HEROES IS BACK, AND IT’S DARKER THAN EVER!!! Heroes has made it’s return from its 9 month hiatus, and it seems that instead of picking up right where things left off, it’s making up for the 9 months with about 90 episodes worth of action crammed into 2 hours, which is a good thing. Technically these are two separate hour long episodes, but I decided to condense them both into one unified review. Really the internet kinda backlashed me on this one, because a lot of viewers that had seen the clips provided by IGN already knew a few of the largest and most gripping surprises in the show. The two episodes that open up the season, compared to last season’s opener as far as pace goes is like comparing Daphne and Charles Devaux. If you get that joke, you paid attention to the show more than you should have. The show kills off a few characters in the opening, and makes a whole lot of changes, so much my head was spinning after the premiere. Some very important characters were axed off in this one, some new characters were introduced and released, and some gained some new powers. In an inredibly creepy moment Sylar gains Claire’s ability, yet leaves her alive. She’s now questioning her humanity, go figure. Hiro is now batttling a speedster so he can stop his new preventable future where several people have powers and the world is in chaos. Sylar also kills Bob, nearly kills Elle, and is taken into company bondage again, where he is revealed to be one of the Petrelli clan. Mohinder, while trying to cure Maya whom he is now… intimate… with gains powers. He is now equipped with super senses, running faster, stronger, and with boundless energy. Matt is in Africa after being forced there by Future Peter, and will probably spend most of the season there discovering his “inner self”. Nathan has been offered a new senate job, with Niki, a.k.a. Tracy Strauss as his potential parter. Probably the most exciting element are the released inmates of Level 5, who are promised to be incredibly powerful. Overall, a lot of new plotlines and changes are introduced into this episode, as with any opener. It looks to be that the future with several people having powers is the big disaster this time that everyone tries to stop. The concept of Villains is also already prominent. The show definitely has hit the ground running, and will have me tuning into see what happens next. I really never thought I’d say this, but maybe Heroes needs to slow down a little bit. These episodes were far from welcoming to the newcomer, and there were times when I didn’t enjoy some certain plot twists. The first two episodes looked very promising, and if the rest of the season can keep it up, I’m very excited to see what is to come for the Heroes.
4 1/2 out of 5