Heroes has delivered a lot of great moments during its four-year run, but some are more pivotal to the show’s mythos than others. In honor of the show’s vastly entertaining four seasons, and in celebration of the upcoming Season 4 on DVD, here are the Top 4 Most Pivotal Moments from the show’s four seasons. Let us know what you think, and what are your Top 4 moments from the show.
#4. Sylar Finally Kills Nathan (Sort of) – (Season 3, Episode 25, “An Invisible Thread”)
It took three seasons, but Heroes creator Tim Kring finally pulled the trigger — and had Sylar kill off Nathan Petrelli. Well, kind of. Even though Nathan was really, honest-to-goodness dead in this episode, he was “resurrected” in typical Heroes fashion, with Sylar brainwashed into assuming Nathan’s life. It meant they could keep actor Adrian Pasdar around, while still being able to say they finally killed off Nathan after what seemed like a half dozen half-hearted attempts. Most importantly, killing Nathan also allowed the show to take the characters and the plot in new directions.
#3. Claire Wakes Up in the Morgue After “Dying” – (Season 1, Episode 3, “One Giant Leap”)
After they’ve already cut her open. It was one of the more talked-about, gross-out scenes from the entire show, and opened some eyes as to how far Heroes was willing to go to be different. Having your main character die, then wake up on an autopsy table, and look down at her chest cut open was pretty nuts. The scene signaled that Heroes could be very daring when it wanted to.
#2. First Real Appearance of Sylar — (Season 1, Episode 9, “Homecoming”)
He’s one of the most memorable villains on TV, and this was our first true introduction to Zachary Quinto as Sylar. It’s bad enough he’s a serial killer, but a superpowered one with a decidedly very bloody method of taking away his victim’s powers. Sylar easily makes for one of TVdom’s best fictional villains of all time, and the fact that he looks oh so “boy next door” as played by Zachary Quinto just adds to the awesome factor.
#1. Future Hiro Introduces Himself to Peter in the Subway – (Season 1, Episode 5, “Hiros”)
There is no blood, there are no explosions, there isn’t even a fight. It’s just a friendly, quiet conversation in a subway car between two pivotal characters. So what’s so special about it? I’ll tell you: because this one scene convinced you that “Heroes” was going to be different, surprising, daring, smart, and forward-thinking. Of course, debates will rage on as to whether the show’s creators ever followed up on this promise, but there is no doubt about it: when Future Hiro showed himself to Peter and delivered the foreboding news about the future, it totally blew our collective minds, and gave us all kinds of ideas about where the show could go. So many directions, so many possibilities… Did it ever get there? You decide.
So what are your Top 4 Heroes moments?
And don’t forget, the complete Heroes Season 4 is on DVD and Blu-ray now.