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Heroes: Genesis

"In recent days, a seemingly random group of individuals has emerged with what can only be described as “special” abilities. Although unaware of it now, these individuals will not only save the world, but change it forever. This transformation from ordinary to extraordinary will not occur overnight. Every story has a beginning. Volume one of their epic tale begins here…"

With a total eclipse making its way across the globe, a professor, Mohinder Suresh, learns of his father's death. Upon hearing the news, Mohinder travels to New York where he begins to uncover a secret theory involving eight individuals, all different ages and all from different backgrounds, who discover that they each have been granted unique super powers. A young male nurse tries to convince his brother that he can fly; a struggling, single mother discovers she can be in two places at once; a high school cheerleader tests her indestructibility; a drug-addicted artist paints events before they happen; and a Japanese man begins to develop his ability to stop time. Though all these heroes live in different parts of the globe and have unique abilities, they all have one thing in common -- their destiny is to save the world.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Monday September 25th, 2006

Director: David Semel
Writer: Tim Kring

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Jan 31, 2007
UK (BBC TWO) Feb 12, 2007
BE (VT4) Mar 05, 2007
NL (RTL 5) Jun 21, 2007
DE (RTL 2) Oct 10, 2007
FI (MTV3) Oct 17, 2007


Guest Stars
Ashley CrowAshley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
Cristine RoseCristine Rose
As Angela Petrelli
Deirdre QuinnDeirdre Quinn
As Texas Tina
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Mr. Bennet/H.R.G.
James Kyson LeeJames Kyson Lee
As Ando Masahashi
Richard RoundtreeRichard Roundtree
As Charles Deveaux
Shishir KurupShishir Kurup
As Nirad
Thomas DekkerThomas Dekker
As Zach
John ProskyJohn Prosky
As Principal

Co-Guest Stars
Brian TarantinaBrian Tarantina
As Goon #1
David UryDavid Ury
As Super
Ian QuinnIan Quinn
As Officer Ramsford
Milos MilicevicMilos Milicevic
As Hulk
Randall BentleyRandall Bentley
As Lyle Bennet
Tohoru MasamuneTohoru Masamune
As Boss at Yamagata
Corey KolterCorey Kolter
As Bus Driver
Jacqueline PiñolJacqueline Piñol
As Elena Parkman
Jaron WhiteJaron White
As Kissing Guy
John ThaddeusJohn Thaddeus
As Prison Guard
Omid AbtahiOmid Abtahi
As Amid Halebi

Americus AbesamisAmericus Abesamis
As Bouncer #1
Main Cast
Ali LarterAli Larter
As Niki/Jessica Sanders (S01-S02); Tracy Strauss (S03-)
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Adrian PasdarAdrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
Sendhil RamamurthySendhil Ramamurthy
As Mohinder Suresh
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
As Peter Petrelli
Noah Gray-CabeyNoah Gray-Cabey
As Micah Sanders
Tawny CypressTawny Cypress
As Simone Deveaux
Santiago CabreraSantiago Cabrera
As Isaac Mendez


Peter Petrilli spreads his arms and prepares to fly while standing on the ledge of a tall building. He steps off the building, begins to fall, sees a face, and then wakes up. Simone Deveaux asks Peter about her father. Peter is her father's nurse, and only has a couple more days to live. Simone tells Peter that he has been like a son to her father...

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Episode Notes
Though credited, Leonard Roberts (D.L. Hawkins) and Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) do not appear in this episode.

Ratings: 14.3 million viewers.

Development Changes: Santiago Cabrera's character, Issac Mendez, was originally named both Diego Medina and Issac Borolo; and Masi Oka's character, Hiro Nakamura, was originally named Hiro Makamura.

Episode AKA: "In His Own Image"

This episode was filmed to run in a 2-hour slot, and was 'fast-tracked' into production two months after normal pilot season came to an end. This 72-minute version of the Pilot included scenes with Matt Parker, who isn't introduced until "Don't Look Back", a nuclear/terrorist sub-plot, and additional scenes about Mohinder learning about Sylar.

The paintings made by Issac in this episode were created by Tim Sale, a comic book artist who often worked with comic book writer, and series co-executive producer, Jeph Loeb.

A sneak-preview of the Pilot was shown at the 2006 Comic-Con in San Diego, California. The Pilot was also available for free download on the iTunes music store.

Only six of the eight people with special abilities are introduced within this episode.

Though scenes are shown in Texas, India, Tokyo, and New York, the entire pilot was shot in California at Universal's backlot.

The song "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap was used to promote the premiere of this episode as well as the series.

A huge and well-kept secret on the show's part, the big reveal of this episode were the powers of Nathan. Originally, it was thought that only Peter would have the power to fly.

The scene in which Hiro stops a clock using his power was used as a highly popular promotional spot for the series.

This episode was voted #36 on the Futon Critic's 50 Best Episodes of 2006 article.

The scene where Claire gets her hand mauled by the garbage disposal resulted in a lawsuit being filed by Emerson, the manufacturer of the disposal, against NBC.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Backstreet BoysI Want It That Way 
Puffy AmiYumiKore Ga Watashi No Ikirumichi 
Rogue WaveEyes 
Wilson PickettMustang Sally 

Episode Quotes
Mohinder: (opening voiceover) Man is a narcissistic species by nature. We have colonized the four corners of our tiny planet. But we are not the pinnacle of so-called evolution. That honor belongs to the lowly cockroach. Capable of living for months without food. Remaining alive headless for weeks at a time. Resistant to radiation. If God has indeed created himself in his own image then I submit to you that God... is a cockroach. They say that man uses only a tenth of his brain power. Another percent and we might actually be worthy of God's image. Unless, of course, that day has already arrived. The Human Genome Project has discovered that tiny variations in man's genetic code are taking place at increasingly rapid rates. Teleportation, levitation, tissue regeneration - is this outside the realm of possibility? Or is man entering a new gateway to evolution? Is he finally standing at the threshold of true human potential?

Simone: You're like a son to him.
Peter: Well, then, that would make us like brother and sister. Might be a little awkward if I ever wanted to ask you out.

Hiro: My clock. I made it go back one second using only my mind, my thoughts.
Ando: Too bad you’re not paid by the hour.

Hiro: I have discovered powers beyond any mere mortal.
Ando: Right. You and Spock.
Hiro: Yes. Like Spock. Exactly.
(Hiro's boss grabs him and drags him back to his desk)
Ando: Use your death grip, Spock! The death grip!

Micah: Mom, I'm already dressed and I've packed my own lunch - that's what I've been doing this morning. What about you?
Niki: Hey, don't get smart with me. Right, I've been working to pay our bills.
Micah: Yeah, that's why they turned off our gas again?

Micah: I'm just working on my computer. The logic board was bad. So I had to build a new one.
Niki: A new one. Did anyone ever tell you you're the smartest little man on the planet?
Micah: You do. All the time.

Ando: (to Hiro in Japanese) That's right, you're special! You're "Super Hiro!"

Ando: Fine. I’ll humor you. Let’s say you really do have this power. What do you do with it? Join the circus? No one ever got laid by stopping the second hand of a clock.
Hiro: As I develop my powers, I’ll learn to bend space, too. Then I can tele-port myself anywhere on the planet.
Ando: Like Star Trek.
Hiro: Every hero must learn his purpose. Then he’ll be tested and called to greatness.
Ando: I think I need a stiff drink. "Beam us up, Scotty".

Peter: Wow.
Mohinder: Solar eclipse.
Peter: Yeah. Yeah, I wonder if it's gonna be total.
Mohinder: Not here, no. In some other part of the world, yes. A global event. Makes one appreciate just how small our planet is. And we're all quite small really, aren't we?
Peter: What's your name?
Mohinder: Mohinder.
Peter: I'm Peter. Let me ask you something, Mohinder. Do you ever... get the feeling that you were meant to do something extraordinary?
Mohinder: I'm driving a cab, you may have noticed.
Peter: No, I'm not talking about what you do. I'm talking about who you are. I'm talking about being special.
Mohinder: Yes, we are all special.
Peter: That's not what I meant.
Mohinder: Some individuals, it is true, are more special. This is natural selection. It begins as a single individual born or hatched like every other member of their species. Anonymous. Seemingly ordinary. Except they're not. They carry inside them the genetic code that will take their species to the next evolutionary rung. It's destiny.

Peter: I keep having these amazing dreams. Sometimes I'm falling; sometimes I'm flying. I woke up this morning and when I got out of bed my foot hovered off the ground. Just for a split second, like I was floating. I'm telling you, I think I can fly.
Nathan: If you can fly, why don't you jump off the Brooklyn Bridge?
Peter: I want to start with something smaller.

Mohinder: (to Nirad on his father) I need to know why he died, I need to know that it wasn't all for nothing. And then I need to finish what he started.

Peter: You didn't hear anything I said earlier today, did you?
Nathan: What, that bit about how you can fly? Yeah I did. I'm gonna pretend for both our sakes that you didn't say anything like that.

Nathan: Why the hell would I understand that you think you can fly?!
Peter: Because you're my brother.

Peter: You're flying, Nathan! You're flying! How did you...
Nathan: I don't know. (starts to lose grip of Peter) No! (loses grip of Peter) Noo!

Mohinder: (closing voiceover) This quest. This need to solve life's mysteries. In the end, what does it matter when the human heart can only find meaning in the smallest of moments? They're here. Among us. In the shadows. In the light. Everywhere. Do they even know yet?

Episode Goofs
The Ten Percent Myth
It is, in fact, not true that humans use only ten percent of their brains. The myth arises from imaging studies that show about ten percent of the brain is in use at any given time. But over the course of a typical day, every part of it is used to some degree or another - just not all at once. Further, neurons and glial cells that make up the brain are metabolically expensive. Unused cells would be a significant survival disadvatage and evolution would not conserve them for very long.

While Claire talks to her mother after having her hand injured in the garbage disposal, Claire's hair changes from being in front of her shoulder to behind it between shots.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Genesis

"Genesis" is the first book of the Old Testament as well as the Torah and Tanakh. In Greek, Genesis translates as "birth", "cause", "source", "beginning" or "origin", all of which are themes for this episode.

Ando: (while talking with Hiro about his powers) Beam us up, Scotty.

"Beam us up, Scotty" is a catch phrase from the series Star Trek.

(to Ando after getting thrown out of the club)
Hiro: I wanna go boldly where no man has gone before!

Hiro is quoting a line from the television show Star Trek spoken by Captain Kirk in the introductory sequence to each episode: "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before."

Ando: Where did you learn all this?
Hiro: X-Men no.143, when Kitty Pryde time travels...

Like the heroes of the show, X-Men also exhibit extraordinary powers. These powers came about by genetics and these mutants are considered the next step in human evolution.

Back Dormitory Boys

When Hiro is in the bar the camera pans around to two Karaoke singers singing "I Want It That Way". This is a tribute to 2 lipsyncers who have become famous by lipsyncing to Back Street Boys songs. They are called "Back Dormitory Boys" and can be found on youtube, and other such sites. The outfits are similar to the video, and one of them even has a cast on his arm!

Bennett: Probably like Smith, or Anderson.

When Bennett talks to Mohinder in the cab mentions the surnames "Smith" and "Anderson". This may be a reference to the antagonist and the protagonist of The Matrix trilogy (Agent Smith and Thomas Anderson, respectively).

Nathan: (to Peter) Do not pull a Roger Clinton on me, man! I'm eight points down in the polls.

Nathan is referring to former President Bill Clinton's half-brother, Roger. Roger had an extensive criminal record, including DUI charges, and was later pardoned by Bill Clinton in 2001 before he left office.

Ando: Use your death grip Spock! The death grip!

Dr. Spock is a character from Star Trek who was able to utilize a Vulcan nerve pinch that would leave an opponent unconscious.

Abilities Development
Claire Bennet: Claire is indestructible. Despite several attempts to harm herself, each time she regenerates and feels relatively little pain from her injuries.
b]Hiro Nakamura: Hiro can bend space and time with his mind. After practicing, Hiro is able to teleport himself back in time, forward in time, and to another location.
Isaac Mendez: Isaac is able to paint the future.
Nathan Petrelli: Nathan has the ability to fly, as discovered when he saves Peter after Peter jumps off of the building.
Niki Sanders: Niki has an alter-ego who killed two men, yet Niki has no recollection of the event. In mirrors, Niki's reflection often moves differently than she does.

Several parallels have been made by critics and fans between this series and USA's The 4400, as well as the short-lived NBC series Misfits of Science, which had a similar basis.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring
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