Ok yes, we all know the original Heroes TV show created by Tim Kring for NBC totally shit the bed after season one. This is historical fact, and totally undisputed. Hell, for some of us (who blindly bought the DVD collection), it remains an open wound! But beneath that whirling dervish of boring sci-fi tropes, and plotlines that literally went nowhere was a gem that truly shined during a time when network TV wouldn’t touch superheroes with a ten-foot pole. Today we got our first trailer for the next chapter in Kring’s saga of the extraordinary.
The entire notion of Heroes Reborn reminds me of that time I ran into my ex-girlfriend at Subway in the mall. Some time had passed, and I wasn’t mad anymore, and at first I was really happy to see her. Then I started remembering how shitty our relationship was, and how every day after the first month was just agonizing and stupid, and then I was super pissed. But as I smiled through gritted teeth, I saw her carrying the sweetest little baby and listned to her tell me about her new boyfriend and how awesome her life was and I thought to myself, “If Jenna can change, maybe Tim Kring can change too.”
Kring debuts Heroes Reborn this fall on NBC as a miniseries, much in the spirit of Agent Carter, or every Lifetime movie with Joe from Facts of Life. Its actually a genius move for NBC, revitalizing a property amidst the golden age of comicbook and sci-fi/fantasy media saturation. Plus, I mean seriously, was Tim Kring busy? The trailer introduces us to new characters played by Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman and Kiki Sukezane as well as fan favorites played by Jack Coleman (HRG) and Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura – yatta!).
Life has gotten a little rough in this trailer, with a seemingly war torn world rebuilding itself after the devastation of Heroes being cancelled in 2010. Oh, and a terrorist attack in Texas seemingly blamed on ‘the extraordinary’ amoung us, who have now gone into hiding. It doesn’t take long for the viewer to get the sense that there’s a new batch of heroes ready to take on the charge and save the world from would-be badguys doing bad stuff because reasons.
From creator/executive producer Tim Kring, who imagined NBC’s original critically-acclaimed 2006 “Heroes” series, comes “Heroes Reborn,” an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.
A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.
Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.
While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door”).
Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas, has an agenda of her own.
For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.
Heroes Reborn is a 13-episode miniseries which begins on September 24th, 2015 on NBC – check local listings for showtimes, or just watch it on HuFlixZon.