WHEN The Stranglers sang those words, I doubt they ever expected them to refer to a once great sci-fi show now on its uppers.
But – and it pains me to say it – I finally cut my link to Heroes this week.
Oh, it was tough – after all, we’ve had such good times. Sylar being evil, Hiro loving his powers, HRG, George Takai’s top guest spot – it all seemed so right, so frickin cool.
Then came the second series, which I defended on here but many people hated – too boring, Syler-lite, too many loose ends. No, no, I said, it is good to make it different as the show evolves, and just imagine how cool it will be when Sylar returns to full power.
Yeah, just imagine.
This time around, I’ve been working such mad hours that I have fallen out of watching it regularly, but I still had about five shows lined up on Sky Plus. But …
When I sat down last week, I just couldn’t be bothered. And then I deleted them all.
The reason? Lots really, but mainly because the show is now a pale imitation of what it was and certainly what it should have evolved into by now.
Whereas the first series had tight plotting and a defined story arc, this time around all that control seemed lost – replaced by confusing twists and turns that just pissed me off in the first episodes I watched and seemed thrown in for no real purpose.
Like Suresh becoming desperate for a power – where did that come from? The model of responsibility and honour becomes a psycho?
And Nathan being dead and then alive – if anyone can come back from the dead, then how does anything in the show matter?
All in all it has descended into an obtuse mess, confusing and aimless for the sake of it, while hinting at a larger plan or purpose that is never revealed. Lost 2.0 anyone?
But to hear the people in it, you’d think they were making Citizen Kane (super power? Mastery of sledges).
Sorry guys – it’s crap. Hi-production crap, but still crap.
Throw it in, before it’s too late.