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|Episode number:||Unaired pilot|
|Written by:||Tim Kring|
|Directed by:||David Semel|
One of the special features accompanying the Season One DVD is the unaired pilot in its entirety. The episode, a full 72 minutes, was shown at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con. This version was later cut to a shorter version, simply titled In His Own Image. Even that version would eventually be trimmed to become what is now Genesis. The original intent of the unaired pilot was to have multiple chapters per episode, hence the actual episode itself does not have a formal name.
Chapter One: "In His Own Image"
Suddenly, Peter wakes up sitting in an apartment when a woman, Simone Deveaux, comes in and startles him. Peter tells Simone how he's having these strange dreams, but doesn't elaborate. Peter is a nurse watching over Simone's father, Charles Deveaux who's been comatose for a week. Simone expresses her thanks to Peter for his help. He claims it's his job, but Simone says he's like a son to him. Peter makes a remark about that making them "brother and sister" and how it would be awkward if he ever wanted to ask her out which ends up making them both feel awkward.
In Madras, India, a genetics professor named Mohinder Suresh discusses man and evolution. He tries to debunk the belief that man is the "pinnacle of evolution" and instead suggests that cockroaches, with their ability to live without their head for weeks, not eating for months, and being resistant to radiation, may in fact be more evolved than man. He points out that humans only use a small percentage of their total brain power and that using more could actually result in powers such as teleportation, tissue regeneration, and levitation. According to him the Human Genome Project has shown that we're already evolving at an accelerated rate. A solemn man appears at the door, and Mohinder dismisses his class. The man informs him that Mohinder's father, Chandra, was killed driving a taxi in New York City. Mohinder explains how his father was pursuing some radical evolutionary ideas and that his father believed someone was trying to steal his research. Mohinder believes that's the reason he was actually killed. Mohinder goes to Chandra's apartment in India to get his papers and research.
In Chandra's apartment, Mohinder finds a file named "Genesis" with a number of folders referring to different powers. He pulls out a cassette tape labeled "Teleportation". On the wall he finds a large world map with pins in different locations connected by strings. On the other side of the wall, a man answers a cell phone. The man tells the caller that all of Chandra's materials were left behind except for his laptop and asks for a team to collect all the info. The man senses someone else is in the apartment and hangs up, but Mohinder snaps a photo of the map, pulls the pin out of New York city, and leaves before the man can see him.
In Las Vegas, a woman, Niki Sanders, is lying on a bed performing a striptease in front of a camera which is connected to a laptop. She lets the viewer, huggerz69, know his time is up; after a rude exchange, she disconnects him. On her way out of the garage she passes a mirror and looks into it suspiciously. She enters the house and goes to wake up her son Micah, but he's already up and finishing rebuilding his computer motherboard. She tells Micah that he needs to get ready for school, but he's already ready and packed his own lunch. She claims she was working to pay the bills. The doorbell rings and she tells Micah to get his stuff and wait by the back door. She looks out the window and finds two thugs at her front door. Micah and Niki escape through the back and speed away as the thugs break down the door.
In Odessa, TX, a boy is filming an amateur video of a teenage girl climbing to the top of a large metal structure about 80 feet high. She climbs over the rail and lets herself fall to the ground screaming all the way down. The cameraman, a boy named Zach, runs to her and she gets up. Her shoulder is dislocated, but she pops it back in. She says her name is Claire Bennet and that this was her 6th attempt.
Peter gets out of a cab and enters his brother Nathan's campaign headquarters. Nathan is inside on the phone with Mr. Linderman, and Nathan says he'll call him back. Peter talks to his brother and tells him about the dreams he's having. His brother is very busy and tries to dismiss his dreams. Peter tells Nathan he believes he can fly. Nathan tries to get Peter to stop talking about it and doesn't want any mention of this to affect his margin in the polls. Nathan gets a call and finds that their mother has been arrested for shoplifting.
Zach and Claire are walking together. Claire expresses her depression which Zach can't understand. Claire doesn't want anyone to find out, but won't explain why she wanted the video taken of her. She's afraid she's not going to be able to live a normal life. Zach notices something sticking out of her side which turn out to be several ribs. She casually pushes them back inside her body and the wound heals instantly. Zach gives Claire the tape and Claire thanks him for helping her and offers to talk to people in front of him at school the next day. They see a firetruck and another mysterious truck pass them.
In Los Angeles, CA, a man prays with a group of people while being watched by another man. Meanwhile, in South Las Angeles, a SWAT team breaks into and find a document detailing the transportation of nuclear materials, Arabic notes and a paper with Odessa on it. When the captain asks the SWAT sergeant what it means, a cop outside answers that it is a town in Texas. Confused, another nearby cop asks what he's talking about. A female agent arrives at the scene. Matt's coworker mentions that the SWAT exam test scores have been posted and consoles him about the results. Matt begins to hear someone speaking in a foreign language. He follows it into the house, where he finds a terrorist hiding under the stairs.
In east Los Angeles, a man watches as Laura Lancaster reports of a train wreck in Odessa. He then removes his gloves to reveal his burned hands so he can take of his ring. He then attempts to hang himself in his bathroom when people break in and untie him.
Back at the crime scene the terrorist is interrogated. He is asked if he has found the Engineer and where he is. Unable to get answers, his interrogator tells Captain Chase that he is staying until she decides he can leave. She explains that the Engineer is Amid Halebi a suspected terrorist who's wife died of cancer. Wanting more answers, she speaks to Matt Parkman, the cop who found the terrorist. She asks how he knew where the terrorist was, and he explains he that he doesn't know how he did it. Matt tells her that he knows nothing about the nuclear weapons. The captain questions Matt about his weight and failing the SWAT entrance exams. He explains he needs to see his wife at a couple's counseling session.
Mohinder arrives at Chandra's apartment in New York City to find it in disarray. Mohinder rents his father's apartment and tells the super that he's got a job driving a taxi. In his apartment is another world map on the wall.
In Tokyo, Japan, an office worker named Hiro Nakamura is staring at the clock on his desk. He stares at the clock several times, concentrating intently on it. Eventually, the second hand moves one second backwards. He jumps up and shouts "Yatta!" and runs past other cubicles to his friend Ando's desk claiming he was able to break the space/time continuum. Ando doesn't believe him and isn't impressed. Hiro tells him that must be why the train was 14 seconds late that morning, which Ando doesn't believe. Hiro goes on talking about his powers, but Ando just teases him. Ando turns back to his screen, where he's watching the video of Niki's striptease.
Niki talks to a private school principal, trying to convince him to let Micah stay in the school. The principal refuses to let him stay. Niki says that she gave a $25,000 donation to get him into the school on top of the tuition; however, the previous three tuition checks have bounced. She demands her money back, but the principal refuses. She grabs him by the tie, but he still claims he cannot return the money. As she and Micah are leaving the school she passes a fish tank and sees her reflection nodding at her. She tells the reflection to leave her alone.
Peter and Nathan meet their mom at the police station where they find out the prosecutors have dropped the charges and that it's no big deal. Nathan berates her for getting arrested when he's trying to get elected to Congress. He blames her behavior on her husband's death six months prior and tells her to get over it. Peter manages to convince Nathan to leave and then tends to his mother. His mother says Nathan is like his dad, unlike Peter.
Micah and Niki visit her friend Tina's house to lay low for a few hours. Micah asks her why she reacted to the fish tank like she did, but she doesn't answer. She tells her friend that she borrowed $30,000 from Mr. Linderman, but she's late repaying the loan. Niki explains how she thinks someone is following her, someone she can't see.
Claire and Zach approach a fiery train derailment. Claire asks Zach to turn on the camera and runs inside. She finds a man pinned and helps him out of the wreck. He's badly burned, but when firemen check Claire, she's not injured at all. Claire runs off before they can do anything.
Amid is captured and questioned by Joseph. He tells Amid that no woman could come between them and all of Amid's plans have come to pass. He says a train was derailed in Texas two hours previous and that they have the device. However, they need Amid to assemble it, and that he and Allah forgives Amid. Amid tells him he doesn't want to hurt any more people, not after he killed his wife.
Matt meets his wife in the park, too late for his marital session. He explains to her that he failed his tests again, and doesn't want to retire a beat cop. She says that in the eleven years that they have been together, she has been able to make her dreams come true and wonders how long they have to wait for his. She tells him to tell his department about his Dyslexia, but Matt refuses. Matt tells her that he is hearing things -- voices in his head. Distraught, the two part.
Chapter Two: "I'm Being Followed By a Moonshadow"
In his apartment is another world map on the wall. Mohinder uses the pictures he took in India to reconstruct the layout of the pins and strings. On the floor he finds a cassette tape labeled "Sylar". He listens to it and finds the man's address. He arrives at the address to find the residence empty. He finds news papers of murdered people who had their brains removed. Mohinder finds an empty closet covered with frantic graffiti, all reading "Forgive me" and "I have sinned".
Back at Nathan's headquarters, Peter and Nathan discuss their mother's situation. Nathan offers Peter a job working for him as a volunteer coordinator. He claims it's to help Peter, but reveals that he's actually just thinking about how it makes him look good. Nathan says he's trying to do the right thing, but Peter leaves telling him he doesn't want his pity. Peter catches a cab which turns out to be driven by Mohinder. Peter looks up and sees the solar eclipse. Peter and Mohinder start talking about philosophy and being "special." Mohinder initially patronizes Peter, but upon seeing Peter is talking about something more substantial goes into more detail and talks about how some people are "special" and have within them what it takes to reach the next evolutionary rung.
Niki returns to her house to find it in disarray. Niki watches the eclipse, but soon notices the thugs are still in her house. As she tries to run away, one of them grabs her and takes her to the garage. She's told that she now owes Mr. Linderman $50,000 because she was late. The thugs coerce her into performing a strip tease for them. She refuses and they hit her and she blacks out.
Back in Japan, Hiro continues to try to convince Ando of his powers, but Ando remains skeptical. Hiro explains that as he develops he'll eventually learn to bend space as well as time and then be able to teleport himself anywhere on the planet. Ando teases him making comparisons to Star Trek.
An artist named Isaac Mendez is destroying several of his paintings. Simone walks into his apartment, and stops him from destroying any more of his works. Isaac claims he doesn't remember painting several paintings and was high on heroin when he made them. He shows Simone a painting of a bus in Israel on fire which he painted three weeks ago. He picks up the morning's newspaper and shows her a picture of a bus on fire in Israel with the same bus number. He believes something is wrong with him and tells Simone to leave. Isaac finds a pair of handcuffs and cuffs himself to a pipe, out of reach of his drugs.
Hiro and Ando sit in a bar where Hiro explains his theory of how time works to Ando. When Ando asks how Hiro knows this, he explains that it was in "X-Men #143, when Kitty Pryde time travels". Ando asks what use Hiro's powers are and suggests he teleport into the women's bathroom. Ando leaves to grab some more beer and Hiro looks at the women's room and starts concentrating.
Matt overhears people's thoughts and tells his captain he can find where the rest of the terrorist are, however there is a condition attached.
Niki awakens to an answering machine message from Tina telling her Micah is gone, along with 300 of her dollars. As she looks around the room she finds the thugs have been murdered. Noticing the video camera they had set up to record her, she grabs it. Upon looking in the mirror she sees her mirror image, covered in bloodstains even though she is not, motion for her to be silent.
Peter, still in Mohinder's cab, gets out and pays Mohinder for the ride. A man gets into the cab and asks to go to JFK airport. The man starts talking to Suresh and, noticing Mohinder's license, mentions that he knew a Professor Suresh teaching genetics in India and says he doesn't think he's teaching anymore. The man then states that Suresh is probably a very common name in India, "like Smith or Anderson". Mohinder gets spooked, stops the cab, and runs away. The man gets out of the car and it's revealed he's the same man that was earlier searching Chandra's apartment in India.
Chapter Three: "Genesis" or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
Back at Claire's home her mother and brother are talking over dinner. Claire comes in reveals that she "walked through fire and didn't get burned." Her mom misunderstands and thinks she's being metaphorical.
Ando turns around to see Hiro being dragged out of the ladies room, and then out of the bar by two men who throw him onto the street. Hiro tells Ando that he was able to teleport into the ladies room, but Ando still doesn't believe him. Hiro complains that everyone else wants to be the same, but he wants to be different and "boldly go where no man has gone before." As Hiro walks away Ando sarcastically calls him "Super Hiro".
At Charles Deveaux's place Simone is searching the apartment for morphine and asks Peter to come with her because he is a nurse and can give out shots.
Claire is washing the dishes while her mom tries to talk to her. Claire takes off her ring, but it falls down the garbage disposal which is still running. She reaches in to grab the ring and mangles her right hand. Hiding it from her mom, she waits for it to regenerate. Her mom tells Claire she should know who she is and Claire finally asks her mom to tell her who her real parents are. Her father arrives home and it's revealed that Mr. Bennet is the man that was seen both in the back of Mohinder's cab as well as Chandra's apartment in India.
Joseph continues to try and get Amid's help. Joseph claims that it is faith that he found Amid just before he died. Amid asks for a glass of water and asks for his hands to be untied. He puts his burned hand onto the glass and causes it to bubble rapidly. The lights explode as the SWAT team breaks into the hideout. Matt finds and recognized Amid.
Hiro is standing on the train when he sees a tourist advertisement for New York City. Above him is a digital clock reading 11:43. He closes his eyes and concentrates and the clock begins to increment slowly at first and then too quickly to read, eventually stopping at 01:00. He opens his eyes and is still on the train, but then suddenly he's in Times Square in New York City. He looks around smiling, throws his arms up, and screams, "Yatta! Hello, New York!"
Micah arrives at his destination, a prison in Utah.
At Isaac's place, Peter and Simone find Isaac unconscious, with his hand cut off. As Simone calls 911, Peter notices some of Isaac's paintings, including one that appears to be of Peter flying. Isaac tells them, "We have to stop it." Peter and Simone notice a massive painting of an explosion over New York painted on the studio floor.
Nathan arrives in an alleyway, speaking to someone on his cell phone. A phone falls from high above and smashes on the ground: Peter is standing on the roof of a building, looking down at Nathan. Nathan tries to get Peter to come down, but Peter jumps. As Peter falls, Nathan flies up and catches him. Nathan loses his grip on Peter who falls.
Differences from In His Own Image
- In the version shown at Comic-Con, an additional superpowered character, Amid Halebi, was introduced. He had ties to a terrorist cell that Matt Parkman investigates. In a scene which was later tweaked to become the Walker murder scene in Don't Look Back, Matt discovers a member of the Amid's former terrorist cell hiding under a grate, rather than Molly Walker. Later, it is revealed that Amid's fellow terrorists were responsible for the train wreck in Odessa, TX. Additionally, Tim Kring reveals in the commentary for the unaired pilot that Amid actually lived with Matt fifteen years ago as an exchange student, grew to love America, then returned and developed a hatred for the country. This entire terrorist plot did not appear in the episode-length screener or in Genesis. Many elements of the engineer's story were reused for Ted Sprague, including his power to emit radiation and the death of his wife.
- Mohinder plays the Sylar tape and visits Paul E. Sylar's apartment where he encounters Paul E. Sylar.
- Each chapter of the unaired pilot takes its name from another reference. "In His Own Image" refers to the Biblical verse in Genesis 1:27, "God created man in His own image." "I'm Being Followed By a Moonshadow" takes its name from a repeated line in Cat Stevens' popular song, "Moonshadow". "Genesis" or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" borrows its title from the 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
- In the script for the unaired pilot, there was originally a chapter called "Dreamtime" that was placed between "Moonshadow" and "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".
- For other uses of pilot, see pilot (disambig).
- For the shorter version of the unaired pilot that was leaked, see In His Own Image.
- For characters who never aired, see Portal:Unaired Characters.