Last night’s episode of HEROES managed to do something that television rarely does anymore — surprise me.
Claire’s Father: Even though all the previews leading up to last night’s episode pointed to Nathan Petrelli as the most obvious choice for Claire’s biological father, I honestly didn’t see it coming. I truly thought Nathan was far too obvious a choice (especially with the revealing promos), and that Claire’s father would be someone far more unexpected (Mr. Linderman perhaps?). Guess that puts to bed all the Peter and Claire hook up theories… ewwww.
More importantly, Nathan being Claire’s bio-dad brings up some really interesting questions. Having known about Claire and being in contact with Claire’s mom, it stands to reason that Nathan knows a lot more about these super-powers then he’s been letting on. Is his knowledge of this ‘secret world’ why he’s so against Peter getting involved. Is he simply trying to protect his brother? Or is there something far more sinister afoot. From episode one, I’ve always thought that there is a lot more to Nathan Petrelli then meets the eye. The ease in which he cheated on his wheelchair-bound wife certainly said a lot about his character. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a far more evil Nathan Petrelli in the future.
Claire’s Mother: Aside from having one awesome power (the ability to control fire), I really enjoyed the moment when the long-lost mother and daughter shared their secret. It was a nice surprise and a great moment — watching Claire finally realize she isn’t alone.
Hiro’s Dad: Talk about serious over-hype. Is it just me or was anyone else seriously under-whelmed by how small, and so far inconsequential George Takei’s role was. Thankfully he’s coming back in two weeks for what we can only assume is a more pivotal role in the show.