Heroes Episodes

2006, TV Show

Heroes Episode: "A Clear and Present Danger"

Season 3, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: The newly powerless Hiro resolves to help Ando become a true superhero. Elsewhere, Suresh, Peter, Daphne and Matt return to their regular lives, but Claire's quest for normalcy is cut short after she discovers a new plot by Nathan; and Sylar looks for his real parents.
Original Air Date: Feb 2, 2009

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Season 3, Episode 14
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Length: 43:10
Aired: 2/2/2009
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Heroes Episode Recap: "Trust and Blood" Season 3, Episode 14

Picking up right where the last episode left off, this episode sees Peter & Co. scrambling to formulate a plan in the aftermath of the plane crash. In short, the manhunt is now officially on, especially now that Nathan seems to be losing control over "The Hunter." Meanwhile, Claire continues her "Miss Independent" tour, Sylar gains a new protégé, an all-new (sorta) alliance is formed, and we say goodbye to a fallen hero... for now, at least.

I'll admit, I've been among the many that have several serious issues with Heroes this season, and after yawning through much of last week's setup episode, I was glad to see a quicker pace return. I'm still not sure what's really at stake here, but I appreciated the way the story was told throughout the episode, jumping back in forth in time. (I didn't say it was original, and it's usually Heroes major weakness, but it did seem to raise the intensity. Note to producers: The music underscoring Peter's big speech at the end, however did not have a similar effect. Quite the opposite, in fact.)

The air strike
Once Nathan's team learns the plane is down in Arkansas and the passengers are fleeing, "The Hunter" (Hunter, from here on) instantly takes matters into his own hands, ordering an air strike on the crash site. The purpose seems two-fold: to try and take out any survivors and, more likely, to cover up what was really going on there. Nathan, however is none too happy that Hunter exercised his own judgment to stop the "prisoners-turned-terrorists" that were on board. The power play batted back and forth throughout the episode, as Hunter reminded Nathan that his career was on the line while Nathan made sure Hunter knew he was "replaceable."

"The cheerleader"
Come on, guys. That phrase was used at least four times in this episode. Is there any reason why after three seasons (and many moons since we last saw her with pom-poms) that the characters won't just call her Claire? In any case, Claire proved to be a handful for both of her fathers. As expected, HRG has cut a deal to ensure her safety, and Nathan honors the agreement. It doesn't hurt that HRG has the insurance policy of spilling the beans that Nathan has abilities like those he's hunting, something Hunter would surely be interested to find out. After a little too much acting out, Nathan (with HRG's approval) sends Claire back to Costa Verde, where Claire considers a part-time job...until she gets some mysterious text messages. The theme: Be ready for the fight that's coming.

Microwave Boy
Unlike the last volume, Sylar is just about as far from the action as possible. But that doesn't mean he's not busy. He finds a troubled teen after he breaks into a house to use the teen and his mother as bait to get Agent Stevens (one of the ragdolls from last week) to spill his guts about Sylar's real dad. When the boy (Luke) fights back with his interesting ability (he basically heats things, making them melt, boil, etc.), Sylar takes a shine to him. Or at least he doesn't kill him, which as Sylar admits, is a good sign. Microwave Boy, however, does make a kill, saving Sylar from Agent Stevens, who frees himself. When Sylar decides to split, Luke tells him he knows where to find Sylar's dad, as well as why he's looking for him. Sylar's sold, and the road trip begins.

Can pre-cog eyes cry?
Parkman, Hiro and Mohinder all escape together, and it isn't long until Parkman's overtaken by his trance, which leads him to a trailer to gather drawing supplies. Hiro and Mohinder grab some clothes as well, to get out of their jumpsuits. When Parkman's drawings reveal that Daphne gets shot at the crash site, he runs back into danger. Indeed, Daphne does arrive (with Ando in tow) and despite Parkman's prophetic art, he is unable to prevent Daphne from being shot. Parkman does exact some revenge by using mind-manipulation to turn Hunter's men on one another, but it's too late for Daphne, who, based on what I can see, is done for. (Wouldn't her super speed send her running after the first shot to the shoulder?) Among Parkman's other drawings: Matt and Mohinder as a vengeance-seeking justice squad, and Hiro in India. Stay tuned.

Team Fugitive is formed
Peter — who confesses that he can only hold on to one power at a time, as many had assumed — works with Tracy to try and trap Nathan, thinking that holding the senator hostage will give him leverage against the government. Nathan, however, brings backup (of course) and soon Tracy and Peter both have red sniper dots on their foreheads. Though Hunter is eager to shoot, HRG refuses to shoot Peter, who flies to safety, raising Hunter's eyebrow. Nathan then thanks HRG for not taking Peter out, no doubt in return for saving Claire. Once Peter rejoins Mohinder, Hiro, Ando and the grieving Parkman (who honestly isn't grieving that much) it's like a master class in heroic leader clichés. Peter (with the aforementioned soundtrack) gives a rousing one-for-all, "we can never go back to the way we were" speech complete with this: "They're gonna come for us, and when that day comes, we have to be ready." Ugh.

Tracy, on the other hand, is right back where she was before the plane crashed, shackled with a tube up her nose. That response comes after Nathan's phone call with Mama Petrelli, who advises Nathan to clean up his mess without her help...since he didn't want it the first time around. I just can't help but wonder if Tracy's "you're on of us, Nathan" screams are actually going to do any good in the weeks ahead. But, to be continued...

A few other thoughts:
• Who do you think "Rebel" is? Peter did have that cell phone, but that's a little obvious, plus he was wary of using it. Will someone from the past reemerge? If so, who would you like to see?

• Hiro's ramblings about heroic destiny and all the accompanying nonsense is beyond tired, but it felt even more out of place tonight. As did Mohinder. Seriously, when are they gonna cut the mad scientist loose?

• I was glad we got to see more of Zeljko Ivanek tonight, particularly with him being a baddie. He's the most exciting part of the new volume for me, and I hope he continues to play a larger role.

• This volume still has a lot to prove, but I like where it's headed so far. It will be interesting to see how long Sylar stays separated from the A plot, but classic Heroes always brings the paths together eventually.

What did you guys think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check back next week for more!

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Picking up right where the last episode left off, this episode sees Peter & Co. scrambling to formulate a plan in the aftermath of the plane crash. In short, the manhunt is now officially on, especially now that Nathan seems to be losing control over "The Hunter." Meanwhile, Claire continues her "Miss Independent" tour, Sylar gains a new protégé, an all-new (sorta) alliance is formed, and we say goodbye to a fallen hero... for now, at least.

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