It may be hard to believe now, but at one time Heroes was the best thing on television.
The first season of Heroes was phenomenal. When the first episode hit in 2006, two years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched with Iron Man, there was nothing else like it on television. It was ahead of its time, and it thrived because of that. The first season was one of the best seasons of any show on television at the time, and it still holds up to this day – even if the special effects may be nearing ten years old. But as the seasons passed the ratings fell, which given the quality of the third season was entirely understandable. Season four wasn’t as bad as season three, but it was a far cry from the show’s high of the first season.
Heroes wasn’t renewed for a fifth season, and while many fans who longed for a return to the quality of season one were disappointed the show wouldn’t get a chance to redeem itself, nobody was really surprised the show was cancelled.
Until, that is, the announcement of Heroes Reborn.
Much like the cheerleader from the first four seasons, Heroes has returned for a thirteen episode miniseries. To say the newly resurrected show has an uphill climb would, perhaps, be a bit of an understatement. News of the show was met with a large question of either derision or raised eyebrows as people wondered why. Why bother bringing back a show that died a slow death in its final two seasons five long years ago? Well, with the current superhero friendly climate on the big and small screen one could argue that if you’re going to launch a television show, whether an original or a relaunch, that now would be the ideal time to do so.
But therein lies the second hurdle for Heroes Reborn. With the plethora of television shows originating from DC, Marvel, and other comic book publishers already on the airwaves (and still holding strong) such as The Walking Dead, Arrow, Flash, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Gotham to name a handful, coupled with the new series launching this fall as well (the Flash/Arrow spin-off Legends Of Tomorrow), and one has to wonder if there’s room to bring Heroes back. Last year also saw one of the best new series in Constantine fail to garner the audience it deserved, and needed, to get a second season – although part of that was undoubtedly due to the time lot it had, there is still only so many hours a week one can dedicate to television.
If the trailer (which you can find below) for the season is any indication, then Heroes Reborn looks like it will be worth watching. With several of the original cast returning, it looks like it isn’t the network doing a quick reboot to capitalize on the superhero craze, and I’m genuinely hopeful that Heroes Reborn will return to the heights of the first season.
Heroes Reborn begins on the 24th of September on NBC.