Heroes (2006–2010)
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Chapter Twenty 'Five Years Gone' 

Hiro and Ando find themselves five years after the destruction of New York. People with extraordinary abilities are labeled as terrorists and Sylar, who has assumed the form of Nathan, is the President.


Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)


Tim Kring (created by), Joe Pokaski

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Coleman ... Noah Bennet
Greg Grunberg ... Matt Parkman
Ali Larter ... Niki Sanders
Masi Oka ... Hiro Nakamura
Hayden Panettiere ... Claire Bennet
Adrian Pasdar ... Nathan Petrelli
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Mohinder Suresh
Milo Ventimiglia ... Peter Petrelli
James Kyson ... Ando Masahashi (as James Kyson Lee)
Kellan Lutz ... Andy
Stana Katic ... Hana Gitelman
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... The Haitian
Zachary Quinto ... Sylar
Sterling Beaumon ... Crane Boy
Keith Burke ... SWAT Officer


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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Did You Know?


Milo Ventimiglia worked out extensively for several weeks prior to the making of this episode because he wanted Future Peter Petrelli to have a different body shape to Present Peter Petrelli. 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 youngvagabondSee 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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