As I say in my video review above, part of the potential stall for fans of the 2006-10 superhero series is that Heroes Reborn lacks the pace to keep up in 2015 with the likes of Arrow, The Flash, Penny Dreadful, Netflix’s Daredevil and Sense8 and the soon-to-take-flight Supergirl on CBS. What Heroes Reborn does have, starting with the two-hour premiere on September 24, is a meticulous trot of plot points and character introductions where it should be surging.
The 13-episode redux picks up a few years after the original series, with the evolved humans or EVOs on the run after they being blamed for the death of thousands in that explosion in Odessa, Texas. Needless to say, the harmony between humans and evolved humans has been blown to pieces, kind of leaving us right back where we started before the Heroes finale of five years ago. With some members of old Heroes gang and some new kids on the superpower block, what we also get now is a lot of baggage from the old show and a lot of implications of what it is to live in an America encased in fear – the latter of which is pretty standard fare on TV dramas nowadays.
Some of the vital principals of the previous run are absent like Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli) and Hayden Panettierre (Claire Bennet) — the latter being among the dead in Odessa. Jack Coleman is back as her father Noah Bennet, along with Heroes originals Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Haitian), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (Dr. Mohinder Suresh) who show up for a bit of facetime. Among the new blood in the series are stand-outs Kiki Sukezane and Robbie Kay.
Are you planning to watch the dawning of a new superpowered day with the launch of Heroes Reborn this week? Were you a fan of Heroes? Let us know what you think.