‘Heroes’ hiatus until April

We still have mad love for The Others and The Tailies, but we’d be lying if we said “Heroes on NBC is the show we least look forward to each week.” Though the show is not without it’s faults, Lost does a much better job balancing out story arcs and switching between characters and in general pacing the plot, the sprawling super hero drama has the potential to go where the X-Men movie franchise should have gone – had Brett “Mediocre” Ratner not helmed the final film installment. But we digress.

Heroes works on so many levels from the family dramas of teenager Claire Bennett and her father to the Petrelli brothers in NYC. Not to mention the fanboy glee of Hiro, the alienation, the earning to be special and the intrigue surrounding several of the other characters. Yes, we love this show, but we’re worried. Last week’s episode was the best yet. We liked that it centered on very specific characters and told a very confined story, which was a severe but welcomed departure from previous installments. It looks as if that will be the exception to the rule and not a new direction for the story telling.

Also we could live without DL, Nicky/Jessica and their son. Talk about useless characters.

Word on the street, from a SciFi Wire interview with creator Tim Kring is that an upcoming episode takes place five years in the future and that next season may not feature any of the current cast members. Grrr. Really?

“We could have new people and new storylines and new ideas and new threats and new bad guys and new heroes. So I would prepare the audience for that idea, that it’s not just a continuing serialized storyline about only these people. It’s a little more the 24 model than the Lost model.”

Also, Kring added that season two will tell a different story involving different characters altogether, except that some of this season’s characters will “live to fight again.”

So who then is the Jack Bauer of Heroes? Peter? That would be my guess. But the bigger question is why would a show change so radically in Season 2, especially after the audience has become invested in many of the characters, especially Hiro, Peter and Claire. Also the Onion AV club did an interview with Greg Grunberg where he hints his character, the affable Matt Parkman, goes to the dark side. Very sad days on the horizon for the super hero show. Hopefully this will be hogwash. What’s more troubling is not having any new episodes for the next month. Is it too much to ask the networks to all go to the 24 model and just show every darn episode in a row. Sigh.

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