Heroes started in 2006 as the comic-book geek’s ultimate wet-dream. We were still some years before The Avengers and The Dark Knight, still in the phase of second wave superhero films, when Hollywood hadn’t yet figured out the template. In a time much less saturated with comic-book properties, Heroes was something (relatively) unique and fresh – a show that tried to bring Hollywood-level storytelling and special effects to the small screen.
It succeeded to some extent. The first season is regarded by fans to be genuinely good television, but the show afterwards spiraled into mediocrity. By the fourth season, may of its fans had given up on it. Many had expected the show to be dead for good, which is why the announcement of a new season took many by surprise.
The new season will have 13 episodes, which will tell a self-contained story. If it succeeds then maybe they’ll make it an anthology series, with new characters and plot every new season?
Tim Kring, who created the first four seasons, is back for Reborn. He was also behind the short-lived Fox thriller Touch.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in the press release:
The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening, Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.
Shrouded in secrecy, baby. They don’t seem to be continuing from the fourth season, which leaves the series open to endless possibilities. There are enough X-Men comics to rip-off, so I don’t think they’ll of short of ideas.
Sometime in 2015. This isn’t the only popular show getting a second coming. Jack Bauer is coming back in 24: Live Another Day this May. Yup.
Cast & Characters
They’ll probably go with newer characteers, though they haven’t ruled out bringing back members from the original cast. It’ll be interesting to see if they get Zachary Quinto back.
Reasons to watch
Superhero arcs are always better in serialized form. I’m a big fan of X-Men but I don’t think Hollywood has done them justice. This show is the closest we’ll ever get to a X-Men TV series.
Reasons to skip
The cynic in me believes they brought it back because of comic-book properties doing so well recently. With Arrow, Agents of SHIELD, and upcoming shows like Gotham, The Flash, and Marvel’s Netflix shows, it looks like men in tights are also going to saturate the small screen.