Five Years Gone

Season 1, Ep 20, Aired 4/30/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Hiro and Ando find themselves five years after the destruction of New York City. People with extraordinary abilities are labeled as terrorists and are being registered, hunted, and killed. Hiro and Ando meet up with darker versions of the other heroes in preparation for a showdown with the President. This includes a darker side of Matt, a Jessica/Niki with a clear winner in their battle, a brown-haired Claire, and a man named Andy, who's a big hearted Texan. It also features an event at an upscale gentleman's club.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jack Coleman

    Mr. Bennet / HRG

  • Greg Grunberg

    Matt Parkman

  • Ali Larter

    Niki Sanders

  • Masi Oka

    Hiro Nakamura

  • Hayden Panettiere

    Claire Bennet

  • Fan Reviews (163)
  • Great

    By Shinigami124, Aug 16, 2008

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 10, 2010

  • Award worthy episode...

    By kavazavut, May 01, 2007

  • Best One Of The Series!

    By AliFan22876, Jan 01, 2010

  • Hiro and Ando travel five years into the future at a destroyed and darker New York. The special people are hunted and killed, while President Nathan tries to put forward a plan that would rid the world of the special ones forever.

    By Panicos888, Aug 07, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • Mohinder: You're one of them, Nathan! Are you suggesting I should send you off to the gas chambers as well? Nathan: I'm thankful for the secrets you've kept, but let's be honest. I can fly. I'm hardly dangerous.

    • Peter: (to Niki) You`ll look at that mirror, but no one is looking back but you. She`s gone Niki, D.L. is gone. Micah is gone. You`ve got to accept your loss. Niki: Jessica was right all along. Look out for yourself, don`t get attached. Peter: I don`t buy it.

    • Opening Narration: Ordinary people across the globe discovered extraordinary abilities. They had one mission. Hiro: (to Peter) You have to save her. Save the cheerleader, save the world. Narrator: And Peter fulfilled his destiny. Claire: (to Peter) You’re totally my hero. Narrator: But what if they can’t stop the bomb? What if New York is destroyed? What if they can’t save the world? Tonight Hiro will journey five years into the future, to a world they hope they never see.

    • Nathan: In your original assessment you posited a possible solution. Extinction. Mohinder: Yes, but I never meant to suggest that…. Nathan: (reading from report) “They wouldn’t be the first species to be exterminated for the preservation of another.” Your words. Mohinder: I was talking about the natural order of things. What you’re talking about is genocide.

    • Peter: (about Hiro) You remember how he used to be, all full of hope and optimism? Ando: Of course. That’s the Hiro I know. Peter: He went away the day you died. Between you and me, I think you’re the reason he became so obsessed with trying to change it all back. He wants to save you.

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    Notes (7)

    • New Heroes: There were no new heroes introduced in this episode.

    • Powers Developments: There were no power developments in this episode.

    • International Air Dates: Germany: February 20, 2008 on RTL2 Czech Republic: May 15, 2008 on Prima Slovakia: September 1, 2008 on Markiza

    • The last line of this episode was said by Hiro in Japanese. He said "Now the hard part...". "The Hard Part" was the title given to the next episode.

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

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    Trivia (19)

    • It was stupid of "Future Hiro" to ask if Hiro had killed Sylar and stopped the bomb. Why would he ask his past self something if he would have remembered doing it? Also, as Hiro was "destined" to return to the past, wouldn't the future he returned to be a world where the bomb hadn't exploded?

    • The Futures Of The Characters. Peter Petrelli: Peter is now living in Las Vegas. He is married to Niki Sanders, and lives above a gentleman's club with her. While he still has his powers, he doesn't seem interested in saving the world anymore until Hiro shows up. He also has a new scar across his face. Niki Sanders: Niki is now married to Peter Petrelli, and lives with him above the gentlemen's club where she performs as a high-end stripper. She appears to have won her personal battle with Jessica, which is now her stripper name. Nathan Petrelli: Nathan is now President of the United States. He is leading a program to eliminate all people with special powers, assisted by Mohinder Suresh. Later in the episode we learn that Nathan is really dead and it is Sylar who has assumed his appearance. Sylar: Sylar is now living under Nathan Petrelli's identity as President of the USA. He has set up a program to eliminate all people with special abilities so that he is the last one remaining. At the end of the episode, he battles with Peter. Mohinder Suresh: Mohinder is now President "Petrelli"'s chief adviser. He is still trying to devise an antidote to the gene, but is failing. Nathan/Sylar wants him to start killing the heroes. He refuses at first because he sees it as genocide, but finally reluctantly agrees. Matt Parkman: Matt is now employed by Homeland Security to hunt down people with special abilities. His personality has changed; he is now very short-tempered and aggressive. This is due to the fact his wife divorced him and he has almost no contact with his child (who hates him). Claire Bennet: Claire now has a new identity as Sandra, a waitress in a diner in Midland, Texas. She now has brown hair, and a boyfriend in Andy, the diner's owner. Her life appears to be going smoothly until H.R.G re-enters it again.

    • When Peter, Hiro, and Ando break into the Homeland Security building, Hiro kills some SWAT men with his sword but no blood is shown on the blade in the following camera shots.

    • After "Future Hiro" and Ando flee from Homeland Security and Hiro tells Ando to lose his clothes, Ando starts undoing his tie and opens the top button of his shirt. In the next cut, the tie is gone, but the shirt is still buttoned.

    • The Haitian can block anyone's power, and not just empaths. So in Five years he never found out what Sylar was doing.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Nathan: Brother versus brother....It's almost biblical. This could be a reference to Genesis, Chapter 4, in the Bible. The brothers in the chapter are Cain and Abel where Cain commits the first murder by killing his brother after God rejects his sacrifice but accepts Abel's.

    • Mohinder:(to Sylar-as-Nathan) You're one of them, am I supposed to walk you off to the gas chambers as well? In WWII, one of the ways Hitler killed Jews was telling them they were going to a shower when they were really going into a poison gas chamber where they died within fifteen minutes.

    • The overview states that, five years in the future, "...People with extraordinary abilities are labeled as terrorists and are being registered, hunted, and killed...." There is a direct correlation between this and one of the opening scenes of the original X-Men movie, in which Senator Kelly debates Dr. Jean Grey in a Congressional hearing, demanding that mutants be registered so that the American people can know who they are and what they can do. More recently, it also references the Civil War crossover event in the Marvel Universe that revolves around the same political issue. On a similar note, the cure that Mohinder has been trying to develop for the last five years closely resembles a major plot element of the third X-Men film.

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