Episode commentaries/Season Two
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This article contains an archive of episode commentaries from Season Two. For current episode commentaries, see the main article. For episode commentaries from Season One, see here. For episode commentaries from Season Three, see here.
- The scenes at Costa Verde High School were filmed at an actual high school in Panorama City, California.
- Detective Fuller was so named as a tribute to Season One writer Bryan Fuller.
- West is named for Tim Kring's nephew.
- Molly Walker's drawings were made by Adair Tishler herself.
- Brian Kimmet, the Copy Kingdom manager, previously worked with Tim Kring on Crossing Jordan. He played a serial killer.
- Jack Coleman jokes that the being who might see Molly is Paula Abdul.
- Tim Kring claims there was a great deal of discussion about how loud to make the sound effect for Takezo Kensei's urination.
- The old villager's line "is there no God to protect us?" is spoken by peasants from ravaged villages in several Akira Kurosawa films.
- Tim Kring confirms that the power Peter uses to repel Tuko is one not previously seen.
- According to Michael Green, Costa Verde, CA is indeed meant to be a fictional town. The scenes in Costa Verde are shot in the same town as Showtime's Weeds.
- Allan Arkush asked Wendy and Lisa to make the theme music for Hiro's heroic scenes as Takezo Kensei feel the same as Rossini's William Tell Overture — more widely recognized as the theme to Lone Ranger.
- The regeneration video Claire, West, and Martha watch in Mr. Zern's biology class is a real educational video to which the show obtained the rights.
- The set for Bob's office was built by Ruth Ammon and the production department. Greg Grunberg says he has shot a scene as Matt Parkman in the set.
- To make sure the actions in Caitlin and Peter's first scene match without burdening the actors with remembering their exact moves, all three cameras--the master and each close-up--were filmed simultaneously.
- Allan Arkush refers to Peter's electrical ability as "lightning".
- The high school in Panorama City used for CVHS is a former factory.
- The scene between Hiro and Yaeko amid the cherry blossoms and deer is based on an experience Michael Green had during the hiatus while vacationing in Japan with his girlfriend.
- Masi Oka's scenes in Takezo Kensei's armor were filmed in July. The armor weighs eighty pounds and the temperature was over 100 degrees.
- The commentary is filmed inside the set for the NYPD station.
- The commentators discuss Maya and Alejandro's powers in very general terms: Maya cries "black tears", and Alejandro "heals" their effects. According to Michael Green, "she emits this, and he can take it in".
- The special effects for Maya's black tears are a "nightmare". "Black goo" is squeezed into Dania Ramírez's eyes. As she cries, the tears begin to run and flow. The "black goo" is difficult to remove, and after a few takes, Dania's face is red from having been scrubbed clean.
- Alejandro's lullaby he uses to calm Maya is a song they used to sing as children. In reality, the song was composed in one day by Wendy and Lisa, and is based on a lullaby Lisa's grandmother used to sing to her.
- Copy Kingdom is filmed in Los Angeles, at Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street.
- Cristine Rose played the mother of a character played by Greg Grunberg in Flying Blind, a short-lived 1992 sitcom on Fox.
- According to Greg, he has already filmed another scene with Cristine "very similar" to the interrogation scene in Lizards.
- According to Allan Arkush, Angela's assailant is "not really there".
- The ambush on Takezo Kensei outside the tavern was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress.
- The commentary is filmed in the set for the Wandering Rocks Pub.
- During the chase scene in Mexico, Dania Ramírez pulled a quad.
- Candice's new identity as "Michelle" came about because Missy Peregrym was no longer available.
- The commentators are joined by a dog named "Noah".
- Derek's back story--that he was on Spring Break, and was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct--was written, but cut.
- J.J. Philbin confirms that Derek's car is Claire's stolen Nissan Rogue. Zachary Quinto says he has filmed upcoming scenes featuring "that car"; it's not explicitly clear whether he means Claire's car or another Nissan Rogue.
- While the commentary was filming, a piano was being tuned in the next set for an upcoming scene featuring Noah Gray-Cabey.
- The "ninety angry ronin" were originally "ninety hungry ronin".
- Zachary Quinto briefly lived in Galway, Ireland while he was in school.
- West and Claire's beach scene was filmed at Zuma Beach in Malibu. The same location was used for Chandra Suresh's funeral in Seven Minutes to Midnight.
- The commentary is filmed on the set for Charles Deveaux's rooftop.
- According to Adrian Pasdar, the cast and crew had several vulgar variations for what "HRG" stood for.
- Tim Kring talks a great deal about this season's focus on pairing up new sets of characters.
- Adrian is able to tell Monty and Simon Petrelli apart ... barely.
- There is a water line about three feet high in the set of the Dawsons' home to show the extent of the damage it received during Hurricane Katrina.
- When Matt is hearing voices, a special camera lens is used that focuses on just a single spot, throwing the rest of the shot slightly out of focus.
- Adrian Pasdar rides bikes with Zachary Quinto's brother Joe.
- Dana Davis's first scene filmed was her tomato-cutting scene with Camille. The scene was shot in an actual fast food chili restaurant in Los Angeles, redressed as Burger Bonanza.
- The montage of post-Katrina New Orleans was added to give a better sense of the city, since the New Orleans scenes are filmed on sets in Los Angeles.
- The Hollywood Sign scene was filmed on the same soundstage as Charles Deveaux's rooftop, using the same bluescreen process.
- Nathan's "monster face" makeup takes about four hours to apply and an hour and a half to remove.
- West's flight is supposed to have a "more lyrical, Peter Pan quality" than Nathan's.
- Tim Kring explains Maya's ability as the "emitting of a plague ... that makes people sick."
- The "Tim Sale font" used for all of the title cards actually predates Heroes.
- The commentary is filmed in the set for Bob's office. According to Greg Beeman, Bob is now "in charge" of the Company.
- Beeman calls Monica's power "photo reflex muscle memory power". Grunberg calls her "Xerox girl".
- Bob's office contains a didgeridoo. Beeman claims Bob has spent a lot of time in Australia.
- Monica's mother appears (very briefly) in a photograph on the top of the piano. Curiously, Greg Grunberg begins to comment on the chemistry between Dana Davis and the actress who plays her mother, but catches himself.
- According to Greg Grunberg, the set for Bob's office contains files for all of the evolved humans on the show. Some of the actors like to frequent the set because it's the only location that lists a last name for some characters, such as Bob (who is listed as "Robert Bishop".) However, Greg is quick to point out that the last names in question were selected by the props department as set dressing and may not reflect the actual direction the show takes.
- Greg Beeman confirms that Niki has the Shanti virus.
- Greg Grunberg discusses a deleted scene from late in Season One where Matt spoke with Janice on the phone and realized the baby was not his. Tom McHenry appeared in the scene, packing Janice's bags. However, the scene was ultimately scrapped because it took away from the dramatic tension and action of the last few episodes of the season.
- The martial arts move Monica practices is a kippup. The film from which she learns it is The Bruce Lee Story starring Jason Scott Lee.
- Greg Grunberg says he has a flying scene coming up in Episode 10.
- The combination of Greg Grunberg and Greg Beeman is perhaps best described as "comedy dynamite". The best line of the commentary occurs during Elle's phone call to her father:
- Greg Beeman: Now, I wanted a right-hand drive car...
- Greg Grunberg: ... but Nissan didn't make one.
- The car in question didn't actually work. When Elle drives off, it's being pushed by crew members.
- Intriguingly, Greg Grunberg implies that Matt Parkman will learn how to kill Peter in spite of all his powers.
- The commentary is filmed in the set of the kitchen at the Dawsons' home.
- Claire's cheerleading move during try-outs is a back round-off.
- A sign at Costa Verde High School reads "Save the Ozone, Save the World".
- The scenes at the Mexico-U.S. border were filmed outside Ventura, CA.
- Kay Foster mentions that Eriko may get a chance to sing in an upcoming episode.
- The Whitebeard's camp scene was filmed in 115 degree weather.
- They also mention that we will being seeing a lot more of Adam Monroe.
- Elya Baskin had to be aged for his role as Ivan.
- Noah's confrontation with Ivan was all shot in one day.
- Claire's scenes of the "prank" she pulls on Debbie Marshall were filmed on Hayden Panettiere's eighteenth birthday--the first day she could legally work full hours on set.
- The scenes in Ivan's home were filmed in an apartment building that has been converted from an old hotel.
- Adam and Kay refer to painting 7 of Isaac's series of eight as "Suresh with a gun".
- The commentary is filmed on the set of Charles Deveaux's rooftop.
- The initial scenes of Peter and Caitlin in the future from The Line were originally shot for this episode.
- Masi Oka claims that the material used for the opium was "medicinal or herbal", but that as a non-smoker he found it quite uncomfortable nonetheless.
- The shots of Claire's cell phone were edited using CGI to eliminate the date and time.
- The scenes at the CDC building were shot in the parking lot at NBC (for the showers) and at an abandoned industrial building in downtown Long Beach (for the processing center).
- Due to time constraints, the scene with Claire and West as Noah returns home was shot as a single, continuous shot and cut together, rather than shooting each shot individually.
- Shots of Maury Parkman were inserted into Niki's nightmare scene with D.L. to help establish Maury's power.
- The original plan was to have Mohinder inject Niki with the Shanti virus. The storyline was changed to be more consistent with Mohinder's objections to injecting Monica in The Line.
- The explosion in Whitebeard's camp was shot in one take. The explosion blew out the power, and debris from the blast flew into the cast and crew's tents.
- The scenes with Matt, Maury, and Molly inside the nightmare was shot during a set visit from the heads of NBC and Universal.
- The goodbye scene between Hiro and Yaeko was filmed after the principal shooting for the episode was complete. They were directed by Greg Beeman because Daniel Attias was not available.
- The commentary is filmed on a blank white set, decorated with a few of Isaac's paintings on easels.
- Greg refers to Adam as "Hiro's nemesis in the past, and [ Peter's ] ally-slash-nemesis in the present."
- Alejandro's wedding was shot on the Universal backlot, on the "Zorro street".
- Sabrina Perez, the actress who plays Gloria, is very new to acting. She had never kissed a co-star on camera before.
- The effects for Maya's black tears are now being done digitally. Dania Ramirez cries, and the tears are colored black in post-production.
- The scenes of Micah's birthday party were filmed in the original location from Genesis because the set used for subsequent episodes had been torn down.
- Angela Petrelli's scene with Heidi was filmed very quickly. Greg left the decisions on how she "seduces" Heidi entirely up to Cristine Rose.
- Cristine Rose is apparently convinced that her character will be killed every single episode.
- The Las Vegas house fire was shot on the Universal back lot. It's about one street over from the sets for Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane.
- The Venezuelan convent was shot at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.
- Foz McDermott, who plays the Los Angeles bouncer, is an assistant to one of the producers. He also played a member of the Citizen's Border Patrol.
- At the last minute, Jeph Loeb came on set and pointed out that there was no explanation of how Peter's identity box contained a picture of Nathan. The scene of Peter taking the picture from Nathan's hospital room was the result.
- The commentary is again filmed on a blank white set, decorated with a few of Isaac's paintings on easels.
- Kristen Bell has known Hayden Panettiere since Kristin was eighteen and Hayden was eight.
- Kaito's funeral was filmed on a golf course. According to Greg Yaitanes, backstops are visible in some of the shots.
- Greg Beeman filmed the first scene between Claire and West because Greg Yaitanes was vacationing in Europe.
- The photograph of young West is an actual high school photo of Nick D'Agosto.
- New scenes of Hiro watching Angela and Kaito's meeting were intercut with existing coverage of the scene from Four Months Later....
- As Noah Bennet prepares to search for West, he puts on his jacket and stops for a beat. According to Greg, Jack Coleman observed that if he were Noah, he'd be hesitant to put on a jacket in which he's been painted dead. This led to this small moment, meant to show Noah's acceptance of his impending fate.
- Elle is drinking from a Slusho cup, a nod to Alias inserted by Jesse Alexander.
- When Noah ties Elle up and sticks her feet in the dog bath, she is tied up with dog leashes.
- The scene with Kaito and Adam frozen in mid-air was achieved by building a support rig for the actors. The supports were edited out later.
- The beach where the hostage exchange takes place is the home to dozens of feral cats.
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