How to Make Heroes Super Again

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 8:36 PM CDT
The cast of "Heroes" poses for photographers on the red carpet during the arrival for NBC's 2007-2008 fall preview Monday, May 14, 2007 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – The "zeitgeist-tapping, blockbuster event" that was Heroes has fallen in both ratings and creative zeal, Jeff Jensen writes in Entertainment Weekly. Here's his five-point plan to fix it:

  1. Hang up some tights: Telepathic policeman Matt Parkman, last seen wandering the African desert, must go. So too Suresh and his turn aping The Fly.

  1. Frontal lobe, reactivate: Characters are doing dumb things just to advance plotlines. Hiro setting out to wreck the world on a whim tops the list.
  2. Revisit Earth: The show once depicted ordinary people doing the extraordinary; now characters boast "jump-the-shark preposterous" powers and hang in exotic locales.
  3. Think again: Time travel, prophecies, and Millenialist meltdowns are getting old. Overused settings like Isaac's loft accentuate "the pervading dullness of the series."
  4. Focus, people: Fewer episodes per season would make them more intense, as would a dramatic main character—like villainous Sylar gone good.
See how Jensen sums it up by clicking the link below.