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Comic-Con 2009: Heroes

IMG_2031heroescomicconcopyrightAfter a weak and universally panned third season, The Powers That Be at Heroes are hoping to stage a comeback with new locations, new characters, and a new theme.  In Volume 5: Redemption, our heroes are looking to re-enter their normal lives now that the government is no longer hunting them.  Some of them choose to assimilate, while others hide.  And there is yet another group of people with superpowers that has been hiding in plain sight in a carnival…

Panel: Tim Kring, Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Milo Ventimiglia, Robert Knepper, Dawn Olivieri, Ray Park, Madeline Zima

When the show returns:

Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) has a new empathy for people with abilities and thinks he is helping set up a new company.  He just wants to be with his family, but his marriage is falling apart.IMG_2001heroescomicconcopyright

Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) learns that he has a terminal illness and believes that he only has a short while left to live.  He has gone back to Yamagoto and started a business with Ando, which “goes awry.”  His powers are out of control, and he starts seeking redemption by going back in time to fix things he has done wrong in the past.

Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) is now a freshman in college and getting a taste of normal life.  She finally has a friend that she can confide in, Gretchen, who witnesses her throwing herself out a window and coming back to life.

Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) is still sharing a body with Sylar since he was murdered in the season finale and they have some Jekyll and Hyde moments early in the season.  He has been in contact with Millie (Swoosie Kurtz), his mother’s friend, but his arc has taken him away from his family.

Sylar (Zachary Quinto) is in 2 places.  He gets inside Matt Parkman’s head and shares Nathan’s body.IMG_2058heroescomiccopyright

Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) is a paramedic.  He has become the guy that, when swung at, will swing back harder.  Peter has interacted with Mr. Bennet for the first time in a long time, as well as new characters Samuel and Edgar.

Samuel (Robert Knepper, Prison Break) appears to be the “reluctant ringleader” of the carnival.  His brother has just died and he is looking to change things, taking the carnival people with him.  He is recruiting heroes to help him accomplish that.  Samuel has scenes with all the characters that bring out their vulnerable sides.

Lydia (Dawn Olivieri, Knight Rider) works with Sam and is an “empath of sorts.”  She also has a tattooing ability.  She is mysterious and it is unclear which side of the fence she plays on.

Edgar (Ray Park, G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra) has super speed and likes to play with knives.  He is sent out by Samuel to do things he does not want to do and is seeking redemption and peace.

Gretchen (Madeline Zima, Californication) is Claire’s first friend since season 1.  They are friends with privileges.  She has had scenes with Claire and Mr. Bennet.IMG_2014heroescomicconcopyright

Things to look for:

  • They will tell fewer stories per episode and focus on about 3 characters or storylines.  The storylines will go deeper, not wider.
  • They try to make the cast as diverse as possible.  In addition to the 2 new women on the show, there will be more casting in this area later in the season.
  • There are no plans to hear about Caitlin or West in the next volume.
  • There will be lots of time travel.

The Volume 5: Redemption trailer shows:

  • Claire in college.  Her friend discovers her ability and they kiss;
  • Samuel at the carnival and meeting everyone;
  • Hiro popping into the carnival and meeting his younger self;
  • Tracy Strauss back, looking for revenge, and attacking Danko;
  • “Nathan” having Elle’s power of electricity;
  • Peter as a paramedic;IMG_2027heroescomicconcopyright
  • Sylar being interrogated by Parkman and threatening Parkman’s baby;
  • Noah gravely injured and his compass stolen;
  • Peter mysteriously getting a tattoo of a compass; and
  • Millie involved in a conspiracy.  She hired someone to kidnap and kill “Nathan.”  He is buried in a grave, but Sylar climbs out and wants his body back.

At the end of the panel, they showed a clip of a slow motion, but super fast, knife fight where Peter takes Edgar’s ability and attacks him to protect Mr. Bennet.

Heroes returns to NBC with a 2-hour season premiere on Monday, September 21.

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Photographs courtesy of Poptimal.com and taken by Ayang.

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