A Requiem for ‘Heroes’

imageA staggering number of you lovely nobodies (just over six and a half million) have written in to Google to profess, “Heroes is terrible.” A further 3 million fume, “Heroes is awful,” while another handful of people state, “Heroes is getting ridiculous.” But because the aggregated opinions of so many nameless, faceless Googlers are nothing when pitted against sterling professional opinions: Over at The New York Post, a blogger proclaims, “I’m breaking up with Heroes.” Meanwhile, The Chicago Tribune gave up on the show last fall. Normally amidst all this e-noise, I’d tell someone to eat a crepe and put a lid on it, but here, I can’t help but sympathize.

Aw, did it really take all you guys so long to figure out how unheroic Heroes had become? The proof’s in the numbers of last night’s finale. Although a decline of popular and critical mass isn’t dissuading NBC from issuing a fourth volume of the sci-fi soap.

Since the threat of at least 18 more episodes of slapdash plot construction, confusing leaps in space and time, and unceremonious killing of fan favorites (like that one time they offed Kristen Bell’s character) looking to further mar the show’s single stellar debut season is all too real, it may be time to bid the series a quick farewell. And to lessen the damage, we ought to keep our goodbyes brief and free of cloying maudlin sentiments. Perhaps a heartening “Godspeed!” to showrunner Bryan Fuller — fresh off Pushing Daisies — is in order too. After all, he’s taking it upon himself to revive and gut rehab NBC’s remaining hope for hourlongs in an effort to steer the serial away from cancellation.

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