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American science fiction serial drama television series created by Tim Kring

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X-Men meets 24

  • Nov 21, 2009
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I'd love to be a fly on the wall for some TV and movie pitches. Anyway, series 1 was reasonably good - some quirky characters, interesting situations and, while pushing the bounds of credibility, kept us all on our toes. "Save the cheerleader, save the world," is just about crazy enough that I'll buy whatever keeps coming. It was a long season, they kept piling on the characters, and it worked for the most part.

Then Season Two happened. Ooo. There must have been a mass replacement of writers since most of the dialog went like this:

Claire: "Dad, I have tell you something."
Dad: "Is it about your secret healing powers nobody knows about, even the firm I used to work for?"
Claire: "You mean the firm that hunts down the X-men like people in this show?"
Dad: "Yes. Ok I'm off to work in my copyshop cover job until I get a plot."

There were two really tedious subplots - one involving 1700s Japan which looked mysteriously like Southern California and the second with Nikki's kid Micah and a new demographically-approved token family in New Orleans. You could Ti-Vo through these since they had no bearing on the over-arching plot at all.

The Japanese subplot was intolerable - they even had recaps in the form of relaying story to third-tier characters just so the audience could catch up. I guess their viewing numbers were in the toilet. Mysteriously, by episode 7 out of 11, the show redeemed itself and dumped the terrible dialog and meaningless subplots, and got back on track.

By Season Three, we'd completely lost cabin pressure. It'd reached the level of high-school melodrama-meets-episodic-TV-with-lots-of-commercials-and-an-ADD-audience. Just as they ceremoniously trashed Terminator in Sarah Chronicles 90210, it's the same routine here. The writers are drinking too much caffeine, the editors are on steriods, and everything changes EVERY FIVE MINUTES. It's impossible to keep up with who has powers, who doesn't, who's dead, who's alive, who loves/hates/is sleeping with each other.

And every time a character needs to be spun around a little more, Mrs Petrelli appears to announce that "I am your mother" in a cheap way of combining the Luke Skywalker/Darth Vadar payoff with 24's "Jack, they've got your daughter" plot device. Not again! No way! At this rate, the Petrelli family is growing at a faster pace than Angelina Jolie's ability to adopt people. In fact, every episode summary is something like: "A likes B then C is evil but A doesn't know so C helps B and A likes C and then B discovers that D is B's father but C doesn't know until A accidentally goes back in time before C was born."

Phew. I need a coffee.

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November 22, 2009
I enjoyed the first season or two of this program, in spite of the dialogue. I liked the concept...before it turned wacky. It went the way of "Lost." It seems they try to hard not to kill any of the characters off. Lets just ditch that actor or actress and move on already!
November 22, 2009
I agree - actually it really did just go off like "Lost". I'm sick of dead characters coming back to life - it almost kills the tension simply because you know none of them can ever die!
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Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
I really like this show, and I would like to wactch the rest of the seasons sometime.
review by . February 04, 2009
At the end of "Villains", I think we all knew that Nathan had turned evil or shall we say...misguided.  And if you watched the preview than you also know that he had plans in place to round up all those with abilities and lock them away.  Kind of like a modern day Hitler don't you think?  I just didn't think it was all going to happen in one episode.  Nathan didn't waste anytime and I thought that was some great writing.  It shows that the character had a plan and meant …
review by . December 17, 2008
I started watching this show half way through the first season.  A friend of mine had started watching it from it's premiere and suggested I watch it.  I knew I couldn't start watching it from the middle of the season so I started searching online and found all the episodes I'd missed and started watching them.  I was hooked by the first episode and couldn't wait to see the next, then the next one and so on.     I really love how Tim Kring made the characters …
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Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring, which premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006. The plot tells the stories of disparate and ordinary individuals from around the world who inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, and their roles in preventing catastrophes and saving humanity. The series emulates the aesthetic style and storytelling of American comic books, using short, multi-episode story arcs that build upon a larger, more encompassing arc. Kring and the writers have an idea of where the series is heading for the first five seasons.

Heroes Cast

From left to right: Noah Gray-Cabey, Ali Larter, Adrian Pasdar,
Milo Ventimiglia, Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere,
Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Greg Grunberg, Zachary Quinto
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