Somewhere in history around the beginning of season 6 of Buffy (in a post I can not find) I wrote about the upcoming season 6:
It's gotta be Willow this year. She's just too damned strong. But something is going to drive her over the edge. Probably one of the 3 geeks will injure/kill tara. We know how well Willow deals when she loses someone... It's usually magick and it's bad. You'll get some killer Buffy vs. Big Bad Willow stuff going on. Now if I were writing it. I'd have Xander be the one who saves the day. Not buffy. He's known Willow the longest. He can get right into the core of who she is no matter what they do to "big-bad-ify" her.
This little pronouncement got me invited at my first DragonCon to sit on a few Buffy panels concerning Story Arc.
Currently, my favourite show hands down is Doctor Who. This post. Has nothing to do with Doctor Who.
My second favourite show, on the other hand is "Heroes"
Heroes has some amazing writing that just happens to be all interwoven sooper sekrit arc.
Today after being given a small hint... My mind blew up and I came up with some very strong theories.
If you are not watching Heroes... (Well you should)... If you are watching it and don't like spoilers/theories... you really don't want to click ahead... But in general... I have an idea.
NBC has running web comics that compliment the show's story-line. The current story is called War Buddies. (Flash chapters 1, 2, 3, 4)
In short... During Vietnam there was a covert operation which had 5 operatives that were so deep they had no personal effects or identities beyond code names. Two are Dallas and Austin. It turns out that Austin has special abilities and can heal. Three (Loredo, San Antonio, and Amarillo) are all killed shortly after we meet them. Whether or not Dallas and the three that are dead had abilities... has not been revealed. San Antonio was a Heavyweight Gold Glove champ... so... there's a piece more information.
So the story is an interesting read. It's obvious the government knew something was special about the team. It's probably why the file is still considered top-secret.
THEORY/SPOILER TIME (Last warning)
In the latest issue there is a picture of Austin and Dallas (Austin is on the viewer's left)
Now... I'm still going to put in spoiler space here because putting two images side by side with this starts the theory:
The picture on the far left is a fairly famous press shot of Malcolm McDowell at age 28 in Clockwork Orange. The picture on the right is a promotional shot of Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli.
Now, while Linderman, is definitely the right age to have been late teens early twenties in Vietnam... Nathan would have been about -10. However, there's no saying that a father and son might resemble each other at similar ages. (And I should know this)
So, from this we can theorize that Linderman and Nathan's dad go waaaaay back.
This also suggests that Linderman has the special ability to heal others.
Now, this got me thinking about Claire. Well, talking to jnanacandra got me thinking about Claire when she posed the question: which begs the question of is he related to Claire?
In the comic Austin heals Dallas. I contemplated if Linderman's abilities get leached into his patients.
And then I saw it.
Is Angela Petrelli, originally, Angela Linderman, sister to Mr. (First name with an A perhaps) Linderman.
We don't know whether or not Angela has any abilities but we do know that Linderman can heal others. So how would Claire wind up with an ability that is in the same area as Linderman's?
Where would Petrelli most likely meet a future wife?
We do not know what genetic information siblings might share. Was Nathan's father, the one with the abilities? The comic seems to indicate that Dallas has none. Was Angela also a healer? The comic indicates that Austin ran away at a young age when his powers manifested. It doesn't indicate that there wasn't a sister.
So, if Angela is linked to Linderman, this could be the source of a healing gene passed on from clan Linderman to Nathan to Claire.
It might also suggest why Angela Petrelli has not only a vested interest in Claire, but the ability to over-ride Primatech which theoretically spawned from Linderman.
So.. this is my current theory for fun... Comments welcomed.