In Heroes' midseason return, "A Clear and Present Danger," we were shown just that - a few months after we'd last seen our heroes, they were all in very real (clear and present anyone?) danger... but from who and how?
We first saw Tracy captured by a bunch of ninja-like SWAT team guys, which seemed like it could've been a number of issues since she's not the most innocent of our heroes, but then we saw Claire suspicious of what her grandma and two fathers were up to, leading her to search out Peter in NY, leading Peter to jump into a cab driven by Mohinder, and then leading Mohinder to have his cab hijacked by the nasty guy who became the obvious source of this hero danger.
Mohinder ended up showing us the most progress as he took off from the evil ninja SWAT team only to get saved by Noah, who, surprise, surprise, was also up to no good.
Okay, so honestly there, I thought Noah was saving Mohinder from those bad guys since I've started to have more faith in his intentions recently, but apparently he's all company-centric again, or there's something up his sleeve of which we aren't yet aware.
But on to the main point, we later saw Nathan having a chat with Peter, which made sure Peter did still have powers worth being captured for, and then Peter getting attacked and dragged off.
So this, plus the capture of Matt, Claire, and Hiro, led us to an airplane hanger with the very creepy scene of lines of heroes in orange suits with masks on including some not so pleasant knock-out drugs, where Nathan along with the white-haired bad guy were orchestrating whatever it was that was going on.
While Nathan didn't have a care in the world about capturing Tracy or Peter, he did seem to care about saving Claire, so off she went with major attitude of course, and with a couple of bad ass Claire moves, she busted out of her ride and jumped onto the plane before it took off.
So I'll give this Heroes return credit for being confusing, yes, but also doing a great job with the final scenes of Claire trying to take over the plane along with Peter and a few other heroes she woke up, and having Peter fighting meanwhile picking up random powers by landing on various passed out heroes was pretty awesome - especially when he picked up Tracy's freezing power which made Peter freeze off a piece of the plane - whoops!
We were left with Claire trying to take over the cockpit only to discover daddy (Noah) dearest up with the pilot, and Peter hanging on for dear life with Mohinder's help which didn't pull through as guards and heroes got whipped away through the torn section of the plane.
So where will this lead us and what on earth are Noah, Nathan, Angela and the ninjas trying to do to the heroes? It looks as if they're getting rounded up to be kept in a prison camp to keep them under control, or maybe they're looking to get rid of all the powers so nothing bad can result of them, but meanwhile not allowing the good powers to help out... very confusing! I think these developments were very interesting, but not exceptionally well-done as most of the episode was an obvious catch-up from where we left off, then just a mess of confusion and a big cliffhanger.
I did find the Sylar storyline alongside of all this capturing madness interesting, though not at all surprising that Sylar didn't actually die. I was glad to see Sylar's still bad enough that the team couldn't capture him, but I was confused about what that meant as far as his real dad - is it really the brother of the watchmaker or was that all to lure him into capture?
While I didn't love this episode, I thought it was a very good one, and as long as the rest of the season progresses and gives us more insight into what's going on, I think we could have a great finale coming our way!
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