So what’s Ali Larter’s Niki/Jessica Sanders (or is it now Tracy Strauss?) character been up to on Heroes? It’s probably not a stretch to say that the entire Sanders clan didn’t exactly have a lot to do in Season 2, with Niki mostly spending her time in New Orleans daydreaming about her dearly departed hubby D.L., a man with the power to phase through any object, but for some reason forgot to use it when someone shot him. (Yes, that was very convincing, writers of Heroes.) Of course, we can explain away Ali Larter’s lack of activity in Season 2 to Ali’s burgeoning movie career, as she had roles in not one, not two, but four movies in 2007 alone. So what can we expect from Ali Larter and her characters in Season 3? Let’s see what we know already… SPOILERS BELOW.
Niki Sanders is gone, metaphorically “killed” in that fiery inferno we saw at the end of Season 2. She has since been replaced by a new personality — Tracy Strauss, pictured below.
What do we know about Tracy Strauss? Rumors indicate that she has no awareness of her previous life, or other identities, and has since become the mistress to the New York Governor (played by Bruce Boxleitner).
We also know that Tracy Strauss won’t just be a sexy toy to the NY Gov, she’ll also be something of a political confidant. Or maybe just a very good manipulator, because future storylines will include Tracy trying to get Nathan Petrelli a cushy Government job. We already know that Nathan and Tracy will be working very closely together in future episodes.
But Tracy won’t be the mastermind here — that role will belong to the supposedly departed Mister Linderman (Malcolm McDowell), who is scheduled to make his return in the Season 3 premiere. I suppose it was too much to hope that a man who can heal anything and anyone could be killed by a punch through the skull?
Speaking of Linderman’s healing powers, what exactly is Tracy Strauss doing to this rose…? I seem to recall in a previous Season 1 episode where Linderman demonstrates his power to Nathan Petrelli by performing something similar to a dying flower…
So what awaits Tracy Strauss? Will Ali Larter finally be brought back into the Heroes fold and made important again? We’ll have to wait and see.
Heroes Season 3 premieres September 22.
Update 9/8/08: More information about the Tracy Strauss character have surfaced in this article.