Heroes 'Fugitives' Chapter: Back To Basics?

So Heroes is back with the next chapter: Fugitives. Right from the opening scene the opening episode, "A Clear and Present Danger" had a different feel than last season's "Villains" arc. It seemed more... quiet.

This was fine with me as it seems (at least in the season opener) that they're paying more attention to and focusing more on the characters as people. Last season was all about crazy action and characters acting... well... out of character.

There will be season opener spoilers below...

This season seems to begin at least a couple of months after the end of the last season, and perhaps even longer. Most everyone seems to be trying to not use their powers and live out normal lives. Then there's Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) - he's the latest Washington D.C. hot ticket with the President's ear and working on a task force to "protect our country." The public assumes he means from terrorists but he is actually going after our friendly super-powered folks.

They've really turned Nathan into a pretty slimey character, regardless of what his intentions are. This is demonstrated especially by the fact that despite his having a black ops team capturing all super-powered people that he is aware of, he offers his brother Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) and his daughter Claire (Hayden Panettiere) a pass.

Hiro (Masi Oka) is trying to turn Ando (James Kyson Lee) into a superhero (complete with spandex costume), and interestingly, Peter runs into Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) driving a cab. They have a conversation about having super-powered people rounded up and put in internment camps - Peter thinks it's vile but Mohinder thinks maybe it's a necessary evil.

Why is that interesting? Because as soon as the Black Ops team attempts to apprehend Mohinder he suddenly has a massive change of opinion on the matter. I could segue here big time but I think I'll hold my tongue. :-P

Sylar (Zachary Quinto) is still around (they haven't explained how the heck he survived the massive fire at the end of last season) and he's trying to find out exactly who he is. He actually has the coolest scene in the entire episode when the men in black try to capture him. He is one formidable opponent.

Noah Bennett (Jack Coleman) is back and he seems to have reverted to his old tricks from season one.

I was actually quite surprised at the fact that basically everyone was rounded up by the end of the episode. I had expected it to take a few episodes for everyone to be captured, with the possibility that a number of our pals wouldn't be. As it stands the ending of the episode almost made me feel like we were about to witness a Heroes/Lost crossover. :-)

Anyway, based on just this one episode it looks like we're in for an interesting season - hopefully it stays true all season long and there is no shark-jumping.

What did you think... does it look like Heroes is going to return to its former glory?

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