Heroes Reborn is back in the present this week. “Sundae, Bloody Sunday” reveals the subtle changes to the timeline that resulted from Noah’s trip to the last in the recent two-parter. It’s an hour that’s all about the choices these characters make and how they have to live with the consequences.
Sunstone Manor, somewhere in California:
Let’s start with Carlos and Dearing, whose story wasn’t the worst for once. It turns out Dearing didn’t double-cross Carlos and passing out was just a side effect of drinking that liquid that made him test positive for the evo gene. Dearing is still going along with their plan to infiltrate Sunstone and save Carlos’ nephew and the priest. The traitor to his people is confident their plan will work just as long as Carlos avoids Sunstone’s director because it’s rumored he can enter and mess with people’s minds. Hm, wonder who that could be?
Carlos makes it through the initial screening without a problem and is taken inside to be processed. Sunstone Manor is a weird place. The evos are quite docile thanks to
Matt Parkman the director’s hypnotic voice, which can be heard over the intercom system. It’s clear that the manor is run by Renautas because they’re on the lookout for evos with “essential” powers like teleportation.
Dearing waits in reception while Carlos tries to rescue his friends. Unfortunately for him, today’s the day the manor decided to start testing bounty hunters to make sure they weren’t evos turning in other evos. Dearing tries to escape but is knocked out and apprehended. Eventually, Carlos finds Jose and Father Mauricio, but they refuse to leave because they’re under the director’s mind control and believe they’re happy right where they are. The nurses/guards find Carlos and tase him into submission.
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When Dearing wakes up, he finds himself in a meeting with the director. The show pretends we haven’t already guessed that it’s Matt Parkman and refuses to show us his face as he interrogates Dearing. (It’s actually quite annoying because we just met the character in last week’s episode. There’s no way we could’ve forgotten about him already.) Because he has betrayed his own kind, Matt determines that Dearing isn’t worthy of being saved and tells him to decide his own punishment. At this point, it becomes clear that we’re inside Dearing’s head because he walks into a room that looks like it was decorated by Dexter Morgan, picks up a gun, and kills himself.
This is one of those times when a scene in Heroes Reborn is improved (slightly) if you watched the original series. In the time between the two shows, Matt has basically become his father, who used his powers to torture people and make them unsafe inside their own heads. It’s a disappointing development for his character because, at one point, he was disgusted by his father’s actions. (To be fair, I can’t completely remember what happened to Matt in the final season, so maybe this change makes sense.) It’s isn’t clear, however, if Matt running Sunstone is one of the consequences of Noah traveling back in time or if this was always going to happen.
Once Dearing is handled, Matt goes to meet with Carlos. Using his powers again, Matt forces Carlos to relive the attack on his unit in Afghanistan that earned him a medal. It’s revealed that he froze in the middle of combat and hid instead of fighting alongside his unit. Matt finds out Carlos knew Farah and realizes he’s slightly more useful than he thought.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Taylor makes contact with Hero Truther, and they plan a meeting. When she arrives at the spot, she’s kidnapped by a group in black masks. Hero Truther — a.k.a. the Anonymous of evos — pretends to be Renautas to test Taylor and make sure she isn’t leading them into a trap. When she passes, Remy — Yes! Remy is alive thanks to Noah’s actions — reveals that they’re trying to find their leader, Micah, who has the power to control technology and was captured by Renautas. Can you guess where he’s being kept? Yep, Sunstone Manor.
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