildcats" with a wildcat emblem.

    • If you look closely when the camera pulls back to reveal the painting of New York City being destroyed, you will notice that Isaacs left arm had a red scarf wrapped around the stump where his hand should be. This scene was originally intended that Isaac be in the near death state that Peter found him in because of that self inflicted injury. The version that aired explained Isaac as having overdosed.

    • Several characters are shown looking directly at the sun during a partial eclipse. Looking directly at the sun at any time, especially during an eclipse, can cause eye damage -- though usually that requires a long look rather than a glimpse. Niki, at least, uses a safe mode as she views the eclipse through a pinhole camera.

    • When Mohinder Suresh goes to his father's office after learning of his death, he comes across a picture of himself at his college graduation with a man (by implication, his father). The man in the picture is not Erick Avari, the actor who will play his father in several later episodes.

    • According to Heroes creator, Tim Kring, Mr. Bennet has a distinct pair of glasses due to the fact he had very few lines in the pilot and needed to be recognizable by the audience. Also, he said the horn-rimmed glasses were chosen because they had a distinct early days of the CIA look.

    • While Claire is talking to her mother after just putting her hand down the garbage disposal, her hair is over her shoulder then behind her back in each shot.

    • In the credits for this episode, Randall Bentley's credit is spelled "Lyle Bennett." Either this was an error in the production of the credits, or else the producers later changed the spelling of Claire and Lyle's last name to "Bennet."

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    Allusions (142)

    • Title of Third Act in the Original Pilot: "How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" This is a reference to the classic Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

    • Nathan (To Peter): Do not pull a Roger Clinton on me, man! I'm eight points down in the polls. Reference to former President Bill Clinton's half-brother Roger Clinton, who was the family's black sheep, having criminal records of drugs, drunk driving, and various other charges before being pardoned by the former President in 2001.

    • Hiro: The Aboriginals in Australia can bend time and space. Hiro is refering to spiritual beliefs of the Aboriginal in Australia. The expression "dreamtime" is used as a reference to time outside of real time, time in the past or future or parallel timelines, in theory similar to the powers which Hiro has developed.

    • HRG: Probably a lot of Sureshs where you're from, like Smith or Anderson. Smith and Anderson are the names of the antagonist and protagonist of The Matrix Trilogy. Agent Smith is the antagonist and Thomas Anderson (Neo) is the protagonist.

    • Volume Title: "Genesis" In the Jewish Torah, "Genesis" is the first book which details the creation of life on earth. This title plays on that because the episode is about a new stage in evolution, which could be called a new creation. The book of Genesis (and many of the other books of the Torah) also make up the "Old Testament" in the Christian Bible. As a parallel allusion, the word "genesis" also means "origin" and the first issue of most comic books (in which we generally find out who the super hero is and how they got their powers) is often referred to as an origin issue.

    • Hiro: X-Men no.143, when Kitty Pryde time travels... Katherine "Kitty" Pryde, also known as Shadowcat, is a character in the Marvel Comics universe and a member of the mutant superhero team the X-Men. Kitty was created in 1980 by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne, first appearing in Uncanny X-Men #129. Kitty Pryde has a power which enables her, and those she has contact with, to pass through solid objects. Her actual time traveling story occurs in X-Men #141-142.

    • Ando: Beam us up, Scotty. The phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" is associated with the original Star Trek series. When Captain Kirk wanted to be transported back to the ship, he would give the order to the chief engineer, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott. While this particular phrasing has become a cultural catch phrase, this exact wording was never actually spoken on the show. The closest wording occurs in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home when Kirk says, "Scotty, beam me up".

    • Hiro: Then I can teleport myself anywhere on the planet. Ando: Like Star Trek. Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, first aired on American television in 1966. It has since spanned six television series, ten movies, and hundreds of novels. This science-fiction franchise popularized the concept of matter-energy transportation which allows people and objects to teleport instantaneously from one location to another. Within Star Trek, transporting is sometimes referred to as "beaming".

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