“Save The Cheerleader, Save The World...?”
September 11th, 2011
Heroes is a sci-fi television series by Tim Kring that aired on NBC lasting only four seasons from September 25, 2006 through to February 8, 2010, and was cancelled shortly thereafter. For myself, and I cannot speak for other fans, but the moment I realized that Heroes was cancelled, I was stunned. In fact I believe as I read it on the internet I muttered "awwww, no way.." and told everyone I knew. Denial struck, I began searching websites, blogs, news sites, anywhere to get the low down on why and the inevitable question - will there be a finale? Will it go on? Sadly, there were rumors, and even statements from NBC that it would return for a final go - but never did.
So why am I telling you this? Isn't this supposed to be a review? Indeed you are right, but to really give you, the reader, the sheer magnitude of this enjoyable TV series, I felt opening the review with the impact it had on me and the devastation of its cancellation, would really hit the nail on the head, so to speak.
If I were to sum up Heroes quickly I would describe it as a series about super heroes and villians. But that would be like saying a Jaguar is only a car. Tim Kring took the atypically overblown caped avengers, saviours of the human race, where glory is soaked up like sponges and the good guys always win in the end - and then stabbed it through its formulaic heart, ressusitated it, and breathed humanity back into it. The dynamic interplay and relationships are fantastically played out, especially in season one and two. You watch as these regular people with dramatic, and sometimes boring lives grow and discover their powers, and how they use those new powers to interact with the world. Will they take the high road - or the low road. In fact, through the entire series it was hard for me to single out any one character that was the solid driving force, the "face" of the series, and for me that in and of itself I found extremely refreshing. Leaving it up to me, the viewer to decide who's story would touch me in some way, and never force feeding me what I should think or feel about any one character.
If I'm being vague it's on purpose - I would want anyone who is a fan of your typical super hero comic or movie fan to sit down and experience this on their own, and draw their own conclusions. But just let me say, I would like to personally give a huge hurrah! for actor Jack Coleman who played Noah Bennet throughout the entire series - who was a hero, more so than the others and who's storyline remained consistent through all four seasons.
However, if you require closure in a series you won't find it in this one, and not just because they ended it. As some have said, and I agree, towards the end, with the introduction of new characters, newly weaving storylines and a few oddly recieved surprises (I'm not telling!), it just seemed to fall flat on its face, or like a foggy road that just keeps going and going endlessly, and once you get a few miles down it, you turn around and say, "uh.. why did I come down here, again?". Characters rich in backstory were pushed aside, limply played out of the show all together, or just made to be completely flip-floppy, having goals one minute and altering their path in life the next.
All in all, for a TV Series that would rank up there with other shows of its kind, such as Lost, it could have been something grand, but ended up being below par. Lighting and directing was well done, plot and twists played out fantastically (not including season 4), acting was indepth and sincerely (rarely did I sit back and shake my head at badly delivered dialogue) and special effects were awesome.
To sum it up, it's worth a watch, especially if you like cliff hangers and super heroes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll sneer, you'll loathe and most of all you'll have fun! But like I said, it is what it is, a series that was cancelled. So if you need that super climatic awesome ending? You won't get it.