Heroes wastes no time jump-starting its fourth volume.
Tracey is at home, answering a phone call from a governor. Sounds like this is the new big wig she's attached herself to, as she implies that they're sleeping together and answers a question of his about Nathan: she hasn't spoken to him in a couple months, has no idea about what his plans are.
As she speaks, Nathan is being interview on TV: despite his status as a junior senator from NY, he's gotten very close to the President in just three months (so it's about two months since the end of the last volume of the show). What could Nathan and the President be discussing? Nathan won't divulge this information, but he says he has the security of the American people in mind.
With that - BAM! - men break into Tracey's home and shoot her with a dart. One of them removes his mask and says into a phone: "Tell Petrelli, we got the first one." This must be The Hunter.
Meanwhile, Hiro has found an abandoned fire house to serve as he and Ando's lair. He's also tracked down a spandex suit and a motorcycle in order to mold Ando into a hero. It's apparent that Hiro, still without powers, is trying to live vicariously through his friend. Ando will have none of it, though, speeding out on his Ando-cycle...
... but not before Hiro can implant a GPS-tracking device inside Ando. Hiro has one inside himself, as well. Now, Hiro can find his friend anywhere in the world. This comes in handy later, when Hiro calls up Ando on their communication system, seconds before Hiro is taken by the Hunter's men. Ando hears the commotion and rides away to try and assist.
Cut to Parkman's apartment. He and Daphne are fighting because she wants to keep using her powers for the general good - such as stealing money so Parkman can start his own detective agency - but Matt just wants to live a normal life. After Daphne reluctantly agrees, Parkman starts to see visions of the random African dude again. This guy tells Parkman that he has a destiny: to be a prophet.
Even though Parkman says he can't even draw, we all of a sudden see his eyes turn white and he scribbles away Ladies and gentlemen, it's Isaac 2.0!
Parkman soon meets up with Claire because she left Angela's apartment in a huff. Claire overheard her grandmother talking to Nathan about rounding up the Heroes, so she flees to New York to warn Parkman. Too late! The men break into Parkman's apartment and grab Claire and Parkman, despite Nathan's overheard pleas on the phone earlier to leave Claire out of all this.
As for Mohinder: he's still alive, back to driving a cab, his powers under control apparently. But he's soon held at gunpoint by the Hunter and forced to drive to a rooftop. Once there, Mohinder uses his super strength to escape... or so he thinks. HRG picks him up in a car, only to turn him over again to the Hunter. Why is HRG working with Nathan to round up all the Heroes? Guess that was his job for years with The Company, huh?
On to Sylar: he tracks down his birth father, only to be told that this man's brother is actually Sylar's real dad. (And, remember, Sylar can now tell when someone is lying.) When Sylar arrives at his supposed father's home, it's am ambush. A series of masked men try to take Sylar down, but, come on, no human is a match for this guy. He breaks free and is left to wonder a) who these people are and b) where his real father is.
Time for a Peter update: he's working as a paramedic in NYC. He's visited by Nathan, who tries to explain his cause and recruit Peter, but the younger brother is having none of it. That's too bad, says Nathan, as he hugs his sibling -- and then Peter gets tasered. He gets taken to an airline hanger, where he's thrown on to an airplace with the rest of the captured Heroes.
Even Claire is there. While Nathan uncuffs her and tries to give her a "free pass" out of there, Claire wants to help. She breaks away and sneaks on to the plane full of Heroes just as it takes off. She helps to untie Peter, who procedes to beat up a couple of bad guys. Claire heads to the cockpit, in order to force an emergency landing, and is shocked to see who is sitting shotgun: her dad.
Meanwhile, Peter appears to be transferring powers with anyone he touches. This means he all of a sudden has Tracey's ability - after trying to free her - and he accidentally freezes the airplane's wall. It cracks open. The plane is headed down and Peter is being sucked out when Mohinder reaches out and grabs his hand. Fade to black... to be continued!
Despite the cheesy last scene, we LOVED this opening to volume four. What did everyone else think?