Has there ever been a show in the long and storied history of network television that soared to such great heights, then immediately plummeted to the Earth in a blaze of fiery junk as Heroes? You remember Heroes, right? There was Hiro, a meek, time-travelling schlub; Claire, a blonde cheerleader with Wolverine’s healing factor and the power to draw in massive ratings from the horny 13-18 year old male demographic; Tracy, a Mom who could freeze stuff, and who had a twin or a doppelgänger (I honestly can’t remember) who was really slutty and liked to do Internet porn; Sylar, a psychopathic telekinetic who liked to use his powers to slice people’s heads open; Nathan Petrelli, the most boring person in history with the ability to fly; and his brother Peter, who could also fly and…had cool bangs, I guess? Yeah, those guys.
The series first season was a compelling blend of LOST and the X-Men and featured some great character work and a mysterious narrative (remember “save the cheerleader, save the world?), but the finale for that first season was an utter disappointment, and the following three seasons were some of the worst television ever witnessed by human eyeballs. The writing became laughable, with byzantine, ultimately unfulfilling storylines that led nowhere and characters who changed allegiances and motivations on a weekly basis in service to those fruitless narratives.
Now, despite absolutely zero demand from general TV audiences or the geek community, NBC is rewarding the 14 people who stuck with the show to the end with a 13-episode season of an all-new Heroes series they’ve dubbed Heroes Reborn. If you’re scratching your head in bewilderment, wondering where you’ve heard that title before, Heroes Reborn was also the title of a controversial (and ultimately disastrous) 1996 Marvel Comics project which featured “hot” ’90s artists like Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld taking over flagship character like Captain America and The Fantastic Four for about a year or so. (It was all ret-conned later, of course.)
So will any of the previous cast members be returning for this reboot? Probably, but NBC is being all coy about it. Here’s the official presser, and the teaser trailer:
“The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “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.”
I’ll pass…I’m holding out for a revival of another heroic NBC series…
SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE!!!!