Written by: Adam Armus, Kay Foster, Tim Kring
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
The One Where: Claire stands up to the leader of the cheerleading squad, Bennet goes to the Ukraine in search of Isaac’s paintings and Hiro wrestles with the love thing.
Verdict: Heroes continues its alarming drift. So much of this is beginning to feel tired – dealing with a bitch queen in the cheerleading squad was hackneyed enough in the early days of Smallville, while we have yet another vision of a post-apocalyptic New York. Where have the addictive twists and shocks gone?
Highlight: Sylar informing an uncomprehending Alejandro of his murderous intentions, telling him his sister is “a shiny new toy, and she’s all mine.” The smile that follows is evil.
Goofs: 2008 New York shows a billboard for The Wedding Singer on Broadway, even though the show closed in 2006. Is someone with a love of musical theatre messing with the timeline?
Trivia: This episode is dedicated to Tim Susco, the recently deceased location manager for the show.
Did You Spot? When Peter arrives in the future there’s a billboard for an issue of 9th Wonders featuring St Joan, the “muscle mimic” character Monica is compared to in the previous episode.
Character: Are we in danger of losing sympathy for Bennet? His threat to remove his old mentor’s memories of his dead daughter show a nasty side to HRG, edging his character closer to the original dark figure of season one.
Monica: "Support, advice and now gifts. You’re like my own personal Oprah."