Heroes Reborn delivered a pretty big twist tonight: Tommy and Malina are twins and the children of Claire Bennet. Did you see that coming? I certainly didn’t. We’ll have to wait to see how next week’s episode plays out to decide if this works, but it’s definitely an intriguing plot development.
Tonight’s episode is an okay outing that’s very generous with the answers we’ve been begging for since the season premiere. Were some of them worth the wait? Maybe. Let’s dig into the episode to see how it all played out:
“June 13 (Part 1)” picks up where last week’s episode left off with Future Hiro and Noah at the summit hours before the bomb goes off. Noah’s convinced they need to stop the explosion, but Hiro isn’t so sure because he doesn’t want to screw with time too much. Stevens, one of Noah’s old Primatech buddies, mistakes him for Past Noah and tells him Claire just arrived through a back entrance and is keeping a low profile. The time interlopers run off to find her.
On the outskirts of Odessa, Angela Petrelli has clandestine meeting with Mohinder Suresh. Angela warns him about Erica’s plan sacrifice everyone to the solar radiation and to silence him from speaking out, but Mohinder doesn’t believe her. The history of deceit between these two people is a long one. Ignoring her warnings, Mohinder heads to the summit, where he’s expected to give a speech.
Back at the Primatech base, Future Noah and Hiro continue their search for Claire. As they’re looking through one of the many rooms, Past Noah and Erica enter, and the time travelers are forced to hide in a room hidden behind a bookshelf like Harry Potter (thank you, Hiro). They basically overhear Erica reveal she’s a bigot and fire Noah for being too pro-evo. Future Noah tries to save him, but Hiro stops him, because butterflies. That’s when Angela shows up and tells them that Claire has been rushed to the hospital.
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All the way in Tokyo, Japan, Hachiro Otomo pays Hiro — I mean, Mr. Nakamura — a visit to show him all the work he’s been doing on Evernow. On Erica’s orders, Hachiro sends Hiro into the game world because he’s the only one who can take humanity into the future. As he learns after the explosion, Erica definitely lied to him.
When Mohinder arrives at the summit, Mr. Harris escorts him to a meeting with Erica. True to Angela’s vision, Erica informs him he won’t be giving a speech today. He tries to use his powers to escape, but Harris shoots him with a tranquilizer dart. One of Mr. Harris’ clones drags him to a parking lot and intends to let him die in an explosion caused by a bomb vest he’s wearing. Yes, Mr. Harris’ clones are the ones who blow up the summit. However, Hiro shows up to save Mohinder and fight the clones. Midway through the fight, Hiro realizes that he’ll change the future too much if he stops all of the Mr. Harris clones and flees the scene, leaving Mohinder to possibly die in the explosion.
Tonight, we finally learn Pruitt Taylor Vince’s characters’ name. It’s Caspar, and he works for Renautas and shares a history with Noah. He visits Noah on Level 5, and their conversation is basically like the Black Widow/Hawkeye one from Avengers in which they keep mentioning Budapest but don’t explain what it is. Anyway, instead of wiping Noah’s memory as he promised Erica he would, Caspar helps him escape from Renautas.
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Meanwhile, Future Noah and Angela arrive at the hospital. A nurse, Tommy’s mother, informs them that Claire died while giving birth to twins. Noah can’t believe Claire’s dead and insists on seeing the body in the morgue. As he cries over Claire’s body, Hiro shows up and tells him he couldn’t stop the bomb because it would’ve caused too many changes to the future. They try to return to the present, but Hiro’s powers have stopped working because Phoebe, at Erica’s behest, used her powers to shroud Odessa in darkness and stop other evos from using their powers to prevent the explosion.
As Noah and Caspar exit Primatech, they see the sky darken. Noah fires a gun into the air to get everyone to run, but it’s too late. The explosion goes off as planned.
Angela’s enjoying great-grandmother time when Noah and Hiro enter the room arguing about what to do and let slip they’re from the future. By this time, Angela’s had another vision that reveals that Claire’s children will save the future. After watching Tommy’s mom interact with baby Tommy, Noah and Angela decide the best option is take the babies to 1999 to make sure that they’re old enough to use their powers in 2015 to save the world. Also, this will protect them from Erica because she’ll spend most of next year looking for babies instead of teenagers. Before Angela and Hiro depart for the past, Angela and Noah name the babies Nathan and Malina.
Tommy’s mother takes an hour-long break to run home, shower, and quickly celebrate her son, a grown-up Tommy/Nathan’s birthday. He assures her that he’s ready because his father taught him everything he knew. And, I have questions, which I’ll bring up shortly.
Noah, Caspar, and Molly arrive at the hospital shortly after and frantically search for Claire. After making incendiary statements about evos being evil, Erica arrives at the hospital. Future Noah sees her and goes after her, intent on killing her, because he’s already messed with the future so why not just keeping going. But, I don’t want to be too flippant here. In the original series, we saw that Noah wasn’t above resorting to murder if someone threatened his family. So, this decision makes sense. Past Noah sees Future Noah going after Erica and stops him before he shoots her. That’s where we end the episode.
Ninth Wonders (Extended Edition):
- What does Nathan mean when he says that his father taught him everything he knows? It seems like that sentence was deliberately constructed to be confusing and make us wonder who the “he” is that Nathan’s referring to. Does Nathan know about his destiny? If that’s the case, why didn’t he know about the future? At some point, does his mother ask Caspar to take the memories away?
- The Nathan and Malina twist is basically the same as when it was revealed that Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) was Claire Bennet’s father in the original series. Guys, we’re all connected!
- The Noah we saw on the security tapes in the third episode is Future Noah, right?
- This kind of explains why Mr. Harris was referring to Malina as the baby when he was chasing her in “The Lion’s Den.” However, that episode is also up for interpretation. Did he know Malina was the baby and was just calling her that because he didn’t know her name?
- Noah and Caspar’s friendship explains why Pruitt Taylor Vince was looking after Tommy/Nathan in the present.
- Does the fact that Carlos doesn’t even appear in this episode mean that he isn’t really all that important? On the one hand, I’m glad they didn’t try to tie him into all of this, but on the other hand, the fact that he’s still isolated in storytelling Siberia doesn’t make too confident that he’ll actually be that important.
- Tonight’s episode also revealed that Luke and Joanne’s son was an evo who couldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight. Thinking this was Heroes season 3, they came to the summit in search of a cure for their son.