It’s a little surprising that NBC waited until November before releasing the first episode of Heroes this season. To this point it's been sort of like the NFL preseason: few things have happened, and none of them matter. Watching our favorite old characters dink around with second string rookies has been a pretty hollow experience compared to the finished product.
Like I briefly hinted at in the last recap,
these large multi-arc shows are at their best when their separate plotlines intersect and weave together. The first half dozen episodes of this season saw almost no intersections, as each group of characters went about their own business, independently explaining their powers to the camera while enjoying Nissan products. But in this episode, I counted at least five instances of storylines intersecting. It made for a very satisfying episode – admittedly a pretty low bar, given the number of Honduran Wondertwin moments we’ve endured lately.
Other things we learned.
The biggest revelations this episode concerned the mysterious “Adam Monroe.” It turns out he was one of the original organizers of the Company and the group of elder Heroes. He was extreme, and urged holocausts and wars as ways of saving the world. He’s the one that gives Maury Parkman (the Nightmare Man) his orders. He was also in the Company’s custody until 2 weeks ago, when he escaped. While in custody, he met Peter, and likely helped him escape.
Also, he’s Takezo