This week’s Heroes Reborn was a biggie as we discovered what killed the cheerleader and how it all ties to the world being (possibly) saved. We also saw a few more old characters return and I just really wanted Peter Petrelli to show up as a super secret guest, but I digress.
So Claire Bennet is really truly dead. How did she die if she could regenerate herself you may ask? She had a cardiac arrest while giving birth to twins.
I still don’t really understand how that was possible, but Mama Petrelli (now Great Grandma Angela Petrelli) sort of implied that she lost her power because of childbirth. UPDATE: Claire was unable to regenerate since Phoebe’s shadow negated the all other Evo abilities in the area as a part of Erica’s plan to blow up the summit (Thanks to reader Monica Dawson for pointing this out). UPDATE: Tommy had absorbed Claire’s powers and so she was unable to regenerate. Hiro had said that preventing Claire’s death would lead to worse events and so she must remain deceased. Does that mean though that her true purpose this whole time was just to give birth to the saviors? Bummer.
But let’s get back to the twins. At the very end of the episode we found out that HRG names the girl Malina after his mom and Angela names the boy Nathan after Nathan Petrelli (she says Nathan is the son she lost, so that means Peter is alive??). Malina is obviously the young Evo whom we first met in the Arctic Circle and Nathan is actually teleporter Tommy Clark! That’s why Farah had given her young charge a picture of Tommy so when they eventually reunite the Wonder Twins can activate their powers even more and save the world, or something like that.
HRG realizes that he made himself forget about Claire’s kids in order to protect them from Erica. Angela had visions that the kids would one day save the world and somehow the Renautas CEO finds out. Cleverly, Noah recruits Hiro to hide the children in the past so that Renautas would not be able to find them and it would also throw them off the scent (aka they are hunting for babies when the kids are actually teens now). Angela says she’ll go back into the past with Hiro to help look after her great-grandchildren.
They must have separated at some point in the past because neither knew of each other’s existence in the present. It’s all very Luke and Leia (from Star Wars). Twins check, one boy one girl check, powers check, prophecy to save the world check. I suppose that would make Erica the Emperor and Harris is Darth Vader.
At the hospital I almost didn’t recognize the nurse as being present day Tommy’s mom (she had straight hair in the past). There was a little moment between Hiro and Anne Clark, which gives us a clue on how she becomes Tommy’s adoptive mother. In a previous episode as well Anne tells Nathan/Tommy that she was afraid that he would go looking for his father, which would be Hiro? I’m guessing that the time traveler stayed with the Anne and the baby for a few years and left before Tommy could remember him.
Additionally it’s interesting that Primatech had the teleporter at some point when he was a child because past Noah would have met his future grandson without even knowing it. Though it does make me wonder how they weren’t able to link Tommy to Claire genetically since they must have had blood samples from both.
Meanwhile, how does Angela raise Malina? Did she arrange for the child to grow up with foster parents as well? From the preview clip for episode eight, Malina is shown sitting in a very fancy looking estate. Did great-grandma use her own formidable resources to bring up the child herself in secret since the other Angela Petrelli was out there? Guess we’ll find out in this upcoming episode. Eventually the young girl gets taken to the Arctic Circle with Farah as her guardian to practice her abilities and stay hidden from Renautas. Somehow they managed to survive out there with what looked like very meager supplies.
Time was cleverly used in this episode where HRG had to go back to the past to create the present as it is on the show. But still, why did he tell The Haitian to kill him if he ever returned after the memory wipe? Wouldn’t that have prevented future him from returning to the past to enact this whole plan in the first place?
Hiro also doesn’t have the Kensei sword with him since getting out of EverNow, where’d it go? And has anyone noticed how his Japanese accent isn’t quite as strong as it was in the original Heroes? He’s slowly transitioning to the future Hiro who sounds American.
Lastly, who got Claire knocked up???
Heroes Reborn is on NBC, Thursdays 8/7 central.