Season 4 Episode 19

Brave New World

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 08, 2010 on NBC
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As Noah's life hangs in the balance, Samuel prepares to kill thousands and Peter and the others must band together to stop him and save Emma.

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  • Could this season be any cheesier?

    This season was the worst, and it is easy to understand why the show was cancelled. I'm glad the 'carnival subplot' was over, but what the hell these writers were thinking with the 'start' of volume 6? The last episodes of this season were barely watchable, cheesy and predictable. Meanwhile, some characters, abilities and story lines were completely forgotten. What happened to the Rebel and Dr. Suresh? What about Sylar's ability to spot lies, or paint the future (Matt could do it too)? I liked this show a lot in the first seasons, but this last seasons the writers lost their touch, and I started to care less for it, as each episode progressed. In the end, it was a huge disappointment.moreless
  • Mixed feelings about this particular season.

    My attention was grabbed immediately after the very first episode of the first season. I've been watching it since then, but somewhere in the beginning of season 4 I've started to lose track of what happened, who's who and to seek answers (well, maybe I'm way too old to be a real die-hard fan of anything). The biggest disappointment this season - the choice of Robert Knepper as the new bad guy. After just 2 roles in a major TV series he managed to turn himself in to a cliche - with all that blurred Southern accent and Keith Richards-like behaviour. Poor guy (well, he is probably enjoying his paychecks and fame very much) - he is such a single sided actor - unless he proves me wrong in some other TV series or a movie. But I've had enough T-Bag.

    Speaking of bad guys - can't say anything bad about Zach Quinto - perfect acting, without overdoing it like Knepper always does. There's a great bright future for this guy, as he is extremely talented and multifaceted actor.moreless
  • Amazing finsih to an amazing season! Warning, spoilers contained in this review

    This season started off a bit shakey, but I have to admit, it picked up major steam. The show lost track last season I feel, but this season is the shows savoir. We get back to what this show is really about. This episode is probably my favourite end to a season of Heroes. I know people will be all like "Sylar being good, why?". Maybe not everyone agree's with it. I sure hope this time he has changed good for real. I am personally one of the people who started to hate his character, how it was always the same, but this season changed things, I think for the first time I really felt like we started to know more about him, why he is the way he is. And I believe he wants to change, this time I believe he is sincere. For me all the main characters this season have been kicked up a notch. The only character I have been disappointed in is Parkman, but I feel with the next season we will see more of him. I can't think of what I look forward to most in the next season, there are just so many things. Clair's act will change things, no doubt, but it will be interesting to see how things will change. If anything I think she is one of the bigger characters that for a while had been played down by bad scripts, I think she serves a bigger purpose, and I think this season showed that. She was the main person to save in season one, and now I think we are finally starting to see why that is. Also, Sylar has a long road ahead of him, having Peter on his side will help, but he has caused so much pain, it will be hard for people to just accept he has changed. What will happen with Samuel, I surely hope they deal with him properly, he is unstable, and I actually grew to hate him more then I had Sylar, I mean, Sylar was a pain in the ass, but he had some sort of control, a smart way about him with an evil twist. Samuel was just twisted, and he knew how to manipulate people so that he could get things the way he wanted them. There is also the fact of where Hiro went off too, and what is going to happen with all those people he took. Whenever next season comes, I definitely will be tuning in. I have to admit, I almost didn't want to watch Heroes anymore, after last season, but this season has brought it back, and it's now better than ever, and to that I say, bring on the next season!moreless
  • Okay for a normal episode, bad for a season finale!

    I really have mixed feelings about this episode... What I liked is, that all plot lines come together and everything gets solved. Moreover I personally enjoyed seeing Sylar getting a "makeover" ;-) I think, he being allways the bad guy really wore off after 4 years...

    What I really didn´t like, was the "big finale"!!! Calire and the others just TALK to all the peolpe, which have been lured to the carnival to watch Samuel´s show and tell them to leave?!? That´s it? REALLY??? Talking? That was very disappointing!!! Just think about the season one finale: All hereos had to combine their powers to stop Sylar! And now they just talk to people?!? I think, that just says all about, where this show has come to...moreless
  • I like where they are taking sylar's character, but why dont they give back peter's original powers back.

    Even though some of the things are very exciting, the series is becoming quite boring. I am especially irritated with claire. She is getting very annoying. She is meant to be a college girl, why doesnt she just go to school and let the others save the world. And what the hell was all that with revealing the secrets about, din't she listen to her almost dying father in the trailer.

    I also din't understand the part where samuel lost all his powers completely when he became alone. How come when he goes to the city or something alone he still has all his powers and strength then?

    Heroes need to improve on the story, making it more interesting and nail bitting.moreless
K Callan

K Callan

Elderly Charlie

Guest Star

Erin Allin O'Reilly

Erin Allin O'Reilly

Fire Breather Mom "Gale"

Guest Star

Kaleigh Ryan

Kaleigh Ryan

Fire Breather Daughter "Jennie"

Guest Star

David H. Lawrence XVII

David H. Lawrence XVII

Eric Doyle

Recurring Role

Ray Park

Ray Park


Recurring Role

Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

Lauren Gilmore

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Samuel: You seem to have found my power.
      Peter: It's funny how that works, huh? I'm not gonna let you hurt anyone now.
      Samuel: Peter, you of all people should know they have to fear us! That's the only way they'll respect us. All you've ever wanted was respect. We both know what it's like to live in the shadow of a brother. Joseph destroyed my potential, kept me down, just like your brother.
      Peter: My brother didn't let me down. He built me up.

    • Matt: (thinking) You want to leave, right now.
      Eli: Are you trying to push a thought? All but one of us are pretty... thoughtless.

    • Lauren: (about Claire) What is she doing?
      Noah: Breaking my heart.

    • Samuel: Ladies and gentlemen, do you want a show? Well, this is the greatest show on Earth!

    • Samuel: You think you're here to save them, Claire, but they don't need saving. They know what I've done for them.
      Claire: Do they know that you gain your strength from them? (to carnival members) You are the source of his power. Without you, he is nothing. That's why Joseph was keeping this family small for all those years, because he knew. He knew how powerful Samuel could be, that he would lose control just like he did when he buried that town. But if you all walk away now, and he will be weak. He will be ordinary. He will be nothing.

    • Hiro: It is over. The damsel has found her happy ending. My hero's journey has come to an end. I have no more quests.
      Ando: Really? Because Noah Bennet just found Samuel Sullivan. The carnival is in New York. Central Park. Destiny calls...
      Hiro: Destiny calls.

    • Hiro: I can fix this, Charlie.
      Old Charlie: Fix this? How do you mean?
      Hiro: I can fix everything.
      Ando: I'm sorry. Will you excuse us for one minute? (Hiro and Ando go aside and converse in Japanese) What do you mean, "fix it"?
      Hiro: I will go back to 1944... and take her right back to the Burnt Toast Diner.
      Ando: Hiro. There's no such thing as stepping on a "small butterfly."
      Hiro: All I'm doing is righting a terrible wrong.
      Ando: So she can lead a normal life.
      Hiro: Exactly.
      Ando: Ah, so you are doing this for her, not for you.
      Hiro: Absolutely.

    • Noah: It doesn't matter what I believe anymore, because the whole world is about to find out about you. We can thank Samuel for that.
      Claire: Maybe it won't be so bad. Maybe the world is more ready than you think it is. Things change.
      Noah: Sure. There might be curiosity for a while, but all it takes is one Sylar and then the pitchforks come out and all hell breaks loose. I've seen it. They will turn on you, Claire. It's human nature. You're right. Things change. But people don't.

    • Noah: (to Claire) I think I know why Samuel put you down here with me. So you could watch me die.

    • Samuel: Tonight will be a night unlike any other. Tonight... we change everything. For too many years, we've been shamed into believing we're second class citizens. When the truth is we're king of the hill! They should aspire to be like us, not the other way around. So I make this pledge to you. Tonight, once and for all, we pull back the curtain and reveal ourselves for who we truly are. After tonight, we will be respected.

    • Doyle: Sylar, please. Listen to me. Please, Samuel made me do it.
      Sylar: Really? 'Cause I thought you were the puppet master.
      Doyle: Oh, come on. What do you care about this girl, anyway?
      Sylar: I am here to save her.
      Doyle: That's not you. You're like me.
      Sylar: No. I'm a hero.

    • Noah: I got to say... I never liked carnivals.
      Peter: Yup.

    • Peter: What the hell does she think she's doing? She's going to change everything.
      Sylar: That's right. It's a brave new world.

    • Claire: My name is Claire Bennet, and this is attempt number...I guess I've kind of lost count.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 8, 2010 on Global
      Australia: April 1, 2010 on 7TWO
      UK: May 1, 2010 on BBC2
      Latin America: May 25, 2010 on Universal Channel
      Germany: December 9, 2010 on RTL II
      Czech Republic: April 1, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: May 25, 2011 on Sub


    • Sylar: That's right. It's a brave new world.
      Referencing Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1, where Miranda says, "O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in't!" The quote serves as the basis for the title of the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, a book about a future where war, disease and famine have been wiped out but at the cost of family, culture, literature, and religion.

    • Doyle: Is that Dudley Doo-Right in there?
      Referencing Dudley Do-Right, the dim-witted but heroic Canadian Mountie immortalized in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959-1964), and later spun off into his own show and a live-action movie. Dudley fights against Snidely Whiplash with the assistance of Horse, his horse.