Something big is heading toward Earth, and Tommy finds out some shocking news.

By Chancellor Agard
October 16, 2015 at 03:30 AM EDT
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Yes, Heroes Reborn finally revealed what this season’s big apocalyptic event is! Basically, the world will soon be defenseless against a wave of solar radiation, which has the potential to wipe out 96 percent of Earth’s population. Naturally, there are some who are trying to stop this from happening, like Malina, and others who want it to happen because they’re crazy and evil (looking at you Erica). 

This revelation doesn’t come until the end of the episode. Before we get there, Heroes Reborn dishes out its usual level of exposition-heavy dialogue and heavy-handed talk about destiny and saving the world. Tommy becomes aware of his destiny but has a surprising reaction to it. Meanwhile, the tables turn on Capt. Dearing. 

St. Pierre, Quebec: 

Farah and Malina are still on their journey to…someplace. Because this is Heroes Reborn, the details are still a bit fuzzy. Malina’s also kind of confused about what’s going on. She knows how important saving the world is but isn’t sure how she’s supposed to do it. All Farah tells her is that she’ll be ready when the time comes. 

While Malina sits and waits for her in an abandoned farm or some kind of mill, Farah goes off to meet a contact. The contact never shows up, which worries her, and she rushes back to Malina. Unfortunately, one of Harris’ clones and some goons follow her back and try to capture Malina. Their first attempt fails, and Malina and Farah manage to escape. However, Renautas catches up to them again, and this time they’ve bought backup: Phoebe. 

Malina tries to use her powers to defend them, but Phoebe’s umbramancing prevents her. The how and why aren’t explained and probably won’t be for some time, which is rather frustrating. To make matters worse, Farah is shot as they try to escape and can’t go much further. Before sending Malina off on her own, she gives her an envelope that supposedly holds all the answers. (What I wouldn’t give to get my hands on that envelope to figure out what’s going on.) Anyway, Malina escapes and hides on a truck that will hopefully take her where she needs to go. Somehow she has the willpower to not open the envelope immediately. 

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East Los Angeles, Calif.: 

There isn’t much going on the West Coast, to be honest. Carlos returns to the garage and realizes that his nephew and Father Mauricio have been taken. Obviously, Capt. Dearing was behind this, so his first stop is LAPD’s precinct. There, he demands to speak to Capt. Dearing and tells the on-duty officer that the good captain kidnapped Jose and the priest. Dearing blows it off and doesn’t even bother going out to see Carlos. 

Unfortunately for Dearing, packages containing Renautas’ E.P.I.C. glasses arrive, and his partners immediately identify him as an evo. The days and nights they spent kidnapping and torturing other evos clearly didn’t mean much because his partners don’t even hesitate before tranquilizing him. They get ready to transport him to wherever they take their other evos, but Carlos, sporting his new El Vengador suit ambushes the transport vehicle and takes Dearing for himself. 

Rochester, N.Y.: 

Still alone, Luke returns to his and Joanne’s home in New York. The trip down memory lane he takes as he watches old family videos and contemplates his multitude of sins wouldn’t work at all if it weren’t for Zachary Levi, who is such an emotional actor that it makes you care about almost anything he cares about. 

After four episodes, we finally start to learn a little bit more of Luke’s backstory. Turns out he was a doctor, which is ironic considering that he took an oath to do no harm but spent most of the past year doing the exact opposite. Sulking about his empty home makes him decide it’s time to atone for what he’s done. First, he calls his old partner and asks to cash out of the practice, and then he burns down his house, leaving his past behind him, and takes off for parts unknown.

NEXT: Tommy receives some big news

Carbondale, Ill: 

When we catch up with Tommy, he’s being poked, prodded, and tagged, a.k.a. being registered, by a government agency. Once he’s been processsed, he’s taken into an interrogation room, where an agent questions him about his aliases, his real name, and what he and his mother are runninng from. During the interrogation, the agent drops a bomb on Tommy: e’s actually adopted. This was probably the worst way he could find out, and he immediately teleports out of the room. The agent tries to follow after him, but Pruitt Taylor Vince shows up and does his mind control trick. 

Tommy is wigging out. He tries to return home, but their landlord has evicted them because he’s a bigot and doesn’t rent to evos. His next stop is Emily, who tries to comfort him and remind him that being adopted isn’t a big deal. Emily advises him to go visit his mother, which he does. His mom apologizes for lying, but their conversation is interrupted by Pruitt Taylor Vince, who reveals that he’s not Tommy’s father (but he might still be alive, because Anne says she didn’t tell him he was adopted because she was worried Tommy would try to save him) and that he’s been following him for a year now because Tommy is destined to save the world. However, Tommy’s not ready to accept his destiny and immediately teleports out of there. 

Midian, Colo: 

Back at Renautas, Noah, Quentin, and Taylor are trying to escape the campus and find a way to confront Erica Kravid. On their way out, they pass containers filled with seeds, the amount you’d want if you needed to repopulate the Earth. Meanwhile, Erica and Harris are sitting in her office plotting and being evil. The two of them realize the Evernow fans congregating outside of Renautas’ gates are a trojan horse meant to sneak Miko in; they decide to let it enter so that they can capture her. 

In order to get some answers from Erica, Taylor calls her with a fake apology and asks to meet at their home. Erica takes the bait and she gets home, she’s surprised to find Noah and Quentin there, too. And, now comes some exposition dump. When Erica bought Primatech last year, she was looking forward to making Noah one of her top assets and was very disappointed when he quit. Noah demands to know if she killed Claire and Hiro, but Erica said she didn’t and that Hiro died at the summit. Also, Erica knows Noah had his memory wiped but refuses to tell him who he was trying to protect when he did it. 

Their little chat is interrupted by Harris and several of his clones, but luckily, Miko burst through the window, reclaims her sword, which Harris brought with him to the home, and saves Noah and Quentin’s lives. In the chaos, Erica manages to escape and return to Renautas. Having reclaimed her sword, Miko returns to Ren and then teleports back into the game to find her father. 

At Renautas, Erica descends into an underground bunker, where earlier a scientist was demonstrating some new teleportation technology. This time, he shows Erica a simulation that reveals that Earth’s magnetic poles are reversing faster than they predicted and that solar radiation will destroy almost everything in about a week. Richard, the scientist, is horrified by the stimulation. “What did you expect, Richard? Starting over isn’t pretty,” Erica says frostily.

Ninth Wonders: 

  • Erica’s plan to allow most of humanity to die in order to rebuild is very reminiscent of Adam Monroe’s plan in Heroes season 2. 
  • The wave of solar radiation heading toward Earth reminds me of the Phoenix Force from the X-Men comics.
  • It turns out that Renautas is also into video games and is behind the game Evernow. 
  • The special effects in tonight’s epiosde were kind of weak, don’t you think? Like, nothing was that convincing. 
  • No narration from Mohinder tonight. 
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