To fans of the show the title of my review is likely something that has stuck in their minds since they first heard it two years ago. It was the definitive tag line for a truly unique TV show with quite a familiar premise. Think the birth of X-Men crossed with real life, each mutant has just discovered their powers for the first time and the notion of mutants is unknown to the world. Taking that simple description would give you the basic idea of what the show's about, but it's much better and much more complicated than that.
Season 1 is the dawning of a new evolutionary stage for humans, some are born with superpowers such as Flight, Invisibility and the ability to heal etc. The show follows a number of different people at different stages in the discovery process. Some have been familiar with their situation for a long time and have actually either come to embrace their discovered power or hate it. To some super strength would be a blessing, but to some it would be a true curse to the hero and their family. Of course with the good guys discovering their powers, Heroes season 1 has the ultimate bad guy who can steal the powers of others by devouring their brains.
There are four main characters to this season along with a bunch of excellent supporting actors. The main four are Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), Sylar (Zachary Quinto) & Claire Bennett (Hayden Panettiere). There are quite a few different stories that intertwine to the ultimate season finale, so below is my brief description of the 4 main characters individual stories.
Claire Bennett: In October 2006 she discovers that she has the ability of spontaneous regeneration after an accident that leads to the cutting of her hand and a few days later the cut completely disappearing. Completely freaked out by this, Claire starts to experiment with her new ability with the help of her classmate Zach. She continues with a number of self harming incidents that would show her the extent of her ability.
Hiro Nakamura: One day while in his office cubicle, Hiro discovers he has the ability to manipulate time and space allowing him to stop time or teleport himself to any period and any location on Earth. He's a regular comic book nerd and becomes excited by his powers and along with his friend Ando seeks to become the Hero he's always dreamed of being.
Peter Petrelli: He's the brother of Politician Nathan Petrelli (Ability to Fly) and Peter first discovers that he has the ability to fly. Being freaked out by this fact he tries to convince his brother Nathan who's more pre-occupied with his own political ambitions. Throughout the season Peter becomes aware that it's not the ability to fly that is his power, rather he has the ability to absorb the powers of others with which he has no control over. This leads to Peter absorbing a power that would ultimately bring together all other heroes in the ultimate climax.
Sylar: He's been called by many external reviewers, magazines and TV shows as the most evil TV villain of the 21st century. That is truly no understatement as Sylar is possibly the most evil and intimidating person I've seen on TV in years. We ever truly come to know what Sylars initial ability is, but he does have the ability to steal other peoples powers by killing them and taking their brain. What he does with it, we have yet to find out. He's the man that not only are people scared of, but he becomes another primary catalyst in the finale build up.
There are quite a few side characters and stories, which for this season I don't think they really had much of a point rather than to pass the time and help out here and there. I will say this, however and that is that season 1 really set in stone an amazing show that from start to finish is extremely enjoyable. The performance by Quinto as the villainous Sylar is just unbelievable and he's become a cult fan favourite, simply because of his complex and evil nature. I would highly recommend this show to anyone as the special effects are unmatched and the acting is top notch.
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