Tim Kring apologizes for ‘Heroes’ this season

So you’re the executive producer of the breakout television show last season.? It’s bonafide geekdom and a ratings bonanza.? And then the second season starts and it sinks to the bottom of the ratings ocean faster than David Caruso’s movie career.? Ask any Heroes fans and they’ll tell you what the probelms of the second season are: slow plotting, no direction for the overall story, Hiro in Japan, too much Claire and for that matter her terrible boyfriend Wes, pointless knew heroes like Monica and the bleeding eye twins, Peter’s amnesia and uh, did I leave anything out?

Pretty much the entire Volume 2 has been disasterous.? However, in the last episode the show looked like it was rebounding and showed subtle flashes of it’s pulpy brilliance.? That the writers were able to deftly handle Peter regaining his memory through the use of Parkman’s ability was subtle and brilliant.? That Peter read his mother’s mind to remember her was a fantastic example of what the show could be.? But then we had to sit through Claire and Wes and it ruined everything.

Tim Kring recognizes this, however, and admitted as much in a recent interview with EW.? Kring essentially asked for a mea culpa and promised that the show will be getting back on track soon enough.

THE PACE IS TOO SLOW ”We assumed the audience wanted season 1 ? a buildup of intrigue about these characters and the discovery of their powers. We taught [them] to expect a certain kind of storytelling. They wanted adrenaline. We made a mistake.”

THE WORLD-SAVING STAKES SHOULD HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED SOONER The premonition of nuclear apocalypse created a larger context that unified every story line last season. Kring now sees that Volume 2 (the first 11 episodes of season 2) would have been better served if Peter’s vision of viral Armageddon had appeared in the season premiere rather than episode 7. ”We took too long to get to the big-picture story,” he says.

THE ROOKIES DIDN’T GREET THEMSELVES PROPERLY New Heroes Monica (Dana Davis), Maya (Dania Ramirez), and Alejandro (Shalim Ortiz) ”shouldn’t have been introduced in separate story lines that felt unattached to the show. The way we introduced Elle (Kristen Bell) ? by weaving her in via Peter’s story line ? is a more logical way to bring new characters into the show.” (That said, Kring says a few newbies won’t make it beyond this second volume, which wraps Dec. 3.)

HIRO WAS IN JAPAN WAY TOO LONG Hiro’s (Masi Oka) time-bending adventure in 17th-century Japan ? where he mentored samurai hero Takezo Kensei (David Anders) ? finally came to an end on Nov. 5. But Kring says it ”should have [lasted] three episodes. We didn’t give the audience enough story to justify the time we allotted it.”

YOUNG LOVE STINKS Kring regrets sticking Claire (Hayden Panettiere) with a super-dud boyfriend and forcing Hiro to moon over a cutesy princess. ”I’ve seen more convincing romances on TV,” he admits. ”In retrospect, I don’t think romance is a natural fit for us.”

Also, I would add a lack of Kristen Bell.? Damn it, Kring give us more Bell.? She’s only been in like two episodes….

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