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Chapter One 'Genesis' 

In Manhattan, Peter Petrelli is the younger brother Nathan Petrelli an overly ambitious and unscrupulous candidate for the next New York congressman, and he dreams and believes that he can ... See full summary »



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In Manhattan, Peter Petrelli is the younger brother Nathan Petrelli an overly ambitious and unscrupulous candidate for the next New York congressman, and he dreams and believes that he can fly. He decides to prove his theory and jumps from the roof of a building in an alley and his brother flies and saves him. In Texas, cheerleader Claire Bennet learns that she is literally indestructible and can not harm herself or die. She saves a fireman in a fire in a train, but does not take the credit. In Tokyo, Hiro Nakamura believes he can control time and space continuum. In India, Mohinder Suresh moves to the Brooklyn, New York, where his father, that was researching a secret project called Genesis about genome and DNA, is killed in a taxi cab. In Lower Manhattan, the painter Isaac Mendez paints pictures of the future. In Las Vegas, stripper Niki Sanders borrows $30,000 from a powerful local mobster to get her young son into school, and does not have the money to pay her loan. She sees a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Although introductory scenes for Greg Grunberg's character were shot for this pilot episode, it became part of a plot thread that was ultimately dropped for this opener. The character of Matt Parkman was introduced in the second episode. See more »


While sitting in the karaoke bar, Hiro tells his friend that he got his understanding of how time works from X-Men number 143, where Kitty Pryde travels through time. "Days of Future Past", the referenced comic book, was actually X-Men number 141. See more »


Ando Masahashi: Tell me one useful thing you could do with this power. Can you make money?
Hiro Nakamura: A super hero doesn't use his power for personal gain.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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A funny thing happened on the way to this review
3 April 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The year was 2015. Like many fans of the original series -- this series -- I was glued to my TV at the thought that the series was to be rebooted. Rebooting was clearly not impossible. They rebooted X-Files successfully (although with a strangely sardonic vibe). So, like millions around the world, I watched, and as episode ran after episode, I was gob-smacked at how wretched, how terrible, the reboot was.

I wrote IMDb reviews on the reboot trying to point this fact out as if (I knew better) my reviews could get the producers and writers back on course. But it was too late. The reboot died under its own fetid weight and all I had for my trouble was a phalanx of "not useful" hits at the reviews I had offered.

In my reviews of the reboot, "go buy the DVDs of the original," I said time after time to the children who were trying to see the good bits in the reboot. Like the story of the optimist's daughter who is taken to a room full of manure and jumps for joy, yelling, "With all this poop, there has to be a pony here somewhere!" That is the problem with younger people since the beginning of time -- they think the world began when they did.

In any case, I took my own advice and got the original from Amazon. Just finished episode 1. NOW THAT IS HOW TO START A SERIES! Present one interesting character after another, with great tight dialog, and a background message that makes you think.

Perfect opener! I have never seen better.

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