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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughably bad, July 27, 2009
This review is from: Heroes: Season 3 (DVD)
Smell that? That's the smell of a once great television show going straight down the crapper. Thanks to an unbelievably awful season 3-there's really little point left in following the once brilliant "Heroes". Over the course of this extremely disappointing season, Heroes devolved from a well written, exciting, "must see" television show into a frustrating exercise in viewer patience. Despite the hope that things would improve after a sub-par Season 2, the exploits of the so called "Heroes" (who really do nothing that even remotely resembles anything heroic) yielded nothing but disappointment "weak" after excruciating "weak".

The first volume of Season 3-"Villains" was excessively convoluted and drawn out-sans anything of any real substance happening. Characters also seemed to completely change personalities and flip flop their allegiances on a dime for no other reason than to suit the writer's purposes.

Despite my hopes for an improved second volume with "Fugitives" things only got worse. With a premise that smacked of the completely ridiculous (Nathan's wildly out of left field decision to betray all of his peers and condemn them all to imprisonment for starters) "Fugitives" became a hard pill to swallow in every way imaginable. Despite a noticeable attempt to improve the show and "right the ship" in the last few episodes, the silly and hard to accept premise kept getting in the way. With the exception of the episode set in the "Coyote Sands" desert (which was one of the few watchable episodes of the season) "Fugitives" like "Villains" was a total wash.

What I found most disappointing about Season 3 of "Heroes" however wasn't its silly and laughably-bad writing, or even its complete lack of direction-instead it was how the writers took some of most iconic and likable characters in television history (Noah Bennet, Mohinder Suresh, Peter Patrelli, Matt Parkman) and rendered them completely unlikable. Noah was consistently a two-faced jerk for the majority of the season and Suresh a whiney b*tch determined to work for the bad guy. Peter, the show's "anchor" went from being the most morally grounded "hero" on the show to a selfish allegiance-swapping loser with no honor at all and Matt finally revealed himself as a totally useless waste of a character. Even Claire was not immune with her character's "all-talk, no-action" stance on things. Outside of Hiro and Ando-by season's end there were no character's left who's stories I really cared about. And even the dynamic duo's story itself seemed to grow more silly and weak by the episode. (Aren't they running out of ideas by now how to keep Hiro from having powers?) And it absolutely blows my mind that the show insists on bringing Ali Larter's characters (all five hundred of them) back to the show time and time again. I know (or knew rather) a lot of Heroes viewers who absolutely hate Nikki/Jessica/Tracy/etc.-this one included. Why on earth do they keep bringing her back when she has yet to serve any real purpose but to annoy so completely?

I find it interesting that the next volume in the series is called "Redemption". With ratings plummeting and stories getting more silly, ridiculous & repetitious each season, and faithful viewers dropping off right and left, I hope there's truly some deeper meaning in that title....
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Initial post: Aug 16, 2009 10:42:26 PM PDT
I *completely* agree with your assessment on how badly the show has mishandled the characters. After the way he behaved this season, Noah should NOT have been so readily accepted back into the fold of the heroes, and deserved at least a half season of isolation from those he loved while trying to atone for his sins. Ali Larter's multiple characters are uniformly horrible, and one of the most maddening things about a maddeningly frustrating season was when she reappeared at the end of the season finale.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2009 11:18:52 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 3, 2013 5:57:50 AM PDT
Wow - brilliant review.
I dropped out from Heroe's mid-way through this Season.
Decided to look it up now just to see how it all eventually turned out.
I have to say - you nailed it with the review. Every single complaint I had about season 3 you mentioned here.
Totally agree - I cant understand how a show that was written so exceptionally well (season 1) turned out to have some of the worst writing I have even seen on TV.
Also really agree on how disappointed I felt with the way they turned some of my fav characters in a TV series into such worthless miserable losers. Couldnt stand any of them any more from about mid way through. It was at this point that I decided enough is enough.
So sad to see this tragic fall from glory.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 9:05:54 AM PDT
Pikminfan says:
Thanks! It never occurred to me that I would find myself hating on Heroes after such a great first season, but man it was pretty much all down hill from there. I guess it just really bothered me that what could've been so great just completely and utterly went south and never again gained any kind of momentum. That stung a bit for me. When friends ask me about heroes or want to borrow my season 1 set I tell them watch season 1 and be done. Enjoy a great season 1 run and don't spoil it by going any further. If you haven't seen the rest of the series my advice is to save yourself some time and frustration and don't bother finishing it out. The final episode of season 4 ends the way that the first season probably should've ended (spoiler-one of the characters reveals their powers to the world) It just took three more boring-ass seasons to get to that point and by then, the show had been (mercifully) cancelled. If you haven't seen the show The 4400 I recommend checking it out. It reminds me of Heroes, but it is handled so much better.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 6:52:11 PM PST
N. Holloman says:
Villains was written to compliment the Fugitives story arc. Villains were slated to air in the second season but due to Writer strike it got pushed back to Season 3.
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