Michael has big plans for his 15th anniversary party at Dunder Mifflin, but is in for a shock when the new, no-nonsense Vice President has some ideas of his own. Meanwhile, Jim’s prank on Dwight has some unexpected results.
This past Sunday, it was announced that writers/co-executive producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb were fired from NBC’s popular…yet not so popular series, “Heroes”. Loeb and Alexander had been working for the show with executive producer/creator Tim Kring since as far back as the first season.
While this fall’s third season started off fresh with a worthy premiere episode having enough twists to potentially keep its viewers interested, ratings gradually descended as they once again struggled with slow-paced storytelling, open-ended subplots, an excessive amount of characters, and far too many unanswered questions. In addition, NBC executives have expressed frustations over the creative direction of the show including episodes being overbudgeted beyond the $4 million per episode benchmark.
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.
Now go ahead and flame the shit out of me if you want to but “Heroes” is coming back and all I can say is…why? I know a lot of people that like the sort of content on this blog are prone to liking the show but ask yourself, is it really that good or are you infatuated with the fact that it is a show about super heroes (if you want to call them that).
Season 1 was the most anticlimactic series that I have ever bared witness to. Watching the characters develop their powers was entertaining until I realized that the story wasn’t really going anywhere. When that raspy voice came on at the end of the episode telling me that with only 3 episodes left the most shocking things will happen led me to believe that I would be spending an hour watching something other that Sylar bring his mom a snow globe. By time the final episode hit, I was disappointed by the horrid ending and thought it to be useless since killing off characters really doesn’t mean that much to the writers.
Season 2 was a whole other abomination that I won’t even go into but have to say was significantly worse than the prior season and fortunately cut off by the writer’s strike. With that being said, what can be done with season 3 to make this show seem less like a Lifetime network version of X-Men work? Bring on more action, less crap dialogue, more twists that I actually care about, cut Nikki out of the show, stop introducing more “Heroes” with new powers just to try and engage the audience and end the season with a bang so I know that all the other episodes I watch actually went somewhere.
Here is a teaser for season 3 because I would be doing my service to the community if I didn’t share it.