Heroes Finale

So the Heroes finale was kind of a bland end to an otherwise strong show.

I am going to discuss this, but I am not going to avoid spoilers…so read at your own risk.

I liked this show. I loved that it told a season long story rather then a series long story. I love that it left some things for later seasons as opposed to most things. I liked that there were so many characters with none that seemed redundant. I loved a lot of the different episodes, like the episode that took place in the future, or the episode about Noah Bennett’s history. The show had some great moments, like when Nathan flew for the first time to escape Linderman’s thugs, or when future Hiro showed up on the subway, or when DL killed Linderman.

The finale had a lot to live up to. I wanted to see a number of things.

1) I wanted to see Sylar defeated. I got this. But I got this exactly as we were led to believe it would happen. Which is too bad. A lot of other things were hinted at and then twisted just enough to surprise me. DL was set up as a pretty bad dude at the start, and he ended up being real nice. Bennett was set up to be a villain, but he just ended up being misguided. The idea that the Petrelli mom is in on the scheme surprised me, as did Bennett’s erasing his memory but telling his wife just enough to let him know Claire was safe.
But Sylar was defeated – and I don’t mind that he lived. I just hope we don’t see him for a long time…as a new villain is needed. So half credit.

2) If NYC was not blown up I wanted to know what was different this time. Everything Isaac painted came true – so how did they avoid blowing up NYC? They just did. I don’t like that. Its like the end of the movie Minority Report where all of a sudden you can change the future for no reason other then to say ‘fate doesn’t exist’. But if it was that easy, they should have been able to change a lot more future predictions. What was different. Isaac even mentioned (I think) before he died that he figured out how to change the future. I assumed the comic he handed off was that key – but it was never explained at all and I needed that.
No credit.

3) I wanted a old fashioned showdown. And I sort of got that. Pretty much even. I really loved Nicki getting a lick in on Sylar. And Hiro showing up was nice. But the fight left me wanting a bit more. Peter did very little (punched Sylar a bit after becoming strong) but for a guy with everyone’s power I was hoping for a bit more. Still it was pretty good. Half credit.

The build up from the previous two episodes was great – and I just feel this finale, didn’t quite capitalize. It didn’t suck, but it didn’t end strong. When I think of strong season long arcs that ended strong I think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 2 ended great. 3 and 5 ended well) and Angel (Season 4 and 5 ended really well. Season 4 in particular had a lot of build up and the ending worked). I even liked this years Prison Break ending. The Wire always handles its ending well. If anything they cram too much in sometimes – but we get a definite ending every season on that show.

Heroes had a definite ending, it just didn’t use everything it offered us.

I don’t know – I am writing this moments after watching the show – maybe time will either change my mind or help me describe my issues better. But maybe not.

Either way it was a strong debut season and I am definitely on board for next year.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted 5/24/2007 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed it. Though I wanted a bit more group-kicking of Sylar’s ass. Also, if Sylar lives than I think either Nathan or Peter should live.

    But my main problem is — big big spoiler here. You read that right? This next sentence is a big spoiler: couldn’t Peter have flown HIMSELF away? He didn’t need Nathan to do it, right?

  2. Kevhines
    Posted 5/24/2007 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I think that is a major problem everyone has complained about. Maybe Peter can’t use two powers at once – maybe holding the radiation in takes so much concentration he can’t do anything else.

    But whatever the reason it needed to be clearer. (And there better have been a reason).

    I also think Nathan AND Peter lived.

  3. Brian
    Posted 5/24/2007 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Lost finale recap please.

  4. Kevhines
    Posted 5/24/2007 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t seen en episode of Lost since season 2 episode 1.
    23 episodes in I gave up on waiting for Lost to entertain me.

    I can talk about the Prison Break finale, but no one watches it.

  5. Brian
    Posted 5/25/2007 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    The Lost finale was awesome. Recap over.

  6. bob hope
    Posted 8/1/2007 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    the season ended in a completly sh*t way. how can you have had 22 episodes of a program about heroes and you hardly see any special effects in those episodes and then in the finaly the main bad guy is killed in like 2 mins. i think this show needs to sort its self out on the epic battle front. give us something more like xmens battles and keep the good storylines, the combination of the two will make a great program unfortunatly this was only half as good as it could have been. lets hope that the next season will have more funding so they dont have to scrimp and save on the fx this time round.

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