Heroes Reborn Series Premiere Review: Here We Go Again

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‘Heroes Reborn’: Can it recapture the original show’s glory?.

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.

The NBC series “Heroes,” which aired from 2006-2010, was about a group of characters who slowly come to the realization that they have superpowers. 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.

Ahead of the premiere, fans can get a sense of what life is like for Evos with this exclusive excerpt from Brave New World, the first of six e-books that go behind the scenes of Heroes Reborn and fill in some of the gaps between Heroes and the follow-up event series. Five years later, the network is premiering a sequel series, titled “Heroes Reborn.” While it’s possible to watch the series without having ever seen any episodes from its forerunner, “Heroes Reborn” assumes that viewers have some familiarity with a number of characters and concepts. 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.

Get up to speed by reading this before watching the show’s Thursday night premiere: Bennet is a normal (ie: non-super-powered) human, and father of Claire Bennet, a teenager with regenerative powers. Despite that all-too-familiar set-up, “Heroes Reborn” gets off to a promising start, with some fresh, sympathetic characters and a gentle introduction baited with a little mythology from the original to keep those fans on the hook. 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). Bennet’s primary allegiance has always been to his daughter, though he’s also an agent of “The Company,” a shadowy organization whose various members and leaders have tried to suppress, study and/or protect super-powered humans (sometimes all three). 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.

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. 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. 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).

Mohinder goes a little crazy after he develops spider/insect-type powers, including the ability to climb walls and make weblike cocoons. (He eventually loses all his powers except for superhuman strength.) Instead of joining his allies to stop evil circus ringmaster Samuel in season four, Mohinder returns to Madras so he can make up with his jilted lover. Another interesting subplot involves a vigilante couple (Zachary Levi and Judith Shekoni) hunting evols in retribution for the death of their son at the Odessa summit.

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. I enjoyed “The Player” more than I had right to, as it is the television show with the most preposterous plot of any this fall, and that includes series about a precognitive crime fighter, a drug that makes a failed musician the smartest person in the world and yet still not very interesting, and the producer of a late night talk show with an on-and-off relationship with a pig. “The Player” (NBC, 10 p.m.) has the feel of one of those high-octane action thrillers that Hollywood pumps out — you get caught up in the moment, but the intricacies of the plot dissolve the second you step out of the theater. 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. 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. She is considered an asset to both The Company and to the heroes because she can locate other super-powered individuals. (She’s basically a human version of “Cerebro,” the machine that can locate mutants in the X-Men comics.) Molly hasn’t been involved in the heroes’ stories since season two, presumably because they figured out that endangering a child’s life is a bad idea.

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. 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.

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. 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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