Heroes: Season 1

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Discover the phenomenon that is sweeping audiences everywhere as Heroes: Season 1 comes to Blu-ray Hi-Def! Experience the suspense, mystery, and electrifying twists as this astonishing series follows seemingly unconnected, ordinary people around the globe who discover they have extraordinary powers. As they come to terms with their unique abilities, their risky decisions will affect the futures of everyone around them …and the world. Join their epic journey in this five… More >>

Heroes: Season 1

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  1. They thought they were like everyone else… until they woke with incredible abilities.

    My Review:

    What’s that you hear? “A show based on humans with superpowers?” “Hasn’t this been done before?” Well, yes; a new show created by producer and writer Tim Kring sees people all over the world discovering their newfound abilities in their own ways, more like X-Men for the common folk. Course with that being said, the characters are…well…common folk.

    With several interesting plots that only seem to compare to the ‘The 4400’ which bares the story of people who are genetically enhanced and sent time-travelling to a specific place in time to alter history, it’s fair to say that Heroes does neither of this, or travel in any direction in any shape or form.

    The show itself has several interesting features that try to distinguish itself from other Sci-Fi orientated shows, with that in mind it plays along the lines of a comic book. It shoots in panoramic, comic book Neo-Dickenson visuals, all the while giving off a false sense of satisfaction. You don’t feel hyped or excited by the scene, but a sense of need seems to surround it, a feeling of basic display and no colour; just to pass off a particular story section for the need to get to the next.

    Loose and sad stories lace screen time, with great belligerence that encompasses each episode with it trying to rival hard hitting drama like ’24’ or the recently successful ‘Lost’. The score is unimpressive and feels downtrodden. It seems to play on depression; the characters themselves are not worth invested time as they don’t have anything to connect with an audience with. They play on simple domestic, melodramatic exertion and struggles, far too two dimensional and that’s with a big fat ‘2’. The overall themes are asinine and very juvenile, some cases it tries to push that boundary but untimely falls back into the skim of things.

    With that also being said, the show has interesting CGI special effects the never really get the boot to amazing. The episodic structure fills the time with multiple story arcs of various characters; however it becomes a bit haywire as you seem to forget where the characters story left off when starting on a following episode. Some powers of the characters seem original, but focus is veered away on the idea on them dealing with a greater individuality and purpose on how they should face that fact that they are different; them adjusting, not on how they are different.

    The stories are so bleak that they become spread across multiple episodes for filler value and farther spread than tiny amounts of butter on toast. There is nothing to clench, no particular purpose when literally nothing happens in the episodes. True that like most realistic stories; usually nothing happens, but it seems to reinforce that belief further and further. The main problem is hype, or the constant overbearing need this show has to bare its need for audience. There are never enough questions, or any pondering, in fact in some cases you just don’t care about “Who killed who?” or “Why did he do that?”

    Verdict:

    Colourful, lacks visual beguilement, entertaining pop corn show, with a side order of dementia that you wouldn’t mind having after each episode. Enjoy it while it lasts, savour it before it becomes tasteless. 7/10.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Okay I have a question. WHY does the Blu-ray version of the Heroes Season 1 box set actually LOOKS like it’s a box set?? I think I remember back when I first pre-ordered it back in early July, I think the picture they used back then DIDN’T look the way it does now.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. I have a Samsung player that plays both Blu Ray and HD DVD formats, Has anyone had the chance to compare heroes format to formst? Does the HDs have the “In Movie Experience”, i.e. PIP features, or Blu Ray a better picture? Ive heard sometimes, like with Harry Potter, They use the same master and have no differences at all.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I’m not sure another review of Heroes among the countless already accomplished will add much, but here goes nothing. As to blu-ray quality, it was adequate and certainly beyond standard DVD quality but hardly the best I’ve seen. My wife and I did not watch this show first time around even though everyone we knew was raving about it. Now that we’ve completed the first season, we agree we won’t bother with the second and third. It is notable that almost no one we know is talking about the show now.

    The series is well made, well acted, and has some interesting premises. We both found it laborious and so complicated as to detract from the viewing experience. In fact, we finished the season with the attitude of we’ve gotten this far, let’s finish it. There were too many characters, each of which tried to out-weird the one before it, and the time shifts and character changes didn’t help clarify anything. Frankly, I thought the ending was unsatisfying as we all know those characters are coming back for another season.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. To fans of the show the title of my review is likely something that has stuck in their minds since they first heard it two years ago. It was the definitive tag line for a truly unique TV show with quite a familiar premise. Think the birth of X-Men crossed with real life, each mutant has just discovered their powers for the first time and the notion of mutants is unknown to the world. Taking that simple description would give you the basic idea of what the show’s about, but it’s much better and much more complicated than that.

    Season 1 is the dawning of a new evolutionary stage for humans, some are born with superpowers such as Flight, Invisibility and the ability to heal etc. The show follows a number of different people at different stages in the discovery process. Some have been familiar with their situation for a long time and have actually either come to embrace their discovered power or hate it. To some super strength would be a blessing, but to some it would be a true curse to the hero and their family. Of course with the good guys discovering their powers, Heroes season 1 has the ultimate bad guy who can steal the powers of others by devouring their brains.

    There are four main characters to this season along with a bunch of excellent supporting actors. The main four are Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), Sylar (Zachary Quinto) & Claire Bennett (Hayden Panettiere). There are quite a few different stories that intertwine to the ultimate season finale, so below is my brief description of the 4 main characters individual stories.

    Claire Bennett: In October 2006 she discovers that she has the ability of spontaneous regeneration after an accident that leads to the cutting of her hand and a few days later the cut completely disappearing. Completely freaked out by this, Claire starts to experiment with her new ability with the help of her classmate Zach. She continues with a number of self harming incidents that would show her the extent of her ability.

    Hiro Nakamura: One day while in his office cubicle, Hiro discovers he has the ability to manipulate time and space allowing him to stop time or teleport himself to any period and any location on Earth. He’s a regular comic book nerd and becomes excited by his powers and along with his friend Ando seeks to become the Hero he’s always dreamed of being.

    Peter Petrelli: He’s the brother of Politician Nathan Petrelli (Ability to Fly) and Peter first discovers that he has the ability to fly. Being freaked out by this fact he tries to convince his brother Nathan who’s more pre-occupied with his own political ambitions. Throughout the season Peter becomes aware that it’s not the ability to fly that is his power, rather he has the ability to absorb the powers of others with which he has no control over. This leads to Peter absorbing a power that would ultimately bring together all other heroes in the ultimate climax.

    Sylar: He’s been called by many external reviewers, magazines and TV shows as the most evil TV villain of the 21st century. That is truly no understatement as Sylar is possibly the most evil and intimidating person I’ve seen on TV in years. We ever truly come to know what Sylars initial ability is, but he does have the ability to steal other peoples powers by killing them and taking their brain. What he does with it, we have yet to find out. He’s the man that not only are people scared of, but he becomes another primary catalyst in the finale build up.

    There are quite a few side characters and stories, which for this season I don’t think they really had much of a point rather than to pass the time and help out here and there. I will say this, however and that is that season 1 really set in stone an amazing show that from start to finish is extremely enjoyable. The performance by Quinto as the villainous Sylar is just unbelievable and he’s become a cult fan favourite, simply because of his complex and evil nature. I would highly recommend this show to anyone as the special effects are unmatched and the acting is top notch.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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