Season 4 Episode 13

Upon This Rock

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Powers update:

      Ian Michaels: Ian is a homeless man who has the ability to manipulate and even accelerate the growth of plants, shown most prominently when he turns an entire barren valley into a lush green paradise.

  • Quotes

    • Mohinder: (opening voiceover) There are many ways to define our fragile existence. Many ways to give it reason. But it is our memories that shape its purpose and give it context. A private assortment, of images, fears, loves, regrets. We alone chose the importance of each. Building our own unique histories one memory at a time. Hoping the ones we chose to remember don't betray or trap us. For it is the cruel irony of light that we are destined to hold the dark with the light, the good with the evil. That is what separates us, makes us human. and in the end, what we might fight to hold on to.

    • Claire: Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
      Samuel: Sounds deep.
      Claire: Sartre. College.
      Samuel: I always thought freedom was just another word for nothing left to lose.
      Claire: That, too.

    • Hiro: Good Citizen. I am a humble knight from the Starship Enterprise. I seek my first officer, Sancho Panza.
      Ramen Vendor: Miso, soy or salt?
      Hiro: I do not require sustenance. I require transport to Sancho Panza. He is my sidekick.
      Ramen Vendor: No sidekick. Noodles.

    • Ian: (Emma's) different. Like me.
      Samuel: Not different. Special.

    • Peter: My brother Nathan taught me a lot. He taught me... how to ride a skateboard when I was a kid, how to hook a marlin, he taught me how to catch a baseball. Those are all things usually a father'll teach his son. But Dad wasn't around. So it was Nathan. And I wish to hell it would've been my father, because Nathan didn't take it easy. He would throw it high, or he'd throw it wide, and I would yell at him. I'd tell him to throw it right at me, but he'd say to me, "That's not how it's gonna come at you at a game, Pete." I used to think he was just being a big brother and he was picking on me. But now I understand. He just wanted me to be ready... for anything. I'm ready, brother. For whatever comes.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: February 18, 2010 on 7TWO
      UK: March 27, 2010 on BBC2
      Latin America: April 6, 2010 on Universal Channel
      Germany: November 24, 2010 on RTL II
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: April 13, 2011 on Sub

    • Sendhil Ramamurthy is credited but only does the opening voiceover.

    • Music: Karn Evil #9 (Emerson, Lake & Palmer - playing on the radio as Young Samuel tries to move a boulder)

  • Allusions

    • Hiro: I seek my first officer, Sancho Panza.
      Sancho Panza is a fictional character in the novel Don Quixote written by Spanish author Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in 1602. Sancho acts as Don Quixote's "sidekick."

    • Samuel: I always thought freedom was "just another word for nothing left to lose."
      Samuel is quoting the song Me and Bobby McGee, written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller, and most famously covered by Janis Joplin.

    • Hiro: There can be... only one.
      Referencing the movie, TV, and cartoon franchise first seen in the movie Highlander (1986). In the series, certain individuals are somehow born or created as Immortals, and can only be killed via decapitation. They are fated to fight each other through the ages, gathering their opponents' "Quickening," until only one survives.

    • Hiro: Citizens of Caprica. You are saved. the Cylon has been defeated.
      Referencing the SyFy TV series Battlestar Galactica (2003). The Cylons are an alien race of cybors, with infiltrators that can near-perfectly mimic humans while remaining loyal to the Cylon machine race. Caprica is the leading world of the 12 Colonies, and hosts the colonies' capital.

    • Eli: Well, well. If it isn't Nancy Drew.
      Referencing the teenage detective in popular detective novels, which have been updated occasionally for modern audiences. Nancy Drew was created by Mildred Wirt Benson under the pen name "Carolyn Keene." Nancy is probably known best under her TV incarnations in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries from 1977, and the semi-parody movie in 2007.

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