Heroes (2006–2010)
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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 »


David Semel


Tim Kring (created by), Tim Kring




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Santiago Cabrera ... Isaac Mendez
Tawny Cypress ... Simone Deveaux
Noah Gray-Cabey ... Micah Sanders
Ali Larter ... Niki Sanders / Jessica Sanders
Masi Oka ... Hiro Nakamura
Hayden Panettiere ... Claire Bennet
Adrian Pasdar ... Nathan Petrelli
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Mohinder Suresh
Milo Ventimiglia ... Peter Petrelli
Cristine Rose ... Angela Petrelli
Jack Coleman ... Noah Bennet
Ashley Crow ... Sandra Bennet
Thomas Dekker ... Zach
Shishir Kurup ... Nirad
James Kyson ... Ando Masahashi (as James Kyson Lee)


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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Release Date:

25 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chapter One 'In His Own Image' See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Niki is seen on a computer screen, lying on her bed, while the song "Mustang Sally" plays. This is a nod to Brian Tarantina, who plays the main Mob guy in this episode. Tarantina was also in The Sopranos (1999) (season 3), in which he played a character called Mustang Sally. See more »


When Mohinder is at his father's apartment and HRG is on the other side, Mohinder picks up his glasses and puts them back down on the right-hand page of the book. In the close-up they are in the middle of the book. See more »


Niki Sanders: [answering machine message] Hi, this is Nikki. Leave me a message.
Micah Sanders: Mom, are you there? When are you coming to get me? I hate it here. You said you'd be back soon. Just come pick me up, okay?
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Alternate Versions

The 2007 DVD release of the first season includes an alternate, 73-minute version of this episode. Dubbed the "Tim Kring Cut", the episode includes numerous extra scenes, including an early appearance by guest star Stacy Haiduk whose character wouldn't appear again until later in the season. See more »


References Godzilla (1954) See more »


Heroes Theme
Written by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman
Performed by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman
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"Volume One of their epic journey begins here..."
22 June 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

"Mutation: it is the key to our evolution". That was the first phrase of the monologue that opened X-Men. The pilot episode of Heroes, titled Genesis, begins with a similar text, indicating that, with the film franchise having reached its conclusion (spin-offs notwithstanding), this is the closest we'll ever get to a live-action X-Men TV series. And may I add, a really great series, too.

Much like Bryan Singer's film showed ordinary people developing extraordinary abilities, Heroes starts with a group of individuals, living on all sides of the globe, coming to discover their new selves: Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), a good-hearted nurse who's assisting a dying man (Richard Roundtree) and has a brother (Adrian Pasdar) running for Congress in New York, is convinced he can fly after experiencing some very suggestive dreams; Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera), a drug-addicted artist, is supposedly capable of painting the future; Niki Sanders (Ali Larter), a single mom who has to strip on the internet to make ends meet and take care of her son Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey), is suddenly scared by her reflection in the window; Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), a cheerleader from Odessa, Texas, can recover from any wound instantly; Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), a Japanese office drone, believes he can alter the time-space continuum. A normal person whose destiny seems to be tied with theirs is Mohinder Suresh (Sendil Ramamurthy), an Indian geneticist who moves to New York after hearing his father, a researcher who thought mutants (in lack of a better word) existed, was murdered while looking for them. And somehow all of this appears to be linked to a solar eclipse that occurs almost halfway through the episode.

Genesis is a bona fide first issue of a comic-book brought to the small screen: all the characters are introduced, their abilities are more or less explained and events are set in motion for some kind of life-altering incident that will determine the storyline of Volume One. There are also comic-based elements in the show's formal execution: captions indicate where the various people are, episode (or better, chapter) titles and numbers are shown on screen, and the final scene cuts to a completely black frame with the words "To be continued..." written on it. Furthermore, there's a bit of a comic-book geekiness in Masi Oka's performance, which provides some comic relief that sits well with the seriousness of other people's acting (Pasdar and Ventimiglia most of all).

But Heroes is more than a mere superhero show, in fact not one character is seen wearing a cape or some other fancy item of clothing. They're all "normal" people. Perhaps the name "Heroes" can be compared to the title of a comic-book that Marvel Comics published after 9/11: made by all the major writers and artists in the business, Heroes featured stories of the firemen and policemen who helped get the victims out of the Twin Towers. A few years later, a Spider-Man comic emphasized the role of those people by having someone saying to Spidey: "You're not a hero. Firemen and cops, people who risk their lives every day, they're the real heroes".

In light of that interpretation, it's no coincidence that Peter Petrelli, the only "hero" who believes our actions serve a higher purpose, is a nurse, i.e. someone who helps those in pain and does his best to save their lives (one should also note his alliterated initials, another comic-book staple, which match those of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man). It's no coincidence most of the main characters are common men and women, with common lives and common jobs. They are the people who can really make a difference. As such, Heroes is a powerful meditation on the world we live in, a reflection disguised as a TV superhero epic.

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