This episode takes place 5 years after the events of the original series where the world witnessed Claire Bennett make the giant leap off the ferris wheel and revealed her powers of healing. Today EVO numbers have skyrocketed to the point where ordinary people fear the evolved.
The hatred is intensified when a horrific explosion rocked the Unity Summit in Odessa, Texas, on June 13, 2014. Officially, Dr. Mohinder Suresh was labeled a terrorist, was implicated as the mastermind of the attack. One year later since the catastrophe, EVOs have been vilified around the world. Many have been forced underground, others brutally pursued and rounded up, forced to register, jailed or killed. A growing vigilante movement means every EVO’s life is at risk. When Tommy, a teenage boy with powers of teleportation, attends an underground support group meeting, he narrowly escapes death at the hands of Luke and Joanne Collins. The pair is out to avenge the death of their son who was killed on June 13th, and wastes little time in gunning down the evolved humans at their meeting.
Meanwhile, Noah Bennet is leading a quiet life following the death of his daughter Claire on June 13th. That is, until he notices a stranger stalking him. He gets the drop on Quentin Frady, a conspiracist who lost his sister Phoebe in the wake of the Summit. Quentin knows that Bennet once worked for Primatech, a company acquired by the tech giant Renautas.
HRG finds an old business card for an optometry shop called Lumiere Opthalmology and follows the clue to find his old friend René, aka The Haitian. The two former partners agree to meet in a parking lot. HRG hopes René can reveal what really happened at the Summit on June 13, the day Claire died; HRG has no memory of the event. But before he can ask questions, René tries to choke HRG to death. HRG struggles with a gun, accidently shooting René. With his dying breath, René explains that HRG asked René to kill him. With his former partner dead, HRG realizes Quentin may be the only one who can help him discover the truth behind June 13th.
In the frozen wastelands of Canada, Malina, a mysterious young girl, stands before a brightly colored sky, an aurora during the day. She appears to be controlling the display with her hands; she declares, “I can’t control it much longer.”
In Los Angeles, a returning war hero named Carlos learns that his brother, Oscar, has been leading a double life as El Vengador, a crime fighter. After his brother’s death, Carlos decides to continue his brother’s crime-fighting mission – and to avenge his murder.
In Tokyo, a young woman named Miko Otomo is found by a man named Ren, who tells her he found her address after completing a level in the video game Evernow. He recognizes Miko as a character from within the game, Katana Girl, and explains that the character wields an ancient sword (with a familiar symbol). Later, Miko uncovers that same sword hidden in her missing father’s office. When she pulls the blade, she is transported into the video game and immediately begins slaying attackers before reappearing in her Tokyo apartment before an astonished Ren.
Young Tommy tries to settle down in Carbondale, Illinois, attending high school and falling for Emily, a fellow student who gives him a job at her ice cream shop. When Joanne and Luke track him down and threaten Emily too, Tommy unleashes his nascent power of teleportation, sending Luke and Joanne off into thin air. Unbeknownst to all of them, Luke and Joanne have been transported into the bowels of the Primatech ruins in Odessa, Texas, where Renautas has a secret facility. As Luke and Joanne are trying to figure out where they are, HRG and Quentin are stumbling upon that same facility, intent on unraveling the mystery of their loved ones’ disappearances.
During the live tweet session I had the chance to clue you in on all that has transpired leading up to the premiere. I hope you all found it insightful and helpful for those who just got into the series. But there is always more to come as there are only 11 more episodes to go in this miniseries. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come.
Heroes Reborn: Chapter 6-Game Over (1X06)
Following the events of the last episode, HRG and Quentin torture Harris to help them find Hiro Nakamura, but discover he’s trapped inside the Evernow video game. Miko, who learns she’s only a construct, battles her doppelganger inside the game and frees Hiro. HRG and Hiro travel back in time to June 13, 2014.
Tommy takes Emily to Paris, where their relationship blossoms. His tracking device removed, Tommy finds a new confidence and declares himself ready to save the world.
After Malina saves Luke’s life after he tries to commit suicide, they join forces to track down Tommy. But what’s her connection to Tommy?
Back at Renatus, Quentin confronts his sister Phoebe, the abilities-dampening EVO known as The Shadow. In the struggle, Phoebe kills Quentin with her dark energy powers.
As they approach Sunstone Manor, where Jose and Father Mauricio are being held, Captain Dearing tricks Carlos into taking a dangerous drug.
After learning she is pregnant, Taylor Kravid turns to Hero Truther to help her take down Erica and expose Renautas. Now, what does the past hold leading up to events of June 13?
Heroes Reborn: Chapter 5-The Lion’s Den (1×05)
In this episode we find that Tommy is adopted and that Caspar and his mother have been working to protect him all along. This comes as shocking to Tommy as he flees from both of them.
In Canada, Malina and Farah are attacked by Harris and a menacing EVO named The Shadow who zaps them with dark energy minimizing their powers. Farah is shot as Malina escapes in the back of a logging truck with the intent of finishing what they started.
Back in LA, crooked police captain Dearing is detected as an EVO and is then rescued from police custody by Carlos as El Vengador. Carlos offers Dearing freedom in exchange for the location of Jose and Father Mauricio.
In Midian, Colorado Miko and Ren pursue Hiro’s sword at Renautas headquarters, then track it after Harris places it in an SUV. Leading them to the home of Erica. They weren’t the only ones as HRG, Quentin and Taylor trap Erica at her home. Interrogating her at gunpoint, HRG realizes Erica’s scheme is global. Harris and his clones arrive and rescue their boss but are attacked by Miko, who defeats them all and recovers the sword. Erica escapes.
Back at Renautas, Erica learns Earth’s destruction is less than a week away; she accelerates her plans for humanity’s “starting over.” What a cruel and insane plan. But there’s more to come!!!
Heroes Reborn: Chapter 4-The Needs of the Many (1X04)
Following the car crash, Tommy teleports his injured mother to a nearby hospital where doctors declare that she’ll require a blood transfusion to survive. Tommy takes a blood test to see if he’s a match, but it comes back negative. With Emily, Tommy teleports to a blood bank in an attempt to save his mother. When he returns to the hospital, a nurse warns him that his blood test revealed that he’s an EVO and triggered an alert to the federal agency that tracks EVOs. As Tommy is about to teleport away, an agent threatens to kill his mother if he runs.
After the emergence of his powers, Luke questions the quest of hunting EVOs. He tries to convince Joanne to return to a normal life, but she remains intent on murdering everyone on their list. Luke finally reaches his breaking point and bravely shows her his powers. Outraged, but ultimately unwilling to kill her husband, she leaves.
Miko and Ren head to Colorado to infiltrate Renautas headquarters and find Miko’s sword in order to save her father. While they travel, Ren uses social media to ask his fans to meet outside the building. When Ren and Miko arrive at the facility, there are dozens of video game fans in Katana Girl costumes lined up outside the gate. Mostly as a distraction but let’s just say it’s a kick ass costume.
Carlos decides he needs to upgrade his El Vengador gear if he’s going to be successful in his pursuit of Captain Dearing. Carlos builds a powerful new suit, equipped with armor and machinery. He also modifies one of Oscar’s old cars. But when Carlos takes the car out for a test run, his young nephew Jose locates the El Vengador hideout under the garage. Filled with new pride for his deceased father, Jose shows Father Mauricio his own powers. But the moment is short-lived, as Captain Dearing appears and captures them both.
In the Arctic, Malina and her protector, Farah, head south. Malina hones her abilities to control the elements as they hike through the forest. As she practices, one of Harris’ men spots them and tries to alert his companions. But before he can, Farah knocks him out and make a run for it.
Taylor begins to doubt her mother’s intentions at Renautas after the disappearance of her boyfriend. When she meets HRG and Quentin inside the facility, she decides to help them locate Molly. They find Molly in a large room of EVOs wired to machines. Renautas has discovered a way to harness their powers. As HRG tells Molly he wants to free her and find out what happened to Claire on June 13, Molly steals his gun, warning him to forget the past and save the future. She shoots herself in the head and are found out by security. HRG, Taylor and Quentin flee the room.
Harris tells Erica that the remote tracking component of EPIC won’t work after Molly’s death, making it harder to find persons with abilities. Erica is frustrated, saying the fate of the human race depends on finding these EVOs. She asks Harris about “the girl,” and he reveals that, before the tracking system went down, they picked up a strong signal in the Arctic.
The pieces have shifted with Molly Walker now dead. In the eyes of the enemy they would have to start over. For the rest of the Heroes, it’s their chance to keep going and stop Renautas from killing innocent EVOs. Where does the journey go from here? Check out this sneak peek at Thursday’s episode.
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