Fans of the hit TV Heroes were cautiously excited this year when it was announced that the show would be rebooted as Heroes Reborn. During the 2015 superbowl, NBC released a teaser for the show and in July a six chapter web series called Dark Matters was released to drum up hype for the show. Series creator Tim Kring returned, as did Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka, and Sendhil Ramamurthy, who all starred in the original series. Although, the show was billed as an “event miniseries,” the assumption always was that it was a pilot season of sorts and more episodes would be ordered if this season went well. The season has not gone well and the network is now saying they have no plans to continue with the show past this season.
Back in 2006, superhero fans were smacked in the face by an explosive little show called Heroes. It was a brand new, original show about superheroes and it was good. Really good. With a great ensemble cast and plenty of mysteries and unexpected turns and foreshadowing, Heroes captured a lot of what made Lost such a big hit. Unfortunately, the show’s hidden power revealed itself to be the ability to soar over the shark faster than Lost could even dream-within-a-death-dream about. The second season of Heroes seemed to indicate that the success of the first one had happened entirely by accident and the show was put out of its misery after the fourth season. Fans were hoping that Heroes Reborn could recapture some of the magic of that first season. Tragically, it did not.
As far as Heroes Reborn being a one season thing, rather than an ongoing show, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt had this to say:
“That was always the plan, unless Tim woke up one day and said, ‘Oh, I have another chapter to tell.’ But I think we’re coming to the end of the world, maybe. Stay tuned.”
Even though Heroes may be done on NBC, Kring sounds hopeful about resurrecting it somewhere, saying:
“The premise of the show is elastic enough to reboot. The promise of Heroes is that it’s about ordinary people who come together to save world. So it feels like it can be rebooted, relaunched and recast as a franchise more than just an ongoing saga with the same characters.”
You have to appreciate Kring’s optimism for his creation, but perhaps the time has come to accept that Heroes, like everything else, must come to an end. Perhaps it’s time to accept the finite nature of superhero-based ensemble action/dramas and just appreciate it for what it was.
What do you think about Heroes Reborn coming to an end? Would you like to see some other Heroes iteration?