Heroes Reborn #1.9 Review: “Sundae, Bloody Sundae”

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.

Noah Bennet has experienced both sides of this universal practice three times in as many episodes.

He learned his daughter died while giving birth to twins. He’s then reunited with one of them in the present as a teenager. Nathan is then kidnapped by Quentin “butterfly” Frady, before being reunited with the other twin, Melina.

The Quentin reveal to Noah took me off guard. I was expecting the subterfuge to last one more episode, at least to get a feel for how this version of Quentin kept Noah fooled for so long. Because in every scene with Quentin in “Sundae, Bloody Sundae,” he couldn’t have been more sinister.

Speaking of sinister, I wasn’t expecting it, but Joanne connecting with Harris makes almost complete sense. I say almost because Joanne’s storyline never indicated it would ever merge fully with the Renautas story arc.

And now that I’m thinking about it, imagine what Joanne will do if she were to find out that it was Renautas, with Harris and his clones, that was responsible for the bombing in Odessa? I’d like to see one scene before the end of the season where both Harris and Joanne get their comeuppance. Harris for helping hunt down his own kind – like what happened to Dearing thanks to Matt Parkman – and Joanne for obvious reasons.

She’s killed a lot of people, but putting a bullet between Casper’s eyes was the last straw.

As a whole, I liked “Sundae, Bloody Sundae.” But anything less than a masterpiece was going to feel like a letdown in comparison to “June 13th.”

It was a highlight to see Greg Grunberg play a Matt Parkman reminiscent of the one we saw all the way back in “5 Years Gone.”

As a result we got to experience some heightened “mind games,” which felt right at home in an episode that also featured time being stopped.

These mind games were played on Carlos, who has STILL not interacted with a main character on the show. That seriously has to happen soon. And with Matt working for Renautas, I expect some sort of face-to-face with Erica.

The episode’s conclusion, which shows Miko somehow walking around the desert almost 5,000 years in the future, is slightly off putting in how it’s executed.

The moment felt like a preview for next season (if there is one). There was no natural transition into it and it played out like the Volume previews we got at the end of each season on the original show.

It looked great and the presence of Miko raises a bunch of questions, but it seemed tacked on, even though the possibility of the story taking us into the future was introduced in “Game Over.”

The episode would have benefited from ending on the visual of Nathan sitting across from Erica as she tries to court him to her side.


Other Judgements

  • “Is it safe for you to go back to the hospital?” I don’t know, is it safe for Nathan to be walking down Main Street in broad daylight with his girlfriend who probably hasn’t officially broken up with her original boyfriend? Don’t be that kind of girl Emily.
  • Casper sounded like an old Baptist preacher in the moments before his death and not in a cheesy way. Casper seems like a character that has a lot of guilt and who took pleasure in helping others lose theirs when the opportunity arose.
  • When Taylor is snatched by The Haitian’s friends, I loved the decoration of the underpass. Faces of people who have been “detained,” “abducted” or are “deceased” line the wall.
  • What in the world is Erica’s chef working on in her kitchen?
  • Carlos’ nephew returns! And I still don’t care about him.