Where last week’s episode of Heroes Reborn felt like it was standing still, “The Needs of the Many” felt like it was finally moving us forward, albeit not as quickly I would like. The show is still in the process of moving pieces around, but tonight, it didn’t let this necessary plot maneuvering get in the way of compelling drama.
Tonight’s episode title refers to the saying, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” It’s a fitting phrase for a show that’s mainly concerned with saving the world, and this theme touches many of this week’s plot threads. “The Needs of the Many” is all about making our heroes aware of their purpose — saving the world — and getting them to a point where they are ready to accept it. In the end, one of our heroes, realizing there’s a greater good, sacrificed herself to help achieve it.
“The Needs of the Many” picks up where last week’s episode left off. No surprise here. Tommy survives the car accident, but his mother is severely injured. He immediately teleports her to a hospital before joining her there soon after. To his pleasant surprise, Emily and Brad show up at the hospital to offer their support. It’s clear Tommy has never had friends like this who care about him, and it further explains why he was so upset at the thought of having to leave them.
When his mother comes out of surgery, the nurse informs him that she needs a transfusion. Unfortunately, the hospital is out of O-negative because there’s a shortage. Tommy offers to have himself tested to see if he’s a match. No surprise, he isn’t. But he’s finally figured out how to use his powers. With Emily in tow, Tommy steals blood from a hospital in Indiana and teleports back.
When he returns, the nurse tells him to run because his blood test was flagged by the government, but it’s too late. He and Emily try to flee, but are stopped by some men in suits with badges.
East Los Angeles, Calif.
Oliver Queen wasn’t the only masked vigilante who got a new costume this week. After seeing his nephew work on a fancy engine in the garage, Carlos is inspired to upgrade his suit to increase his strength and durability. He’s super pleased with himself, but the Priest isn’t impressed and interrogates his motives for putting on the mask. Carlos’ answer: He wants to believe in something bigger than himself. El Vengador is basically Arrow’s Green Arrow or any other costumed crime fighter, so let’s move on.
Carlos also turns the car Jose was working on into his own personal Batmobile (i.e., he adds bulletproof glass and boosts the engine even more). Jose’s excited to take the car out for a spin, but Carlos leaves it in the garage because it’s too dangerous. While Carlos is gone, Jose accidentally stumbles upon his pseudo-Batcave. The Priest arrives looking for Carlos, but finds Jose, who, in his excitement, reveals his Kitty Pryde-like powers. That’s right when Captain Dearing shows up and kidnaps both of them. Yeah, the garage was totally safer.
St. Louis, Mo.
Luke survived last week’s explosion and is trying his hardest to hide his powers from Joanne. But, after she kills an evo on their list without a second thought, it gets too much for him. After repeated attempts to convince her to abandon this crusade and to work on rebuilding their marriage because he still loves her, Luke finally reveals his powers to her. And, Joanne rejects him and walks away. (ASIDE: Their story shouldn’t work, but damnit, when Zachary Levi cries, I cry.)
Tommy, Luke and Jose are all struggling to come to terms with their otherness and are looking for help from the ones around them. Luckily, Tommy has Emily, who readily accepts that he’s different and urges him to also embrace it and become extraordinary. In Jose’s case, he’s excited that his father is El Vengador because it means he’s not alone and there’s someone in his family like him, and he looks so relieved when he’s able to show the Priest his powers. And, Luke spends most of tonight’s episode accepting that he has powers and getting to a place where he’s ready to be open with the person he loves. But, alas, it doesn’t go as planned. Heroes Reborn is seems to be saying that before these three can fulfill their roles in saving the world, they must first become comfortable with themselves.
NEXT: More talk of saving the world