1.08 - "Seven Minutes to Midnight"
++ I've found a new love for this episode, not only because it features Mohinder quite a bit
++ The relationship between Chandra and Mohinder, as seen in the flashback dream sequence, does relish to what kind of father-son relationship they had. It wasn't pretty. Their fights probably for the longest time would've been surrounded around Chandra's research and theories, which was primarily what Chandra was most obsessed about. Another interesting aspect is that this is probably the last conversation they had with each other before Chandra left for New York, meaning that the last time Mohinder ever spoke to his father was through a heated argument. Sad.
++ I liked the reveal of Shanti, which caused the whole rift of the Suresh research. Which begs the question, had Shanti not gotten ill would the situation be any different? What kind of ability did she have, and in the new season will they be revisiting that?
++ The interaction between Audrey, Matt and Ted in the interrogation room was something nice to see, especially once Matt and Ted come to a mutual ground of understanding one another. Ted, obviously rattled by being detained in custody and labeled as a terrorist for something he has no control over, finally meets someone with a strange ability and who is marked and went through a similar blackout experience. Also, the glass of water and his radioactiveness; so glad this was setup in this episode as opposed to the unaired pilot. Makes much more sense this way.
++ This is also Zachary Quinto's first episode as Sylar, and majorly creepifying at that.
1.09 - "Homecoming"
++ I remember when this first aired that this was the episode everyone was waiting for. Not only because of the Peter and Claire interaction (which was sizzling with chemistry
++ Regarding Sanjog Iyer, does this mean that Chandra knew of others with abilities in his home country but didn't pursue the issue? Why couldn't Sanjog Iyer be Patient Zero, or is there something specifically coded into the DNA of a Special that makes them as such? This has been bugging me for a while.
++ I quite liked how they managed to pull off making Mohinder seem younger during the flashback dream sequence in this episode. I found him completely adorable, with his energenic and excited enthusiasm after reading the manuscript for his father's book (and if I've got the dates correctly, Activating Evolution had been written down as published in 1993 so that would've made Mohinder in this flashback about 20 years old or so). Though his enthusiam is crushed when Chandra puts him down for reading his material and doesn't want him to be involved (which is kind of ridiculous, if the book was going to be published anyway Mohinder would've gotten his hands on it sooner or later). I understand that he was just trying to protect him, but he could've been more discreet with his devastation over Shanti's death. Mohinder needs love and affection too, you know. This is also another moment where I go, "hey, Mohinder is a Cylon!" simply because present!Mohinder is staring at a younger version of himself; Heroes seems to like the double!Cylon vibe, huh?
++ This is also the moment where, after discovering what his father had found, Mohinder makes his decision to complete his father's work indefinitely. In the beginning he was unsure of himself, he wanted to believe but had a difficult time really being convinced. This was the moment of truth for him, and rightfully so.
1.10 - "Six Months Ago"
My furthering thoughts on this episode found here.
1.11 - "Fallout"
++ Peter dreaming about "Nathan" which later transforms into Sylar, now there's so awesome foreshadowing. This also brings up the question as to why Peter dreamed this or as an illusion of some sort. There's been ongoing speculation that Peter and Sylar are connected somehow. I do know that they possess similar aspects regarding abilities since they are the only Specials known to have multiple powers, but otherwise it's a mystery. And what Sylar says in his dream is actually right; Peter doesn't know about power, or more specifically his own power quite yet. He hasn't mastered the understanding how he controls it, so how could he be a match to someone like Sylar who is skillful in all the abilities he steals? I find this connection interesting.
++ Speaking of which, poor wittle Sylar being held captive at the OWI. I know I shouldn't feel this horrible for him, being a serial killer and all, but dammit after "Six Months Ago" how can you resist? I love his interaction with Mr. Bennet in this scene, and their scene near the end where he looks all woobified just sitting there. But he taunts Mr. Bennet, mentioning of Claire and how they are similar to one another.
++ There was something that Mr. Bennet mentioned to Sylar, that with every ability he stole he was altering his DNA, that all this power was corrupting him and degrading his mind. This can be argued on whether this is fact or just a theory, or whether Bennet was trying to make sense of it all. At the OWI they were doing tests and apparently they could only detect one ability, the others were either blocked out or just hadn't been clearly identified yet. Which makes how he stole and acquired the powers much more interesting, indeed.
++ I still love Peter's prophecy/dream about the explosion and the speculation that he is the "exloding man".
1.12 - "Godsend"
++ In this episode, it's the first time we seen Niki possessing any superstrength by herself without Jessica. I liked that despite Jessica being her crutch when something horrible happens, that Niki is actually the stronger one. All she needs to do is find that ground of maintaining and knowing that she is strong. However, I still disliked the direction they went with the Sanders' storyline. It kind of drifted off for a while and I think, if they'd had more involvement with Niki or another Special it would've made things a lot more interesting
++ Poor Mohinder, finding out about Eden like that. I don't know if anything would've gone on between them if she had survived, but he did like her and appreciated her help, so finding out about her death and who she wasn't must've been a hard blow. Though I do like the Mohinder/Bennet moment, get tension there with Bennet holding the gun and Mohinder standing his ground. It would've been nice to see Mohinder make an alliance with him though, to have more people on his side, but I like that they were still sniffing each other out and Mo didn't trust him completely to go along which was smart.
++ During the time I thought that Bennet had wanted the Haitian to erase anything in Claire's memory about her ability, not just what happened that night at Homecoming. It would've been safer that way and he wouldn't have to worry. Though that thought doesn't make sense, because even if he had wanted to erase any knowledge of what she could do from her eventually she would rediscover it all over again. Bennet wanted Claire to forget all events that happened to her, including Zach because he was a liability in case anyone else wanted to get to her through those she loved/cared about. But with the Haitian, he didn't believe this to be true (supposedly assigned this from Angela Petrelli, because she knew that with Peter saving Claire he would be able to explode but not die in the end. Ooohh, sneaky!sly Mama Petrelli).
1.13 - "The Fix"
++ Let it be known that Mohinder looks good in any color, including pink shirts and multicolored scarfs. Heh. /shallow moment
1.14 - "Distractions"
++ Sylar strikes back! I loved everything about his escape, how he just transformed himself into another person so easiler, adapted to his surroundings. This is perhaps the first time we've seen this aspect of him, to impersonate someone other than himself to fool the outside world. The Primatech uniform and cap, his faux southern accent, him playing with Mr. Muggles, his friendly neighborhood workman behavior towards Mrs. Bennet....so perfect. There's also a scene when he's in Claire's bedroom where he slowly traces his fingers along her bed; some would construed this as sexually dominating, but I just think this is just plain dominating, knowing that he has everything planned out and under his control. That he'll finally get what he wants, being little Claire's ability which was his goal all along.
++ Some have also commented on his attack on Mrs. Bennet, that it would contradict what he mentions later that he doesn't hurt anyone unless he has something to gain from them, i.e. their abilities. But I view this as different, it was revenge on Mr. Bennet and what he did to him while being held captive, therefore personal.
++ Nothing much else about this episode, aside from Claire meeting her biological mother and the Niki/Jessica battle with the shrink. Oh, and George Takei as Hiro's father was a nice geekier surprise for fans.
1.15 - "Run!"
++ The episode where Mohinder and Sylar meet and
++ In defense for Mohinder once again, there were issues of frustration about how Mohinder could've been so dense as to not realize the man he was speaking with was actually Sylar. But see, Mohinder has never see any particular record of Sylar or Gabriel Gray therefore doesn't know what he looks like. Besides there was nothing threatening about Zane!Sylar, so why suspect him to begin with? Also listening to the phone message the real Zane left, they almost sound similar. But that could've just been Sylar's way of adapting into the role, becoming "Zane" and concealing his identity.
You gotta love that Sylar can not only say he's Zane Taylor, but also wear his clothes, style his hair and pick up the cute mannerisms of his victim. Quite a chameleon, he is, another reason to love him.
++ Also, this is actually the first time Mohinder has actually truly witnessed a person present their special abilities to him, let alone return his phone call and eager to help him. And yes, I LOVE the giddy smile that he has after Zane!Sylar melts the toaster
++ Getting away from the Mylar moments for the time being, poor Claire and her disappointment with her deadbeat mother. Also, Angela Petrelli is so damned cold. Oh, and Jessica is kickass hardcore for the win, baby. That is all.