the Cheerleader, save the world"
In His Own Image
Upon learning of his father's death, genetics Professor Mohinder Suresh
begins to look into his research for a clue to why he was killed. When he
follows his father's trail to New York City, however, Mohinder learns that
someone else is on the trail of the same research. Someone who may kill
to protect the secrets of the next step in human evolution.
Don't Look Back
Los Angeles Police Officer Matt Parkman is working crowd control at a murder
scene when he alone begins to hear the muffled cries of a little girl somewhere
in the house. Claire's heroism brings her unwanted attention. Peter comes
closer to learning the truth about his and Nathan's powers. Hiro finds a
comic book, which leads him to Isaac.
One Giant Leap
Claire's romantic interlude with the football quarterback takes a tragic
turn. Hiro convinces his friend, Ando, that it is their destiny to travel
to America to save the world. Meanwhile, Nathan uses Peter's accident for
his own political gain. Officer Matt Parkman, Mohinder Suresh, and the FBI
are all on the trail of the mysterious Sylar.
After her night with Brody, Claire wakes up in the last place she would
have imagined. Matt meets a couple of men who seem to know too much about
him. Mohinder Suresh finds one of the heroes. Hiro's plan backfires in Las
Vegas. Linderman's assistant makes more trouble for Niki just as Nathan
arrives in Las Vegas to talk to the crooked casino owner about a campaign
contribution. Isaac paints a bleak future for Claire. Peter receives a cryptic
message from a very unexpected source.
Matt uses his abilities to help his marriage. Niki, distraught over another
blackout, arrives home to learn that her husband, D.L., has escaped from
prison. Claire tells her father about some of the things she's been through
lately. Down and out in Vegas, Hiro finally connects with another hero.
Peter must figure out what to do with the mysterious message.
Hiro and Ando plan to continue on their journey to New York, but they are
given a tempting offer by a high-roller while still in Las Vegas. Mr. Bennet,
the man in the horn-rimmed glasses, arranges a meeting for his daughter,
Claire, with her biological parents. Claire hopes that this meeting can
shed some light on her abilities. Hiro calls Isaac's again, but Peter answers
and is able to relay the message from the future. Mohinder returns to India
to bury his father, saying goodbye to Eden. Niki receives a surprise visitor
at her home.
Nothing to Hide
Niki opens up to a friend when her son becomes the subject of a crisis.
Hiro overcomes his doubts about his heroism. Nathan and his wife come up
with a strategy to win the election and Peter provides some unexpected assistance.
Claire finds out what happened to her missing videotape. Matt and Audrey
continue their investigation of the serial killer Sylar.
While mourning for his father in India, Suresh must determine how to proceed
after experiencing strange dreams of the past. Niki begins to understand
herself. As Hiro and Ando continue their trek to New York, they meet up
with an interesting person while stopping at a diner. Matt and Audrey follow
a lead regarding the mysterious Sylar, but it leads to something unexpected.
Claire focuses on getting ready for homecoming with the hopes of returning
to a normal life. Meanwhile her father is occupied with another hero, and
urgently requests his help.
Events in this episode take place on the day of Claire's Homecoming game.
Claire's father is growing desperate to stop the villain who is coming after
Claire. Nathan gets the painting from Linderman, and is horrified by what
it depicts. Mohinder's dreams hold secrets about his father. Ando waits
for Hiro who still has not returned from the past. Peter must try to save
the cheerleader and also himself.
Six Months Ago
This episode shows the heroes six months ago. Chandra Suresh, Mohinder's
father, arrives in New York looking for special people. He meets up with
an individual that embraces the chance to be unique. Peter graduates from
nursing school. Nathan plans to prosecute a case that could cause complications
for the Petrellis. Niki receives a visit from her father which brings out
the worst in her. Hiro tries to alter the future for someone important to
him. Claire discovers her abilities right after joining the cheerleading
squad, and her father meets up with someone special.
Peter is in police custody after being mistakenly arrested in Odessa, forcing
Nathan to take time out of his Congressional campaign. Claire deals with
the implications of telling her father the truth. Matt and Audrey pursue
a new lead in the hunt for Sylar unaware that Mr. Bennet has captured the
killer. Hiro and Ando arrive in Odessa, too late to "save the cheerleader."
Once in a while
a TV show comes along that becomes a worldwide phenomenon and 'Heroes' is
one of those shows.
A TV show to becoming
a global hit is a tall order as not everything travels to different parts
of the world, especially when you are dealing with American shows. There
have been some that have caught the imagination of audiences around world
however and all of these have had a science fiction or fantasy element to
them. 'The X-Files', 'Star Trek' and more recently 'Lost' were all or have
become part of popular culture and the most talked about shows. Tim Kring's
'Heroes' has quickly becoming one of those shows after just one season.
The success of
comic book movies like 'Batman Begins', 'Spider-Man', 'Superman Returns'
and most importantly the 'X-Men' franchise has made superheroes in vogue
again, so a TV show about ordinary people discovering they have special
abilities suddenly became very viable. Tim Kring took an approach that even
the most successful of the comic book adaptations didn't however, he made
a show that followed the conventions of the comic book genre to the letter.
From the storylines and the set up to the show to the publicity material
and Internet content, the show did everything right from the off to appeal
to comic book fans and build a core audience.
The key element
of the show and the main reason for its success is the instant connectivity
you have with the characters. This is a show with a large ensemble, a collection
of potential heroes, each with different powers and problems. You have Claire,
the cheerleader who instantly heals herself every time she is injured. Niki
who has a side to her is truly terrifying. Nathan Petrelli, running for
election in New York with an ability that will really make him fly. His
brother Peter, who believes he can take to the skies and can see the future.
Officer Matt Parkman can read people's thoughts and Hiro Nakamura has the
ability to stop time and even teleport himself anyway around the world and
through time itself. Everyone will find at least one of these characters
to connect with, as they are all going to be connected in one way or the
other throughout the season, leading to a climatic season finale to end
the first volume, entitled 'Genesis'.
The continuing story
and the introduction of both good and evil characters make the show compulsive
viewing from the off. As we see each character grow into their abilities
with differing levels of success and the evil characters craving the powers
that these individuals have for their own personal growth or gain. All of
them are heading towards one inevitable event however, a bomb is going to
explode and destroy New York.
The first half
of the first season of 'Heroes' is exceptionally good, building to something
that is truly fantastic and completely riveting. With excellent performances
from the ensemble cast and a continuing storyline that will have you clambering
to watch the next episode as soon as the one you are watching finishes and
that is very rare in a show, making 'Heroes' truly super.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen
16x9 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the series looks great.
View multiple deleted scenes from all of the first eleven episodes of
the first half of the first season of 'Heroes'.
Unaired Pilot: The Tim Kring
With optional commentary from series creator and executive producer Tim
Kring, watch the original pilot shown at the San Diego Comicon before
the season started. Here we much of what happened in 'In his own images'
but with added material that was later removed from the first show of
the season. This mostly revolves around the introduction of Officer Matt
Parkman and a terrorist storyline that was never continued in the series.
Making of (9.58 mins)
Creator/executive producer Tim Kring, co-executive producer Jeph Loeb
and stars Milo Ventimiglia, Hayden Pinsetters, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Masi
Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Ali Larter, Greg Grunberg and Leonard Roberts talk
about the creation of 'Heroes'. The short featurette talks about the approach
of the show and what it represents, the characters, casting and the success
of the show.
Special Effects (8.43 mins)
Visual effects supervisor Mark Kolpack and star Masi Oka talk about the
visual effects in the first season, highlighting when Hiro stops time
in the Tokyo market to save the schoolgirl.
The DVD treatment of the first
half of the first season of 'Heroes' is ok but because the season is split
in two, you don't get the whole package. The featurettes are fine and
the inclusion of unaired pilot will really please fans but the lack of
commentaries will be frustrating. This is still a decent package for fans
of the show, it is just a shame that they had to release the season in
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