Heroes

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4-19
Recap

Splat!

Brave New World - The worst season of this terribly uneven series comes to an end with a "Splat!" But don't worry: It's just the sound of Claire jumping off a ferris wheel just to show her father what a free spirit she is.

02.08.2010
02.16.2010
D

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4-18
Recap

"I Can't Bring Nathan Back, Peter. But I Can Sure as Hell Swing a Sledgehammer."

The Wall - Sylar and Peter spend the whole episode alone together, but it's not nearly as good as it sounds. On the bright side, Claire gets buried 50 feet underground, but unfortunately HRG's with her.

02.01.2010
02.08.2010
C-

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4-17
Recap

Gunfight at the O.K. Carnival

The Art of Deception - Samuel sets up Bennet to make him look like the villain to all of the carnies, and Peter almost rescues Sylar from being trapped in a brick wall (by Parkman, who somehow grew a pair).

01.25.2010
02.01.2010
A-

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4-16
Recap

Always Connect

Pass/Fail - Sylar makes a gross connection with Claire, but it helps her grow closer to Gretchen and sends him into the arms of... Parkman? Samuel offers Vanessa everything she's ever dreamed of, but she turns him down, so he takes it out on an entire town (and possibly the world). And Hiro reconnects with his dad, Adam Monroe, and his mom to save his own life.

01.18.2010
01.25.2010
C-

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4-15
Recap

Coming Together

Close To You - Hiro and Ando rescue Dr. Suresh and then show up at Bennet's just in time to see him making out with Lauren. It's a group of five who can fight to take down Samuel, and it looks like Parkman and Peter could join them before long.

01.11.2010
01.19.2010
B-

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4-14
Recap

Sylar Has a New Crush

Let It Bleed - Now that Sylar's done hanging out with Parkman and Nathan, he moves on to tormenting Samuel, until he gives himself a tattoo of Claire and then creepily hovers outside her window. Meanwhile, Peter and Noah begin their separate quests to take down our two big bads.

01.04.2010
01.11.2010
C

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4-13
Recap

Hiro Quixote and Ando Panza

Upon This Rock - Claire starts to realize Samuel's up to no good, until he has a guy make grass grow for her. And Hiro might know the answers to saving the world, but none of us can make any sense of him right now. Also: Nathan's funeral is short and sweet.

01.04.2010
01.11.2010
C-

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4-12
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Everybody Hurts

The Fifth Stage - Lauren finds out she Haitianed herself, Claire tearfully says goodbye to Gretchen, FOR TWO DAYS, and Peter lets go of Nathan. But they all must wear some good makeup, because despite massive amounts of eyeliner, there's not a smudge in sight.

11.30.2009
12.07.2009
B-

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4-11
Recap

We're Thankful for This Episode

Thanksgiving - Awkward Thanksgiving dinners abound, as HRG hosts Sandra and her new tool of a boyfriend, Hiro stands up to Samuel at the carnies' feast, and Sylar joins the Petrellis for some pie.

11.23.2009
11.30.2009
B+

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4-10
Recap

Feels Like The First Time

Brother’s Keeper - Mohinder's back, and he brings a little of the show's original music with him. Apparently he stumbled on an old home movie eight weeks ago that revealed how powerful Samuel could be (think Sylar, amplified), so Samuel killed him to get the information (he didn't). Thankfully, Hiro rectifies everything. But it's too late to help Nathan (although if Hiro can go back eight weeks it sort of isn't, right?), who finally finds out he's Sylar. He and Peter get angry about it, and then sad. And Sylar's out of Matt's head, so smart money says he's rattling around back in his own somewhere underneath the Nathan.

11.16.2009
11.23.2009
B+

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4-9
Recap

"What Would Bennet Do?"

Shadowboxing - He wouldn't do much of anything now, because he wouldn't want to upset Claire, apparently. Samuel does a lot of manipulating, though. As does Sylon-in-Matt's Matt-Sylon, and then Matt's body ends up shot. Could a death really be possible?

11.09.2009
11.16.2009
B

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4-8
Recap

Back to Season One

Once Upon A Time in Texas - It must say something about this show that the only truly redeeming episode of the season is a repeat of a storyline from three years ago.

11.02.2009
11.09.2009
C+

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4-7
Recap

Invisible Forces

Strange Attractors - Noah's trying to make his pet project Jeremy invisible, much to Tracy's dismay. Becky's invisibly wreaking havoc on her sorority pledges. And Sylon's invisibly making Janice Parkman scream with pleasure.

10.26.2009
11.02.2009
D-

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4-6
Recap

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Tabula Rasa - Turns out if your Sylar forgets who he is, all you have to do is take him to a carnival funhouse and show him his many reflections. Hiro's not quite as easily controlled, since he disappears back to Midland, Texas, right before Peter shows up with healing powers to save his life.

10.19.2009
10.26.2009
C+

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4-5
Recap

Taste the Rainbow...

Hysterical Blindness - ...Or, you know, SEE the rainbow of sound color. Or something. But now Peter has that lame power, though it does lead to some cute, quiet flirting with the deaf girl. Turns out Gretchen's not as much of Claire's stalker as we thought. And Sylar's not Nathan anymore, though he's actually not much of anything. But Samuel will fix that little problem. And Hiro collapses after teleporting all the way from last episode.

10.12.2009
10.19.2009
B-

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4-4
Recap

The Circle of Life

Acceptance - Sylar-as-Nathan is having memories that aren't from his life, which you'd think would mean they're Sylar's, right? But, nope, they're Nathan's memories that Angela had the Haitian wipe years ago. And if you think that's ridiculous, just wait until you watch Hiro try and try and try to go back in time and stop a guy from photocopying his butt. Remember when it used to be about saving the world?

10.05.2009
10.12.2009
D

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4-3
Recap

To Stalk Or Be Stalked

Ink - In the second week of the season, we have a filler episode in which nothing moves forward on any front, unless you count Claire falling for her stalker, Sylon trying to get Matt to use his powers, or Samuel meeting Peter and giving him his power, leading to ... nothing happening. We do meet a new character, but she's also uninteresting.

09.28.2009
10.05.2009
D-

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2-4
Recap

All TV Is Educational

The Kindness Of Strangers - Matt persuades Molly to look into the abyss, and the abyss looks back -- in the form of Matt's dad. Maya and Alejandro meet up with Sylar, Claire's secret relationship with West gets off the ground, and Micah's cousin Monica discovers a superpower that should soon have her spending a lot more time in front of the tube. If only I had that excuse.

10.14.2007
10.17.2007
B

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2-3
Recap

Kissing a Fool. Or Two.

Kindred - There's a lot of kissing happening in this episode. Well, at least, there's SOME kissing in this episode, which is more than we've ever had in any other episode. Claire kisses West after he flies her to the beach without a plane, Caitlin kisses Peter after his chest spits out some bullets, Maya and Alejandro don't kiss because that would be incest, and Hiro wishes he could kiss Yaeko AND Kensei because he loves them both so much!

10.07.2007
10.14.2007
C+

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2-2
Recap

How To Avoid Expensive Pedicures

Lizards - Just cut off your toes. Claire does it, and it's saving her a fortune! But in this instance, she's trying to see what she can and can't do: apparently, she can grow new limbs just like a newt. Hiro faffs around back in 1671 some more and learns that Kensei is a "godsend" in more ways than one. Mohinder delivers the Haitian Sensation to Mr. Bennet as the Irish hooligans deliver Peter's name to him. But Peter has his shirt back on by then, so we're really not paying much attention.

09.30.2007
10.06.2007
A

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2-1
Recap

Meanwhile, In A Cargo Container In Ireland...

Four Months Later… - It's four months after the Peter and Nathan show exploded in the sky over Manhattan. Nathan's a drunk, Peter's shirtless and chained up (for which we are very grateful), Hiro's in seventeenth-century Japan, someone's targeting the Old Heroes, Claire's in a new school and has a floating stalker with a crappy attitude, Bennet's a copy boy, Matt's still annoying, and Mohinder's trying to infiltrate the OWI. So, yeah, it's business as usual in the Heroes-verse.

09.23.2007
09.30.2007
A

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1-23
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A One-Way Ticket To Explosiveville

How To Stop An Exploding Man - Sylar's set to explode, and it's up to Peter to stop him. Until Peter figures out that it's actually HIM who's set to explode, and it's up to Claire to stop him. But then Nathan shows up to save the day, and the world, and he and his brother fly off into the ether so New York can live, live, LIVE! All we're left is a question: Does Sylar crawl off into the sewer to live with the cockroaches? And will Moyawnder's annoying voice-overs continue next season? Wait. That's two questions.

05.20.2007
05.25.2007
A+

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1-22
Recap

Note to New York: Watch out for the guy with the glowing hands and the crazy eyes.

Landslide - The Heroes start gathering in New York and the results look to be explosive. There's too much going on to distill into a couple of sentences, but the gist of it is that Nathan wins the election, Linderman dies, Hiro gets samurai lessons, Bennet and Matt realize the tracking system is a little girl, and Sylar steals Ted's power. Gee. Wonder who's going to blow up New York?

05.13.2007
05.18.2007
A+

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1-21
Recap

This Just In: Sylar Has Mommy Issues.

The Hard Part - Sylar thinks he's the bomb that blows up New York, so he goes to visit his mother for comfort. And then he kills her. Hiro's supposed to kill Sylar, but he chickens out at the last minute because he's a girly man. And Peter and Claire meet up with Bennet, Parkman, and Sprague, only to have Peter start to absorb Ted's ability, and he starts to develop a nasty case of Fire Hands. The Heroes are all starting to come together, yo.

05.06.2007
05.12.2007
A

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1-20
Recap

The Future's So Blight, I Gotta Wear Hades

Five Years Gone - It's five years in the future and everything sucks. Sylar's in power as President Nathan, the Heroes are all on the run, and everyone's really, really hot. It's up to Future Hiro and Future Peter to break Past Hiro out of a temporary prison so he can go back to the past and kill Sylar before he takes over the world. God, I hope they can do it!

04.29.2007
05.03.2007
A+

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1-19
Recap

Peter Is Da Bomb. And Not In The Good Way

.07% - Bennet, Matt, and RadioacTed bust out of OWI and partner up to take down the company. Peter dies, but Claire brings him back to life, and they ponder why incest has to be illegal for just a second. Nathan learns that he's supposed to be president, but that Peter has to die in order for that to happen. And no, the first death doesn't count.

04.22.2007
04.23.2007
A

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1-18
Recap

Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well.

Parasite - Leaving the Korova Milk Bar behind, Malcolm McDowell joins the rest of the Heroes as the Big Bad, Mr. Linderman. And it turns out he knows alllll about everyone's superpowers. In other stories, Bennet gets a new partner who turns on him, Claire meets her grandmother, and Peter gets his head sliced by a supremely pissed off Sylar. Well, at least we'll be rid of the emo bangs.

03.04.2007
03.10.2007
A+

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1-17
Recap

The Way We Were

Company Man - Via flashbacks, we learn that Bennet and Claude used to be partners. Also, George Takei forced Bennet to adopt Claire. In the present, Sprague goes nuclear on Bennet, but Claire saves the day. Unfortunately, her prize is a life on the road with the Haitian, who erases her dad's memory at his request. Well, at least she knows he did love her. Sniff.

02.25.2007
03.03.2007
A

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1-16
Recap

Ladies and gentlemen, Simone has left the building.

Unexpected - That's right. Simone takes a couple bullets in the chest, courtesy of her ex-boyfriend Isaac, and she don't have no powers of regeneration, so her ass is outta there! In other news, RadioacTed and his new best friend Hana "Wireless" Gitelman recruit Matt to join their cause. Unfortunately, their "cause" involves kidnapping Bennet and his family in order to get some much-needed answers.

02.18.2007
02.24.2007
A

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1-15
Recap

Oh, We'll Run Alright.

Run! - We'll run from the endless storyline of Hiro and Ando and how they're in Vegas but can't seem to get their hands on the goddamned sword that Hiro's so uselessly interested in. And we'll run from Claire's non-meeting with Nathan and the silly gunplay between Jessica and Matt. Look. I only run when chased. Could we actually get to the guts of this show soon so I don't have to run anymore? I'm out of breath as it is.

02.11.2007
02.17.2007
B-

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1-14
Recap

Who's Yer Daddy? Oh. It's Nathan.

Distractions - ): Claire's mother is a firestarter, and her father is none other than Nathan Petrelli. Claude throws Peter off a building in an effort to teach him how to control his powers. Sylar is thwarted in his attempt to murder Ma Bennet, but winds up getting away because the Haitian Sensation is pretty to look at, but not all that quick on his feet. And Jessica's back, this time for good.

02.04.2007
02.10.2007
A

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1-13
Recap

Hold still, Sylar--there's something sticking out of your head.

The Fix - Peter and Claude team up for a mentoring relationship that involves Claude teaching Peter how to not blow up. Hiro's kidnapped by his dad, who turns out to be George Effin' Takei, which is totally awesome. Sylar dies but then comes back to life and is about ready to kick some serious HRG ass. And Claire discovers her birth mother, who is alive and well and flammable.

01.28.2007
02.03.2007
A

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1-12
Recap

They're Baaaaaaack

Godsend - The Heroes have returned after a nice, long winter vacation, and all they brought back was a fake sword, a straightjacket-clad Niki/Jessica, a comatose Peter, a whacked-out Sylar, and a cheerleader who can't figure out if she's been saved or not. I would have preferred a shot glass or something, but I'm so happy to see them all that I'll just say "thanks" and ask to see their vacation photo slideshow!

01.21.2007
01.27.2007
A

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1-11
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January 22nd? We have to wait until January 22nd? Shut up, NBC.

Fallout - Eden kills herself rather than let Sylar take her brain, Niki turns herself in to the police so that Jessica can't harm her family, Isaac paints the future and it has a dinosaur in it, Claire discovers that her dad might not be such a good guy after all, and Peter has a dream about the future where he blows up. I can't believe we have to wait over six weeks to find out what happens.

12.03.2006
12.09.2006
A+

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1-10
Recap

Wait -- maybe we should go back ANOTHER six months…

Six Months Ago - It's six months ago and Niki's alter ego, Jessica, shows up for the first time and we learn that she's really Niki's dead sister or something, Claire discovers she can miraculously heal, Hiro tries to save Charlie and fails, and Sylar turns out to be a guy named Gabriel who has some serious ego issues. The "how it all began" answers are in short supply, really. But Pasdar is hot, so who cares?

11.26.2006
12.02.2006
B+

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1-9
Recap

Save the Cheerleader -- Check. Save the World -- Not So Much.

Homecoming - Peter manages to save the cheerleader, but another cheerleader dies, so does that mean he saved the right cheerleader? And it doesn't really matter anyway, because Sylar gets away and then gets captured by Eden, whose voice brings men to their knees. Literally.

11.19.2006
11.26.2006
A

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1-8
Recap

The Ballad Of Charlie And Hiro

Seven Minutes To Midnight - A cute diner waitress with a photographic memory ensorcells Hiro, adorably. Elsewhere, Isaac goes back on the junk, Mohinder goes back to India, and Ted -- after briefly cooling down while comparing origin stories with Matt -- goes back to irradiating his foes instead of just using his words.

11.12.2006
11.17.2006
B-

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1-7
Recap

Comings And Goings

Nothing To Hide - Checking in: Mrs. Nathan Petrelli and her wheelchair; ikiN's real name; a potential Hero with "rad" powers; and Micah's calling plan. Checking out: Charles Deveaux, who dies; Isaac, who takes his paintings and bolts; Matt's marriage, because Janice is a cheating cheater who cheats; and any interest Sars may ever have had in Mohinder's pompous narration.

11.05.2006
11.10.2006
C+

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1-6
Recap

"My Husband's Back And He Phases Through Solid Matter"

Better Halves - "Hey la, hey la, he broke my GI tract!" Also, Claire meets some actors pretending to be her biological parents.

10.29.2006
11.04.2006
B

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1-5
Recap

Save the cheerleader. Save the -- wait, how does it go?

Hiros - It seems that, in order to save the world, the Heroes, in particular Peter, must save the cheerleader. She's a little busy needlessly lying in a hospital bed while her father has her would-be rapist's brain wiped, but I'm sure she'll be needing a hand at some point in this series.

10.22.2006
10.28.2006
A

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1-4
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Heroes Here, Heroes There, Heroes Everywhere!

Collision - The Heroes are starting to intersect, and the world it is rejoicing. Or just us comic book geeks. Peter and Mohinder meet, then Niki/ikiN and Nathan meet, then Hiro and Peter meet, and then Claire decides to take Jock the Rapist out of the picture by driving him directly into a wall.

10.15.2006
10.21.2006
B

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1-3
Recap

Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve...

One Giant Leap - Hiro and Ando embark on a global road trip to save the world, Mohinder discovers that Sylar is an OCD freak with a sin complex, Matt discovers that Sylar can do all sorts of shit he never imagined and that a bald black man has it out for him, Niki digs, Peter falls in more ways than one, and Claire gets stabbed in the head by a rapist, only to wake up on an coroner's table with her internal organs waving at her FROM HER CHEST.

10.08.2006
10.14.2006
C+

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1-2
Recap

So many heroes, so little time.

Don’t Look Back - Hiro has teleported into the future by about five weeks, Niki's alter ego has cleaned up her murderous mess and led her to a killing field, both Petrelli boys can fly, Claire's father is a creep, and Suresh decides to track down all the heroes to carry on his father's work. And a new Hero makes an appearance in the form of Matt Parkman, a telepathic cop who discovers a hidden child. Oh, Agent Sean. Welcome back!

10.01.2006
10.07.2006
B-

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1-1
Recap

We Can Be Heroes, Just For One Day.

In His Own Image - How soon before I run out of songs with "hero" in the title? Let's take bets. It's exposition central in this first episode. We meet some of the potential heroes, including a teleporting Japanese cutie and a stripper who sees an evil version of herself in the mirror. There's tons more that happens, but utterly NO WAY to deliver all the goods in this small amount of space. Trust me on this.

09.24.2006
09.30.2006
B-

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