Friday, June 11, 2010

TV Meme: Day 11

"30 Days TV Meme"

Day 11 | A show that disappointed you

This is easy. I declared Heroes as my favorite new show of the season during its debut. Three seasons after that, the show has been canceled, and all I feel is relief that it's been put out of its misery. Sad isn't it?

God only knows where it went wrong. It may have started as early as the S1 finale where all the build-up led to a severely anti-climactic showdown between two of its powerful characters, Peter and Sylar. The show would've recovered quickly except they followed it up with a tepid sophomore season that, among other unwelcome developments, saw the slow character assassination of Hiro as well as the introduction of eye-roll-inducing characters of Maya and her brother Alejandro.

The Writer's Strike affected a lot of shows, but since Heroes was already bleeding viewers, the strike did it no favors and while the latter half of the third season was up a bit creatively, at that point no one cared. The fourth season wasn't bad and in fact is probably the show's best season since its first. Unfortunately for them, no one was watching it anymore.

Even now as I write this, you can tell the lack of passion I have for this show. Tim Kring, creator of Heroes, vows to work out a deal with NBC to deliver a 2-hour epilogue of sorts. As a former fan and a hopeless optimist, I'm hoping it works out and that they can recapture some of the magic the show had during its first season.

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