This week’s Heroes Reborn took us, along with Noah and Hiro, back into the past on the day of June 13th, where we finally find out some answers. Were those answers satisfying? Not even remotely close. If anything, “June 13th - Part 1” made me wish I never received any answers in the first place. This episode ushers the return of Heroes alums Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and Angela Petrelli (Christine Rose) along with revealing what truly happened to Claire Bennett on that fateful day. Before delving into the episode’s notable reveals and disappointments, I wanted to discuss the episode as a whole – my perspective wise. I’ve groaned and complained about the series for quite a bit now yet I’ve remained hopeful to the aspect of improvement.
This episode disappointed me through and through; with the episode seeming disjointed and woodenly acted. It had its minor moments of intrigue and excellence before morphing back into a complete mess. I enjoyed the episode’s background score more than the episode itself; in fact, the music is the highlight of this episode. I’ve always appreciated Heroes background score and it’s nice to see that Heroes Reborn hasn’t changed that brilliant aspect of the show. Phoebe’s decent into darkness, for Quentin’s sake, was tragic to see and served as the episode’s highlight and yet it wasn’t enough to save the episode.
Now onto the shows so called biggest, most shocking reveal: Claire gave birth to twins and promptly died during childbirth. So who are her children? None other than Nathan aka Tommy and Malina; Noah named Malina after his mother and Angela named Nathan after her deceased son. Hiro then travels further into the past in order to hide the kids from Erica thus explaining their ages to coincide with Claire’s. Oh boy…do I have major issues with this reveal. The most obvious reason being my dislike for Tommy and disinterest in Malina. And secondly, this is why Claire was killed off? This so called reveal roused more questions than answers. Who’s the father and when the hell did Claire get pregnant? The last we saw Claire, she jumped off a Ferris wheel in order to reveal her powers of regeneration to the world, changing everything forever. The reveal wasn’t as shocking as the show advertised and I found myself mourning Heroes all over again. I miss Claire Bennett and what the show used to be; it’s unfair of me to constantly compare both shows, but it’s a habit I can’t kick.
Also, the whole point of Noah and Hiro’s time travel was in order to stop the bomb, which they don’t end up doing…what a surprise. Angela, whose ability is to see prophetic dreams, dreams of Claire’s children saving the world; so what does she do with this knowledge? She takes it to Erica, adding to her long, long list of mistakes. An interesting thing to note: Angela mentioned Nathan, but failed to mention Peter, making me wonder if Peter is indeed still alive. Peter was Angela’s “favorite” son and there’s no way she wouldn’t mention him if he had passed away. Along with seeing Angela, we welcome back Mohinder Suresh who I’m pretty sure died in the explosion by the end of the episode. I sincerely hope that’s not the case. Why bring back old Heroes characters only to kill them off? My favorite moment of the episode was short in length, but a good nod to Heroes; Mohinder has a brief moment with Molly, reminding fans that these two had quite the bond in Heroes.
We see Luke and Joanne with their son and it’s revealed their son was an evo as well; this bit of information managed to surprise me and I enjoyed this added element to Luke and Joanne’s personality. It makes one wonder why they slaughtered so many evo’s when their son was an evo as well. Did a look into Luke and Joanne’s past change my opinions on them? Not in the slightest, but it was satisfying to see their past dynamic with one another. Also, Joanne’s hair was way, way better in the past! The episode’s action sequences were quite laughable and I found myself forgetting what show I was watching multiple times throughout the episode. So overall, “June 13th – Part 1” added nothing new or interesting to the fray and Part 2 looks as though it’ll be another game changer due to Part 1 ending with Future Noah about to gun down Erica while his past-self attempts to stop him.
What did you think of “June 13th – Part 1?”