Tim Kring is doing damage control. The Heroes creator recently spoke to TV Guide and actually acknowledged mistakes made in season two, while responding to questions from fans.
We're impressed. Here's the interview:
Will Mohinder ever have a power?
Not likely. "He's Mr. Science and was conceived to be the one guy in this vortex who does not have special abilities," Kring said. "We have no plans to change that."
"I'd be sorely disappointed if I got a power at this point — it would just be weird. But I wouldn't mind turning out to be the puppet master of this whole thing."
Will Hana (Stana Katic) ever be seen again? What about Claude (Christopher Eccleston)?
Though Israeli freedom fighter Hana died in outer space in a Heroes graphic novel last spring, her consciousness survives. "We will see her again on the show at some point," promised co-executive producer Jeph Loeb. But invisible man Claude? That's trickier.
"We wanted Christopher back this season because he's so integrated into the mythology of our show, not only because he was Peter's mentor but also because of his connection to HRG," said Kring. "But it probably won't work because of his schedule — he's too in demand."
Why didn't Isaac warn HRG about the painting that predicted his death?
"Isaac was in a drug-addled fugue state when he created his paintings," Kring said. "There could also be a moral dilemma in telling someone they're going to die. If you had the ability to know the circumstances of your death, would you want that information?"
Loeb tosses us another option: "If you go back and look at Isaac's last day, there is an implication that he painted a lot more that day. This is a device we may return to. There may be even more Isaac paintings out there."
What the hell is Niki's power, anyway?
"We thought this was very clear on the air," Loeb said. "Niki's power is the same as her alternate personality Jessica's: unbelievable strength. They're the same person. Niki discovered her special ability through her split personality, but it was always her ability."
"In reality, no one has talked about adoption or legal custody," said Loeb. "The opportunity to do our version of My Two Dads was too delightful to deal with details."
Jack Coleman also weighed in here, noting that this isn't the first no-hassle kiddie custody on Heroes.
"There's nothing official about HRG's adoption of Claire," he said. "Kaito [George Takei] simply handed her to me on a roof. We're not really concerned much with legalities on Heroes, you know. We take liberties with reality. Here's another spoiler: People can't fly."
Why so many new characters this season?
"Heroes is like a shark — it's got to keep moving," Kring said. "If this world becomes too insular — if it's only about the characters we've gotten used to — then we lose the sense of wonderment that this phenomenon is happening in many places."
Loeb reminds us that several of the old favorites — Peter, Claire, Niki, Micah, Matt, Sylar — in essence started over this season "and that required new locales and new characters for them to interact with. And the new powers are fun for the audience to watch.
Those who are crabbing about too many newbies "should be patient," Loeb said. "They haven't gotten to the Dec. 3 episode, when we do our big housecleaning!"