Heroes Reborn – impressions


‘A fantastic opportunity – that fails miserably’

Heroes Reborn

When I first heard they were bringing back Heroes … one of my favourite TV shows, I was overjoyed.  I know the show had had some significant problems after season two, and struggled to really find the magic of series one again, but with a fresh approach and new characters…I was hopeful this was going to be good.  Creator Tim Kring certainly hyped it up enough with it’s reveal at comic con the other year, and with a handful of returning characters – I was very optimistic.  It also started out pretty positive.  The new characters and the story following on well from that cliff-hanger ending had our people with powers outted and then summoned to a big public event – only for a terrorist attack to leave hundreds dead.  A strong, shock opening and it grabbed me…returning character Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) was there and was a strong character to lead old fans into a new era too.

But after a few episodes it slowly began to dawn on me that something was wrong.   Initially the performances and the special effects felt a bit cheap.  The acting wasn’t especially bad, but the dialogue and the overall approach to how it was shot just felt cheap…and I mean TV cheap in a way it has not been in a while.  Then add to that plot threads that seemed to leap all over the place, and once time travel was brought on board (something the series has always struggled with) it began to get silly – very silly.  The show focuses on at times a World of Warcraft-like videogame world where videogame character Miko can jump from that world into our own … certainly imaginative but delivered with 90s-era CGI that looks awful.  Add to this the big bad being a female leader of a corporation that wants to wipe out mankind and transport a chosen few hundreds of years into the future (!) – and the plot is just ridiculous, throwing away any credibility or real-world believability even on a superhero show.  Tim Kring has clearly forgot what made Heroes in the first place so engrossing and vital … but with a glut of comic-book adaptations on TV these days, this had nothing to make it stand out and give it an identity.  The exclusion of major characters from the past such as Peter Petrelli or Claire Bennet was a big mistake especially when Angela, Peter’s mother (who seemed to have forgotten her son exists) makes an appearance, as well as there being several references to Claire in the storyline.  It’s insulting to fans and clearly a misguided attempt at starting afresh – but nobody, me included wanted this.

Heroes Reborn has unsurprisingly not been renewed for a second season.  There was a lot of potential, but none of that was put on screen despite the maker’s best efforts.

Very sad.

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Autumn TV Goodness and update


the-walking-dead

Yeah I know to the majority of my readers, that’ll be ‘Fall TV goodness’ but I’m in the UK and well, that’s just how I roll.  Starting pretty much from now, there seems a plethora of exciting TV shows coming my way to fill up my nights with quality drama.  First off we have the return of The Walking Dead for it’s sixth series.  This very consistent and very well made show has never disappointed and the characters and storylines remain as compelling as ever.  Next up will be the return of er…The Returned, a French horror drama about a group of dead people who return to their hometown seemingly unaware that the people they love have been mourning their deaths for several years and had only just began to rebuild their lives.  Season One was excellent with some great characters and a quality, eerie atmosphere.  So I’m looking forward to whatever this season has install. 

homeland

Last week also saw the latest season of acclaimed drama Homeland hit UK screens and going by that first episode, it looks to be another gripping season ahead.  Homeland has certainly been one of the best shows in recent memory and the real-world relevant backdrop of terrorism adds a great deal to the impact this show can have.  Starting this Monday too, is the second season of that surprise hit TV spin-off Fargo, based on the Oscar winning Coen Brothers movie of the same name, this time set a number of years before season one.  I don’t entirely know what to expect, but last season was so damn good, it should be pretty unmissable.  Now add to this I’m still catching up with Game of Thrones which has been fairly consistent and gripping through the almost three seasons I’ve watched thus far, and that’s a lot of TV to cram in.

In other news, I’m gearing up to see my favourite band, alt-rockers Garbage on the 9th of November in London, a very long-awaited and never before realised dream for me personally.  Th12094917_1078237858853731_1035346105295295619_oe highly anticipated 20 Years Queer Tour kicked off stateside on 06 October and runs until end of November with a final date in lead singer Shirley Manson’s hometown of Edinburgh.  I’ve been watching videos on Periscope of them backstage, checking Facebook fairly religiously and probably doing my head in (and everyone else’s) during the build up – but dammit, am I excited and looking forward to it.  In preparation I got myself a copy of the re-mastered edition of their debut album in a deluxe version on CD, as well as buying a couple of t-shirts and other bits of merchandise.  Hey, I may never see them again as it’s not the easiest thing for me to arrange or make happen … so why not go all out?  I’m intending to take some photos and possibly record some footage so maybe I’ll put some stuff on here once it’s all over with.

In recent posts I have remarked on depression and difficult times and I’m trying my best to steer away from this now.  I have some amazing things on the horizon that should and will give me a different, more positive outlook on life.  I think I’ll always be prone to negative thinking and dwell on the past and on certain people in my past, but looking to the immediate future …. it’s more positive than I sometimes let myself believe.  My 40th birthday is also right around the corner and it will mark a milestone in my life and a step in the right direction, and I need to see it that way.  I need to look ahead with a clearer outlook and not focus on the past at least not as much, anymore.

New bedroom TV


This week I thought it was high time I upgraded the TV in my bedroom, where I play my games and watch the majority of my TV shows and movies.  To complement the 42 inch Sony TV in my living room and the Onkyo 5.1 surround sound system, I have now got a 32” Sony for the bedroom, which I never thought possible.  My previous TV was a Samsung 26” which served me well, but as we all know nowadays, TV’s have a got ultra slim and with a very minimal frame, meaning that fitting a larger TV was suddenly possible.

Sony KDL-32W706B

Sony KDL-32W706B

LED, Smart TV

Full HD

I have my Sony Stereo Receiver hooked up to it, which was initially a concern as it is analogue and most modern TV’s don’t have analogue stereo out terminals anymore.  My solution?  A fairly reasonably-priced DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) that I can plug an optical cable from the TV into, then plug a stereo RCA cable into the other end and problem solved!  My Xbox One and PS4 both sound and look terrific on this TV and everything just looks so much bigger!

Anyone looking for a new TV, I can’t recommend the latest Sony models enough.  Their picture, features and aesthetic design (with a brushed high-end looking aluminium frame) make them complement any bedroom or living room.

A small update


Posts are a bit slow at the moment.  Life gets in the way and all that shizzle.  I have had a bit of personal stuff going on that has proved rather stressful and combined with work being particularly busy too, this blog hasn’t been top of my priorities.  That’s not to say I wont be posting plenty in the coming weeks, with some gaming on the agenda to get my hands on such as Sunset Overdrive and possibly The Evil Within.  Also I need to get around to that Studio Ghibli movie The Wind Rises at some stage.

Other than that I am watching some TV.  Just started Gotham which has reached the UK shores a bit later than my American neighbours, and first impressions?  Cool but felt very ‘nineties’ in style.  I intend to stick with it though.  I am also watching Orange Is The New Black, currently going through season 2 and loving it.  Other than that I am on the final season of Boardwalk Empire, a show I think has begun to lose it’s way somewhat and I’m not surprised this is the final season.

Well that’s all from me for now.

Craig.

New TV…


Well today I went ahead and ordered a new Television for our living room.  You can see the details below, but it’s my first Sony, it’s 42” and is a Smart TV with a full HD 1080p display.  Looks-wise it kicks all sorts of ass, and the reviews online are generally positive with a few awards for best TV, five stars etc … so should be great.  I am a little apprehensive as to how it will fit in with my Onkyo surround system, the centre speaker positioning to the front of the TV…but I suppose I’ll find that out when it’s all set up.  For now though I am quite excited and future movie viewing should be amazing!

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Manufacturer:  Sony

Model:  Sony Bravia KDL42W705

Smart TV?  Yes

Wifi built in?  Yes

Full HD?  Yes

A full review of this TV can be found HERE.