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When I first heard the call to watch Heroes from one of my housemates to all of my others. I thought to myself, that does not sound like a good show. I thought it was going to be some random people deciding to dress up in superhero costumes to cash in on the comic book film trend of the early 21st century.- I was heading out anyway and so gave the 'social' a miss.
18 months passed and I met my boyfriend who was in the mood to watch the show again and as he's been right about things I might like so many times before I thought I would give it a go. I was pretty much instantly hooked. As it turned out it was actually really interesting and quite addictive.
The show actually looks at the lives of people from across the globe who have all exhibited strange abilities, such as being able to fly and tell the future through visionary art, and how their paths ultimately become interconnected. The episodes are 45 minutes long and structured fantastically to give you a look at each persons story but leave you with enough to want to go straight onto the next episode to see where the story takes you. We managed to work our way through the first series in time to catch up with the second series.
The cast is made up of people whose names may well be familiar to you and includes the likes of Ali Larter (Final Destination, Clerks2 and Legally Blonde) and Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls), Hayden Pannetiere and Zachary Quinto have both been given many more roles since appearing in the show, notably Zachary played the role of Spock in the recent Star Trek film. There isn't masses of interaction between the cast in the early episodes as they are spread out- technically just across the US and Japan but it's pitched as a global phenomenon so I will phrase it as such.
By the end of the first series it is clear that there is more to their powers than meets the eye and that there is a big back story to be unveiled, the second series see them working together increasingly as they realise they are unique and need to stay together in order to survive.
The second series was cut short due to the writers strike and lasted a mere 13 episodes compared to its prior series this was quite disappointing as they had to rush the story more but they did their best to make it less noticeable. It is worth remembering that the second series is shorter when purchasing as it should always be significantly cheaper- but I have seen it not be. The blu ray box set of the first 2 series does come with the alternate ending to series 2 which is worth a watch for anyone interested in that sort of thing.
The third series was back to normal as was the fourth however the show has now been cancelled and the story is incomplete. There are rumours of it getting a TV movie to complete the story which would definitely be worth it- I hate leaving a story half done.
I thought I would hate Heroes but it has become one of my favourite programmes. I think it is a show that most teenagers and adults can enjoy, it's got a great balance between Sci-Fi and Action. The back plot is fascinating but each of the individual stories are executed brilliantly. This show makes quite a good alternative to watching a film with your partner and will obviously last quite a long time. It really is worth a watch.
After hearing a lot of hype about it, I decided to avoid Heroes. There's something about crazes that doesn't mix well with me. I instead chose to watch the more recent show of 'misfits' but at only six episodes long I wanted more. Anyway after Heroes stopped being the hot new thing, I thought I'd take a sneaky look at what all the original hype was about.
Heroes concerns itself mainly with a handful of characters and eases you into the madness quite nicely. Some found it slow paced, I found it suspenseful but then I did watch it one after the other without waiting a week to find out what happened next.
The character development is absolutely great. There is a character for everyone in Heroes whether it's the childish and naïve Hiro or the evil sinister Sylar. Each character grows as the series goes on and you'll grow to love most of them. Although I find Niki and pretty much all the child actors in Heroes quite annoying, there is enough of a focus on other characters to make this forgivable.
If you hadn't guessed it already, some characters in Heroes have abilities (the modern term for super powers). These range from flight (think superman style) to immortality and everything in between. It could have been 'silly' but it isn't. Do not dismiss Heroes as childish, there is so much depth to the series that a child probably couldn't keep up. There is also some blood and violence so on that note I'd say it isn't for the little ones. Teens will adore it though both guys and girls.
If you haven't checked heroes out then please do, it is a lot of fun to watch. Each episode is around 45 minutes but each season varies in length. Season 2 for example had only 11 episodes (damn you writers strike). I'm currently going through season 3 and I'm excited!
I must start by saying that I love this TV show, there have been so many series released already though that I am finding it hard to keep up! I am now waiting for the season that's currently running to be released on DVD so I can watch it and catch up.
To basically explain what heroes is about, it's about a group of people all over the world that have 'powers'. These powers range from anything to being able to hear peoples thoughts to being able to master another person like a puppet (you can already tell that there is an evil character!).
The good things about heroes is that it isn't just down to the powers, It's about getting to know the characters who posses the powers. I wouldn't like to tell you the story of Heroes in the case that I ruin it, so I won't.
To be quite honest with you I have watched a few series of Heroes now and the story seems to change at every one, so give it a go and find out.
The visuals on heroes are very good and the show seems to have a dark feel to it, not in the sense of Tim Burton but more subtle. There are an array of characters who are all very interesting but you will soon find that you have favourites.
The one downfall I would say heroes has is that it's so complicated to keep up with, I feel that if I miss one episode I've missed a whole chunk of the story. So please keep this in mind if you are watching the episodes weekly on TV and don't have a recorder.
Another alternative is to watch a first few episodes online, if you like it then you could purchase it on DVD and watch at your own convenience.
Overall I really recommend Heroes, it's not totally sci-fi but very enjoyable and a great series. 4/5
Heroes is an American science fiction drama series that started way back in September 2006 and it was created by Tim Kring. Heroes follows the lives of a group of people who don't know each other to begin with, who discover that they have superhuman abilities. I only started to watch season one this week even though it started three years ago and I am already hooked.
Characters and plot for season one.
Mohinder is a genetics professor from India. His deceased father researched people with superhuman abilities and Mohinder takes it upon himself to finish the research and find these special people and help them.
Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka)
The show starts out with Hiro, a Japanese office worker who believes that he is destined for bigger things and learns that he has the ability to bend time and space. He is a huge comic book and Star Trek fan and wants his life to be as exciting. He manages to teleport himself to New York in the future but soon learns that the city is going to blow up and he needs to do something to stop it. Along with co worker Ando, Hiro goes back to New York to try to save the world with his superpowers.
Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere)
Claire is a 15 year old high school cheerleader who already knows her own powers. She cannot die (rapid cellular regeneration), no matter how many times she tries. The only person that knows about her gift is best friend, Zach. Peter has been already been told to save her and Isaac has painted pictures of her and it is implied that her survival will stop the world from ending. Claire knows that she was adopted but thinks that her ability may have come from her parents and wants to track them down.
Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia)
Peter is a hospice nurse who, at the beginning, believes that he has the ability to fly. He tries to confide in his brother, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) but as a politician, he doesn't want to believe this. When Peter jumps off a building, Nathan has to admit that he can also fly in order to save his brother. While he is trying to get help from Mohinder Suresh, time stops on a train and Peter gets a visit from Hiro (from the future) who gives him a message...'Save the cheerleader, save the world'. Peter's actual gift is that he can take on the abilities of others.
Isaac Méndez (Santiago Cabrera)
Issac is addicted to drugs but when he takes them, he has the ability to paint the future. His girlfriend, Simone, an art dealer hates his addiction but believes that his work is impressive. When Isaac takes an overdose, Simone brings in the help of Peter (who takes care of her dying father) but when he arrives, Peter sees the paintings of him flying and immediately believes in his ability. Isaac has a vision of Claire at the Homecoming game and when Peter sees this painting, he knows that he really must 'Save the cheerleader'.
Niki Sanders (Ali Larter)
Niki is a somewhat single mother since her husband, D.L (Leonard Roberts) went to prison. She is an internet stripper but sometimes she wakes up and cant remember what she has done. Niki has an alter ego in Jessica and when she appears, she has superhuman strength and can literally rip people in half but she doesn't realise what is happening to begin with. Her son, Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) and husband also have powers of their own.
Gabriel Gray aka Sylar (Zachary Quinto)
Sylar is the bad guy from the very beginning and is a superhuman serial killer. Once Gabriel discovered his powers and realised what he could do with them, he took on the name Sylar from a watch brand and took on his new identity. To begin with, he worked with Mohinder's father to try and find other people like himself but when instead of helping, he stole their powers for himself, killing them in the process.
Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg)
Matt is a police officer who desperately wants to be a detective but due to dyslexia, he has failed the exam numerous times. While at a crime scene, Matt discovers that he has the ability to read minds and helps with an investigation which leads him to work with the FBI who are trying to catch Sylar. His new FBI partner asks him to prove his abilities and once she believes him, she feels confident that he can help but his gift seems to cause more problems than anything else.
Number of Episodes per season
1 - 'Genesis' 23
2 - 'Generations' 11
3 - 'Villains' 13
4 - 'Redemption' 19
Considering that I watch a lot of American TV, this is one that I was never really bothered about but my sister has been on at me for a while now to watch Heroes. Most of the shows that I watch regularly are on a hiatus at the moment so I was quite stuck for something to watch so I thought it was about time that I got round to watching this. I really cannot believe that I have waited over three years for this. From the very first episode I was hooked and ended up watching the first seven back to back. It was just a shame that I had work the next morning or I think I would have ended up staying awake all night.
I think the main reason that I didn't watch this sooner was because I knew Hayden Panettiere was one of the main characters. I had previously seen her in one of the Bring it on films and she annoyed me a lot but I was so surprised with her performance in Heroes. Panettiere plays Claire Bennet, the cheerleader who can heal herself. I was prepared to hate her in this as well but she is quickly becoming one of my favourite characters and there is really nothing bad I can say about her part. Claire has gone through quite a lot up to my current point and has had a lot of fast paced action scenes which were pulled off extremely well. I really believed that her feelings were genuine and I actually wanted her to live. I'm hoping that Claire's character gets some storylines with a bit of a different feel in the future as I think she would get boring really fast and seem very one dimensional.
I'm still quite torn as to who my favourite character is at the minute because they all get more interesting with every episode that I watch. The mix of personalities and abilities is exciting and interesting and I thoroughly enjoy the characters' development. Just when you think you know what a character is like, something happens and you find out something else about them. From the main characters, I really believe that there is someone that everyone will be able to relate to in some way or another and this is something that will hook you to the show. Once you decide who your favourite is, you will find yourself wanting to know how everything turns out for them each week.
Although the plots are very comic book-ish, that is one of the main attractions of the show. Even though there is a lot of comedy throughout it is matched with the same amount of drama and excitement. As I have only watched season 1 so far, I can only comment on the storyline so far. There are a lot of main characters, much like Lost, and I first thought that it would be quite confusing to follow them all but it really wasn't. Each time we go to a different character, we are reminded who they are and where they are so it makes it a lot easier to follow what is going on.
Heroes really got me thinking what I would do if I were in the position of any of the characters with abilities and I cant say that I would handle it as well as most of them do. One of the main themes throughout is learning how to deal with changes and people from different backgrounds or different parts of the world Hiro and Ando are from Japan but they are brought together with the Americans due to Hiro's gift and this shows that you really can get on with anyone. This is quite a large part of the show but it doesn't overpower the entertainment value in any episode.
I'm quite convinced that after only one season, this will become one of my favourite shows and a regular once I catch up. If you haven't seen this yet then you really need to, don't wait as long as I did.
Heroes is a curious show. The first series set out a genuinely thought provoking mystery. The fact that the characters had superhero type powers was just a vehicle for some very interesting drama.
From the second series onward, though, Heroes seems to have lost the plot, quite literally. The show reached it's nadir with the last series conclusion. The plotting was inconsistent and there are holes you could drive a bus through in the story.
There have also been some seriously bad judgements.
We all wanted to see Peter Petrelli face off against Sylar, in a climactic battle of powers. Whilst I appreciate that TV budgets have their limitations, this show was once a ratings winner, and series like Smallville demonstrate that you can portray superpowers dramatically and effectively on the small screen.
Peter Petrelli was essentially the mirror image of Sylar. Whilst this was an obvious device, it was no less effective for all that. To essential neuter his selling point makes the show less satisfying.
I hope Heroes can get it's Mojo back because it is a distinctive drama and the characters and the actors who portray them are charismatic.
Heroes is American series about a group of normal people with supernatural powers, no two people have the same ability and now all abilities are good.
We have had 3 seasons here in the UK and although it lost its way with the writers strike in Season 2, series 3 was just as brilliant as the first. You really do need to concentrate to see all the twists and turns in the third series but it is definitely work an hour of your undivided attention.
Not all characters have abilities and not all of these with abilities (good or bad) used them to help people.
There are a lot of special effects in the show and the heroes are constantly saving the world, which makes exciting viewing.
I enjoy the way that all of the characters are interlinked, which becomes more apparent as the show continues. New characters are constantly being introduced by here are some of the main ones:
Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is following in his fathers footsteps and researching this genetic ability and helping the "heroes". He soon becomes jealous of his friends with abilities and feels left behind. He is a kind and caring man, but will his green eyed monster take over - I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen the show! I do like Mohinder but he has become a little whiny in the last series.
Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) has been a main character since the beginning, he is the good guy, he just wants to use his ability to help as many people as possible. He often has to make tough choices but he is strong and has a heart of Gold. This is one of my favourite characters and has been since the beginning.
Claire Bennett (Hayden Panettiere) is the cheerleader we all hear so much about. Claire has the ability to heal herself and begins to think that she is invincible, getting herself and others into a few sticky situations. While I think the character is important to the show, she is one of my least favourite characters in the show.
Noah Bennett (Jack Coleman), Aka The man in the horm-rimmed glasses or HRG, is Claire's adoptive father, he initially appears to be an ordinary businessman and father, but he really he is part of a secret organisation that tracks people with these special abilities. Quite a complex character who has grown over the series.
Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) has the ability to time travel, an ability he has dreamed of all his life. One of my favourite characters along with his side-kick Ando. Hiro is childlike and innocent, but funny.
Sylar (Gabriel Grey) is the ultimate bad guy, a great character who is complex and well thought out. His part is the show and in the lives of our other heroes is wonderfully written and played out.
I really enjoy this show, and think that the twists and turns just make you want more and more. Can not wait to see how the twist at the end of the 3rd series turns out.
the best fantasy TV series around that is suitable for all ages. it begins with a few normal strangers, all of which who are interconnected in some way. these people soon discover they can do things no human beings should be capable of doing.
first is the man who can hear peoples thoughts, this police officer matt parkman uses his gift to rescue a small child and later on begins to realise the full extent of his gifts.
next is the girl who can't die, we first see her standing on top of a bridge preparing to jump, only after do we realise how special this girl is and the lengths that must be gone to to save her, and through her the world.
we then move on to the girl with the split personality, on one side she is sweet incocent nikky and on the other is jessica, a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to save her son.
we then move on to nikki's husband, framed for murder and theft by jessica he is left running from the law and fighting to regain his family, his walking through walls was his way out of jail and the way in to his families lives.
hiro has the power of time travel and teleportation, we first see him sitting in his work booth staring at his clock trying to turn back the hands of time, and later trying to convince his sidekick ando that he can 'bend time and space'
we then have our seer, the man who paints the future, he plays a very big part in this series and is the one who shows both peter and hiro the way to their destiny.
we also have the politician that can fly, unknown to all but his younger brother peter.
Peter is the main person in this series, he appears to have all the powers that every1 else has, but only while he is around them. later on he finds a way to control his powers and gains a definate advantage on his rival Silar.
Silar is the bad guy in this series, he first appears as a murder, who is pursued bby the police, parkman soon descovers this criminal and later on he is encountered by claire and peter, who vows that he will protect her from him.
this is a very good series for everyone, even if fantasy is not usually your favourite genre. it is very well thought out and as the series progresses you begin to see how all the pieces fit together, this then grows even bigger in the later series. series four is just about to start as of this month and i would very much recomend people to watch it even if you have not seen the previous series.
Heroes is one of my favourite shows, although recent series haven't been as good as the first. I am still very excited though about the new series about to air in America. Hopefully it wont be long before it's shown here in the UK.
For those of you that haven't seen Heroes, it's about people who all start to exhibit 'special abilities' all over the world They are a little like X-Men, but they look ordinary on the outside. To name a few there's Claire, a highschool cheerleader that cannot be killed and who's body self-repairs, Nathan who can fly, Peter (Nathan's brother) who can take on other peoples abilitys, Hiro who can freeze time and time-travel, Matt who can get inside people's minds and Nikki, who has a dual personality and exhibits great strength. Unfortunately there's another one, Sylar, who can steal peoples powers by killing them and he's hunting down people with special abilities one by one...
Add in the mysterious 'company' who hunt down dangerous heroes with a hidden agenda and the way all these people are mysteriously connected and you have a really unusual story. All our 'Heroes' have to come together - SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, SAVE THE WORLD!
Even though, like a lot of shows more recent series haven't been as good as the original this is still one of my favourite shows with a lot of potential. I like it so much as it's not your run-of-the-mill programme.
Oh no, it's summer, what am I going to do now hero's isn't on anymore!! Hero's started a few years back on BBC2. It was a fantastic show, the plot was brilliant, there was a fantastic cliff hanger at the end of each episode to keep you interested and the effects were excellent for a TV show.
Were now into the third season, or to be more precise we have just finished the third season. To be honest I'm not as riveted as I once was. The story really seems to just be repeating itself. There are far to many characters to keep track of, to much going on and the story has just lost its edge.
Back in the good old days the plot was simple. Normal people were discovering they had super power. For instance there was Nathan who could fly,Claire who could heal, and Hiro who could freeze time. The series followed the progress of the different heros as they struggled to live with there powers. Then the was the battle of good vs evil when Syler showed up, who was capable of stealing powers and using his powers for evil. This was when the show was simple and brilliant.
As I said it has gone down hill since the first season. To much going on and it lacks the excitment it did. If you have never seen heros I recommend going back to the start at watching the first series. If you try and come in now, you will struggle to pick up the story line.
So overall this was a great show and now its a good show. I will still watch the forth series when it comes back on again in autumn just in the hope that they come up with some good new storylines that take the show back to its former glory.
Season 1 of Heroes gave us one of the most promising TV shows in recent years, seasons 2 onwards, however, failed to live upto the high standard it set itself.
A TV show about people with super powers. At first I was sceptical that this was a Smallville rip off but i was genuinely surprised. You'll need to give it some time as the early episodes take their time introducing new characters and their abilities and flaws but come episode 10 you'll be totally enthralled with these characters and the story that brings them closer and closer to the brilliant finale. We have Peter Petrelli and Nathan Petrelli, brothers: one can fly, one can adopt other people's powers. Claire the cheerleader who is indestructible, Hiro who can manipulate time and space and plenty of other interesting characters. Theres also 'the company' who seek to control these individuals and who are part of the larger arching storyline. The latter half of the season lets you sit back and enjoy flashforwards, big character confrontations and the like.
Unfortunately Seasons 2 and 3 arent as well written as the first 'volume' and admittedly this was affected by the writers strike but no one can deny the sporadic and sometimes clumsy writing of the individual storylines of each of the characters in latter episodes, one gets the feeling they made it up as they go along in some parts!
My advice: watch season 1 and stop there!
'Save the cheerleader, save the world' was on everybody's lips back in 2006/2007, as one of the main taglines from the show 'Heroes'.
Created by Tim Kring, the Science Fiction/Drama based show clearly owes itself a lot to the likes of the X Men and what started as a truly brilliant and inventive show has slowly descended into a load of nonsense that strives to pull in as many viewers as possible each week with completly pointless story twists rather than focus on true characterisation or a plot that makes any sense.
'Heroes' has so far completed three seasons and is set to return for a fourth either in September or early next year. The show focuses on a group of ordinary humans who suddenly in the presence of a solar eclispe find themselves exhibiting certain gifts and abilities. These vary from pyrokinesis to teleportation, flight and healing. As the Heroes try to deal with these gifts and the complications they add to their already complicated lives they find themselves drawn into something much larger that unites them all.
Many characters come and go over the course of the show's run varying from relatives of the main characters to characters that have abilities and are just used for a few episodes. The main characters are brothers Peter and Nathan Petreli [Milo Ventimiglia & Adrian Pasdar], cheerleader Claire Bennet [Hayden Panettiere], scientist turned villain Mohinder Suresh [Sendhil Ramamurthy] and exciteable yet loveable Japanese nerd Hiro Nakamura [Masi Oka] as well as a variety of others. Whilst the show has made huge stars of some of its cast, I personally find none of the characters to be someone you can truly take to your heart.
They all bring something to the show and make for enjoyable viewing but there's none that I'm really that fussed over. I put this down to the way the episodes are structured. They move so quickly from scene to scene, each one involving different characters and tonnes ofn ew information to absorb and character growth takes so long to actually reach anywhere interesting, not to mention the frequent diversions from good to bad with no plausible explanation as to why except 'the timeline has changed' or some such.
Season One dealt mainly with the character's struggle to accept and conquer their new;ly acquired gifts whilst they also were drawn into the hunt for the villainous Sylar [played by Gabriel Grey] who was hunting them down one by one to claim their powers for his own.
Season Two focused more on the company that worked secretly to keep the Heroes' exsistance secret and a formula that would unleash a terrible virus upon the world if it were unleashed.
Season Three was split into two parts bringing the Petreli's believed to be dead father Arthur out of a catatonic state and after a formula that could take away and give powers at will. After the destruction of Arthur's plot and a huge amount of side swapping - the second half of the season deals with Nathan Petreli attempting to round up all the Heroes and imprison them so they can no longer harm society. He does this with aid from the government and the military.
I loved the first season of 'Heroes' being pulled in like many by its slow and frustrating pace and ability to carefully unravel its secrets in a brilliant way. The characters weren't as crazy and as spastically written as they have gone on to be and you could really sense something about the programme that would ensure it would be around for a long time. That went down hill thanks to the American writers strike that made season 2 one big mess and by the time it came round to season 3,i t seemed as if the writers were just writing whatever they could come up with whilst held at gun point whilst throwing in more and more ridiculous plot twists to end each episode.
The show flows more like Eastenders on crack than anything that I can even begin to get my head around anymore. The demise of Ali Larter as the amazing Nikki Sanders only for her to return as a totally different and much worse character in Season 3 was a terrible decision as Nikki's power of super strength was tied to her mental problems and I reallly enjoyed this story unfolding as it gave a great insight into the human mind.
Hiro and his 'sidekick' Ando do provide some great comedy moments in the show as it definately lacks any constant laughs. One thing that does work in the show's favour is the special effects. You have to watch specific episodes to see what I mean but in particular Claire's healing power, especially after she has had a pretty gruesome injury is fascinating to watch and its clear that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make the show look good set wise and effects wise.
In conclusion, Heroes may still have a huge fanbase but for me the greatness of the show wore off a long time ago. It just presents itself as so messy and unsure of where its going, taking too large a step forward before realising too much has been revealed so scurries back to a pointless place where filler episodes just take over that contradict everything we'd learnt earlier on. The time traveling power is definately the worst inclusion about the show and its definately not a programme I'd reccomend you trying to getting in to as you'd be bored stiff after making your way through every episode so far.
Heroes is in its third Season, and the action is still the same. The show centres on characters who have suddenly found out they have abilities, from flying, to healing, invisibility to pyrokinesis. In season 1, they had to save the world from blowing up, in season 2, a virus from spreading, and now season 3 they are on the run from people who are trying to catch them.
The storylines are the same old same old, and i think they should stop making them soon, however, there is more and more action. Sylar, played by Zachary Quinto is perfect as a villain, whilst Milo Ventimiglia is the typical good looking good guy! Other cast include Hayden Panettiere as Claire, and Kristin Bell as Elle, along with Ali Larter.
The show is extremely enjoyable, known for its confusing multilayered plot lines, but it all tends to make sense, it did for season one, but not quite so for season 3. It is an enjoyable watch and can be found weekly on BBC2.
UPDATE: season 3 has just ended and it seems they have brought some more intrigue! It is back on track with Sylar being Nathan... and this is just a new level of manipulation and deceit that one just cannot miss! But it does mean that Sylar is in hibernation for a while. :S
Heroes is an American Sci-Fi series currently airing on BBC2 and BBC3 that follows the course of several people's lives, all of whom are gifted with special and unique abilities that set them apart from everybody else. The first season introduced us to the main cast of characters and saw them each becoming aware of their abilities for the first time and learning not just how to deal with them but also uniting to face a common enemy. This was the season that launched Heroes as a major ratings winner and first introduced us to the show's catchphrase- "Save the Cheerleader, save the World!"
Now on it's third season, the show has seen many changes both in style and content from it's initial arrival on our screens. This is due in part to many of the original story writers and producers being replaced though the original creating force that first devised the concept for the show remains in place. The main cast of characters has also pretty much remained the same with only a few others coming and going as the show has progressed. One theme has remained constant though, through all of the seasons so far; the idea that the heroes are constantly hunted- either by the evil Sylar who steals his abilities from the other superhumans he encounters leaving a trail of corpses in his wake, by a private organisation with it's own agenda or, most recently, by a goverment department who sees the heroes as a threat to all humanity's existence.
One of my main bugbears with the show-and bear in mind that despite this, I still watch it regulary- is that it blatantly rips off ideas from Marvel, D.C and other classic superhero comic books that have been around for decades. The idea of the heroes-as-threat has been plagurised for example from many an X-Men story and many of the heroes themselves are clones of characters first thought up by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and the other fore-fathers of comic book history. Just by watching the show every week, it is soon easy to identify to anyone who has any knowledge of superhero comics, from where the writers have gotten their inspiration. Matt Parkman, with his ability to read and shape minds and thoughts, for example is blatantly inspired by X-Men's Professor Charles Xavier; a girl who can travel at the speed of light is an obvious female version of D.C's The Flash and Christopher Eccleston (the first "new" Dr.Who) himself had a cameo in Season One as a male interpretation of Sue Richards The Invisible Woman of Fantastic Four fame.
But apart from these niggles, Heroes isn't actually a bad show. It has suffered of late from becoming a tad over-complicated and a bit up itself but is still overall enjoyable. It is interesting to see how all the characters have developed, such as Claire the indestructible cheerleader who cannot be killed and has Wolverine's unique healing ability though sadly not the claws, and the way that those who in the first series were thought to be heroes have since changed their allegiances (Nathan Pertrelli for example who, as well as being a powerful senator, also shares the ability to fly) but how much more longevity the show has is open to question. One of the strongest characters initially, Japanese character Hiro, has in recent episodes seemingly lost his ability to travel through space and time at will and this on it's own has weakened the show. But this is not the only weakness- many of the heroes have seemingly been able to die and then come back again or cheat fate so many times that it is difficult to feel any warmth towards them as characters anymore. Not to mention the fact that there seem to be plenty of episodes in recent weeks where not a great deal seems to happen- anybody tuning in expecting big epic battles with costumed baddies will be sadly disappointed. This is a show more about divided loyalties and the characters themselves than about big action set-pieces. Each series appears to progress at a steady pace towards some big finale at the current Season's end and the journey there can sometimes feel a bit predictable and mundane. That said there is something undefinable about the show Heroes that seems to keep me watching- maybe it's just because I have always had a thing about Superheroes ever since I was a kid, as most boys do, and this show provides a much more realistic example of what it might be like to have such abilities. Forget the spandex and corny tag-lines featured in comics ("Flame on", "It's clobberin' time" and "Don't make me angry...you won't like me when I get angry"), these heroes are as much like you and I as it is possible to get except these guys can fly and do things we can only imagine.
But how much longer this will be enough to entertain and enthrall, for now, remains to be seen.....
At the time of writing this, we've had over 50 episodes of Heroes, the hit NBC show from across the pond that took the world by storm a couple of years ago. I am trudging my way through series 3 at the moment, and what used to be an easy and enjoyable TV show to watch has become a rather convoluted and complex drama, still retaining a lot of its thrills and clever special effects, but with more concentration required in order to follow what's going on.
Heroes does exactly what it says on the tin. It involves people who discover that they have special abilities that regular humans don't have. Doctor Mohinder Suresh has decided to follow on his father's work in examining genetic strains and how some people's genetic setup gives them these abilities, and as Season 1 went on, we met the the heroes, discovered their abilities, and also met some villains, too. The season ended with a dramatic climax and involved all of the main characters.
Season 2 was cut short by the writers' strike in the States, as were many TV shows. However, it provided an important bridge and development of the characters before the explosion that is Season 3. This third season has seen the emergence of a new set of heroes and villains, with newer powers and abilities thrown into the equation. I am loathe to mention too much of what goes on, as those of you reading this who haven't seen it yet wouldn't want things spoilt, but the action is thick and fast, and it is paramount to your understanding that every episode is watched in sequence.
The main character of the show is Peter Petrelli, played by Milo Ventimiglia, who had a starring role alongside Sly Stallone as his son in the last Rocky film. Hayden Panettiere is Claire Bennett, who finds she can heal herself, and her father, Noah Bennett is a curious character who works for 'The Company', a strange setup created to control and monitor those with abilities. Jack Coleman is very good in this role.
Indeed, all the cast are very good. Sendhil Ramamurthy is great as the aforementioned Dr Suresh, and then there's Masi Oka as Hiro, who can freeze time, and Adrian Pasdar as Peter's brother, Nathan. I could go on and on with the cast list, as there is a multitude of characters central to the show. These are merely the most prominent characters. One more to mention is the sinister and evil Sylar, the main villain of the piece. He is played by Zachary Quinto, shortly to star in the new Star Trek film as Spock!
The cast do brilliantly, and they are reportedly a very tight and close knit group on and off screen. They all do fabulously, and I have no criticisms of them. The only criticism I do have is the transition between seasons 1 and 2. The first season was excellent, but I left myself wondering where they could take it from there. It seemed to have a short lifespan in terms of its potential, and I wondered what more they could do to keep people's interest piqued.
There were some interesting changes in the second season, many of which have been transferred over to the third, too, and some of the storylines were very cleverly introduced. However, I feel that they have overcomplicated things too much, and season 2, for me, was nearly a disappointment. I felt that the message and overall plot that the season resulted in could have been done without such intensity and cramming, although I am sure that the writers' strike had a lot to do with its fervent and confusing nature.
Season 3, so far, has me gripped. The introduction of a lot of new characters, as well as putting seeds of doubt into viewers' minds as to who is a hero and who is a villain, has me curiouser and curiouser at the end of each episode, making me want to watch the next there and then. And I suppose this is the idea: to keep people hooked until the next episode come along. To this extent, they have done the job, although I can easily see myself losing my way again if things complicate even further.
The show does have some hidden messages, but the main one is how we deal with changes in our lives, and coming to grips with who we are. There are many people all around the world who are different in so many ways, and Heroes merely exaggerates these differences, putting them into special abilities, and examines how people deal with these differences. The show also shows how greed and power can affect even the most innocent of people, and how making small changes can often lead to big differences. To this end, the beginning or end of each episode will often have a short speech from Mohinder, detailing his examination of the human genetic structure or even the human psyche.
In conclusion, it's a very clever show that still has a huge following. It has dropped a little since the first season, as the novelty has worn off for many, but the series of 40 minute episodes is still one of the favourites at the moment, and no doubt will continue to have this well deserved following. Heroes airs on our screens on Mondays at 9pm on BBC2, and we are currently on episode 22 of 25 for the third season, and the end of season looks to be a belter. I just hope they make a fourth!
Heroes is available to buy on DVD from most places. At the moment, amazon.co.uk has season 1 at around £18, season 2 at around £15, and the combined seasons 1 and 2 for around £36. Highly recommended, and buying these DVDs will give you the special features and featurettes that watching the show on TV doesn't give you.
Imagine one day finding out that you could fly, or discovering that no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't Die. Welcome to the world of Heroes, a TV Show where we follow it's characters come to terms with the genetic abnormality's happening in their body, their quest to find their purpose and their battle to save New York City from mass Destruction.
What i enjoy most about the Heroes Series is that it's very content rich, it has lots of back story, it's all explained brilliantly and most importantly it all feels relevant. From the Beginning we find ourselves following Peter Paterli, Hiro Nakamura, Claire Bennett, The Ruthless Sylar and more as they begin to discover their ability's and just what they can do with them. As we watch the first series unravel we find our band of heroes slowly coming together, though their own individual Paths to finally fight together for one common cause. It's this intertwining of characters that works well with Heroes, it feels natural and not in the slightest forced or shoved together for storyline sake.
All of what i've mentioned makes Heroes worth watching alone, and thats before i even mention the special Effects, the Top Class action scenes, the character Chemistry and some nicely placed Cameos (Stan Lee anyone?)
If Spiderman or The Dark Night are you're thing, them heroes is a TV show that you will definitely want to discover watching. You'll regret it otherwise.
Heroes is a serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. They thought they were like everyone else... until they woke with incredible abilities. Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Cast: Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), James Kyson Lee (Ando Masahashi), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Jack Coleman (Mr. Bennet), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah Sanders), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Santiago Cabrera (Isaac Mendez), Tawny Cypress (Simone Deveaux), Leonard Roberts (D.L. Hawkins), Ashley Crow (Sandra Bennet), Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Haitian), Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli), Thomas Dekker (Zach).