Heroes Yammer

And tonight’s episode is:

Homecoming. As H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) tries to protect his daughter by any means, Claire’s (Hayden Panettiere) high school homecoming turns into a frightening night. Meanwhile, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) and Simone (Tawny Cypress) work together to find Isaac’s (Santiago Cabrera) painting for Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) — but this key to the future could lead to tragedy. Elsewhere, Hiro (Masi Oka) travels back in time to right an upsetting wrong and as Niki (Ali Larter) puts a goal in sight, Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) spends time with his dad (Leonard Roberts). Still experiencing strange dreams while in India, Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) learns of a boy that might pull him back into his father’s research. Greg Grunberg also stars. Nora Zehetner ("Everwood"), Sakina Jaffery ("Third Watch") and Jayma Mays ("Entourage") guest-star.

12 thoughts on “Heroes Yammer”

  1. I’m still not loving Suresh or his storyline, though it’s a treat to see a crowded street scene filmed in India where everybody is so wellfed and everything in site is scrubbed as clean as a Burbank backlot.
    Not enough Hiro! (And bring on George Takei!)
    I guess the question of where H.R.G. falls on the good guy/bad guy continuum gets a little complicated with the capture of Siler, eh?
    Also not sure how I feel about the 6 months earlier idea–it’s only for one episode, right?

  2. I don’t think this episode quite paid off on all the build-up that lead up to it. Saving Claire turned out to be pretty easy – and really, what actually saved her was Jackie’s self-aggrandizement, not anything Peter did.
    I wonder if being arrested for Jackie’s murder will bring Peter to Matt and Audrey’s attention.

  3. That’s what I’m thinking too, Abigail. Only makes sense and it would be far too annoying to let the false arrest play out too long.
    Let’s hope next week is heavy on Hiro six months ago with the waitress who better not really die(!).
    And, yeah, it felt rushed and not as fully realized as it could have been. Still compelling TV, but it could have been better — with more Hiro. After all, Hiro’s the one who came up with the catchphrase, so it just felt off for there to essentially be nobody else involved in Claire’s rescue except Jess/Peter and His Bangs.
    That Indian kid that Suresh is obsessed with? CREEPY. And I’m just not sure Suresh has the intellectual chops to follow in his old man’s footsteps — seriously, you couldn’t come up with Shanti off the top of your head when you were cracking the password? (On the other hand, Dad’s computer security leaves much to be desired.)
    I do give the show quite a bit of credit though for wrapping up something like this so quickly — many other shows (LOST!) would try and milk a whole season out of that arc. Wonder where they’re going for the rest of the season…

  4. Siler will escape and resume killing and they’ll have to chase him again, probably. He appears to have quite a few powers. Did anyone else start to wonder if Siler is somehow Peter’s brother there for a bit? The flashes I caught of his face made me think it was him. Also, I figure Siler has to be someone we know and have seen, because otherwise,why would they be hiding his face like that?

  5. It was the detail that bugged me about this episode. They took the easy way out once too often. I like Claire and Zach’s friendship, but the bedroom scene was too obvious. I like Mohinder a lot, and I like the backstory they’re introducing, but “you already have the answer you seek”? I like the fact that the saving-the-cheerleader thing wasn’t a Big Superhero Smackdown, but the way it was going to play out — from Sylar going after Jackie to Peter using Claire’s healing power — was a bit too obvious a bit too early. The show has been better at these kinds of things in other episodes.
    The two things I thought really worked were sidelining Hiro (he’s too powerful relative to the others at the moment, and it reinforces that this is an ensemble show), and the continuing ambiguity about Claire’s father and whatever outfit he’s part of.
    Bearing in mind that I haven’t seen the trailers, do we know for sure that next week’s episode is really All Hiro All The Time? When he went to the future, after all, it was integrated into the rest of the show. One of my friends pointed out, and I’m inclined to agree, that at some point Hiro’s going to learn a lesson about the dangers/downsides of time travel, and much as I like that waitress, I think she’s going to be it. (Not least because if he did save her, I suspect “Homecoming” would turn out differently.)

  6. I kind of agree with you on the waitress in logical terms — except I’m not so happy with the portrayal of women on this show so far (again, especially wives, who are cheaters or blind or evil), so it will make me extra-mad if she dies. They need another likable female character.
    The rest of the ensemble just isn’t as good as the Hiro stuff, is part of the show’s problem.
    The writers can hand wave and let Jess still “save the cheerleader,” because Hiro isn’t actually involved in the rescue — Siler’s killing her isn’t what tips him off to Claire’s location and the time, it’s the painting that does. So I don’t necessarily think there’d be a conflict. Or they could do some kind of re-set, where it plays out differently because of Hiro.
    Agree with you on the lack detail and thoughtfully playing things out. The dreamy kid is painfully Yoda-esque, but still not as painful as Mohinder agonizing over the most obvious password in the world.

  7. Siler came off kind of weak in this episode. what is his power? Telekinisis? I just remember some frozen people in earlier crime scenes. Is he pulling a sin-eater thing absorbing their powers by collecting thier brains? Many questions and few answers. And where’s my super-strong oaf stereotype at?

  8. From what I’ve read about next week’s episode, Niall, we are going to see the other characters. Remember, most of them have said that their powers started manifesting six months ago, so my guess is that we’re going to see a bunch of origin stories.

  9. Sylar, I think. It’s how Mohinder spells it when he tries the name as a password in this week’s episode, and last week I think the name appeared in the guest credits with that spelling as well.

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