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NBC’s Heroes Returning to Better, Simpler Times?

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Heroes ClaireIf you’re like me, and I’m sure the majority is, Heroes isn’t nearly as good as it was in its first season. The writing has deteriorated, the characters have become too complicated, and the stories muddled. I’m not too the point where I’d stop watching, but the thought has crossed my mind once or twice. Bottom line: Heroes is working its way closer and closer to cancellation.

However, good news arose on Friday following the news that former writer Bryan Fuller is returning to the show following the cancellation of his once-great Pushing Daisies. Fuller was apart of the hugely successful first season, though it’s not his presence alone that strikes confidence… it’s his words:

It became too dense and fell into certain sci-fi trappings. For instance, in the “Villains” arc, when you talk about formulas and catalysts, it takes the face off the drama. And I think the goal for everybody is to put a face back on the drama. You have to save something with a face; otherwise you don’t understand what you’re caring about. I thought the “Villains” arc started out very interestingly, and then became sort of muddy and dense and I couldn’t get my hooks into the characters to understand their motivations. I also started to feel confused about what people’s abilities were.

It’s always refreshing to hear when people who actually have influence on the show admit that there are problems and they echo your concerns. Fuller will return for Episode 19, and claims that the episodes leading up to the start of a new chapter called “Fugitives” (begins February 2, 2009) will help get Heroes back in the right direction. Sure, he’s going to add marketing spin to the show that is paying him money, but his claims that Heroes will return to simpler times, with Claire looking for college, Peter back as a nurse, and the return of Matt’s wife Janice.

This sounds good to me, as I feel the show had moved away from its roots a little too quickly. After last season, the writers seemed to scramble and accelerate their storytelling even further, which was the wrong approach. The transition to where the characters are today seemed absolutely rushed, and we haven’t been allowed to grow and change with them. Furthermore, I hate stories about fate, destiny and magic, and the whole African mystic dude storyline just seemed wasteful. Furthermore, the whole eclipse segment was terrible.

You can read more about what is to come with Heroes over at EW.com, which features the original interview with Fuller.

By Erik Samdahl
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  • STYLES

    The whole” African mystic dude story line” is just a rip off of “THE REAL AFRICAN MYSTIC DUDE STORY LINE” NAMED ENJAI EELE.
    Google ENJAI EELE and find out where tim kring got this story line from and why you , the viewer will not see the African mystic dude or Isaac Mendez on Heroes anymore.
    It’s called copyright infringement and a LAWSUIT!!!!!!
    Bryan fuller can’t help Heroes, he just might find himself in a NYC Federal prison serving time along with his buddies tim kring and Bernard Madoff.

  • Sylar

    Not only do the powers get confusing, the ‘heroes’ seem to randomly and inexplicably forget their powers. The only halfway intelligent character is HRG. I hope the new writer can help to tighten this up and make the characters a bit more ‘real’.

  • shantia

    I cant believe that anybody who is a fan of Heros would even say that these past 2 seasons werent great,yes at moments the show had its slow points but over all the show is great. No one forgets there powers they only loose them for a while and who does not like a complex character that is the stuff that makes them continue on in the series. Take Sylar for instance you can’t tell me you dont want to know who his real parents are and that you did not enjoy him killing Peters father or felt sad that he killed Elle.What about Peter I am so glad he got his powers back he is going to need them to take on Nathan. The only thing I hope for this season besides for more background on the characters is for a big battle even though they made it seem like there was going to be one this season and there should have been I think that was there biggest mistake. Off the subject what is happening w/ Mica do you think he will reunite w/ his aunt?

  • http://www.filmjabber.com Erik Samdahl

    I’m not a fan of characters losing and regaining their powers. Seems sort of silly to me, even for superheroes, and a way to just liven up a dull storyline.

    Yeah, what happened with Mica? They just dropped his storyline pretty much.

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