May 9, 2013
The Fall Of Heroes (Part 1)
I didn’t have the luxury of cable TV around the time that both Heroes and Lost made their debuts and dominated TV sets for six years. Be that as it may, Netflix has offered me a virtual TV show time machine or better yet, the entire first four seasons of Heroes to lose my superhero fetishes in. Just how good is Heroes? The hour-long show series lasted for five incredible seasons before getting the boot from NBC for low ratings.
Heroes tells the stories and sub stories of a group of individuals who have discovered that they’ve attained super powers at no avail of their own. The show was a spiritual imagining of what all of our lives would be like by imagining a modern cast of characters that most of us could see ourselves in. However, Heroes met an unwanted end before the series could finish its entire saga.
To begin, Heroes started off its first season about as fresh as a basket of six week old cabbage. For that matter, I don’t expect any one farmer to lack the responsibility to check up on a basket of six week old cabbage, But the writers of Heroes could have done much better than said farmer. The first ten episodes of the series turned me off of the show for six months until I was finally convinced to continue the story.
By that time, I’d resented Heroes’ immature story narrative and sub-par plot twists alongside its tactic of wrenching at your emotions.
The series began with a geneticist by the name of Mohinder Suresh, a bright yet troubled individual whose father had recently died. Suresh’s father spent a majority of his life chasing a crack pot theory on human evolution and the eventuality of super heroes. Of course, Suresh never intended on following his father’s work with such blinding enthusiasm, until he met the first few ‘special’ individuals with powers.
Up until this point, the writers were simply humoring us on aspects of confrontation that we’d already foreseen in previous episodes. It’s a shame then that it took ten episodes to truly reach that point in the series. If you’re like me, then it took a lot of pep talks and promises of immersive story to sit back in front of the TV to endure another six minute narration of philosophical crap.
Moving forward into the series, Suresh’s story becomes less relevant as the purpose of the season turns its direction towards the central problem; a nuclear bomb devastates New York some few weeks into the future. At the time, Hiro Nokumora, an individual who can control time, is the only one who managed to see this event before anyone else.
Hiro travels back in time weeks before the explosion to save himself, and convinces his best friend Ando to tag along on an adventure to save the world.
Because of Hiro’s childhood memories of fabled heroes and fairytales, he sees this as his chance to truly become a hero, escaping the boring cubicle life on the lowest floor of his father’s company in Japan. Hiro ultimately becomes the entire reason that the entire cast has survived. Not only this, but Hiro’s character seemed to be the only likable person out of dozens of characters to choose from.
Don’t get me wrong, Hiro isn’t the only character that you’ll find enjoyable out of the entire cast. I praise him because, while he happens to be the most innocent of the group, he also poses the biggest comical relief in light of the show’s dark themes; death, suicide, acceptance, jealousy and, of course, responsibility.
It’s straight forward from here as Hiro’s story is intertwined with different people across time and space. But that’s just the beginning of the problem. Hiro’s delightful persona isn’t enough to save an entire show doomed to fall tragically into its own messy pile of unethical crap. It’ll take a lot more than this to explain, so I’ll elaborate more in a future blog.
Stay tuned, folks!
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