Inside the Heroes Writing Room: A TV Fanatic Exclusive

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As the fourth season of Heroes drags to a painful close - following what one reviewer dubbed "the worst episode of any show I've ever seen" last night - many fans have been wondering:

What the heck is going on in the series writing room?

It truly seems like the show has stopped trying, as characters go weeks without appearing, storylines come to no logical conclusion, and the overall plot moves as a glacial pace.

Fortunately, the TV Fanatic staff actually has some answers. We bugged the conference table in the Heroes' offices and can reveal these exclusive quotes from the show's staff members...

Wait, Mohinder is still alive?!? Okay... let's have him attack Peter and -- what? He's no longer a Fly-like super villain? Hmmm, ok. Then let's have Hiro go back in time, invent a power where he can lock Mohinder into a mental asylum and then break him out of there a few weeks later... only for Mohinder to disappear from the show immediately again.

Huh? Tracy is still alive?!? Can we show her struggling with her ablities and looking for acceptance in life, only to vanish from the entire second half of the season? We can? Phew.

Look, I know Hiro was everyone's favorite character and the vision of him as a full-fledged, ninja-like hero in season one went over well with viewers. But we haven't made him act like a bumbling idiot in like two episodes. I think we should try that again.

Bored Heroes

Ando and Hiro look as excited to return for the fourth season finale as this viewer is to watch it.

I second that notion, but only if we can give him a brain tumor and milk sympathy out of an ignorant public that might actually believe he'll die. Only, instead of killing him, we'll have him miraculously recover via a random dream sequence we make up the day before that episode airs.

It's genius! Then, we'll have him confront Adam Monroe again and... wait, what? We killed off Adam Monroe?!? And not Sylar, who we kept around not to serve any storyline purpose, but simply because we liked the actor and lacked the guts to make such a bold move?

That's okay.. we can save Sylar. We'll just make him seem really menacing all season long and never actually do anything.

Hmm... that could work. But only if Claire is equally useless. She's spent three years trying to figure out where she belongs in the world and fighting with her father over the same issues. Why not a fourth!

Sold. But only if we can make a desperate plea for ratings by having her kiss a girl.

I think we're all missing the point: Samuel is the main bad guy this season. Should we have him do anything aside from hand out compasses to heroes here and there for the first 15 episodes?

Nah, that's probably enough. But what about his accent? Should it be American or Irish?

Why not both! He can randomly go back and forth! It will create an air of mystery to the character, since we have no clue how to do that through any sort of storytelling.

This all sounds genius. We can add another suspense-filled development by having Angela just randomly dream something. Presto, a suspenseful plot! Kudos to the guy that gave her that power. Who should it involve, though?

I don't know. Some deaf woman that serves no purpose except to be at the center of this nightmare?

Perfect. This is gonna be our best season yet...

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Sorry, just had to post to say I agree with the author 100% on everything he's reviewed. I literally watch heroes for Zachary Quinto and Milo Ventimiglia and at the end of every episode think...surely I can't like them that much as an actor to sit through this sh*t. I have absoloutely no idea what has happened in this series other than at the start there was a carnival and at the end they went to New York. NOTHING in between has happened. Hiro had a brain tuma, it went. Sylar was Nathan, he became Sylar again. Hiro was an awesome character...oh wait that was series one. Hiro was a complete idiot, he looks like he will end a complete idiot. Samuel made a speech....for 20 something episodes. But has done NOTHING. And for all we know, he's going to New York cos he likes big parks in massive cities. Anyone who defends this show quite clearly has some learning difficulties.


I really think people see what they want to see when it comes to Heroes, as seen by the fact that there is no real middle ground when it comes to people's opinions on this season, they either have liked it or they haven't. I think M.L. House has been obviously disappointed with this season and thus views it from that perspective, and as a result, see's the negative side of the season and the episodes. Me personally, while this season hasn't been the greatest, I have still enjoyed it and view it from that perspective, and as a result, see the positive side of the season and the episodes. I think if you are still coming to this site, you have to know what you are going to get from House's reviews after the first 10 to 15 of them. If you are still shocked by his negative take then I have to wonder if Matt Parkman came to your house and stuck you in your worst nightmare..... Everyone has their own opinion on this show, good or bad, like or dislike. I think the real question is if you disagree with House's reviews, why are you still coming back to the site, and why do you feel the need to have your opinion on a show you like validated by some writer on the internet????


@M.L.House there are a number (2, maybe more) of logical, reasoned out responses to your last review on the comments for that page if you care to read them.

Matt richenthal

FYI: Whether you agree with my take on Heroes or not, thank you for your feedback. We'd love to hear it every day on TV Fanatic, as you can visit the most extensive review section on the Web for our takes on every show:

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At the very least, we can all agree that @Clark8747's comparison to Lost is hilarious, right?


Hey I think Heroes is grand and so does everyone else I know that watches it. At least they have ever changing story that is good. I see nothing bad about it and would rank it with Lost. It's a great series every fan still loves it and the only complainers are low life losers with selfish desires that suck at criticizing. I can't wait for the next season and niether can it's fan base. They need to stop judging by stupid ratings that don't matter since everyone has different work shceduals and just take to note that there total view count matters.


@Serena, Dont get my post wrong, F.D cracked me up and I had to try, but Yes there are times when I have agreed with M.L House that the show has deteriorated from season 1, and I definitely agree that they need to fire the whole Kring Administration. Just like the president said we cant just let stuff happen and hope that its gets better we have already tried that with the last 8 years. THE SAME GOES FOR THIS SHOW!!!! The administration cant just sit around and Expect a Miracle something needs to be done. now back to my original post. M.L House: Peter is sooo Hot...I MEAN..Ali Larter is soooo hot!! Barnacle: What did you say!! M.L House: OKAY..I ADMIT DAMMIT! PETER IS THE MOST $@## FINEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT. Barnacle: Umm...Since were talking out of the box...I Find HRG soo Masculine dreamy!!! M.L House: Now your just sick. Barnacle: What! I thought M.L House: Lets just get back to the bashing...Geez!


These reviews are opinions... nothing more. Some people agree with them, some don't. It sometimes is hard to tell if House takes himself seriously or not with his reviews (often they're so moronic that they're more pathetic than Claire's storyline) but hell, this article isn't even opinion; it's fictional, satiric. What makes you expect a logical argument for it? I enjoy watching the show, but I have to admit I'm pissed that I've been sold character development for this season, and I didn't get much of it; I didn't get blown away with abilities effects either (apparently for budget reasons) so what makes Heroes stand out? Especially till the Thanksgiving episode, all we got have been soapy dialogues, pointless drama and redundant arguments. I tune in every Monday night to be amazed and entertained by Heroes, not dumbed down by Sunset Beach.


This website helped me from wasting some 20-25 hours of my life on the drivel that is now heroes! M.L House and Co. I applaud you for putting things in perspective. Seriously can those in defence gimme a reason why I should finish the season?

Matt richenthal

@Topsy Kretts, are you referring to my joke about Peter? I just thought some levity was needed. People seem to get awfully testy when you insult Heroes.
I'm happy to defend my views, as I continue to post comments here. But the reviews speak for themselves, don't they? I've made the plot holes and lack of logic quite clear. I've written thousands of words on the topics I take issue with.
I'd argue that those taking offense to my reviews are the ones that offer no analysis or reasoning... all they say, essentially, is: stop being so mean!
If someone cares to tell me what makes them excited for next week's finale, I'll be glad to listen.

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Heroes Quotes

Sylar: You're like me.
Peter: I will never let myself become you.
Sylar: You already are, brother.

[after teleporting to NYC] Yatta! Hello New York!

Hiro Nakamura

Heroes Music

  Song Artist
Song Road to Joy Bright Eyes
Song Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Song I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys