Oh em eff gee.
If you watched Heroes (like a decent human being) then feel free to carry on reading, if you’ve never heard of it then I guess that’s kind of acceptable, but what are you, a hermit? Either way, go and watch it and then come back (you might be a while). However if you’re one of these “Oh yeah I watched that for the first season or two but then it went bad” kind of people, then just leave, you’re not welcome here. Yeah I get that it may have trailed off a little bit, and some bits were just down right crazy. But hey, this is Tim Kring, eventually you just get to do whatever the fuck you like with your shows, and why not? He’s done his hard work just for bringing Hiro and Sylar into my life.
But alas, onto the topic at hand…
I saw one of the best 21 second-long youtube videos of my life today (if you haven’t already, watch it here). Ever since Heroes ended way back in 2010, every time I saw the image of a solar eclipse, I stood up and proclaimed “Finally! It has happened! Heroes is coming back!” …as it unfortunately turns out, that’s quite a popular bit of iconography, and it’s been on a few film trailers/music videos/adverts, so yeah, it’s been four years of crushed dreams (and public embarrassment from jumping up and shouting at screens so much). Today though, it happened, and I almost wee’d. Sure there have been rumours of a possible spin-off film, or an internet mini-series, but hearing that it’s going to be back on TV for (supposedly) thirteen whole episodes, damn, just… damn.
Once again, as I said, if you’re not familiar with the show, I guess you’ll be a bit like, “oh, erm, this guy seems to like this a little bit too much”, and you’re probably right, but don’t let my overenthusiastic words and love for Zachary Quinto put you off the best show of the pre-Breaking Bad era (to be known to future generations as B.BB). Hopefully though most of you will at least have a clue to what’s going on here, which is superlative; you should share in my glowing happiness until 2015 when the series kicks off once more.
Yep, that’s right, the trailer revealed pretty much only two things: the title, and that I have to wait nearly a year for this. That’s the kind of thing that can physically and mentally wound people. I wouldn’t really care if I had to wait until December to find out Heroes was returning, but is it really necessary to start the hype this early? Really? It’s like finding out what you’re getting for your birthday next year… The day after your birthday this year, but then you also haven’t had a birthday since 2010 (people with leap year birthdays, I now understand your pain).
And I’m also a bit sceptical about the title. Heroes Reborn? Why isn’t it still just Heroes? What are parts of the vital elements of the show are you messing with to require a title alteration? I’ve heard rumours that some of the old cast might “pop in”. Pop in? They’re not a distant relative, callin round for a brew and a chat, they’re the foundations of the show! They’ve given me what I’ve been waiting for, for four years (alliteration bonus) but they’ve provided it in such a way that it’s made me automatically suspicious. And I don’t want to be suspicious, I just want to look forward to my favourite show, I really do. There’s so few things for me to look forward to, I just want one. Please, just give me this, NBC?
I suppose I can’t really complain, the one thing that Heroes actually did well was have a half decent character-turnover rate, mainly because one of the main characters was going around and killing everyone.. But hey, it worked. Kring has been confirmed to be returning to his showrunner’s chair for the reboot, but apart from that details are relatively low on the ground, and NBC have made a point of telling everyone that that’s how it’s going to stay, at least until shit gets sorted (I don’t think that’s their exact wording, but it’s close enough).Seems like it’s going to be a year of anticipation and turmoil for me. Wonderful.
On a final good note, Masi Oka has hinted as delicately as a ticking clock (see what I did there), that he might be coming back, tweeting that it might be “time to dust off the sword”, what a guy.