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Heroes Reborn Series Premier Review: “Brave New World/Odessa”

Heroes Reborn

Run: September 24, 2015-Present
Created By: Tim Kring
Prod. Tim Kring
Genre: Science Fiction, Superhero, Serial Drama
Starring: Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Zukezane, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlstedt, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Judith Shakoni, Danika Tarosh, Toru Uchikado

Heroes Reborn premiered Thursday night and what a premier it was!

We were introduced to a bunch of new characters and saw a couple old ones return. Just like the original Heroes premier I spent a great deal of it confused as to what was going on and who everyone was. It was fantastic.

Four years after Claire revealed her powers to the world and Evos (people with power) are living their lives and just doing their thing. I thought it was really cool right at the start of the episode seeing what was like an Evo Pride festival.

However, the festival was attacked and barely anyone made it out alive. Noah survived, but he spent a year believing Claire was dead. Now it’s been brought to his attention that that may not be true. It may also not be true that Evos and Evo supporter (Mohinder Suresh) were responsible for the attack.

Noah

Now he is on a journey to figure out what really happened that day, find his daughter, and save everyone else with powers before they’re killed. Along the way we’ll meet some new faces and see the return of some old ones while Evos and non-Evos try to save the world from a much bigger threat.

I’m not going to talk about every single thing that happened in the episode because it was two hours and that would make for an obnoxiously long review.

First things first is the characters. Just like Heroes, there’s a ton of them! Jack Coleman returned to play Noah Bennet and I was actually really excited to see him back on the screen. While there were a couple familiar faces in this episode, his is the most prominent and he’s the only main character to return.

Robbie Kay (who some people may know from Once Upon a Time) plays the role of Tommy Clark and so far I’d say he has the coolest power in which he can send things away and to anywhere he’s thinking of. Maybe I’m biased cause I’m a fan of his from OUAT.

Tommy

This character also kind of reminded me of Claire as he’s in high school and is attempting to be ‘normal’. I saw someone describe his character and his relationship with Emily (Green) as being sort of like Claire and Zack’s relationship from season one, but switched in which Tommy is the nerdy one and Emily is popular.

Zachary Levi has taken a step back from comedy and is playing Luke Collins, one of the antagonists on the show who is going around killing everyone with powers, along with his wife Joanne (Shekoni).

Another set of characters who reminded me of the original series are Miko Otomo (Sukezane) and Ren Shimosawa (Uchikado). Ren is the Ando to Miko’s Hiro.

Katana Girl

Miko became a master swordswoman and took on the role of Katana Girl (a character from a videogame Ren plays) and Ren stepped in to help her solve the apparent mystery of her missing father (I’m not totally sure what was happening here).

There were a few other characters introduced including Carlos (Guzman) and who I believe is his nephew (correct me if I’m wrong), Jose (Lucius Hoyos). This was probably one of the biggest surprises of the night because right near the end of the episode it is revealed that Jose has a power. He can like meld himself or sink through other objects (I don’t really know how to describe it other than to say he’s kind of like Kitty from X-Men).

I’m really loving the connections to the old series. Noah is obviously the biggest one, but all these other little things like other characters being similar or the fact that Tommy attends Linderman High School. I just thought all these little throwbacks were a cool addition that really connected the show to it’s roots while still remaining it’s own thing.

There was another character from the original series who they brought back last night, though I didn’t realize it until the end. Molly Walker, the adorable little girl taken in my Matt Parkman? She is now played by Francesca Eastwood and, not going to lie, I was a little confused.

Molly was like, eight? Maybe ten? It was said on the show that four years had passed since Claire revealed her powers to the world and therefore, since the end of the fourth season. But Molly looks like she’s twenty to twenty-five in this show.

Like, okay, sure, maybe she could’ve been a bit older than ten in the original series (not by much), but there’s no way she’s that old yet so if someone can explain this puzzle to me I would greatly appreciate it.

The other character from the original series who returned was The Hatian (Jimmy Jean-Louis). Yes, yes, I know his name is actually Rene, but I spent majority of the four seasons hearing him called The Haitian and therefore that is what I call him.

The Haitian

Unfortunately he was only in the episode for about five minutes as he tried to kill Noah Bennet (apparently Noah had instructed him to do this), but Noah killed him first.

I believe my exact reaction was:

“The Haitian!”
Five minutes later…
“Oh no… The Haitian.”

He got so little screen time! However, I hope Jimmy Jean-Louis was very happy because everyone I saw on Twitter and Tumblr were all incredibly excited to see him back even just for those five minutes.

There’s one character they introduced that I’m so confused about. Who the hell is The Penny Man? It’s like watching the original Heroes before knowing who Noah was. He was The Man in The Horn Rimmed Glasses. Now, Heroes Reborn, we have The Penny Man. He seems like a bad guy, but so did Noah at first, so I have no idea what to think.

Now then, what was probably my favourite part of the entire episode lasted for about half a second and happens when Ren is playing his videogame. He puts on his headset and is going into battle and goes, “Leeroy Jenkins!”

I’m going to assume most of you know what this is from. If not, watch the video below and click this link to read more.

I laughed so hard I had to pause the episode. Kudos to the writers or to whoever it was that included that in the episode. The Internet thanks you.

I laughed this premier and I am so excited to see what happens in the rest of the season! What happened to Claire? What’s going to happen with all these other new characters? How did Molly Walker suddenly age ten years?

What do you think? Let me know below!

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