Now about one-third of the way now through the supposedly limited series that is Heroes Reborn, you might think that things would start coalescing and turning from conversations where everyone talks in code to conversations where the meaning is plain. And you would be wrong. While there are signs that the narrative is bringing the various characters together, what exactly they’re being brought together for is still unclear. What is this mysterious power of the Aurora Borealis? What does it want, and why is it bringing all these characters together? Four episodes later, nobody knows. Or is telling.
So I think we get that the Aurora Borealis is significant in some way, that was abundantly clear from as far back as that Super Bowl ad for Heroes Return, the one that was made long before a second of film on the series was actually shot. This week, all our characters looked up to the sky no matter where they were – Illinois, Los Angeles, Colorado, in a plane over the Pacific – and saw the Aurora Borealis. Why? Again, no one knows. But we do know that they’re all special, and are meant to do something. And that something probably isn’t being prisoners in Renautas.
More on that in a bit, but first let’s talk about why Heroes insists on having voiceovers from characters who have yet to appear. This week we hear from Hiro Nakamura, but we don’t see him, nor do we get a hint about when he might show up. Not that I’m eagerly anticipating more cameos from original Heroes characters, in fact the new characters have been the most engaging thing about the new series, but why bother with the voiceover at all? Even though first person narration is a tried and true trope of comic books, does Heroes at this point really need to prove that it’s so truly dedicated to the art form its based on? Aside from Barry Allen, not even actual comic book shows bother with a voiceover.
Okay, so let’s get back to the actual episode’s developments, which includes its first casualty. Molly Walker, stuck as a Renautas pawn, blew her brains out rather than be rescued by Noah, Quentin and Taylor. First of all, didn’t it seem kind of convenient that Taylor was so easily turned to helping Noah and Quentin. We know that Taylor was madly in love with the evo she caught Molly with, and that her mom was hiding something about his fate, and if you thought that he ended up as part of Erica’s evo collection then you’re much smarter than the Heroes writers give you credit for.
As for poor Molly, apparently she thought her existence will screw up whatever chance Noah et al have at saving the day, whatever the threat is, and whatever it is that the group has to do in order to stop it. Whatever the bad thing is, Molly says the lives of all seven billion plus people on Planet Earth are at stake. By sheer coincidence, Erica said that whatever Renautas is doing with the evos will save all seven billion plus people on Planet Earth. What are the odds that one of them is wrong, and it’s probably Erica? It’s hard to say what mystery is more infuriating, finding out what happened on June 13, or finding out what’s coming next.
On the subject of the former, Luke seems to embrace the idea that he’s an evo this week, which further churns up conflicted feelings about his and Joanne’s kill-all-the-evos mission. Luke’s ability is basically a low rent version of the Human Torch, except his power is activated in direct sunlight. That doesn’t explain why he was able to walk around in the sunshine with Joanne without looking like a sparkly vampire in Twilight, but it seems like the effect only works when the sunshine hits his skin through a window pane, like its a giant magnifying glass. If this story hasn’t felt like a dead end already, it hits an actual dead end this week with Luke and Joanne going separate ways. What is the point of these characters?
Last week’s cliffhanger where Tommy and his mom are caught in a car crash is resolved in that we learn both Tommy and his mom survived, but we don’t know who hit them aside from an off-mention of a “drunk driver.” But that’s not the end of the story for Tommy, who goes on a blood heist with Emily to get some O-negative for his mom, but in the process of trying to help her, he ends up exposing himself to the government as an evo. Some government goons come for Tommy in the end, and he’s not alone in looking at some time in potentially evil custody. Father Mauricio and Jose are picked up be the corrupt evo cops, and shortly after Jose finds out that his dad was a superhero and that he missed out on being Robin to his dad’s Batman. Meanwhile Carlos upgrades his brother’s old supersuit and makes himself a Batmobile.
Interestingly, the one segment that was more engaging this week was the one with Miko and Ren as they made their way to American and Renautus headquarters to get Hiro’s sword back. Even though the idea of having a super-power that allows you to enter a video game is still as ridiculous and pointless as it sounds, at least these two actors are developing a rapport, and there are a couple of delightful scenes of humor, which is something Heroes has been lacking. As to how having video game fanboys and girls showing up at Renautus in costume is going to help with the plan to get the sword back, I’m not sure, but at least it seems like an efforts being made to have Miko and Ren intersect with Noah’s group, thus tying a couple of loose strands together.
Meanwhile, Heroes continued to lay on the cryptic with Malina, the blonde girl in the Arctic that can stop(?) the Aurora Borealis, and her previously invisible guardian, Farah. They’re heading south now to join the action, which is a relief because every attempt to re-create the Arctic both practically and digitally has failed on the show, but since Farah is the one talking most vaguely about the threat of pending doom, it’s hard to say that I want here anywhere near the main action. Malina makes a tree grow this week, which was actually pretty cool, but fewer soliloquies about how nobody knows how important they are to the grand scheme and actually starting to show it would be nice starting in episode five.