BEHIND THE ECLIPSE: Season 2, Week 4

In last week's episode of "Heroes," a picture was shown that revealed the make-up of the original group of heroes and boy did it get you all thinking. It resulted in a huge number of questions wanting more details on who everyone was in the photo and what it meant for the future of the show.

Well, to help make sense of it all, "Heroes" writers/producers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite are here to answer your questions. As they do every week, Joe and Aron have stopped 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 and we'll consider your questions and remarks for inclusion in next week's edition. Before me move on to the Q&A, here's the network description of tonight's episode of "Heroes" titled "Fight of Flight":

SEARCHING FOR A MISSING HERO, ELLE (KRISTEN BELL) MAKES A SHOCKING DEBUT IN IRELAND -- In Ireland, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) attempts to move beyond the past, but discovers that a mysterious woman -- Elle (Kristen Bell) -- is willing to kill to find him. Matt (Greg Grunberg) and an unexpected ally fly to Philadelphia to hunt down the "nightmare man," following his terrible attack on Molly (guest star Adair Tishler), but the pair finds themselves outmatched. Monica (Dana Davis) tries to come to terms with her new abilities and her role as a local hero. Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) meets his new partner and gets a disturbing assignment. H.R.G. (Jack Coleman) takes a step to further protect his family. Meanwhile, as Hiro (Masi Oka) continues to fix the past in feudal Japan, Ando (James Kyson Lee) attempts to piece together historically what's happened to his best friend. David Anders, Noah Gray-Cabey, Ali Larter, Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto and Dania Ramirez also star. Alan Blumenfeld, Katie Carr, Nick D'Agosto, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Carlon Jeffery, Dominic Keating, Holt McCallany, Shalim Ortiz, Eriko Tamura and Stephen Tobolowsky guest star.

Show Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Ali Larter, Hayden Panettiere, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Noah Gray-Cabey, Jack Coleman, James Kyson Lee, Dana Davis, Dania Ramirez, Zachary Quinto, Kristen Bell, David Ander

This week's questions were asked by CBR staffers George Tramountanas, Dave Richards, Jonah Weiland and, most of all, you!

This week, we start with Mike Davis who wants more info on Kensei. "Tim Kring told 'Entertainment Weekly' that Takezo Kensei has powers and when they are revealed it would have ramifications on the entire Heroes universe. But in 'Lizards' it only showed he could regenerate. Are we going to learn more about his abilities, because it doesn't sound like regeneration is his only ability."

His only ability? It used to be someone recovering from a bunch of arrows shot in his chest was something special. Suffice it to say – the story of Horo and Takezo isn't over by a longshot – lots of twists to come.

Diego – you are certainly paying attention to a lot of the details that we've been laying in from the pilot. Good on ya. And we have not seen the last of Charles Deveaux (although he is dead).

More Richard Roundtree can only mean very good things! Hebitudinous writes in with an odd little thought, "Mrs. Bennett seems to have adopted a little different attitude now that she's been relocated - asking questions and poking her nose into new places. If she were a Company agent assigned to keep HRG in line, when in the season would be the best time to reveal her duplicity? And would it be unusual if her 'power' was the ability to communicate with animals, say, like little doggies??!?"

That would be awesome. Sandra Bennet is Dr. Doolitle. And yet… I don't think that's going to happen. Sandra is now a part of H.R.G.'s life – they're telling each other everything now, so she's just trying to adjust to her new life.

The Saruvian (wow, that sounds ominous) writes in to say, "Long time reader, first time e-mailer. Many times in comics, we come across characters with a mix of different powers. Take Superman as the most obvious example; he can fly, has super strength, is invulnerable, etc. Aside from Peter and Sylar whose powers are to collect powers, do you plan to have characters that exhibit multiple abilities? Or do you at least plan to expand our heroes' abilities in different directions? For example, if Matt Parkman can hear other peoples' thoughts, could he then project his own?"

Are you reading our mind Saruvian? Or are your projecting your thoughts into our head? Hmmmm. Answers on this tonight!

Ryan's doing some detective work and posits the following theory. "So, I was watching those videos on the history of Takezo and it made me think that Hiro could be the dragon of the mountain. It said that the dragon wanted to take the girl for himself, and obviously Hiro has a thing for her. Could troubling times be coming for Takezo and Hiro?"

First of all Ryan, thank you for checking out the TV GUIDE AWARD NOMINATED Takezo Kensei Documentary. There are lots of interesting clues laden within that documentary.  But who plays what role in these stories is yet to be discovered…

Suzette wants to know more about the Petrelli's and their extended family. "Are Peter, Claire and Nathan going to start interacting with each other again?  I love the chemistry between these characters and it feels like there has not been a lot of time to explore them together as a family."

We love our Petrelli clan too Suzette – there are lots of plans for a big reunion, but they're going to occur in a way that you will never see coming. Wait for it.

Peter Dawson has a question about his namesake, but he promises there's absolutely no relation. "So Monica Dawson appears to have something like photographic reflexes, and my question is does she have to trigger it, like she appeared to do when watching TV, or is it always active? Additionally can she only do stuff within her physical ability or can she sort of cheat and do things that ideally she couldn't pull off normally?"

Monica can only do things within her physical limit. Now as an athletic 20 year old girl, there are a lot of things within her limit. But, no – if she saw Nathan fly, she couldn't fly. Monica will learn more about her ability over the next two episodes.

That's an interesting theory. Does Peter have any other abilities that might be able to help him remember his past? And emotionally, does Peter want to remember his past?

"Oh, and also - if West and Nathan had a race around the world, who would win?"

Nathan. He has the age and experience to fly rings around this newbie – literally.

The great comic book battles live on! OK, the eerily named 2012 writes in with a possible theory on how the powers work for our heroes. "According to Dr. Suresh, the heroes are a different species, whose powers are made possible by three different genes. But there have also been many clues telling us that the heroes powers are controlled by their brain (specifically their brain stem). But Peter says that he uses his powers by remembering how people made him feel; plus the activating evolution site says that genes have emotional plasticity. Since we've already seen characters with the same powers and different personalities, and Peter has to feel in order to use a power, a character's powers seems to be tied with both their genes and their personalities. Maybe it's more of a a general psychic gene and their personalities determine what their power actually is?"

2012 –-first of all, kudos for you for using the term "emotional plasticity." Second of all, there is a definite link between the power and the personality – people seem to get abilities that they need. We've always believed it's a part of natural selection, but who knows?

Most things are done with purpose on "Heroes."

"Second: There is a distinct shadow/outline of someone in the background, between/behind Nathan and Matt. It doesn't look like this was Nathan's shadow. Was this intentional, was there someone else (perhaps invisible) in the room, or was this just an accidental trick of the camera?"

Accidental. Some things are done by mistake on "Heroes."

As you probably expected, that photo generated a lot of questions this week. Jmacq1 has a few more for ya. "With the exception of Matt's father, the only other previously unseen character on the photograph that was clearly visible was the woman standing next to him (with the scar on her cheek). Is that simply a by-product of how the photo was framed, or is it significant that hers is the only other 'new' face we clearly see (more than once, at that)?"

The woman with the scar on her face will have a significant effect on the rest of the season.

I think we're going to eagerly wait for that! Another on the picture from KevinInChains, "Is it significant that Mr. Petrelli wasn't looking forward in the picture like everyone else?"


Stretch. But, we love the theory – the lord does work in mysterious ways.

I lied, one more photo question from "Shadow Guy!" Ohhh, spooky! "Is that Joanna Cassidy standing next to Matt's father? I hope so. She's awesome. I hadn't heard that she was joining the cast, but would be happy if she did."

Good eye, Shadow Guy – that is indeed Joanna Cassidy. You'll meet her character before the end of the year.

Excellent. Alright, moving on we've got Jim Loder who also has some questions about the family Petrelli. "With the New York media being what it is, wouldn't the mother of a former congressman - one who mysteriously disappeared, and now roams the streets as a drunk who lost his family - being held on suspicion of murder be a front page story? Even Matt Parkman acts as if the Petrelli name is unfamiliar, and he had telepathic conversations with Peter Petrelli about Sylar. Could the Haitian have removed everyone's memory of the Petrelli family, including Nathan's run for Congress?"

There's also not a lot of talk about a large explosion that happened over the New York skyline. How did that happen? I hope we learn soon.

James Rogers has some thoughts on who might be the big baddy for this season. "Is it just me or does it seem like he/she is a powerful telepath? That could explain all the powers shown so far. He made Kaito think he was being pushed off the building and he used Angela's own hands to slash up her face. This would explain why he/she is never there and also explain how he/she sees Molly looking at him with her distance vision. It would also explain why Angela kind of knew how to deal with a mind reader when Parkman read her mind."

James Rogers – you must watch tonight's episode. You can show your email to your friends and tell them just how smart you are.

You done good, James. Kevin Bass wants to know a bit more about Micah. "While Micah was hugging Monica and his hand was over her back, it seemed as if he was trying to read her thoughts/feelings. After they stopped hugging he said that he wished he could fix her dreams. This implies that Micah now knows her dreams after hugging her. Is it fair to say that Micah can communicate with any type of electrical signal? Even those found in the human body?"

It's an interesting theory, but Monca's power kicked in before her hug with Micah. I think what we were witnessing was Micah's good intentions – he was hoping he could "fix her." But, anything's possible – and adjusting someone's electrical system is kinda awesome.

I'd love if someone could adjust my electrical system in the morning. Would save me loads of coffee beans.

Dave Rich has two questions – one a funny, one a bit more serious. " So in 'Four Months Later,' Lyndsy Fonseca was briefly seen as a cheerleader at CVHS.According to spoilers, she was to be called 'April,' and then Lyndsy got a gig on 'Desperate Housewives.'So now we've got Janel Parrish playing a new cheerleader called 'May.'Is it safe to assume that if Janel gets another job, we'll get one called 'June?'

June appears in Episode 9. I kid you not. Julie and Augustus (Costa Verde's first male cheerleader) have yet to be cast.

"On a slightly more serious note, spoilers reported that April was going to be a lesbian.Will we see some of her story transfer to May?It'd be nice to see some GLBT characters in this very diverse cast."

That was the intention, but when we lost the actress to "Desperate Housewives" unfortunately the storyline kind of took a back seat. We're still looking for a way to get it back in this season.

No, it simply means that he doesn't have super strength. Just the flying. There's a lot of people who want our heroes to have more than one power. When did this trend start?

OK, we got about 30 e-mails on the New Orleans setting this week, so we better reprint one of them. Kyle writes to say, "When Monica is talking with her coworker, one of them mentions the devastation that Hurricane Katrina brought to the county. Only thing, though, is that Louisiana doesn't have counties, we have parishes." We are sorry. It's one of those things that slip through the cracks. Our bad.

As always, thanks to our wonderful readers and "Heroes" fans for their thoughtful and fascinating questions. We can't use them all, but we always pick the best of the bunch. Got a burning question for Joe and Aron, then drop CBR's Jonah Weiland an e-mail with the subject line "Heroes Questions" and we'll consider it for inclusion next week.

OK, our turn! One more follow-up on the potential WGA strike, which is looking very likely at this point. If the WGA strike does occur, can the online comic continue during the interim?

Sorry, but no – the writers aren't allowed to do any work for struck companies. If you want to read the strike rules or learn about what exactly we're arguing for, go to www.wga.org .

We actually got a lot of questions about this from our readers, so we'll just summarize – will we find out how Sylar got out of the "jungle?"  Is it going to be explained in a future episode or maybe the online comic?

We'll tell you right now – he walked and walked and walked. Lots of jungle in Central America.

Maybe he took one of those zip line things and covered lots of ground that way. Oh, those are fun.

Back to the questions, where did you get the Peter Petrelli "prom photo" in this latest episode?  Was it part of the actor's personal stash?

That was actually from Milo's personal stash. You'll notice a lot of the photos we use on the show are from personal collections. It makes everything more real.

That it does. Speaking of real, Kristen Bell starts joins the cast this week, as we've seen from the video previews for "Fight or Flight."  Was the character she's playing created with her in mind?  Did you tailor it to fit her sensibilities?  How much of her "Veronica Mars" character will we see in this character; i.e. does she get a chance to be snarky and crack wise?

It's hard to not be Kristen Bell and be a little snarky or crack wise. We tried to craft the character to give Kristen something different than she's done on "Veronica Mars," but would still be in her wheelhouse. She's gonna blow you away.

One concern we here at BTE central have received from some fans is regarding the number of new characters introduced this season and the many storylines to follow. How does the writing staff determine when they have too many characters or storylines going on?  What do you do to keep things from getting too unwieldy?

Our goal is to tell less stories per episode (even though we're introducing more characters.) To that end, you're going to be getting episodes without some characters in it (i.e. no Peter or Hiro in Ep. 4). Also, a lot more of our characters are going to be interacting with each other and having stories together. The goal is to have fulfilling, awesome episodes. Cup runneth over and all that…

Since Monica has powers, would her brother Damon automatically have powers?  I think this has been mentioned before, but is it a guaranteed thing that siblings would both have abilities like the Petrellis?  And on the topic of siblings, are we going to see Hiro's sister anytime soon considering her father is gone now?

There is never any automatic in genetics. Do we have to break out the old Gregor Mendel chart from high school biology? So no, no guarantee on the sibling tip. For example, we've met Kimiko, Hiro's sister (and will see her again in episode 9) and it seems the only power she has is to make Ando drool.

Ahh, thanks for that. We've had a number of inquiries about Kimiko's return which will make our readers happy. Now, with Monica having powers, this would indicate that the powers gene is strong on DL's side.  So depending on how Monica and Micah are related (DL was siblings with Monica's mother/father?), there almost has to be powers somewhere else on that side of the family.  Nana Uhura?

All we can think of now is of Yoda saying, "Strong is the powers gene on DL's side it is." Thanks for that. Nana? A super? Doubtful, but you never know - we could just be trying to lead you astray because a lot of this weeks questions are just too damned close.

"It's obvious that Mr. Muggles and the Cockroach are locked in the eternal battle for world dominance.  Our question is, who's the one on the side of our heroes?  I think Mr Cockroach is good and Mr Muggles is evil.

Reasons for Mr. Cockroaches is good.

1) In the first season, he tried to warn Mohinder about Sylar and the fate of his father. Not speaking Indian nor English (Mr C is only fluent in German and Samarian), our little friend couldn't communicate to our fine doctor.

2)  He was assisting in keeping Sylar in his cell in Primatech, making sure that he didn't get over his medications. Mr. Cockroach stepped out for a coffee break, and Sylar escaped.

3) End of the first volume, he tried to warn the others that Sylar was dragged down to the sewers, but they all had gone home by then!

4) This season, he tried to rescue Sylar's victim, but was too late.

Reason for Mr Muggles being evil.

1) Last season, He took a lab sample of Claire's blood off the floor for further studies.

2) He warned Sylar that Noah and the Haitian were coming and to keep his cover

3) How did Noah find Nick's tape?  Mr. Muggles grabbed it - he was the only one present who knew of the tape.

4) This season: Mr. Muggles seems to have controlled Claire's mind, by making her change back the station to the Dog show.

"So am I close?"

The real question is – where does the Lizard Mohinder fall into this mix? Who's side is he really working for?

Mike, back to the drawing board. Joe & Aron, we'll catch up with you next week.

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.


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