A recent Entertainment Weekly online segment asked readers what TV shows they had already stopped watching (or were about to quit). I’ve been having that same debate this week, as I’m wondering how much longer I’ll stick with Heroes.
Look, I know some of the hardcore fans out there will say it’s just as good as it’s ever been, and to that I say, “Um, you’re an idiot.” This season is awful, simply awful. The writing is beyond medicore, the acting is terrible, the special effects look worse than homemade and the plotlines are boring.
I think we’re four episodes into this season, and honestly, I’m not sure if it’s worth sticking with. They have too many characters, few of which are really interesting. And, to make matters all the worse, the main story arc has no real relevance, particularly when compared to last year’s “gotta save the world” situation. This season, the titular heroes are trying to find out about shadowy conspiracies and homicidial ex-heroes, and the only thing the show is doing is ripping off Watchmen.
So, how long before I give up on it? Frankly, I’ll probably stick it out through the season. I once almost gave up on Six Feet Under after nine episodes of the third season, but the final three of that year renewed my love of the series, which ended up going out on an incredible high note. I don’t think Heroes will follow through with that much televised goodness, but if it can just back to being slightly above average, I’ll be OK.
And, just so you know, I’ve already given up on Chuck and Pushing Daisies, neither of which seemed to really be going anywhere. Actually, the only new show I’m still watching is Bionic Woman. For some reason, I can handle the lapses into bad writing there because it, as opposed to Heroes, isn’t trying to be serious art. It’s just a popcorn show, much like an expensive summer movie, and sometimes my brain just needs to relax.