Yatta! Ordinary people discovering extra-ordinary abilities are back. The critically acclaimed series of 2006 returns on NBC this September. If you are a fan of the original Heroes series or if you love seeing people fly, teleport, time-travel, read minds and god knows what else then this is the show you don’t want to miss out on!
The new mini-series, which is executive produced and written by original Heroes creator Tim Kring, would see a fusion of new and old heroes alike. The show would see the homecoming of Noah Bennet aka HRG (Jack Coleman) and fan favorite Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) among other possible returnees. Sadly, there are no signs of psychotic Sylar (Zachary Quinto) or the confused blonde Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) and they are the noticeable absentees.
New Cast, New Era
Zachary Levi, the star from Chuck, is a freshie who would be playing one of the central figures in the show. Among other noticeable fresh faces are Judith Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time) and Gatlin Green (Criminal Minds).
The show picks up from a year after a terrorist attack that leaves Texas in shambles. Led by campaigning from vigilante Luke Collins (Zachary Levi), fingers get pointed at the Heroes who then go into hiding.
The initial trailers looked vague to say the least and didn’t stir much enthusiasm.
However, the latest trailer, where we actually see some characters, looks to reignite the same excitement that the first season of the original Heroes brought. Take a look at the latest trailer titled ‘The Extraordinary Amongst Us’ which has Metallica’s Nothing Else Matter as OST and gives a good idea of what the show entails.
One hopes that it isn’t a case of once bitten, twice shy with those who have watched the first series and that the audience would be receptive enough to at least give the first few episodes a go. However, the onus is on the Heroes team to ensure that they deliver the goods and make the show sustainable and not a one hit wonder. They need not to repeat the same mistake as they did the last time.
For instance, a character like a certain psychotic Sylar shouldn’t have a sudden moral awakening in the middle of peeling off someone’s brain. Secondly, don’t just push a slew of superheroes every season, even though it sounds tempting. The viewers take their time to understand a superhero and by the time that happens, they are bombarded with half a dozen new ones (quantity over quality).
Off the screen it is imperative that Heroes Reborn have a dedicated team of writers who stick till the end. The writers’ strike of 2007-08 didn’t do any good to Heroes and quite a few writers didn’t return. The new writers didn’t catch the feel of the first season and the ratings eventually dwindled.
The concept of Heroes discovering abilities, powers and their true selves sounded good in 2006 when the superhero phenomenon was still in its infancy on the small screen. Flash forward 2015 and we have too many superhero shows like The Flash, Daredevil, Gotham and Arrow. Heroes Reborn would have to do a heck of a job to be competitive in such an environment and hopefully it would do a much better job than seasons 2-4 of the original show.