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Pretty Peter, how I've missed you, welcome back!

Pretty Peter, how I've missed you, welcome back!

Last night Heroes returned and in my eyes it was with a big bang!  I pretty much loved this entire episode, so instead of doing my list of things liked and disliked, I will just chat about everything.  The only part of the show that fell flat and annoyed me continues to be Hiro acting like a child, but even that storyline will be important down the line so I guess I can deal!

We open upon clothed Tracy, who quickly becomes unclothed, because apparently an episode without Ali Larter appearing to be some kind of sex goddess is illegal in the Heroesverse.  Alright, if it drives up the ratings I will suck it up.  Anyway, Nathan’s on TV talking about rounding up the threat to our security but never identifying what that threat is.  We know it’s our Heroes but they don’t yet.  Tracy gets a call from the governor, who she’s apparently banging now since she can’t bang Nathan anymore.  At least our girl is consistent in her bed partners, huh?  After she assures him that she doesn’t know what’s going on with Nathan and talks about his meteoric rise to power, she gets off the phone and is promptly captured by some commando ninja-like dudes.  She tries her freezing power on one of them but it doesn’t work, the suit is made of something that is unaffected.  One down, several very dim boys to go.

Tracy's power fails against the super ninja suit.

Tracy's power fails against the super ninja suit.

Claire is apparently shacking up at the Petrelli manse, hanging with Grandma and deciding what college to go to.  I guess it wasn’t fun to have her be in high school anymore, so she got her GED and now can go to any college in the world.  Claire’s not so much on this though, she is sure that Sylar is still alive (smart girl) and she wants to go after him.  She’s sure that’s what her father is doing (HRG, not Nathan).  Angela poo-poos that whole idea and Claire reacts like the mature college aged kid she now is and she stomps from the room.  Angela and Nathan are talking on the phone about having to round up Matt and Peter and Claire of course listens in.  Angela sees her listening but doesn’t really seem overly disturbed by it; which left me to wonder if she actually wanted Claire to hear?  God knows getting a finger on Angela’s motivations is not easy to do, so it’s very possible that she was glad about it.

Who thought Claire would be the hero with the only brain?

Who thought Claire would be the hero with the only brain?

Claire calls Peter who is back to being a nurse and angsting over some guys death.  See, the thing is, our Heroes have gone back to leading normal lives (more or less) and yet now is when Nathan is going about rounding them up as threats to our society.  Funny timing, that.  Peter tells Claire he’ll look into it and heads off to chat with his big brother. He gets in a cab driven by none other than Mohinder, in a call back to the first episode of the series.  Silly but didn’t bother me overly much.  He and Mo chat about living normal lives and Peter gets out at the Petrelli house.  Mohinder then gets a new rider and he’s pointing a gun at Mo.  Drama!

The new bad dude, I don't know his name so I'm calling him Tommy Lee Jones.

The new bad dude, I don't know his name so I'm calling him Tommy Lee Jones.

In the part of Heroes that stinks, Hiro presents Ando with some stupid spandex superhero outfit, like he’s spiderman.  Ando complains that his power is pretty gay, he can only supercharge other heroes so what is the point?  Hiro gives him a pretty kickass motorcycle which Ando appreciates far more than the suit.  In the HUGE plot point of the series, I’m sure, Hiro injects Ando with a GPS chip and reveals that he injected himself with one as well so they can track one another on a computer.  Convenient, too convenient but I won’t whine too much.  Ando rides off on his bike to meet some chicks while Hiro gets kidnapped by the ninja men.  Ando heads back and logs into the computer, the password was someone very important to Hiro, which turned out to be Ando, which is pretty cute I admit.  Anyway, now we have a way to find Hiro!  Isn’t that great?  I kinda want him to be left wherever he lands, but since he’s with the other Heroes I guess I can’t have that.

Isn't that a hot suit?  Poor Ando.

Isn't that a hot suit? Poor Ando.

Matt & Daphne appear to be living together in Matt’s NY apartment.  Daphne breezes into the apartment using her super speed and Matt is none too happy about it.  She promised not to use her speed but she doesn’t see the point.   Matt is working as a security guard and not using his power to advance in the world.  This annoys Daphne who wants him to start his own company with stolen money she can get for him.  Daphne promises to act normal and takes off, meanwhile Matt sees the future-teller guy that Papa P beheaded last season.  He tells Matt that he can see the future now, I guess he inherited it.  Matt scoffs at this, he can’t draw at all, but then his eyes turns white and he Issac’s some drawings up.  One of them is of him being shot with something and another looked like Daphne and Ando looking at a computer.  I guess they’re Team Rescue!  Claire shows up to warn him and of course, the future he drew starts playing out, shot with a dart and caught, along with Claire.

Wicked cool pic of Matt with the Issac eyes!

Wicked cool pic of Matt with the Issac eyes!

Mohinder gets taken to some parking garage and the ninjas are there to take him, but he whips the door off his taxi and smacks team leader with it and runs.  A speeding van pulls up and there is HRG, telling him to get in and he’ll save him.  Mohinder being his usual self hops in and HRG delivers him back to the ninjas.  He’s playing for Team Nathan now.  Isn’t that sweet?  Claire’s two daddies are working together!  I hope that HRG is just doing it to keep Claire safe, both he and Nathan seem to be united in her not being taken in with the rest of them.

HRG captures dim, trusting Mohinder.

HRG captures dim, trusting Mohinder.

Peter meets with Nathan and confronts him on his plan to round them all up.  Pete points out that he’s turning his back on his own kind.  Apparently they haven’t talked to each other in the past two months and Peter’s a little bothered by his disownment.  Nathan wants to meet with him and work together at dinner; Peter starts to tell him to kiss ass but ends up agreeing to it.  Because as usual, Peter is pretty but so very very dim.  Nathan offhandedly asks what abilities Peter has and Peter asks what the last thing he saw him do was.  So the assumption there is that Peter still only has the flying ability and he actually let his brother know that, which was dumb.   Peter goes home and there’s Nathan in his place.  Sigh.  Nathan apologizes about his behavior and asks for a hug.  The broyay surfaces and the Petrelli brothers embrace.  Peter pulls back only to be zapped by HRG.  Nathan catches Peter and apologizes, requesting that HRG not hurt his brother.

The broyay betrayed.

The broyay betrayed.

Our only smart person with powers, Sylar, is on a quest to find his daddy this episode.  He goes to the watch shop and meets up with Mr. Gray, his supposed father and confronts him about that.  Apparently he was actually his uncle, his brother gave him to them to raise.  His wife was whiny and annoying so he gave Sylar to her and took off 27 years ago.  He hooks Sylar up with his brother’s address and Sylar leaves, leaving his uncle alive.  This shocked me, but of course I guess it was necessary to set the trap for Sylar.  He shows up at his real dad’s place, he’s a taxidermist.  Yum.  Sylar wanders passed zillions of stuffed animals looking for Daddy but instead he finds Team Nathan again.  Being Sylar, instead of being caught, he promptly uses his myriad powers to get out of trouble.  He’s zapped with 3 of those darts that brought down Pete and uses his telekinesis to whip them out and to send guys flying throughout the room.  He zaps a couple with Elle’s electricity and then lifts one in the air and starts demanding answers as he begins cutting his head open.  This gets the guy to admit he’s Agent Simmons with Homeland Security.  Sylar asks who sent him and he doesn’t answer so Sylar says, “Fine, I like a challenge” and screams begin.  Love!  Loved it, loved it, loved it!  I was so worried they were going to let him get caught easily and that would have made me quit the show.  I know some people thought the show was too Sylar heavy this year but since he’s become my favorite, because he’s actually intelligent unlike most of them, I just don’t mind.  Bring on the Sylar!

It's criminal to hide pretty Peter & Mohinder this way.

It's criminal to hide pretty Peter & Mohinder this way.

We end with the Heroes being brought in their jail jumpsuits with black bags on their heads and sent on a plane to some undisclosed location.  Tommy Lee Jones, the name I am giving to the head agent guy not named HRG, comes in and tells Nathan they have a problem and gives him Claire.  Nathan takes her to a limo to have her sent home, but she bashes the limo driver and takes off after the plane.  She climbs in via the wheels and pulls the bag off the heads of the Heroes.  She pulls Peter’s bag off and yanks the IV out of his nose, which is apparently what is helping keep their powers at bay.  He realizes he’s sitting by Mohinder and grabs his hand, taking his super strength power.  Peter breaks out of the restraints and starts fighting the guards.  Claire goes in to the cockpit and runs into HRG, stunning both of them to silence.  Peter lands on Tracy and gets her icing power, tho he doesn’t know it and he puts his hand on the side of the plane.  Ice forms and the side cracks and a huge hole appears in the plane.  It starts going down and some guards and some unseen Hero are sucked out.  Mohinder catches hold of Peter before he can fly out the side of the plane.

Peter trying not to fly the wrong way, out of the plane.

Peter trying not to fly the wrong way, out of the plane.

And there we have the fugitives volume in a nutshell.  A very long nutshell I know but quite a lot happened.  I’m super psyched to see the Heroes team up to elude capture.   I’m looking forward to seeing Claire and HRG have a few words about what he’s doing and why.  I’m sure it’s to protect her but I don’t think she’s going to care for that overly much.  Sylar will obviously remain a huge target for the rest of the season, so I look forward to that playing out some more.  And I want him and Peter to hold hands and that awesome power to be shared by both men.  I love powerful Peter, what can I say?  Claire is finally being useful and less annoying, which is guaranteed to improve the show by about 75% alone.   I’m already dying for next week, so that’s another sign that things are going right, at least in my eyes.  I may not be the best judge because I actually didn’t mind the first part of this season either, but this seems even better and I’m already more emotionally invested.  Here’s hoping next week is just as good as this one!

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