All it takes is one solar mass ejection and the reversal of the magnetic poles to ruin your whole day. The nature of the threat facing the heroes of Heroes Reborn became more pronounced this week with the revelation that the pending disaster is not man made, and that maybe Renatus, although still evil, was not the cause of it. Or is it? Things remain unclear, but at the same time I can’t argue that much of it isn’t compelling. Like all episodes of Heroes, we get answers that lead to more questions, which should be infuriating, but the show seems to have settled into a groove now that the stories are starting to come together.
The big moment this week was when Noah finally confronted Erica about Renatus’ intention with its basement full of evos and a seed bank ready to re-plant post-apocalypse. Erica infers that Noah knew about the plan, but sought a way to forget, presumably because he was overwhelmed by its insidiousness. Noah then asks Erica point blank if she was the one that had Claire killed, and thus by proxy was responsible for the events of June 13. Erica denies.
But what does the Odessa tragedy have to do with the coming solar storm apocalypse? The two are obviously connected because it was the day that Noah had his mind wiped, and since Noah seemingly had his mind wiped as a way to deal with knowledge of the coming calamity that he would rather not have, then it’s pretty clear that the show is drawing a line between those two dots. On top of that, Erica says that Hiro was at Odessa too, and that he had also been killed, which we know is a crock because we know that Hiro will be appearing on the show later this season. So if Hiro’s still alive… Well, you know the rest.
Meanwhile, Suresh’s name came up again, the supposed perpetrator of Odessa, and the one Erica seemed to name as the person responsible all too easily. Poor Tommy, interrogated by the Feds, also sees Suresh’s face on plasma screen of most wanted evos. Tommy gets his world turned upside down this week when he not only has to face the possibility of returning to a fugitive life, and getting evicted from his house, but he also learns that his mom isn’t his mom, hence the reason why he couldn’t donate his blood to save her.
Emily becomes a sensible voice of reason, and suggests to Tommy that he should learn from his mom the exact reason why she and him came together in the first place, and why she never shared with him that they weren’t blood relations. Enter the mysterious penny man Casper, who not only shakes Tommy loose of any further legal trouble with the ATF, but he shows up later to shed light on Tommy’s new persistent questions: Who am I? What’s going on? Are you my dad? Well, Casper reveals that Tommy’s destiny is to save the world. Tommy’s response, tough cookies!
Tommy isn’t the only one destined to save the world though. Malina and Farah arrive in St. Pierre, Quebec to meet their contact, but he’s not there. Farah calls a friend to get advice on what to do, but she doesn’t hear back before Harris and Renatus goons show up with “the Shadow,” whose spooky power seems to be to scare other evos out of being able to use their powers effectively. Sadly Farah dies and passes an envelope on to Malina who escapes. That friend Farah tried to reach out to? Casper. If you didn’t make the connection, that’s okay, I’m not sure the name of Pruitt Taylor Vince‘s character has even been used allowed on the show yet.
Things really didn’t go Renatus’ way this week. Ren’s gambit to get into the company with an impromptu cosplay party actually worked, and it allowed him and Miko the opportunity to get Hiro’s sword back despite the best efforts of Erica to stop that from happening. Miko also accidentally helps out Noah and Co. by breaking up Harris’ capture of Team Noah, but she didn’t stick around to get acquainted. Sadly this means going back into the video game world, which is not a development that excites me because I still don’t get how your superpower can be entering a very specific video game. By the way, maybe Miko could have waited till she and Ren could slink away from the scene of the crime before jumping back into the game?
Let’s talk about theories then. What if all these new, young characters – Miko, Tommy, Malina – are the children of the original heroes? Does that make sense? Not really, but the basis of this theory is more a felling. Why was Casper so cagey about not mentioning Tommy’s parents? If Miko is trying to save her father in the video game, why is the key the sword that once belonged to Hiro? On top of it all, we see Erica having those boxes from the seed bank transported somewhere but we know not where. Could those boxes have been sent to the future post-calamity, and if Erica could do that, is it also possible that the adult children of the heroes could have been sent back from the future?
The problem with that theory though is that we’re not really sure Erica can be trusted. And remember Molly’s warning, that she was not going to help Erica kill seven billion people. It implies heavily that no matter how altruistic Erica’s terrible actions may seem, she’s probably not as genuine as she’d like you to believe. I think it’s safe to say that there’s more going on with the calamity than meets the eye, and Erica may have no idea that there are other forces aligning to stop it outside of her immediate influence.
Now this is the part of the review, and I save it till last, where I complain about the Luke Collins problem. This week, every time we followed Zachary Levi‘s mopey, pointless, and derivative character, it zapped the episode of all momentum as soon as the scene change to Luke’s home in upstate New York. After crying over old home movies, selling his half of his dentistry practice to his partner, and then burning down the house, Luke leaves for parts unknown. Seriously Heroes either do something with this character, or just let him walk off stage into oblivion.