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.
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.”
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.
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.