Heroes Reborn Review: ‘The Needs of Many’

HEROES REBORN -- "The Needs of Many" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gatlin Green as Emily, Robbie Kay as Tommy Clark -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/NBC)

Molly Walker’s final words in the Heroes Reborn October 8 episode “The Needs of Many” summed up this new series pretty well: “Forget the past, save the future.”

A clear homage to the original series’ tagline, “Save the cheerleader, save the world,” Ms. Walker’s statement was also a nice wink from creator Tim Kring & the rest of the Heroes Reborn team that things are different now.

“The Needs of Many” propelled storylines forward in many ways and, while the mystery of what great event is coming still remains, I’m still hopeful for what’s next for our new band of heroes. Let’s dive in…

Tommy/Emily/Tommy’s Mom

After last week’s car crash, I was worried Tommy’s mom had met her end. Luckily, our Tommy was able to save his mom by transporting her to safety using his EVO abilities. I loved that Tommy was forced to reveal his powers in order to try and save his mom’s life with his blood & his journey running away with Emily should bring up some interesting story. I mentioned this in a previous review, but it’s still worth saying: Emily seems to be hiding something. Penny Man was nowhere in sight this episode, so the mystery of who he is or how he ties into Tommy & his mom’s life will (in typical Heroes fashion) remain hidden for now.

H.R.G./Quentin/Taylor/Molly Walker

Taylor is slowly becoming one of my favorite characters in this new incarnation of Heroes. “This isn’t a TED Talk, Mom” is such a snarky, awesome line and it was really enjoyable seeing Taylor go behind Erica’s back to help Noah & Quentin work to save Molly Walker. The reveal that Molly knew more about June 13th than she originally let on may have added to the ever-growing list of questions this series has posed, but I’m admittedly still intrigued to find out the answer. And, as much as it pains me to see Molly Walker go, I’m glad the writers wrote her out in a way that was heroic. The final moments with Molly also mean we’re one episode closer to getting my beloved Hiro back on screen, which is reason enough to be excited!


“Finally!” I shouted as we got more screen time with and answers about Malina. Is it just me or does anyone else feel that Farrah constantly telling her she’s destined to save the world someday add just a little too much pressure to life? However, making Malina aware of her destiny so early gives her more purpose than the majority of our characters right now, who don’t really have a clue what they’re doing. More Malina also gave us one of my favorite scenes of the series so far, as she created colorful lights in the sky and all of our heroes were looking up at the same time. Implausible? Yes. Beautiful? Double yes.


I’m so relieved the writers didn’t wait until the last episode to have Luke reveal his powers to Joanne – the early revelation came as a welcome surprise. As much as this development pleases me, I still find Joanne to be one of the most insufferable characters of all time. Someone tell me I’m not alone in this. Nothing against Judi Shenkoni, who truly does try to make you feel for Joanne, but the writing is just too one note for anyone to salvage. Here’s hoping this changes sooner rather than later to make me feel for Joanne.


Another storyline I’m still having trouble investing in. As I said in a previous review, Carlos’ journey to El Vendor, or El Campeon as he became known in this episode, feels like something we’ve seen countless times before in a variety of different mediums, right down to people Carlos’ loves being kidnapped by Captain Dearing in order to have him save the day.

What do you think of Heroes Reborn so far? Are you just as frustrated with Joanne as I am? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Spencer Barrett
Stars are his kind of thing! Spencer Barrett joined the TV Source team as a staff writer in 2013. In 2018, he was promoted to Senior Writer, TV & Pop Culture, shaping our pop culture content. He loves all things horror, Archie Comics and Taylor Swift.

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