We finally learn what occurred between the first and second seasons. And, despite appearances, the company is apparently so evil and/or committed to whatever shadowy goals that they will keep the cure to every known disease under wraps, ignoring billions in potential profit.

Nevertheless, this episode features the plot momentum that this season has lacked.

Heroes: Four Months Ago

Cast

Milo Ventimiglio as Peter Petrelli
Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli
David Anders as Adam
Ali Larter as Gina / Niki Sanders
Leonard Roberts as DL Hawkins
Noah Gray-Cabey as Micah Sanders
Shalim Oritz as Alejandro
Dania Ramirez as Maya
Jimmy Jean-Louis as the Haitian
Stephen Tobolowsky as Bob
Kristen Bell as Elle
Nichelle Nichols as Nana Dawson
Zachary Quinto as Sylar

Premise

Peter recovers his lost memories as we learn what happened between the first and second seasons.

High Points

Adam has the potential to become a really interesting character.

We finally learn the grim origins of the Wonder Twins. While I liked that origin, I felt that this portion could have worked at the start of the season. It feels disconnected from the rest of the episode.

Low Points

Elle, equal parts Jessica, Darla from Buffy and…. Let’s just say she’s a familiar character, played to the highest levels of annoyance. It also seems odd that she has been raised inside a facility, but the company suddenly, deliberately turns her loose on society. Of course, she could be lying about her past.

Has the “exploding Peter” problem been resolved? We’re reminded of how serious a threat he presented, and then we’re returned to season two status quo, where his explosive side concerns no one. I’m calling this a low point, but we may yet receive an explanation.

The Scores

Originality: 3/6. This plays as fairly original for this show, and certainly for this season.

Effects: 5/6.

Story: 4/6. The story has momentum this week, though it is somewhat fragmented, even for a Heroes episode. Certain events lack suspense because we know how they will turn out. With the Hawkins/Sanders family, we face considerable uncertainty as to how they’re going to arrive at that conclusion.

Acting: 5/6.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6 I think this has been the strongest second-season episode thus far, though still not as good as the best of the first season. I continue to find much of the dialogue artificial in ways that don’t work.

I’m giving this one five instead of four on the assumption that at least some of the questions raised will be answered. I fear, however, that some may be the result of sloppy writing.

In total, “Four Months Ago” receives 31 out of 42.

Possibly 30.