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''Heroes'': The plot thickens

After the scattered season premiere, chapter 2 gets down to business with developments for Claire, Hiro, Peter, and the Honduran Wonder Twins

(Mitchell Haaseth)

”Heroes”: The plot thickens

”Lizards,” huh? For a minute there I thought maybe this episode of Heroes was gonna be one big homage to the most awesomely bad sci-fi miniseries of the 1980s. That’s right, friends, I’m talkin’ about V! (Oh, how Diana and her fellow mouse-munchers scared the bejeezus out of my third-grade self.) But no. Last night, we got…uh…what is it we got, exactly?

Okay, okay. Compared to last week’s rather slow, don’t mind us as we break your neck whipping back and forth between lots and lots of Where the Hell Is All This Going? plot, ”Lizards” managed to move the saga along. Let’s start with the girl who’s reptile- and amphibian-obsessed. We learned that Claire’s mother knows about her daughter’s powers. Even better, we discovered, right along with the young Ms. Bennet, that her regenerative powers extend to the instant regrowth of pinky toes. The sight of Claire’s little piggy sprouting right back up was kinda gross, but the new — or should I said ”newt”? I’ll be here all season, folks! — manifestation of her ability was a welcome change from all that leg-busting and jumping-off-towers stuff we’ve grown used to.

And now, it seems everyone’s favorite ex-cheerleader isn’t the only one blessed with insta-heal. After Hiro, posing as Kensei, ticked off some Japanese warlords, they sought revenge by shooting a bunch of arrows into the real, utterly wussy Kensei (played by Alias’ Yankee-once-again-posing-as-Brit David Anders). But no sooner had Hiro removed one of the arrows than the bloody wounds closed up — a sight that made our time traveler very happy indeed. Now it’s possible that Hiro won’t have to assume Kensei’s identity after all. He’ll just teach him to embrace his power. Still, I’m convinced Hiro’s gonna get the girl — or at least steal a smooch or two. The way he looked at the lovely Eriko Tamura’s princess just made my hopelessly romantic heart melt. (And how he stopped time to let fall a gorgeous cascade of cherry blossoms reminded me of his equally breathtaking trick with the origami cranes for Charlie last season. Oh, and I also loved it when Hiro asked a villager: ”Have you seen a scary white man?” Ha!)

Meanwhile, across the pond in Cork, Peter gets the you-know-what kicked out of him by some Irish lads, but within moments he bears nary a scratch. It bolsters my theory from my last posting that he survived the season 1 Big Bang after absorbing his niece’s gift. Of course, now he can also throw neato blue fireballs and use Jedi mind tricks on rope binding his hands to a chair. But why can’t he use a similar Obi-wan trick to win back his own memory?

And here’s where I have to take a moment to gripe. The whole amnesia plotline feels about as fresh as a box of day-old Krispy Kremes on Parkman’s desk. How many series have relied on the handy-dandy memory-loss device? Even within the Heroes-verse it feels stale, seeing as the Haitian spent all of last season wreaking havoc on people’s short- and long-term gray matter. For the sake of all of our patience, I hope to hell that Peter doesn’t spend more than a couple more episodes in the Guinness-soaked back room of that pub — if nothing more than to spare us from hearing Irish baddy warning his sister of Peter: ”If he so much as lays an inconsiderate fart…” Now, I dig a good scatological joke as much as the next gal, but…really?!

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