Heroes: Season 1, Episode 20

Chapter Twenty 'Five Years Gone' (II) (30 Apr. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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This episode takes us five years into the future with Hiro and Ando. We meet a brunette Claire Bennet, a "very different" Matt Parkman, and a Niki/Jessica that have combined into one individual.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ando Masahashi (as James Kyson Lee)
Crane Boy
Keith Burke ...
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Having time-traveled five years into the future, after the nuclear blast destroyed New York, Hiro and Ando meet the future Hiro, a fugitive who updates them on the events of the past five years and that all people with special abilities are being hunted down and killed as "terrorists". Niki/Jessica Sanders works as a stripper in Las Vegas. Nathan Petrelli is now the president of the United States and Mohinder Suresh is his top adviser. Mr. Bennett gives false identities to people with special powers. A very different Matt Parkman is now a brutal government security agent using his mind-reading abilities to track and kill "heroes" while the Haitian is also part of the execution security forces. A brunette Claire works under a new identity, while the explanation at what happened to Sylar after the nuclear explosion is revealed in a shocking twist. Written by Anonymous

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The Oval Office depicted here was built for the movie Dave (1993). See more »


When Ando and Future Hiro run into the alley, Ando's necktie and shirt change. While talking to future Hiro in the alley, Ando's shirt collar is buttoned and his tie is tied. Then his tie is untied and dangling, and his collar is unbuttoned. Next, his shirt is buttoned and the tie is gone. Finally, the shirt is unbuttoned before he removes it altogether. See more »


[first lines]
Hiro Nakamura: Hello, Mr. Isaac? Mr. Isaac?
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »


Hiro's Theme
Written by Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman
Performed by Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman
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Worst episode thus far
15 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really don't understand how this opinion has not already been voiced here. This episode is extremely frustrating and has almost completely ruined my interest in Heroes. There are endless inconsistencies in the time travel philosophy, and therefore huge plot holes that pretty much reduce this episode to gibberish. I could excuse some minor flaws and time travel paradoxes, but there are far too many here for any of it to make any sense. I've been to as many sites and message boards as I could find and no one seems able to explain all away all the problems. And with explaining away one problem, it seems another is almost always created. Really... None of it makes sense. The only way to even come close to getting through it without wanting to smash the TV, is to see it all as some alternate future with mishmashed timelines and coexisting realities. This is an easy way of fixing what's basically shoddy writing in my opinion. Perhaps, the goal of the writers was to create an episode of almost infinite paradoxes where nothing is sufficiently explained. But again, I think this is a lazy and frustrating exercise, and one that would have best been left out of the series.

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