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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Revisit Earth: The show once depicted ordinary people doing the extraordinary; now characters boast "jump-the-shark preposterous" powers and hang in exotic locales.
- Think again: Time travel, prophecies, and Millenialist meltdowns are getting old. Overused settings like Isaac's loft accentuate "the pervading dullness of the series."
- 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.