Last night's episode of superhero freakout show Heroes, part two of "Eclipse," brought an unexpected plot development. Everybody went back to normal. And I don't just mean the plot arc from this two-parter about how an eclipse (which, strangely, takes place everywhere in the world) temporarily robs our heroes of their powers. I mean that our main characters' wildly-shifting personalities all went back to exactly the same place they were at the beginning of the season. With one notable exception. Let us consider these changes and counter-changes, shall we? Spoilers ahead!
Hiro is an innocent otaku for great justice again
I have said a number of times that I'm annoyed with the direction of Hiro's character this season. He's been a slapsticky little kid, making faces for weak laughs, and even his cute little mop of hair looks lackluster. But in this episode, where he and his pal Ando look for answers in a small town comics store (managed by the awesome Seth Green), Hiro grows up a little bit again. He's re-figured out his powers by reading back issues of 9th Wonders, and girded himself with geekish courage after a funny lecture from Green. And at last, he actually saves the day by preventing Gabriel/Sylar and Elle from kidnapping Claire. Plus, he and Claire will now be on an actual time-traveling adventure together! (As geek Green points out, while poring over back issues, they're two characters who have almost never been in the same storyline.)