So Heroes began their inaugural season well received, on the level parallel to Lost. The finale was one of the most watched of the season. When season 2 came by there were talks of the sophomore curse, where new series can’t top its momentum in its first outing. This proved to be true, season 2 had less viewers and there were complaints that their success with captivating stories ended with its first season. And I’ll be honest, I happened to enjoy season 2, in spite of a weaker story hook, it answered many questions left unanswered from the first season. However the major issue in season 2 was its pacing, the producers of the show admitted that revealing the central plot revolving around the virus should have been revealed near the premiere not halfway through the season. But season 2’s downfall ultimately hinged on the writers strike; Two story arcs were truncated into one single volume and the alternate continuation is arguably much better than what we were left with.
Alternatively Peter and Hiro were not able to prevent Adam from releasing the Shanti virus and the town of Odessa was ground zero for an outbreak of a global pandemic. The end of the volume 2: Generations was to be followed up with “Exodus” where story would center on the containment of the virus outbreak and the aftermath of Sylar regaining his abilities. “Generations” would have had a similar scene where Nathan would pass out from the effects of the virus during a press conference. Instead we were treated with an abrupt end and sudden change in direction which ended with Nathan the victim of an assassination attempt. So the potential of “Exodus” was scrapped almost entirely.
Fast forward 9 months, what I felt like a cop-out ending to season 2 was redeemed and Heroes proves what it does best: ties things together. Volume 3: Villains starts out addressing the complaints of season 2, pacing. Now the season premiere was preceded by an hour of recap to get viewers up to speed, and two episodes that hit the ground running. It immediately answers season 2’s burning question: Who shot Nathan? The answer is actually a pretty good one and reminds you that on this show anything can happen.
Already it proves to be a season filled with twists and questions to be answered. Two episodes in and already Heroes has you guessing. Who is villainous? Who will prove to be noble? Each character seems to already be exploring an different take on their established characterizations. Already we’re seeing distrust between two best friends, the series poster child exploring a more emo side of her psyche and our main hero undertaking a very questionable mission. And when among all these seperate yet intertwining storylines we can see a large battle on the horizon and this forthcoming season we can only wait to see if it can keep with this good momentum and end on a high note and realize the grand potential this series is so very capable of.