[SPOILERS] Heroes – Episode 2-1

Episode 2.01: Four Months Later
Airdate: September 24, 2007

As the second volume of Heroes begins, the fates of Peter, Nathan and Matt are revealed, following the horrible showdown with Sylar and Peter’s uncontrolled nuclear detonation miles above New York City. As everyone attempts to move on, a new sinister force begins stalking and murdering Heroes. With the family hiding in Southern California, H.R.G. and Claire attempt to live as inconspicuously as possible. which proves to be easier said than done. Meanwhile, after landing in feudal Japan, Hiro meets his hero Takezo Kensei. Twins Maya and Alejandro Herrera hope to make the crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, in hopes of finding help with their deadly abilities.

The first episode is very Claire-centric. Claire’s moving to L.A. and getting a new guy. Hayden Panettiere revealed that the first episode [of Season 2] picks up four months after the finale. “A lot of things happened [during those four months] that people don’t know about,” she teased. “A lot of things changed and people will be like, ‘Whoa!'”

“There’s going to be an interesting channel of communication,” said James Kyson Lee , who plays Ando. “I can’t reveal what, but it’s going to be such a great way of storytelling. What happens in one timeline may affect the other. For Ando, I think you’ll see him spending more time at Yamagato. Does he want to stay there? Probably not, after experiencing all that he did in season one.” […] Hiro won’t be the only one hopping through time. The first episode, titled “Four Months Later,” will time-shift the entire story line. […] One of the mysteries will be in the form of a new character, Maya, portrayed by Dania Ramirez. Maya is a super-powered Dominican on the run from the law with her twin brother. As for her special ability, Ramirez said viewers will have to wait until the show’s Sept. 24 premiere. […] “She’s going north, Ramirez said coyly. “There’s a lot of injustices she encounters in her journey up north. She’s trying to get to the U.S. to figure out or find out what’s happening to her. I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s cool. It’s really cool.”

Kaito Nakamura appears in this episode.

“The eclipse is one of those secrets that we’ll hold onto,” writer-producer Jesse Alexander. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Season 2 started with an eclipse. There’s a scientific and spiritual significance for the eclipse to the specific ‘Heroes’ storyline.” […] “I would pay some attention to moppet mutant-finder Molly Walker and what she represents as an important clue as to where Season 2 is going,” Tim Kring says “That’ll be revealed pretty much in the season opener, but this idea that Molly Walker and Suresh’s sister had similar ailments is a key part of where this story is going in the second season.” […] Writer Jeph Loeb says the unseen supervillain — the one Molly says is worse than Sylar — “will be dealt with right in the first episode of Season 2.”

One major character is presumed dead in the season premiere (but isn’t), but another will die in that very same episode! Also, there’s another huge threat targeting all the Heroes that is far less attractive than Sylar. We caught up with James Kyson Lee at Hot in Hollywood, and he said, “Lots of things to look forward to in season two, including a new look for Ando… We’ll probably move on from the Members Only jacket. And there will be parallel times, the modern time and the ancient Japan, so I’m… in the present day, going back and forth between New York and Japan, and there’s going to be some kind of connection between me and Hiro… But you have to wait until Sept. 24 to find out.”

According to our source, Claire is still very much a teenager and has been sneaking out of the house to hang out with her new boyfriend.

The powers of new Heroes Maya (Dania Ramirez) and Alejandro (Shalim Ortiz) are connected. Dania told us this about her brother, “We need each other.” We also hear that despite reports the fraternal twins are from the Dominican Republic, they’re actually from Central America and will either be leaving from or at least passing through San Cristobal, Honduras.

Lyndsy Fonseca is out as Claire’s gay cheerleader pal. She’s out as in, off the show. According to Heroes creator Tim Kring, Fonseca’s role had to be cut short after she landed that series-regular gig on Desperate Housewives . “She wasn’t a pivotal character,” Kring says of Claire’s pal, who will now appear in just one episode. “The idea was that that part would grow, but it never got a chance to.” New Hero Dania Ramirez revealed that when we first meet her character, Maya, “she’s on the run from the cops.”

Jack Coleman, who plays Noah Bennet-also known as HRG (Horn-Rimmed Glasses) says that his character will still have a dark edge to him at the beginning of the second season. “It makes it very clear, in the very first episode of this year, he’s not defanged,” Coleman said. […] Coleman revealed that in the second-season premiere, which picks up several months after the events of the season finale, his character has been reunited with his adopted daughter, Claire (Hayden Panettiere), and his wife (Ashley Crow) and son (Randall Bentley). “The Bennet family has relocated,” he said. “I can’t tell you exactly where. And it’s a new world. The secrets they keep from each other are new secrets. The old secrets have all been divulged. We’re not retreading the old ground. But there’s old ghosts. Old habits are about to rear their ugly head in a very dramatic way. The Bennets are together to start, but in a very difficult, awkward circumstance that they all have to try to deal with. And it gets pretty sticky pretty quickly.” Coleman also said that his character will continue to be one of the few on the show without any super powers.

A new hot young female hero is joining the cast. Dania Ramirez (The Sopranos) has been added as a regular on the NBC Universal TV Studio series, which is returning for a second season in the fall. Ramirez will play Maya, a new hero whose powers are being kept under wraps. New Hero Dania Ramirez revealed that when we first meet her character, Maya, “she’s on the run from the cops.”

The episode will also introduce Kane, a recurring character that may become a possible regular. This man in his late 20s is referred, in the info we were given, as an ageless American with an European feel. He is said to be a charming womanizer who as a soul that seems to be older than he appears to be. A new Japanese recurring female character will be named Princess Keriyama. A few high school characters living in California will be added to the recurring cast. They are: Gay cheerleader April; charming 18-year-old West, who doesn’t fit in much; May, a mean cheerleader high schooler. Other recurring characters making their first appearances in the premiere are: Georgie and Blackie, two Irish thieves, who are under orders of 45ish ringleader Ricky; friendly 40-year-old mild-mannered Bob who is said to be the “unassuming face of a very powerful organization”; NYPD detective Kincaid.

There are other possible new roles, most of which are said to have international flavor, include a sexy boyfriend for Claire (Hayden Panettiere), a 28-year-old black mother, a surrogate for Niki’s (Ali Larter) son.

Reliable inside sources connected to NBC say that David Anders, the ridiculously talented actor who played the ridiculously awesome Mr. Sark on Alias, is in final talks with Heroes to play a new character named Takezo Kensei for the upcoming second season.

Dianna Agron and Dominic Keating have booked recurring roles on Heroes. Agron will play a cheerleader, Keating an Irish mobster. Agron’s credits include Veronica Mars and Shark. Keating will be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf.

The episode will feature a villainous Japanese warlord who is known as “White Beard,” various old Japanese villagers as well as Tuko, a West-African man working for Irish mobster Ricky.

They’re welcoming a new recurring character named Will, aka Blackie, an Irish mobster who’s mixed up in small-time crime. I’m hearing we’ll meet a new character who’s been alive for 1,000 years.

Guest Cast: Nick D’Agosto, Lyndsy Fonseca, Cristine Rose, Barry Shabaka Henley, George Takei, Eriko Tamura and Adair Tishler.

Credit: SpoilerFix.com, NBC, Yahoo, Kristin on E!Online, Hollywood Reporter, TV Squad, TV Squad, Variety, The Ausiello Report, Sci Fi Wire, Ain’t It Cool News

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