Welcome back, “Heroes” fans, for Week Two of BEHIND THE ECLIPSE! As always, we are joined by the dynamic duo of writers/producers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coliete. In this installment, the guys answer all of your burning questions in regard to last week’s episode "One Of Us, One Of Them."
“Will we ever find out the details of the arrangements Arthur and Angela made for Claire and the aftermath? Ever since it was revealed Angela and Kaito had an affair, I wondered if he was in on the whole thing when he handed off Claire to HRG? And any chance we will get more info on the whole Kaito/Angela relationships? In their brief scenes you felt they both really cared for each other, despite their differences.”
Aron Coleite & Joe Pokaski: Stay tuned for episode #12, “Our Father,” in which two of our characters will journey back to that very moment on the roof — and see a little more of what was going on. Not everything you’re looking for, Nonreadhead, but quite a bit.
“So, Traci's story line is reminding me a lot of a movie I used to watch as a kid, based on a sci-fi novel, called ‘Anna to the Infinite Power.’ Anna was a little girl who discovered she had many clones, and based on growing up in different environments and being reared by different parents, all the clones had slightly different personalities - one was shy, one was girly, one was bookish. I could see this in the ‘Heroes’ world fitting into the clones all having different powers, but really being the same person. Am I getting warm?”
You’re close, Allison to the Infinite Power, but we’re trying to do the real world here on “Heroes” (as best we can), so stay tuned tonight and you’ll get a slightly less infinite answer with no clones involved whatsoever.
“What happened to Maury Parkman? Angela's dream (filmed during the second season) features 'The Nightmare Man' amongst other villains, but in episode #3, Maury is nowhere to be found! Will he be returning?”
We could tell you, but than we’d have to trap you in a dream. Maury was in level five. Now everyone is out. Stay tuned, true believer. We haven’t dreamed the last of him.
“Is Suresh transforming into the Uluru creature hinted at through season one? Could **he** be the cause of the mass destruction seen when Hiro visited the future?”
What are you doing tonight? Because you’ll see a little of where Suresh is heading.
“Does Peter's ability allow him to mimic the individual abilities his future self has learned or does encountering his future self only actually expose him to his own mimicry ability?”
The second one. A truly excellent question, which we argued about for a week. If only we had the entire of Heroes Wiki there to mediate and explain it so clearly, we could have seen our kids that week.
“So now that we have the third Petrelli boy - that brings up a interesting thought - Do Nathan, Peter, and Sylar all have the same powers?”
“I was talking with some friends about this after last weeks episode and here is the thought process that got us there - Sylar and Peter have very similar powers, Sylar is just a little more destructive. Maybe it’s just his psychopathic nature that has him ripping peoples heads off and if he wanted to he could just get the powers the same as Peter. Nathan on the other hand is the most self-controlled of the brothers - he never wanted the powers and flying is arguably the most basic (least strange) power. He has also had a pretty good history of coming back from injury with (or without) help. Now maybe his mind has either channeled or absorbed an aspect of Linderman.”
Part of your answer is right on, other parts, right off. By episode #9, you’ll be vindicated in a big way, though.
“My question is whether or not this means Sylar will be able to use Bob's full range of powers? Does this mean that Sylar will also be more than just an alchemist even though all of Bob's powers weren't displayed in season 2?”
Sylar hasn’t had reason to use Bob’s power — but we have it on tap and really want to use it this season. So stay tuned.
“In last week's BEHIND THE ECLIPSE, you said that the three timelines we've seen so far -- the one Future Peter came from, the one Hiro went to, and the one that lies ahead now -- are all the same. How is that consistent with what Angela and Future Peter said about everything being different now that Peter has come back and changed things?”
You will see tonight exactly what we mean — small changes have occurred but one fundamental problem remains the same in the future no matter which way you cut it.
“All the Company Founders have been identified, yet one of them, Carlos Mendez, keeps me wondering - is he related to Isaac? If he is, does that mean that all of the Founders' kids are related? Peter, Nathan, Hiro, Sylar, Matt, Elle, Isaac, Simone?”
He is Isaac’s dad. Nope — not all the kids are related (for example Victoria Pratt never had any kids), but there is a genetic trend certainly. And thank heavens, since our show is a lot about family.
“Gabriel Gray can intuitively understand complex systems and see how they work, would he be able to pick up a textbook on economics and figure out how to solve the current economic crisis? It seems tragic that if he did not have his ‘hunger’ issues, he could use his gift to be one of the greatest historic figures of the Century.”
You know, I think it would give him a working knowledge of what to do — but that’s not the complex part — I think he’s going have to have at least a couple weeks in the senate to understand the complex nature of their relationships.
“Was ‘Going Postal’ enough of a success to have more Webisodes in the future?
Absolutely. We love our fans so much and want to give them ‘round the calendar entertainment. The next round of webisodes are planned for the break as well as a set of minisodes produced with the help of some of our partners from SPRINT.
“Will Peter be able to use Jesse's power?”
Good Question. We think so. Whether he knows it or not is a better question.
“Was Nikki/Jessica removed to allow Ali to play a different role, or was it more story and character-based, in a realization that perhaps you couldn't find a way to redeem the character, or go anywhere further with her?”
A little of both. But most importantly, it also allowed us to tell an origin story again. To play the human confusion of a rug being pulled form us. The “what’s happening to me?” of it all.
“In ‘One of Them, One of Us,’ when Meredith and Claire entered the lock up, Meredith was testing her by burning the oxygen so Claire would think she's drowning/suffocating. How come she wasn't affected by the lack of oxygen? I know she's immune to her fire powers, but I don't get how that'd protect her from the lack of oxygen.”
It has to do with the chemistry of combustion — but the general “rule of Ted” is that the oven can’t be hurt by the heat. So Meredith is relatively immune to all effects of fire.
“During Angela's dream, Knox kills Claire. Claire is in her Odessa cheerleading uniform. What's up with that?”
Good question. She seems to pop up in dreams in her Odessa cheerleading uniform a lot, doesn’t she? Hmm…
“A Dr. Henry Strauss appeared in a graphic vovel doing some mutation experiments. Is it possible that he could have helped Dr. Zimmerman create Tracy Strauss?”
It’s totally possible.
“Hiro and Ando are locked up in Level 5. Flint used his fire in his cell and Peter phased through his cell. Assuming that the Haitian will not stay on Level 5 forever, can't Hiro just teleport him and Ando out or does the Company have some ability stopping technology in the cells?”
The company definitely has some ability-stopping “technology” in Level 5.
“Are we going to see any more of Echo DeMille, the protagonist of this summer’s Webisodes?”
Yes — Echo will show up in episode #13, the finale of “Villians.” Entitled: “War.”
“If Sylar's slate is wiped clean the way you describe in BEHIND THE ECLIPSE #1, then his only power should be the ability to read brains, right?”
You’d think — but for some reason, he was able to hang on to telekinesis. We’ll learn a little more about the effect of his first murder in chapter #8 of this volume — “Villains” (yes, it’s the chapter and volume title — like “new Shimmer”)
“Angela Petrelli said that with Bob dead the chain of command falls to her. So if Angela Petrelli died who takes command then?”
God, let’s hope it never comes to that…
“Also, I'm wondering if Mohinder’s power-giving formula was used by an evolved human what would happen? Would it enhance their current abilities or what?”
Wow. We don’t know. Maybe. Or maybe it’s like crossing your fingers twice and it all cancels out. Then again, it might make our heads explode.
“Also, when will Mr. Muggles manifest his ability?”
You mean “spontaneous adorableness.” You’ve already seen it.
“Now that Daphne has been introduced, and she can still move about when Hiro ‘stops time,’ she states that he must not be fully stopping time. Does this mean that he doesn't fully stop time, but just slows it way down to ‘appears to be stopping time?’”
Yes. Exactly. Whatever a nano of a nano second is, that’s where they live.
“Will you guys ever reveal Kaito's powers? You told us to examine his death scene, but I still cannot figure it out. Any hints or should I just stop trying?”
It’s there, we swear, but don’t kill yourself. On the positive side — we will be showing Hiro’s mother’s ability by the end of this volume.
I only put some of the less stupid questions, many more at the source.