No more Heroes anymore

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.

6 thoughts on “No more Heroes anymore

  • Alex Nolan


    Funnily enough, even the show creator (who left to write Pushing Daisies, but is coming back shortly to get things back on track) is on record as saying he enjoyed setting up the premise, but hated the logical and inevitable conclusions of where the show would go, once the characters became well defined.

    There are one or two things that suggest Heroes might have some life left in it. Daphne’s backstory, eventually leading to a revelation about all the Heroes’ powers (in, erm, tonight’s BBC3 episode) is both quite touching, and a very smart bit of classical sci-fi writing. Secondly, I would tune in every week just to watch the Hiro and Ando show, they’re that awesome.

  • I never got into the show in the first place. I watched one and half episodes and was bored. I tried on recommendation from various friends, but to be honest I doubt my heart was in it anyway because of all the hype.
    For a while I felt like a social pariah for daring not to watch the current big thing, but I got over that pretty quickly! Ha!

  • Orange Monkey


    I have to say. I still quite like it. I don’t feel let down like a lot of people because of season 2. The last four eps sort of sorted it all out for me. The new series is just sooooooo ssssslllllloooowwwww to get going, there isn’t the sense of discovery that S1 had to drive it along so it becomes a struggle to kepp with it. You’ve got it watch it in a couple of episode bites. If I was five episodes behind, there would be no way I could raise myself to watch more. Same thing happned with Lost. Aegrommet below says the last few eps have been V good again, especially the one that’s going to be on BBC2 on Weds. But then again we are only half way through this season and I have a feeling it’s going to turn into a chore again soon.

  • xxNapoleon Solo


    I am sure there will be bits in it that are cool, but I just don’t feel it anymore.

    Unlike Battlestar Galactica or the Sarah Connor Chronicles, there was no pull to keep me watching – just self-indulgent plot twists that make no sense.

    When anything can change – seemingly without rhyme or reason – everything loses meaning.

    Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold ..

  • egrommet


    Noooo, nooo, nooo. (To be read in your best Bob Mortimer/Churchill internal voice).

    I’m a week ahead as been watching Beeb 3. Yes it is different and self-referential – but I still really like it. Wonder if you are suffering from favourite band syndrome – they change style and the hardcore fall away.

    One of the main things is they are changing the characters regularly, messing with their plots and their personalities.

    Elle and Sylar have made a great pairing – and obviously what happens between them is more shocking because of that.

    And Suresh, previously just a weak cyphre to tell the story, has become like a certain scientist from Spiderman. He’s still crap, but he’s not on the fringe anymore.

    Maybe I’m still hung up on the Marvel and DCs I read in the 70s, but I’m staying til the end.

  • Alison Gow


    Interesting isn’t it, how we fall out of love with a show?
    I enjoyed every minute of the first series, never got into the second and didn’t watch much of it. I didn’t bother watching any of the latest series; I just didn’t care about anyone in it – and from what I’ve picked up on the web and from conversations I don’t feel like I missed out.
    But I do have a very short attention span with these things – Lost made it to about 5 episodes before I decided life was too short, and I only managed two episodes of Survivors.
    So, what would make you watch Heroes again?
    Me, I don’t need all ends tied up, just an acknowledgement that the writers haven’t totally forgotten that certain characters/plots exist. Oh, and stop giving so many characters superpowers – we need an Everyman access point after all…

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