“These choices define who we are…whether it is to protect family we cherish, the truth we know and the memoires we hold onto, the past that we cannot leave behind or the search for the answers to our own private mysteries…a medal with the laws of time, twisted, bended and even the smallest of butterflies can alter history itself, turn friend into foe causing the most unexpected of consequences and the greatest tidal wave of change.” –
We’re more than halfway through Heroes Reborn, and episode 9 finally delivered on most fronts; it was a plot-heavy episode that kept me at the edge of my seat 95% of the time. That doesn’t mean it didn’t have its major drawbacks; one major drawback being the treatment of Heroes alums.
In fact, this episode proved one key point: the show is dead set on tarnishing our impressions of Heroes characters, while trying its darnest to force the new ones onto audience members--which proves to be a good thing for most because audience reaction to Heroes Reborn and its characters has been mixed to positive.
On a personal level, I haven’t been enjoying these new sets of characters as much as I thought I would. On the plus side, though, the episode was good enough to have me invested in mostly everyone’s storylines. So, in short, Heroes Reborn needs to maintain this level of consistency narratively because, as amazing as the episode was, Heroes Reborn as a whole has been a complete disaster.
Instead of going through the episode bit by bit, I figured it would be easier to go over the more essential and plot-heavy moments episode 9 had to offer which, quite frankly, was a lot (thank goodness for the increased pace):
Quentin is noticeably evil and in cahoots with Erica. His sole mission: hunting down Tommy. Luke and Malina continue to bond while searching for Tommy and one thing is clear: Malina could very well fill the void Dennis left in Luke’s life.
Erica shoots a deer because…well, she’s evil…and that’s what evil people do. They shoot deers and other animals while trying to wipe out civilization via a solar flare. Plus, she really didn’t do much this time around. Her shooting the deer wasn’t relevant to the plot, but it was certainly messed up!
Taylor receives a message from the online blogger/rebel Hero Truther. The Haitian, who is alive due to changes made in the past via time-travel, is the one who actually sent Taylor the message. He works for Hero Truther and is attempting to rescue him from Erica’s clutches.
Hero Truther is Micah Sanders and he’s being essentially mind-controlled by Matt along with a whole slew of Evos. Carlos and Dearing stumble upon the facility while in search for Jose, whose mind is completely under Matt’s control. Dearing and Carlos are swiftly taken out, which leads to Heroes Reborn’s most stunningly shot scenes to date. Dearing is forced to shoot himself (a sadistic example of mind trickery) while Carlos is stuck reliving the darkest moments of his life. It’s revealed to Matt that Carlos served alongside Farah. Remember her?
Joanne (yes, she’s back) holds Emily and Casper at gunpoint, which results in Casper being shot in the head and Tommy, Luke, and Malina arriving at the scene around the same time. Before Joanne can kill Emily, Tommy is successfully able to stop time and teleport Emily out of harm’s way. He spots Malina before teleporting away. Joanne escapes as quickly as she can and then, surprise, stopped by Harris, who asks her to get in his car. Luke chases after Joanne, and Malina is left to fend for herself (but not for long).
Both Emily and Tommy arrive at the hospital and, before Noah and Tommy can make a heady escape, they’re cornered by Phoebe and Quentin. Tommy is promptly taken away by the evil duo, and Noah promises to rescue Tommy in due time. Noah may have lost Tommy temporarily, but he does find Malina. Tommy reluctantly has dinner with Erica, who states she’ll tell him how he can save the world.
The last scene of episode 9, which also happens to be my favorite, flashes forward 7,957 years into the future where we’re shown a very much “alive” Miko on a barren wasteland. Judging by next week’s preview, this is what’s left of the world. Firstly, I couldn’t be happier to see Miko return and secondly, this scene is perhaps one of the best scenes of the series; the positives of Heroes Reborn are brought to light in this one simplistic, yet brilliantly done scene and I can’t help but feel hopeful for the remainder of the series.
“No matter the unforeseeable consequences of our actions…when all seems lost and the future remains uncertain, we take solace in the knowledge that the sun will rise again and what is destined will remain.” – Mohinder Suresh
And with this goosebump-inducing quote, “Sundae, Bloody Sundae” came to an end. Hands down, the best scene in the episode’s entirety!
Now onto the good ol’ pros and cons of the episode! Let’s start with the pros because, surprisingly, there’s quite a few. The biggest pro to me will come as no surprise to people who have read my previous recaps: Miko’s return. She’s my favorite character of the series, so obviously she’s going to be a pro. For people who don’t like Miko…first of all, why? And secondly…that’s quite unfortunate for you, isn’t it? Oh well, moving on.
The pacing of the episode improved by leaps and bounds and, instead of dealing with a whole lot of nonsense, the episode delivered one intense scene after another. Intensity is definitely a good thing and an element Heroes Reborn needs more of. Greg Grunberg’s performance as the now-evil Matt Parkman is what also makes this such a stand-out episode. Yes, I’m upset the writers have made him evil, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate Grunberg’s performance.
The scenery and direction of certain scenes (Miko’s return, Carlos’ delusions, Dearing “punishment”) simply took my breath away, and I found myself eagerly anticipating the next episode due to these engaging scenes (though the preview certainly dampened my excitement, damn you Heroes Reborn!). Also, any scene that includes the Heroes theme in the background is automatically a favorite of mine. Who doesn’t love the theme?
Yet another positive that stems from the excellent imagery and intensity is the focus on various different characters, Carlos and Dearing in particular. Carlos’ storyline has been pretty snooze-worthy and slow-paced thus far, but this episode changed everything. For the first time in…well for the first time, I was invested in what was going on with Carlos and Dearing; I enjoyed their partnership and hope to see more of it. And I definitely need more of the subsequent delusions Matt is making Carlos and Dearing go through; the scene with Carlos being stuck in the darkest time of his life? Chilling and spellbinding.
Onward to the cons (only two this time)!
One minor con for this episode, other than Tommy being given such huge importance, was the vilification of Heroes alum Matt Parkman. As I stated in my pros, it was certainly an interesting twist, one I didn’t necessarily mind seeing, but at the same time I was left mourning for the person Matt used to be. Greg Grunberg portrayed the villainous aspect of Matt quite brilliantly, however, with close to zero Heroes characters being on the show to begin with, was it really fair to make Matt evil? It couldn’t have been anyone else? Is that the sole purpose of past Heroes characters? To either kill them or vilify them? Most seem to be okay with this aspect, but as a die-hard fan of Heroes, I can’t help but wish there was more of a plausible explanation as to why all these past characters have been treated so poorly just for the sake of the new generation of heroes.
My last complaint, which will cause a few eye-rolls, is the continuous spotlight Tommy receives. Not only is he Claire’s baby, a Petrelli, and meant to save the world, but he also has Peter’s abilities? Oh, and because of said abilities he can also time travel? Just, please stop Heroes Reborn!
Such huge importance has been placed on Tommy and, honestly, he doesn’t deserve a bit of it as he is now. I wish his character would have been further developed and made more likable before they ventured down this route. Yes, Claire was given the same amount of importance Tommy has been given, but the one key difference, aside from Claire being an all-around better-written character, was the fact that the show never solely focused on Claire.
Yes, it was “save the cheerleader, save the world,” but the cheerleader wasn’t the only main character key to saving the world despite the phrase. We had Noah, Peter, Nathan, Hiro, Mohinder, Sylar, etc. playing major parts in saving humanity while helping Claire grow as a character as the series progressed; and in turn, Claire influenced them as well.
In fact, the best part of Heroes was that almost every character interacted with one another quite often. Heroes Reborn has a large set of characters and yet none of them have been given as big of a role as Tommy has been given. Heroes Reborn, at its core, is supposed to be an ensemble series…so why hasn’t the show fulfilled the “ensemble” portion like Heroes season 1 so brilliantly did?
I’m not a fan of Tommy, but if the show gets renewed, I’m hoping Tommy receives some much-needed character development.
Overall, “Sundae, Bloody Sundae” was immensely enjoyable and is perhaps one of the best episodes of the season!
Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments down below! Until next time!