What a return! Heroes may have taken a long break due to the strike, but after catching up with the special before the premiere, I was thrilled to have Heroes back!
Last season, we were introduced to a bunch of new heroes, leaving us with a bit of a scattered storyline and not really any interesting new characters. This season, we have a bunch of new villains, but it looks like a very strong focus on our original characters which is shaping up to make a very strong season.
We opened up with that scene of Claire pointing a gun at Peter that's been shown so much in the previews, and as it turns out, was 4 years in the future with Claire trying to stop Peter from returning to the past to do what? Why shoot his brother to stop him from announcing their powers, of course. Crazy!
I certainly didn't expect it to be Peter who shot Nathan considering he was standing right next to Nathan at the podium, but that, my friends, is the beauty of the multi-talented Peter Petrelli!
Besides the Nathan shooting, there was a lot more to be surprised by - and one of my most pleasant... or creepy... surprises was to see Sylar back on board the super-scary unstoppable villain train! He was a lot weaker and more human last season, so he wasn't nearly the huge bad guy so very feared like he was first season. It was very cool to see him back on his evil train and openly picking at Claire's brain... eeww!! But it was interesting to discover that Claire really can't die... and now neither can Sylar... dun dun dun! Oh right. And welcome to the Petrelli family, Sylar! What??
Another fascinating new storyline was Hiro discovering his new path now that his father is gone. What is this formula? I suppose it has to do something with the likes of Suresh's work of discovering how to give or take away powers... but since the newbie super-speeder, Daphne, stole it, we may just have to wait to work through that struggle before we find out much more about the actual formula.
But, speaking of Suresh, he's proving to be a more interesting character this season! As suspected from the previews, he does indeed inject himself with powers - and now he's... super-strength spiderman?? This should be interesting. It's fun to see some romance between characters as well with Suresh and Maya, but we'll see if that turns into anything or if Suresh is going to go a little too off his rocker.
The character return that was not so interesting was that of Niki - in an all new form of Tracy. We're still unclear about what happened to Niki considering it looked like she was a goner last season, but I guess she's okay-ish if Tracy is around. She's clearly going to be trouble for Nathan, but her multiple characters are just never all that fascinating in the overall scheme of things.
Elle, on the other hand, has become more interesting now that Sylar has taken out poor daddy - and her first reaction was to free Noah to help fight Sylar! Now with Elle angry but free of daddy's judgment, maybe we'll be getting some all new and interesting sides of her. But what's going to happen to Peter in that massive 5th floor escape? I was surprised to see Elle not react more to the guy saying he was Peter, but I guess she was a little busy.
Now with Noah on the loose, what will be his plan? And with Peter on the loose, but not as himself, what will happen to him? I don't think I trust this future Peter - very suspicious but intriguing - and sending Matt to the middle of nowhere in Africa - that's a pretty huge change in that butterfly effect issue!
We're left with a whole lot to wonder and look forward to with this big season premiere!
What did you think of the premiere?
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