“Five Years Gone”
Man, the future sucks. I’m glad I don’t live there. I’ve got to give it to Tim Kring, though: a lot of this episode, despite the full beards and coke bottle glasses, makes sense. I’m kind of ashamed of some of my analyses from the last round.
Hiro, five years in the future, meets Future Hiro (or “Mirai no Hiro”, if you prefer), gets arrested by Matt Parkman, who now is one of the higher-ups in Nathan Petrelli’s New World Order.
Let’s see what everyone’s doing in the future!
From those character positionings, you can piece together the story of this episode (and, seeing as I don’t know if anyone reads the Heroes posts, I doubt that you’d go to me for my summaries of the episodes, particularly as they’re almost always a week past their date).
So I got confused by all of this time travel paradoxicality and whatnots. I have written a story involving time travel in the past, but it was time travel to the past and I used the conceit that whatever has happened stays happened. So, if Sylar had never killed Claire in this continuity, why is it that Sylar survived a stab to the where ever on Explosion Day? Obviously Hiro isn’t supposed to be the same Hiro as Future Hiro, because otherwise Future Hiro would have the memories of Hiro and know how things are supposed to happen … and fail. So we’ve got this Hiro who will have some sort of ability to stab our friend Sylar. Which of course is pointless if Peter Petrelli explodes. On the other hand, we won’t have Sylar, who is … what … a sociopath? I don’t know, he’s some kind of -path, being able to impersonate the President of the United States of America for no other reason than to … I don’t know … kill Peter Petrelli? I’m going to have to assume that he steals the powers of the people who are sent away for re-education. I also think that everyone will have seen the Fire versus Ice (or Red versus Blue) symbolism present in the final showdown.
We won’t get to see that show. We’ll get to see the true wind down over three (hopefully) epic episodes to come. Quite how Matt didn’t see through Sylar’s presidential scheme is beyond me, but he’s probably got some kind of psychic inhibitor or something, I don’t know. Technically Sylar could kill his entire cabinet and just get all of their powers and turn everyone else’s powers off, but who knows? Let’s just hope that they crush Future Hiro’s dead brain so that Future Sylar doesn’t learn time travel and team up with Past Sylar and then … oh dear, I think my head just exploded.
This was exciting stuff, and I’m not being sarcastic for once.