Heroes Episode 3: Mother Dearest

This week on Heroes, we got to dig in a little more to the Sylar situation, the deal with Niki and Tracy, some intriguing moments with Claire and her mother, and more of an intro to the escaped villains.


As for the villains, I have to say I'm not quite sure they were on the 5th floor for being among the most dangerous. The guy's body Peter was stuck in can create giant, scary sound waves when he yells? Not so threatening really.


But I suppose we'll check back in for that verdict if we see HRG next week - while the villain didn't prove to be crazy tough this week, one of my favorite lines of this episode came from this villain right after HRG thanked him (as Peter) for helping him and the guy said, "Peter isn't here anymore." Uh oh!


Okay, so maybe these guys are a little dangerous. While we got a little idea of these guys this week, I'm hoping for much more baddie awesomeness to come.


As for the Peters? Craziness! It was pretty cool to see Future Peter zap Present Peter out of the bad guy's body. And that answers my question (kind of) as to how he trapped him there! Now where is Future Peter taking him? And why?


Ah, always plenty of questions after these episodes! And one of my biggest? Definitely what on earth is the deal with Niki/Jessica/Tracy, etc.? If we hadn't seen in promos that Ali Larter was going to be in the season, I would have been surprised to see any form of her appear in the premiere since it looked as if Niki died at the end of last season.


But then this week we discovered yes, Niki did die! But... how is Tracy around? I had gotten the idea from the Jessica incidents like her trapping Niki in a mirror that these different forms of Niki were all her, just more like different personalities than different people entirely.


But not so! As we discovered, Niki did die. So how is Tracy around? As it turns out, they are not all the same person, but a form of clone... or something... created by this "Dr. Zimmerman" who was noted as delivering each of the women who were born on the same day and look exactly alike but have different powers. Okay, this is the first time Ali Larter's characters have actually been interesting!


So we got plenty of mother time in this episode with the discovery of Micha being motherless, Claire having two mothers, and Sylar having a very creepy mother who doesn't mind feeding him people for his powers.


Now we're seeing Claire going bad girl, taking off to fight the villains when she hasn't yet learned anything about fighting besides a creepy lesson from her real mother about how nasty it is to suffocate... yeah, thanks mom. Meanwhile, Sylar is trying to figure out if he can fight the hunger to kill and it actually seems he may be interested in controlling or stopping it... how very bizarre.


It also looks like he'll be trying to be a good brother next episode, so what on earth is happening?


I was really liking Sylar being a nasty villain again last week, but are we meant to have a much more complex Sylar than just a villain with a few weak moments? It seems as if.


I'm most looking forward to exploring this Sylar situation, along with that with Tracy, and getting back to what on earth is going on with Suresh! Matt is also having an interesting time in Africa, so it seems there will be a lot more to see play out there as well - can't wait!


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Sep 30, 2008 3:44PM EDT

i was let down by 3rd episode. on strength of first 2 episodes i decided 2 dismiss critics and give season 2 a go. i hadnt viewed it first time round. i actually quite enjoyed it. liked the hiro story arc in japan, the twist with kenzei in season 2 episode 7, the time travel element and the black girl who has muscle memory. all gr8 ideas with nice plot development in place of adrenaline buzz. season 2 was criminally under rated (although not as good as first). however, i agree with the previous poster- hiro and peters ineptitude with time travel is pity some. freezing time alone could have solved most of the problems in seasons 1 and 2 and destroyed the foes.
like fringe, im being let down a couple of episodes in...

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Sep 30, 2008 5:26PM EDT

I also found Jesse's power disappointing. The whole thing in the premiere where they said something like: "You don't even want to know" about Jesse's power was cheesy but at least I expected some awesome power after that, not a rip off from Heroes webisodes.

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Sep 30, 2008 5:33PM EDT

I just want to know why Angela Petrelli basically fed that girl to Sylar at the beginning of the 3rd episode. The girls ability was she could see where anything has been after touching it. Why would Sylar need this ability?

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Sep 30, 2008 6:47PM EDT

hmmm... this show is awful .. that's all i got to say.

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Sep 30, 2008 10:53PM EDT

If sylar is going to be running around catching bad guys he'll be needing that girls powers to guide him towards them, just think about it if he touches something he'll know whatever happened to that object, place or person, this will give him enough information to deduce what' ll happen next, there is so many things you can do with this power, this ability can be very underrated.

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Oct 1, 2008 7:18PM EDT

I think that in heroes, there's like two people with the same powerThe african--Issac Mandez (draw the future)Claire--Adam (Kensei) (can't die)Mlly's father--Tracy (freeze)Nathan--West (flying)Peter----Sylar (almost the same)Hiro-----the speedgirl (it's a power who involved time)Peter'mom*---the little Indien (see stuff in the dreams)
*Peter's mom can see stuff in her dreams. that would explain the facts that Peter had those dreams in the first season, he tooked it from his momy

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Oct 1, 2008 7:58PM EDT

I got kinda confused. The new viellains are bit unimpressive. I mean Claire's mom has the same power as this guy with the blue flames, they just chose different paths, while Claire's mother either stays out of any fight or protects others, this guy kills humans. But I think Syler is much more dangerous and he wasn't even on Level 5 (I mean whenever he got caught by the company members)also Jesse's power is pretty lame, I though his ability would either be very destructable (as in he not only moves things away but destroys them at the same time) or some ability that can cause great mental pain. HRG sounded quite horrified when he told Claire about him and all of them.Knox's ability has something to do with fear, but we didn't get to see how it properly works, I mean he basically killed the guy without much effort or concentration.
Also the Nikki/Tracy situation irritates me. poor micah..
I can't believe how Hiro isn't fast enough to stop time whenever daphne interferes. Or he could just go back in time to prevent it. It's so annoying that someone with such great abilities is so slow in learning how to control and use them.

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Oct 2, 2008 6:13AM EDT

*Knox's ability has something to do with fear, but we didn't get to see how it properly* he can sense some1's fear and turn it into superhuman strength (like jessica had) and did sylar really got that freezing power from molly's dad?? tht reminds me... where's molly at in this season?? also i wanna know when monica will be back on... she was pretty useless last season, the only thing she did was discover her powers and use them to get caught stealing, and getting trapped in a burning house afterwards

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