As the "Heroes" second season gets rolling, there's already a lot of information to keep track of and it's going to keep coming. In tonight's episode titled "Kindred," the mystery is added to and a new cast member is revealed when "Star Trek's" Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, joins the cast. Here's the network description for tonight's episode:
BOTH IN PAST AND PRESENT, SEVERAL HEROES MAKE SHOCKING DISCOVERIES -- NIKI AND MICAH RETURN -- Upon his return to New York, Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is unnerved to find an undiscovered Issac Mendez painting that foretells death of someone close to him. Both Claire (Hayden Panettiere) and H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) pursue their own secret personal agendas. Determined to make it to the U.S., Maya (Dania Ramirez) uses her deadly abilities to free Alejandro (Shalim Ortiz) from a Mexican jail. Ando (James Kyson Lee) returns to his job in Japan and makes a happy discovery. Meanwhile, in Japan's past, just when Hiro (Masi Oka) had written off Kensei (David Anders), his childhood hero surprises him. Niki (Ali Larter) and Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) leave Las Vegas in an attempt to start over. Later, Niki and a lost Hero individually strike shady bargains to reach their goals. Two familiar people with abilities make an unexpected return. Dana Davis, Noah Gray-Cabey, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Milo Ventimiglia also star. Nick D'Agosto, Katie Carr, Ashley Crow, Cristine Rose, Barry Shabaka Henley, Dominic Keating, Holt McCallany, Eriko Tamura, Adair Tishler and Stephen Tobolowsky guest star.
As we do each and every week there's a new episode, "Heroes" writers/producers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite stop by to answer your questions about the show. How can you get involved? It's easy, simply e-mail Jonah Weiland with the subject line "Heroes Questions" and we'll consider them for inclusion in next week's edition.
Before we get to the Q&A, we have some very important business to attend to. Friday night, October 5th, at 10:06 PM, a new hero was born: Daniella Rose Coleite, 9 pounds, 4 ounces, 22 inches. The entire CBR family congratulates Aron and his lovely wife on the arrival of their baby girl. No word on if she's exhibiting any powers yet, but I'm sure they're keeping a close eye on her.
Allright, time for the questions which were asked by you as well as CBR staffers Dave Richards, George Tramountanas and Remy Minnick and compiled by Jonah Weiland.
Joe and Aron, as always, thanks for joining us once again. First up this week is Ryan Stewart with a question about the city the Bennett's call home. "The Bennett (or is it Butler?) family live in Costa Verde, CA. Is this based on a real city? This appears to be the a fictional city in 'Heroes.' Why?"
Odessa, TX was chosen for it's mythic name. The Odyssey being the quintessential Hero's Journey. Season two's town plays on another Joseph Campbell theme: Water. As a unifying agent that connects all cultures across the world. Costa Verde, or "The Green Coast" seemed to be a great city in that tradition. (Plus it is easier to clear things legally when you've made up the place.)
LoveRiot has two questions for you gents. "I've heard that a 'Heroes Magazine' would be forthcoming. Any date for that?
On your local newsstands November 20th.
LoveRiot continues, "Also, when Bob was recruiting Mohinder, he mentioned 'The Company' started with a group of 30. Later in the same episode, Kaito Nakamura mentions 'The Company' as a group of 12, with only 9 remaining (now 8!) Is this the same 'company?' If not, are the two groups aware of each other?"
It is the same company. One is a subset of the other.
Karen Miller asks, "In the last BEHIND THE ECLIPSE you said that Peter's cool new electricity power was something he'd absorbed from someone he'd met in the four months between seasons 1 and 2. Will he meet this person again later this season?"
She'll come looking for him. That's all we can say.
Ohhh, nice tease! Something to look forward to, Karen.
Ravelock has monkeys on the brain. "Is there a significance to the word 'primate' being part of the 'Primatech' name?"
Now there is. Thanks, Ravelock!
Ohhh, Kyle's been paying attention and has an interesting theory about Mr. Nakamura's killer. "In 'Four Months Back' Nathan bumped into Ando right before Mr. Nakamura received the death notice. Nathan was also in perfect position to place his mother's picture before he stepped inside the apartment. He would also be able to survive a jump off a building. Am I on to something?" Or, is he just on something?
Why must the two be mutually exclusive?
Amelie asks, "We just saw that Claire can regrow part of her body as an extension of her power. Will we see something similar with Nathan and his flying power? It's quite abnormal for people to fly supersonic without getting their skin ripped apart." It's also a bit abnormal for people to fly, but ya know. Guys?
"It's quite abnormal for people to fly supersonic without getting their skin ripped apart" might be the all time greatest statement ever made in one of these questions. Amelie, much like your movie-namesake, you've taught us how to smile again.
Rachel H writes in with some praise and an interrogative that we received from numerous readers this week. "First off, awesome episode! I was watching with seven other people and there was a collective 'OHHHHHH' when Claire eyed the scissors, the toe went flying and the stump grew back. Awesome effects! My question: We've been told that Peter can only access his powers by remembering the people with those powers. However, in 'Lizards,' amnesiac Peter exhibits quite a few powers (awesomely, I might add). Does this mean he remembers more than he lets on?" Or have we discovered his powers may work more instinctually?
Peter has learned and will continue to learn that's it's more about his heart than his memory.
Rolando Ramon attempts to connect the generational dots. "Could Kensei be an ancestor of Nathan and Peter as well as Claire, since he seems to have the same power as Claire? Not to mention that Mrs. Petrelli said his symbol is the same one used for her husbands law firm."
Hmm… indeed! Keep trying, Rolando - you may be on to something.
Ryan Gibson writes to ask, "Great to see BEHIND THE ECLIPSE back in action! Now, regarding the healer who sees the blackness in Maya - is she an evolved human? If so, what is her power? Will we see her again?"
We don't know.
No, we wont. Ever.
Rei Mehari wants to know about Costa Verde's other super powered individual. "I don't suppose West is named after Adam West ('60s Batman), is he? Or Wally West, the current Flash?"
West is named after West Rosen. A cool, young super-hero enthusiast who also happens to be Tim Kring's nephew.
Eric Luong wrote in with three great questions, so we're using 'em all. Take it away Eric! "Isaac's paintings were a big driving force behind the plot in Season One. In my opinion, the revelation that there remain seven unfulfilled paintings (not including the one we've seen, of Kaito) was rather clever. Will the set of eight paintings be our only predictive glimpses into the future, or will Tim Sale be lending his talents to the hand of another hero this season?
The set of eight paintings could very well be the last art we ever see from Isaac. But take a close look at Peter's art style…
"The woman who was taken down by Maya was revived by Alejandro's powers - was it simply that she hadn't quite die yet? Is there a time limit to Alejandro's powers, i.e. after so many minutes, he can't save them?
Yes. Simply, she hadn't died yet. Once people die, all Alejandro can do is pray and grab a shovel.
"Finally, did Peter get his electricity from the man Mohinder met in comics 49 and 50, 'Blackout?'"
Finally, no. (and you're right, those were all great questions)
Nicely done, Eric. OK, Memnarch writes to ask, " Alejandro's ability seems to have something to do with absorption, at least as far as his sister's power is concerned. Would this absorption have other potential applications as well?"
You mean, like, he could read TV Guide and know what time everything was on?
Thomas Bonjean writes from France with a theory about Kensei. "Is the regeneration power of Claire and Kenseï also slowly aging them? If yes, it seems that Kenseï could possibly still be alive, could be the mysterious killer and it would explain why Kenseï's symbol is still important. The 'ancient' generation of heroes could have stolen their powerful society from Kensei, who would have had 400 years to build it with certain knowledge of the future through Hiro and those like Isaac."
Thomas. If you're writing about episode 212 from France, we're only assume you've downloaded the show illegally. You hear that sound? It's our disapproving glare.
Jason Aquino's jumping ahead a bit with his question. "In a recently released description of episode five, it lists Alan Blumenfeld to appear in 'Fight or Flight.' Coincidentally, that's the episode in which we are supposed to find out who Molly's 'Worse Than The Boogyman' person is. Seeing that Alan Blumenfeld looks to be about the right age, could he be that person?"
Jason, great sleuthing, but we're a little disappointed in you, too. All that research and you couldn't get to the real cool tidbit about Alan Blumefeld? Like whose father he played in a previous series?
Jason, looks like you've got some work to do. Allen Jim wrote in with the best question this week concerning Claire's regenerative powers. Take it away Allen! "If Claire's head was chopped off, will her body grow a new head or will her head grow a new body?"
We hope to never answer that question. But our guess would be head grows body, since it's all about the brain. But check out the next question for more on that…
Aidy Wyatt came in a close second behind Allen. "Now we know that Claire can regrow toes and, presumably, larger limbs, but I'm wondering what the limits are. If she were stuck on a desert island with no food, could she sustain herself by constantly cutting off, eating and regrowing her legs? Or would the energy that she has to expend in regrowing them be more than the energy she would gain from eating them?" Ohhh, "Heroes/Lost" cross-over where Claire feeds the inhabitants of the island! OK, that's a bad idea.
Everything in our world is still science based. And so far, in our world, matter can neither be created or destroyed. So Claire will have to work out a deal with Locke where she's Boar-Bait.
Bubba Blue invoked our favorite little dude, so he gets his question in this week. "We didn't see what happened to Claire's toe after she snipped it off her foot. Did Mr. Muggles find himself a snacky-poo?"
Bubba, you're disgusting. No, that little piggie, according to legend, simply went to market.
OK, let's get serious again. Peter Dawson wants to know more about our Latin twins. "Well Maya is certainly a freaky one! Should we be viewing Maya and Alejandro as having each gotten half of a power due to being twins or did they just somehow luck out by being born with powers to balance each other out? And can you give us some idea of what their power actually is?"
The twin theory seems to fit the bill.
And we can certainly give you some idea as to what their power is. Lets, see. The easiest way is to step it out. How bout we do it in weekly installments. What are you doing, I dunno, Mondays at 9?
Watching "Heroes!" Damon's looking to get you in trouble with one of your biggest advertisers. "Claire's Nissan Rogue is a big part of the product placement, so may we assume that we'll find out what happened to it, and that she will get it back? As a matter of fact, one of the standard features of the Nissan Rogue is the Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, which makes it almost impossible for anyone to steal your car without your actual key. A microchip inside the key sends a signal telling the engine to start. Without the key, the chip, and the signal, Claire's Rogue won't start. The only possibility is that it was towed."
Astute question, Damon. The Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer Key System makes it more difficult for anyone to steal your car without your actual key. Of course, this safety measure becomes moot when one simply circumvents the ignition system. There are several methods to take the ignition out of the loop. One involves an Alan wrench, another a guy we know, but for the initiated, there is a device called a by-pass module (necessary anytime you replace the factory alarm with an aftermarket alarm) which would serve your needs. (They run for about $69USD).
But we suspect you know that already, don't you Damon.
Wow, suddenly BTE has turned into a "Gone In 60 Seconds" Q&A.
Thanks to all our readers for some great questions this week. Remember, you can play along from home by simply e-mailing your questions to Jonah Weiland with the subject line "Heroes Question."
Now, it's our turn. In addition to the electrical powers, we also see Peter use telekinesis, which he hasn't before. Can we assume then that he can pick up powers that Sylar has stolen, and that he now has all of the stolen Sylar powers?
Gasp. We have to admit, for the first time ever, we're a little let down by a CBR originated question. In fact, we can't even answer it, so we're asking our good friend Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons for an assist.
Comic Book Guy: If you recall, in episode 116, entitled "Unexpected", the invisible man Claude was training Peter atop the Deveaux Rooftop. As Claude came at Peter with a formidable stick, Peter stops it telekinetically, he asks "Which one of your sorry lot of friends had Telekinesis". Peter thinks and references that guy who was chasing Claire in episode 9, entitled "Homecoming."
(insert pompous huff here)
I will now gloat about your ignorance on the Ain't it Cool boards.
Oh, man, we're screwed. And clearly getting old. Our brains be shriveling.
Are Maya and Alejandro in the mold of the heroes "Cloak and Dagger?"
That 80's movie with Dabney Coleman and Eliot from ET? No.
Woah, there's the obscure reference of the week!
Considering Mohinder and Parkman (and Noah) have Molly in their possession, it seems they have a powerful weapon in terms of stopping Primatech. Couldn't they find where any of the Primatech Heroes are by using her abilities?
Who are the Primatech Heroes you speak of? Are they monkeys as Ravelock suggested?
Is it just us or is there something sinister about West? He comes across as the type of kid you'd see following Magneto in an "X-Men" comic.
Let's wait and see…
In "Lizards," we had the most subtitles of any episode so far. If we remember right, there was some initial resistance by NBC during the first season to allow subtitles at all. How has that changed and is there much resistance to it this season?
A little thing called Hiro being the breakout character of the television season made subtitles a non-stinker.
Our mysterious assailant seemed to be able to turn invisible, much like fan favorite character Claude. Claude had noted when meeting Peter that he had seen some others with his ability. Might our mystery villain indeed be someone Claude had trained before? Could Claude be the Obi-Wan archetype, having trained someone who eventually went bad?
When did our assailant turn invisible? Are you sure he didn't fly?
Noah said that Isaac's paintings always come true, but we know that at least one did not - the explosion in NYC. Does this mean events in the paintings only happen as long as Hiro doesn't mess with the time stream? Or is Isaac's precognitive ability now always right?
The first one.
The Haitian spoke of God paying him back for what he had done by giving him this disease. As it has been hinted with Peter's memory loss and the Haitian's necklace, is what has happened with Peter in the last four months part of why the Haitian believed that?
The comic book saying goes with great power comes great responsibility and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. With Peter's abilities being nigh limitless, will we begin seeing Peter deal with temptation of being able to do practically anything and get away with it?
It seems to be a place we'll have to get to eventually, isn't it?
(For those bibliophiles keeping score, we just saw late nineteenth century British historian Lord Acton and Spiderman's Uncle Ben quoted in the same sentence.)
Do you ever foresee a point with Peter's character that he will just have so many abilities that it will be hard to keep the character interesting or relatable? Does he present more challenges than other characters because of his abilities?
It's one of our biggest concerns, but the challenge has been fun, story wise.
And Milo has done such an amazing job in helping define his character, that we can always just tell stories from that angle. (And if we get into a corner, we can just dig up whatever the heck gave him that scar in the future)
OK, we close things out this week with a question concerning CBR's favorite "Heroes" star. At the end of the last episode, Mr. Muggles seemed intent on watching the dog show on TV - why? Was that a female dog on the screen? Will Mr. Muggles get a love interest this season?
Muggles used to run with the whole Dog-Show circuit. Think of him as an old college ball player watching his alma-mater, thinking he would have made it to the pros if he hadn't blown out his knee senior year. At least that's what we were reading in his expression. What can we say, the dog can act.
Mr. Muggles is a star! Thanks, guys, see ya next week and Aron, try to get some sleep.
Thanks again, Joe and Aron. Remember, if you'd like to participate in next week's Q&A, it's easy! Simply drop an e-mail to Jonah Weiland with the subject line "Heroes Question" and we'll consider it for inclusion in a future installment. Remember to get your questions in by 5:00 PM Pacific on Thursday to improve the chances of your question being included the following week.