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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

  • Currently 8.1/10
8.1/10 (34 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Ashley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
Recurring
Madeline Zima
As Gretchen Berg
Recurring
Jimmy Jean-Louis
As The Haitian
Recurring
Elizabeth Lackey
As Janice Parkman (as Lisa Lackey)
Recurring
Ray Park
As Edgar
Recurring
Dawn Olivieri
As Lydia
Recurring
Rachel Melvin
As Annie
Recurring
Rick Worthy
As Mike
Recurring
Assaf Cohen
As Hesam
Recurring
Wes Ramsey
As Roy
Recurring
Greg Zola
As Interrogation Subject (as Gregory Zola)
Recurring
Mercedes Colon
As Police Detective
Recurring
Saemi Nakamura
As Kimiko Nakamura
Recurring
Zeljko Ivanek
As Emile Danko
Recurring
Robert Knepper
As Samuel Sullivan
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Jack Wallace
As Arnold
Recurring
Scott Lowell
As Professor
Recurring
Mikey Kawata
As Young Hiro
Recurring
Jordon Dang
As Young Ando
Recurring
Satomi Okuno
As Young Kimiko
Recurring
Marine Fujisawa
As Little Girl
Recurring
Jarret Wright
As Driver
Recurring
Blair Hickey
As Bank Manager
Recurring
Cindy Gilbert
As Pregnant Woman
Recurring
Daryl Crittenden
As Carny #1
Recurring
Main Cast
Jack Coleman
As Noah Bennet
Greg Grunberg
As Matt Parkman
James Kyson Lee
As Ando Masahashi
Ali Larter
As Niki/Jessica Sanders (S01-S02); Tracy Strauss (S03-)
Masi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Hayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Adrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
Zachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray
Cristine Rose
As Angela Petrelli
Milo Ventimiglia
As Peter Petrelli

Recap

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.



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


Episode Quotes
Samuel Sullivan: My brother Joseph and I have had two families. The first one, well let's just say it didn't work out to well. Over the years, we made ourselves a new one. And it was to this family, all of you. And his hear really belonged. You see, a family is something Joseph and I needed. It offer us protection from the outside world. A world that never understood or appreciated what makes us different. There are others like us out there, in the shadows, in the light. Each grasping for a meaning in a world that won't accept them for who they really are. They like us are blessed, gifted with extraordinary abilities. And they like us struggle with finding their place in an ordinary world. Haunted by there past from those who had harmed them and keep them from their destiny. Every one of them deserves a chance to be who they really are. But to what end, what purpose? Here in this place, we offer salvation. We offer hope, we offer redemption. And one by one, they will come, to our side, to our family. And they will find their way home. And all who have gathered, will be strong. And all who have gathered, will stand in unison. I say it's time we find our way back home again. Find your way home, brother.

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.



Analysis
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  |  Nora Kay Foster  |  Adam Armus  |  Jim Chory  |  Dennis Hammer
Co-Executive ProducerAron Eli Coleite  |  Rob Fresco
Supervising ProducerJoe Pokaski
ProducerLori Motyer
Co-ProducerCathy Mickel Gibson
Consulting ProducerBryan Fuller
Associate ProducerMike Ketelsen  |  Bill Hooper (1)
Production DesignerRuth Ammon
EditorDonn Aron
CastingKendra Patterson  |  Natalie Hart  |  Jason La Padura
Unit Production ManagerCathy Mickel Gibson
First Assistant DirectorAnne Berger
Second Assistant DirectorDiane Calhoun
MusicLisa Coleman (2)  |  Wendy Melvoin
Music EditorJennifer Barak
Music SupervisorAlicen Catron Schneider
Costume DesignerDebra McGuire
Make-upGlenn Hetrick  |  Richard Mayberry  |  Mark Viniello
Key GripMarcus Flower
Camera OperatorPeter Mercurio
Set DecoratorRon V. Franco
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 MixerRichard Weingart  |  Gerry Lentz
On-Line EditorBruce Motyer
Director of PhotographyNathaniel Goodman
Stunt CoordinatorTim Gilbert
Production SupervisorPearl Lucero  |  Brenda Pulos
Production SecretaryJonathan Harmon
Storyboard ArtistCesar Lemus
Art DirectorSandy Getzler
Post Production CoordinatorDantonio Alvarez
Sound MixerStephen Grubbs
Special EffectsGary D'Amico
Costume SupervisorNancy Gould
Visual Effects SupervisorEric Grenaudier
Production AccountantMargaret Scarpello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJeff Levy (1)
Department Head HairLee Ann Brittenham
Visual Effects ProducerMark Spatny
Department Head Make-upLori Madrigal
ColoristScott Ostrowsky
Assistant To The Executive ProducerTimm Keppler  |  Jim Martin (3)  |  Zach Craley  |  Eddie Jaszek
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerFoz McDermott
"B" Camera OperatorBrian Bernstein
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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