Heroes

Season 2 Episode 1

(Volume Two: Generations) Four Months Later...

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 2007 on NBC
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Four months after the events of the showdown between Sylar and Peter, new Heroes emerge. These include brother and sister Alejandro and Maya. Hiro remains in the past, but what will come of this? Someone dies and someone isn't dead. Claire and her father and the rest of their family get a new life.moreless

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  • Four months after the event at Kirby Plaza, our Heroes' lives have changed. Claire and her family move to Costa Verde to start a new life, Matt lives with Molly and becomes detective, Hiro is still stuck in the past while new heroes emerge.moreless

    9.3
    The first chapter of the second volume takes place four months after the previous volume. As this volume is entitled Generations it focuses more on the previous generation and how it is affected the current one.

    Firstly, we see Claire and her family, now in Costa Verde. She attends a new school with an attempt to hide from the Company and start a new life. There she finds annoying cheerleaders and a guy (West) who keeps appearing at the wrong place the wrong time. Claire follows her father's plan to be invisible so they won't be found by the Company. This turns out to be a little bit harder for Claire than she thought, as West becomes more and more suspicious. He of course has his own secret; his own special ability. Noah works at a paper company (Copy Kingdom) and acts like a normal salesman but things get ugly with his annoying boss.

    Mohinder teaches in Cairo, Egypt about evolution and special people when he is approached by a man named Bob (who appearantly has been present to many of Mohinder's lectures) who is interested in his theories. Mohinder is offered a job at the Company which he accepts with hesitation. Later on we find out that Mohinder might have a plan of his own with someone else.

    Matt passes his detective test but has bigger problems when he discovers that Molly (who has been living with him and Mohinder) has been having nightmares (remember the man at last volume's finale who as Molly claimed could see her back when she was looking for him).

    Meanwhile, new heroes emerge in Honduras (who obviously are running from the police as they are considered murderers). When they find a ride to help them reach the American border (and find Dr Suresh who might be able to help Maya with her ability) things get ugly. Maya kills many people with an ability who is beyond her control and which we have not even witness.

    Hiro is still stuck in the past (1671 Kyoto, Japan) and meets his legendary hero Takezo Kensei (the guy who's sword Hiro stole in the previous volume). He turns out he's not Japanese at all but English and not a hero but someone who gains money by cheating in battles. When Hiro however witnesses one of Kensei's stories before his eyes, he realizes that maybe he has changed the past (and consequently his future as well). Also we meet the blacksmith's daughter who is supposed to become Kensei's princess.

    Hiro's father Kaito waits for Hiro to return along with Ando, when he receives a death note. With that he realizes that he doesn't have much time. A meet with Angela Petrelli reveals to us that both of them know each other and that they along with Linderman, Mr Petrelli and Charles Deveaux as well as seven more people were part of a group that someone is trying to kill one by one. In the end, the mystery man kills Kaito and we are left to wonder who might that be.

    Finally, Nathan appears to be very different (with a beard) as he has been abandoned by his wife and kids and became an alcoholic, presumably over the death of his brother. However, his brother turns out to be alive in Ireland but with no recollection of who or where he is and with a power unknown to both him and us.

    The volume begins highly promising as new mysteries arise. All the stories seem to be very distant from each other but they will all eventually come together. This is in fact the shortest (so far) volume in Heroes. Key facts: Nathan was the one we were sure he was dead but Peter is thought to be. The odd thing is that both Angela and Nathan (as well as Claire) know that he can't die that easily. Moreover, Maya's story was seen by many to be quite boring. Myself I find it interesting as it shows how universal a show Heroes really is. Her power seemed mysterious at that time. Quite cool I must say. In addition, Matt is seen to be a policeman. I thought that Matt got suspended for six months. The time however doesn't match. Regardless, the volume premiere doesn't reveal what has happened to Niki and her family as well as Sylar issues which will be explored in later chapters of this volume. For now, enjoy this chapter!moreless
  • Great season opener.

    8.5
    This had me on the edge of my seat for a while. Heroes I felt though has changed drastically from the first season. I'm mean it still leaves you breathless at the end of every one of their episodes but Hiro in 1671, I'm not really liking that story arc. I thought Peter was really dead until the end. Oh man, he cut his amazing hair! That sucks! Made me want to watch more after the to be continued. Nathan's beard is annoying. Suresh's plot is intriguing and Matt's plot seems to be going somewhere with Molly. Where's Nikki? I'm starting to like the West character. He was cool. Great episode!moreless
  • Boring and silly

    6.5
    The end of the first series was somewhat disappointing, but it still left me with some questions. What has happened to Peter and Nathan? Where has Sylar gone? What about the other heroes? Why is Hiro in 1671? So, I was looking forward to this episode. Perhaps it would restore my faith in Heroes?



    Unfortunately, it did not do that. The episode started out promising, especially the scene between Hiro and Takezo Kensei. But as soon as we saw Claire with her dad, it went downhill.



    The whole thing seemed to technical and tried. It's like the writers know that they have to make a dramatic episode, so they produce a scene with Alejandro and Maya to show how hard the heroes' lives are. And it doesn't seem natural anymore. It's not even interesting, it's just plain boring.



    For their own sake, I hope the writers will improve during the series and make some interesting episodes.moreless
  • New Heroes...New Stories

    9.3
    Mohinder Suresh has been traveling around giving speeches about genetically abnormal individuals whom he believes are susceptible to an impending plague, the Shanti virus. He is approached by a strange man named Bob, who offers him a job with the mysterious Company. Afterwards Mohinder is shown calling Noah Bennet, revealing that Mohinder's speeches were a ruse to gain the attention of "the Company" that Bennet used to work for, so that Mohinder, with Noah's guidance, can bring it down from within.



    Claire and Noah Bennet, under the assumed name of Butler, are on the campus of Claire's new high school in Costa Verde, California. Claire nearly gets run over by a boy named West, who later interacts with her in a science lab and in the school gym. It is there that she stands up to head cheerleader Debbie, who was picking on another girl. Debbie challenges her to perform a back tuck off of "the tower." Claire climbs the tower, then, remembering her father's words against "standing out," tells everyone that she can't do it. After the floor mats are removed and everyone has gone, she performs the feat, but apparently breaks a leg when landing on the bare floor. West walks in, and it is not clear whether he has witnessed her injury healing.



    Matt Parkman is divorced from his wife and is taking care of Molly at Mohinder Suresh's apartment in Brooklyn. Parkman passes his NYPD detective examination, partially due to his use of telepathy. Later that day, Parkman is confronted at Molly's school by her teacher because she is falling asleep in class (due to her nightmares) and drawing some rather disturbing pictures. The pictures are of dark eyes, often over her bed at night, and each prominently includes the helix symbol. That evening Parkman tries to talk to Molly about her problems, but she gets upset and refuses to discuss it because she is afraid of the man she mentioned in "How to Stop an Exploding Man." Later that night she has a nightmare, and Parkman uses his telepathy to hear part of her nightmare: a man's voice telling Molly he can see her. Molly then wakes up crying in Parkman's arms.



    Hiro lands in a grassy meadow. As he looks around him, he spots a group of samurai archers raising their bows towards him - he turns to run, but sees the warrior that they are about to attack, poised behind Hiro. The subtitles then note that Hiro is outside Kyoto, Japan, in the year 1671. As the archers prepare to attack, a solar eclipse occurs and everyone stops to look at it. Hiro stops time as the archers release their arrows, then realizes the man being attacked is Takezo Kensei. Hiro saves himself and Kensei by teleporting them both away from the conflict. After a series of misunderstandings, Hiro learns that Kensei is actually an Englishman who uses dirty tricks to win, and that the stories Hiro had learned are false.



    In Honduras, two fugitives, Maya and Alejandro Herrera, are trying to cross the border to escape homicide charges. Their conversation indicates that they must stay together, but the reason is not clear until Alejandro is separated from his sister soon afterwards by men from a transport truck. Upon catching up to the truck, Alejandro finds his sister distraught, and the driver and all of the passengers dead, with a dark liquid flowing from their eyes; her power has apparently killed them. It seems that the manifestation of her ability is somehow related to her brother's presence. They continue to the border, intending to bury the bodies. Nathan Petrelli, distraught over the assumed death of his brother, Peter, has been left by his wife and children, and has become an alcoholic. While in a bar, he receives a call from Claire, who tells him that she needs to talk to someone. Nathan says he can't and hangs up. He looks in the mirror and sees a vision of a disfigured Nathan, apparently suffering from burns all over his face, presumably due to the nuclear explosion in the first season. He turns away, then looks back to the mirror to see his normal reflection. It is then shown that West was watching Claire during her telephone conversation from outside her second-story window. He is shown to be hovering there and shortly flies off into the distance, revealing the power of self-propelled flight that Nathan also has.

    Angela Petrelli and Kaito Nakamura separately each find a picture of themselves with a red helix scrawled thereon, which they both understand to indicate that they are to be murdered within 24 hours. They meet on top of the Deveaux building and compare their pictures, which appear to be two separate pieces of a photograph that included them both. Kaito recounts that he and Angela, along with Charles Deveaux, Mr. Linderman, and Mr. Petrelli, were part of a group of twelve people that tried to find evolved humans, and then he and Angela speculate about which member of the group will be their assassin. After Angela leaves and Ando is sent to get a sword for Kaito, a hooded figure appears on the roof. Kaito mentions that of the members of the group, he didn't expect the assassin "to be you." The figure tackles Kaito over the side of the roof. Ando returns in time to see them both fall, but when he looks over the edge, only Kaito's body is seen on the ground below.



    Hiro, still distraught that Kensei is not the hero he thought he was, tells him about Kensei's future tales where he saves the village of Ôtsu and takes the town's swordmaker's beautiful daughter as his princess. At that moment, Hiro smells fire and looks behind him to see the village of Ôtsu burning to the ground. As Hiro and Kensei travel toward Ôtsu, a woman from the village encounters Kensei and takes his sword, stating that her father made the sword for him to defend the village with and denounces Kensei for letting the village to be destroyed. Hiro pleads with Kensei to retrieve the sword and help, who loses patience with Hiro and knocks him unconscious.



    At the end of the episode, three thieves are looking for a cargo container in a shipyard located in Cork, Ireland. When they break into container 9109, they find Peter Petrelli, chained to one of the sides, wearing only pants and a helix necklace. Expecting to find a shipment of iPods, they angrily threaten him. He defends himself with his powers. After being asked who he is, he appears to have amnesia and professes "I don't know, I don't know."moreless
  • New beginning

    9.7
    Everyone's been saying that this season is not as good as the previous one. I disagree. I loved the first season, but that one is nothing less but great! New faces, new adventures, fresh start,... Now heroes are aware of their powers and know how to control them. They know each other and try to live their lives now that Sylar is gone and no one can hurt them. But is that true? We meet two spanish twins with extraordinary powers- Maya can kill people with her presence and Alejandro can block her powers when he's near her. There is also West, who Claire meets after she and her family start a new life under a new name. He soon gets to see her powers. But what a surprise- he also has a little secret! He can fly...moreless
Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca

April

Guest Star

Sara Solomon

Sara Solomon

Martha

Guest Star

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Detective Fuller

Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders

Takezo Kensei

Recurring Role

Shalim Ortiz

Shalim Ortiz

Alejandro Herrera

Recurring Role

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Angela Petrelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: In Honduras, they use the metric system not English units, so the remark by Maya that they've been running for 800 miles (said in spanish) would be abnormal, she should've referred to the distance in kilometers.

    • During this period of Japanese history, the early Tokugawa era, access to Japan was highly restricted. The only Europeans allowed were Portuguese and Dutch traders, and even they were restricted to certain port towns. It would be virtually impossible for an Englishman to land, never mind freely travel around the country.

    • Goof: After Hiro is knocked down by Kensei, you can see the grain on his neck they used to get the goat to lick him.

    • Barry Shabaka Henley's character's name (not mentioned in this episode) is Detective Bryan Fuller after, of all things, the former co-executive producer of Heroes of the same name.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Claire: I just... I need someone to talk to. I don't know if I can do this anymore.
      Nathan: Do what?
      Claire: Not be who I really am, and I know that I, I can't be who they want me to be, and I just feel like I'm gonna burst.
      Nathan: Look, I know you're looking for answers. We all are. But trust me, I am not the guy to give them to you. I'm sorry.

    • Noah: Just blend in. Be ordinary, all right?
      Claire: Got it. You know, we might want to start by you not driving me to school. It kinda draws attention to me.
      Noah: Ouch.
      Claire: And, you know, don't you think it might be easier on all of us if I had my own car?
      Noah: Your mother and I were going to surprise you on your birthday next month, but...
      (Noah gives Claire the keys)
      Claire: (excited) Oh my gosh, the Rogue?
      Noah: It's yours.
      Claire: Thank you, Daddy, thank you! You're the best dad in the world!
      Noah: I know, I know.

    • (Matt arrives and waves at Molly)
      Molly: You are late!
      Matt: No I believe I'm right on time.
      Molly:I believe that your watch is slow.
      (Matt laughs)
      Molly: Guess what?
      Matt: What?
      Molly: Max Bursman tried to kiss me today.
      Matt:(shocked) What?!

    • Noah: It's your first day, you should be excited - I am.
      Claire: That's easy for you to say, you're not wading into the shark-infested waters of the eleventh grade.
      (they watch a group of cheerleaders walk by)
      Claire: (sighs) I don't have one friend. I am shark bait.
      Noah: Oh, you're gonna be fine. They don't look any different from the kids in Texas. (a girl wearing a midriff and a short skirt walks by them) Okay, except for her.

    • Parkman: Dinner!
      Molly: Uh, shouldn't I be eating some vegetables every once in a while?
      Parkman: Well that is why I got you a vegetable pizza, smarty pants.

    • Kensei: (in Japanese) What are you? Some sort of monk? You dress so strangely for a monk. And you wear glasses like a doctor.
      Hiro: I'm not a monk. I'm your biggest fan!

    • Ando: (in Japanese) Sir, with no disrespect to you or Hiro, it's been almost four months and there's no sign of him. Maybe he's not coming back.
      Kaito: For close to thirty years I have seen my son as a disappointment. A dreamer who excelled at nothing. It was not until Hiro began this quest that I saw his strength, courage and wisdom. There is a legacy that I am meant to hand down to him. No… I will wait for Hiro to return. I am a man of patience.

    • Det. Fuller: How did you know which one to shoot?
      Parker: I dunno. Tone of voice, eye contact. The hostage looked me in the eye, the other was looking for an exit.
      Det. Fuller: Well most people notice the gun under the bad guy's shirt.
      Parker: Right. Yeah, that too, of course.

    • Hiro: (in Japanese) @#$%!

    • Maya: If we get caught, people could die.
      Alejandro: They'll die if we don't run.

    • Bob: Let's just say we have our own private Fort Knox.

    • Noah: I hear you all right. Now you hear me! I am done eating your crap. From now on, I will work how and when I feel like it. I will take breaks when I want to, and you will not say a damn word to me ever again. Do you understand? We square on that?

    • West: You got a death wish?
      Claire: Uh, you talking about that? I was just seeing how hot it was.
      West: Pretty sure it's hot. It's called a "flame."
      Claire: Yeah. I was just kidding around.
      West: Like you were this morning when you stepped in front of my car? That's okay. Made my morning interesting.

    • West: So what are you?
      Claire: Meaning what, exactly?
      West: Meaning, are you one of them...or one of the others?
      Claire: I'm not sure what you're getting at.
      West: Well, l let me break it down for you. Are you a robot or an alien? 'Cause everyone one in the world is one or the other. Robots do what they're told. Stick with the herd. Aliens, on the other hand, do their own thing.
      Claire: Well, uh, I don't know. Do I have to choose?
      West: Most people do.
      Claire: So what are you?

    • Hiro: (in Japanese) You are the hero Kensei?
      Takezo Kensei: (in Japanese) My name here is Kensei. But no one's ever called me a hero before.

    • Claire: So I'm a robot now, huh?
      West: As far as I can tell.

    • (opening narration)
      Mohinder: The sun rises on a new dawn. Yet few of us realize the debt we owe to those responsible for this. To those who dwell among us. Anonymous, seemingly ordinary. Whom destiny brought together to repair, to heal, to save us from ourselves. And they're still out there, among us. In the shadows, in the light. We pass them on the street without a glance, never suspecting, never knowing. Do they even know yet? That they are bound together by a common purpose? A glaring reality? To be extraordinary. And when destiny does annoint them, how do they hide from it? How long can they dwell in the shadows before either fate or their own flawed humanity draws them out into the light again? And how will they know what awaits them when it finally does?

    • Angela: Let me see it.
      (Kaito shows picture)
      Kaito: I don't take death threats lightly.
      Angela: Someone's playing a trick.
      Kaito: Are they? Charles Devaux. Linderman. Your husband. All of them dead. Now there are 9.
      Angela: So you think one of us send these?
      Kaito: Yes. For the pain we caused. The people we have killed. There is no end to our suffering. I sought redemption by helping Hiro fulfill his destiny to save the world. How did you help your son?
      (Angela slaps Kaito in the face and turns around)
      Kaito: Angela. I'm leaving for Japan tonight. I suggest you disappear as well.
      (Angela leaves )

    • Angela: You're drunk. Thank God your father isn't here to see you.
      Nathan: Or you, for that matter.
      Angela: You killed your brother. Drove Heidi away. Drove your kids away. If you followed our plan--if you'd done what you' were supposed to do, he would be alive now.
      Nathan: To think I almost listened to you. You're evil, Ma.

    • Hiro: Oh no! I broke history!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The Symbol:
      Drawn on the two photos that Kaito Nakamura and Angela Petrelli receive. On the pictures that Molly drew.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 4, 2007 on Channel 7
      New Zealand: October 22, 2007 on TV3
      Latin America: January 18, 2008 on Universal Channel
      India: January 22, 2008 on Star World
      Malaysia: January 22, 2008 on Star World
      Hong Kong: January 22, 2008 on Star World
      Ireland: February 4, 2008 on Channel 6
      Belgium: March 3, 2008 on VT4
      United Kingdom: April 24, 2008 on BBC2
      Norway: September 7, 2008 on NRK3
      Germany: September 18, 2008 on RTL2
      Finland: April 5, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: September 11, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: July 12, 2010 on Markiza

    • Power Developments:
      Maya Herrera: We do not see Maya's power in action, but it appears to cause people around her to die quickly, and to be beyond her control. The people who die have thick, black fluid leaking from their eyes.

      Alejandro Herrera: Alejandro seems to be able to keep his sister's power in check. The only time we see Maya's power activate is when she is separated from her brother.

      West: West can fly, as seen when he is flying away from a tree outside Claire's bedroom window. Unlike Nathan Petrelli, though, West's flight seem slower and more graceful. Whether this is a result of West's power or his particular use of it remains to be seen.

      Bob: Bob possesses the power to turn things into gold, first seen in use when he turns a silver spoon to gold during his conversation with Mohinder. We do not yet know whether he can change things into anything other than gold, or any other limits on his power.

      Peter Petrelli: Peter has absorbed the power to fire lightning bolts from his hands. It is first seen when he fires a burst of electricity at the Irish mobsters.

    • New Heroes:
      Bob: The mysterious man who offers Mohinder a job with The Company.

      Maya Herrera: A twenty-something Dominican who is on the run from police with her brother Alejandro and seeking refuge in the United States.

      West: A student at Costa Verde High with a rather unique attraction to Claire. He almost accidentally runs her over in his Jeep, however.

      Takezo Kensei: Hiro's childhood hero who is not at all what Hiro imagined him to be. Kensei is, in fact, a rather greedy Englishman.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Bob: Let's just say we have our own private Fort Knox.

      Fort Knox is a United States Army post and census-designated place in Kentucky.
      The base covers parts of Bullitt, Hardin, and Meade Counties. It holds the U.S. Army Armor Center, the U.S. Army Armor School and the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. It is also the site of the U.S. Bullion Depository and the George S. Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, both located on or near the army post.

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