If there was ever a character that’s had a hard life in the Heroes universe, it’s clairvoyant Molly Walker (now played by Francesca Eastwood), and it seems that she still can’t catch a break. We first met young Molly (Adair Tishler) during season one when police officer Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) telepathically heard her pleas of help while hiding. Sylar (Zachary Quinto) had just killed her parents for their abilities. The bogeyman then proceeded to hunt her down as well to acquire her unique gift of tracking any evolved human just by thinking about them. Molly’s difficult journey has also included being afflicted with Shanti virus, kidnapped by The Company/Primatech, attacked by Maury Parkman (Alan Blumenfeld), and then the constant moving since folks were always after her powers.
At some point between Heroes season three (when we last saw Molly) and Heroes Reborn, she falls into the hands of Renautas (who apparently was Primatech’s parent company) and was experimented on. In last week’s episode, the clairvoyant was on the run and came across a telekinetic Evo named Francis (Peter Mooney) at a gambling den. She attempted to steal money from him but was drugged by his girlfriend Taylor (Eve Harlow) instead. To make things worse, the couple was actually hunting her down.
Tonight we found out that Francis and Taylor are Renautas agents and they were looking for Molly because she is an integral part of the company’s new product, E.P.I.C.
Meanwhile, Noah Bennett/HRG (Jack Coleman) is still trying to piece together what happened a year ago that would make him want his own memory wiped. He comes across a security tape at a Texas hospital that curiously showed him and Molly together and former Primatech agent decides that he needs to find her even more urgently.
Speaking of Molly and HRG, how is it that she has grown up so much but HRG still looks almost the way he did in the original series? Has he found the fountain of youth? Taken some of Claire’s blood for some excellent collagen?
Molly is taken to Midian where she tries to guilt trip Taylor by saying that she’s essentially killed her Evo boyfriend for leaving him behind (the other Renautas goons wouldn’t allow him on the plane). We then discover that the trust fund girl is the daughter of Renautas CEO Erica Kravid (Rya Kihlstedt). Molly temporarily gets away from her captors and runs into HRG and Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski). She’s shocked to see him and refuses to anywhere with them. While HRG begs her to fill him in on why they were at the hospital together, she instead says, “There’s too much at risk. You shouldn’t have come.”
How mysterious. What exactly is at risk that she would rather face Renautas than go with Noah whom she’s known since she was a kid?
Utterly confused, HRG can only stare as she takes off, only to bump into Harris Prime (an Evo with the ability to clone himself), one of Erica’s top agents. She then gets taken to a room where a wire is connected into her neck (it looks like a USB slot has been carved into her) and E.P.I.C. comes online. Molly acts as the program that the technology somehow runs on. Through her gift, Renautas was able to create a Cerebro-like network that could identify every Evo on the planet. Erica demonstrates by scanning the conference room and locates an unregistered evolved human in the audience.
This device would essentially allow for the mass genocide of the Evo population, but is this truly Renautas’ end goal? There must be a larger plan. Meanwhile hidden in another room, HRG and Quentin catch the presentation and decide that they have to free Molly and destroy this technology.
Oh and in case you didn’t know, Cerebro is a device used in the X-Men universe by Professor Charles Xavier to detect mutants anywhere in the world. But of course you knew that already.
Alas poor Molly, is she forever doomed to be taken advantaged off? Will she ever truly escape from those want to use and abuse her? Things are looking decidedly bad for the clairvoyant right now, but her refusal to go with HRG makes me think that some larger scheme is at play and there is a chance that she is choosing to be at Renautas despite the danger to her life.
Whatever her plans are, here’s hoping she catches a real break soon. She really deserves it.