Heroes Episodes

2006, TV Show

Heroes Episode: "Dual"

Season 3, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Peter and Nathan face off after the battle with their father; Sylar detains Claire, Noah, Meredith and Angela at Primatech, and Mohinder may hold the key to rescuing Hiro.
Original Air Date: Dec 15, 2008
Guest Cast Chad Faust George Takei: Kaito Nakamura
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Season 3, Episode 13
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Aired: 12/15/2008
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Heroes Episode Recap: "A Clear and Present Danger" Season 3, Episode 13

With "Fugitives," Heroes returns from a long winter nap with course-correction on its mind. As such, much of this Volume 4 kickoff does a lot of scene-setting, as we check in on our friendly world-savers as they struggle to live normal lives. Claire is applying to college, Parkman is working as a security guard, Mohinder is back driving his cab, Tracy trades in her junior senator for a governor, Peter is working as an EMT, and Nathan is back on Capitol Hill. Nathan has some new friends who dress all in black and create a scenario that forces our heroes to return to their super ways.

Playing catch-up
As the episode starts, the only people not concerned with giving up their ability-fueled activities are Sylar, Daphne and Hiro, who doesn't even have his powers anymore. Even though we last saw Sylar unconscious on the floor of Primatech as it came burning down around him, the skull-slicer is alive and well, and he's got some daddy issues. His quest to find his father leads him to Baltimore, where he finds Martin Gray, the walking cliché of a deadbeat dad. Martin tells him that he's actually Sylar's uncle, but that he raised little Sylar after his father took off. Sylar's real father, according to Martin, is a taxidermist named Samson. (We'll get back to this in a bit.)

Meanwhile, Hiro buys an abandoned firehouse in Tokyo for he and Ando will use as their hideout. Ando's lack of enthusiasm takes an even deeper dive once Hiro shows him the cheese-tastic spandex costumes he made for Ando to wear. Enter the Ando-cycle, a supercharged motorcycle for our newly minted "supercharger" hero. But Ando's smile fades as Hiro lays out his plan for their partnership, which includes being able to access one another constantly via GPS. (Of course, Hiro is the only one with the password. Password hint: someone close to Hiro.) Ando's still having none of it, especially after Hiro injects him with a GPS transmitter, so he takes off to "fight crime" at a strip club. Ando's always had a thing for the ladies.

Parkman and Daphne don't see eye to eye on how to live their lives, as she still wants to use her powers. (And she does so as a delivery person, making a day's worth of deliveries by 10:30 am) But that's the least of Parkman's problems: He's seeing dead people. When visited by a vision of Usutu, Parkman learns that he has been chosen to be a prophet. Cue the pre-cog eyes! Guess Heroes just can't let go of the future-painter angle.

Nathan's plan
Nathan is in full-on politician mode for much of the episode, making the press rounds to tout his new plan to "protect the American people" with some sort of confidential plans he's crafted as the newly appointed chair of the Homeland Security Committee. It's all very hush-hush, but Angela is in the know, and Nathan tries unsuccessfully to get Peter on his side as well. (That would probably be a little easier if he hadn't basically disowned him in the last volume.) So what do we know? Nathan claims his plans are all his own, nothing like those of the recently deceased (maybe?) Arthur Petrelli. And it involves putting all those captured in ridiculous prison-issue orange jumpsuits.

Things go awry, however, when Claire (who has become as annoyingly bullheaded as she is invincible) learns of Nathan's plans and warns Peter and Parkman. Not that the warnings did much good: Parkman gets hauled in (with Claire) and Peter, after hugging Nathan much like he did Arthur in Volume 3, finds himself unconscious in the floor after being shocked/tranquilized by — gasp! — HRG, who apparently has landed on his feet employment-wise after Primatech's unfortunate demise.

The manhunt
We don't know much about the agents Nathan has hired (let's call them the Black Masks for now), but we do know they are led by a man fittingly known as "The Hunter" (Damages' Zeljko Ivanek). In addition to Parkman, Peter and Claire, they bring in Mohinder (also with the help of HRG), Hiro and a few other unknown faces. The Black Masks are unsuccessful at retrieving Sylar, however, who tosses the agents around like rag dolls after realizing that he walked into a trap. A few electric bolts later, Sylar is sawing off one of the agents' skullcaps as payback. Which begs the question: Is Martin Gray in on Nathan's scheme?

The plane
With their army of orange zombies assembled at the hangar, "The Hunter" fills Nathan in on two salient details: 1) that they were unable to capture Sylar and 2) they were able to capture Claire. Daddy Nathan gives Claire a "free pass" and sends her on her way... until she kicks her limo driver's head through a window and sneaks on to the plane before take-off. She quickly sets about freeing Peter, who can't break free of his shackles because he no longer has super strength. Conveniently, he's sitting next to Mohinder (eureka!) and nabs a little Hulk action from his pinkie finger. Peter brawls with one of the Black Masks while Claire heads for the cockpit. Once there, she finds — gasp! — HRG!

Back in coach, Peter's slugfest causes him to accidentally touch Tracy, inheriting her freezing ability, which he then inadvertently uses on the plane wall. When the wall explodes, the plane loses pressure and starts a nosedive as Peter hangs on for dear life. A few of the unknown heroes fly out (nice not meeting you!) and just as Peter is about to join them, Mohinder grabs his hand. The music swells, the brows furrow, and Peter's fingers begin to slip from Mohinder's hand and... "to be continued..."

Extra Thoughts and Tidbits
• I am interested to see why Nathan assembled this group. We know he's already gathered others (the guy Claire references from Memphis, etc.), and perhaps they were some of the no-names who went skydiving without their parachutes. But what if there is a whole other group for which Nathan has other plans? Maybe his plan isn't all evil? And why did he take Hiro who has no powers and leave behind Daphne and Ando? All we know at this point is that the capture of the group was, in Nathan's words, "crucial."

• I am intrigued by the red herrings in Sylar's daddy-issues storyline. But I also feel this arc has to ease off the Sylar stories, especially since the last volume was so Sylar-centric.

• Even though Ando is whiny, it was a nice moment when he realizes that Hiro chose Ando's name as his password to the GPS system. Bros before hoes, Ando.

• Despite this episode's slow start and some gags I found lame (Peter in Mohinder's cab again), I do think the set-up is stronger than the last volume — even if it does feel just like an X-Men storyline. At least we already know who the heroes' adversary is; it took about six episodes to establish that in the fall.

• Oh, and don't worry about Peter. He can fly! And now that he has super strength, I see him holding up the plane and guiding it to a safe landing. (Not sure how they will handle the (bad guy?) HRG when/if that happens.) P.S. Shut up, Claire!

What did you guys think of the beginning of "Fugitives"? Is Heroes getting back on track? Share your thoughts and comments below and check back next week for more!

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With "Fugitives," Heroes returns from a long winter nap with course-correction on its mind. As such, much of this Volume 4 kickoff does a lot of scene-setting, as we check in on our friendly world-savers as they struggle to live normal lives. Claire is applying to college, Parkman is working as a security guard, Mohinder is back driving his cab, Tracy trades in her junior senator for a governor, Peter is working as an EMT, and Nathan is back on Capitol Hill. Nathan has some new friends who dress all in black and create a scenario that forces our heroes to return to their super ways.

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