Heroes Episodes

2006, TV Show

Heroes Episode: "Orientation"

Season 4, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Claire garners unwanted attention at college in the fourth-season premiere. Elsewhere, Hiro and Ando start a "dial-a-hero" business; and Angela worries Nathan will discover his real identity.
Original Air Date: Sep 21, 2009

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Heroes Episode Recap: "Orientation" and "Jump, Push, Fall" Season 4, Episode 1

In the fourth-season premiere of Heroes, newly enrolled college student Claire gains some unwanted attention after an odd death occurs on campus. Meanwhile, Angela and Matt both deal with their own headaches related to their decision to permanently shape-shift Sylar into Nathan. Tracy forms an unlikely partnership with Noah, Peter is called upon by an old friend, and Hiro and Ando set up a hero hotline. Oh, and a new villain shows up, complete with a band of carny folk! So, does the premiere start Volume 5 off on the right foot? Let's find out.

"Here, we offer, salvation. We offer hope. We offer redemption. And one by one they will come to our side, to our family. And they will find their way home." — Samuel Sullivan

Meet Samuel, the dirt-controlling brother of a guy named Joseph who is now in a coffin. Samuel's opening monologue does a nice job of setting the scene for us: Samuel wants to cherry-pick the heroes we've all come to know, and each of them has used the six weeks that have passed since the Season 3 finale to return to their normal lives. (Doesn't every season of Heroes start that way?)

Samuel runs a carnival with a group of equally unique people surrounding him, namely Stan, a dying time traveler, Edgar, a speedy knife man, and Lydia, a human etch-a-sketch. Although Samuel promises his fellow freaks redemption, he forgot the part about vengeance. He sends Edgar on a mission to kill none other than Danko. And the reason for the bloodlust? A stolen compass. As if Samuel's Keith Richards vibe didn't already make enough connection to Capt. Jack Sparrow.

While Edgar is out hunting The Hunter, Samuel turns to Stan, who he hopes will send him back in time 14 years to meet Hiro Nakamura. Hiro has spent his six weeks (and 50 million yen) setting up a "Dial-a-Hero" hotline with Ando. Hiro's sister thinks it's the stupidest idea ever, which cues a memory for Ando. He spilled a slushy on Hiro's sister at a carnival 14 years ago, and she always hated him for ruining her favorite dress. Conveniently (since, you know, Hiro is dying and all), that is the same night that a fortune teller predicted Hiro's destiny as a hero. Ando urges Hiro to go back and avoid that meeting, so as to save himself from his inevitable death. He doesn't want to, but somehow is sucked back to the carnival anyway.

There, Hiro runs across the younger versions of himself, his sister and Ando, but he can't bring himself to stop young Hiro from visiting the fortune teller. However, Samuel appears, and gives Hiro another vision from the future, one that involves a better life created by fixing past mistakes. Hiro is no fan of altering the past, but Samuel doesn't take no for an answer. He shoves Hiro into the path of the flying slushy, which, upon Hiro's return to the present, results in Ando and Hiro's sister making out. He did it! Cue Hiro's time-traveler's bucket list.

(It's worth noting here that Samuel's M.O. is to help the heroes at first, hoping then to earn their trust and loyalty in an effort to lure them into his band of carnies. Or at least that's what Robert Knepper told me.)

Claire is now enrolled at a college in Virginia, and her roommate is a nightmare. Annie is a high-strung over-achiever who has her whole life mapped out. She also rocks at Guitar Hero 3 and has a subscription to APClassmates.com. Nice. Claire is much more drawn to Gretchen (Madeline Zima), who has her own kookiness: she's obsessed with murder. She also happens to know that Claire was involved in the Odessa cheerleading massacre. (That's your first and second sign to run, Claire.)

Gretchen's obsession doesn't really come out until Claire's roommate turns up splattered on the sidewalk. Claire doesn't see the suicide note (nor does she buy that the future governor would hurl herself out the window), so she isn't on board with the police closing the case. Gretchen has a great idea: buy a bunch of books on forensics and steal a cadaver from the lab to administer the "jump, push, fall" test to see if she really killed herself. No need for breaking and entering, Claire can just fling herself off the ledge, which she does. And which Gretchen sees. Ruh ro.

In between visiting Claire at school, Noah has a tense call with Angela about getting the Company up and running fast. Noah claims he's not the same guy he used to be, and isn't sure that the Company is what he wants. While he ponders that, he is treated to an ice bath in his car as Tracy Strauss tries to drown him. But who should come to his rescue? Danko. Try as he might, Danko cannot convince HRG to join in his crusade to kill Tracy, who has already taken out four of Danko's men.

But HRG does convince Tracy that he will take care of Danko for her. He tries to buy him off with a permanent vacation, but Danko doesn't bite. So, the Haitian (where you been, buddy?) wipes his slate clean. When Danko returns home, Tracy is there waiting for him. But once she realizes what Noah has done to him, she turns to leave, only to overhear Samuel's swordsmith Edgar slice and dice Danko. She rushes in, and is dealt a few blows herself, but luckily, you can't stab water. Edgar runs off and Tracy calls HRG to the crime scene. HRG notices that Edgar didn't out-and-out kill Danko, but concentrated his efforts on a stomach. Oh, look! There's a key inside Danko!

Because HRG is afraid that Edgar will attack again whenever the key (which belongs to a safe-deposit box at the bank) is used, he recruits Peter to play bodyguard. Peter is back working as a paramedic, taking on double and triple shifts to appease his need to save people. He uses his super strength and agility, courtesy of Mohinder (thank God that's the only mention of him so far) to get to accidents faster, and thereby do more good. (He even has a shrine of newspaper clippings on his wall!)

At the bank, HRG uses the key and finds only a compass in the box. Better yet, it's broken, except when Peter touches it. But then, Edgar shows up. No worries, Peter takes his power and the two do battle at super speed. Edgar is again thwarted and takes off. HRG thinks Peter is just the man to help him with his new version of the Company, but nothing doing. Peter only tagged along to get the super-speed power. And he uses it to run to Boston for clam chowder. Well, until Edgar catches up with HRG, slices him up, and takes the compass. Peter gets HRG to the hospital quickly enough to save him. And he even shared his clam chowder. Tracy comes to visit HRG, and he tells his sob story about losing his little girl to college and his wife to another man. All he has left is bowl of corn flakes. He says he always did best with the "one of us, one of them" mentality, and a new alliance is formed. (Is it just me, or does it also seem like they might give these two a romantic arc as well?)

Angela is also worried about Nathan, who, in the most overwritten scene of the night, tells his mom that he hasn't felt like himself but plans to reconnect with everyone in his life an "be a better me." Back at his office, Nathan realizes he can move his coffee cup just by thinking about it, and has blue sparks flying out of his hands. He's a little spooked, but can't get Peter on the phone to discuss his new dilemma.

Angela sees the signs of Sylar in Nathan (and in one of her dreams), and calls up Matt Parkman to patch up  or upgrade his work. He wants nothing to do with it, but she says he can't escape the mistakes he's already made. He also can't escape Sylar, who is now inside Matt's head as a result of him perma-shifting Sylar into Nathan. "I want my body back," Sylar says.

Matt tries to move on and discuss his issues at an addiction group therapy session. It's been six weeks since he "used," and his fellow police officers are there to help. There to hurt is Sylar, who effective plays the devil on Matt's shoulder, urging him to use his powers, to give in to his addiction. Matt begins to yell at the invisible Sylar, which disturbs the other group members. Later, Sylar does the same thing while Matt interrogates a witness, and Parkman loses it, throwing a chair against the wall. (Hey at least he scared the witness enough for him to give up the information he was hiding!)

At home, Parkman is jealous of Rod, the water-cooler delivery man, who he thinks has a thing for Janice. She tells him everything is fine, but he can't get past their history. Plus: Sylar won't let him forget that she cheated on him before. So, when he comes and sees Rod playing with baby Matt and laughing with his wife, he gives into his addiction and "tells" Rod that he is going to find a new route. Sylar can only stand in the corner and smile. "Got ya," he says.

Back at the carnival, Edgar returns the compass to Samuel, who is pleased. Edgar reports that he's learned that Samuel found a time-traveler to replace Stan (Hiro). "You don't replace family," Samuel warns. Then, Lydia the tattooed lady pops up Samuel's next three targets: Peter, Claire and Sylar.

It's still too early to judge, but I think this show has made some necessary improvements. Though there are still plenty of illogical assumptions being made, I am at least interested in this season after the premiere. I think Samuel is an awesome addition, and I don't mind what they're doing with Sylar so far. Nathan, however, bored me to tears.

So what did you think of the premiere? Is the show earning its own "redemption"? What's your theory about the significance of the compass? Do you think the new partnership between HRG and Tracy will last? Are you sad that Hiro is dying? Share all your thoughts below!

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In the fourth-season premiere of Heroes, newly enrolled college student Claire gains some unwanted attention after an odd death occurs on campus. Meanwhile, Angela and Matt both deal with their own headaches related to their decision to permanently shape-shift Sylar into Nathan. Tracy forms an unlikely partnership with Noah, Peter is called upon by an old friend, and Hiro and Ando set up a hero hotline. Oh, and a new villain shows up, complete with a band of carny folk! So, does the premiere start Volume 5 off on the right foot? Let's find out. read more

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