With filming on Heroes' second season well and truly underway, Masi Oka has revealed his character will be spending some time in feudal Japan. As the time-traveling Hiro, he will be seen 400 years in the past - the time of the samurai.
The news comes as Oka announces the next series will begin with two individual time lines - one in the past and another set four months after the recent season one finale.
The actor speaks fondly of the chance to live what is a childhood dream for many Japanese children:
"You know how [American] kids wish they could be cowboys? In my culture we wish we could be samurai and ninja. I grew up reading those kinds of mangas. I know about the feudal era, so it’s cool."
Season two of Heroes is due to begin screening on NBC on September 24.
Sounds interesting, I suppose. But, then again, there's something about time travel that's always kinda bugged me. With the exception of the Back To The Future and Terminator franchises I grew up on, I've always found time travel to be a little too convenient as a plot device. Having said that, I'm yet to finish watching the first series of Heroes, so feel free to correct me.
Why am I so slow to pick up on the year's big phenomenon, you ask? Well, to be completely honest, I thought the first few episodes kinda sucked. They simply took themselves way too seriously for what I saw as a blatant and over-produced X-Men clone. Still, I've seen later episodes that looked pretty cool - and my sister's been on my back to watch it - so, who knows? It might just be my next big thing too.
Source: TV Guide