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Heroes

Created by Tim Kring, 'Heroes' didn't grab me at first, but, by halfway through the first series it had. The hype has been a little overdone, and it's certainly too early to start calling it the best television series ever made, but it has that certain different quality that makes it unique.

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.


Main characters
Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), Mr. Bennet's pretty adopted daughter, and Nathan Petrelli's biological daughter, and a high school cheerleader who just can't be killed it seems.
Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman), has a mysterious secret or two, which becomes clear as series one progresses. He works for an organization that investigates people with superhuman abilities.
Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera), a New York artist who can see the future, which he then paints. He uses his '9th Wonders!' comic book as a tool for displaying his prophetic powers.
Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Likeable Tokyo programmer who is nervous about his role as a hero, but teleports all over the place on his mission to save the world from evil, with Japanese companion Ando Masahashi (James Kyson Lee).
Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), an LA police officer who no criminal would like to come across - as he can read people's thoughts.
Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar), a New York Congressional candidate who can literally fly to the top...
Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), an empath who can absorb the power of others.
Niki Sanders (Ali Larter), glamorous former internet stripper, who is tough and super strong - if a little schizoid.
Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), Indian genetics professor, who comes to New York to investigate his father's murder, and gets more than he bargained for.
Sylar (Zachary Quinto), a dangerous monster. A highly intelligent serial killer who kills superhuman people to assimilate their abilities.

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.


Heroes Synopsis

The plot of Heroes is designed to be similar to the stories of comic books with small story arcs built into the series' overall large story arc plot. Each season of 'Heroes' is designed to involve ordinary people who discover extraordinary powers, and how these abilities take effect in the character's lives. Season 2 was originally going to comprise three volumes, however due to the writer's strike, the season was redesigned to only encompass one volume called 'Generations'. Originally Volume 3 was going to be called 'Exodus', and Volume 4 was going to be called 'Villains'. As a result of the writers' strike, Volume 3 was changed to 'Villains' and moved into season three. The 'Exodus' story arc, which was originally designed to be a story arc reflecting the effects of the release of strain 138 of the Shanti virus, was cancelled. Scenes from the volume two finale 'Powerless', were reshot to reflect the cancellation of the 'Exodus' volume, and to tie-up all the loose plot storylines of 'Generations'.

Volume Four: Fugitives
The name of Volume Four was revealed by Heroes creator Tim Kring at the 2008 Edinburgh TV Festival. 'Fugitives' will make up the last 12 episodes of Season 3.


Amazon.co.uk Review of the Season One DVD

Heroes - Season 1 Complete - DVD [2006] (Amazon.co.uk)
Heroes - Season One (Amazon. com)
Heroes - Season 1 [HD DVD] (Amazon.com)

It’s hard to remember a science fiction series that has hit so big so quickly. Yet by the end of the first series of Heroes, it feels--for all the right reasons--that the show’s been around for longer than it has, such is the huge amount of success it’s enjoyed.

The setup is simple, yet undeniably intriguing. It essentially tells the stories of a series of people who discover they have legitimate, differing superhero powers. On top of that, these people then gradually appreciate that these powers are needed for reasons that soon become apparent, and the story of Heroes builds up from there.

Heavily influenced by comics both in its structure and story, Heroes sustains interest through a number of story arcs of different magnitudes, skilfully weaving them throughout the 23 episodes that make up the season. It’s contained enough to keep you interested, yet offers enough threads to make several more seasons a very appealing prospect.

Heroes, though, really gels because the basics are right. It’s plotted intelligently, written and directed with real nerve and talent, and has a cast who you can’t help but get emotionally involved with. It’s also, for the overwhelming majority of its episodes, utterly compelling television. Ironically, its few miss-steps of any note come right at the back end, by which time you really would forgive it pretty much anything.

Heroes is rightly being heralded as a sci-fi classic in the making. Yet even if subsequent seasons don’t fully do justice to those words--and at the time of writing, season two is still some way from debuting--this boxset will serve as a glowing testament to just how good television can be when it’s just done right. Quite brilliant. --Jon Foster

Synopsis
Combining comic book style and geeky in-jokes, HEROES is a stellar series that draws comparisons to fan favourites such as LOST and THE X-FILES. But thanks to its well-drawn characters and intricate plot, this drama reels in more than just superhero fans. HEROES revolves around the premise of seemingly ordinary people developing fantastic powers. There's Claire (Hayden Panettiere, ICE PRINCESS), a Texas cheerleader who can't be killed. Matt (Greg Grunberg, ALIAS) is a cop in Los Angeles who can read minds. New Yorker Peter (Milo Ventimiglia, GILMORE GIRLS) has the power to adopt other heroes' abilities, while his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, JUDGING AMY) has a special power of his own. Though the show boasts many other characters, its secret weapon is Hiro (Masi Oka), a Japanese office worker who is delighted to discover he can move through space and time. But heroes wouldn't be heroes if there weren't villains and a coming apocalypse to fight. Features the complete first series.

More Heroes Amazon.co.uk DVDs

B001P05N1A Heroes Season 3 [DVD] [2008] ~ Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere
B002YGSYPQ Heroes Season 4 [DVD] [2009]
B0027P9A2U Heroes Seasons 1-3 [DVD] ~ Greg Grunberg, Masi Oki
B001870VMG Heroes - Season 2 - Complete [DVD] [2007] ~ Hayden Panettiere, Leonard Roberts
B003BEDTD2 Heroes Seasons 1-4 [DVD] [2009]
B003BEDTCS Heroes Season 4 [Blu-ray] [2009]
B003BEDTDC Heroes Seasons 1-4 [Blu-ray] [2009]
B0019T7PJ0 Heroes - Seasons 1-2 - Complete [DVD] [2006] ~ Hayden Panettiere, Greg Grunberg
B001XCW7HI Heroes Season 3 [Blu-ray] [2008] ~ Greg Grunberg, Milo Ventimiglia

 

 

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