Heroes Reborn Finale Sails Off After the HELE (Recap/Review)

Sadly Tim Krings’ newest attempt at Heroes (the Reborn verse) did not pull in enough viewers, or interest, to keep the series on air after its first season.

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Sadly Tim Krings’ newest attempt at  Heroes (the Reborn verse) did not pull in enough viewers, or interest, to keep the series on air after its first season. On Thursday, the show’s finale sailed off after the HELE, which Tommy, Noah and Malina stopped,leaving behind a   “tantalizing” clue as to who the twins’ father was and that he was returning.

Sidenote: It is pretty obvious that the clues left at the end of the show meant that Sylar must be the kids’ father. Or…Nathan Petrelli…Or…the show could have been alluding to the “honorary” dad, Hiro Nakamura. Of course all this conjecture is now moot, as the show has been cancelled. 

Tommy is trapped by Erica and he powers the time machine transporting all who wear the watches 7K years (plus) into the future. Inside of Evernow after Otomo placed him there, the boy remembers that he can be in two places at once.

Back in the past, Quentin, Malina and Luke face the first blast of the HELE and Collins sacrifices himself to allow Malina the chance to stop the second blast.

In the future part of the finale there is a long expository bit where Tommy has to remember his own memories in order to escape Evernow.

These memories explain just how he and his sister will be able to save the world, although it does take a long time “round the barn” to let the viewer in on the whole thing.  A third person is needed, when the two combine their powers, someone who is willing to sacrifice themselves.

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The doomed Phoebe…

Back in the past Quentin and Malina move inside the Odessa clock tower were an angry Phoebe tries to kill the savior of the world. Poor Quentin ends up killing his sister to save Malina. It seems that it was preordained that Frady would end up doing this, a bitter twist to his tale of brotherly love.

In the future, Ren and Emily release Hachiro and the real Miko Otomo. Ren is overjoyed to find Katana Girl again, but she does not know Shimosawa. Erica’s toady, Schwenkman  shows up with a gun, but Hachiro kills him. After explaining to Ren that he must save Tommy, and that he is the only player of Evernow who can. the young man is sent into the game where he is once again reunited with Katana Girl.

The game is dying, as is Katana Girl, but the two fight their way to where Tommy is being held.  As Ren unlocks the door, more exposition in the form of memories are presented and once Shimosawa opens the door, he leaves the game. Before going, Katana Girl tells him that she has a feeling they will meet again.

Tommy, who now knows that he can be in two places at once, has a very short stand off with the villainous Erica, which of course he wins as he can be in two places at the same time. Freezing time, he frees the innocent and sets Kravid up for death.

Back in the past, a prolonged attempt to save the world takes place. Tommy has to remember more memories and then retrieves Noah who must sacrifice himself for the twins’ power to work.

Cue the solar flare being defeated via a “Fifth Element” style blast from Noah, as the crucial part of the twin’s defense.

After the event, Quentin Frady is in custody and being question by two “men in black.” The evos have moved on and both Tommy and Malina get what appear to be Taro calling cards from their real father.

Sadly, this tantalizing clue to what would have lay in store for a non existent season two, will never happen and this attempt to regenerate the Heroes verse ends with the finale of Project Reborn.

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Erica about to learn that nothing is impossible…

There were nice touches in the last episode, Tommy referencing Hiro’s “smallest butterfly” schtick, a glimpse of Ren and the “real” Katana Girl practicing Kendo while Hachiro Otomo looks on smiling. Not to mention the long overdue death of Erica Kravid.  Perhaps Tim Kring can revisit the Heroes verse after another long hiatus. A new title could be Heroes Re-Reborn

 

Heroes Reborn: Send in the Clones (Recap/Review)

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The return of Heroes Reborn cranks up the action, with Send in the Clones. The series finally sees a number of things come to a head. Katana Girl (Kiki Sukezane, at long last, faces her nemesis, Harris Prime  (Clé Bennett), Carlos and Farah rescue Micah Sanders (Noah Gray-Cabey), Malina and Luke Collins overpower Phoebe and Quentin Frady, and Tommy gets caught out by Erica Kravid. 

Matt  Parkman  gets away from The Haitian and captures Taylor Kravid in a bit to force Erica to allow him and his family to travel to the future. Farah reveals the existence of Malina and Tommy to Carlos, The Haitian, and Taylor Kravid which instigates the search for Micah.

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Matt and Taylor (Greg Grunberg and Eve Harlow)

A lot of threads are neatly tied up in this episode.  Although Noah Bennett (Jack Coleman) is still missing after being saved from certain death in the last episode.  The big payoff in Send in the Clones, is the battle between Katana Girl and Prime as well as her “end” after winning.

Erica Kravid is revealed to be a truly evil villain and she recruits Luke’s ex Joanne (Judith Shekoni) to hunt down Malina (Danika Yarosh) and Collins, which Kravid explains should be an “added incentive.”  

The build up of the “death” of Katana Girl provides many touching moments. She talks with her father Hachiro Otomo (Hiro Kanazawa) as well as Tommy, where she tells him to relay to Ren Shimosawa that she “loves him too.”  

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Kiki Sukezane and Robbie Kay as Katana Girl/Miko Otomo and Tommy Clark.

Also during the scene with Tommy, Katana Girl learns of the comic book that foretells the future of Tommy, and, apparently Miko Otomo as well. Clark believes that since the girl is in the comic that she too must be crucial to saving the world.

For all the emotional tugging of heartstrings, the battle between the computer game construct and the main clone is satisfying. Her “sacrifice-play” is brilliant and cheer worthy.

Malina and Luke are confronted by a Prime clone, Phoebe and Quentin in a cornfield. After a tense stand off, Phoebe captures Malina and begins to kill her. Luke comes up and knocks out Phoebe. He then “fries” the Harris clone and gets the drop on Quentin.

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Zachary Levi and Danika Yarosh.

Back at Sunstone, after Matt gets control of Taylor, he kills two more clones and escapes with Erica’s daughter. The end of the episode sees Tommy under the control of Erica and two groups heading for Odessa, TX.

In the one car Matt Parkman and Taylor, in the other vehicle Luke, Malina, Phoebe and Quentin are all heading to the same destination with only miles separating the two.  Meanwhile the HELE has begun and the flames which will wipe out the earth’s denizens and destroy the planet are on their way.

With only two more episodes left of this season, Heroes Reborn has more threads that will need to be tied up for the finale. Finding Noah Bennett, defeating Erica Kravid and saving the planet all still need to happen for things to “turn out all right.” Two big questions remain.  When Malina and Tommy get together, will he take over her enormous power? And will Miko Otomo really be crucial to saving the world?

Heroes Reborn airs Thursdays on NBC. Tune in for the last two episodes and see who wins, Erica Kravid or the Evos.

 

Heroes Reborn: 11:53 to Odessa (Review)

Heroes Reborn: 11:53 to Odessa springs forward to both the post apocalyptic future and to Erica Kravid’s utopian city Gateway. Nathan/Tommy has replaced Hiro Nakamura.

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Heroes Reborn: 11:53 to Odessa springs forward to both the post apocalyptic future and to Erica Kravid’s utopian city Gateway. Nathan/Tommy  has replaced Hiro Nakamura as the master of time and space, although Hiro is still around as he is powering the time bridge.

Miko returns to save Tommy and evades Kravid. Afterward Noah is apparently also saved by Tommy, although it is not clear whose time-traveling hand grabbed Bennet and kept him from being smashed flat by a flying car.

The Haitian and Taylor Kravid take on Sunstone Manor and Matt Parkman and the first cracks appear in Phoebe and Quentin’s relationship.  Another “butterfly” appears in that Hachiro Otomo’s real life daughter is not dead but being held by Erica Kravid.  Harris Prime appears to have hundreds of clones of himself and Malina joins up with Luke Collins while believing that her grandfather is dead.

Parkman (Greg Grunberg) turns out to be a nasty bit of work who screams at a  captive Farah Nazan (Nazneen Contractorwhile pointing a gun at Carlos’ head, “This is easy for me.” It appears that Matt is so paranoid that he will get left behind by Kravid that he will do anything to ensure his survival.

Ren Shimosawa (Toru Uchikado) is approached by the “digital” version of Hachiro Otomo (Hiro Kanagawa) and sent to help Miko (Kiki Sukezane) he must travel the time bridge to arrive in the future. Malina stops the mega storm that “kills” Noah and she has to flee the scene with Luke when the normals threatens to kill the powerful evo.

Erica manages to turn Tommy/Nathan to her plan, but Katana Girl rescues the teenager when an overconfident Kravid believes that the boy will follow her lies.  Another interesting twist as Miko saves the master of time (Nathan) and not Hiro, whom she rescued the first time around.

Farah and Carlos escape and meet up with Taylor and all the Hero Truther group have to flee from what looks to be hundreds of Harris Primes. Also fleeing are Luke Collins (Zachary Levi) and Malina (Danika Yarosh) as well as Nathan and Miko, who apparently stop by to save Noah from the car.

Things are confusing by the time the end credits roll. Noah, Nathan and Miko are missing and it appears that Ren will be joining the future world of “Gateway” only to find that Katana Girl is not there.  The Japanese gamer may be the one who frees Hiro, again, and it is not certain just yet were The Haitian fits in the scheme of things although he is part of the Hero Truther group.

A grown up Micah Saunders  (played by the same actor who portrayed Saunders as a child in the first iteration of Tim Kring’s Heroes Noah Gray-Cabey) is approached by Matt and it seems the adult version of Micah is just as  powerful.

This is the mid-season finale, or “fall finale” and with three episodes left in the first season and with no news of NBC approving the show for a second outing, there may be  a lot left to resolve when the series returns in January 2016. With only three more episodes to finish the story, Kring will have to amp up the storytelling and weave the many conflicting threads that bit faster.

As NBC has not been overly supportive of its other new show, The Player (just cancelled) Heroes Reborn may not return to resolve outstanding plot points and grey areas yet to be addressed.

Heroes Reborn: June 13th Part 2 – Biggest Butterfly (Review)

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In the second half of the Heroes Reborn two-parter; June 13th Part 2, we finally get the back stories on a number of things. Such as why Tommy has no idea who his “father” is.  There are other things that come full circle and Noah Bennet, with his attempted murder of Erica Kravid, steps on the “biggest butterfly” and this will bite him in the butt “back in the future” where a live Quentin Frady awaits.

It is revealed that Nathan shares more than his uncle’s name, he absorbs the power of evos he comes in contact with, first absorbing mom Claire’s ability to self heal and then Hiro’s time travel and transportation skills.  We witness the “birth” of Miko Otomo, aka Katana Girl, and the apparent death of her “father.”

We also see the moment that Joanne Collins becomes a homicidal maniac, when the freeze evo comes to thank Luke for saving his life at the Odessa bomb site. After attacking the man, who flings her off in self defense, she comes back with some scissors and stabs the evo to death.

Despite best attempts by Hiro, “future” Noah and Angela Petrelli the twins are now in jeopardy because of Bennet’s impulsive assassination attempt on Kravid.  As his past self tells him, he stepped on the biggest butterfly. The ramifications are pretty wide reaching, for example in the future, Phoebe does not kill her brother who is working for Erica. Leaving him to betray Noah by passing on the information about Claire’s twins.

This two parter finishes with enough twists and turns to make the viewer dizzy trying to track each new and old storyline.  On one hand, it was pretty cool to see a Tommy who knew who he was, who his father was,  and could speak fluent Japanese, on the other, it was sad to see what looked like the imminent death of Hiro Nakamura and his betrayer Hachrio Otomo.

It was nice to see the return of Katana Girl and to learn more about Malina’s mentor and bodyguard Farah Nazan, the same woman who pins the label of hero onto Carlos Gutierrez. This action makes Carlos into the hero he later becomes as Farah tells him:

“If you’re uncomfortable with an honor you don’t deserve… live up to it.”

The “war hero” does just that and later tries to save his nephew and the priest as well as stepping in for the real El Vengador.

As Hiro says to Noah, one of them at least, Claire’s father stepped on a huge butterfly.  Tim Kring has woven all the story threads together for an intricate spiderweb of time and destinies. More old faces return, even as more leave, Suresh’s death proceeded the return of Matt Parkman who works for the “dark side.”

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What will happen to Malina’s powers when she and Nathan meet?

Collins’ backstory, the death of Dennis and Joanne’s murder of the “ice” evo was shocking and revealed so much about the couple.

A real stand out moment was Otomo’s creation of Miko from the game Evernow.  Which brings us back to the question of just where Hiro is in the present and what will happen when his  “son” who has taken Nakamura’s power meets back up with his twin sister.

This was a real mind boggling episode and fans of the series will be wondering just what will happen now that the Quentin Frady “butterfly” has become a minion of Erica Kravid.

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Hiro with Baby Nathan…

Heroes Reborn airs Thursdays on NBC and continues to weave those storylines. Tune in and see just how much Noah’s butterfly will change the verse and whether Hiro survives his fight with the three Harris Primes…

 

Heroes Reborn: June 13th Part 1 (Review)

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In Heroes Reborn June 13th Part 1 a lot of things are revealed, not least of which is just who “Tommy” and Malina really are.  Their true identities come to light and we finally learn just what happened at Odessa.  A face from the past shows up at the start of the episode; Angela Petrelli (mother of Nathan and Peter) who tries to warn Mohinder Suresh that Erica Kravid has been lying to him and to the world.

While the long awaited arrival of Hiro Nakamura heralded a new turning point and allowed Noah to try to stop the Odessa bombing, there were too many “butterflies” and things could not be altered.

Claire dies, twice in essence, but gives birth to twins who will save the world. Now at least the origins of Tommy (Nathan) and Malina are uncovered and the source of their power explained to a degree. Hiro sends the two babies back to 1999 (his line of “partying like its 1999” was priceless) and once again the whole question of fate and time travel becomes either an issue or a brilliant plot point.

On a sidenote, the scene from the previous episode where Claire and Tommy are in Paris and she shows him “The 9th Wonder” comic book in French reveals a foretelling of this week’s information about who the boy really is. She finds the comic and the title is “Nathan Visits the Future” and Claire tells him the character on the cover looks like him. In keeping with the lore of the verse thus far, it is him. 

Tommy is Nathan, named for his uncle, by his grandmother.  While this whole thing feels a little like the novelty song, I’m My Own Grandpa, it also points out the whole Hiro “fate” and time changing conundrum.

At the start of the new series, Hiro is apparently tricked into the game Evernow where he cannot used his evo powers to escape.  Evo game designer Hachiro Otomo (Hiro Kanagawa) grabs hold of Hiro (Masi Oka) and, like the character he designs; “Katana Girl,” the designer can enter into his own game and this allows him to trap Hiro there.

On a sidenote, Hiro Kanagawa is one busy performer with appearances in iZombie, Dark Matter, The Returned, The Whispers, and a number of other televisions shows on top of the 2014 Godzilla.

As well as Hiro being trapped at the time of the Odessa Summit explosion, Tommy (Nathan) and Malina are shown as teenagers, which means that they have already been sent back to 1999 by Hiro to save them from Erica Kravid.  In essence,  proving that Hiro’s assertions that fate cannot be changed means that the explosion was never going to be stopped and that these two teens will in fact save the world.

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One of the Noah’s with Molly…After the Odessa explosion.

All this before the second part of June 13th even airs. There have been grumbles about this  new look at Tim Kring’s verse not following the first season of his previous show Heroes.   Viewers who were expecting a “season five” of the first show, should stop watching now. They should also remember that, for the most part, the series never really had the same appeal or excitement level after the first season.

Too many new characters introduced in season two detracted from the show. This meant a watering down of the verse and even detracted from the only real interesting storyline of the second season, Hiro’s time travel back to the days of Kensei, whose sword he is attached to in the first season.

Of course the entire sphere of time travel, even without Hiro’s butterfly paranoia, is tricky at best and really just so much smoke and mirrors. For instance, Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) is not only  occupying the same space, a no-no according to most time travel films, he is about to interact with himself as well.

This episode sees Phoebe’s transformation, Dennis’ disappearance and the “apparent’ death of Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy).  As some viewer comments on the IMDb message board, why did Hiro save Mohinder only to let him die moments later.  The easy answer is the butterfly theory of Hiro’s where seemingly if it is one’s fate, it cannot be changed. 

This means Mohinder was meant to die, which then begs the question, why is he still “narrating” the episodes?  The point is this…Does it matter?

Not really.

Heroes Reborn is clever, witty, full of twists and turns and has some epic moments in it. Example: Katana Girl and the ability to enter the video game Evernow by pulling the Kensei sword from its scabbard.  This is imaginative telly  and viewers who cannot enjoy the show are definitely “over-thinking” it.

The series airs Thursdays on NBC. Tune in and see the second part of June 13th and see what Hiro does next in the tale of Nathan and Malina. Do not forget, that at the end of the episode we see Nathan celebrating his birthday with mom (the nurse at St Judes) who gives him  a cupcake with a single candle on it.  Is this an allegory? Watch the series and see.

 

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