Ok, I’m talking about NBC TV series Heroes again. I have been reading a lot about the ratings and general critic / fan feedback this show has been getting since the writer’s strike that shortened season two and caused many of the viewers to stop watching the show. Heroes is a victim of it’s own popularity as the first season presented us with something bold, fresh and new, doing many things that similar shows like Smallville couldn’t even touch. Sadly the following season despite some memorable moments and characters, seemed to be much more relaxed and more TV show like than the serialised blockbuster season one had been. This naturally effected the luke-warm popularity of season three, which is a shame as this feels very much the blockbuster style of season one, despite a complicated story-ark that relies on your knowledge of season 1 & 2. But can’t that be said for all TV shows?
Now the ratings for the season four premier were less than impressive, again another fall-out from season 2 & 3’s bad press, and I think it is a shame as there is genuine affection for this show by the creators and cast and any problems are constantly being worked on. Yet trying to address every critic / fan-boys complaint can’t be done – and Tim Kring, series creator needs to focus on where his show is going and do his own thing, as he did in season one, and maybe everyone will be happy. Yet I doubt it. Heroes has become the whipping boy for the television industry, and despite a firm fan following, seems destined to stay that way.
I just hope that NBC and Tim Kring etc have the courage to believe in their show and ignore the criticism and keep the show from disappearing for good. It has way too much going for it, and the cast is tremendous.