Heroes

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The show tells the story of several people who “thought they were like everyone else… until they woke with incredible abilities” such as telepathy, time travel and flight. These people soon realize they have a role in preventing a catastrophe and saving mankind.

The series follows the writing style of American comics by doing short, multi-episode story arcs that build upon a larger, more encompassing arc. Even with small story arcs that move the story forward, Kring said “we have talked about where the show goes up to five seasons”.  More at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_(TV_series)

I’ve just started watching the first three episodes and now on my fourth. It’s interesting that while it definitely reminds me of X-men, it’s still unique all to its own. The characters are very down to earth, and you could actually relate to some of them. There are about twelve main characters – about half with superhuman powers – whose lives are or will become intertwined in a series of plots and past histories:

The plot of Heroes is designed to be similar to the stories of comic books. Like comic books, Heroes has large overall arcs and small arcs within the main arc. No matter what characters exist and what events makeup a season, all seasons of Heroes will involve ordinary people who discover their abilities and their reactions to their self-discovery.

Each episode reveals new answers and questions and progresses the story and/or the characters. There is an overall arc of the first season that revolves around stopping an explosion of immense proportions that happens in the future. That arc is initially carried by two characters, Hiro Nakamura and Isaac Mendez, where the former saw the act in the future and the latter painted it from his visions.

The first four episodes of the first season primarily revolved around characters discovering their powers, dealing with the issues of normal life and coping with the consequences of their discovery. 

Some of the powers are familiar to maintstream comic book fans: flight, super healing factor (like Wolverine of the X-men), manipulation of the space-time continuum, thought-reading (Professor X, Jean Grey), and the ability to control electrical signals, machines  and electronic devices – a power that I saw from Sky High. One of the characters – Peter Petrelli – is actually able to “absorb the powers of others he has been near and can recall any ability he has used in the past by focusing on his feelings for those from whom the abilities originate,” very similar to Rogue’s mutant ability. Personally, I like his version better since I don’t have to physically touch other people to copy their powers and I could actually recall past powers I’ve abosrbed. Hehe.

The series premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006, created by Tim Kring, who also created two other television series (Crossing Jordan and Strange World). The first season temporarily ended on February 24, 2007 but not before Kevin Reilly, NBC’s president, announced on January 17 that the show would have a 2nd season which would start on an unannounced date. Season 1 will resume again on April 23, 2007 with episode 19. It is now being broadcast in over 50 countries around the world.

Here’s an interesting tidbit you might not be aware of:

On October 2, 2006, Emerson Electric Company, an appliance market competitor of NBC’s owner General Electric, filed suit in federal court against NBC. The suit was in regards to a scene that appeared in “Genesis,” the pilot episode, which depicts Claire Bennet reaching into an active garbage disposal unit—labeled “In-Sink-Erator”—to retrieve a ring, and severely injuring her hand in the process. Emerson claims the scene “casts the disposer in an unsavory light, irreparably tarnishing the product” by suggesting serious injuries will result “in the event consumers were to accidentally insert their hand into one.”

Emerson had asked for a ruling barring future broadcasts of the pilot, which was previously available on NBC’s Web site and has already aired on NBC Universal-owned cable networks USA Network and The Sci Fi Channel. It also sought to block NBC from using any Emerson trademarks in the future.

On February 23, 2007, the case against NBC was dropped. NBC Universal and Emerson Electric reached an agreement to settle the lawsuit outside of court.

The episode in question was briefly unavailable in the iTunes Store, but an edited version was shortly made available for download.

Enjoy the show!

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