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3.0 out of 5 stars Save the cheerleader,save the world but then what do you do?, 13 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Heroes: The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Heroes started out very well. It was met with both critical and audience acclaim. It followed the likes of Claire, Peter and of course Hiro, long before their characters become repetitive and at times, annoying (season 3). The stories were engaging and exciting, the villain of the piece, Sylar, was mysterious and dangerous exuding real menace before becoming overexposed in later seasons. And more than anything it was a lot of fun to watch

Season 2, while is wasn't quite as good as as season 1, could still hold it own and despite some annoying new additions (namely Maya) there was still a lot of enjoyment to be had, however the writers strike cut the season in half and just as the story was all coming together, as a result the ending was rushed and unsatisfying (what did happen to Peter's Irish flame?), ultimately it would mark the beginning of the end for the show.

Season 3 was contrived and convoluted, boasting a 25 episode season count, the show would loose it's way, new characters would be brought in only to disappear a few episodes later, character motivations would shift rapidly and with little reason. Sylar was explored in too much depth patterned with an annoying sidekick for a limited time before eventually going a bit Norman Bates. The rest of the characters would be saddled with largely redundant stories. The second half of the season would pick up somewhat however there was no big season story arc akin to 'save the cheerleader' of season 1 and it showed, as season 3 proved to be overindulgent and unfocused making for a very mixed bag and the weakest of the four.

The fourth and final season hit the brakes big time. While season 3 was all over the place, season 4 concentrated on far fewer stories but as a result many of these became too long winded, episodes would progress where very little happened or for a situation to be resolved only to be back at square one. While it was a step up from season 3, with a stronger story focus on Samuel and his carnival, it still lacked the greatness it once possessed. The season 4 finale would prove to be the series finale as heroes was cancelled. While originally a TV movie was planned to wrap up the show, this is looking a lot less likely, which is a shame as the season 4 cliffhanger looked set to finally propel heroes into some fresh and interesting territory but now we will never know.

Heroes is a mixed bag, the quality of the show would greatly decrease but for all it's flaws, for the vast majority, it was an interesting and fun ride. If you haven't experienced it before it's well worth a go just don't expect it to maintain the quality of season 1.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2012 13:41:35 GMT
Cropes says:
Totally agree.
Season 1 - By far the best.
Season 2 - Slow start. Rushed ending. But overall not too bad considering the production problems.
Season 3 - By far the worst. It had the feel that after each episode was filmed, a different group of writers would come in and pen the next one. This would then get filmed and a new bunch of writers would come in for the next.
Season 4 - Way too slow but at least you felt that the plot arc had been written before they filmed episode 1. And yes, shame about the cliffhanger ending.

As you say, 'Save the cheerleader, save the world but then what do you do?'

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2012 16:54:35 BDT
cocomctavish says:
As above, totally agree. Really enjoyed the first season but just as other shows, yes i'm looking at you lost and to a lesser extent fringe, it somehow ran out of ideas and in season 3 it jumped the shark.

Well written review from someone who clearly has watched and thought about the series in it's entirety.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2013 17:39:46 BDT
G. Pugh says:
Bear in mind that the writers went on strike during the production of series 3 so the story was unfinished - would've been pointless to release if they hadn't been showing on a weekly basis. Season 4 tried to put together the story they wanted in series 3 with that of season 4 and it became a jumbled mess a little, but at least it HAD an ending rather than just cutting off completely.
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