Some trivia first: this was the first episode to take place in the past, present and future. That can get a little confusing. Perhaps this explanation from Doctor Emmett Brown might help:
(By the way, this may be for another blog post, but explain how Biff goes back to regular 2015 to return the time machine, if it’s already skewed into Alternate 1985 time line? He should bring the time machine back to evil 2015. That’s a major plot hole in the second and third movies that I can’t seem to get past).
Anyway, things are finally starting to happen, though we’ve been saying that months, it feel like. I am still dying to find out what Angela Petrelli’s power is, and why Peter hasn’t been using it.
Query: if Adam (Takezo Kensei) is immortal, and it certainly looks that way, at what point does his body decide to stop aging? Will Claire be 16 forever? (Something like this was referenced in X-Men, regarding Wolverine, when Jean Gray says that it’s impossible to know how old he is, because his body keeps regenerating).
Why does Adam wait until 2007 to destroy history? Why not take out his revenge vendetta against Hiro much earlier? Now the killing of Kaito Nakamura makes a little sense, though (as it was likely Adam who jumped off the roof with him, but was able to run away and not be hurt). I like the twist of Adam showing up at the end. That was cool.
Another Query: why does Hiro come back to four months after he leaves? Why not come back to several minutes after he leaves, and then make sure his father doesn’t die? That bugs me.
Sucks that Caitlin gets trapped in a crappy future. By the way, see the timeline picture above. If Peter et al. manage to stop the virus from spreading and save the world again, I fully expect Caitlin to be sleeping on the swing outside her parents’ house. Of course, that only works if she was there when the future she was in changed around her. Not the case. So I wonder: if they change the path of history, will it change around her, so that Peter catched up to her, or will she be forever stuck in Alternate/crappy future, and Peter better get her back before he changes anything. Personally, I think the second is true, and it won’t be addressed and I’ll be disappointed. Update: Actually, going forward doesn’t create a new timeline. Doc teaches us that timelines are only created by going back in time. But Peter going back after leacing Caitlin in the future may have created a new timeline. So, I am still curious about how they will address Caitlin and where she is.
The Parkman story line is cool, that he’s finally growing his powers and overtaking his father. Molly’s a little annoying, Mohinder is still a whiny girl, and Nikki’s a perfect partner for him.
Nathan better stop grumbling and start doing something, please.
More questions: if Claire or Adam encounter Maya and Alejandro (or Sylar, after he kills them off in an act of mercy for the rest of us), can they recover? Is there a way to kill them? If not….then, uh? How do they get stopped?
Finally, one little plot hole (I think) that bothered me (if you can explain it, please let me know): Bob claims that giving the virus to Maury will take away his power, and then they’ll save his life by giving him the anti-virus. The implication is that he wouldn’t get his power back. But that’s not the case, as far as we know. We are familiar with at least one person who had a power, got the virus, got the antidote and retained/regained his power: The Haitian. Why wouldn’t that be the case here? Unless Bob knows that this is some weaponized form of the virus that can remove powers, but how would he possibly know that the antibodies wouldn’t restore the power? As far as we know, that’s the only experience they have.