If there was ever a show that I would never have expected to be resurrected, it's Heroes. Did it manage to live up to the hype this time round?
Heroes Reborn Season 1 Episode 1 and Heroes Reborn Season 1 Episode 2 sure did. I went in with low expectations because of the final few seasons of Heroes, but I'm happy to report that the show found its footing pretty much instantly.
We were introduced to a new story arc that spans several locales and characters that actually seem very likeable.
Noah Bennett was by no means my favorite character in the original series, so I was a little skeptical having him return as a regular, but after the double episode premiere, I'm rooting for him more than ever.
Here, we have a man who genuinely hit rock bottom, so what does he do? He changes his identity and creates a new life for himself of course. It's evident that this new life is flawed, however. There's no way he would have been able to keep up this charade if Quentin never followed him about.
Noah has always been the man with a plan, and it's quite clear he has one – even if he doesn't remember it.
Yes, who'd have guessed that he'd get his own memory wiped after apparently telling the Haitian to kill him? If that wasn't cray cray enough, he then proceeded to find out that Claire could actually be in the land of the living. There is no chance we'll be seeing Hayden Panettiere on the show any time soon, so if she is alive, don't expect Claire to pop up.
The new characters are great. We got meaty chunks about who they are and why they are in their current predicament. Zachary Levi as Luke is one of the best. I totally understand why he's killing off the evo's, but how does he know they are to blame for the terrorist attack? It could very well be prima tech. There's got to be a reason why that place is still running under all that rubble.
Miko was another solid character. It was obvious there was something special about her when we first laid eyes on her. The graphics on the video game were a little questionable for this day and age, but her main conflict is keeping all eyes on her. Will she find her father? Is her father even one of the good guys? We have no freaking idea.
Then there was Tommy, who has spent all of his life running from anyone that looks at him the wrong way. Even though Claire isn't part of the show, her actions in the series finale of Heroes no doubt shaped the way this new iteration of the show was set up. She forced all of these people with enhanced abilities into hiding, and for what?
If she's dead, then it was all a waste of time.
Heroes Reborn Season 1 Episode 1 and Season 1 Episode 2 certainly got the show off to a very strong start. Hopefully old fans will return and embrace this show for what it is. Tim Kring has had plenty of time to iron out all the kinks and has once again crafted a compelling, sprawling story with a lot of potential. Heroes is back y'all.
Other tidbits from the episode:
- The 100's Eve Harlow was a pleasant addition to the cast. I never pegged her as a villain, but I'm intrigued to see where her story goes and whether Molly will make it away from her alive.
- Carlos was one of the weaker characters, but I'm cautiously optimistic that his story will develop into one of the better ones on the show.
- Emily running the ice cream shop and giving Tommy the interview? Believable, right? Anyone else think that she's going to have a power?
- That scene in the church gave me the chills. I knew it was coming, and it was one of the most brutal scenes I've witnessed in recent memory.
- Did anyone else find Quentin hilarious? Let's hope he sticks around for the whole season.
- If Mohinder is a terrorist, it will be a big 180 for his character. I'm willing to bet that the government are the ones brainwashing the public into thinking he was the one who did it.
Heroes Reborn Season 1 Episode 3 airs Thursday October 1st at 8/7c on NBC.
Paul Dailly is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.