TV Series Review

It'd be pretty nifty to have superpowers. I mean, who wouldn't want one, right? And after watching NBC's Heroes Reborn, I think I know what I'd like mine to be: the ability to understand what's happening in Heroes Reborn.

The broad-brush plot is easy enough to follow, I suppose. The world is increasingly populated by humans with superhuman powers—called evos (a reference to the fact that they're more "evolved" than the average Joe or Jane). A few are familiar faces from the first Heroes go-round (from 2006-'10), but most are newcomers—just now uncovering their abilities and figuring out how to best use them. Geeky teen Tommy can teleport himself and others. Pretty blonde Malina can resurrect all manner of living things. Japanese sword-swinger Miko can become a character in a video game—a trait that is actually more helpful than it at first sounds. And so it goes.

Alas, there's no Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in which to be schooled. Perhaps the show's producers decided that introducing a bald, wheelchair-bound telepath would officially transport Heroes Reborn into the dangerous world of plagiarism. And, really, the world these guys inhabit is plenty dangerous as it is.

Serials Reborn

See, the evos have been blamed for a massive catastrophe in Odessa, Texas, which killed an obscene number of people. As such, evos have gone into hiding, while the U.S. Government actively hunts them down. They're doing so with the help of Renautas—a Google-like global technology company that, paradoxically, uses evos to track other evos. But even aside from those ethical conundrums, Renautas, headed by shadowy CEO Erica Kravid, has something much, much more catastrophic in mind.

Or so I'm guessing.

Dense serializations are, of course, nothing new in this age of prestige television, wherein networks don't just want viewers to watch the show, but to then blog and tweet and talk endlessly about every allusion, Easter egg and sideways glance. To get involved with a show like that, of course, you have to care quite a lot about the folks in it. And while Heroes Reborn gives us a whole bunch of colorful superhuman characters, it cares far more about their super-ness than their human-ness. And that makes it harder for the rest of us viewer-humans to super-care.

The Content Never Dies

Heroes Reborn engages in the same sort of problematic content that its predecessor did. We see lots of violence and some gore. Evos are killed at an alarming rate, with their more regular compatriots getting the ax sometimes, too. There's swearing intermixed, and sultry wardrobe choices show up. Some of the superhuman powers on display cross over into God's country, especially when it comes to Malina's life-generating gifts.

Heroes Reborn does at least try to stay true to its titular concept of heroism. Most of the characters we meet are—or will be—on a quest to save the world, risking life and limb to do so. And it plays around with the idea of purpose—forcing its characters (and, by extension, us) what it truly means to be a hero.

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Heroes Reborn - October 8, 2015 "The Needs of the Many"



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Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet; Zachary Levi as Luke Collins; Robbie Kay as Tommy Clarke; Kiki Sukezane as Miko Otomo; Ryan Guzman as Carlos Gutierrez; Rya Kihlstedt as Erica Kravid; Gatlin Green as Emily Duval; Henry Zebrowski as Quentin Frady; Judith Shekoni as Joanne Collins; Danika Yarosh as Malina; Toru Uchikado as Ren Shimosawa; Clé Bennett as Harris Prime






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Paul Asay

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