'Heroes' Recap: Back to Season One

It could be that there have been so many truly awful episodes that it's become hard to judge, but I think they might have knocked this one out of the park. Or at least to the edge of the field. At any rate, Hiro heads back in time to Season 1 and the Burnt Toast Diner and Charlie this episode, and everyone else who's in the episode follows suit, more or less. Hiro spends the episode trying to right the wrong of letting Charlie die. He freezes time when Sylar's going to kill her and then puts him in the cargo hold of a Greyhound bus (hee), but when he realizes Charlie's aneurysm is rupturing, he gets Sylar to fix it in exchange for information about his own future.

Sylar is able to carry this out without opening her brain, which makes me wonder why he has to cut open people's skulls to see their brains for his own purposes. And he doesn't save Hiro by fixing his tumor, which I was hoping would happen. But it's still as good as this show's been in ages. Samuel follows Hiro back three years and, just when Hiro and Charlie are going to get their happily ever after, he takes her away and traps her in time so that Hiro will help him go back eight weeks -- season premiere, anyone -- and undo his wrongs. We jump back eight weeks and see what looks very much like a dead Mohinder!

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