Heroes

Season 2 Episode 11

Powerless

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 03, 2007 on NBC
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In Texas, Peter faces off against former friends due to Adam’s misleading story about the Shanti virus. Micah enlists the help of his mother to rescue Monica. Maya is shocked when she learns the truth about her new friend Sylar. Elle tries to make her father proud.moreless

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  • Loeb Can't Deliver climaxes.

    1.0
    It's just classic Jeff Loeb.

    He will give us amazing buildups, but then will totally mess up the climax.

    Every single time.



    He did it with Smallville.

    He did it with the graphic novel "Batmam:The Long Halloween"

    He did it with season 1 of heroes.

    And now he just did it again.



    He will write amazing dialog, amazing character development, great story pacing, fantastic buildups, but in the end he will just abruptly end it with the crappiest possible finale.



    And then he'll just take the story in an unrelated direction.



    So all the buildup is for nothing.



    I would say heroes is a 10/10 show for every episode except "How to stop an exploding man" and this one, "powerless"



    Those two episodes are 0.1 as they completely destroy every episode that came before them.



    I hope Jeff Loeb gets it together one day.moreless
  • Peter faces former friends due to Adam's manipulation, Niki tries to help Monica, Sylar tries to get his powers back, Maya sees the true self of Sylar, Elle is having doubts about her father but wants to make him proud, Noah makes a deal with the Company.moreless

    9.9
    The last chapter of volume 2 is action packed as expected.

    Peter arrives at Primatech in Odessa, Texas with Adam thinking he will destroy the virus. Hiro appears to kill Adam but Peter stops him. Matt and Nathan appear as well. When Peter manages to open the safe containing the virus, Adam gets inside while Peter faces Matt and Nathan. Convinced by his brother that Adam used him, Peter manages to catch the virus just before it hits the floor. Hiro teleports Adam to the only place he can't hurt anyone; he buries him alive in the same cemetary his father is buried. Thinking they had enough Nathan decides he should go public about them and their powers but just as he is making the announcement someone shoots him. Micah asks for his mother's help to save Monica. Niki hesitates at first but then she realizes she doesn't have many options. Arriving there, the place where Monica is tied up is on fire and Niki rushes into it to save Monica. Saving her, Niki can't save herself (as she doesn't have her ability due to the virus) and the place explodes, leaving Micah, Monica and all of us wonder if she did make it after all (the answer in volume 3).

    West tries to make Claire change her mind about going public with her powers and the special people but Claire refuses. Instead she gives him his own file and lets him fly away.

    Noah, now imprisoned by the Company, reveals to Elle what her father has done to her while she was young. Elle realizing that she needs to gain her father's trust once again, she sees Sylar in Isaac's loft with Mohinder and she goes after him. Meanwhile, Noah returns home to his family who are shocked to see him alive. He tells them that he has made a deal with the Company to assist them in their work and in return his family would be left alone. This manages to make Claire stop her attempt to go on with her plan.

    Finally, Sylar and Maya meet with Mohinder who tell him to save them. Mohinder finds out that Sylar doesn't have his powers because he has the Shanti virus (which is revealed to be the same strain as Niki's and that the Company most probably injected him; this explains how and why he survived during the events of Kirby Plaza in volume 1). Maya finally sees that Sylar is not who she thinks he is but rather what her brother told her he is. When Molly can't track down Alejandro, Maya realizes that Sylar has killed him. Sylar shoots her and demands Mohinder to inject her with Claire's blood. Maya comes back to life and Sylar is attacked by Elle (who is trying to impress her father). Sylar manages to escape while Elle is named a life-saver by Mohinder. The quick preview of volume 3 named "Villains" shows a powerless Sylar injecting himself with the antidote containing Claire's blood. After that he tries to move with his mind a tin of spinach (ironic!) to him and manages to do it saying "I'm back". Overall, a fantastic episode worthy of a season finale. All the stories come nicely together introduce us to the next volume. The possible deaths of Niki and Nathan (who the writers like to kill every season) is a cliffhanger one that was answered during the summer before the start of season 3. Key facts: The items found in the safe in Odessa along with the virus still are a mystery in the Heroes universe. Furthermore, some characters return in season 3 like Adam, Maya and Elle but some don't as Micah and Molly. Notice Sandra's (Ashley Crow's) performance in this episode. You will see a lot more of Sandra in season 3. Also, this is (up-to-date) the last appearance of Monica and West in the series. Hopefully one or both will return in volume 5. As for the man who shot Nathan try and guess who he might be. Back then I didn't but some did accurately. Enjoy!moreless
  • The end of volume two.

    10
    The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. The season finale of Generations. Elle gets a lot of airtime in this episode when she swoops in & saves Mohinder, Maya & Molly. She finally made her father proud. I liked that storyline. Sylar is still out there unfortunately with his powers. Nikki & Nathan dying? Hopefully there is a big twist for the premiere cause those guys are one of my favorite characters. I am so glad that were done with the Adam Paradox, buried alive. Hiro finally has the guts to do something like that. Peter & Nathan reunite. West leaves. And HRG joins the company. Perfect episode!moreless
  • a neat finale for a short season

    9.1
    This episode was supposed to be only the midseason finale but thanks to the writer's strike, it was relegated to being the season two finale. And in that way, this season's finale is not as exciting as season one's, nor does it have a neat season finale conclusion. But besides those two points, the episode fits in nicely and it does well enough to watch until the next season premiere. Peter and Adam locate the Shanti virus while Matt, Hiro, and Nathan work to stop the two from Adam's apocalyptic vision. Meanwhile, Nikki and Micah work to rescue Monica from her captors, Claire and her family plan to make ordinary lives but a surprise visit from her father changes everthing, Elle learns just how evil and conniving her father is, Maya learns just how evil Sylar is, and Mohinder and Molly must confront Sylar again when he kidnaps them for Claire's blood. There is plenty of character development: Hiro must struggle to fight his once friend Adam, and finally makes a decision to stop him that won't kill Adam but will stop him and not comprimise who Hiro is. Peter must decide who he must trust: his friends and his brother or Adam, the one who helped him recover his identity. Nikki makes a choice to help Micah even though she's powerless, even if it may cost her her life, and Nathan decides to confront The Company, among others. Sylar also brings up the fact Mohinder's father "betrayed" him and just how he did is still up for debate. The major flaw with this finale lies that it reinforces that Maya and Alejandro were flimsy characters that could have been more, that took a lot of tv time, but weren't developed well enough, wound up as simply being Sylar food. If they bring Maya back for season three, she has got to grow more of a personality. Elle was one of the best new characters in season two and there's more to her at second glance. Luckily, she will be back for season three for sometime. The end was a serious cliffhanger, with two characters' fates hung in the air, and unfortunately, the return of superpowered Sylar. It was a decent episode even if it wasn't quite the season finale the first season's was and it promises another season that will deliver.moreless
  • Mo is an idiot. Not logical why he gave sylar the cure so easily. At least try lying to the guy! Idiot. Writers failed here. Other than that, good episode. Oh, and did anyone else notice that sark ended up in the same predicament as sloane?moreless

    9.0
    Mo is an idiot. Not logical why he gave sylar the cure so easily. At least try lying to the guy! Idiot. Writers failed here. Other than that, good episode. Oh, and did anyone else notice that sark ended up in the same predicament as sloane? ha! Do I really have to write 100 characters? That's retarded. Why can't a quick review just be a quick review? Fart fart fart fart face cum bucket num nuts fartholio vote for me in the presidential election fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fart fartmoreless
Cory Hardrict

Cory Hardrict

Gang Leader

Guest Star

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Bob Bishop

Recurring Role

Adair Tishler

Adair Tishler

Molly Walker

Recurring Role

Randall Bentley

Randall Bentley

Lyle Bennet

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Peter struggles to open the vault with telekinesis, giving Hiro, Matt and Nathan enough time to stop him. However, we have seen that Peter has DL's power to phase through walls, carrying people and various objects with him. Presumably he could simply slip into the vault, take the virus, and come back outside.

    • This was the last episode completed before the WGA strike that started on November 5, 2007.

    • On the cover of the 9th Wonders comic which is set aflame, St. Joan can be seen holding a small dagger known as a kriss. The same type of weapon is seen later in the vault at Primatech.

    • Goof: Maya doesn't display any knowledge of Chandra having died. But she doesn't wonder why Sylar takes her to Mohinder instead.

    • If you look carefully, when Nathan is presenting his speech, one of the microphones has the NBC logo and the channel name on the front of it.

    • Goof: If Mr. Bennet was healed by Claire's blood, he shouldn't need glasses anymore.

      Possible Explanation #1: But if so, that would not make sense. Her blood would heal him to how he should be before the gunshot. This doesn't mean he is cured from his sight problems.
      Possible Explanation #2: Perhaps Mr Bennets eyes aren't actually damaged, he was possibly born with defects in his eyes as a result of his DNA. Meaning the defect is in his genetic code and hence upon regeneration his eyes are restored according to his DNA.
      Possible Explanation #3: An inherited DNA problem could explain it, however, in the NBC Heroes graphic novel "blindsided" (chapter 74) it is revealed that mr. Bennet actually had a perfect vision, but his eyes where damaged by a highly bright light. The only possible explanation would be that Claire's blood can only heal recent injuries (it probably cannot resurrect dead people after some time, also).

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Sylar: You and I have trust issues, doctor.

    • Peter: (to Matt) You're on the wrong side!
      Nathan: What about me, Pete?
      Peter: Nathan?
      Nathan: Am I on the wrong side, too?

    • Peter: Did you kill Hiro's father?
      Adam: I did. He saw to it that the virus be safely kept here. If he didn't plan to use it, why not destroy it?
      Peter: Why don't you make me believe you, Adam. Hiro said not to trust you.
      Adam: The woman you love is trapped in some horrible future where nearly everyone is dead. You can change that. She needs you, Peter. We all need you. To open that door.

    • (As Maya recovers)
      Elle: Sylar's gone. (bangs hand on doorframe in frustration) My dad's gonna kill me.
      Mohinder: I doubt that very much. If you hadn't arrived, Sylar would have slaughtered us all. We owe you our lives.
      Elle: Really? Cool!

    • Sylar: Welcome home, Dr. Suresh. What happened to your nose?

    • Hiro: Why are you protecting him?
      Peter: Adam is my friend.
      Hiro: He was my friend too, 400 years ago. He betrayed me. He willl betray you.
      Peter: No! He saved my brother's life.
      Hiro: He murdered my father!
      Peter: Your father had him locked away for 30 years. I know. I was in that same prison.

    • Bob: Do you realize how much damage you've done by provoking Claire?
      Elle: I couldn't help it. She was just so weepy, and earnest, and… who knew she'd turn whistle blower?

    • Peter: So what do we do now?
      Adam: I guess you have to pry it open with that brain of yours.
      Peter: Huh, I'm not sure I have that sort of power.
      Adam: Ah, there's not much at stake here. Just the fate of the entire human race.

    • West: I didn't come to help you, Claire. I came to stop you.
      Claire: These people ruined my life. Your life.
      West: No, they didn't. But what you're about to do? I'm pretty sure that will.

    • Molly: (trying to 'find' Alejandro) He's not anywhere.
      Maya: But, if he's not anywhere… (gasps)

    • Nathan: Peter, you're not responsible for something that might have happened. You came here to destroy the virus. Finish the job.
      Peter: Stand back.

    • Matt: What the hell's going on? Your mother, my father; God knows what else they've done. How much longer are we gonna have to clean up their mess?
      Nathan: Matt, you're right. You're right. We've been used by these people. Manipulated. But it's over. It stops here. No more secrets.

    • Monica: I'm here! I'm here, help me! How did you find me?
      NIki: Micah.
      Monica: Oh, I love that kid!

    • (Bennet walks in and Claire, shocked, drops a box she was holding)
      Bennet: Hello, Claire Bear.

    • Nathan: He used me to get to you. Don't you see that it. He tried to manipulate you like that.
      Peter: Nathan..
      Nathan: Peter, that night at Kirby Plaza when I carried you away, it was because I believe in you. You're my brother Pete. I love you. Can you really trust Adam?

    • Ando: Hiro , where have you been?
      Hiro: I went to face my father's killer .
      Ando: Well , did you find him?
      (Hiro nods)
      Ando: Did you kill him?
      Hiro: He can never hurt anyone ever again.
      Adam: (inside a coffin) Get me out of here!!

    • Angela Petrelli: (on the phone after Nathan's shooting) I know. It was unavoidable. You do know that you've now opened Pandora's box.

    • Nathan: Good afternoon. Most of you have no idea who I am. My name is Nathan Petrelli, and I was elected to Congress in the state of New York. Seems like a long time ago. I lost my position. I lost my brother. I lost my family. I'm sad to say that I lost my way. But while I was gone, I had the chance to see the world through newly-humbled eyes. Witnessed amazing things. I've seen ordinary people among us, trying their best each day to be heroes. These ordinary people...like you, like me, are capable of extraordinary things. You have no idea...how extraordinary. But there are other people, organizations, who don't want you to know the truth. I, myself, kept secrets. But last year... something incredible happened to me. And it changed my life. At first, I was afraid. But I'm...I'm not afraid anymore. I'm here to tell you the truth. I have the abili... (Nathan gets shot in the chest twice and falls down)

    • Hiro: (raising arms as he shouts out to Nathan) Flying Man!
      Matt: (also to Nathan) Who's this guy supposed to be?

    • Hiro: You are not God.
      Adam: Really? I've lived for over 400 years. Who is to say that I'm not going to live 400 more?

    • Maya: Hey you're nothing like you said you were. Alejandro was right about you all along.
      Sylar: You wanna get rid of your powers, I want mine back. After Suresh fixes me, I'll gladly take yours off your hands.

    • Bob: Noah, we have a problem.
      Bennet: I'm not part of your "we". Do you remember?
      Bob: It's about Claire. She is becoming difficult.
      (Bennet smiles)
      Bennet: Is she?

    • [West flies away, and Mr. Muggles starts barking]
      Claire: You won't leave me, will you, Mr. Muggles?
      [Mr. Muggles whimpers and runs to the front door]

    • Sylar: (to Mohinder) Where is the heal-anything blood?
      Molly: Please!
      Sylar: You had it here all along? You and I have trust issues, Doctor.

    • (After proving that his abilities have returned)
      Sylar: I'm back.

    • Mrs. Petrelli: It all went so wrong. 30 years ago, a group of us came together to change the world, to fix it. And Adam...had a perspective on history that was compelling and we believed in him. I did. Linderman. Your father.
      Nathan: Bob said you locked him away.
      Mrs. Petrelli: No. Not at first. In the beginning, I helped him.
      Nathan: You what?
      Mrs. Petrelli: And in the end, Adam decided that the world just wasn't worth fixing and that it needed to be wiped clean, with an unstoppable virus. Just before it was too late, I, um... I came to realize how wrong it was.
      Nathan: Did you? You and Linderman wanted to blow up New York to save the world. Doesn't sound like you've changed at all, Ma.

    • Adam: (taking Hiro's sword) I believe this is mine, Carp.

    • Sylar: Your father helped me find my gift and now here you are restoring it. Life has its poetry, doesn't it?
      Mohinder: My father who you murdered.
      Sylar: Your father who betrayed me. Don't make that same mistake, Mohinder.

    • Maya: You killed him? You killed my brother!
      Sylar: (shoots Maya) Now look what you made me do.

    • (Nathan nears landing at Primatech with Matt on his back after carrying him in the air)
      Matt: Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow down, slow down, slow down! Yeow! (Nathan stretches out his back) Okay, we don't talk about that ever again!
      Nathan: Agreed.

    • (logging onto Daddy's (Bob's) computer)
      Elle: Huh, does Suresh know that you've got him on video surveillance? Sylar! (Looking at a photo of Daddy) Oh, Daddy you're going to be so proud of me.

    • Elle: You said you knew all about my ability. Tell me what my dad did to me.
      Bennet: I'm stuck in this hellhole. My family thinks I'm dead. There's not a lot of incentive to share.
      (Elle powers up with a ball of electricity in her hand)
      Elle: I could make you tell me.
      Bennet: You could try.
      Elle: (powers down) Please, I don't have anyone else to talk to.
      Bennet: They wanted to see how much wattage you could discharge. Enough to power a flashlight? Streetlamp? An entire city block? During the testing you'd pass out from the strain. We'd all want to call it a day, but daddy said, "No, my girls tougher than that". You were seven. The hardest thing a parent ever does is to have to see their child in pain. Most parents.
      Bob: Elle, what are you doing here?
      Elle: Leaving!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Awards and Nominations:
      2008 Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series (Scott Boyd)

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

    • International Airdates:
      New Zealand: January 14, 2008 on TV 3
      Latin America: March 28, 2008 on Universal Channel
      United Kingdom: July 3, 2008 on BBC2
      Australia: August 6, 2008 on Channel 7
      Sweden: October 23, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: November 16, 2008 on NRK3
      Finland: June 14, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: November 20, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 16, 2010 on Markiza

    • The Symbol:
      The helix/"Godsend" symbol appears in the dust remains of the Shanti virus on Peter's hand and on Micah's 9th Wonders comic book, in the upper left corner.

    • Power Developments:
      Molly Walker: We learn that Molly cannot locate someone who has died.

      Adam Monroe/Claire Bennet/Peter Petrelli: We learn that a simple gunshot to the head is also permanent death for someone with a healing ability. Although this was implied in the previous episode, it was in reference to a shotgun, which at close-range would be exactly the same as decapitation.

      Micah Sanders: We learn that Micah does not need to be touching machines to interact with them, as is demonstrated when he causes several stoplights to turn green from inside a car.

    • Originally this episode was to be the final episode before the hiatus. Due to the Writers Guild of America strike, however, it became likely that the series would not return in the spring. For this reason, Powerless was "punched-up" to increase tension so that this episode could be used as a season finale if necessary.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • (Sylar uses his regained telekinesis to grab a spinach can)
      According to director Allan Arkush, this is a reference to the cartoon sailor Popeye. A sort of early super hero, Popeye gained tremendous strength whenever he ate spinach.

    • Eckert Spinach
      The can Sylar uses to test his regained power is labelled "Eckert Spinach". Walter Eckert is the Heroes art department coordinator.

    • Angela Petrelli: (on the phone) You know you've opened up Pandora's box now? (hangs up phone)

      In Greek mythology, after Prometheus' theft of the secret of fire, Zeus ordered Hephaestus to create the woman Pandora as part of the punishment for mankind. Pandora was given many seductive gifts from Aphrodite, Hermes, Charites, and Horae (according to Works and Days). For fear of additional reprisals, Prometheus warned his brother Epimetheus not to accept any gifts from Zeus, but Epimetheus did not listen, and married Pandora. Pandora had been given a jar and instructed by Zeus to keep it closed, but she had also been given the gift of curiosity, and ultimately opened it. When she did, all of the evils of mankind escaped from the jar, although Pandora was quick enough to close it again and keep one value inside, and that was Hope.

    • Noah Bennet playing catch with a rubber ball against the wall of his cell is a reference to the 1963 film The Great Escape, in which the P.O.W. played by Steve McQueen does this whenever he is put in solitary confinement.

    • Bob's Password: MIDAS

      This is a reference to the mythical King Midas who could turn any item he touches into gold, similar to Bob's power.

    • Adam: When God wasn't happy with what he created he made it rain for 40 days and 40 nights. He just washed it all away.
      This is an allusion to the story of Noah and the Ark from the book of Genesis in the Bible. In the story, God destroys all life on Earth, with the exception of his favorite worshiper, by causing a massive flood.

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