How did it come to this? The season (maybe the series) finale of a former global mega-hit, tucked away at some ridiculously late hour on a Saturday night on BBC 2, “slightly later than billed” due to the snooker….Oh, Heroes. What happened to you?
Sigh. Let’s not dwell on past glories, it’ll only hurt more. Although, if I could avoid it, I wouldn’t dwell too long on episode 18 either, for the same reason. Sylar and Peter spent it in Sylar’s head, “bonding” in a similar nightmare to the one Tom Cruise has in “Vanilla Sky”, where they wander around a New York empty of other people. I hated “Vanilla Sky”. Claire spent it finding out that Bennet has secrets and is a bit shady. You don’t say. And T-Bag talked a lot before burying folk. Again. ‘Nuff said.
Onto 19, then, which I enjoyed, I suppose, but had very mixed feelings about. For instance:-
Matt was in danger. “New And Improved” Sylar and Peter stepped in. I was disappointed.
Emma finally realised T-Bag’s a bad lot. Emma’s clearly as bright as midnight. In a tunnel. I rolled my eyes.
Claire and Bennet cried. The dialogue was a bit too corny to really make it work, but I was a little bit moved, nonetheless.
Tracy was useful for the first time in a long time, and actually, I really liked that bit, for all it made very little sense.
The Charlie story was resolved in a quite a sweet, poignant way, largely because K Callan is absolutely luminous. I like her. Hiro – not so much.
And then there was the big showdown at the Carnival with all our Heroes coming together to defeat the baddie, etc. You know the drill. More ropey dialogue, but thankfully some exciting bits. I could have done with a lot more fighting though. Peter duking it out with T-Bag was momentarily satisfying, but over far too quickly. I mean, we spent about 70% of the season listening to the Carnie-man talk, could we not have spent a bit of time watching him get his head kicked in?
Anyway, the coda at the end – the beginning of Volume 6, somewhat optimistically – took us back to the start, with the cheerleader showing us what she can do. Aw. How I miss those days. But will there be a volume 6? What’s going to happen to you, Heroes?
No word yet from the network, but commentators are suggesting that they might discount the humiliating first-run ratings; the show’s worldwide tv sales, DVD sales, DVR ratings, and the fact that NBC is struggling to fill its schedules with anything resembling a hit (even a fallen one like Heroes) all mean Heroes might make it back for a short fifth season. Probably to be shown on BBC2 at 2.30AM on a Wednesday in Autumn 2011 or something. Oh, NBC, don’t do it. Stop torturing the show and the few fans remaining. Let Heroes go.