Heroes

Created by: Tim Kring
Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy

Reviewer: Raj

What would happen if ordinary, everyday people suddenly gained superpowers? This is the question posited by Heroes, the latest hit TV series from the US. With a huge ensemble cast, this show takes quite some time to get warmed up. Half a dozen episodes in and they’re still introducing new characters, but there are enough plot hooks to keep you interested, especially since the over-reaching arc of the series is revealed in the second episode, in a fairly spectacular manner.

The characters take some time to grow on you, with all of the ones in the first couple of episodes grating to some degree, but most of them eventually do, even the guy clearly signposted as Mr Bad. Which leads me on to another grumble: Heroes is about as subtle as a half-brick in a sock. Why hint at a plot point or attitudes in a character when you can use flashing neon signs? For example, when one character starts having visions and seeing a small child who could be the key to something very important, how is this symbolised? Well, what’s brown and sticky?

In spite of these flaws, there’s enough of interest in Heroes to make me keep coming back. The cast is large and diverse, as are the powers, from telepathy and flight to the ability to bend space and time (although I do wish they’d drop the pseudo-science explanations: a gene that controls human flight? It makes me squirm just thinking about it), although it’s very possible that one character is less a superhero and more just a psychopathic schizophrenic. The various sub-plots are interwoven well and, unlike Lost, you feel that this show actually is going somewhere, and that there’s a decent arc been designed in advance. And the great thing is, with the viewing figures it’s been getting, there’s a good chance that it might actually see out that arc.