Now that the excitement of the Heroes Season 2 premiere has worn off, I found myself wanting answers in the second episode. Specifically, what the heck happened to the “Manhattan Apocalypse Creates World Peace” plan that had been so painstakingly arranged by the older generation of heroes? That conspiracy drove the entire first seasons arc, and to have it seemingly abandoned and forgotten strikes me as odd. I’m still hoping we’ll get answers in the flashback episode, but I’m feeling slightly less patient now.
Meanwhile, as much as I’m enjoying Hiro’s ancient-Japan subplot, I think the Heroes world is worse off for not having him around to interact with the other characters. Poor Ando has been reduced to little more than an extra, hanging like Robin without Batman. Of course, Hiro’s doing just fine for himself fighting Takezo Kensei’s battles for him (even suggesting memorable names for the epic tales yet to be written) and causing the swordsmith’s daughter to fall so in love with Kensei that she doesnt even notice Kensei is at least half a head taller than Hiro. Along the way, we find out something truly shocking Kensei can heal himself like Claire, and may have been the original hero!
Approximately 366 years and 4 months in the future…not too much is happening. Angela Petrelli is attacked by an invisible enemy after being interrogated by Parkman. She somehow knows he can read her mind, but we still haven’t seen her power. We finally find out what Maya and Alejandro’s tandem power is. When Maya cries, her black tears of evilness kill everyone nearby, but Alejandro can absorb the evil and bring her victims back to life. I predict a number of tragic accidents and close calls before they reach the U.S. Over in Ireland, Peter is slowly becoming aware of his powers, but he still has no memory, and the goons who found him want to use him to pull a heist in exchange for a box that supposedly contains the keys to his identity. Of course, Peter could just take it from them using any number of his powers, but I guess he hasn’t figured that out yet. In California, Claire is so bored with trying to be normal that she cuts off her own toe (with a ridiculously sharp pair of household scissors) just to see what will happen. Seriously, Claire we get that you’re an impulsive teenager and all, but can’t you find another hobby? Start a Facebook account or something. Naturally, Hottie McFloaterson the uberstalker sees her do it, so its only a matter of time before she’ll have to confide in him.
One interesting event was the return of the Haitian, who has apparently switched sides for good. After contracting the deadly hero-attacking virus, he’s saved by Mohinder and recruited to work with HRG. I’m very interested to see what this covert group has in store for The Company, and whether they can take it down before the mysterious assassin does.