Heroes Reborn Episode 1.13 “Chapter Thirteen: Project Reborn” Recap & Review

The series finale has come for Heroes Reborn! The moment we have all been waiting for! What a conclusion! I had high expectations and I am so thrilled to be able to say that I was very satisfied with the way Heroes concluded. Dare I say I enjoyed this series finale more than the original one? Well, that’s a conversation all in itself. So. Let’s just jump into this episode!

HEROES REBORN -- "Project Reborn" Episode 113 -- Pictured: Robbie Kay as Tommy Clark -- (Photo by: NBC)
HEROES REBORN — “Project Reborn” Episode 113 — Pictured: Robbie Kay as Tommy Clark — (Photo by: NBC)

Erica has trapped Tommy in Hachiro’s game to begin the process of moving everyone into the future. Tommy’s mom, Ren, Emily, and thousands of others find themselves over 7,000 years in the future. Still in the Gateway lab, Ren and Emily find Hachiro and… the real Miko. This Miko has never seen Ren before in her life. Cue the heartbroken sigh.

Meanwhile, Robbie is stuck in an Interstellar time loop until he faces himself in the loop, this version telling him that he needs to go back and save the world. Robbie spends a bit more time in the loop, looking at past memories, putting together the pieces to his life, each giving him more encouragement to fulfill his fate.

With Hachiro awake, he tells Ren that he must be Reckless Ren and enter the game to free Tommy. In the game, he is reunited with his Miko. Cue the “Awwww” moment. When Tommy finds himself back in the lab, Erica is waiting for him. Only n the time loop, where time doesn’t exist, Tommy had all of the time in the world to figure out how to make himself be two places at once…

HEROES REBORN -- "Project Reborn" Episode 113 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kiki Sukezane as Miko Otomo, Hiro Kanagawa as Hachiro Otomo -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/NBC)
HEROES REBORN — “Project Reborn” Episode 113 — Pictured: (l-r) Kiki Sukezane as Miko Otomo, Hiro Kanagawa as Hachiro Otomo — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/NBC)

Malina, Luke, and Quentin find themselves at Gateway in the present day, abandoned except for the solar flare hitting the earth. Luke tells Quentin to make sure that Malina fulfills her destiny…before he locks them inside and sets out to fulfill his. He absorbs all of his power which attracts him to the solar flare like a magnet, allowing him to absorb the entire flare…. in turn sacrificing himself? I’m still confused as to how Luke is gone when fire met fire and he is fire but maybe that fire was on such a different level than his that it zeroed him out. I don’t know.

So Malina and Quentin head up the clock tower and find themselves face to face with Phoebe, who is weak as ever. Phoebe uses Malina to gain a bit of strength before attempting to kill her. Quentin tells Phoebe that Erica used her and created her into a monster. He tries to talk her down but she won’t listen and he’s forced to stop his own sister. For good. To shoot her. Talk about a sacrifice. She falls to her death outside of the clock tower. Malina and Quentin head downstairs before Quentin hides and Malina faces the second solar flare. She does all she can with her power to make it work while waiting for Tommy to arrive.

The thing about Tommy…he gets all of the answers he needs. And they’re really unfortunate end of the world answers. You see, Malina and Tommy were trained as children by Angela and given all of the tools they’d need to save the world. So when Tommy goes to help Malina, he knows he’s missing key information so he heads back into the time loop and searches for those memories where they were taught how to save the world. There, he discovers that for Malina and Tommy to use their powers together, they actually need one person in between them who can sacrifice themselves so that they don’t kill themselves doing what they need to do. Cue HRG. Oh man, I was not prepared for that but as soon as Angela said it, I knew. That’s why Tommy took HRG from the freeway. HRG is the one. So together. Nathan, Malina, and HRG, Claire’s family, save the world. Save the cheerleader, save the world. Save the cheerleader’s bloodline, save the world.

HEROES REBORN -- "Project Reborn" Episode 113 -- Pictured: (l-r) Robbie Kay as Tommy Clark, Danika Yarosh as Malina Bennet-- (Photo by: NBC)
HEROES REBORN — “Project Reborn” Episode 113 — Pictured: (l-r) Robbie Kay as Tommy Clark, Danika Yarosh as Malina Bennet– (Photo by: NBC)

Tommy finds himself hopping back and forth in time to make sure that this is really the only way to save the world. It is indeed. So HRG makes the beautiful sacrifice that he does. And Tommy cuts off Erica’s Gateway watch before bringing everyone back to the present and saving the world with his sissy.

Cut to three months later. Quentin is being interrogated to find out who the evos were that saved the world. The evos who are all living the mundane lives they so longed to live. That is until we see Nathan and Malina who each have received a peculiar card that Angela tells Maline ia a message from their father who is coming back for them… and this time, no one will be able to protect them. Now had Heroes Reborn been renewed, this would have been a wonderful beginning to another season but this is a limited event series so that huge cliffhanger was really unnecessary and I wish the loop had been closed more! Ugh.

Now as all the end of the world was happening, across town, Micah, Jose, Farah, and Carlos were at the hospital, trying to patch Farah back together. Soon enough, they find themselves meeting with others left behind as they all make shelter in the hospital. They waited out the solar flares and we didn’t get much from them otherwise which makes me come to the conclusion that Jose’s storyline was completely pointless and that frustrates me to no end because that screen time could have gone to some really good use for our original heroes and new heroes with a bigger purpose. So aside from this issue and the very last scene which could have gone without setting up something we’ll never get to see (*shakes fist*), I loved the ending of this show and I am so proud of what the cast and crew delivered here.

I am going to miss Heroes Reborn so, so much! Everyone who knows me knows that Heroes is one of my top three favorite shows ever. (The other two are Charmed and One Tree Hill). So this show coming back for a limited time meant the world to me and I am so, so pleased with the way that this began and concluded. I am so, so happy. I couldn’t be more proud of Tim Kring and the Heroes team. A never ending amount of thanks to NBC for letting Heroes Reborn happen. What a ride! What a dream come true!