Heroes

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We start "Somewhere in Africa," the vagueness of which is probably a safety measure against this particular region getting a lot of mail complaining about it hosting boring storylines. Ando is pointing out disturbing paintings of the villains and saying Hiro needs to go back in time to figure out how to defeat them, but Hiro's whining about how he'll only make things worse. He's probably right, and yet I still want to hit him on the head with a shovel. Ando points out that Hiro saw the end of the world in the future, so perhaps "making things worse" is really off the table. I suppose you could argue that a world enslaved is worse than no world at all, but I'm surprised someone doesn't point out that last week, NeoIsaac told Hiro that he relies on his powers too much. NeoIsaac: "Evil forces gather. The dark sun rises. Soon, it will be too late. Will you choose your own path, or will you have it chosen for you?" Forgive me for answering a question with a question, but what the hell are you talking about? Hiro swivels his head like a bespectacled praying mantis to regard another painting...

...which depicts the scene we fade to next, as Mohinder "menacingly" tells Tracy and Nathan that they've ruined everything. He leans forward, but Tracy tells him not to approach, and frosts up her hands to show she means business. Despite the fact that Nathan was acting like a concussion victim at the end of last week's episode, he seems fine, as he asks what happened in the weboratory. Mohinder says he's trying to remove Maya's abilities, and since their abilities are synthetic, they were ideal test subjects, and by the way, would it be cool if he took just one more sample? Nathan gruffly says no, so Mohinder jumps the length of the lab over to Maya's cocoon, easily rips it open (remember how strong that stuff is), puts her over his shoulder, and jumps straight up through the skylight and out of sight. Nathan's like, "Honey, I know that was hot, but I can do the same thing. Any time. You just let me know." The camera pans down past a table...

...to Peter, who's lying unconscious. We go into his head, and see him getting dressed up in his apartment when there's a knock on the door. It's Nathan, who tells him their dad had a heart attack that morning and died. Creepy visual shifting and dissonant music plays, so it's not clear if this is an accurate memory or what, but after a couple quick shots of Papa Petrelli hooked up to those breathing tubes, we see the funeral, where Mama Petrelli tells Peter that Papa Petrelli was "deeply flawed in ways you will never know." Well, there's another prediction she got wrong. We see a photo of Papa Petrelli next to an urn containing "his" ashes, and if that means some hospital or crematorium worker just happened to go missing recently, I don't want to know about it. Shot of Papa Petrelli lying in the bed with his eyes open and evil, then of Peter seeing him last week for the first time, bed, evil eyes, Nathan saying "Dad's dead" for the twenty-eighth time in as many seconds, Papa Petrelli stealing Peter's powers...

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