The Story: Picking up immediately after the plane crash Nathan’s assassin Danko tries to contain the heroes through violence. Daphne and Ando show up to rescue the friends but fail resulting in Daphne’s death. Claire tries to reason with Noah and Nathan while Tracy and Peter try to reason with the President’s golden boy as well. Danko wants to take the heroes out, considering them terrorists. Sylar attempts to torture Agent Simmons wife and stepson but ends up bonding wit the young boy instead. At the end the heroes must band together to form a rebel force against Nathan.
Pros: I was a bit hesitant but I think Heroes might be fulfilling on those promises of returning to more grounded and character driven stories. We focused on just the main crux of heroes and there was no crazy plot twists. As much as people might not have enjoyed it I was incredibly happy that Daphne’s time on the show has ended. She was the last of the new characters introduced to the series and her death seems to imply a true return to the ideals of the series. Zeljko Ivanek continues to be a formidable villain as the assassin Danko and his ability to stand up to Nathan was a highlight of the episode. I also loved the return of humor this episode. From Ando’s shouts of “Clinton” on the phone, Peter and Tracy arguing over who knows Nathan better, and my favorite: Sylar telling Mary Simmons he didn’t a power to know she was lying about loving her son. There are still some pretty heavy flaws with the series but I enjoy how we’re finally getting a glimpse of that future Hiro once saw, where the heroes and the normal people were divided into factions. The whole “rebel force” idea is very Terminator and I think it’s a strong storyline if used appropriately.
Cons: I hope, hope, and hope that the writers don’t go the obvious route with Sylar and Luke. It was incredibly cliché to have Luke be Sylar’s “ward” and here’s hoping it’s not going to be some cheesy protégé type plotline. I also didn’t like Tracy’s constant back and forth with Nathan. We know she has some type of attraction to him but she came off incredibly weak and whiny. Claire also came off way too annoying with her constant eye glares and everything, but that might be because I don’t like her character.
Overall: The second episode in Heroes: Fugitives sets up some strong storylines that could be explosive if we’re really returning to Season One. I love the return of the humor and everything just seemed tight and moving. Hopefully Sylar’s story won’t be utter cheese. I give the episode a 4/5.