In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tim Kring apologizes for the two-month-long suckage of the second season of Heroes. You’re a classy guy, Mr. Kring. Kudos.
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…but does anyone care?
Even though NBC is declaring that Bionic Woman is the “most-watched” new show of the season, most reviewers seem to think it isn’t long for this world. I hope they’re wrong. It’s entertainment, pure and simple.
I’m sure a lot of the backlash comes from fans of the old show–it was the same thing that happened when Battlestar Galactica was remade, and that turned out okay (ironically, Battlestar producer, David Eick, is also the man behind the Bionic Woman reboot). But, I’m going to say this once: You can not use the sensibilities of the 1970s in 2007. It would just be silly.
So, what’s the deal with the new girl? Jaime Sommers, played by British actress Michelle Ryan (we’ll forgive her for being British because she’s a gorgeous brunette…and could probably rip our arms out of their sockets), is a 24-year-old gal, who had to drop out of college to support her rebelious kid sister, Becca (Lucy Hale, last seen as Robin’s little sis on How I Met Your Mother). When she and her fiance are in a car accident, Jaime wakes up to find out that (a) her man was a scientist working for a shadowy, clandestine organization, and (b) she was so effed up in the accident that both of her legs, right arm, right eye and right ear have all been replaced with…wait for it…bionic implants. Long story short: Jaime’s fiance gets iced and she ends up working for his old boss, the delightfully smarmy Miguel Ferrer.
A large portion of the first few episodes dealt with Jaime kind of whining about her situation, her little sister being a punk, and Miguel Ferrer glowering (which is usually worth the price of admission, in my opinion). There’s also a story arc involving the first bionic woman, who’s gone a tad bit mental (played by Battlestar’s Katee Sackhoff), and who keeps trying to seduce Jaime to the dark side. Does that ever work? Most reviews I’ve read seem to prefer the episodes where Sackhoff’s Sarah Corvis pops up to be all evil and pouty-lipped. Personally, I’ve really liked the last two episodes where Jaime actually got to go out on missions and do the bionic thing, Alias-style. But hey, that’s just me. I think I’m over the whole serialized, season-long story arc thing…it can go south too quickly for my taste.
I think, early on, most NBC execs were all hopped-up on the idea that this might be the next Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It isn’t. It won’t ever be. It can’t. What it can be is a fun, escapist, action-adventure, spy show where the main character just happens to have superpowers.
I know I’m not the only one who’s been unhappy with the second season of Heroes–actually, I’m probably one of the few people not employed by NBC who didn’t give up after the second episode. I thought, after what they did for us last season, the folks at Heroes deserved as much benefit of the doubt as I could spare (which, to be honest, is usually quite a bit). And isn’t the first season of the show really the problem? Despite a few bumps in the road (one bump named “Nikki/Jessica” comes to mind), the first season of Heroes raised the bar so high it would be hard for anyone (even a flying politician) to reach. And, when a show starts with such a bang, it’s hard to keep that momentum going–much easier to start slow and wow ’em by the third or fourth season.
So, what’s the problem with this season? It’s not one big thing, really, but a bunch of little things. It’s trying to be “too different”, but at the same time showing us stuff they already did last season: Does anyone want to see Claire trying to be “normal” again? Not me…especially if it means I have to put up with that flying Wes Bentley look-alike, who manages to be creepy and annoying without being the least bit charismatic or compelling. Couldn’t the writers come up with something better than another “Days of Future Past” time-travel plot? (Peter travels one year into the future and sees that everyone’s been wiped out by a plague? Really guys?) It’s sequestering three of the show’s most popular characters away from the main action–Sylar in Mexico, Peter in Ireland, and Hiro in feudal Japan–while saddling us with more new “heroes”, many of whom–like Mexican Un-Wonder Twins, Maya y Alejandro–are just lame (bonus points for bringing Kristen Bell back to TV, guys, but not even Veronica Mars will be able to save you unless you start bringing your A-game).
I had high hopes for this season. We were promised that we would be learning more about the earlier generation of heroes–so far, all we’ve really learned is that Matt’s father was one of them and that Stephen Tobolowsky never ages, he simply sags like a slowly deflating inner-tube (although, and it’s just my opinion, it looks to me as if Papa Petrelli was kinda blurry in the group photograph…almost as if he was moving too fast for the camera to capture his image properly…so, maybe we also learned what his power was…just sayin’). What I don’t want to see is this show suddenly turning down the Lost road. Don’t start piling the questions on us without answering a few along the way…that’s why the first season was so good: we would always get some answers before we were given more questions.
I was also excited about the Heroes: Origins series, which was going to be a six episode anthology shown at the end of this season. It would introduce new characters and let the viewers pick who they would want to come back for season 3. I’m quite fond of anthologies. I enjoy a good self-contained story, which is why I drool over procedurals as much as I do. But, it looks like that show isn’t happening. Why? Because of the writers’ strike, or so NBC claims.
I told ya, kids, better see what your uncle’s up to.