When the universe gives you something, it (or a writing staff) won’t hesitate to pull the rug out from beneath you in another aspect of your life.
The time travel shenanigans of the “June 13th” saga set in motion events that ensured The Haitian, a friendly and familiar face on Heroes would more or less be brought back to life.
In his place, the universe took away Casper, someone we barely knew and I desperately want to find out more about.
Remember the classic episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “Cause and Effect?”
In it the Enterprise and her crew are caught in an endless causality loop, where it repeats the same day over and over. The day always ends with the ship being destroyed in an accident with the U.S.S. Bozeman, which had come from decades in the past via a time portal.
Long story short, the crew eventually realizes what was happening and finds a way to break out of the loop.
(It’s such a good episode.)
For the story in Heroes Reborn, “June 13th, Part 2” was the closing of such a loop.
Some episodes of television tip you off to how good they’re going to be from the very first shot.
Others, like “June 13th, Part 1,” tell you to sit back, buckle up and pay attention with its music, whether it’s a needle drop of a Top 40 hit or a special piece composed score.
Things are happening quickly on Heroes Reborn.
So quickly in fact that three sets of characters, departing at undetermined times from New York City, Tokyo, Japan and Odessa, Texas – a town at the western edge of the state – all arrive in the fictional town of Midian, Col., at the exact same time.
There’s two things you should know.
First, I’m a sentimental person. This is evident from my drawer full of t-shirts from my high school years that I don’t wear, but refuse to part ways with.
One of those shirts was a “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World” shirt I got at Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 2008.
As of Thursday night and the premiere of Heroes: Reborn, a show promised to us many moons ago on Feb. 22, 2014, it still fits.
The satisfying first episodes of Heroes: Reborn, “A Brave New World” and “Odessa” are sentimental only when necessary.