What a turn around from the sub-par Season 2. Hiro traveling into the future to see the world being destroyed is growing repetitive. Actually, the whole time traveling plot device is relied on too heavily. I like the potential for Claire’s character to have some growth. The overall darker tone of the premier really sets what I hope is the tone for the entire season. Parkman is still annoying and unnecessary to me. Peter isn’t as interesting as he was in the first season. Sylar is still a great, complex villain; he seems less bad this season, and next week’s preview hints at where they might (and I hope) they’re going with the character. Hiro is Hiro. Wish we could see him as he saw himself in season 1 and momentarily tonight. About time they hinted at Ando being more than normal. I thought he’d eventually get powers, and i’m glad that all but confirmed. Speaking of, Mohinder’s gaining of powers was a welcome turn in the plot as well. If only Issac Mendez could come back (the African dude seems to be a psuedo-replacement for him).
Not a bad opening to what I hope will be a great season after last year’s dismal one. Hopes for this season include Claire gaining powers. More and more Sylar. Growth in Hiro’s character. Phasing out of Parkman (alternatively, make him cool). And of course, more characters with new and interesting powers.
P.S. Kristen Bell is great. I’ve never watched anything with her in it, but I hope we see more of her throughout the season.