When I heard about the Heroes Reborn miniseries from NBC this was my original reaction:
[quote]Not really sure how I feel about this. Tim Kring did a horrible job of falling in love with his own characters to the detriment of the story the first time around (I’m looking at your Hiro). Then he took, what was one of the most amazing villains ever, and neutered him, along with the only real heroic foil in the show (Peter, who Milo did a wonderful job playing).
I would be much more amped about this return if Tim Kring wasn’t involved, but I’ll check it out with hopes they keep it to 13 episodes and the story is what pushing the event and now Kring’s love of Hiro.
As you can read I wasn’t really sure about how I felt about NBC resurrecting this one mighty bastion of Geek pride from it’s sadly tarnished resting place in the annals of television history. Then I went and rewatched the pilot episode on Netflix. “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World” that was the powerful mantra that inspired and informed the majority of the story for season 1, and after watching I was reminded of how ravenously I devoured the initial run of the show. Heroes was in the wake of Bryan Singer’s X-Men, and lead the way for genre television to return to primetime with a darker more serious tone. That being said, Heroes (even that wonder first season) was not immune to faults and poor creative decision-making. Series creator, Tim Kring, has to shoulder the load for blame when it comes to the misstep of pulling a “Syndrome” (a.k.a. making everyone one a special, so ultimately no one was special).
As 2014 is kicking in to high gear we still have over a year before we will get to enjoy, hate or be indifferent towards the new miniseries, featuring an all new cast and story; but that doesn’t mean the Interwebs and the legion of Heroes lovers and haters will sit idly behind their keyboards and wait. NBC does seem to be thinking ahead on this part however, announcing a digital component to the show to tie into the miniseries event. All I hope is they stick to the miniseries format of 13 episodes and tell us an entire story (beginning, middle, and end), and not save anything for a potential second season or full-season pick up. If you need an example of how leaving it all on the screen can work, look now further than Fox’s Sleepy Hallow.
For your eyeballing pleasure… the 20 second teaser trailer for Heroes Reborn.