I love the stories of superheroes. What boy doesn’t? Yes, I’m a boy at heart in many ways. I’m happy with that. People who can fly, move at the speed of light, morph into other forms, heal themselves, save others, defeat the enemy, and more! It’s captivated me ever since I can remember. And the same is true of my own 2 boys today.
That’s why I was particularly taken up with Heroes, a series that launched in 2006 and ran for 4 seasons. It was the character development in Heroes that made it interestingly unique, though it did seem somewhat modeled after the development of characters in the mega-hit show, Lost.
But, as with many series, the story that kept our attention slowly began to fade. It seems the writers didn’t know exactly where things were going, all the while kicking in to survival mode in order to keep the show afloat. I suppose it was all in the name of the dollar sign, though the public communication might have been that it was “all for the fans.”
The greatest blight upon the show was that it ended so abruptly. There was really no closure at all. It left a bad taste in my mouth, perhaps as bad as some people felt following the final episode of Lost.
How could the show be redeemed?
Well, redemption is beckoning as Heroes will now relaunch as Heroes Reborn. Creator and executive producer, Tim Kring, has brought back many of the original characters. The story will pick up as a 13-episode series. NBC’s website gives this short background description to the new storyline:
A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
I’m personally looking forward to the relaunch. We shall see if it lives up to its original launch and series 1 back in 2006. My gut-feeling is it will be best to leave the show at 13-episodes, if that is truly the plan, and not try and stretch it out all in the name of making big bucks. And, of course, bring some kind of closure in the final episode, even if the conclusion does take on an outside-the-box spin.
Check out the trailer below.