The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Four Months Ago” episode of NBC’s “Heroes.”
After an entire summer and eight weeks of waiting, we finally find out what happened “Fourth Months Ago,” after that fateful night in Kirby Plaza when Nathan flew nuclear Peter to explode away from New York City.
We find out why Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) keeps seeing himself as disfigured in mirrors. When he flew Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) over the ocean the radiation burned him severely, and the rest of the damage was done as Peter exploded. Peter remained intact, and recovered in time save Nathan and fly him to a hospital.
The hospital could do little more than stabilize him as Mama Angela (Cristine Rose) and Heidi Petrelli (Rena Sofer) tend to his charred body. Mom Petrelli soon uses what might be superpowers of persuasion on Heidi by telling her that Nathan is like his father — mentally unstable, and prone to delusions, and that she has to keep what shes seen a secret. Wanna bet this is what sends Heidi packing the kids?
In the meantime, Peter gets abducted by Elle (Kristen Bell) and Bob (Stephen Tobolowsky) and imprisoned in a Company facility.
At first he thinks he is there to be cured, which he welcomes, because he doesnt want to go nuclear again. While Elle becomes his sadistic caretaker, Peter’s powers have been stopped by a series of pills and The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis).
He also learns that Adam (David Anders) is imprisoned in a cell next to his. Adam, who is Kensei plus 400 years in age, persuades Peter to escape, and take him along with him. His great bargaining chip? He can cure Nathan.
Adam cures Nathan with his own blood, but before he and Peter can escape to Montreal, Peter is zapped by Elle and captured by the Haitian. While Elle runs off to zap Adam, The Haitian hides Peter in a storage shed in Cork, Ireland, and erases his memories so he can’t be found again by The Company.
Also after that fateful night in Kirby Plaza, we learn that DL (Leonard Roberts) survives his gunshot wound, and he, Niki (Ali Larter), and Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) are back together again. The Company has paid DL’s medical bills, and offers to cure Niki. They know of her problems, and give her medications to suppress Jessica.
The problem with the drugs, though, is they turn Niki into something of a zombie. She stops taking them so she can feel again and meets “Gina” in her mirror. It seems Niki has a third personality — who runs off to go dancing, and ultimately gets DL killed.
We also meet Maya (Dania Ramirez) and Alejandro (Shalim Ortiz) at his wedding to a woman who cheats on him at their reception. Maya, against the marriage to begin with, walks in on the bride and another man — who threatens Maya if she tells anyone. Maya reacts by going all black-gooey-eyed, and not only kills the bride and her lover, but everyone at the wedding reception — except Alejandro.
The Peter/Nathan/Adam story was the best part of the episode. David Anders would have chemistry with lint if it was his co-star.
Adam is cool and calculating, and can gain the trust of anyone he encounters. Healing Nathan both made him sympathetic and set off the warning bells at the same time. How does Adam intend to “save the world?”
What Didn’t Work
After the stellar episode last week, I expected to see “Four Months Ago” build to a higher point. Instead, it was relatively bland. Too much of this episode focused on the least interesting characters in the series. I’ve mentioned before that I was never a fan of the Niki/Jessica story.
Ali Larter is fine in the role(s), but I was hoping her character could put the split personality thing behind her. Instead, we get a third personality, Gina, who is responsible for DL’s death, and taking the story in another uninspired direction.
The backstory on Maya and Alejandro was unnecessary. It didn’t really provide us with more than we already knew. It didn’t shed new light on their story. Unless the fact that Maya’s first mass murder was at Alejandro’s wedding has some crucial bearing on the rest of the season (truncated or not), it was a waste of time and space.
Elle is more than irritating. Kristen Bell is awesome, and she was muy creepy and disturbing in the role, but it’s the character herself I’m not so sure about.
I suppose if they are positioning her to be the big bad while Zachary Quinto is seeking out strange new ears, it might make sense to have her show up now. Without a deeper understanding of her character, though, she seems kind of cartoonish. Hopefully that will change.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Four Months Ago” was written by Tim Kring and directed by Greg Beeman.
“Heroes” airs on NBC Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.