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“Heroes” hits bottom and grabs for the shovel

I was giving Heroes the benefit of the doubt. Sure, they’d stumbled. The brother/sister Mexican road trip last season was a big mistake. This season was an improvement for a while (well, it had promise, anyway), but there have been noticeable issues. But I was willing to gloss over them because I like the characters, and I still think the story has potential.

This week, they lost me. And Hiro is the most obvious example of why.

Hiro was the coolest (along with Peter and Sylar). He was excited, and eager, and had a really cool power. Even last season, while I wasn’t totally happy with it, I ended up liking where the trip to feudal Japan ended up taking us. Putting Adam in that casket was just stone cold awesome.

This season they’ve made a series of missteps with him. But this week took the cake. They finally went from confusing to idiocy.

  • Ando can get Hiro’s power to kick in by manually blinking Hiro’s eyes?! WHAT?!
  • Hiro is now mentally an 8 year old because Mr. Petrelli sucked his memory instead of his power?! And he still recognizes Ando anyway? And doesn’t freak out? WHAT!?!?!?

Who thought these things were a good idea? I certainly hope it was the two writers who got fired recently. That would give me hope for a better story going forward. These things are not just stupid, they are mind-bogglingly stupid, inconsistent, and a complete admission to the audience that the writers don’t have a clue what to do with this show anymore. Next up, cute kids and robots. Oh, wait, we’ve already had cute kids. At least they weren’t there solely to be cute, though. Cue the robots.

Bleh. It’s painful to watch Ando train Hiro. Hiro yelling “I did it!” all the time in that episode underscored the fact that they just don’t know what to do with him. Almost as if the writers were yelling “I did it! I turned a cool character into a joke!” So disappointing.

I still see some hope for the show, but it’s now a dim light in the corner of the screen, ready to wink out of existence. If they don’t turn this thing around real quick, there will be no chance to do so.

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8 comments to “Heroes” hits bottom and grabs for the shovel

  • I only gave heroes two viewings. Decided to pass early on.

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    Jeff says:

    Well, that’s a shame. The first season was very good, IMO. I think you missed some good TV there. Despite its flaws, I even liked the second season. This season is a bit more of a mess.

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  • Jeff, there was a conflict with another favourite of mine. I don’t do Tivo.

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    Jeff says:

    Ah. Well, we all have to make choices. I still live and die by a VCR, myself.

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  • I am only 3 or so episodes into this season, and so far, am not as happy. BUT I have been known to stick with shows LONG after they have jumped the shark, so I will stick with Heroes, and my Hiro, through thick and thin, until the end ;)

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    Jeff says:

    Sorry about the spoiler for you, Spooky.

    I’m usually with you… I stick around for the long haul. And I’ll stick around with Heroes, too. But I won’t enjoy it nearly as much.

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  • Lee

    I’ll keep watching Heroes simply because I’m committed now, it’s like Stargate Atlantis, almost every episode disappoints but I keep coming back for more. Heroes has become a little like that.

    I have noticed this season that we are focusing on some of the more traditional comic book powers such as ‘speed’ and ‘ice’.

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    Jeff says:

    The difference between SA and Heroes, though, is that SA is built to be episodic with an arc, while Heroes is one big story per season – an individual episode doesn’t tell its own story. To me, that makes it easier to watch SA weekly without condemning the entire series. Even if many (I won’t go so far to say ‘most’) episodes aren’t great, the entire arc can still satisfy.

    With a show like Heroes, each moment in the show is integral to the entire series in a more important way than in episodic shows, so stringing a series of missteps together hurts more.

    I’ll still watch, though. Like you said, I’m committed.

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