When I heard news that the NBC sci-fi drama series "Heroes" was getting canceled, I was actually relieved. The show outlived its worth right from the second season. The subplots became confusing, the characters were sloppily erased or reintroduced, and the overall plot just wasn't entertaining. I loved the first season not only since it tickled my geek instinct but also because it was genuinely new and interesting. Now I'm compelled to think that network producers should just stay away from sci-fi shows based on superpowers in the future.
The main problem with the show is that it was extremely inconsistent. I don't know about you guys but I got really annoyed at how clumsily they would kill off characters. I'm willing to forgive if there were some contractual disagreements with the actors or if the show needs to eliminate a character out of necessity, but Heroes did it so frequently that it became way too distracting.
Case in point: the character of Niki Sanders, played by Ali Larter. Her storyline was overwhelmingly boring, especially in the first season. I'm willing to bet that the writers picked up on this and decided to find a way to get rid of her. But instead of getting rid of her, they introduce a ridiculous story about a twin sister and genetic manipulation which doesn't really add to the overall plot and just wastes a good episode's worth of time.
I'm not saying that this one incident is indicative of the quality of the entire series, but damn, Heroes did this so often that nothing was cohesive. If you're going to get rid of a character, have some sense to not half-ass the job.
Another complaint is the character of Sylar. He was easily a hallmark of the series because his motivations were sincere and his methods of murder were frightening. Why was it so hard for the writers to stick to that? He flip-flops between super villain and ordinary, mentally stable guy in the space of a few episodes that he just ceases to be a threat.
I will admit that I stopped watching after the third season. But out of fairness, I decided to watch an episode from the latest season online at random just to see how things were going. In this episode, Hiro, the time-traveler, apparently thinks he is Don Quixote after someone screws up his mind. For the better part of the episode, Hiro thinks he must save a doctor from a hospital run by Storm Troopers. After a few commercial breaks and after Hiro and his friends manage to escape the hospital, Ando decides, in the middle of being chased by wild dogs, that he'll use his power to fix Hiro's brain. Lo' and behold, the plan works, and they escape in the nick of time by teleporting. My only question is, why did it take more than half an episode for Ando to use his power? What a kick in the nuts. The rest of the episode was boring, and I kept pausing to look at other things on the web before I could finish.
So, Heroes, I'll cherish the first season DVD box set that's sitting on my shelf. But to the rest, good riddance.What do you think of the series now that it's being canceled?