For sci-fi fans, one aspect of the new fall TV schedule is particularly
noteworthy: NBC's superpowered drama Heroes has been canceled after
four seasons. The show, which concerns a group of ordinary people
discovering they have the power to do things like fly, stop time, and
walk through walls, started strong in 2006 but suffered flagging
ratings after its first season. Critics, who have long lambasted the
show for meandering story lines and weak characterization, were cheered
this week at the news that Heroes has been put out of its misery.
- What Took So Long? wonders The A.V. Club's Sean O'Neal.
After all, by pulling the plug on Heroes, NBC is only "echoing the
nation's DVRs approximately three years ago." O'Neal goes on to provide
a caustic capsule history of the show: "The comic-book series made by
people who apparently hate comic books has spent the years since its
breakout first season seeing declining ratings, increasingly irritated
fans, approximately 1,012 time travel and death/sudden resurrection
subplots that served to completely negate everything that happened
before them, and a critical reception that could be charitably
characterized as 'It buuuurns! It buuuurns!'"
- Great News for the Cast, points out Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich.
"I’m happy that the Heroes cast is finally free. They’re a talented
bunch of actors. That’s especially true of Zachary Quinto, who can now
officially begin the second act of his career." Still, Franich can't
help but find the announcement bittersweet: "As bad as Heroes got, you
always got the feeling that it was just one massive reboot away from
getting good again."
- Might Have Saved NBC, sighs Maureen Ryan
at the Chicago Tribune. The cancellation serves as "a strange and sad
end to this show that, if handled right by the networks and writers,
could have been the Peacock's flagship drama."
- Do We Really Need a Coda? At the sci-fi blog io9, Marc Bernardin
balks at the prospect of a series wrap-up in the form of a two-hour
movie. "The idea of a potential eleventh-hour rescue hits with a bit of
ambivalence. The ending we got was enough, wasn't it? Do we want more?
Do we need more? Do we trust that Tim Kring and his staff can give
Heroes a finale that puts a button on four years of distant flirtations
with greatness? Or should NBC simply leave well enough alone?"
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