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Chapter Eight 'Villains' 

Under the guidance of Usutu, Hiro has a vision back in time one year ago to determine what forced Arthur Petrelli to fake his death and create Pinehearst. In the past, Hiro also watches the... See full summary »


Allan Arkush


Tim Kring (created by), Rob Fresco | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Coleman ... Noah Bennet
James Kyson ... Ando Masahashi (as James Kyson Lee)
Ali Larter ... Niki Sanders (voice)
Greg Grunberg ... Matt Parkman (credit only)
Masi Oka ... Hiro Nakamura
Adrian Pasdar ... Nathan Petrelli
Zachary Quinto ... Sylar
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Mohinder Suresh
Cristine Rose ... Angela Petrelli
Milo Ventimiglia ... Peter Petrelli
Kristen Bell ... Elle Bishop
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Meredith Gordon
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... The Haitian
Blake Shields ... Flint Gordon
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine ... Usutu


Under the guidance of Usutu, Hiro has a vision back in time one year ago to determine what forced Arthur Petrelli to fake his death and create Pinehearst. In the past, Hiro also watches the early days of the Company and how Mr. Petrelli and Mr. Linderman founded it, and their falling out with Angela who saw them as a threat to both Nathan and Peter. Also in the past, Meredith Gordon's origins are shown of how she was captured by Thompson to work for the Company, and of life of crime with her half-brother, whom is the blue-flame fire-starter Flint. Also, Sylar makes a discovery about his powers when he meets Elle for the first time and how she inspired him to kill in order to steal others powers. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

10 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kristen Bell (Elle Bishop) and Blake Shields (Flint Gordon) previously worked together on a Veronica Mars (2004) episode, Veronica Mars: President Evil (2006). See more »


After Nathan's car hit's the end of the divider, in the view from above the front of the car is clearly undamaged. See more »


[first lines]
Mohinder Suresh: A child is born to innocence; a child is drawn towards good. Why then do so many among us go so horribly wrong? -... - What makes some walk the path of darkness, while others choose the light? Is it will? Is it destiny? Can we ever hope to understand the force that shapes the soul? -... - To fight evil, one must know evil. One must journey back through time, and find that fork in the road where heroes turn one way and villains turn another.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title screen reads "Villains" and not "Heroes" with this episode. See more »


Referenced in Heroes: Hard Knox (2008) See more »


Heroes Theme
Written by Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman
Performed by Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman
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Good flashback.
27 September 2019 | by billykennedyiii-46628See all my reviews

This is a good episode for exposition and flashbacks. The only question I have is I don't know if it's ridiculous or very typical that as a assistant DA Nathan is indicting Lindermin yet less than a year later he takes $4 million from the Lindermin group as campaign funding.

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