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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-11-30 09:09:32

Should We Care if BAD Writers Go On Strike?

Heroes was the breakout smash for NBC last year, and I really couldn't fathom it. It was gratifying to see that the geeks have finally won (Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, 300, etc.), but couldn't we get a good super hero TV show? Sure, Heroes wasn't Super Mario Brothers: the Movie bad, but it was totally hackneyed. Any comic book fan had seen the material in one form or another a thousand times. Neophyte heroes coming to term with their powers? Check. A secret cabal of their jaded elders running the world via questionable decisions? Check. Bad acting? Check. Plot stolen from Watchmen? Check. The worst offense was the lack of any payoffs. Episodes would be construed toward some epic showdown, and they'd always take place off screen, or as flashing lights behind a door. Even the season finale copped out in this fashion.

Season two has seen a huge drop in ratings. Presumably, this is due to its plot heavy nature that is too taxing for an audience desiring instant gratification action spectaculars. The arrogance of that previous sentence would work better if the plots were actually good, but they're definitely an improvement over the freshman year. Swiping of the X-Men apocalyptic cliche aside, the stories are more compelling and the acting has improved. The decent actors are almost good, and the bad ones are...better. The season finale is Monday, and I think I just might watch season three next year.

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