There was a teaser plus five acts. That was no tag at the end. The fifth was a real act.
A. Peter lost his shirt and his memory
B. HRG (Claire’s dad) isn’t laying as low as he wants Claire to
C. Matt is investigating Nakamura’s death
D. Hiro is in ancient Japan with the disappointing Takezo Kensei
Curtain: Hiro rides off masquerading as Takezo Kensei
E. Claire impresses West
F. Suresh starts his job with Mr. Midas (the guy who can turn a spoon into gold)
G. Maya and Alejandro seek help crossing the border into Mexico
A. Peter makes friends with an Irish lass
Curtain: He’s bleeding but the Irish girl discovers his wounds have healed
F. Suresh in Haiti finds the Haitian who is sick
G. The Spanish healer tells Maya she’s evil and can’t be cured
D. Hiro wears a mask and saves the girl
A. Peter also saves a girl
Curtain: Peter discovers his powers and the Irish lass knows about them too
E. West pursues Claire.
D. Hiro doesn’t kiss the girl
F. Suresh cures the Haitian and has a memory lapse
G. Maya and Alejandro are separated
Curtain: Maya’s eyes bleed and she kills a woman
G. Alejandro dries Maya’s blood and wakes the dead woman
E. Claire wonders if she can regrow a limb
C. Matt interviews Angela Petrelli
Curtain: Screaming Angela is attacked by an unseen assailant
A. Irish thug blackmails Peter into helping him, Peter learns his name
D. Hiro’s hero is struck by arrows, but heals himself
F/B. Suresh and HRG talk on the phone, the Haitian shows up at HRG’s workplace
E. Claire cuts off her toe and it regrows
Curtain: West is watching.
At least I hope that’s how it ends. The PVR cut out at exactly 10 and I missed the credits. I forgot from last year that Heroes runs past the hour. Remind me to adjust the timer before next week.
So we can see: four sequences per act — except Act Four which had three and the final one was pretty long. In terms of how the stories lay out:
A – 4 sequences in T, 1, 2, 5
B – 2 sequences in T, 5
C – 2 sequences in T, 4
D – 4 sequences in T, 2, 3, 5
E – 4 sequences in 1, 3, 4, 5
F – 4 sequences in 1, 2, 3, 5
G – 4 sequences in 1, 2, 3, 4
We follow story threads even if there are several acts between sequences. Appearance in the teaser doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of that a storyline will play out in the episode. Obviously the franchise can juggle a lot of story without difficulty; little installments take us a long way.
I had a thought or two about point of view. We are ahead of Claire and Peter; we know more than they do. We know West can fly and that HRG is part of mini resistance movement which Claire doesn’t know. We know that Peter has big powers and is names Peter, which Peter is only slowly learning.
We’re with Hiro. As his world unfolds, we learn new things along with him. We share his point of view.
Suresh, Matt and HRG know things we don’t, like exactly what happened to the Haitian and what they are up to.
Now look at the act curtains. I don’t find the Act One & Two breaks involving Peter particularly compelling. We know he can heal and we know he has powers so his discovering doesn’t seem like such a great button on the act. And they do it twice.
On the other hand, Hiro riding off in his hero’s mask at the end of the Teaser is a really fun curtain. Mind you I like Hiro a lot — and only partly because Masi Oka went to Brown. He has the best story line: there are period costumes, horses, action, comedy, romance and Hiro himself.