So tonight brings the season 3 premiere of Heroes on NBC. It’s a three hour season kick-off extravaganza. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s one hour of interviews and recaps you don’t care about unless you’ve forgotten the entire show and/or are the type of person to buy the show on DVD and watch all the special features, and two hours of actual premiere. And by two hours and I mean 1 hour and 20 minutes interrupted commercials.
However, I’m also placing Heroes on notice. Chances are I will watch the whole season, and chances are that I’ll give the show a few episodes to prove itself, because that’s exactly what Heroes needs to do this season: prove itself.
I’m being honest when I say that Season one was some pretty cool introduction and then action strung together by some ho-hum plot movement/character drama. And season 2 was a cool beginning/continuation from season 1 with a kind of dry/nothing’s happening/can we hurry this up please middle cut short to meet an action packed season ending. There are two lessons I think the writers/producers can take from this.
First, this is a show about heroes, and the main thing that draws people to heroes is that they fight the bad guys. We enjoy action. So far the action has been good. No one will complain if there’s more.
Second, I don’t want to watch a show about Heroes just because there’s cool action, which for the most part feels like I’ve been watching to this point. I want real characters who I care about that draw me back to the show. I don’t watch Lost because I want to see if the smoke monster eats someone. I watch Lost because the characters are worth watching. Shoot, the reason people come back to House week after week (myself included) isn’t to see cool medical mysteries. You watch House because of House, Wilson, Cuddy, etc.
So Hereos, you’re on notice. The people in charge of the show have said they learned from their mistakes over Season 1 and Season 2. It’s time to prove it.