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The Heroes We’d Like To See Most In Heroes: Reborn

By Arturo R. García

Just as we’re getting used to having a show about zombies around again, NBC went one step further and dug up a show that is a zombie.

Yes, Heroes is apparently returning from the grave, with original showrunner Tim Kring in tow, sometime next year. As sensible longtime readers might have bleached out of their brain, the series’ first iteration ended, mercifully, with a pre-Nashville Claire-Bear outing the metahuman population to the world after Team Benetrelli saved the world from a group of angry carnival workers. Which gives just a little more heft to this bit of spin from NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke:

Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.

Sure, on one level that can be interpreted as a polite way for Salke to say, “PLEEEEEEEASE HAYDEN COME BACK,” but if the show really is a continuation and not just a “reimagining,” it puts Heroes in a very interesting position.

The genre television renaissance it helped define is mostly floundering; sure, Arrow gets its fair share of good reviews, but Agents of SHIELD has struggled to gain its footing and the British cult favorite Misfits has concluded. With Smallville long gone, Supernatural nearing the end of its run, Doctor Who surviving on a spread-out schedule and the CW’s Gotham and Flash projects looking unsteady, Heroes can reasonably expect to attract fans hoping for a return to its Series One risk-taking prime.

But for Reborn to truly thrive will take not just new blood, but picking the right (affordable) old faces to bring back. And more than anything, it is going to require Kring to learn from some of his costliest mistakes in the first go-round.
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Wipeout!: The Racialicious Review of Hawaii Five-O 1.1

By Arturo R. García

The Good News: Hawaii Five-O managed a casting coup in attracting members of three of the biggest sci-fi shows in recent memory: Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Masi Oka (Heroes) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica).

The Bad News: Hawaii Five-O? More like Hawaii Five-Bro.

Unfortunately for fans of the actors listed above, the rebooted series’ new creative team – Peter M. Lenkov and the Star Trek & Transformers 2 writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci – shoves them clear to the back of the room from the get-go.

But, hey, at least they kept the theme song in one piece.

SPOILERS AHEAD

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The Racialicious Roundtable: R.I.P. Heroes

Hosted By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García

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The show has lost its’ direction, its’ heart, and most damningly of all, it’s lost its’ point.
- May 4th, 2009

Ever wanted to mourn something but just couldn’t? That’s about how I felt Friday afternoon, when the word got out: Goodbye, Heroes.

Really, nobody should’ve been surprised. Not to wish anybody out of a job, but really this show should’ve been canned after the conclusion to Volume Three, when its’ last really intriguing idea – dueling Companies – sputtered to a halt after a year when … well, when Mohinder almost turned into The Fly. That about sums it up. And it’s worth noting that we ended our reviews and Roundtables for this show in the middle of last season because readers were asking us to ditch it for FlashForward – which is a whole other matter, one we’ll discuss on Thursday. For now, though, we gather the ‘Table again, not to praise Tim Kring, but to bury a vision that started out with a lot of promise, only to see it buried in waves of privilege and peroxide.

Your first reaction to the news?
Andrea: “Oh.” Nothing more, nothing less. Because there was nothing left to the show…or I reached the last stage of mourning over it. I accepted that it was crap by Tim Kring’s design.
Mahsino: Well they’ve been threatening to cancel it for a while now, so my reaction was “Finally”.
jen*: It’s about time. That and wondering what ZQ will be doing next. (Star Trek 2 isn’t coming out fast enough for me.)
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Meet Rebecca: The Racialicious Review for Heroes 4.5

By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García

SPOILER ALERT

rebecca1There goes the neighborhood: for the first time in what feels like ages, three POC characters were directly involved in the key goings-on in Heroes – and all of them lived!

At the center of the big twist, including the salvaging of what Roundtable member x called the Claire Gone Mild plot, was Rebecca, who, it turns out, has been making Gretchen look more murderous than creepy, in an effort to push Claire-Bear into the open arms of The Mysterious Samuel and the Carnival.
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