Ever notice the similarities between Mohinder Suresh on Heroes and Indiana Jones?
No, seriously. His first arc is straight out of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Both are teaching professors (Mohinder: biology; Indy: archaeology)
Their fathers are both academicians as well (Dr. Chandra Suresh: biology; Dr. Henry Jones, Sr.: medieval studies).
Both are estranged from their fathers, in part due to the death of a female relative (Indy’s mother, Mohinder’s sister) and in part due to the fathers’ obsessions with their own personal quests (Suresh: evolved humans; Jones: the Holy Grail).
Nonetheless, each pursued his father half-way across the world when that quest got him into trouble.
They both found their fathers’ notes, which had been missed when their homes were ransacked.
Each encountered a female associate of his father, close to his own age, who later turned out to be a spy. Moreover, both women’s first names were four letters long and started with an E (Dr. Elsa Schneider, Eden McCain).
Each shares his name with a family pet. (Indiana Jones took his nickname from the dog. The elder Dr. Suresh named a lizard after his son.)
Dr. Jones, we’d like to ask you a few questions about your time in India…
😀 Just where did those Sankara stones wind up, anyway?
Apparently the writers are aware of the similarities here…in the commentary for episode 2.02, episode writer Michael Green makes a mention of “action-adventure Sendhil” and compares him to Indy. 🙂