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Is NBC Just Trolling Us Now? 'Heroes: Reborn' Details and Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 18, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 18, 2015 |

Heroes Reborn is emblematic of just how much of a tailspin the network is in. Because when you’ve got a niche series from nine years ago that only lasted three seasons of acceleratingly bad quality, with no small but loyal group of fans keeping the flame alive, hey, why not make a sequel series, right? I hope this is rock bottom for NBC. Because if they go any lower, they might literally fracture the earth’s crust and doom us all to red hot magma death baths.

To summarize Heroes: an intriguing first season with a letdown of a finale, followed by a tailspin of a second, followed by a third season that no person has ever watched in its entirety without going insane. As an aside, this is the point when I double-check my memory on Wikipedia and holy shit, there was a fourth season? That’s just criminal.

Says Tim Kring:

“The biggest pitfall was always the amount of story that we had to tell. Our [episode] order was for 23 the first year, then 26 in the second year, 25 in the third year. We were facing a mathematical difficulty, an uphill battle. [The 13-episode order will give] the show and the audience this exhilarating feeling. When you log onto this show for the very first time, you know that you’re going to get an end, and it will be at that point in time.”

Ah, I see what the problem is. Tim Kring has no idea what went wrong with the original series. The evidence does not bear out his theories. See, when the problem with a series is that there are just too many episodes in a season, then you end up with shitty filler episodes, but with a solid backbone of good episodes still running through the entire thing. See Battlestar Galactica in season two or three for that problem. Remember when Lee fell in love with a prostitute and he took down the system? Or when Helo hunted down Dr. Mengele?

But Heroes didn’t have that problem. It had the problem of retconning everything that happened before every three episodes. Remember when the Company was evil? And then it was just incompetent? And then it was actually founded by everyone on the show over 40 who now have known each other since childhood and they’re trying to save people? And let’s not even get started on how Hiro’s (oh my god, his name is “hero”, such creative!) time travel is played with such attention to internal consistency and logic that it makes Back to the Future look like a dissertation in temporal physics.

That’s not a case of knowing the story you want to tell and ending up having to fill in a bunch of blank episodes because the evil network wants to pay you more money for more content. No, that’s you not having a fucking clue what is going on in your own fictional universe and just tearing it up weekly for the next random idea that gets you one more script ahead and two steps of incomprehension backwards.

Here’s the trailer. It sucks.

Creepy ass children singing Metallica, what has the world come to?

Damnit NBC, if you’re going to bring back a failed Tim Kring show, you could have at least returned to Crossing Jordan. She’s feisty AND sensitive.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.