Season 4 Episode 1

(Volume 5: Redemption) Orientation

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Our heroes are trying to find ways to cope with recent events. Some (Claire, Matt) trying to find normality and others (Hiro, Ando, Peter) trying to use their abilities to do good. Angela worries about Sylar, and a new threat arrives in the form of a mysterious carnival.moreless

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  • yhhgg

  • yay this show is finnally good again

    stuff happens and calire is like say whaaaaaaa then hiro is like say whaaaaaaa, then that chubby cop is like you say whaaaa, so hiro is like say whaaaa? then theres this turtle right, he can dance, and claire starts dating this turtle that can dance, and they both start dancing. hiro reveals that he is chinese because evryone thought that he was african american. this was very surprising, i think hiro's story opened up so many new chapters, also fonzi was in it and get this, the fonz walks up to claire and says AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA and then claire is all like say whaaaaa? and the fonz tells her to shut up cuz he is the new bad guy of the season, holy crap:O good episodemoreless
  • Back to the beginning...

    This double episode was very eerie. the tone was very forboding, and you can definitely tell the difference from the two previous season openers. It reminded me a lot of the series' premiere, drawing blatant parallels, while still continuing the stories set up from last season. there is a real sense of dimension to all of our characters, and i especially like the direction they are taking with matt parkman. i'm still confused as to how peter appears to be hanging on to more than one power at a time, but i could be mistaken about that. i really appreciate that they didn't telegraph everything that went on in the episode. for instance, we did not see the attack that left noah bleeding on the steps. i'm VERY excited to see the direction this volume is taking, and hope that it means a rebirth of creativity.moreless
  • Our heroes are trying to find ways to cope with recent events. Some (Claire, Matt) trying to find normality and others (Hiro, Ando, Peter) trying to use their abilities to do good. Angela worries about Sylar,moreless

    This episode was great i loved, I feel Claire has grown up she sound more mature rather than wining all the time. Peter is doing great he has calmed and Angela is worry I am sure that is going to be a ugly sylar when he return, Matt he is making me mad, Tracy she great I love her… over all I like the way Heroes has returned. Looks good it will deff keep me as a regular viwe, too bad next week we only getting one hour jee jee yeah i am greedy like that sorry guys. but what can i say i love the show.moreless
  • And so it begins...

    I am really torn about this. Of course this may well be the start of the final season and if it will be then at least it looks intriguing.

    I oringally thought that Robert Knepper would stand out as the new villian and I was only partially right. He did steal whatever scene he was in and I'm glad this new charactor isn't just T-Bag with superpowers; he is an entirley new charactor that Knepper is protraying. The compass is interesting but also confusing... didn't he toss it in the grave with his brother. The first five minuites were especially good, with Samauel seeming to have replaced Mohinder as narrator. Where is Mohinder anyway?

    Of the rest of the heroes... like I said I'm torn. Claire's story bored me... I mean haven't they done her being snoopy and secretive in a school soceity like a gazillian times??? Peter... you know funnily enough I never liked how he lost all his cool powers but I do like what they are doing with his touch and recieve ones. And that fight scene with knife dude was pretty awesome. As for the rest...

    Nathen/Sylar/Matt... if you want to know how to keep a villain in a show well passed their sell by date... this is it. Sylar's still about haunting Matt's dreams and also slowley starting to emerge out of Nathen. Given that Samuel seems to want to find Sylar it seems unlikley this will remain the same for long. Ahhh... I admit I still want my fix of Sylar. He is one of the best villians on TV. Noah and Tracy? Is love blossoming? Who knows? And after Nathen's ridiculous actions last season (when it was actually him) I am not surprised by our heroes committing stupid and unbelievable acts but even so... Tracy killing those blokes made no sense..... at all. Also knew Danko would be dead before long... he's an addition after season 1 and they are allll doomed!

    Hiro and Ando... Hiro is dying!!! NOOOOOOO!!! Interesting aspect though. So what will he put right? Save the other cheerleader? Save his Texan friend Charlie? Stop Arthur from taking Peter's powers (please)? Of course theirs obviously going to be consequences. Things have to have changed... I mean Ando and Kimko being in love creates plot holes everywhere!

    So all in all I'm hopeful. It seems more promising than Volume 2 and easier to follow than Volume 3 (even though that had one of the best openers imo). I'll keep watching... I'm not a Heroes hater.moreless
Rachel Melvin

Rachel Melvin


Guest Star

Madeline Zima

Madeline Zima

Gretchen Berg

Recurring Role

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Emile Danko

Recurring Role

Saemi Nakamura

Saemi Nakamura

Kimiko Nakamura

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Powers update:

      Samuel Sullivan: Samuel is the leader of a traveling carnival consisting of others with abilities; as shown in the introductory scene, he has the ability to manipulate the very earth; he first uses this ability to bury a casket containing the body of his deceased brother Joseph.

      Lydia: Lydia is a carnie who has the ability to see a person's innermost desires by means of physical contact; her tattoos allow other people to see their innermost desires themselves.

      Edgar: Edgar is a knife enthusiast who possesses superspeed.

    • The song Superstition by Stevie Wonder is seen being played on Guitar Hero 3. However, the song is on Guitar Hero 5.

    • When Peter and Hesam are in the ambulance eating clam chowder, the dispatcher calls out an emergency at "5th & Lexington." In New York City, 3 boroughs have thoroughfares named "Lexington" (Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) and none intersects with "5th".

    • The solution for the equation system in the 45 minute test is: w=1, x=1, y=1, z=1.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Samuel: My brother Joseph and I have had two families. The first one... well let's just say it didn't work out too well. Over the years, we made ourselves a new one. And it was to this family - all of you - that his heart really belonged. You see, a family is something Joseph and I needed. It offered us protection from the outside world. A world that never understood or appreciated what makes us different. There are others like us out there - in the shadows, in the light - each grasping for a meaning in a world that won't accept them for who they really are. They, like us, are blessed. Gifted with extraordinary abilities. And they, like us, struggle with finding their place in an ordinary world. Haunted by their past from those who had harmed them and keep them from their destiny. Every one of them deserves a chance to be who they really are. But to what end, what purpose? Here in this place, we offer salvation. We offer hope, we offer redemption. And one by one, they will come, to our side, to our family. And they will find their way home. And all who have gathered, will be strong. And all who have gathered, will stand in unison. I say it's time we find our way back home again. Find your way home, brother.

    • Nathan: (To Angela) I don't feel mortal. I feel invincible.

    • Angela: (to Nathan) It's midlife crisis, that's all this is. Here's my suggestion. You go out and you get yourself a big expensive sports car and a younger woman with questionable morals. That's what your father did, and it worked for him.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 4, 2009 on 7TWO
      UK: January 9, 2010 on BBC2
      Latin America: January 19, 2010 on Universal Channel
      Germany: September 1, 2010 on RTL II
      Czech Republic: November 26, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: January 19, 2011 on Sub

    • Featured Music:
      For Keeps by Gossip - Opening Scenes as Claire carries her box of stuff to her dorm room and meets her roommate
      Superstition by Stevie Wonder - Guitar Hero III scene where Claire and Gretchen are playing


    • Kimiko: "Heroes for Hire"?! Nine million yen for a billboard?!
      "Heroes for Hire" is the name of a fictitious private investigation agency run by Iron Fist and Power Man (Luke Cage) which first appeared in #54 of the Marvel Comic Book entitled Power Man & Iron Fist in 1978.

    • The Tattooed Lady's name is Lydia, a reference to the Groucho Marx song "Lydia the Tattooed Lady," first sung in the 1939 Marx Brothers film At the Circus.