Heroes came back a few years after we saw Claire jump and the world finding out about the Evos. Now, in this new 13-episode series, that starts after A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.
Noah Bennet, a.k.a. H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.
While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door”).
Meanwhile, the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate, Renautas (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), has an agenda of her own.
What are some good things about the reinvention of Heroes by Tim Kring? It is much better than the final season of Heroes, at least so far. Noah Bennett is still a solid character and now is the lead in the show. Some of the most beloved characters will re-appear at some point, like Hiro Nakamura, Mohinder Suresh, Matt Parkman or even the Haitian. There are some good newcomers like Zachary Levi.
Now, having said that, it is also not the pre writers strike Heroes kind of show. That one was awesome; this one is good.
Also, the thing about Renautas as the big villain: A company wanting to make apps from the Evos powers seem less intimidating than the original premise of “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World” that we were facing in 2006. And the storyline of the Katana Girl so far is losing me with the videogame thing.
All in all, watching Heroes Reborn is a much welcome comeback. At least it can give the franchise a more proper sendoff than the last time around. If not watching it live, it surely deserves a place in your DVR.
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