If you were one of those people who voted for the “Create Your Hero” contest that Sprint and NBC has been running for the last year or so, then this should be of great interest to you. The winner of that contest was a new Heroes character name Santiago, played by Colombian-born actor Roberto Urbina. Santiago is a Peruvian soccer player who, in the first part of the 4-part webisode series (composed of 5-minute episodes), discovers that he has a power. The official description of his power is “accelerated probability”, or an ability to see everything in a “grid” and envision probabilities before things happen, so he can counter them. I think.
Here’s more about Santiago:
Santiago is twenty three. He is an only child, and lives with his mother in a poor part of Lima. He works as an auto mechanic, but has a burning desire to go out in the world and accomplish something that will make his mother truly proud.
Santiago lost his father years ago to the Peruvian civil war. He carries that loss in his heart, but has found solace in the teachings of the Catholic church. Santiago attends mass every Sunday, in a local cathedral which was built by the Spanish Conquistadors more than four hundred years ago.
One Sunday after service, he discovers that he’s indeed very special. During a weekly soccer match with friends, he gets the ball and as he turns towards the goal, something incredible happens. Looking down the field he suddenly sees everything as grid. Quickly scanning the other players, he sees all their possible maneuvers and blocks — determining the best way to make a goal. He has the power of accelerated probability. Not only that but he realizes he can run super fast! Combined, the two abilites make him unstoppable. He takes off, dodging every attempted block and scoring a goal as his friends look on, astonished.
Santiago immediately loves his powers and uses them to become the star of his soccer team. He believes his abilities are a gift from God though, and feels strongly they should only be used for good.
More about the actor playing him in the webisodes:
Columbian-born actor, Roberto Urbina, will bring the character to life. Urbina stars in a story created by the show’s award-winning writers and produced in collaboration with the series creators. Lina Esco (“Cane”) and Andrea Thompson (“24″) will also star in the innovative micro-series, being filmed on location in Los Angeles. Based on the Aspen Comics’ online illustrations which brought Santiago to life on NBC.com, the micro-series will be directed by Eagle Egilsson (“CSI: Miami,” “The Wire”).
NBC has the first part of the 4-part episode online now (click here to view it in high-def format at the NBC site, or you can use our video viewer below), titled, “Let us Pray”.
In “Let Us Pray”, Santiago discovers his powers for the first time during a traffic mishap, and then later, meets a pretty girl with a sob story. Meanwhile, in the background, an icy blonde American woman looks on. (FYI: The blonde is played by Andrea Thompson, who fans of Babylon 5 will recognize instantly.)
Note: The two videos below are the same, just hosted on different formats. The first is from Hulu, which I would ask you to use if you can; the second is a more “universal” version hosted on our server for those who can’t access Hulu videos for whatever reason.
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