The complete first and second seasons of the US TV fantasy drama about ordinary people across the globe who discover they have extraordinary powers. Season One episodes comprise: 'Genesis', 'Don't Look Back', 'One Giant Leap', 'Collision', 'Hiros', 'Better Halves', 'Nothing to Hide', 'Seven Minutes to Midnight', 'Homecoming', 'Six Months Later', 'Fallout', 'Godsend', 'The Fix', 'Distractions', 'Run!', 'Unexpected', 'Company Man', 'Parasite', '7%', 'Five Years Gone', 'The Hard Part', 'Landslide' and 'How to Stop an Exploding Man'. Season Two episodes comprise: 'Four Months Later...', 'Lizards', 'Kindred', 'The Kindness of Strangers', 'Fight Or Flight', 'The Line', 'Out of Time', 'Four Months Ago...', 'Cautionary Tales', 'Truth and Consequences' and 'Powerless'.
Arguably the most talked-about television show of the 2006-2007 season, the Emmy-nominated fantasy Heroes gives viewers blends comic book-style adventure with plotting and characters as rich and layered as any graphic novel or drama series. Creator Tim Kring's premise is deceptively simple ordinary individuals in locations around the globe discover that they have, for lack of a better term, super powers, and wrestle with this reality while facing challenges both global (the destruction of New York City, for one) and personal (indestructible cheerleader Hayden Panettiere has family issues serious ones, as the true identity of her adoptive father reveals; Milo Ventimiglia's Peter Petrelli, who absorbs other powers, must overcome his own insecurities). Add to this mix a terrific villain Zachary Quinto's Sylar, who hunts and kills people with extraordinary powers like our heroes and viewers have a riveting series that exhibits an almost-perfect balance of cliffhanger thrills (the action and special effects are truly impressive for a network program) and genuine drama that sets the show apart from most speculative fiction (save, perhaps, the revived Battlestar Galactica, which it compares too favourably). --Paul Gaita
Truncated to a slim 11 episodes as a result of the writers strike that was ongoing in America during its production, Heroes second season nonetheless packs enough in to keep the momentum rolling on one of the most exciting Stateside shows of the moment. Heroes is, at heart, the comic book tale of a varied group of people, each with special powers that they struggle to come to terms with. With such powers, of course, come troubling foes and situations to face, and that proves to be the case here. So this time, we pick up four months after the events of the first series, and theres the small matter of the Shanti virus to contend with. This provides the main thrust for the series story arc, and allows room for several interesting sub-plots to develop too. Yet while, in the world of Heroes, you suspect that this second series will never rank with the best, theres easily enough here to justify the asking price, and the show emerges easily with its reputation intact. Even when its not at the top of its game, Heroes is exciting, interesting and polished entertainment. --Jon Foster