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The Company refers to a fictional covert international organization in the NBC drama Heroes. Its primary purpose is to identify, monitor and study those individuals with genetically-derived special abilities. The Company played a central role in the plot of Volume Two, during the second season of the series. It is a very notable organization in the series and is connected to several of the characters.

Founders[edit]

In season two, Kaito Nakamura revealed that there were twelve founders of the Company,[1] and a photo of the twelve is later seen (listed below under "Group photo"); it did not include Adam Monroe, an immortal human with the ability of rapid cellular regeneration, who is described as the one who "brought them all together." The Company began sometime between January 1977 and February 14, 1977. Monroe was locked away for thirty years on November 2, 1977, concluding that he only spent about 10 to 11 months with the Company.[2] In the first season of the show, Daniel Linderman heads the Company until his demise. He is substituted in the second season by Bob Bishop, who is implied to be the Company's financial source. However, when Sylar kills him in the beginning of Season 3, Angela Petrelli takes over. Several of the founders have children who are posthumans and who are main characters within the series.

Group photo[edit]

In an interview with BuddyTV, Tim Kring was asked about the photograph of the group of twelve seen in "The Kindness of Strangers", and he confirmed that "we will be seeing more of the five as yet unknown characters, and that they will be played by the same actors featured in the photo." He briefly talked about how difficult it was to arrange that picture, as it includes actors and refers to plots that are still many episodes away, so they needed to plan ahead.[3] In "Cautionary Tales", a complete version of the photo is shown in a scene with character Matt Parkman. In this scene, all the names of the founders are shown and revealed. As of Season 3's "Angels and Monsters", four of the founders have yet to be seen on screen: Carlos Mendez, Suzanne Amman, Paula Gramble, and Harry Fletcher.

The photo was taken some time after the start of the Company (Kaito Nakamura and Victoria Pratt were much older than they were during the 1977 flashback in "Truth & Consequences"), so Monroe would have still been locked up at the time.

Name Known special ability Notes
Suzanne Amman Unspecified[1] In "Cautionary Tales", Matt Parkman notes that Amman is deceased. The circumstances surrounding this have not yet been revealed.
Bob Bishop Alchemic transmutation
Charles Deveaux Telepathy
Harry Fletcher Unspecified[1] Originally on the list of evolved humans created by Chandra Suresh.
In "Cautionary Tales", Matt Parkman notes that Fletcher is deceased. The circumstances surrounding this have not yet been revealed.
Paula Gramble Unspecified[1] Originally on the list of evolved humans created by Chandra Suresh.
In "Cautionary Tales", Matt Parkman notes that Gramble is deceased. The circumstances surrounding this have not yet been revealed.
Daniel Linderman Healing others[1]
Carlos Mendez Unspecified[1] In "Cautionary Tales", Matt Parkman notes that Mendez is deceased. The circumstances surrounding this have not yet been revealed.
He is the father of Isaac Mendez.[4]
Kaito Nakamura Can see the outcome of any and every decision[1][5]
Maury Parkman Telepathy
Angela Petrelli Enhanced dreaming
Arthur Petrelli Power theft[6] that results in multiple acquired abilities
Victoria Pratt Unspecified[1]

Death threat photos[edit]

Many of the other founders are dead. Some have been murdered by Adam Monroe, while the circumstances surrounding the others' deaths have yet to be revealed. It is known, however, that Monroe was murdering the remaining founders in an act of revenge for his thirty-year imprisonment.

The founders who received death threat photos took it very seriously. Each death threat photo consists of a picture of a founder, ripped from the large group photo of all the founders, with the Helix drawn in blood across their face. Angela Petrelli and Kaito Nakamura both knew that the photo was from another founder and that their lives were on the line.

Monroe issued and acted upon death threats to Kaito, Angela, and Bob, though only the attempt on Kaito's life was successful. Maury Parkman was used as a "tool" in the murders (before he was incapacitated by his son Matt), for example using his mental abilities to cause Angela to self-inflict wounds upon her face. Maury also received a death threat, but the circumstances surrounding its appearance have not been revealed.

Victoria Pratt did not receive a death threat while she was alive; it was left on her body after she was murdered by Monroe in "Truth & Consequences", revealing that the helix drawn in the middle of the threat is created with blood. It has not yet been revealed whether any of the other deceased founders had received death threats.

In an interview, Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite confirmed that there were discrepancies among the photo as a result of production errors. There are different versions of the full-group photo, as well as multiple versions of the sub-set photos of Kaito and Angela's death threats. One full-size version of this photo shows Bob wearing a black suit, while another version shows a man in his position wearing a tan suit. Kaito's individual picture has two variations: one which has a person in a black suit standing to his left, and one with someone standing to his left wearing a tan suit. Angela's individual picture has two variations: one which shows her husband standing behind her right shoulder, and one with no one standing behind her. In the large photo of the twelve, there is no "cherub" behind Bob's left shoulder, yet in the ripped photo with Bob, the cherub is shown. The two versions of Angela's ripped photo also have noticeably different marker thicknesses for the Symbol and ripped edges.[7]

Fictional history[edit]

1960s[edit]

It is revealed in the third season episode "1961" that Angela Petrelli, Charles Deveaux, Daniel Linderman, and Bob Bishop all met at Camp Coyote Sands. After the tragedy that occurred there that killed hundreds of humans and posthumans, the four agreed to form a company as per Angela's dream to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again by keeping the posthuman population secret from the rest of the world.

In the graphic novels "From the Files of Primatech: 1963", the young founders approach a folk musician named Chris Coolidge at New York City while in the search for other founders of the Company. They also meet a young, runaway Kaito Nakamura at the concert, where Chris uses his ability of enhanced synesthesia to lure people to hear his music, but the police enter the scene, so Chris causes an uprising with his ability that ultimately turns into a chaotic and violent scenario. The founders convince him to stop the riot but Chris is killed while attempting to calm the people. On the other hand, they notice Kaito somehow foresaw the outcome and invite him to join their Company.

1970s[edit]

It was revealed in season two that Adam Monroe and a group of twelve founders started the Company thirty years ago, (sometime before February 14, 1977), before the start of the series.[8] Monroe was the one who "brought them all together." Their initial goal was to help other evolved humans: to find and protect them, even if it meant eliminating the "dangerous ones." The original founders were "like minded individuals" who wanted to save the world.[1] "Save the World" has been a central plot point since the beginning of the series.

During one of Hiro Nakamura's journeys into the past, he discovered that one of the Company’s earliest known projects was its research on the Shanti virus.[8] It began on Valentines Day in 1977 when Victoria Pratt, a biological engineer, began doing research on the blood of Shanti Suresh, which contained the virus. On Company orders, she manipulated the virus into a weapon, creating mutation strain 138, which was dangerous enough to kill over 93% of the world’s population. After Monroe attempted to steal the virus for his own gain, the Company, on orders from Kaito Nakamura, decided to lock Monroe up and "throw away the key."[9] Pratt insisted that the virus be destroyed and suggested that someone within the Company was helping Monroe. Kaito disagreed, believing the other founders would "never allow it." Kaito had the virus sent to Primatech Paper in Odessa, Texas.

In the graphic novels "From the Files of Primatech: 1978", Angela enlists a company agent, Mindy Sprague, in replacement of Adam Monroe, to watch over the nuclear plant at Three Mile Island, PA after foreseen an oncoming meltdown due to Mindy's ability to absorb energy and redirect it. After the meltdown happened, Mindy produced a heavy blizzard when she released the energy, which causes the founders to worry about the limits of her ability. Angela informs the others that Mindy and her son, Theodore Sprague, have disappeared, although the Company has already set eyes on young Teddy. Now among the Company founders is listed Arthur Petrelli, who recently introduced Maury Parkman.

1980s[edit]

In the episode "The Wall" is revealed that in 1987 the Company took interest in Noah Bennet after seeing his work tracking the telekinetic thief that killed his wife, Kate, and taking down another evolved human. Eric Thompson recruited Noah for the Company.

In the graphic novels "From the Files of Primatech: 1988", the Company enlists agents Eric Thompson and Claude Rains on a mission in East Berlin, Germany during the Cold War, being Angela the one in charge of the assignment. Once back at the Company, the founders congratulate Eric's achievement, and Angela informs Claude the real target of the mission: a tracking device (isotope pneumatic injection) that will allow them to track any evolved human they meet in their way, starting with Claude.

1990s[edit]

During a flashback sequence involving Noah Bennet, it is revealed that in 1992, fifteen years after the start of the Company, Kaito Nakamura issued an infant Claire Bennet to Noah Bennet, the then regional manager of Primatech Paper. Claire was to be adopted as his daughter.[10] She was to be returned to the Company after the manifestation of her powers. This was not the case, as Noah Bennet hid her from the Company, fearing that she would be like Elle Bishop, who was turned over to the Company by her father Bob Bishop, at a very young age, which caused Elle to become disillusioned and a sociopathic murderer. Arthur and Angela Petrelli had a hand in "protecting" Claire; however, the circumstances surrounding Claire's "protection" have not been completely revealed. Bob revealed that the Company gave Claire to Noah because the Company felt that he would be "loyal until the end," to which he noted that it worked too well.

2000s[edit]

In 2006, Daniel Linderman, Monroe's former disciple, began to put into operation the plans to destroy New York, with (most notably) the help of Angela Petrelli. The plans also involved both Nathan Petrelli and Peter Petrelli, whom Linderman justified by stating, "we all have our roles to play..." Nathan's role was to win the congressional election and eventually become President of the United States and Peter's role was to detonate and explode, destroying all of New York. Linderman's hope was that the explosion would unite the nation behind Nathan, at the cost of .07% of the world's population. These events began to unfold at the beginning of the series, thirty-years after the start of the Company, when Isaac Mendez began painting artwork of the "events to come." The explosion becomes a significant plot point as early as the pilot episode. Throughout season one of the series, it is revealed that the explosion is connected to several characters, many of whom were not clearly associated with the explosion in the beginning. This was the central plot of the entire first season.

Angela and Linderman were the most notable of the founders to be involved in the orchestration of the events of New York explosion and the New York election, however, decades of planning and many people were involved in the initial plans. It has not been revealed as to which founders were involved in the planning, however it is known that Charles Deveaux and Kaito Nakamura did not support the plans. It was also mentioned by Arthur Petrelli that he had known about and supported the bombing. One major part of the planning involved the "puppeteering" done by Linderman in the lives of Niki Sanders and D. L. Hawkins and the birth of their son, Micah. Linderman used Micah to ensure Nathan’s victory, which was the key in his quest to "heal the world". The plans were eventually ruined, as Nathan Petrelli flew Peter out of Kirby Plaza and into the sky, to explode in mid-air rather than in the middle of New York, and D. L. Hawkins killed Linderman. Nathan Petrelli also resigned from public office.

In February 2007, three months after the events of Kirby Plaza, Monroe, with the assistance of Peter Petrelli, escaped the Company prison where he had been locked up for thirty years. After the escape Monroe and Peter lost contact, and Monroe began using Maury Parkman as his "tool" to murder the other founders. It is not clear which of the founders Monroe had murdered, but he was directly involved in the deaths of Kaito Nakamura and Victoria Pratt. Monroe implied that the Company locked him up thirty years ago because he wanted to take his abilities public and the other founders disagreed. Actually, Monroe was locked up after his attempt to seize the Shanti virus from the Company, because the founders felt he was too dangerous. With Monroe locked up for thirty years, it suggested that he did not spend much time with the other Company founders. Bob confirmed that Monroe was murdering the founders in an act of revenge.[11]

Around March 2007, Mohinder Suresh joined the Company as a mole, and with the help of rogue agent Noah Bennet, Mohinder attempted to destroy the Company from the inside. Mohinder, being overwhelmed by the "morally grey" line he was crossing, decided to betray Noah and side with the Company. This inevitably led to the Company's capture of Claire, which Noah had tried to avoid for nearly fifteen years. However, through a series of circumstances, Noah was murdered, and the Company released Claire in light of this "tragedy." In reality, the Company had revived a murdered Noah, using Claire's regenerative blood. This was not told to Claire and the Bennet family, who continued to believe that the Company had murdered him.

In the Volume 2 finale, the Company is threatened by exposure on several fronts. Claire Bennet attempts to put the Company on the run by taking her abilities public. Although West and Sandra Bennet disagree, Claire pushes ahead with the plan, until the Company makes a deal with Noah Bennet, with the agreement that his family would remain safe if Claire remains silent and Noah reinstates himself as an employee of the Company. Meanwhile, after Peter Petrelli is able to destroy the Shanti virus strain 138, Nathan decides to out the Company and arranges a press conference to do so. Before he can reveal his secret, he is shot by an unknown assassin. In the premiere of Volume 3, the assassin is revealed to be Peter Petrelli from the future. Peter came back in time to stop Nathan from revealing the existence of posthumans and thereby igniting a genocide against them. Nathan survives the attack, believing it to be divine intervention.

Sylar, continuing his quest for power, assaults the Company, killing Bob Bishop. During the assault, Sylar is captured, though several powerful "villains" escape. Upon the death of Bob Bishop, Angela Petrelli becomes the new head of the Company, immediately exerting her authority, starting with firing Elle Bishop. However, the Company is eventually dismantled after Sylar destroys the main facility in "Dual". In "An Invisible Thread", a new company is formed by Angela Petrelli, Peter Petrelli, Noah Bennet, and Sylar in the guise of Nathan Petrelli. They will be funded by the American Government.

Fictional legacy[edit]

Volume two of the second season featured the Company and revealed many of its secrets. The plot as of the end of the second season did not reveal what caused the group of founders to break apart. Kaito Nakamura and Linderman both suggested that many members of the group initially "lost their way" causing the group to split apart. Many factors were involved, including the Shanti virus and the New York explosion. However, the exact circumstances involved and the length each founder was a part of the Company has yet to be revealed. Angela stated that the founders "mortgaged their souls" to save the next generation, although Nathan believes that the current generation is "suffering for the sins" of Angela's generation.[12]

Infrastructure[edit]

Organization and operation[edit]

While the infrastructure of the Company is still mostly a mystery, some of their operations are not. The most evident operation is that of actual field work, sending teams of two (a normal person and one with enhanced abilities) into the public to investigate those individuals who have been deemed "special" by the Company. Company agents are sometimes issued a Company gun or a Taser. The gun is a Strayer Voigt Infinity M1911.

Upon identification, subjects are tranquilized and taken to a laboratory hidden within the walls of a front organization of some sort where they are further examined. Upon completion of examination, there are one of five possible outcomes:

  1. Some subjects are tagged at the base of the neck using a pneumatic device which injects a radioisotope for tracking.[13] The subjects are then released, after having the abduction erased from their memory by The Haitian.
  2. Some subjects are recruited into the Company, after being tagged with the radioisotope so the Company can monitor their activities.
  3. References are made to other subjects being executed or vivisected. The decision of whether to release a subject or terminate them is apparently at the discretion of higher ups like Thompson or Bob. These subjects are usually terminated because their abilities are deemed too dangerous or out of control.[10]
  4. Some subjects are brought into the Company for research and training and are given support and advice for the use and growth of their abilities.
  5. Some subjects are brought in for research and experimentation, based on their abilities. The Company is especially interested in those with the ability of spontaneous regeneration, and Sylar, whose ability the Company has never encountered.

Developments[edit]

Shanti virus[edit]

The Shanti virus is a life-threatening disease that attacks the blood cells. One of its side effects is that it prevents evolved humans who have the disease from using their abilities and ultimately ends in their death. There are several variants and mutated versions of the virus; most created to the credit of the Company. Strain 138 tends to be the most dangerous, as it also affects unevolved humans, and the Company has been researching and experimenting on the virus for thirty years with Bennet believing that the Company "created the virus".[8]

On February 14, 1977, Victoria Pratt came into contact with Shanti Suresh. Through an extraction of Shanti's blood, Pratt discovered the Shanti virus. Pratt, a biological engineer, began to experiment on the virus by Company orders. The Company hoped to use the virus to eliminate those who have abilities that are too dangerous. Pratt manages to manipulate the virus and create strain 138, capable of killing 93% of the world's population, if not more. Pratt recognizes this danger. On November 2, 1977 Monroe attempted to steal the virus for the purpose of creating holocausts and plagues to help save the world, believing that he was a god. Pratt identified that the virus was too dangerous, and suggested that it be destroyed. Kaito believed that the virus would be safe once Monroe was locked up and once the virus had been moved safely to Primatech Paper in Odessa. Pratt did not agree. In a CBR interview, Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite revealed that she "will have a significant effect on the rest of the season." It was revealed in the episode Truth and Consequences the effect is the weaponized strain of the Shanti virus that she created.[14]

Chandra Suresh also began research on the virus and evolved humans, as his daughter Shanti Suresh died of the virus in 1979, at the age of five. Chandra was unsuccessful but, in 2006, when Molly Walker contracted the virus, the Company recruited Mohinder Suresh, Shanti's younger brother and Chandra's son, with the sole purpose of finding a cure. Mohinder concluded that his own blood had developed the antibodies strong enough to defeat the virus. Subsequently, he was able to cure both Molly and the Haitian. During this time, the Company was attempting to develop a variant of the virus where it would strip the evolved human of their powers, without killing them.

In March 2007, through a series of circumstances, Niki Sanders injected herself with a mutated variant of the virus created by the Company as a way to safely remove abilities from dangerous individuals. After the events of Kirby Plaza, Sylar also was injected by the Company with this same variant of the virus. Mohinder recognized that the virus had mutated and his blood was no longer a cure. After the Company forcibly pulled blood from Claire Bennet, Mohinder discovered that a combination of his antibodies supplemented by Claire's blood was strong enough to create the antibodies to cure the mutated strain inside of Niki. It is not yet known if these antibodies will cure strain 138.

When Peter Petrelli travels from March 2007 to June 2008, he discovers that strain 138 of the Shanti virus has killed 93% of the world's population, killing both ordinary and evolved humans. In this alternate time line, the virus begins its outbreaks on March 20, 2007. Peter eventually destroys the strain with the help of Matt Parkman, Nathan Petrelli and Hiro, saving the world, once again. Monroe is buried alive.

Shanti Suresh, Molly Walker, Niki Sanders, The Haitian and Sylar have all had the virus or a strain of the virus.

Power negation pills[edit]

Another development of the Company are power negation pills which suppress abilities for a short time. Elle describe the pills in "Four Months Ago..." as "Haitian Pills", as they have a similar effect to the Haitian's ability to negate powers. As long as the pills are taken regularly, the abilities of an evolved human will be suppressed. However, the pills are only temporary, as abilities return once the recipient of the pills refrains from taking them. Peter Petrelli is the only character known to have taken the pills at some point during the four months after the events of Kirby Plaza.

Tracking systems[edit]

The Company has used two primary tracking systems to track evolved humans and other individuals of importance: the Walker Tracking System, named after Molly Walker and her abilities, and the pneumatic injection, involving a "bag and tag" procedure and a radioisotope injection. Viewers can also track evolved humans within the series through Heroes Evolutions and the Primatech Paper website.

Walker Tracking System[edit]

The Walker tracking system refers to the use of Molly Walker's power to locate and find people. Molly was out of the Company's hands between the episodes "How to Stop an Exploding Man" and "Fight or Flight" as she was placed in the custody of Matt Parkman and Mohinder Suresh. Bob has implied that the Company was "allowing" Molly to stay with Suresh and Parkman, although the circumstances involving this living arrangement has not been completely revealed.[1] The Walker Tracking System was used by the Company to locate evolved humans and other individuals of importance. It was disabled when Molly contracted the Shanti virus and was unable to access her abilities. The length of time that the Company had Molly has not been revealed, nor has the extent of her involvement as a tracking system.

Pneumatic injection[edit]

The Company uses a pneumatic injection "bag and tag" system to bring new evolved humans into the Company's fold and monitor them. Sometimes Tasers and drugs are used to "bag" up these heroes. The mark or "tag" consists of two black parallel lines which has been shown close to the neck of multiple enhanced characters. The mark is the scar left by the two-pronged needle of a pneumatic injection device, which, as revealed in a biography of Hana Gitelman in Heroes Evolutions, injects a radioisotope to allow tracking.[13] All of the marked characters have had encounters with Bennet and/or the Haitian. The satellite, which was used to track those who were "tagged," was destroyed by Hana Gitelman in the graphic novel adjunct Heroes Evolutions, resulting in the death of her physical body. She survived as a computer program, however, and continues to interact with the Heroes universe in ongoing online content.

In the graphic novel "From the Files of Primatech: 1988" is revealed that this tracking device was stolen from a KGB agent known as 'Sylvia' settled at East Berlin by Eric Thompson with the help of Claude Rains. The Company founders decided to test this technology in Claude, being him the first evolved human tagged by the Company.

The following have displayed the scar:

Name First revealed
Hana Gitelman "Wireless", Part Four"
Isaac Mendez "Unexpected"
Matt Parkman "Nothing to Hide"
Claude R.[15] "Unexpected"
West Rosen "Kindred"
Ted Sprague "Nothing to Hide"
Matt Neuenberg Assignment Tracker File 2.0
Richard Drucker Assignment Tracker File 2.0

Assignment Tracker files[edit]

In the Heroes Evolutions experience, assignment tracking files can be accessed for several characters through the Primatech Paper website. Files can be found on Sylar, Hana Gitelman, Ted Sprague, Richard Drucker and Matt Parkman. Files contain medical history, observations, profiles, etc. They can be accessed with a username and a password. Each separate folder is accessed through a separate password for each enhanced human. Richard Drucker's file is accessed through the Corinthian Casino website. The known usernames and passwords are bennet/claire and linderman/potpie.

Folder Username Password Sex Enhanced Human
A1012 bennet RDghxiia Male Richard Drucker[16]
C001 bennet HGghx11a Female Hana Gitelman
C004 bennet GGeh81zu Male Gabriel Gray
C002 bennet MPggtn75x Male Matt Parkman
C003 bennet TSntz14b Male Ted Sprague

Assignment Tracker Files 2.0[edit]

On February 7, 2008, data files were updated. Some new information was added, most notably personal histories and psychological profiles for each file, names and descriptions of abilities, a psychological evaluation for Hana, and a new file for Matt Neuenberg. The files can be accessed through the URL or the passwords, which are:

Facilities and associated fronts[edit]

Deveaux Society[edit]

The Deveaux Society[17][18][19] is owned by Charles Deveaux. The most prominently shown subsidiary of the Deveaux Society is Deveaux Building which is featured in several of the Company's interactions such as: the transfer of an infant Claire to Noah Bennet by Kaito Nakamura; an unspecified sequence or vision by Peter Petrelli of a meeting between Charles Deveaux and Angela Petrelli; a meeting between Kaito Nakamura and Angela Petrelli to discuss the death threats placed on their lives; the scene of Kaito Nakamura's death; and the scene of a photo taken of the Company founders. Another subsidiary is the Deveaux Gallery where most of Isaac Mendez's paintings were shown and sold. It is located in New York City.

Alaska[edit]

An unnamed facility in Alaska is where Hana Gitelman was taken by Noah Bennet. Here, she was trained in the use of her powers and given extensive medical examinations.

Kirby Plaza[edit]

Kirby Plaza is where Linderman and Thompson had offices and labs,[20] as did Nakamura.[1] It is situated in New York City. This was the site where the prophesied explosion was to take place.

Linderman Group[edit]

The Linderman Group, or Linderman Corporation,[21] situated in Las Vegas, was the business empire owned by Daniel Linderman; it is the umbrella over Linderman's casinos. The Linderman Group played a major part in the funding of Nathan Petrelli's congressional bid, which resulted in his win. It may also be connected to the mafia. The Corinthian Hotel & Casino was where Linderman kept numerous objects, including several paintings by Isaac Mendez, Takezo Kensei's sword, and several historical documents, paintings, and art work. Linderman also kept a collection of information on the lives of several evolved humans. The casino has been demolished; Micah speculates the implosion was used to cover-up illegal activities.[22] It is revealed in Heroes Evolutions that the password to access Linderman's archives online was "Vietnam", though this was later changed to "twelfth". The Montecito Resort & Casino was another casino owned by the Linderman Group.

Members of the Linderman Group were not necessarily members of the Company, but were connected to the Company and its operations, in one way or another. They were:

Name Occupation
Aron Malsky Accountant
Arthur Petrelli Defense Attorney
Nathan Petrelli Congressional candidate (Funded)
Miss Sakamoto Casino manager
Niki Sanders Assassin

Primatech Paper Company[edit]

Primatech Paper Company (formerly known as the Primatech Facility[8]), based in Odessa, Texas, is the most notable front in the series and serves as the base of operations for the majority of introduced characters.

Like many other organizations of its kind, its façade involves warehouses and factories, with a labyrinth of laboratories and holding cells three floors below the first floor.[8] It was first presented as the base of operations for Bennet, it has since been seen as being used to house people (who are often captured) with enhanced abilities, where they run tests and place tracking devices on and in them, and (on some occasions) erase their memory using the Haitian's abilities before releasing them. If their memories are not erased, they have usually been recruited into the Company under the Primatech front.

A connection between the Company, Linderman, and Primatech Paper became clear when Matt Parkman used his telepathy to confirm that Thompson was taking orders from Linderman. Noah Bennet, then regional manager of Primatech, was not aware of Linderman's involvement at the time. His involvement became clearer when Thompson informed Nathan that the Company was indeed trying to destroy New York and that Linderman had "everything under control."[20] Sandra Bennet confirmed this connection when she recognized Bob as the Regional Sales Manager for Primatech. Upon Kaito's death, Hiro and Ando discovered several Primatech boxes filled with Company history in Kaito's office.

After Monroe attempted to steal Strain 138 of the Shanti virus from Victoria Pratt and Kaito Nakamura at Primatech Research, the strain was moved to Primatech Paper with their mutual consent.[8] The strain was locked in a vault deep below the facility. The vault also contained several other items, most notably a golden key, which Monroe is seen reaching for. In an interview with the World Balloon podcast, Jeph Loeb stated that nothing is placed on the show by accident, and that the hand of cards, the brain in the bottle, and the other things found in the vault have a purpose. He also noted that the brain was discussed in a line in the script involving Matt Parkman, but it was deleted in post production.[23]

As seen on their logo at their Heroes Evolutions website, [1], Primatech was created forty-six years ago, fifteen years before the start of the Company.

Primatech Research[edit]

Primatech Research[8] is located in Hartsdale, New York. Victoria Pratt originally stored Strain 138 of the Shanti virus there, but it was moved after Adam Monroe attempted to steal it on November 2, 1977.[8] The facility is later used by Bob Bishop, as well as Angela Petrelli when she takes control of the Company. Sylar later attacks the facility, killing all the personnel, and puts it into lockdown. He then injects Meredith Gordon with adrenaline, and her unstable pyrokinetic abilities cause the facility to go up in flames.

Level Five[edit]

Primatech Research also houses Level Five, which mostly contains the most dangerous posthumans that the Company has captured. After Elle Bishop accidentally damaged the cells' locking system, these inmates escaped:

Prisoner Ability
Baron Samedi Impenetrable skin
Stephen Canfield Gravitational manipulation
Echo DeMille Sound manipulation
Dennis Unknown
Eric Doyle Puppet mastery
Michael Fitzgerald Enhanced strength and durability
The German Magnetism manipulation
Flint Gordon Jr. Pyrokinesis
Howard Grigsby Bioluminescence
Knox Enhanced strength (fueled by others' fears)
Jesse Murphy Sound manipulation (expressed through voice)
Daniel Pine Metal mimicry
Tina Ramierez Chlorine gas exhalation

Other characters once imprisoned here are:

Prisoner Ability
Maury Parkman Telepathy
Meredith Gordon Pyrokinesis
Noah Bennet None
Sylar Intuitive Aptitude, Empathic Mimicry and several acquired abilities
Peter Petrelli Empathic Mimicry and several acquired abilities

Reed Street Laboratories[edit]

Reed Street Laboratories[24] was originally Isaac Mendez's loft. The Company acquired it after Mendez's death and seized all of Isaac's paintings. The loft was then transformed into a laboratory which was used by Mohinder Suresh for his research on the Shanti virus. It is situated in New York City.[25]

  • In the alternate future shown in "Five Years Gone", the Reed Street facility is used as a base of operations by Hiro Nakamura, now considered a terrorist by the United States.
  • In season 3 Mohinder used this laboratory while researching for an empowering formula and then as a hideout where he kept his victims within coccons. Apparently the Company did not know about this (as Angela wanted to stop Pinehearst for creating this formula) until Nathan and Tracy called Noah in "Eris Quod Sum".
  • In the alternate future shown in "I Am Become Death", it serves as Mohinder's hideout once he had failed to find a cure to his mutations, making him a monster always hidden.
  • In the graphic novel "From the Files of Primatech: 1963", this facility is bought by the young Company founders as the first Primatech Paper headquarter.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Director: Adam Kane, Writer: Tim Kring (2007-10-15). "The Kindness of Strangers". Heroes. NBC.
  3. ^ Heroes Fanatics - NBC Heroes news and forum - 'Heroes' Exclusive: Kristen Bell and Tim Kring talk
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  7. ^ Comic Book Resources - CBR News - The Comic Reel
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  9. ^ Director: Daniel Attias, Writer: Aron Eli Coleite (2007-11-05). "Out of Time". Heroes. NBC.
  10. ^ a b Director: Allan Arkush, Writer: Bryan Fuller (2007-02-20). "Company Man". Heroes. NBC.
  11. ^ Director: Greg Beeman, Writer: Tim Kring (2007-11-12). "Four Months Ago...". Heroes. NBC.
  12. ^ Director: Greg Yaitanes, Writer: Joe Pokaski (2007-11-19). "Cautionary Tales". Heroes. NBC.
  13. ^ a b "Heroes 360 Experience Hana Gitelman Biography". NBC. 2006-01-22. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  14. ^ Comic Book Resources - CBR News - The Comic Reel
  15. ^ "Golden Handshake: Severance Pay" (Part Four)
  16. ^ http://www.samantha48616e61.com/
  17. ^ 9th Wonders
  18. ^ MyFanbase Interview
  19. ^ Comic Book Resources Interview
  20. ^ a b Director: John Badham, Writer: Aron Eli Coleite (2007-05-07). "The Hard Part". Heroes. NBC.
  21. ^ Yamagato Fellowship
  22. ^ The Corinthian Casino & Hotel
  23. ^ http://cdn.libsyn.com/wordballoon/WBheroesvol2wrapup.mp3
  24. ^ Primatech Paper Company
  25. ^ Director: Paul Edwards, Writer: J. J. Philbin (2007-10-08). "Kindred". Heroes. NBC.

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