5 Minute Peek At Next Weeks Heroes Fall Finale

If you dare, you can see 5 minutes of clips from next Monday’s Heroes fall finale. Probably some spoilers in there, most notable HRG and Sylar going at it verbally. After next Monday, we’ll have 7 weeks of crap NBC programming until Heroes returns.

And what is this with all of these ‘fall finales’ all of a sudden? I haven’t watched broadcast TV regularly in years, but I don’t remember shows taking 6 – 8 week breaks between the fall and spring seasons. First LOST, then Jericho and now Heroes. Don’t get me wrong, I kind of like the idea, as along as, when each show returns, we get all new episodes straight through to the season’s end. Otherwise, why bother? I think Heroes is now my favorite show on TV, based on the strength of one character, Hiro. The others are interesting in their own way, but Hiro is the most complete and sympathetic character right now. It was gut wrenching to watch Hiro run into the limits of his power. Very sad.

That’s why Heroes rocks.

9 thoughts on “5 Minute Peek At Next Weeks Heroes Fall Finale”

  1. Don’t get me started on the so-called “limits” of Hiro’s powers. (Too late!)

    Firstly, cute waitress couldn’t be saved, ultimately, because of her medical condition. She was a lost cause in terms of life saving. Also, he only tried once. If I had the power to bend time (and I’ve scrunched my faced a la Hiro for days trying…) I would not give up after one attempt.

    Secondly his statement of “I can’t change the past” is quite lame. If he can’t, then why did future, sword-wielding Hiro come back to enlighten Peter on the subway? I think Hiro has more power than the writers are willing to explore.

  2. Firstly, what would you want Hiro to do in his other attempts? He can’t fix her medical condition. I don’t think, as he is now, he can stand up to Sylar. I got the impression there was more to it than what he was saying. Basically, the past, in its major points, is inviolate. You can change the smaller things, but the big picture stays the same. Again, just the feeling I got, nothing concrete I can point too.

    Secondly, future Hiro isn’t changing the past. For him, the world was already saved, otherwise he wouldn’t be around to go back. He was going back to insure Peter knew what to do, thus guaranteeing the world would be saved. Ergo, no past changing occurred.

    Now, you may say, ‘What about Hiro seeing the explosion? Huh? Smart guy?’. Well, that was the future, which, as any good time traveler knows, you can change.

    On a technical note, Hiro’s power must have some limits. Otherwise, he would be able to zip back and forth, fixing things at a whim. He’d become a living, breathing, sword-wielding, ninja clothes-weaing Deus Ex Machina. I’m sure we’d all hate him, or his story-breaking power.

  3. Fall finales are a logical out growth of the decreasing number of new episodes that constitute a TV “season.” Even though I was a TV viewer (albeit, a young one) at the time, picking up DVD sets of late 50s, early 60s shows like Have Gun – Will Travel, Combat, and Perry Mason was something of an eye opener. Perry Mason, for example – 39 episodes in the first season.

    Given that there must have been a few preemptions for holiday fare, I’m guessing the 1957 TV season was 42-43 weeks long! That’s 10 months. Given that the current standard seems to be 22 episodes (24 if you’re, well, “24”) there needs to be a LOT of filler if you are going to cover the same 10 months (September to June) that the old season spanned. Before the rise of the “serialized” drama, this meant reruns. The whole thing seemed to melt down in season 2 of Lost, with its reruns and “recaps” driving dedicated fans nuts. Just for example, you understand.

    Now, some shows just stop for a while, to be replaced by BBC/ITV style short season shows. like ABC’s Daybreak. Hopefully the other networks will follow suite and give us some risk-taking efforts. But I’ve always been something of an optimist.

  4. One very nice thing about the Lost hiatus is that we are getting Day Break. If you have not seen this show, go download the first four and catch up. Trust me, just do it!

  5. Fred, you’re wrong. Heroes is one of the “hits” of the season. Network TV has discovered that heavily serialized shows such as Lost, 24 and Heroes do poorly in repeats. This way shows can run through arcs in one long shot rather than 5 episodes then 3 then 2. Also they get to generate a lot of buzz about a show in the middle of the season. Non-serialized shows don’t make that big a deal about it. The Law & Order and CSI franchises and comedies don’t have near as much drop off for repeats and tend to space out the repeats through out the season. Viewers can pop in and out throughout the season and not be lost. The same cannot be said for Heroes.

  6. As JP alluded to, time travel brings great peril – to the story.

    It’s far to easy to let it break things or become a crutch. As in the great Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure we see that it was simply too easy to say ‘I know, in the future – after this is all over – let’s go back into the past and leave something to get us out of this jam in exactly this spot’ and bingo, there it is.

    I suspect the writers have a set of rules that say ‘Hiro can do this, but not this, and he can do this but we haven’t shown that yet.’ If not, we’ll no doubt start to see some of these problems.

  7. “Fred, you’re wrong.”

    Well, we’ll see. As fare as being “wrong”, I was speaking generically, not in terms of any one show. I’m glad to hear that “Heroes” is doing well, that means that JP will continue to have his fix!

    :O

  8. Also, the Fall Hiatus is finally taking into account the amazing amounts of production that shows like Heroes and Lost require.

    One of the main reasons why Lost had so many repeat episodes between new episodes last year was because the production team could not keep up with making new ones. The producers hated that sort of schedule, but the networks demanded they show the episode asap. Now that the networks have buckled to reality (once they saw the consequences in ratings) they’re giving the production teams time enough to produce enough episodes to show all in one go.

    So, the hiatus is only for us. They’re still going full steam ahead making episodes.

    Also, Kristen is right about Heroes. It’s one of the most popular shows on TV right now. So much so that NBC is trying to convince Kring to make a couple extra episodes for the season.

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