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Heroes: The Second Coming

Moments after the press conference shooting, the identity of Nathan's assassin is revealed, resulting in Peter and Greg delving into an unknown world. Sylar -- now with his powers partially restored -- visits Claire with the motive of giving his powers a boost that would make him an unstoppable force. Across the globe in Tokyo, Hiro and Ando must guard a family secret that, if revealed, could tear the planet apart; and learn that speedster Daphne, may have a hand in a grim future. In New York City, Maya and Suresh have a breakthrough that may change the world forever.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 301
Airdate: Monday September 22nd, 2008

Director: Allan Arkush
Writer: Tim Kring

Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC TWO) Oct 01, 2008
AU (Seven) Oct 09, 2008
DE (RTL 2) Sep 02, 2009


Guest Stars
Ashley CrowAshley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
Brea GrantBrea Grant
As Daphne Millbrook
Jimmy Jean-LouisJimmy Jean-Louis
As The Haitian
Francis CapraFrancis Capra
As Jesse Murphy
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Kaito Nakamura
Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell
As Mr. Linderman
Jamie HectorJamie Hector
As Benjamin "Knox" Washington
Bruce BoxleitnerBruce Boxleitner
As Governor Robert Malden
Blake ShieldsBlake Shields
As Flint

Co-Guest Stars
Randall BentleyRandall Bentley
As Lyle Bennet
As Hispanic Woman
Ryan ToddRyan Todd
As Paramedic
Loren LesterLoren Lester
As ER Doctor
J. David ShanksJ. David Shanks
As Reporter Bruce Evans
Erik  BettsErik Betts
As Scary Guy #1
Sammy AaronSammy Aaron
As Scary Guy #2 (as "Dino" Senyo Amoaku)
Lauren Leah MitchellLauren Leah Mitchell
As News Commentator
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-)
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Adrian PasdarAdrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray
Sendhil RamamurthySendhil Ramamurthy
As Mohinder Suresh
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
As Peter Petrelli
Dania RamirezDania Ramirez
As Maya Herrera


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Episode Notes
Working titles for the episode included "The Butterfly Effect," which went on to be the title of the second episode of the season, and "A Second Coming."

In the original airing of the episode it concluded with two title cards, the first being "Heroes Continues..." and the second being "NOW!". In the iTunes download of the episode, the two title cards were replaced with "To Be Continued..."

The "Villains" volume was originally planned to be included with the second season; however, due to the 2007-2008 Writers' Strike, the volume was changed to be season 3 of the series.

This is one of few episodes in which all of the main characters appear.

Episode Quotes
Future Claire: I'm sorry, Peter. I've always loved you.

Sylar: It's all behind me now, like a long night after a bad taco.

Claire: Are you going to eat my brain?
Sylar: Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting.

Mohinder: (closing voiceover) Turning and turning in the widening gyre/The falcon cannot hear the falconer;/Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,/The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/The ceremony of innocence is drowned;/The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity./Surely some revelation is at hand;/Surely the Second Coming is at hand./The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out/When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi/Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert/A shape with lion body and the head of a man,/A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,/Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it/Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds./The darkness drops again; but now I know/That twenty centuries of stony sleep/were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,/And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,/Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Episode Goofs
In the opening sequence, it's not clear what Claire hopes to gain by shooting Peter, insofar as she knows he has D.L.'s and Hiro's power as well as her own.

Sylar tells Claire that humans only use 10 or 20 percent of their brains. This, however, is a common misconception -- humans use all of their brain power.

Cultural References

According to episode commentary, the scenes in which Sylar chases Claire around her house is a nod to the horror movie Halloween.

The Second Coming

The poem Mohinder reads at the end is entitled "The Second Coming," which is the title of the episode. "The Second Coming" was written in 1919 by William Butler Yeats during the aftermath of World War I.

Abilities Development
Sylar: Sylar gains Claire's ability to regenerate.
Angela Petrelli: It's revealed she has the ability to see the future.
Peter Petrelli: At some point in a future timeline, he gains the power to teleport others and the ability to place one individual inside of another, with the captive individual retaining mental control of the resulting gestalt while suppressing the host personality.
Ando: At some point in a future timeline, Ando gains the ability to project heat blasts.
Daphne: Daphne can move at superspeed, so fast as to be all but invisible.
Mohinder: He gains enhanced strength, agility, and sensory abilities from his derived serum.

Can time travelers alter their personal history and create a paradox?

With this episode, some confusion arises. Previously it's been shown that Hiro can't create a paradox and alter his personal history to the point where he would have no reason to travel back in time to change history. As was shown in "Six Months Ago," attempting to do so causes the traveler to go forward in time to their personal "present." Here, however, Future Peter seems to have reason to believe that he can alter his personal history, and Angela also believes it can be done. Whether they are mistaken and Peter is doomed to failure, or Hiro didn't understand the full extent of his powers, remains to be seen.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring  |  Greg Beeman  |  Allan Arkush  |  Dennis Hammer
Co-Executive ProducerJeph Loeb  |  Jesse Alexander  |  Nora Kay Foster  |  Adam Armus
Co-ProducerJoe Pokaski  |  Aron Eli Coleite  |  Cathy Mickel Gibson  |  Lori Motyer
Consulting ProducerRob Fresco
Associate ProducerMike Ketelsen
Production DesignerRuth Ammon
CastingNatalie Hart  |  Keri Owens  |  Jason La Padura
Unit Production ManagerCathy Mickel Gibson
MusicLisa Coleman (2)  |  Wendy Melvoin
Music EditorJennifer Barak
Music SupervisorAlicen Catron Schneider
Costume DesignerDebra McGuire
Make-upGlenn Hetrick  |  Mark Viniello  |  Richard Mayberry
Key GripChuck Crivier
Set DecoratorRon V. Franco
Location ManagerSteve Hasson  |  Dianne Friedgen  |  Jason Savage  |  Alex Reid (4)
Transportation CoordinatorBrian Steagall
Property MasterRoss Anderson
Construction CoordinatorThomas J. Arp
Production Sound MixerKenn Michael Fuller
Production CoordinatorPearl Lucero  |  Carmen Chan
Script CoordinatorBill Hooper
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
On-Line EditorBruce Motyer
Stunt CoordinatorTim Gilbert
Production SupervisorBrenda Pulos
Production SecretaryLiz Salinas
Post Production CoordinatorDantonio Alvarez
Sound MixerStephen Grubbs
Special EffectsGary D'Amico
Executive Story EditorChuck Kim
ConsultantTim Sale
Costume SupervisorNancy Gould
Key Makeup ArtistLori Madrigal
Visual Effects SupervisorEric Grenaudier
Production AccountantMargaret Scarpello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJeff Levy (1)
Visual Effects ProducerMark Spatny
Key HairstylistLee Ann Brittenham
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJim Martin (3)  |  Erin Fitzgerald (2)  |  Timm Keppler  |  Michelle Delgado
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerFoz McDermott
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