24 February 2009

You Know Heroes Has Lost It When...

Though it is more and more looking like a complete accident, the first season of Heroes was amazing. Sure, the finale was a bit underwhelming, but it could never possibly have met the expectations it had built up. The point is, there were expectations. Not any more.

Season 2 came and went, given a shortened season and a free-pass due to the writers strike. Surely season 3 would set things right. Right? Wrong!

Season 3 has been a mess, mostly filled with episodes centered around a "cool-idea" and characters acting as out-of-character as needed to get positioned for the cool plot point or story. This image demonstrates so clearly the problem with the show. Season 1 opened with the shocking revelation that a nuclear explosion was coming. The revelation was brought by a man who could paint the future. But he died. Season 2 found lost paintings, revealing another shocking future. By season 3, since we couldn't keep finding lost paintings, we got another guy that could paint the future, and its shocking events. He died. So now, we take one of our original heroes and since we can only possible advance the story via paintings of the future, we give him this power and claim it is an extension of mind reading. WTF!? So what does he do with his power? He paints a shocking future of... wait for it... a nuclear explosion. But wait, this one is in DC not New York so its totally different.

The good news is that if you don't like that story, you can follow Sylar's quest. At the beginning of last season he found out who his real father was. But it wasn't really his real father. So now he is looking for his really real father. You can also follow Claire and her dad. He has been lying about his job, but its really all been to protect her. Sound familiar? That because this is the fourth iteration of said story. Delving into rumor territory, Season 1 and 2 had the super powered Niki with a split personality involving her dead twin Jessica. Niki died, but as it turns out she was actually a triplet. In season 3, we met Tracy - the triplet. She learned that there was a fourth, Barbara. Now for the rumor. Tracy will soon die, but the actress will return in season 4. Fun, sounds like we will meet Barbara. I wonder how many more versions there are out there. The possibilities are endless.

Other power related quandires: How does supercharging super-speed let someone run backward in time (forward maybe, but backward)? What happened to Mohinder's webbing ability? And why did Peter need Sylar's powers, you know the ones that came with "the hunger" other than to give us dark Peter for one episode. He certainly never used his understanding of how things work to do anything.

Anyways, if I, lover of the superhero genre am near the point of abandoning this show(after all I am still watching Smallville), what hope can there be that this show will last much longer? Even if it does, it looks like all we will be served are countless, inferior remakes of season 1.


j said...

All I can say is that DL must be pissed that actually got killed off (eventually).

Maybe if they brought back "Copycat", I'd be more interested. Or Maya's brother whose power was only useful as a means of stopping Maya from killing everyone. Except that once he was gone, she learned to control it herself.

What a train wreck that show has been. Sad.

RayChase said...

There are so many writing issues that it boggles the mind. Sylar is bad...no wait he wants to be good...now he's bad again..no good..I mean no he's bad...hey how about a little Sylar to tag along? I also love how Nathan went from "you know what, we should give everyone powers!!" to "no wait wait I meant we need to round up everyone with powers"...characters are rewritten so quickly its hard to keep up..

One big mistake they have made is this mini season within a season. Season 1 had the benefit of the story progressing over 22 (or how ever many episodes) where as now they try to cram in a "unique" story every 12 or so. It feels rushed with no overall vision.

Chip Chief said...

Ray, you read my mind. I had typed out a discussion of both Nathan and Sylar's character swings, but edited it out since I was struggling to spell it out as succinctly as you have done. Both characters have been all over the place. One day Sylar is making waffles or kissing Elle, the next he is killing his girlfriend and going on a road trip with his biggest fan. And Nathan has gone from seeing angles to locking up his girlfriend.

Another problem I didnt bring up yet is all the fake out deaths demonstrated again last night by the "fooled ya" revelation that Daphne's gunshot to the shoulder wasnt fatal.

Kurtis said...

You hit the nail right on the head! This season has almost lost me so many times. In fact, the only reason I still watch it is because I want to see more of Warf as the President!

My biggest beef, aside from the fact that every single character has a completely different personality, is the introduction of a new character in practically every episode! The writers need to focus on the characters that they already have and use them to advance the plot rather than bringing in new people out of the blue.

Plus, what ever happened to the girl who can copy anything she sees on tv? Why did Mohinder keep his powers but lose the ugly? What happened to Claire's little brother?!

RayChase said...

Regarding Sylar: when they started him down the road of good I was skeptical. I mean he brutally murdered so many people...but then I kind of liked where there were going with it. Containing the hunger..THE HUNGER!! It was interesting at least but then he flip flopped like the waffles he so loves, over 3 consecutive episodes and now they are semi back to weeellll I need to find my dad to see "why" I'm this way....I'm only a serial killer in theory..

Make a choice...he's the power hungry serial killer from season 1 who kills anyone with powers regardless of their lameness; remember Hiros girlfriend with the photographic memory...oooo that will be handy....never

Or he is a conflicted serial killer driven by a hunger he can't control....

Incidentally I think I made a audible grown when they crained up to show the pic of D.C. burning. So did he do that one first and then he and Peter moved the easels on top so he could continue painting? Time travel and painting, dreaming the future need to go away...