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The five ''Heroes'' episodes we love

The five ”Heroes” episodes we love — ”Genesis,” ”Homecoming,” and ”Company man” are among our favorites

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Episode #1
GENESIS
Everyday people are popping with extraordinary abilities — and a sinister agency is tracking them. Intriguing premise, cliff-hanger thrills, and a giddy-cool hero named Hiro — it all starts here.

Episode #9
HOMECOMING
The ”Save the cheerleader, save the world!” story line reaches a midseason climax. Peter — heeding Future Hiro’s charge — tries to save Claire from Sylar’s deadly power-sucking craniotomy.

Episode #10
SIX MONTHS AGO
You’ll need to watch this crucial outing for important backstory context — chiefly, the origin of Sylar, a homely clockmaker with a big appetite for power… and maybe mutant brains.

Episode #17
COMPANY MAN
Breaking from the usual everyone-gets-a-subplot format, this standout installment focuses on H.R.G. and reveals juicy chunks of mythology. In terms of season 2 prep, it’s essential.

Episode #20
FIVE YEARS GONE
New York is a nuked crater, and Heroes are on the verge of being put into camps. A head-spinning triumph and a provocative peek into a possible future that the finale may or may not have averted.