In Review: Heroes Reborn, Episode 5 “The Lion’s Den”

Enjoyable fluff. It moves at lighting speed with some good lines and decent effects.

Heroes Reborn, Episode 5 “The Lion’s Den” Broadcast on October 15, 2015

Written by Holly Harrold

Directed by Jeff Woolnough

“Previous on Heroes Reborn,” Noah, Quentin, and Taylor kill three of Harris’ clones looking for Molly, Jose reveals he can make himself intangible just as he’s captured by the anti-Evo police unit, Tommy transports his mom to a hospital after their car is hit by a drunk driver, Erica tells Taylor her plans are to save the human species, and Molly kills herself. In the present, Noah realizes that they have to talk to Erica to find out what Molly meant about not wanting to kill seven billion people, so Taylor gets an idea. In St. Pierre, Quebec, Malina and Farah are walking down a street while the younger woman admits she doesn’t feel sure about what to do when “the time” comes. Farah says she’ll be ready. Going to a dilapidated warehouse, Farah tells Malina she needs to stay hidden there while she meets with someone. At Renautas, Erica and Harris Prime watch via monitor the flash mob that’s assembled after Ren called them to action. The two villains realize it’s a Trojan Horse ploy to gain entrance. She wants to capture Miko, so she tells Harris to catch her, while he makes a copy of himself to take care of Molly’s body in the basement. He cuts off one of his fingers that quickly begins to grow the rest of its body. Harris orders the gates open, allowing in the crowd, including the pair from Japan, and Miko quickly recognizes him as the man who took her sword on the other side of the Pacific. Captured by the government, Tommy undergoes a series of tests, is fingerprinted, and inserted with a tracker in his wrist, which if he removes will blow his artery. Back in East L.A., Carlos returns from his joyride to find Jose gone and the mask of El Vengador inside a car. Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.

Another fast moving script that revs up the action, with Noah and his two companions getting closer to Erica’s plan. I liked the scene between Jack Coleman and Rya Kihlstedt, put didn’t care for specific questions making him stutter. Cle Bennett continues to be the highlight of the show, with his EPIC glasses making him more of a threat. It was very cool to see EPIC glasses being released to the public and becoming key to a scene in Los Angeles. Carlos Gutierrez hasn’t been an interesting character so far, but tonight he finally did some heroic work after his improvements to his armor. Very nice! Luke Collins had some of the better scenes because Zachary Levi got to do a lot of the acting solo. He pulled off some strong stuff, showing he’s still the emotional center of this series. Miko and Ren were okay, but they’re written so over the top, and acting like they’re live action Anime, they’re becoming cheesy, especially Ren’s reactions. I was pleased with what they accomplished, but they were the cheese factor this week.

The good: Things moved very quickly, a cameo by Dark Horse Comics’ published The Goon, excellent take down in the police station, nice turn of events for the character taken down, including a very funny dialogue sequence into a new vehicle; Zachary Levi, Cle Bennett, the character that uses her powers to scare off Malina, Tommy’s future, and Erica’s plan is revealed.

Fun lines: “And be vigilant about your powers,” “These are seeds,” “You’re the best Daddy in the world. I love you Daddy,” “Really?”, “Really,” “Everything, Anne. You really ready to tell him everything?”, “You’re going to help save the world,” and “What did you expect, Richard? Starting over is never pretty.”

The bad: Holy cow! Noah be careful where you’re pointing your gun in the first minute! I can’t believe Jack Coleman and director Jeff Woolnough didn’t notice what was done. That was like a Mystery Science Theater 3000 moment! The stunt with two men being pushed backward and into the air by Malina was just a bad stunt; it came off as something from a 1970s television show. Kiki Sukezane and Toru Uchikado need to tone down their acting.

The final line: Enjoyable fluff. It moves at lighting speed with some good lines and decent effects. Fills the time decently while waiting for other super hero shows. Overall grade: B-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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