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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Heroes - Travel Time

(Episode: Building 26. Spoilers ahead.)

Sylar goes on the road and dodges federalies at a diner, while Hiro and Ando go to India to fulfill that prophetic drawing. Sylar gets a valuable government computer out of the deal, while Hiro's adventure nets him some confidence in his ability to achieve heroism without powers.

"Rebel" is obviously someone who knows Hiro and Ando's whereabouts, as they receive a message from their new friends in India. Peter, Matt and Mohinder are the only three possibilities. Unless "Rebel" is somebody snooping on them - not an impossible plot twist, but unlikely.

"Rebel" alerts Claire to warn a comic book shop employee to evade the feds. His ability is underwater breathing. He's on the lam now, and sleeping in Claire's closet for the moment.

Claire tells Mom about Dad's government job, and Dad gets kicked out of the house - only to get himself captured by Peter and company.

Meanwhile at the Homeland Security undisclosed location, an official named Abby Collins looks over the place, sees the torturous conditions of Tracy Strauss' imprisonment, and threatens to shut down the operation. She doesn't believe in the claim about mutants - until she witnesses Tracy's power; Danko the commando leader had sabotaged the chain holding binding Tracy so she could break free.

What I don't understand is why Tracy killed that agent. She was completely surrounded; no way that even the dumbest of the dumb could think that that action would help her get away from those people. The natural thing to do would have been to keep him in her clutches alive and try to use him as a hostage for escape. Was it bad scriptwriting? Did she have an ulterior motive for Abby to see her power? Did some external force maker her pull that stunt?

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