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Heroes: Orientation

After the events of the previous year, the Heroes all set out to start new lives: Claire goes to college, Ando and Hiro start a Hero-for-hire agency, Peter becomes an EMT, and Matt reunites with his wife and child. However in the way of these things stands a mysterious carnival owner who begins a quest of his own, Noah wonders if he's ready to form a new Company for dealing with super powered rogues, the Sylar/Nathan "construct" begins to destabilize, and Tracy is murdering government agents.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x1
Airdate: Monday September 21st, 2009

Director: David Straiton
Writer: Tim Kring

Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC TWO) Jan 09, 2010


Guest Stars
Ashley CrowAshley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
Madeline ZimaMadeline Zima
As Gretchen Berg
Jimmy Jean-LouisJimmy Jean-Louis
As The Haitian
Elizabeth LackeyElizabeth Lackey
As Janice Parkman (as Lisa Lackey)
Ray ParkRay Park
As Edgar
Dawn OlivieriDawn Olivieri
As Lydia
Rachel MelvinRachel Melvin
As Annie
Rick WorthyRick Worthy
As Mike
Assaf CohenAssaf Cohen
As Hesam
Wes RamseyWes Ramsey
As Roy
Greg ZolaGreg Zola
As Interrogation Subject (as Gregory Zola)
Saemi NakamuraSaemi Nakamura
As Kimiko Nakamura
Zeljko IvanekZeljko Ivanek
As Emile Danko
Robert KnepperRobert Knepper
As Samuel Sullivan

Co-Guest Stars
Scott LowellScott Lowell
As Professor
Mikey KawataMikey Kawata
As Young Hiro
Jordon DangJordon Dang
As Young Ando
Satomi OkunoSatomi Okuno
As Young Kimiko
Marine FujisawaMarine Fujisawa
As Little Girl
Jarret WrightJarret Wright
As Driver
Blair HickeyBlair Hickey
As Bank Manager
Cindy GilbertCindy Gilbert
As Pregnant Woman
Daryl CrittendenDaryl Crittenden
As Carny #1
Main Cast
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Noah Bennet
Greg GrunbergGreg Grunberg
As Matt Parkman
James Kyson LeeJames Kyson Lee
As Ando Masahashi
Ali LarterAli Larter
As Niki/Jessica Sanders (S01-S02); Tracy Strauss (S03-)
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Adrian PasdarAdrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
As Peter Petrelli


Samuel Sullivan is presiding over a funeral and speaking to the other members of the carnival. He speaks of his brother Joseph and how they had two families, and the second one, the carnival, was the one that Joseph's heart belonged to. He speaks of how there are others like them out there, trying to deal with a world that won't accept them for who they are. Samuel insists that at the carnival, they offer hope and redemption, and the others will come to their family, where they will stand in unison. He takes out a compass, opens it, and tosses it into the grave, telling his brother to find his way home. Samuel then gestures and closes the earth up with the power of his mind...

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Episode Notes
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder) don't appear in this episode.

The odd knives that Edgar uses are called Kukris. They are Nepalese in origin, but are often called "Gurkha Blades" by their association with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, a subdivision of the British Army connected to the Empire's former rule over India, with a rich and storied history of its own.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The GossipFor KeepsClaire arrives at her room
Stevie WonderSuperstitionon Guitar Hero 3

Episode Quotes
Angela: It's midlife crisis, that's all this is. Here's my suggestion. You go out and you get yourself a big expensive sports car and a younger woman with questionable morals. That's what your father did, and it worked for him.

Abilities Development
Samuel Sullivan: Samuel can manipulate earth and substances made primarily of earth with his mind.
Lydia: Working in conjunction with Samuel, she can generate tattoo pictures on her body and divine the identify of people so pictured.
Edgar: Edgar can move at superspeed.

Possibly related source concepts:

The excellent HBO series, Carnivale, was what I thought about when I saw this episode. This isn't to suggest that it will have much in common with that except the fact that a traveling carnival peopled by at least some individuals with more than normal human capabilities lies at the heart of both, but it does make one wonder if Tim Kring didn't get the initial notion from the HBO series, even if he made it his own from that point on. The presence of Robert Knepper in a key role in both strengthens this impression.

Edgar's abilities seem different than, but strongly reminiscent of, the George R.R. Martin shared universe Wild Cards character Mackie Messer. Those of you who enjoy reading as well as TV shows like Heroes may well enjoy this book series, which involves a world where people attain superhuman abilities thanks to an alien biological "weapon" which is released on earth. Much like in Heroes, they get these powers somewhat randomly. I consider this book series a possible/likely source of inspiration for Tim Kring. He's been original with it, but it does seem to have a similar "feel" somehow.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring  |  Jim Chory  |  Adam Armus  |  Nora Kay Foster  |  Dennis Hammer
Co-Executive ProducerRob Fresco  |  Aron Eli Coleite
ProducerLori Motyer
Co-ProducerCathy Mickel Gibson
Consulting ProducerBryan Fuller
Associate ProducerMike Ketelsen  |  Bill Hooper
Production DesignerRuth Ammon
EditorDonn Aron
CastingNatalie Hart  |  Jason La Padura  |  Kendra Patterson
Unit Production ManagerCathy Mickel Gibson
First Assistant DirectorAnne Berger
MusicLisa Coleman (2)  |  Wendy Melvoin
Music EditorJennifer Barak
Music SupervisorAlicen Catron Schneider
Costume DesignerDebra McGuire
Make-upRichard Mayberry  |  Mark Viniello
Key GripMarcus Flower
Location ManagerDianne Friedgen  |  Steve Hasson
Transportation CoordinatorBrian Steagall
Property MasterRoss Anderson
Construction CoordinatorThomas J. Arp
Production Sound MixerKenn Michael Fuller
Script SupervisorElisa A. Forni  |  Merry Lowry-Donner
Production CoordinatorPearl Lucero
Assistant EditorSandy Grubb
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz
On-Line EditorBruce Motyer
Stunt CoordinatorTim Gilbert
Production SupervisorPearl Lucero
Production SecretaryJonathan Harmon
Storyboard ArtistCesar Lemus
Art DirectorSandy Getzler
Post Production CoordinatorDantonio Alvarez
Sound MixerStephen Grubbs
Special EffectsGary D'Amico
Visual Effects SupervisorEric Grenaudier
Chief Lighting TechnicianJeff Levy (1)
Visual Effects ProducerMark Spatny
Department Head Make-upLori Madrigal
ColoristScott Ostrowsky
Assistant To The Executive ProducerEddie Jaszek  |  Zach Craley  |  Jim Martin (3)  |  Timm Keppler
Production EstimatorKristen M. D'Angelo
Video Playback SupervisorMark L. Marcum
Post Office CoordinatorMegan Kukla
Music Engineer/mixerMichael Perfitt
Research AssociateHarrison Wilcox
Script AssistantErin Fitzgerald (2)
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