Heroes

Season 2 Episode 4

The Kindness of Strangers

5
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 2007 on NBC
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  • Beautiful

    9.9
    This show is getting better by each episode. This one, was fantastic, I would classify it on the top of my favourite Heroes episode list! Still, I've seen some bothering scenes! I like Claire's new bf, but I don't want to see her dad dead because of this! I mean, Claire is becoming distant from her father, because of what he had done in the past, and this thing doesn't sounds too good! He did bad things, but that was happening when he was part of the "movement"! I hope that painting will remain just a simple painting and nothing more! And ... wow, finally Nathan took of his bearb :D Now he can start doing his job, but not like in 1st season, i hope now he will do the right things!
  • A hero is revealed in the Dawson family; Maya and the group make a short stop continuing with one person less; Matt joins forces with Nathan to uncover Kaito's killer and he finds someone familiar; Claire hides her relationship with West from Noah.

    9.6
    The fourth chapter is quite exciting. Maya's story starts to get even more interesting when she, her brother and Derek find a person lying in the middle of the road. That person turns out to be non other than Sylar. Talking with him, Maya senses she is blessed by God as Sylar (he introduces himself as Gabriel Gray) reveals that not only he has read Dr Suresh's book that Maya has but also that he knows him in person (notice how Sylar doesn't reveal that the Suresh Maya is talking about is actually dead). Furthermore, Sylar tells her that he also wants to go to New York, but doesn't reveal why. Later on, while making a small stop, Derek reads the newspaper and finds out that Maya and Alejandro are murderers. Sylar reaction of course is not the one you would expect. He kills Derek and tells Maya that Derek tried to turned them in. When Sylar witnesses first hand Maya's deadly ability he feels it might be his destiny after all.
    Matt interrogates Angela once more at the hospital (after the attack she has suffered which is revealed it was done by herself) and Angela confesses she has done the crime; kill Kaito. After reading her mind, Matt is not convinced. A conversation between him and Nathan makes them both realize that they should join forces to uncover the secrets her mother has been keeping. While looking at Nathan's appartment they find a photo of a group of twelve with many people we have already seen (most of which are dead). In the photo, we recognise Angela, Mr Petrelli, Linderman, Charles Deveaux, Kaito, Bob and a man Matt recognises himself. His own father who has abandoned him when he was thirteen (after he gave him 120 dollars). The next step is to ask Molly to find this man, which Matt does. Molly reveals that the man Matt is looking for is the man of her nightmares; the nightmare man as she calls him. After much hesitation, Molly accepts to find him but with dire consequences. Molly goes into a coma.
    Micah still is trying to adjust to his new life and he tries to gain his cousin's Damon's sympathy by helping him watch cableview TV. Meanwhile, Monica, Damon's sister and Micah's cousin, unbeknownst to her has an ability of her own. She is able to copy any move or skill she witnesses (which of course is within her limits). She does that twice in this episode, one by making a flower like tomato and two when she stops a mugger from taking the money from the cashier by making move 169 from wrestling. Her life is explained in this episode as she lives with her grandma Nana and her brother Damon (and now with Micah as well) in New Orleans, she lost her mother in the Katrina typhoon, she works at a burger place and she wants to get a better job to be able to provide money to her family.
    Claire lies to her family that she goes to the library when in fact she is meeting with West. In fears that Claire might find the boyfriend that is seen in the painting with his death, Noah asks his daughter not to date anyone for now. Claire realizes that a bigger lie should be put into place so she says that she is trying out with the cheerleaders. Her father has his own secrets and is told by the Haitian that they should go to Odessa, Ukraine to retrieve the rest of Isaac Mendez's paintings.
    Overall this episode is great. The introduction of Monica was way overdue in the volume but better late than never. The issue with Monica is that she has not appeared into any other volume other than this one and so her story is not expanded to its great potential. I've read forums that say Monica might be one of the alive still characters that fans want to return but still the writers haven't found the opportunity to. Key facts: the man that seemed to stronger than Molly's boogeyman in chapter 23 of the last volume is revealed to be Matt's father. Also, we find out about Nathan and Matt's life during the past four months where Nathan was abandoned by his wife and kids (and she ordered Nathan never to see the boys again). He also has reflections in the mirror of himself with a burned face assuming that happened in the events of the previous volume. Matt reveals that the son Janice was expecting turned out not to be his baby but the man Janice slept with and Matt's work partner (I forgot his name). Lastly, Sylar skill at lying is shown here at its fullest and everything seems to go according to the way he pleases him most. The irony with Maya mentioning Archangel Gabriel when hearing Sylar's name is amazing. Enjoy!
  • Yet another hero.

    9.5
    Tim Kring is now looking in to Micah's life in New Orleans. Well not really Micah's life. But his cousin, Monica which is yet another hero. I like her power too. Unluckily Peter & Nikki weren't in this episode. I want to know what happens. Looked more in to Matt's plot. I wonder what's going to happen to Molly. Great cliffhanger by the way. Turns out Matt's dad was Molly's nightmare & he was with Petrelli & Nakamura. Maya & Alegandro's plot just got a whole lot more interesting when they find Sylar & of course he is tricking them when he kills Derek to stay with them. Still liking Claire's plot and how HRG's futures is falling in to place. Great effects when Claire fell off the Hollywood sign. Amazing how they did that. Great episode.
  • The season is progressing episode after episode. Stil cant get used to the Twins sub-plot.

    8.5
    Nathan visits his sons at school, telling them their grandmother was in the hospital. When he visits his mother with Matt, she confesses to being the one that pushed Kaito Nakamura off the building. Matt, however, reads her thoughts and advises Nathan that her confession is false. He shows Nathan the defaced photographs of Angela and Kaito and Nathan provides Matt with a copy of the complete photograph. The photo shows Daniel Linderman, both of Nathan's parents,Mohinder Suresh's boss Bob, Charles Deveaux, Kaito Nakamura, two unidentified men, three unidentified women and a man Matt identifies as his father, Maury.Later, Nathan has a nightmarish vision of himself with horrible burns over his body.

    Maya and Alejandro are traveling by car with the American prisoner, Derek. The trio spots a body in the middle of the road. It is a disoriented Sylar, who joins them. Maya explains to Sylar that she and her brother are journeying to New York to find Chandra Suresh, but Alejandro is wary of his presence. However, at a stop in Mexico, Derek sees a newspaper identifying the twins as murderers and tries to plan with Sylar to turn them in to the police. Sylar shows the twins the headline and asks if the picture is of them. Alejandro tells Maya to deny it, but she admits that they are the suspects. On the verge of tears, Maya nearly kills Sylar but her brother stops her powers from activating. Realizing that the twins both have abilities, Sylar agrees to help them get to New York. As they speed off, Derek is seen dead by a pay phone in a pool of his own blood, killed by Sylar. Micah awakens to a splash of water from his cousin Damon. Damon asks his grandmother and sister Monica for $65 to watch WWE Wrestlemania 22 on Pay-Per-View, though both refuse. Later, Micah uses his technopathy to "hot-wire" the television to put on the wrestling match, which earns his cousin's respect.

    Monica is trying to enter a management training program for the burger restaurant where she works. Subconsciously during work, she recreates a perfect tomato rose, more complex than the one she saw on the cooking show her grandmother was watching. As she thinks of a way to get her life back on track, the manager calls her back, informing her that she did not get the promotion. On closing duty the next day, she stops a robbery at her restaurant with a wrestling move that she saw on the pay-per-view that Damon was watching.

    Claire goes on another date with West against her father's wishes, where they share another kiss over the Hollywood sign. After convincing Claire to open up to him and jump from the sign, West catches her as she falls to prove that he'll be there to catch her should she ever need him physically or emotionally. In order to cover up her relationship, she tells her father that she has joined the school's cheerleading team.

    Noah is concerned about Claire seeing a love interest, since he worries that such relations would endanger the family and his own life, as seen in the eighth of Isaac's paintings. He later meets with The Haitian, who proposes they go on a trip to Odessa, Ukraine to find the rest of Isaac Mendez's paintings. Noah tries to think of an excuse for his absence.

    Matt asks Molly to locate his father from the photograph. In a fit of screaming, Molly throws the picture down and says that Matt's father is the "nightmare man" that kept finding her. Mohinder and Matt argue about getting Molly involved, until Molly says she'll do it for Matt. After pinpointing his location, she is caught and her body appears to be taken over as she calls out "Matt" as the father seeing the son for the first time in years. She then lapses into a state of shock. Matt tries desperately to revive her, only to hear Molly in his mind, screaming for help.
  • We get to know Monica better! She's great!

    10
    Angela confesses to a murder she didn't commit. She's obviously afraid of something or someone. Claire and West spend some time together - they go out on a date. Nathan begins to put his life back together but he's still seeing his burn downed face in the mirror. Matt learns Molly's "Nightmare Man" is someone familiar - it's Matt's father. Maya and Alejandro pick up a stranger to whom they can relate - it's Sylar! He tells them he knows Dr. Suresh and he'll help them. Micah's cousin, Monica, takes care of their New Orleans family and seems like she has an ability. Noah becomes suspicious of his daughter.
  • By benching some storylines for the week, they allow some major plot progression to occur.

    8.0
    One of the major problems of the first three episodes was its pacing. Catching up with the large ensemble wouldn't be easy and unfortunately the cast didn't get much for individual screen time. Few shows can manage to do this in forty-two minutes. Ultimately, its best to let some of the subplots sit out so those covered get enough. By doing so, several stories make major advancements, with big reveals for the Group of 12 and the Nightmare Man, which converge in an expected, but interesting manner.

    Angela's reason for confessing to Kaito's murder could point to the motivation of the Group of 12 Killer. By targeting some of the highest profile evolved humans on the planet, the killer may want to expose them to the public for some unknown result, maybe the widespread persecution we saw in "Five Years Gone". Maybe the killer has some remorse for what he or she has done and purging the founders is his or her way of atoning, as well as exposing the sins of the rest. It's likely Angela knows a lot about the killer, even if she doesn't know which one it is. Hopefully they'll keep her around long enough so she can tell that story.

    The glimpse of the complete photo of The Group of 12 is certainly one for the high definition screen capture crowd. This shot confirms Bob as one of them, which should prove interesting to Mohinder's story when the killer targets him, assuming it isn't him. Some have theorized that the man who is identified as Mr. Petrelli is actually Takezo Kensei, which would be interesting. He is the only person in the photo not looking at the camera and he is out of focus. Other than that, no major reveals until Matt recognizes his father.

    One major surprise is that the Nightmare Man tormenting Molly is Matt's father who abandoned him when he was a kid. Since he is a character we've never seen or heard about, and he isn't played by someone like Malcolm McDowell, it's good that we didn't wait for a long time to find out that. Matt's role in the main storyline was tenuous at best, and those subplots tended to be the weaker elements of the first season. Now that his role in the main plot line has been solidified in the past few episodes, his story should get more interesting.

    It personalizes the threat against Molly further, as he wants her to use her ability to find him, regardless of the risk. The end result puts the little girl in a state of comatose shock, where she begs for help. If this is one of Mr. Parkman's powers, it adds to why we should be scared of him. Turning someone's external responses off completely is very scary.

    Unless West is going to be a villain, they've done a bad job handling his character. His stalker like behavior "courting" Claire was unsettling to watch and her falling for him hard to swallow. This is amplified from the assumption that Claire is going to turn against her dad for this guy. Perhaps if they waited a few more episodes instead of having the change be so drastic might've made it passable. Claire is a bit naïve to trust her new beau than her father considering what he's done for her, but she is a teenager and that can make rational thought difficult. However, it seems unreasonable to believe that she would go against her father: she knows of her father's past, so what he did to West would've, if anything, increased the guilt of past sins.

    Naïveté certainly explains why Claire thinks she can somehow keep her relationship secret from her father, who was practically a secret agent. Even if he hadn't seen the painting foretelling his doom, he would've picked up on something. It'll be interesting to see how he balances finding the paintings while keeping the final one from occurring.

    Nathan takes a few steps towards getting his life back in order, down to shaving that Rock Bottom Beard (Copyright NBC, All Rights Reserved). However, he's still haunted by his actions with Peter and the image of his face covered in burn marks. Peter's eventual return should make Nathan's course very interesting regardless of where he goes.

    Micah living with his grandmother and cousins is the odd subplot out this week, as it has nothing to do with the main storylines yet. Considering their relation, it's no surprise that at least one of them has a power. Turns out Monica is able to replicate anything she sees (whether this is only stuff on TV is unknown). This power has most popularly been done with the Marvel supervillain Taskmaster (I don't know much aside from that, so character connections won't be explored here). It could send Monica on a dark path, as her mimicry to help her city may ultimately corrupt her. This is rather impressive and would be one Sylar would love to have.

    Before her power is revealed, an odd hint of another side of her occurs when Micah tries to comfort her after being overwhelmed trying to keep her family together. For an unusual length, the camera stays on Micah's hand when he hugs her. Considering her talent and his, it would make sense that Monica is some robot. Micah uses his technopathy to get some inner machinations to manifest and Monica uses a machine-like ability to watch and duplicate.

    Monica's ambitions mirror Peter's, in that she hopes to salvage her city, still devastated by Katrina. This connection to topical events is reminiscent of the unaired pilot, which contained scenes of a character with radioactivity (later retooled into Ted) with ties to an Islamic terrorist group. Personally I'm wary of such direct connections to real life situations, since "Heroes" is primarily an escapist fantasy show and any coverage they'd give to a real issue may be superficial and take us out of the fantasy. However, I'm willing to withhold harsh judgment until later.

    Maya and Alejandro's story gets kicked into gear with them meeting Sylar. It's a safe guess that Candace's organization was keeping him in Mexico, but to have him wake up in the desert rather than the tropical setting we last saw him in shows a strong tenacity for him to keep going, although that contradicts his condition in the previous episode. While they aren't in America yet, having Sylar meet with them must reduce some of the criticism fans have had towards their storyline being randomly in the mix. Also considering that Maya is a lead character and her brother isn't, I wouldn't be surprised if Sylar kills him, steals his power and uses that as leverage so the heroes he meets in future episodes can't touch him, unless they want to ooze the black gunk of death too.

    This episode benefits highly from focusing only on a few storylines instead of cramming a dozen or so character arcs in one episode. While those not connected with the main storyline (ie Monica) may have been lackluster, the potential they have to connect make up for that. Also the advancement of several major stories offers some hope to those who are still skeptical about the season's direction.
  • Getting Better

    9.0
    Micah's cousin Monica Dawson discovers her own ability: muscle mimicking. Parkman enlists Nathan's help to find the man who has been killing the Company founders, such as Kaito. Parkman discovers that his father Maury was among the Company founders. Sylar joins Maya and Alejandro on their journey to New York. Heroes is starting to get abit better now. At this point the writers are getting themselves back. Sylar was awesone like always, he is still my favourite character, and he isn't even in it thta much so far..! I have heard next weeks episode is the best one so far, can not wait to watch it!
  • Well not great season but its getting there.

    9.0
    Micah's cousin Monica Dawson discovers her own ability: muscle mimicking. Parkman enlists Nathan's help to find the man who has been killing the Company founders, such as Kaito. Parkman discovers that his father Maury was among the Company founders. Sylar joins Maya and Alejandro on their journey to New York. Sylar, Maya and Alejandro were great in this episode, that storyline was the best one about the episode, glad to see a episode without Hiro in. At the moment I hate him and Claire, it's stupid the sooner West dies I will be happy and I will also be happy when Hiro returns home. Another new character Monica was introduced, she has a stupid power which will have no point to the story. Bring on Elle thats what I say. No Peter in Ireland was great aswell. The ending was pointless.
  • A great episode that really twists things up even more.

    10
    So it seems a lot is connected again, like in the first season the connections are almost to close. It seems now that the man Molly has been dreaming about is the man Matt is looking for, his father. Not only that but it seems that Matt's father might be a possible suspect for the murder of Hiro's dad. It also seems that Sylar gets all the luck he needs as he is picked up by Maya and Alejandro who are trying to flee to America, and the power that Maya posses could be deadly if in the hands of Sylar. Claire also decides to trust West and they become more of a couple then she first planned, which is a bit troublesome because her dad is the one responsible for the marks on West. When Sylar finds out about Maya and Alejandro's powers, I almost died inside, I mean it is bad enough that Sylar is alive, but now he might take their powers which could make him very powerful. The most disturbing thing of this episode was when Molly finds Matt's father and then just stops moving and talking, but in her head is yelling for help.
  • Strange and unkind

    4.0
    Season 2's plot continues to progress at a snails pace, this week on HEORES. And whatever developments do happen, only make you question whether this show has gotton stupid or are we even dumber for continuing to what was a really fun show a couple months ago has quickly become either boring or an excersise in fustration.

    the toxic twins continued there pointless quest this week to reach america...while adding Sylar to this storyline adds a bit more needed "now I give a cr@p" its not like Sylar is his old self either...and audience fustration kicks in when he sadly doesn't kill the twins. With just 2 episodes a once great villian has been dramatically **** with so many other storylines and villians popping up it doesn't seem like this character will get the attention he needs for it to feel like there was a purpose for him being in this VOLMUE anyway

    speaking of fustration and characters that aren't there usualselves....the Bennets, in a very short amount of time the father/daughter relationship that was once the heart of the show has been ripped out by Capitian EMO who managed to wisk Claire away with lines like "shut up" and "I know you can heal but I don't ever wanna see you get hurt"

    Where the heck is Zach when you need him...last season by episode 4 , Claire had discovered her power, gotton through some heroics at a train crash site, and was later secuded ,date raped , killed and had already managed to use her power to get bloody revenged..(whew)...so far S2 hasn't really made the effort to get the audience on CLAIRE'S SIDE with the forced romance

    Oh we also get some cryptic info on the NIGHTMARE MAN, and the 12 company founders...turns out the evil dude from Mollys dreams not only looks like a bum but is Matt's father and a former company founder....thats lame AND extremely contrived...just like this whole Matthinder/Molly thing...and the fact that Nathan Petrelli is on the ground helping out with this crap...

    Even more annoying is the fact that with an already overstuffed storyline, these guys are adding yet another new HERO...Monica who's super powers are kinda a more lame version of the comic character ECHO/RONIN

    Sadly the only possitive thing I can say about this episode, is that the preview featured Kristen Bell and Peter and Hiro were not in it (I can't belive I just said that last part)

    how can a show fall so far so fast
  • Matt Parkman loses both of his children in only one episode

    10
    As Mama Petrelli lies about the death of Mr. Nakamura, her grandaughter lies about her new boyfriend to a father that would most likely die should she keep him around. However, the big revelation comes in the form of an old picture featuring the former 12 Heroes that brought up the 9 who now carry the torch for them, as someone has target the last generation to die (begining with Mr. Nakamura) both Nathan and Matt try their best to protect their respective parents from the common threat.

    Problem is the only way to do that is to expose Molly to the man who has been giving her nightmares ever since the season began (who's none other than Matt's father), having already lost a child because Mrs. Parkman turned out to be expecting the son of her lover, both Matt and Mohinder are confronted with a parent's worst nightmare before the episode is over as they lose Molly while she's trying to locate the very man she was trying to escape from.
  • Love this episode, so much better show then the last two weeks

    9.2
    Wow… no Peter, Hiro and Niki in this episode… and Matt what have you done (though I knew about it because I already read the future episodes… opps…)!!! It's cool to see Matt and Nathan working together.

    Oooohhhhhhhhh!!!! The bennet's/buttler family are lying to each other again!!! I don't know why, I do miss Zach but West ain't too bad.

    A new hero arises too, Monica. I like her. She acted in the nine as well as raise your voice. Maybe Micah and Monica can be friends. That would be cool!!!

    Ohhh!!! Next episode looks great!!! Can't wait. Peter is back too!!! Yay.
  • It was okay.

    9.0
    Matt seeks help from Nathan to figure out the mystery behind Mr. Nakamura's murder and Angela's attack. He asks Molly to find his dad, who is the man who is in her nightmares. Mr. Bennet (it's funny I'm still calling him that) doesn't want Claire to see any boys because of the painting. Claire secretly goes out with West. Monica, a new hero and Micah's cousin, has the power to copy things that she sees on TV. Maya and Alejandro run into Sylar, who offers to help them. Micah uses his power, even though Niki said not to.

    This was an okay episode. I didn't like it as much. In fact, this whole season so far isn't too good. I don't really like West. I just feel bad for Maya and Alejandro. I still hate Sylar. Monica seems okay. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10!
  • Sadly, this is the best of the four episodes so far from Season 2...

    5.0
    The best part of this episode for me was the Monica Dawson storyline - she actually seems like quite likeable, and although her discovering her powers is nothing new, I thought she did a good job in one episode of making us empathise with her - something Claire has never made me do for her. Least of all tonight - the plot with her and West made me feel literally sick - the flying stuff is just dreadful. The sooner they both fly off the show together, the happier I'll be - I just hope we don't lose her father, who is easily the best character on the show.

    The Maya/Alejandro/Sylar storyline is also absymal at the moment - nothing is happening in their story - and I thought the writing was very sloppy in their scenes in this one - and way to predictable. Still not enjoying the Hiro storyline at all either - and am barely keeping afloat with the Peter one either.

    Other good stuff - I still like the Matt storyline, and the revelation his father is involved was a surprise to me. Clearly Joanna Cassidy is going to be in the show soon... Mohinder has come on a lot since Season 1.

    Overall it might pay dividends if the season picks up apace soon - but it needs to kick in gear very soon - as this is pedestrian television for the fourth episode in a row...
  • Kindness of strangers is a cool episode mainly Because of Monica she is and awesome character. Her powers are good. Sylers bit was great too the fact that he has lost his powers seem appealing. Not we can see hopefully a different side to his character.

    10
    Kindness of Strangers has been great. We learn a lot about Angela's secret or shall we say will do in the future episodes. Nathan is back doing his duties helping his mum out. He's back to looking handsome. I like him more without his beard. We get to see the 12 members of the company and Nathan and Peter's Dad. Although he's not looking at you directly. Matt see's his dad in the photo. Nathan and Matt the new duo seems like a good combination.
    I am sick of Claire and stalker boy West so i'm not mentioning them in this episode. Lets just say plain boring.
    I leave the best bit till last Monica a new Hero who has the copying/mimicing ability so what ever she sees she can do for example the tomatoes done like roses she did them.Wrestling move she saw on tv she did it.
  • Monica shows some abilities.

    9.1
    I thought that this was another great episode of Heroes. I liked that Micah's cousin Monica was showing signs that she too had a ability. I thought that it was funny that his other cousin thought Micah riged the cable so he could see the pay per view wrestling event when he used his ablity. I thought that it was a bad idea for Aljandro and Maya to pick up Sylar evan though he can ot take people abilities and tht they showed them in front of them. I was not all that surprised that Clarie and her father were getting courious of one another seeing how that they are both sneaking behind each other backs.
  • an awful actress). The whole series just seems cheap

    1.4
    So series 1 ended with an awful awful episode, which was a shame but not too unexpected with some terrible holes in the plot all the way, but atleast it was watchable as a series. Series 2 oh my god it's bad. Clare and this new boyfriend zzzzzz, Parkman and Suresh zzzzzzzzzzz, new character who sees the tv and can do things she sees zzzzzzzzz (P.S She is an awful actress). The whole series just seems cheap and is revisiting the ideas from the first series but in a much worse way - Hiro OMG that is AWFUL. So to this episode. Same old same old but what is really bad is 1. Why doesn't Clare's dad just say "look, i've seen this painting and it suggests I will die if you go out with that boy"?

    2. Why does Matt need the little girl to find his Dad if Mohinda works with him and can just call him up. Duuuuuuuuur. Can't see myself watching this till the end when I can watch good shows like Lost and Prison Break.
  • Season 2 is still going slow.

    7.1
    This episode again fails to live up to the first season, with inexplicable plot moments such as Sylar somehow arriving in Mexico on the road of the travelling power people, and resuming his killing. Claire and her boyfriend is still a failing plot, intriguing only for the fact that it may lead to her father's death.

    Matt's father being one of the conspirators, while coincidental, is still quite a good twist, and one that works well with the ending of the episode with Molly, and Nathan's weird mirror image is also quite good, though his rarely seen sons suddenly being of importance to him is a little odd.

    While the episode isn't horrible, nothing of interest really happened in the episode, the only action being Sylar killing the escapees driver and we didn't even see that fight.

    Overall, the episode is pretty poor, and hopefully the season picks up sooner rather than later.
  • WOW, i thought after last week it couldn't get any worse, well it has.

    1.2
    Seriously folks i've sat through horror shows like Painkiller Jane, Ugly Betty and the first couple of seasons of Battlestar Galactica, but I'm not sure i've sat through anything so unimaginative, so uninspiring and so badly written as this episode = and in large part series (thus far) - of Heroes. It's as if they've taken the first season and said 'i know, let's go backwards really, really far, really really slowly and force the viewers to experience the long painful backtrack episode by episode. And let me tell you folks, IT'S KILLING ME. Last week's was a particularly slow episode but this one took the biscuit. The only thing that happened of any note was Sylar meeting up with Maya and her bro. Which, let me tell you, was one of the worst bits of writing i've ever seen. As if HE could or should ever in a million years have met up with THEM like that, total rubbish. I'm not sure how the makers can justify their wages when in effect they are writing a 30 second plot each week and forcing it to last 1 hour (minus adverts of course). Why do i continue to watch it then? Well, as i said last week I'm desperate for it to get better and by hook or by crook i'll make it to the end of the season. But I will make a deal with you, i won't write another Heroes review until i've got something positive to say. See you for season 3 then i guess!!!
  • Rey Mysterio fans might like this one.

    10
    The last painting revealed by Mohinder shows HRG dead and Claire with a boy. HRG restricts Claire from going out with any boy and tells her not to trust anyone because they might be a threat. Claire still goes out with West. Molly continues having nightmares. Maya and her brother find Sylar on the road and offers him help. Angela confesses to killing Kaito Nakamura even though she didn't. Micah uses his power to get a pay-per-view event free. Micah's cousin Monica has the power to copy whatever she sees. Monica prevents a robbery in the fast food joint she works in by performing a kick she learnt on TV. Matt forces Molly to locate his dad. Molly reveals that 'Nightmare Man' is Matt's dad.
  • The episode lacked something (Oh that's right Peter, Hiro, and action)

    7.4
    First off let me start by saying I like heroes I expect it to get better, but after last nights episode it can't afford to get worst. There were some interesting moments like monica unknowingly demonstrating her powers. There was even some tension with sylar joining Maya and Alejandro in Mexico. Heck, even I was shocked when it turned out that the "boogeyman" is Matt's Father. But that's where the entertainment ended. In an episode where half the show is dedicated to a claire/west storyline without even one scene depicting the show's two most popular characters (Peter, Hiro)you can't help but feel disappointed. I don't know about everyone else, but I think i could've skipped everything except matt parkman's storyline and Maya and Alejandro finding Sylar. Heroes is a drama and I can understand the need to create suspense, but completely forgetting pivotal storylines just to explore a new relationship is not why watch this series. C'mon Tim Kring turn up the entertainment factor
  • More secrets.

    8.5
    One of the things I enjoyed about last season was the relationship of Claire and her father. No more secrets between the two. Now they are both hiding stuff again and are both suspicious of the other. I'm not really enjoying that over again. And West still looks a little suspicious to me, it might be the actor, or it might be that the character is really up to something. I'm enjoying the Hiro and Ando and how they are communicating to each other. I'm glad Nathan is cleaning himself up (I still don't like Angela - no tears for her). New Orleans storyline is looking more interesting now.
  • It was good, although it did not deliver that punch that the other episodes had!

    7.9
    O.K, this was the main problem with the episode, I shall get into more detail further on in the review. The main thing was at times it seemed to be very exciting almost edge of your seat stuff! and then it just flopped at other points. The other thing was that it most of the episode seemed veeery predictable, the only thing that did suprise me was the man in the photo being Matts dad, the rest involving Molly was too obvious. Also, no Peter and Hiro in this episode made it bland.

    Unfortunately, there were many boring parts, so I will narrow them down a little
    Maya, Aledjandro and Sylar = very broing because it was too predictable, we all know Sylar was going to kill the car thief and then discover they have power and now thats going to spand over god knows how many episodes, I just hope he kills them really.
    Unfortunately I do not like new character Monica, only because for the same reason as Syalr and the others, the story is too predictable, once she picked up that wrestling move, before we even got to the scene where she used it, we knew she was going to use it some way or another.
    Anglea Petrelli is frustrating really because why can't she just tell us whats going on already! I know she knows mostly everything, so reveal it pleeeease!!!
    Right, the exciting parts were as followed...
    I thought Nathans character has grown well, believing in things that he never used to (and he finally has gotten rid of the beard) and the one intreging thing that I would like to know is the monster face he keeps seeing, I have a good feeling thats going to be a shocker!
    I am still liking Clare's and West's story, because im roughly their age, I believe I can identify with it more, however, West is bound to find out that HRG is Clare's dad, and that will be interesting to see
    The final exciting part for me was Molly trying to find Matt's dad (the boogeyman) and now we don't know where she is. Possibly stuck in a trance or something like that.
    It was nice to see the Hatian again also.

    A predictable episode with not much happening, lets just hope the next one delivers!
  • I wouldn't trust Syler with my life!

    9.5
    this episode of "Heroes" is the best ep[isode of the season. at least we now know the orgin of Molly's nightmares, because I'm tired of seeing her waking up screaming. it gets tiresome after a while. When Molly relived her dream, she is trapped there. Another villain? Well wait and see. Also Maya and alejandro befrriended Syler. Big mistake. How big? Well, see next episode. Claire and her father are no longer trusting each other. the excitment builds and so far I haven't gave an epiosde of "Heroes" a 10. Let's hope the next episode' the charm. what know why? Kristin Bell is steping back into television and my life. I'm glad Bell's back.
  • By benching some storylines for the week, they allow some major plot progression to occur.

    8.0
    One of the major problems of the first three episodes was its pacing. Catching up with the large ensemble wouldn't be easy and unfortunately the cast didn't get much for individual screen time. Few shows can manage to do this in forty-two minutes. Ultimately, its best to let some of the subplots sit out so those covered get enough. By doing so, several stories make major advancements, with big reveals for the Group of 12 and the Nightmare Man, which converge in an expected, but interesting manner.

    Angela's reason for confessing to Kaito's murder could point to the motivation of the Group of 12 Killer. By targeting some of the highest profile evolved humans on the planet, the killer may want to expose them to the public for some unknown result, maybe the widespread persecution we saw in "Five Years Gone". Maybe the killer has some remorse for what he or she has done and purging the founders is his or her way of atoning, as well as exposing the sins of the rest. It's likely Angela knows a lot about the killer, even if she doesn't know which one it is. Hopefully they'll keep her around long enough so she can tell that story.

    The glimpse of the complete photo of The Group of 12 is certainly one for the high definition screen capture crowd. This shot confirms Bob as one of them, which should prove interesting to Mohinder's story when the killer targets him, assuming it isn't him. Some have theorized that the man who is identified as Mr. Petrelli is actually Takezo Kensei, which would be interesting. He is the only person in the photo not looking at the camera and he is out of focus. Other than that, no major reveals until Matt recognizes his father.

    One major surprise is that the Nightmare Man tormenting Molly is Matt's father who abandoned him when he was a kid. Since he is a character we've never seen or heard about, and he isn't played by someone like Malcolm McDowell, it's good that we didn't wait for a long time to find out that. Matt's role in the main storyline was tenuous at best, and those subplots tended to be the weaker elements of the first season. Now that his role in the main plot line has been solidified in the past few episodes, his story should get more interesting.

    It personalizes the threat against Molly further, as he wants her to use her ability to find him, regardless of the risk. The end result puts the little girl in a state of comatose shock, where she begs for help. If this is one of Mr. Parkman's powers, it adds to why we should be scared of him. Turning someone's external responses off completely is very scary.

    Unless West is going to be a villain, they've done a bad job handling his character. His stalker like behavior "courting" Claire was unsettling to watch and her falling for him hard to swallow. This is amplified from the assumption that Claire is going to turn against her dad for this guy. Perhaps if they waited a few more episodes instead of having the change be so drastic might've made it easier to swallow. Claire is a bit naïve to trust her new beau than her father considering what he's done for her, but she is a teenager and that can make rational thought difficult. However, it seems unreasonable to believe that she would go against her father: she knows of her father's past, so what he did to West would've, if anything, increased the guilt of past sins.

    Naïveté certainly explains why Claire thinks she can somehow keep her relationship secret from her father, who was practically a secret agent. Even if he hadn't seen the painting foretelling his doom, he would've picked up on something. It'll be interesting to see how he balances finding the paintings while keeping the final one from occurring.

    Nathan takes a few steps towards getting his life back in order, down to shaving that Rock Bottom Beard (Copyright NBC, All Rights Reserved). However, he's still haunted by his actions with Peter and the image of his face covered in burn marks. Peter's eventual return should make Nathan's course very interesting regardless of where he goes.

    Micah living with his grandmother and cousins is the odd subplot out this week, as it has nothing to do with the main storylines yet. Considering their relation, it's no surprise that at least one of them has a power. Turns out Monica is able to replicate anything she sees (whether this is only stuff on TV is unknown). This power has most popularly been done with the Marvel supervillain Taskmaster (I don't know much aside from that, so character connections won't be explored here). It could send Monica on a dark path, as her mimicry to help her city may ultimately corrupt her. This is rather impressive and would be one Sylar would love to have.

    Before her power is revealed, an odd hint of another side of her occurs when Micah tries to comfort her after being overwhelmed trying to keep her family together. For an unusual length, the camera stays on Micah's hand when he hugs her. Considering her talent and his, it would make sense that Monica is some robot. Micah uses his technopathy to get some inner machinations to manifest and Monica uses a machine-like ability to watch and duplicate.

    Monica's ambitions mirror Peter's, in that she hopes to salvage her city, still devastated by Katrina. This connection to topical events is reminiscent of the unaired pilot, which contained scenes of a character with radioactivity (later retooled into Ted) with ties to an Islamic terrorist group. Personally I'm wary of such direct connections to real life situations, since "Heroes" is primarily an escapist fantasy show and any coverage they'd give to a real issue may be superficial and take us out of the fantasy. However, I'm willing to withhold harsh judgment until later.

    Maya and Alejandro's story gets kicked into gear with them meeting Sylar. It's a safe guess that Candace's organization was keeping him in Mexico, but to have him wake up in the desert rather than the tropical setting we last saw him in shows a strong tenacity for him to keep going, although that contradicts his condition in the previous episode. While they aren't in America yet, having Sylar meet with them must reduce some of the criticism fans have had towards their storyline being randomly in the mix. Also considering that Maya is a lead character and her brother isn't, I wouldn't be surprised if Sylar kills him, steals his power and uses that as leverage so the heroes he meets in future episodes can't touch him, unless they want to ooze the black gunk of death too.

    This episode benefits highly from focusing only on a few storylines instead of cramming a dozen or so character arcs in one episode. While those not connected with the main storyline (ie Monica) may have been lackluster, the potential they have to connect make up for that. Also the advancement of several major stories offers some hope to those who are still skeptical about the season's direction.
  • so Good but i just couldn't give it a ten

    9.9
    This episode was great. It was so close to being flawless. The only thing i can't stand is Claire. Claire takes up 90% of the episode and all of its her wining and b*tching saying "but i want to know my limits" and West really kills the storyline as well. With cheesy superman lines like "you might be able to heal claire but i don't ever want to see you get hurt" or some weak crap. Micha and Sylar have already met other Heroes and i love it when they all crossover. There was no Peter and Hardley any Nikki but it was still nearly flawless.
  • Hopefully good things to come!

    8.3
    Hopefully after a slow start, there will be good things to come on the show. As we find out that Nana is the grandma of Micah, Dawson, and Monica. As the four of them are out in New Orleans after the Katrina thing. Claire and her dad become suspicious of one another. As they really haven't trusted one another from the very beginning it seems. Meanwhile, Matt asks someone to find the man of their dreams. Fearful that they may be a threat to the Heroes as the "mole" in the group. The show needs to focus more on the other Heroes. Not just Claire, the breakout star all the time. And to a lesser degree, Hiro.
  • Heroes Starts Slow and Diluted? It pains me to say that but it's true. I haven't posted on Heroes since the premiere so I'm going to play a little catch up.

    7.3
    I knew we were getting one new hero. There was a big deal in the media about the introduction of Maya. Her brother and their "wonder twins" power was a surprise and a very nice touch. I was fine with those new heroes but I wasn't prepared for the introduction of Monica Dawson. She's Micah's cousin and grand daughter of Nana Dawson (Nichelle Nichols). I really like her power because I can personally relate to it more but I'm getting new hero fatigue. We still have other stories with our other heroes that are getting cold.

    Micah, Nana, Monica:
    Introduce black characters and put them in New Orleans so you can mention Hurricane Katrina. *yawn* Yay for Nichelle Nichols, it's great seeing her! Micah has resorted to using his powers for bad... again. He steals money, he rigs elections and now he's stealing cable... for wrestling of all things!!! He needs a positive role model now! Monica is perky and annoying at first but she learns Kung Fu faster than Neo.

    Maya and Alejandro...Sylar too:
    Introduce brown characters and have them killing people and illegally crossing the border. *yawn again* If it weren't for her brother being able to balance out her power, I would be extremely bored with this story. This story moves really, r e a l l y slow. If Sylar weren't thrown into their story, it would have been tedious to watch.
    Can Sylar steal powers anymore? After his last attempt at "getting it up" failed, how is he going to get their power? Will it work for one person? This story is getting hot.

    Matt, Molly, Mohinder:
    Is Matt and Mohinder a couple now? They feel couple-ish. We learn that he is living with Mohinder and Molly because his ex-wife was pregnant with another man's child. Nice way to throw away a character. What did her character do anyway? She whined a lot but she was cute. Molly and Matt have a chemistry and it's good they put them together. She really likes Mohinder and he really wears the skirt in the relationship. They all get their hands on a picture of the Power Heroes. In the picture is Linderman, Nakamura, Petrelli and Matt's father. Molly has a hissy fit and tells Matt the bad man of her nightmares is his father. Molly locates his father with her mind and then goes into a coma. It was intense. Matt's story is full of surprises.

    Nathan and Grandma Petrelli:
    Nathan has been boozing since Peter's "death". Thank goodness he cut off the Osama Bin Laden beard because that thing was beginning to creep me out. After Grandma Petrelli's attack she realizes that Matt can read her mind. She confesses to killing Daddy Nakamura and attacking herself at the station. It is a lie. She mentally tells Matt that she's doing it for all of the heroes' protection. We still don't know what her power is!!! Maybe she's a Hero Detector.

    Claire, HRG, West:
    Claire's new boyfriend caught her cutting off her toe and growing it back. She reveals that she is a freak, he tells her to STFU and sings "Come fly with me". Not really but now they both know about each other's powers. I still suspect they may be related or at least he's related to Peter. Claire sees marks on his neck. He tells her that he was kidnapped and marked by a man in Horned Rimmed Glasses. Just when we started to like HRG, he's going to go bad again. According to a painting found by Mohinder, HRG will be shot and Claire will be kissing a boy afterwards. He's scared shirtless and is adamant about her not seeing any boys. Claire keeps West and Daddy a secret from each other. That's a situation that's going to explode.
    The latest episode puts The Hatian back in play. He's feeling better after being cured and is ready to go off with HRG to do some crimes.

    Hiro, Takezo Kensei and Princess Lako:
    Takezo is stepping up to the plate now that he realizes that he is invincible. The word on the net is that he is Claire's distant relative and that powers run in families. Hiro was supposed to leave 17th century Japan but is falling for Princess Lako. I'm not sure how this is going to turn out but someone (Hiro) will get his feelings hurt.

    Peter Petrelli and his Irish Gang:
    I'm bored with Peter's amnesia. I want to get to the reunited- and- it- feels- so- good part. This story is taking too long to unfold and I'm not getting it. I want to see some thrilling heroics.

    There is too much going on this season and everything is moving too slow. That should be impossible. I still love the show but I find my self looking at the clock during the episodes.
  • great episode

    10
    Claire secretly spends time with her boyfriend without the knowledge of her dad. Maya and Alejandro drive through mexico with their new american friend. Along the way they stumble upon Sylar. Micah uses his powers to adjust with his cousins. Matt learns that his dad is the man that Molly sees in her nightmares. This is really a great episode. This episode tells us new mysteries for the future episodes. I really enjoyed watching this. The writers are always coming up with really cool plots. I can't wait for the next episode. This episode shows so much, it never feels like it was lacking something, it was a very satisfying episode.
  • Best episode this season.

    9.0
    One of my favorite shows is back in good quality! After the entertainment drought known as the past three episodes, Heroes finally delivers in style!

    Noah continues to worry about Claire and West, so he gets an old friend to do some work. We are introduced to Monica, Micah's female cousin, who in my opinion is the 3rd new and interesting character this season, next to West and Maya. Mohinder, Matt and Nathan try to find the murderer with Molly's help. Finally, Alejandro, Maya and Derek run into someone they will soon regret ever meeting! Plus, next week Kristen Bell joins the show!

    Episode Quote (courtesy of West): These fears you have of someone finding out about you, of feeling different forever, I have them too. You can share them with me but I can't help you if you don't trust me.
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