NBC Revives ‘HEROES’ [VIDEO]
Remember back in 2006 when everyone was talking about “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World”? When Heroes was being hailed as the new face of science fiction on television? When Sylar was THE villain of all villains? Those days might be coming again.
Just last week, NBC announced that a new 13-episode miniseries titled Heroes Reborn would be coming to television in 2015.
I just about peed myself when Heroes debuted on NBC back in 2006. Honestly, it was a nerd’s fantasy come true: a modern, X-Men-ish television show with new characters and a new story to tell, but not bound by any type of source material canon. The possibilities were endless. And that first season showed so much promise. But like many serialized sci-fi shows, it collapsed under its own weight.
After “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World” was over and done with, the show lost its compass, spiraling into character stories no one cared about, somehow ending up at a sinister mutant carnival. Heroes lost its footing because it forgot what it was about.
The show was a success because it was able to tell a sci-fi/comic book story in a real world setting. There were no mutant superteams or worldwide cataclysms every episode. We were captivated by the strengths and weaknesses of the “heroes” and villains alike. Sylar was universally loved and hated. Hiro brought an infectious joy and zeal for life. Peter represented the yearning to accept oneself. Heroes was grounded in humanity. And as such, it resonated across the TV viewer landscape.
The advantage that the show has going forward is that it ended at a point where it was given a bold new direction. When Claire stepped out and revealed that there are people with powers among the population, the show was poised to be fresh and new again. Now the miniseries can examine the fallout of that declaration. And that is an intriguing proposition indeed.
I, for one, hope that Tim Kring and his posse can give that ideal new life in this 13-episode miniseries. I pray that the central characters we cared about are brought back and utilized in effective and powerful ways. I urge that the show to not shy away from letting these characters actually use their powers. And even though Sylar’s head slicing and Claire’s healing sequences could often be cringe-inducing, a part of me wishes that they return in some capacity.
Check out the teaser announcement below:
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