by guest contributor Elton
As I had hoped, several of the loose threads that had been hanging around since the Season 1 finale are resolved in this week’s episode. Matt Parkman comes to little Molly’s rescue by confronting his deadbeat dad, Maury, a.k.a. the nightmare man. Amnesiac Peter Petrelli, drawing on an ability he unwittingly absorbed from Hiro, transports Caitlin and himself to a grim version of 2008, where the Shanti virus (a virus that first killed Mohinder’s older sister, and strips Heroes of their abilities) has killed 93% of the world’s population. Peter reunites with his mother in the future and regains his memory of her. Mrs. Petrelli reminds him that he is the most powerful of the Heroes and that it’s up to him to prevent this scenario from happening.
Mohinder has reluctantly found himself working for The Company, studying the Shanti virus. He and Noah Bennet are secretly allied in an effort to bring down The Company from the inside, but The Man in Horn-Rimmed Glasses is obsessed with collecting a series of 8 paintings of the future. One painting contains an image of Mohinder firing a gun and another shows Bennet dead of a gunshot wound to the eye while his daughter Claire looks on from behind the embrace of a shadowy figure. The Mendez paintings have been misleading before (a painting that implied that Hiro would travel back in time to fight dinosaurs with a sword turned out to be Hiro practicing his moves with the newly stolen Kensei katana at the Museum of Natural History), but at first glance, I think Mohinder will find good reason to betray Mr. Bennet, and Claire will find herself on the side of her boyfriend West in his feud with her father. Already, there has been foreshadowing of their conflict – West was originally “tagged and bagged” by Mr. Bennet, and is deeply disturbed to find that his “alien abductor” is Claire’s dad. Meanwhile, Mr. Bennet reacts to his discovery that his daughter has been secretly seeing West by ordering his family to pack up and move once again. He has killed his Russian mentor in his quest to find the paintings and his obsession with his own death as depicted in them. What blunder will result in his death at the hands of Suresh?
We learn a very important fact about The Company: It was started by an Adam Monroe, who first convinced the older generation of Heroes – Nakamura, the Petrellis, Bob, Linderman, Charles Deveaux – to band together and “make the world a better place for our children.” Despite their initial altruistic philosophy, Monroe and his disciple Linderman revealed that they believed the best way to help mankind was to exterminate large numbers of the population (hence last season’s bomb). This led to The Company “locking him up and throwing away the key,” but of course Monroe was able to escape, and is now out for revenge. Continue reading