Review: Heroes - The Butterfly Effect

The premiere was split into two episodes, so I'm going to review each one individually. Within the reviews I'm going to try and look at each review from the perspectives of each of the main characters, but because there are so many some of these could get lengthy. These are not spoiler free, so please be mindful of that when reading. The butterfly effect. If a butterfly flaps its wings it can potentially set off a chain of events that could destroy the world (the idea being that the simplest actions can have the greatest of consequences). Mrs. Petrelli tries to warn Peter of his actions because she has premonitions. In her latest one she sees all the heroes dead at the hands of the villains, including Nikki/Tracy and Adam Monroe (Takezo Kensei). All lead of course by Sylar. This of course leads Peter to question his actions and retrigger his savior complex, as he feels he is the only one that can save the world. Back to Claire. Sorry. The existential Claire, now on a quest to prove that she's alive by trying to kill herself, is having an identity crisis. She's always had the fears that she was different, and now that she can heal and not feel no pain she's still a hero but now she's really invincible. And she feels helpless, prompting Mr. Bennett to bring her biological mom back around to protect her. I felt that her character was grossly underdeveloped, so I'm glad to see that she's being brought back. Nikki/Tracy Strauss is back. But who is she? Tracy is an assistant to a Congressman in DC who extends an offer to Nathan to reclaim a Senatorial seat. But she's not Nikki Saunders. Didn't Nikki die in a fire in New Orleans saving Micah? What's going on??? We later find out that when nicknamed the Ice Queen she can turn a man into ice. Which eventually shatters. Her power has always been intriguing to me, and it seems like the writers are finally getting a handle on it. Perhaps her multiple personality power allows her to assume the persona of the most recent suggestion? And Nathan is now hallucinating, because he is the only one that sees Linderman giving him advice. Mohinder begins to feel some adverse side effects from what he originally thought was an awesome super serum. Granted his Spider-Man powers are awesome, there are some physical transformations that he didn't foresee. And apparently the formula boosts his libido as well, as he gets to know Maya a little better. Elle. I am extremely happy they've brought her back, because Kristen Bell is awesome. She is still struggling to get affection from her father, but gets scolded by her dad again because Sylar escaped. Eventually Sylar breaks into Level 5 and is set to get her power (after getting the power of Midas and killing Elle's father) when she goes nuclear and throws of a massive electric charge. The good news? It stunned Sylar enough so that he could be captured. The bad news? The blast shut down security letting all the other villains escape. And Mrs. Petrelli is now in charge of Level 5 and lets Elle go because of her mistakes (I'm sure we'll see her again at some point). Who are the newly released villains? Knox (played by Jamie Hector/Marlo Stanfield from The Wire) can absorb a person's fear and turn it into strength. The German can control magnetic energy. Flint is a person that can throw fire, and then there's Jesse who appears to have the powers of Banshee. But Jesse is the villain that Peter is trapped in, so we'll see how that plays out. And there we have the makings of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. So where are we now? Well the villains have been unleashed (except for Sylar). Newly freed Mr. Bennett is on a quest to end everything villain. And future Peter learns more about the consequences of his actions. Near the end of the show we see the villains torturing innocent people to get a car, and it really looks like they're not holding back. Hopefully this means we'll see some awesome battles. Introducing villains is where the show had to go to stay relevant, and now that they're here things should get insane in a hurry. Oh and it seems that Mrs. Petrelli is Sylar's mom. This season is going to be good as its rapidly ramping things up. Overall score: 90 out of 100