Season 3 Episode 1

(Volume Three: Villains) The Second Coming

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2008 on NBC
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After a look into the future, Nathan's shooter is revealed. Matt chases him and winds up in a desert. Hiro receives an important message from his father. Sylar visits Claire. Maya gives Mohinder an idea for his research. Nathan recovers and gets a visit from Linderman.

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  • Interesting start to season three, but is it what we hoped for?

    After nine months of waiting, Heroes is back with the premiere of season three. While it does kick start a few interesting story lines and raise a dozen new questions, it also leaves a bitter taste in some areas. Mohinder discovering the ability to give people powers sounds like an interesting direction, but it takes the unique quality away from the original heroes when anyone can have a power. One thing we can count on with the show will be it's ability to confuse us with each scene. Now with the thought in our heads that any hero could easily become a villain, while any villain could jump ship to become a hero, we should have plenty of twists and turns to look forward to.

    So even with some elements feeling a bit stale, I think we can expect a much better season than season two.moreless
  • A Great Starter, let's hope they keep it up...

    There was answers, but still they neglected one that I felt was important, What happened to Peter's Irish Girlfriend who got stuck in a Virus-infested alternative future? ok, with that said... let's start on these one.

    We get YET a glimpse of another future that must be avoid, and at the same answer of who shot Nathan.

    Now don't get me wrong, I love the whole cast, but this series is going to loose a lot of drama if ANY character gets revived, I mentioned that on one of my reviews of last season, (I called it "The Phoenix Pill Effect") and I say it again.

    Cool to see what power the Petrelli's mother has, not to mention she confronts the new visitor from the future without thinking it twice (about time, mom!)

    Weird that Mohinder just decided to quit his work on asiolating the gene so easily and so easily started on a new project just on a say-so.

    Linderman's back, sort of...

    Hiro's got a new quest, a nemesis, and a future shock, every season we see a doomsday scene, this time Tokyo gets it... And to some degrees we get and Star Wars Episode 3 scene....

    Sylar gets what he always wanted, and took him only two seasons, not bad...

    Check this episode, it's one of the most solids season openers yet.moreless
  • They need better scriptwriters... because the plot is good, but the writing? Oh my.

    Well, well, Heroes is back. After so many months of hiatus, the show is finally back. You'd thought they at least made sure that the first episode is written well.

    But it wasn't. Seriously, I like the direction where the plot is heading, but the dialogs, the character motivations, well, they are just broken.

    Nathan's cringe worthy preaching, the face palm inducing speedster, the awfully cliché future vision of Hiro; Really, city getting destroyed? Or the world? I don't care. It's been done before.

    Nikki still alive? Why? Okay, different alter ego, but she BLEW UP! How is she intact? Linderman resurrected. How, and why? Why does nobody die in this show?

    Nathan undied, Nikki undied, Linderman undied... all in just one episode.

    Oh and the dialog between Claire and Sylar was probably the worst written 5 minutes of this show yet.

    But my most favorite part is Mohinder injecting himself just like that. Awfully out of character... But still, I do like the villains idea and I did feel excited for some scenes.moreless
  • The two-hour Volume 3 premiere is a step up from the amateur-hour plotting of Generations, but the spark of life of season 1 seems lost forever.

    There was something special about Heroes season 1. Maybe it's that the show was unburdened by expectations and past missteps, maybe it's that the ideas felt fresh and exciting, or maybe it's simply that the writing was witty and even, dare I say it, intelligent. Back then, it was unadulterated, unabashed pop-entertainment, but the quality was high and "guilty pleasure" never really seemed appropriate. Generations did not even qualify for that honor, re-treading many of season 1's stories, making a whole slew of new mistakes, and being generally subpar at everything in the process. The premiere of Villains is certainly a few steps above that -- the characters are once again united by a single interweaving plot, as they were in season 1, which is sure to make the story interesting. There's already been plenty of excitement and certain visions we've seen suggest that lots of explosive conflict lies ahead. But for its good looks, its soapy heart, and its able form, the show seems to be missing a soul.

    In the two-hour Villains premiere moments of true greatness are not only nowhere in sight, they would be wholly inappropriate given the content of the episodes. Cheap, efficient dialogue moves scenes along at a brisk pace and only Hiro and Ando seem to walk away unscathed as usual. They've lost little of the charm -- and seem to have gained some due to the reunion after Generations split them up. None of the cast get to work for their keep in the Villains premiere, through no fault of their own: neither the writing nor the directing offers any of them opportunities to shine or test themselves. Those that can regularly be counted on glide by with the simple material they are given, and those that cannot are not exceptionally embarassed. Even the score is mediocre, though, to be fair, there is little material worthy of scoring on the screen.

    Villains seems bent on fixing Generation's missteps such as splitting up key characters and separating their stories into uninvolved filler. The problem is that Genesis made many similar mistakes, but it was forgiven because of the show's unique identity. And now in pursuit of its former glory it loses track of the qualities that made it stand out. More than ever Heroes seems solid in its footing as a pulp show, and the relative successes over Generations only accentuate this change. It is an efficient show - and that is saying much after Generations - and for that, next week it will retain a viewer, but for now that is all that can be said.moreless
  • A hero from an alternate reality tries to fix everything that's happing in the future. He travels to the past to undo all the damage.

    The episode starts with Future Peter running for his live, he jumps into a building where he finds Future Claire with a gun 4 years from now. Future Claire shoots him, but he stops time, takes the gun and goes back to the past at the press conference where Nathan is going to reveal his powers to the public. Peter shoots Nathan, runs and is chased by Present Peter. Future Peter captures Present Peter and sends his body to the future into the body of Jesse Murphy, a level 5 prisoner at the company prison. Nathan heales from the shooting by apparantely "Mr. Linderman".

    Hiro gets a DVD message from his father. The message says that Hiro never should open the safe. Hiro doesn't listen to his father and finds a half formula inside. The formula gets stolen By Daphne, who calls herself a "Speedster".

    Hiro travels into the future because he wants to know what happens with the formula and to the world, he finds Ando there which somehow has a power now. Hiro sees Ando stealing the half of the formula.

    Sylar visits claire at her home to steal her powers. Sylar keeps her alive. Mohinder Suresh finds out how the abilities of evolved humans appear and injects himself with a dose. Mohinder changes into a human with advanced reflexes.

    Matt gets send to an unknown place by Future Peter after Matt found out that Peter is not the Present Peter but Future Peter.

    Angela Petrelli confronts future peter and reveals her power.moreless
Bruce Boxleitner

Bruce Boxleitner

Governor Robert Malden

Guest Star

Francis Capra

Francis Capra

Jesse Murphy

Guest Star



Hispanic Woman

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Kaito Nakamura

Recurring Role

Brea Grant

Brea Grant

Daphne Millbrook

Recurring Role

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell

Daniel Linderman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Peter first enters Nathan's room there is a pool of blood in the hollow of Nathan's throat. When the camera focus on Peter and then comes back to Nathan, his throat is clean.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sylar: Hello, Claire. I bet you've been wondering what I've been up to since the last time we met. Well, let's just say I took a little... detour from my career path, spent a little time south of the border, but... that's all behind me now. Like a long night after a bad taco.
      Claire: No. I saw Hiro Nakamura kill you. I was there!
      Sylar: And yet, here I am, fully recovered. Well, not fully. That's actually why I've come.

    • Peter: What happened to you, Claire? How did you get to this place?
      Claire: I'm different, remember? Special.

    • (in Japanese)
      Kaito: (on DVD) I asked you not to open the safe. But now that you have, beware, there are those who will stop at nothing to get this half of the formula.
      Ando: Formula?
      Kaito: Should it fall into the wrong hands, there is only one hope; a chosen one among you who carries the purity of blood, the "light" to safeguard against the darkness. Do you understand?
      Hiro: No. Not really.

    • Daphne: How are you doing this? Are you a speedster, too?
      Hiro: Speedster? No. I'm Hiro Nakamura. I stop time.
      Daphne: I got news. You don't stop it completely or we're not having this conversation.
      Hiro: So, you move fast?
      Daphne: Not fast. I move really fast.
      Hiro: Well, you stole something from me.
      Daphne: You mean this?
      Hiro: (gasps) Give that back...
      Daphne: This whole time-stopping thing, how does it work exactly? I mean, if you chase me to Bangkok, will time stay frozen here in Tokyo?
      Hiro: I don't know.
      Daphne: Well, something to think about when you get back on your feet.
      Hiro: But I am on my feet. (Daphne punches him and time starts again)
      Daphne: Gotta go.

    • Claire: What are you doing to me?
      Sylar: Looking for answers before I bleed to death.
      Claire: It's funny. I'm looking for answers too.

    • Claire: Are you gonna eat it?
      Sylar: Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting.

    • Mohinder: There are quantum leaps in science that one dreams of being a part of. This is one of them. I don't see why you don't understand that.
      Maya: I don't see why anybody would want these abilities. It's a curse. Can what's in that syringe cure me or not? (Mohinder looks away) Then it's evil and you should destroy it. For the sake of all of us.

    • Peter: We've seen what people like us can do, Nathan. Things no one in the world can. I came back from the dead. You had third-degree burns over half your body.
      Nathan: And who's to say this isn't the hand of God? All of us with these powers. Did you ever stop and think about it, Pete? We can be angels. All here to do God's bidding.
      Peter: What happened to telling the world about us? Well, we couldn't be angels.
      Nathan: If everyone knew, now could we?

    • Nathan: I saw God today. I was dead and he gave me another chance. The reason I'm here. To do great things. To do his bidding.
      Journalist: Mr. Petrelli, earlier today, you were about to make a statement. You had a message to deliver. Are you ready to do that now?
      Nathan: God is the only one with a message. It's a message of hope and urgency, because he's not gonna wait much longer. His message is a simple one. We're all connected. Our hopes and our dreams, our children's future reflecting back in each other's eyes. We fight our own personal battles.
      But we know we're not alone. Because only together can we make our short time on this planet mean something.Only together can we be the stewards of our own destiny. And we hold in our collective hearts one noble goal. To save ourselves, save the world.

    • Ando: Look at you. You own fifty-one percent of the company now. A fleet of corporate jets.
      Hiro: I can teleport, remember?
      Ando: And two hundred and fifty million in cash.
      Hiro: A temporary setback. I have no interest in money.
      Ando: You can always give it to me. I'm extremely interested in money.

    • (closing narration)
      Mohinder: Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer. Things fall apart, the center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere, the ceremony of innocence is drowned. The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand. Surely the second coming is at hand. The second coming. Hardly are those words out when a vast image out of spiritus mundi troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert, a shape with lion body and the head of a man, a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, is moving its slow thighs, while all about it reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again. But now I know that twenty centures of stony sleep were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle. And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  • NOTES (7)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 9, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Zealand: November 12, 2008 on TV 3
      Latin America: November 14, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Turkey: November 30, 2008 on CNBC-E New
      India: December 23, 2008 on Star World
      Belgium: March 12, 2009 on VT4
      Germany: September 2, 2009 on RTL II
      Finland: February 6, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: June 4, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: July 10, 2012 on Markiza

    • Instead of the usual "to be continued..." this episode ended with "Heroes continues now" due to the episodes airing back to back.

    • This episode was formerly known as "The Butterfly Effect" and "A Second Coming". "The Butterfly Effect" went on to become the title of the second hour of the two-hour Volume Three premiere, which aired after a clip show of Volumes past.

    • Power Developments:
      Mohinder Suresh: After injecting the serum, Mohinder shows increased strength.
      Angela Petrelli: We learn that she has prophetic dreams, which was apparently the first ability that Peter absorbed.
      Future Peter: He was able to cause his face to appear unscarred, possibly through the use of illusions.
      Future Ando: He can generate red lightning.

    • New Hero:
      Daphne: (The speedster) She is incredibly fast, able to move with such speed that Hiro's time-stopping ability only slows her down to regular speed, but does not freeze her.

    • The Symbol:
      The helix can be seen in the painting of a split Earth, that Matt finds in the desert, which is the same painting on the building, where Mohinder finds his new power.


    • Episode Title: "The Second Coming"

      Refers to the poem "The Second Coming" written by William Butler Yeats. Mohinder's voice over narration at the end of the episode is actually this poem in its entirety.