Genesis (Chapter 1 - Season 1)

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Genesis is a re-cut version of the original Heroes pilot, In His Own Image, which gets its name from the lecture given by Mohinder Suresh to his genetics class in India.

Text Opening

In recent days, a seemingly random group of individuals has emerged with what can only be described as "special abilities."

Although unaware of it now, these individuals will not only save the world, but change it forever. This transition from ordinary to extraordinary will not occur overnight. Every story has a beginning.

Volume One of their epic tale begins here..

Mohinder's Opening Narration

"Where does it come from — this quest? This need to solves life's mysteries when the simplest of questions can never be answered. Why are we here? What is the soul? Why do we dream? Perhaps we would be better off not looking at all. Not delving. Not yearning. That's our human nature, not the human heart. That is not why we are here."

Episode Summary

As "Genesis" is the first episode of Heroes, the first few scenes introduce almost all of the main characters.

Introduction of Peter Petrelli / Simone Deveaux

Peter Petrelli is shown to be a competent and caring hospice nurse caring for Charles Deveaux, the father of Simone Deveaux. Simone asks about her father's condition and Peter tells her that he probably only has a few days left. Peter attempts to ask Simone to go on a date, but is quickly shot down by Simone, saying that she was already seeing someone. Simone shows more than a casual rejecting interest in Peter and this helps set up the future relationship between them and the love triangle involving Isaac Mendez.

Charles Deveaux remains comatose throughout the scene. Nothing is revealed about his character, rather he is used here only as a reason for Simone and Peter to meet.

Introduction of Mohinder Suresh

The scene changes to the classroom of Mohinder Suresh, where he is giving a lecture about evolution. Mohinder claims that humans are not the most advanced life form, but rather the cockroach is because it is able to survive months without food, live for weeks without a head, and is resistant to radiation. Then he suggests that if the Hindu god had created a life form in his own image, it would be the cockroach.

Heroes Characters Introduced

Charles Deveaux (comatose)
Simone Deveaux
Peter Petrelli
Chandra Suresh (mentioned)
Mohinder Suresh

Related Graphic Novels

  • "Monsters" - includes details about how Mohinder becomes a cab driver and decides to follow in his father's footsteps by continuing his research.
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