Where did the series ultimately fail?
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Where did the series fail and what could have been done with the cast/characters.writing/plotlines/direction/etc. to have prevented the show's cancellation? My thoughts? Reboot the series from the beginning of the second season and let Nathan die. Why? Because Nathan's sacrifice was meaningless, the start of the Heroes's dowfall. Complete nonsense.
Honestly, the downfall of the series to me began when they resurrected HRG with Claire's blood. It just spelled cancellation. Erased total risk factor of death. damn writers strike
Somewhere in the middle ofseason 3. It seemed to me that they tried opening too many windows, too many options that they ended up "shooting themselves in the foot", so to speak. They did try to fix it by the end of season 3 but it didn't quite come to fruition. Season 4 looked very promising but ended to early. The big finish I was waiting fornever came.
Please give this show a proper ending. Make a movie like Joss Whedon did for "Firefly"
|Heroes failed after the first season. It was a big failure to let Sylar return. |
Another well done villian might had been the better decision.
Maybe it they should'nt return after season one. The story was done.
A new group of heroes somewhere else in the world with no relation to the old one could have been another good idea.
I think Heroes had to many characters they should have trimed the story fat a little by getting rid of Mohinder and I also think people never liked Ali Larter on the show they should have tried one more triplet out.
I think probably S3, though S2 did set the groundwork, it could've been rescued after S2 if it were not for S3.
S2 was criticised mainly for the slow pace, lack of significant events or plots, and annoying characters. Volume 3 sought to remedy this - but did it in the worst way possible.
Instead of the slow-moving, simplistic plot of S2, we went completely to the other extreme and had a rushed, nonsensical, Random Events Plot. Plotlines were introduced, but never given time to develop, adequate explanation or a decent pay-off. Sylar working with HRG could've powered a whole seasons - hell a whole show - but it was over within two episodes. Same with Peter getting Sylar's power (only to lose it two episodes later, a huge anticlimax). Linderman appearing as "God" to Nathan was also quickly dropped and not satisfyingly resolved. The thing with the 5 villains also never came to pass, and the Level 5 escapees plot just sort of fizzled out. Predicted events like Ando killing Hiro, Tokyo exploding, the world splitting in two - were in the end proven to be entirely irrelevant, never came to pass and never explained. Some events that came to pass were just inexplicable - Mohinder turning into evil Spiderman for some reason, Sylar and Elle's "romance" (the dude killed her father!), the Eclipse taking away their powers. The whole of "Villains" just went and threw continuity out the window. Overall, the plotting of Volume Three was shoddy at best, inexplicable at worst.
Then there was the characters. The writers noticed that a lot of the characters introduced in S2 were annoying and unpopular. So they killed some of them off. Makes sense, right? Except, they killed the wrong ones. Bob was a good villain, and Elle and Adam were perhaps the best characters Heroes ever created - the first gets Sylar-ed off-screen after one scene, the second is absent for a while, then dates a serial killer for no reason, and gets her head sawed open. The last gets awful characterisation for one episode and then is killed. Meanwhile, Maya is left to roam around for half the season and we are denied the opportunity to see West die painfully at the hands of Sylar. Biggest letdown ever.
Volume Four was a slight improvement, but still consisted of various unrelated, unexplained and unresolved plotlines - Angela's random sister, Matt inexplicably seeing Usutu and painting the future, the White House blowing up, Sylar's fanboy. It also retread many storylines that had already been done, and the whole thing felt very stale and turgid. Then we have the irredemably moronic decision to mindwipe Sylar at the end of the season, a cherry of stupidity atop the cake of nonsense.
Volume Five I think was an improvement. The return of the characters to their everyday lives was much needed, and although the plot was slow-paced, at least it made sense. It was still retreading old ground though, and in the end it was all too little too late.
S2 had some problems, but the show could've easily been rescued if S3 hadn't been so extreme in its attempts to avoid the failures of S3. It derailed several characters and overloaded the plot. Therefore, I blame Volume Three for the decline and eventual cancellation of Heroes.
|I've maintained the whole time that the series would have remained fresher and more exciting if they'd completely changed the cast every season. That way they wouldn't be struggling for new things for the characters to do when they are so obviously out of steam. Ali Larter could have stayed on for at least three seasons though, playing a different triplet each time.|
But series that actually switch the cast out every season suffer from the same thing.
Simply because the writers didn't know how to use the characters. Let me break it down
Peter- Constantly powered him down by having his memory erased, taking his powers away, and giving him a new limited power. Peter had potential to be the best hero out of all of them, but the writers screwed that up. Also making him go through serious emotional changes during the volume 5 wasn't a good move too. I only say that because by that time his character should have been well developed.
Nathan- Too caught up in politics. Nathan was one of my favorite characters but his character was made pretty useless because he was constantly caught up in politics that provide almost no point to the plot. Except in "Fugitives" when he actually did something. But the writers screwed up with that by making the other characters forgive him too quickly. And just when his character was going to change, they killed him off.
Hiro- This one is a no brainer. His character was cool, but the writers made him useless. Constantly sending him off on mini missions that have a zero percent contribution to the story. Constantly ignoring his usefulness of his powers. Powering him down only to have him come back in the finale of every season. Just when he comes back you think he is going to do something important, but he never does. Then for the next volume they send him away on another mini mission. It is such a repetitive process.
Claire- One word, annoying. We can all agree that Claire was the most annoying character. Simply because every season she is always whining and complaining about something. She causes her own problems and drags others with her. She doesn't solve her own caused problems and instead relies on others to do it for her. She is a brat who constantly fails to understand what Noah has done for her even though in every season and volume Noah explains it. The writers tried to develop her character but they failed. After five volumes she is still the same Claire.
Sylar- I like Sylar especially during the earlier volumes but they pretty much did the same thing to him as Peter. The writers powered him down too much. They kept getting rid of Sylar and his powers, only to have him come back. Three times they did this. First the virus, next Angela manipulated him to work for her and Arthur. Finally he lost his memories and his powers once again. The writers wasted Sylar's character countless amount of times. I was disappointed that the show had to end though because Sylar looked like he was going somewhere in the end of volume 5
Nikki/Tracey/Whoever the hell she would be- I liked her as Nikki because it was simple. But then when they had the guts to kill her off, they brought her back just to keep the actress. I do not like it when they do that unless their is a proper story to it like the Sylar to Nathan one actually made sense and was pretty well done.
That is pretty much about it. The only two main characters I believed they used right were Matt and Noah.
|Personally, i think as slow and dull as season 2 was, it wasn't the point where the show couldn't be saved. I think the episode 'Villains' in Volume 3 created such as vast plot hole that that canon of the entire show was utterly obliterated into nonsense. The plot hole was that HRG was monitering Sylar before he killed Chandra Suresh in this episode, so this episode was set before episode 1. Yet HRG couldn't recognise Sylar, and said to Isaac in episode 8 'You have to paint a picture of Sylar, no-one knows what he looks like' Heroes: Storyline Fail!|
No I think Noah only knew him as Gabriel which is his real name. Not Sylar
No I think Noah only knew him as Gabriel which is his real name. Not Sylar