Heroes Reborn: Event Series
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Experience the epic 13-episode event series, Heroes Reborn, from Tim Kring, the creator of the global phenomenon, Heroes. Kring creates a wildly imaginative and thrilling new volume in the Heroes universe featuring a host of new characters with startling powers. After a massive terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, evolved humans are blamed for the tragic event, forcing them into hiding or on the run from those seeking retribution. The conflict between humans and evolved humans - dubbed "Evos" - escalates into all out civil warfare. Timely, thought-provoking, and startling inventive, Heroes Reborn recaptures the magic of the original series and lays the foundation for the next volume in the Heroes mythology.
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Some actors were "unconvincing" or "unbelievable" in their roles. The writing, the production, the story lines were all sub par, BUT:
Any fan of the original series must have this remake in their collection. It does have it's redeeming qualities. If you have not seen this season before (which I had not, before I bought the DVD's here on Amazon), I do not want to give away any surprises... other than to say, you see I gave it 4 stars.
Spoilers follow... FYI
I have never seen the original Heroes series. My lil bro came home one day talking about some “save the cheerleader, save the world” crap he’d heard a friend mention at school, and we both made fun of it for five minutes. That was the extent of my exposure to Heroes. But the trailer for this looked good, and I was in need of a new TV show to watch this September… so what the heck.
I loved it. I felt like a kid reading Harry Potter. Watching these characters wake up to their powers gave me an adrenaline rush you don’t see on TV much anymore. The multitude of storylines never bored or confused me, and the pacing was just right to give me tiny clues, but not too much. And when the big reveal did happen… EPIC!
The framing device of Noah losing his memories could get frustrating at times, and I knew there would be no valid explanation for it. It was plot device, and I’d have to accept the stupidity of the reason once it was revealed. Wrong! The explanation made SO much sense, and it blew my mind. I seriously think June 13th Part I is the best hour of TV I’ve ever seen.
One theme I loved was the fear and marginalization of the Evos for being different. Sure, I get that people are afraid of randos with crazy powers, but the extreme, government-sponsored discrimination showed how far “the mob” is willing to take things. The heroes are trying to save the world and Erica is stopping them because, well, she’s a bigot. I think some people can overlook their prejudices in everyday life, and Heroes Reborn is a good allegory that can open their eyes. I almost think it should be required viewing… but I digress…
Diversity was another big contributor. Some shows shoehorn it in with characters from races A, B, and C. Okay, we got all three? Perfect, quota met. This show didn’t have diversity for “inclusive purposes,” the concept is that Evos are everywhere around the world. It was truly a diverse show. Heroes Reborn didn’t have a diverse cast to win an Emmy, they did it because the story needed it. That’s kind of diversity/casting/story I like to see. Meaningful, purposeful, and not abusive or marginalizing.
Speaking of the cast (and the writing), it was great. The acting was phenomenal. All of the characters were interesting. Tommy’s storyline (and Emily) was probably my favorite, but I love a good coming of age tale. I mean, all he wants to do is live a normal teen life. You’d have to be cold-hearted not to root for the guy. The Noah-Quentin bromance comes in a close second, and may have been first if Noah hadn’t been absent for the end arc there and, well, the whole twist with Quentin after the June 13th episode soured it a bit for me.
Oh, and Hiro Nakamura is officially my favorite character. I want to name my son after him. His first name will be Hiro Nakamura. He will be the master of time and space, and that’s that.
Anywho, the storyline itself was good. It lagged a bit in episodes 10-11, but picked up steam in the last two. I’m starting to notice that trend in 13 episode series. But the climax was phenomenal. The villain was well-developed. And magic was always there. I recommend it. Now off to watch the original series. Not sure I’ll feel the same, but ya never know! 🙂