In spite of the fact that Sylar was nowhere to be found, this episode was made of awesome! We got some major plot developments, we got Peter out of Ireland, and we got Hiro back out of the past. Yay!
Best performance of the episode? Grunny FTW! Finally they give Matt a substantial storyline, and Greg Grunberg hits it out of the park. First the tearful bedside talk with a comatose Molly, and then the Daddy showdown. Parkman found his inner hero, faced his fears, overcame his childhood traumas, and put his father down! Favorite scene? Matt: "Oh, God, I love you!" Molly: "I heard!" Killed me dead.
When Bennet was looking at the infamous eight paintings, the one with Mohinder holding a smoking gun was 7/8, and the one with Bennet dead on the ground was 8/8. Say it ain't so, Mo!
So did Hiro truly break history, bringing Kensei across the centuries with vengeance burning in his heart, tragically responsible for his current reinvention as Adam the big bad? Or was he only fulfilling his destiny to be the true Takezo Kensei, not knowing that the very stories that enthralled him as a child were created by Yaeko in loving memory of Hiro himself? I'm just glad he's back, and with Ando again! For that brief moment before Hiro found out about his father's death, their reunion was the personification of joy. *smishes them*
Oh, Peter, it's not getting any easier, is it? Could that trip to the future be any more traumatic? Although it did get me wet, naked Peter, who is even better than wet, shirtless Peter, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. :) Mama Petrelli rocked the house! The woman has a backbone made of solid steel. So was that spontaneous or assisted memory recovery? I think we were seeing her power in action, projecting words and images into Peter's mind. I think we saw it before with Parkman, but I misinterpreted it at the time to be his power, not hers. I don't know, but that's the impression I got. And poor Caitlin! I wanted desperately to be rid of her and her atrocious accent, but not by sending her into a virus-riddled future where everyone's dead!
The whole Claire/West burgeoning romance was totally making me want to vomit. He's still creeepy, and a bad influence. I loved it when Noah came home and he bolted, although I know he'll be back. Man, Claire was being a pain! You'd think someone who has seen everything she has would have a different perspective than the typical self-centered teenager one. *sigh*
Random thoughts: Nathan knows that Peter is alive! Yay! Niki? How is that a solution to anything? Hi, DL! It's nice to see you again, even if you are imaginary. Sometimes Mohinder is kind of dumb. And Pasdar is delicious!
I'm so excited about next week's episode! Answers, people, answers! I can't wait!