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24 September 2007 @ 11:35 pm
Heroes: "Four Months Later" Episode Reaction/Review  
Beware, this has fangirlish squees and ramblings, so you have been forewarned.


The Heroisms: Time Has Passed, They Cannot Be Torn Down

Four months have passed since the incident in Kirby Plaza, it seems that everyone is going about their own lives while still keeping an eye on some current threats in the world. The Bennet family has moved from Texas to California, changed their last name to "Butler" and are living a false life while hiding from the Company. They seem to be having difficulty adjusting to this normal lifestyle, especially Claire and HRG. Mohinder is in Egypt, giving lectures of his experience and findings based off his father's research where he meets a suspicious man who knows more than he should about the Suresh family...and offers Mohinder a proposition. Matt Parkman earns his police badge back, with the usefulness of his ability, and has adopted Molly and is raising her along with Mohinder (OMGYAYSQUEE!!!) However Molly's dreams are troubling her, about the other boogeyman that sees her in her dreams.

Hiro is back in time where he meets his hero, Takezo Kensei. Back in present time, Ando and Kaito Nakamura are waiting patiently for Hiro to return, when suddenly a death-threat by picture and the symbol is mysteriously sent to him, along with Angela Petrelli, leading to who among the Older Generation is doing this and at what price. Nathan is still alive, though I'm presuming no longer congressman and wallowing in the loss of Peter; grown-beard, drunk and aggravated. Although Peter isn't gone....just mis-located, and with no memory whatsoever....

This was the introduction with new characters too: Maya and Alejandro, siblings with abilities and are on the run from the law. Maya has a deadly ability, and they are running for their lives to America and find a cure. There is also Claire's new potential boytoy, West, who has an ability of flight.

New missions, new lives, new threats and evils abound. This season will get pretty interesting.

The Characters: Mess With Them And They'll Kick Your Ass

Claire & HRG: I adored their scenes together, they truly represent the best father-daughter relationships on television. Claire said it best, seriously the "Best. Dad. EVER!" I felt so horrible for Claire though, fitting into a new school, not standing out and keeping everything on the downlow; the gym scene could've been something she could have vindicated herself, but didn't because she knew the risks of becoming noticed. I understand HRG's fears about being caught by the Company or anyone else, but Claire finally has found herself a steady ground of accepting who she is. She doesn't want to stand in the background and not be noticed; she tried all of the first season wanting to be normal, but now with everything she wants to be who she really is. Also, I disliked the cheerleader girls...they make Jackie look nice, and that's saying something.

Mr. Bennet is just made of awesome, totally kickass with that irritating stick-up-his-ass manager of his, and he did it so calmly too. Like "bitch please, you don't know nothing about a dog-eat-dog business, so shut the fuck up and let me finish my coffee." Just the morally greyness we needed to see to start off the season. He's done being middle-management; HRG is back with his bad self, kicking ass and taking names.

Mohinder Suresh: Loved every single scene Mohinder had in the premiere. From the moment of the monologue montage interwining with his lecture, right down to finding out that he's working with Mr. Bennet as his secret agent for bringing the Company down. That? Was totally for the win, like whoa. Plus he's raising Molly with Matt. How freaking adorable is that?! He's going to have loads of things to do this season, which I am grateful for. It wouldn't have been the same if he'd worked alone like last season, then again he didn't know who he could trust, and now he does. He has a new purpose now, and I like that direction they're giving Mohinder. I just hope that he doesn't die, especially while working with others from the Company; if they catch on, Lord knows what'll happen. And how hot did he look in that suit, and the last scene on the bed with his shirt slightly open? Frakking hot, that's how. *loves*

Matt Parkman and Molly Walker: Matt earns back his badge, is taking care of Molly (responsibility shared with Mohinder), which makes everything with him just so awesome. I love Parkman even more than I ever had before just for these things alone. Though I liked Janice, why were they divorcing? Was it because of the affair or because Matt keeps going to places without notifying her? I mean I know they had marital problems, but still, I don't know. But the whole adopting Molly thing makes up for this fact, even though he doesn't know/understand how to deal with what's happening with her.

Poor Molly, the child just can't seem to catch a break. Those dreams must be so horrific for her, and she's so vulnerable and helpless while sleeping instead of being awake. I liked that Matt was trying to get inside her head, determine what it was she was dreaming about -- man, does this new "boogeyman" sound creepifying. Again, poor Molly.

The Petrelli Family: Dysfunctional, indeed. Angela Petrelli you are indeed cold and cruel, and Nathan happily points that out to you. Nathan. Oh Nathan, you and your brooding self. With his beard, tossled look and excessive drinking for the loss of his brother, he's a crossover between Gaius Baltar and Saul Tigh. At least he stood up to his mother, realizing that everything she'd said and done for him wasn't right and that she was evil. It was nice seeing that side of him, taking a stand. But he should clean up his act. But, what the hell was up with that reflection? A side-effect of his power, how he sees himself? Self-hatred?

So, Peter is the one with amnesia. I knew at least one character would have amnesia this season, my biggest bet would've been Sylar but either one could've worked. It seems Sylar has a different thing altogether, judging from the previews....

Hiro Nakamura and Takezo Kensei: David Anders people, David Anders is playing Takezo Kensei. Giddy, silly drunk who isn't what Hiro expected his life-long hero of the past to be. So, he's like Robin Hood, sans the acts of heroism and more about the food, money and booze. It seems that Hiro might have an intervention with him, or perhaps Hiro could "become" Kensei, doing all those heroic acts of honor (as I kept saying from the first season that as Hiro and Ando are looking at the drawings of the Kensei legend that the paintings oddly resembled Hiro in some aspects). Should be interesting. I also heard that Hiro and Ando will be communicating from past to present in a unique fashion. Should be a fun ride, with these two....

West: Honestly, I don't have a firm opinion on him yet. I just have the oddest feeling that he's connected with the Company somehow, and I don't know why. But he makes me REALLY miss Zach.

Maya and Alejandro: I liked their introduction, running away from the cops. Literally running in general, it's hell on their feet especially when they're wanted for murder. With Maya's ability, after seeing what happened inside the truck and blood from the people's eyes, I kept thinking "two by two, hands of blue". So she has a deadly power, one that instantly kills, probably when being threatened. I have a distinct feeling that she doesn't do it while her brother is near, otherwise he would've been dead too. I'm wondering where their story will lead, and if it'll be good at all. So far I'm liking it.


The Glees and Squees! (and everything else in between)

++ Although I am bugged by this, when West asked "are you a robot or an alien?" I just wanted to say, "dude, she's a frakking CYLON, she can be both." Seriously, what kind of question is that? Very stereotypically teenager of him, seeing and judging people in "black and white", the goody-goodies versus the rebels. Please, Claire is SO beyond that.

++ Hiro's reaction to Kensei's true identity was so hilarious. It was like "wait, you're an English white dude? Not Japanese? WTF?" HEE!

++ MR. MUGGLES!! And my God, is it just me or was Lyle more grown up from the last time we saw him?

++ HRG pwning the manager dude is so totally FTW. I mean, seriously, best scene of the whole episode. *loves HRG, like whoa*

++ I love Claire's hair. I'll miss the long, wavy-curliness of it from last season, but I think this shows how much she's grown and matured.

++ I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but the subtitles have different color schemes to identify which language is which. White is used for Japanese subtitles, yellow for Spanish. Huh, interesting.

++ Now there's something with a virus getting to the Specials. Is this true, or was this all part of Mohinder's ploy to draw in the Company lapdog underneath their noses? If it is true about the virus infecting the DNA of others with abilities out there, that should be an interesting thing to focus on and possibly learn more about this Shanti business; though if it IS just a scam to play with the Company, good going for the Mo & HRG team. But I have a feeling that the illness will be a subplot that could become something more in future episodes or the series in general.

++ RIP Kaito Nakamura. *tears* should've been Mama Petrelli, dammit

++ Limited commercial time is always a good thing while watching my fandoms, and thankfully they did that this time. Though with the commericals they did have all promoted Nissan vehicles omg look random advertising of what is actually already advertised within the show itself. Still, I was very happy for limited breaks, meaning more Heroes time! Whoo-hoo!

++ Did I mention that I loved ALL the Mohinder scenes? Because I really, truly did. Hee. Also, he cooks people. MOHINDER FUCKING COOKS, and this makes me incoherently squee when Molly mentions this and the fact that she misses him. I love it.

++ It's been said by thousands of people before, but the Mohinder/Matt/Molly family is the best and cutest storyline setup I have witnessed yet. I mean, I knew it was speculated between fans after/during the first season -- using scenarios of the adorableness that Molly brought out between her and Mohinder and her and Matt most were focused on the Mohinder/Sylar but whatever -- but I never thought it would actually become canon within the show. It makes me giddy. I squealed in the beginning sequence/montage of scenes (which most we have yet to see) where Molly and Mohinder are hugging. I literally went "AWWW!!" The ovaries? They s'ploded with joy. Needless to say, Molly has two daddies. Hee!

Overall: Excellent start to a new season. I squealed, I was confused, I was startled and enthralled and pleased and shocked. My God, this show is just plain amazing. Actually, when I read that people were tilting their heads in confusion over what was happening, I consider this the Battlestar Galactica moment: S2 finale, where it'd been one year after settling on New Caprica and then the Cylons come, and by the S3 premiere it'd been four months into the occupation? Yeah. Everything was frakked over twice but still remained to keep the audience entertained while questioning what happened in between, and I think that's what happened here. Don't worry about the unanswered questions folks, because there is an episode coming up that is entitled "Four Months Ago" which will probably answer those befuddled thoughts and questions.

I am satisfied with what the premiere brought. And to think I had lingering doubts. But I still have some complaints: WHERE THE FUCK WAS MY SYLAR? Or Niki and Micah? I mean c'mon now, don't leave us hanging here! I want my Sylar and leave out the chick in that fake!island setting in that hallucination of his as seen in the preview.


Anyway, my mind is just whirling with so much gleefulness right now, all I can think at the moment is that Heroes is back, and it's rocking, and it's just BACK baby! YATTA!!
 
 
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cadence_k on September 25th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
DUDE.

DUDE!

I agree with so much of your squee!! Matt and Mohinder raising Molly! Noah Bennet working at a copy place and terrifying his boss! Matt and Bennet working together! OMG DRUNK NATHAN LIVING IN PETER'S APARTMENT. So much love for this show.

The part I didn't like is the lack of females. We only have Claire, Sandra, and Angela... oh, and Maya! She seems awesome. I just like a high number of females in my shows, you know? I hope they introduce more in this season.

Overall, though, I was REALLY giddy afterwards :)
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 25th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Y'know, they should just have an equal amount of female characters along with the male characters. That way everyone is happy! :D

Drunk!Nathan living in his brother's apartment...so woefully depressed and omginlove. I kind of wondering what exactly did happen when the explosion happened in the sky, whatever happened to Peter and Nathan then, and how come Peter doesn't remember after four months...GAH. So many questions. Great start to a new season.

I was incredibly giddy afterwards too. I was like "Oh. My. God. I need icons/screencaps, like right now!" :D
Tracy: Heroesalexwhitman25 on September 25th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
I was very happy with the premiere. HRG and Claire were the big highlight for me, as always. They are both trying so hard by being the exact opposite of who they really are. It must be killing them and I feel for them both. I was so happy when HRG bitch!slapped that guy.

Mohinder, Molly, and Matt are the cutest new family. I'm very excited about it. And about Mohinder and HRG still working together.

I wish Ice Bitch Petrelli would get what is coming to her - and soon.

David Anders people, David Anders is playing Takezo Kensei. Giddy, silly drunk who isn't what Hiro expected his life-long hero of the past to be.
When David ripped that mask off I full on squeed. It is so surreal seeing him play such a lighthearted character, but I love it.

But he makes me REALLY miss Zach.
Me too. There is something about his character that is trying too hard - like his robot speech. It annoys me.

I really like the new characters, which is a big plus.

Tracy: Sarkalexwhitman25 on September 25th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot - Anders has the accent!! All the more better!!
Renée: Gabriel Gray. Cute!rogueslayer452 on September 25th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
The bitchslapping was made of total win. It was like yay, HRG is back in business, badass and all. Working with Mohinder to take down the Company was also an awesome reveal too. I was like whoa, didn't see that coming. It was a great surprise, I loved it as soon as Mohinder said "I'm in." Whee, Secret Agent Mohinder!

I feel horrible for the Bennets though, especially Claire. Pretending to be normal when they aren't.

Mohinder and Matt being parents to Molly is just the adorablest thing EVER. OMG. I want more, dammit, more.

David Anders + accent + drunk = whee, so much fun! I'm so excited for his character storyline, and Hiro's too. Should be interesting how they work together and Hiro becoming part of the Kensei legend, obviously.
jirucloud on September 25th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
lol! oh man... what craziness...

Mohinder being in on this whole plot with HRG... FTW INDEED!!! HOHOHOHOHO! I'm so happy Mohinder is finally being seen as the kick-ass he is! Go for it Mohinder and try not to end up on a ceiling this time?

HRG whooping that punk kid... hohoho, and then him being all 'everythings normal' at the dinner table, lol! He looked like a little kid that had gotten caught!

West is kinda cool, but at the same time... 'I'm watching you from your bedroom window!' scary! Watch out Claire!

Also... when Claire was first introduced, I was so sure she was going to say 'the dog-eat-dog world of college' instead of 11th grade! ftw?? you look so old though! and yes, the cheerleaders were super mean >.>

Mr. Muggles and Mrs. Bennet Butler... wtf? Eating at the dinner table with him in her arm? x.x craziness... and, does she remember about all the craziness that happened? and the guy playing Lyle looks *so* much freaking older too! did they change the actor???

ooh, I didn't catch the subtitles thing until you just mentioned it! pretty ^.^

I thought that when the hobo Nathan looked into the mirror he was seeing what he thought Peter would look like, you know... all mangled and burned from the incident...

gah! why did Nakamura-sensei have to die??? It definitely shouldve been Mama Petrelli... when will she die??

So yes! so good! but, the limited interruption was a little hard on me... I was too overwhelmed!!! @.@ I need the breaks! lol, and yes! at the end when they showed the previews I was like 'omg... there was no Sylar!' *huggles* Hopefully you'll get that made up to you soon ^.^
Renée: Sylar. Hot.rogueslayer452 on September 26th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I'm so happy that Mohinder gets to be thoroughly involved in the action, and being a secret spy for HRG in the process and parenting Molly along with Matt. I mean seriously, I am excited for his storyline, like whoa. More hot!action!Mohinder and protective!paternal!Mohinder is what makes me go OMGSQUEE this season.

The Bennet family dinner table = Awkward. They simply cannot return to being a normal family, not after what they've encountered. And about the Mr. Muggles at the dinner table, that happened last season too. It's a thing with Mrs. Bennet I think. They all probably do remember everything that'd gone down back in Texas four months ago. Lyle just looks different because the actor grew up some, but that's to be expected.

But HRG pwning that assistant manager dude? FOR. THE. WIN.

Yeah, I thought Claire was at least a senior in high school from last season, and at least like 17 or something. It would've made sense, since Hayden is 18, and especially since Claire shows more maturity and wisdom than most kids her age. Also, it would've been SO much easier due to the chemistry between her and Peter if only they weren't related, dammit. Claire certainly looks like she could enter college right now, huh? I like her new look.

For me, Nathan looking into the mirror he saw his own relfection as guilt over what happened. At least, that's my opinion.

I don't know if Kaito Nakamura is really dead though; did we know anything if he had an ability or anything at all? Did any of the Older Generation people have abilities? It's speculated as such, but we haven't actually witnessed abilities from them aside of Linderman. Should be interesting to see how all this plays out this season.

I know what you mean about the limited commerical breaks; it's nice and all, but sometimes all the information is being thrown at you it's hard to process, and you eventually do need that commercial break. It is overwhelming. I can't wait for next week though, hopefully with some Sylar scenes that were incredibly lacking in the premiere (but with a huge ensemble cast it is to be expected). I hope we get answers to what happened to him, and what the hell was up with his virtual!beach hallucination and this chick he's with damn Mohinder will be jealous....
I work, I function like i'm a girl.okelay on September 26th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
i know, i wanna know where Sylar is too!
i loved the premiere, but i wanted to see sylar! we got a glimpse,nothing more
amanda: [heroes] sylar's evil laughmorbidmuse on September 26th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
[Matt] has adopted Molly and is raising her along with Mohinder (OMGYAYSQUEE!!!)
Hehe. I knew from that moment that I would love this recap. :D

Nathan is still alive, though I'm presuming no longer congressman and wallowing in the loss of Peter; grown-beard, drunk and aggravated.
So, this is interesting. Are we supposed to assume he isn't a congressman anymore? Don't they not just lightly take away titles like that? How would he lose it? DID he lose? I want to know more! Let's have an entire episode devoted just to Nathan and his awesomeness, okay? Hopefully we'll see more definite answers soon.

I disliked the cheerleader girls...they make Jackie look nice, and that's saying something.

Seriously, those girls were seriously bitchy. I was never a cheerleader or honestly even friends with anyone who did it for more than like a year in fourth grade, and I feel bad for how the show tends to portray cheerleaders.

Was it because of the affair or because Matt keeps going to places without notifying her? I mean I know they had marital problems, but still, I don't know. But the whole adopting Molly thing makes up for this fact
That was my reaction exactly. Every step of the process was exactly what I thought.

he makes me REALLY miss Zach.
Exactly. All West does is make me miss Zach more and maybe hope harder that Claire and Peter somehow make it as a couple... and now with the memory loss....

I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but the subtitles have different color schemes to identify which language is which.
I did indeed notice that. I thought it was a pretty cool touch.

MOHINDER FUCKING COOKS, and this makes me incoherently squee when Molly mentions this and the fact that she misses him. I love it.
YES! Love it.

Don't worry about the unanswered questions folks, because there is an episode coming up that is entitled "Four Months Ago" which will probably answer those befuddled thoughts and questions.
Really? That is pretty cool. Okay, now I do feel a little bit better. :D
Renée: Gabriel Gray. Cute!rogueslayer452 on September 26th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
So, this is interesting. Are we supposed to assume he isn't a congressman anymore? Don't they not just lightly take away titles like that? How would he lose it? DID he lose? I want to know more!

I'm guessing so, considering how fucked up he is after losing Peter, he can barely take care of himself. I mean come on, he's living in Peter's apartment and wearing his clothes, getting drunk and saying to Mama Petrelli that she shouldn't touch his stuff because he'll need them when he returns. He's so depressed and wanting his brother. It's so sad, which makes me love Nathan even more. Which is why I'm hoping in the "Four Months Ago" episode we'll get answers to how things progressed making him where he is now, and more importantly what happened to Peter.

Seriously, those girls were seriously bitchy. I was never a cheerleader or honestly even friends with anyone who did it for more than like a year in fourth grade, and I feel bad for how the show tends to portray cheerleaders.

They are really pushing the stereotype for mean, bitchy cheerleaders. I mean, back in high school most of the cheerleaders and drill teams were incredibly nice and friendly towards everyone. I mean, there would be one or two bad apples here and there, but overall it was never a popularity contest. I'm just glad that Claire isn't that mean or bitchy, breaking away from that stereotype.

I'm very excited for the Mohinder/Molly/Matt family unit storyline. I just saw in the TVGuide there was an article and there was a picture of all three of them together, and squealed in delight. It's so freaking cute! I loved the way Mohinder connected with Molly from last season, and having more of that adorableness for this season -- co-parenting with Matt -- is just made of so much win I could barely maintain my squees. I mean seriously, I wanted this and it's happening! Hee! I also love how Molly has her heroes and protectors taking care of her, one is in law enforcement and the other is traveling the world becoming a secret spy for HRG to take down the Company. How cool is this?! Seriously.

Oh Heroes, welcome back! :D