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"Heroes" Recap: Episode 19, ".07%"

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 24, 2007 at 10:33AM

Wow, the "Heroes" came back from the hiatus with capes a-flyin', so to speak. Anyone else notice that the narration has shifted from Mohinder Suresh to Linderman? And Linderman makes for a dramatic narrator, prone to lofty statements like "People think I collect art, but I really collect lives fixed in paint."

There was so much going on in this week's episode, with something for pretty much all the characters, so check out some musings now that I've caught my breath. Most anything I say is going to be a spoiler, so to see the rest and discuss,

  • In the Company's holding cells, Mr. Bennet "thinks" instructions to Parkman for getting them out, which struck me for two reasons: 1) Mr. Bennet doesn't remember much, but he knows that there's a weak pipe in the cell where he used to hold highly dangerous super-people, and 2) it's funny that Parkman can't argue with Mr. Bennet because, as he puts it, "This is a one-way conversation."
  • Grandma Petrelli has a power! I cannot wait for that to be revealed in what will probably be a totally kick-ass way.
  • Linderman has a power, too! And I have to say, his power to heal is one of the coolest powers on the show yet. And then there's his reasoning behind the New York explosion: People need hope and the way to that hope is through devastating New York City. "Out of the ashes, humanity will find a united sense of hope in a united sense of fear." And it's no big deal, really, since New Yorkers only account for .07% of the world's population.
  • How is it that, even knowing what was coming, I still jumped a mile when I saw Mohinder on the ceiling? That scene with Peter and Sylar and the glass shards floating was So. Totally. Awesome. Floating glass shards in itself is a neat trick.
  • Linderman wants Micah to help him "save the world," so the shapeshifter pretends to be Jessica and delivers Micah straight into Linderman's hands. Sad, but not really. I think Micah will end up being a lot cooler than originally thought.
  • Nobody thought to close Peter's dead, milky eyes? Gross. But then it's Claire to the rescue when she wrenches the glass out of Peter's head and he coughs back to life. Yes, it's mean and I knew it was far-fetched, but I was still hopeful that Peter would stay dead. Watching him talk makes me feel dumber.
  • I think Isaac's death was kind of moving. His resignation to his part in the whole plan was so calm and peaceful, touching back on Linderman's declaration, "We all have our roles to play in the events to come." Also, by not crying and carrying on, Isaac totally didn't give Sylar his usual satisfaction.
  • Poor Claire. She got so close to familial bliss! Nathan's "I want to be there for you" made her look so hopeful. Then it was followed by, "But I can't." Psych!
  • Okay, the ending was super awesome: Hiro and Ando, now in post-explosion New York, return to Isaac's studio to find newspaper clippings hung up in a time line. Then "present-day" Hiro hears a sword being unsheathed, so he pulls out his own sword and comes face-to-face with ... his future self.
  • I always look forward to "Heroes," but I have to admit that I am rabidly anticipating next week's which will take place five years in the future! What did you think about this week's episode?

    Photos courtesy of NBC

"Heroes" Fans: What Are You Most Excited to See Tonight?

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 23, 2007 at 5:32AM

"Heroes" fans, the long wait is almost over. We can all stop watching ordinary people do ordinary things when the superhero series returns from hiatus tonight! To find out where we last left our heroes, check out my recap of the last episode, "Parasite."

In tonight's new episode, Linderman solicits Jessica to work for him, Hiro becomes more determined than ever to save the world, and Sylar hunts down more super-beings.

There's a lot going on in the show these days, but everyone has a favorite story line, so tell me: which of the "Heroes" stories are you most anxious to see resume tonight?

Photo courtesy of NBC

Hayden and Julia Join Forces for Fireflies

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 10, 2007 at 12:01AM

"Heroes" darling Hayden Panettiere has joined the cast of Julia Roberts' latest project, Fireflies in the Garden, which began filming in Austin last week. The film is loosely based on director Dennis Lee's life, and, according to the story description, "explores the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced with an unexpected tragedy."

Though the impressive cast also includes Ryan Reynolds, Emily Watson, and Willem Dafoe, none of them can say that they've played an indestructible cheerleader before, so Hayden's got that going for her. I'll be interesting to see how the actress handles a dramatic film role.


"Heroes" Writers Are Letting Us Help

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 3, 2007 at 1:50PM

A while back, I told you "Heroes" fans about one of the newest super people, Hana, known as "Wireless" for her ability to intercept digital information. By going to the Primatech website and filling out a "job application," I opted to receive text messages from Hana in which she conveys "secret" information about the Company. Thus, while we are piecing together the mysteries of the show, so is Hana — and she's providing us with clues to boot.

Today, I received an email saying Hana will need my help next Monday, April 9. That day, according to a new NBC press release, Hana will send viewers directions about how to help her, and the fans' actions will somehow influence the next episode of "Heroes":

Starting April 9th, Hana ... will enlist fans to help with her plans to thwart Linderman's plots. The top-secret online activity will actually interact with the on-air story and will pay off in the Monday, April 23rd episode, when "Heroes" returns to the NBC lineup.

How cool is this? If you're a die-hard fan of the show and haven't yet signed up to receive the "top-secret" notices, you should do so now! What if something you write to Hana ends up on the show? Let's discuss when you

This kind of interactivity isn't completely new — the Hanso Foundation website from "Lost," for example, led fans to new clues. (And, by the way, the site has been updated to include some new, eerie information.) Yet the idea of influencing the actual content on "Heroes" is taking it a new level. What do you think about this interactive project?


All 18 Episodes of "Heroes" Are Online

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 12, 2007 at 3:18PM

If you missed out on the start of "Heroes" when it premiered in the fall, you don't have to wait for the DVDs. NBC has put all 18 episodes of the show online for a limited time. Granted, that's a lot of catching up to do if you're starting from scratch, but the show is off the air until April 23, so at least there's time.

The site doesn't say how long the episodes will be available, but when NBC did something similar in December and January, the videos stayed online until new episodes began to air. So, make like time-traveling hero Hiro and jet back to September!


"Heroes" Art Auction For Charity

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 12, 2007 at 10:42AM

On NBC's "Heroes," the paintings by prophetic hero Isaac Mendez foretell the future for the show's characters. In real life, the art pieces could help bring a brighter future for people suffering from epilepsy. This month, NBC.com plans to auction off the artwork created by graphic illustrator Tim Sale and donate the proceeds to the Epilepsy Foundation.

This is particularly significant for actor Greg Grunberg, who plays mind-reading Matt Parkman on "Heroes" and whose son is epileptic. Eric R. Hargis, President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, says "We are thankful that Greg Grunberg, inspired by his own real-life hero, his son Jake, who has epilepsy, has joined with us to increase awareness of epilepsy."

For more details about the auction,

Hargis continues: "With the help of Greg, those like him, and partners like NBC, we can end the stigma associated with epilepsy in this generation."

According to the NBC press release, the list of artwork includes "Exploding Man," "Eclipse," "Claire on the Stairs," and "Hiro and T-Rex." Bidding will go live on March 26 at 6 p.m. (PT) and will close at 12 a.m. (PT) on March 28. The second auction will go live at 6 p.m. (PT) on April 2 and close at 12 a.m. (PT) on April 4. Until then, check out this very cool gallery of Sale's artwork.

"Heroes" Recap: Episode 18, "Parasite"

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 6, 2007 at 10:28AM

Can I just say "Heroes" is awesome? I felt a surge of affection for Tim Kring and the rest of the gang last night for delivering such a riveting and fast-paced episode. Hooray!

Claire and the Haitian are still on the run, and we learn quite a bit more about Candice, Thompson's new favorite cronie. Peter furrows his brow some more — this time because he's grieving for Simone — and the Niki vs. Jessica squabbling continues.

Pretty much anything else I can say is a spoiler, so if you dare,

So, Nathan has been helping the FBI get their hands on Linderman! Niki comes to Nathan's rescue, warning him about Jessica, and Nathan sets off to kill Linderman, played by Malcolm McDowell, who has that jolly-sinister thing down pat. He says that men may have lives of either happiness or meaning but never both. To be happy, a man must live in the present rather than obsess over the future.

As Nathan raises his gun — which would result in Nathan's demise as well, thanks to the 754 security people — Linderman reveals that he knows all about Nathan and "the others like him." He offers Nathan a secure political future, including presidency: "A life of meaning." Nathan lowers the gun.

Claire and the Haitian are fleeing the country with new identities, but whiny Claire's not happy about it. She snatches the Haitian's passport in the airport and strikes out to find Peter Petrelli. Um, it still seems like she has a thing for Peter, which is weird because he's her uncle, but anyway. She ends up at Grandma Petrelli's apartment and finds the Haitian there. So I was wrong last week: The person the Haitian reports to is not Linderman, but Claire's grandmother, Mrs. Petrelli!

Hiro finally makes it into Linderman's curator's room and delivers the ripped painting, which has been "repaired with Scotch tape." The curator conveniently leaves the room and Hiro immediately locates the sword. The curator calls security, but in a surprise rescue, Ando swoops in, and Hiro teleports them both out — only to find themselves way in the future, after the bomb has exploded in New York. Hiro looks around in dismay, saying, "I failed."

Simone is actually dead. Peter is sad. Isaac is sad. He returns to his junkie ways and paints his own death.

But hello, shape-shifter Candice! She is a real snot, huh? I think I hate her already. She turns into Simone so the police won't charge Isaac with her murder. Later, she takes the shape of Mrs. Bennet and tricks Mr. Bennet into revealing his intentions to stop the Company. Just then, of course, "Mrs. Bennet" warps back into the Candice and Thompson appears. Mr. B is busted.

Poor Mrs. Bennet! It seems that she actually knows what the Company does, but she has to pretend that everything's normal: "Don't worry, I know how to play dumb." Also, it's pretty darn cute that her ringtone is, I think, Mr. Muggles barking.

How high did I jump when I saw Mohinder stuck to the ceiling?! Also, Mohinder knew about Sylar! I knew Mohinder couldn't be as gullible as he seemed. He straps Sylar into a chair and shoots him in revenge for his father's murder, but Sylar stops the bullet, and the tables turn. When Peter comes by to speak to Mohinder, Sylar says, "You're like me, aren't you? I'd like to see how that works" before slicing into Peter's forehead!

Okay, now we have about six weeks to recover from this episode before the final batch of new episodes. What did you think of this week's "Heroes"?


"Heroes" Fans: Season 2 Will Be All New

Posted By Entertainment on Mar 5, 2007 at 5:33AM

Well, for all you "Heroes" fans who can't stand the Niki/Jessica storyline or are annoyed by watching Peter struggle to act (maybe that's just me), you may not have to endure it forever. Creator Tim Kring recently told Sci Fi Wire that Season 2 of the show will feature some new characters and an entirely new story. The current season is considered Volume 1 and will come to an end in episode 23. Next season will begin Volume 2 and will be a completely different story.

Kring says he wants to model the show more after "24" than "Lost." For the details and my opinion,

The news should come as a relief, considering how even loyal "Lost" fans are growing weary of the drawn-out story lines and so many characters it's hard to care about any of them for very long. On the other hand, "24" has kept things fresh by having each season revolve around a central trustworthy character (Jack Bauer) but introducing new plot lines and villains.

As a fan of all three shows, I'm very happy about this news, especially since Kring promises that while some of the heroes will not make it to Season 2, "many of your favorites will live to fight again."


"Heroes" Recap: Episode 17, "Company Man"

Posted By Entertainment on Feb 27, 2007 at 9:29AM

Whoa, whoa, whoa ... so much crazy action, my head's spinning. But first, one question about last night's "Heroes": Is Ted the caveman from the Geico commercials? Okay, moving on.

So Mr. Bennet — who was not Horn Rimmed Glasses up until three years ago, according to his flashbacks — joined the "paper company" thinking he was "comfortable with morally gray." To find out whether he really is, and for other spoilers,

HRG, turns out, has a heart and a conscience. To keep normals like Mr. Bennet honest, they are partnered with "specials" (aka heroes), so Mr. Bennet's first partner was actually Claude, the Invisible Man!

Mr. Bennet and his boss, Thompson, discussed how people are fragile "like teacups" and don't want to know what's happening to them as a species. Thompson added that people certainly don't want to know the measures they take to keep people safe.

Simone's dad's roof is a pretty important place, apparently. This is where Mr. Bennet took baby Claire out of George Takei's (!) arms 14 years ago and became changed "as a man." Hiro's dad is highly involved in whatever operation Thompson's got going and likes to wax poetic about the joys of fatherhood. Mr. Bennet was instructed to raise Claire and return her to the company when she "manifested." But once she got an indestructible hold on his heart, he just couldn't give her up.

However, he didn't seem to mind killing off the Invisible Man when the Invisible Man was found to be "hiding" one of "them." Maybe this is that gray moral space he said he was so fine with. I wonder which hero the Invisible Man was hiding? And I wonder how he's not dead anymore?

I guess Mrs. Bennet would have to believe in a God with her life the way it is: radioactive guys in her living room and a daughter who comes back from the dead. Miracles indeed. Now that we know people are killed when they know too much or when they are "hiding" heroes, it turns out Mr. Bennet having his wife's memory erased was for her protection. Huh. I never once believed that before. Also, I love how Mrs. Bennet is the only Texan in the show who has an accent. The others don't even try.

At the Bennets' house, it's either give Ted answers and a cure, or face a nuclear disaster. He threatens to kill Mrs. Bennet if Mr. Bennet doesn't tell him the truth. In an intense, screamy showdown, Mr. Bennet "thinks" to Parkman to shoot Claire instead because she can regenerate, so he does! They carry the "body" upstairs, and Mr. Bennet explains to Claire that if anyone had known about her powers, he'd have had to bring her into the company; he really was protecting her.

Parkman and Mr. Bennet go to the "paper company" and bring back some files for Ted to see, along with some tranquilizers. Mr. Bennet tells Ted that everyone was ready to kill him, but Mr. Bennet let him live. As Ted's pouting about how Mr. Bennet "should have killed" him, Thompson strolls in and shoots Ted! Then Ted freaks out, nuclearly, and Claire faces the blast and gives Ted the tranquilizer. I know, logically, that Hayden Panetierre is a pretty girl, but that Claire-with-radiation-burns made me puke a little in my mouth.

The Haitian says he answers to someone higher up than Mr. Bennet in Claire's life. I wonder if it's Nathan or ... maybe Linderman is her grandpa!

In the end, the Haitian and Claire run away together, and Mr. Bennet makes a major sacrifice for his Claire Bear - by getting shot and having his memory erased. This is particularly sad, because we got to glimpse his memory of when he first donned the horn-rimmed glasses, asking Claire how he looked, and Claire said, "You look like my dad."

Ted is strapped down in what looks like Sylar's old cell, and Parkman will apparently now be a "special" partner for someone at the Company.

Previews for next week's episode: Simone's NOT dead? But why???

UPDATE: I'm serious about this Ted/Geico Caveman thing.

"Heroes" Fans: What Is the Truth About Mr. Bennet?

Posted By Entertainment on Feb 26, 2007 at 3:36PM

In tonight's episode of "Heroes," titled "Company Man," we will learn some revealing information about Mr. Bennet, a.k.a. HRG, which stands for his creepily retro Horn Rimmed Glasses. I'm both curious and anxious about this information: The way he seems to be loving toward his wife and Claire makes me think there's more to him than your garden variety evildoer, but I wouldn't mind being proven wrong. Tell me: What do you think is the truth about Mr. Bennet?