Heroes Reborn Just Happened: Thoughts From A Brand New Heroes Viewer

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Heroes Reborn’ premiere proves it’s hard out there for an EVO.

In “Brave New World,” our final image was of world-saving cheerleader Claire Bennet leaping from a ferris wheel, breaking bones, and healing one last time — but this time in the name of bringing evolved humans out of anonymity. For the battle to dominate Thursday night, NBC took a column of superheroes out of retirement and drafted Wesley Snipes to take on ABC’s Shonda Rhimes-fueled juggernaut.

SERIES: “Heroes Reborn,” a 13-episode series that premieres Thursday on NBC, is a sequel to “Heroes,” which ran on the network from 2006 to 2010. Though NBC’s offerings are among the more entertaining of the fall season, somewhere Olivia Pope is smirking, “It’s handled.” The revival no one was clamoring for, “Heroes Reborn” (NBC, 8 p.m.) is a 13-part miniseries about superhumans who must save the world.

There are plenty of nods to the first “Heroes,” which ended with superpowers being revealed to the world at large. “Heroes Reborn” finds them living openly in relative harmony with the normals, until a terrorist attack in the first few minutes throws suspicion on the “evos” (evolved humans). It centered on people all over the world who suddenly discovered they had superpowers. “Heroes” became a ratings hit for NBC in its first season and was critically well-reviewed then as well. There are a whole lot of characters and a whole lot of things going on with those characters and I ended up watching it twice before I felt like I knew what was happening.

The e-book — with print editions to follow — is set one year after the events of the Odessa Summit and addresses many previously unanswered questions from the original series. The early episodes of the show were full of enigmatic hints about what would happen when the heroes faced off with a mysterious villain (Zachary Quinto in a breakout role). Over the next year, invisible men and high-flying heroes are relentlessly pursued and killed, necessitating underground meet-ups to plan their future survival. But many viewers were underwhelmed by the season one finale, featuring the built-up battle, and many believed the show never recovered, though it continued to air for another three seasons. One such meeting becomes a bloodbath, when Luke Collins, a man wearing the friendly face of Chuck Bartowski, opens fire on the EVOs with all the trigger-happy carelessness of Steve Zissou in a gunfight.

CRITICS SAY: The pilot “had its share of potentially showstopping moments, but they land awkwardly and without much force,” Mike Hale wrote in The Times. “In place of wonder, there is mostly nostalgia.” Admirers say “Heroes Reborn” captures the charm of the original at its best. Luke and his wife Joanne congratulate each other on a job well done; it’s one step further on their senseless murder quest against all EVOs, as vengeance for their late son, killed in Odessa. Noah Bennet, her estranged horn-rimmed glasses wearing father and former hero-hunter, has since taken on a new life with a new job and a new wife-to-be, but the ghosts from his past aren’t far behind. They killed a bunch of them during a superhero support group meeting, but Peter Pan (who can teleport things by touching them) managed to escape, got a job at an ice cream parlor with the girl he likes, and was tormented by a bully who was secretly a tragic figure with an abusive dad.

As an evo “truther” tracks him down and convinces him to help investigate the disappearances, we spin around the globe to focus on other heroes — some in hiding, some just discovering their powers. As Noah trips down Quentin’s rabbit hole, he reunites with and subsequently kills old friend René, the memory-wiping Haitian, who tries to kill Noah first. I definitely felt out of the loop as Claire’s dad tried to recover his memory, met up with a dude named Renee who may have been someone we were supposed to recognize, received some significant glasses, killed that guy, then discovered that guy was supposed to kill him, because he told him to. And as with the original (and many superhero movies; “X-Men,” anyone?), the most engaging part is watching these fledglings grapple with their newfound powers, particularly Miko (Kiki Sukezane), a ponytailed Tokyo teen with a missing father who finds a magical sword that allows her fight off lethal attackers while she searches for him in an animated video game version of the city.

But critics so far aren’t won over, with reviewers writing that it “doesn’t make an airtight case for its revival,” is “awkward … muddled,” or is simply “a big hot mess.” Other reboots of old shows are in the pipeline, like Netflix’s “Fuller House” and Fox’s “The X-Files,” coming soon (“X-Files” arrives in January, while “Fuller” will stream sometime in 2016). Some critics are complaining that “Reborn” has too many of the same themes as the original show – lots of mysterious people working behind the scenes and those who think they know what’s going on but aren’t believed by anybody. Whether the show will coalesce into something greater than its parts or devolve, as “Heroes” did, into flashy nonsense capped by an incredibly anti-climatic climax is unclear.

All in all, I’ve got no real idea what’s going on or how all of these people are going to come together, and I definitely kept feeling like there were significant moments that I was not privy to as a new viewer. Philip Winchester plays Alex Kane (they’re both such stereotypical names that I kept forgetting which was the actor and which the character), a private Las Vegas security consultant with a murky past as a military operative (picture the Sin City sign but with “Emotional Backstory!” blinking bright). One day Kane foils an attempted attack on an ultra-wealthy generically Middle Eastern family, and later that night he celebrates with his ex-wife-with-benefits. None of this even mentions Parkman, Angela Petrelli, Micah Sanders and all the other Heroes veterans lined up to return, almost certainly on a doomed trip toward the buzz saw. In the middle of the night, intruders shoot her dead, and Kane, who immediatley becomes the prime suspect, gets rescued by a shadow organization run by Mr.

Kane will be the Player, using the organization’s access to global surveillance networks and other … stuff to prevent the crime, and in exchange, eventually get revenge on those who killed his ex-wife. Looking past its viciously violent assault on Heroes nostalgia, the new series introduces a few interesting characters who offer a glimmer of hope for the weeks ahead. Beyond his refined taste in dairy products, Tommy comes equipped with another gift: the ability to teleport objects and people to places unknown — or, as he discovers, wherever he’s thinking about at the time of the act. The McDreamy-less “Grey’s Anatomy” returns at 8 p.m., followed by “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” with freshly Emmy-anointed Viola Davis on ABC.

It’s one of the more inventive powers in Heroes lore, firmly on the radar of a heavy-set man who trades pennies for thoughts (YEP), as well as natural-born EVO killers Luke and Joanne. NJ.com TV critic Vicki Hyman and super fan Erin Medley, the new dynamic duo of TV coverage, recap Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, which included a historic moment or two. Elsewhere in the world of Reborn, we meet Carlos Gutierrez, a boozing war veteran who discovers that his closet EVO brother Oscar had been masquerading around Los Angeles as a vigilante called El Vengador (basically the luchador version of Arrow), right up until Oscar’s death.

Even without powers of his own, Carlos takes up the El Vengador mantle and the responsibility of safeguarding an underground railroad between LA and Canada for evolved humans. Miko closes out the premiere, surrounded by security guards at Yamagato Tower in Tokyo, well known to Heroes fans as the former employers of Hiro Nakamura and Ando Masahashi. If future episodes of Heroes Reborn feature Katana Girl and Super-Hiro fighting side-by-side in a digital realm, then maybe this whole experiment was worth it. The edges of the shackle had rubbed against his wrist until it was raw and bloody, harsh metal slicing into the skin and flesh with each step he took.

He had crafted it from a piece of sheared-off metal he found in the prison yard, binding bits of broken wood around it with scraps of cloth to create a handle. But as they got closer, a horrific scream sliced through the air, the sound of a wounded animal so loud it could be heard over their engines, an anguished cry of loss and suffering. Within moments he smashed through the sound barrier, a circle of vapour billowing in the blue as he flew away, headed east—away from China, away from his captors. Now that there were only four cars between them and the Canadian border checkpoint, Tommy’s mind had gone blank. “Brampton!” She slammed a fist on the dash.

Tommy watched her struggling not to yell at him. “Come on, Kevin, you’ve got to get the details right.” They weren’t ready, not even close—and certainly not for this. It was worth a try, anyway. “‘Hero_Truther’ says that in other countries they shoot people like me in the streets.” She ignored his comment, easing off the brake to roll forward as their queue edged closer to the checkpoint. She reached out with her right hand to touch the side of his face, as if hoping to soothe his fears away. “If we can get to Saskatchewan—” She stopped, staring ahead. “What’s happening up there?” Tommy leaned forward, squinting to see through the rain. One woman was standing beside her car near the front of the next queue over, mouth wide open as a border guard with latex gloves was preparing a DNA swab. Cutler savoured the salty tang of pistachio before spitting out fragments of shell, his remorseless gaze following the car as it sped into the distance.

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