How have you been doing in the 5 years since NBC’s super-powered drama Heroes has left us? In many minds, mine included, the show started strong, got a little better, got a lot worst, and then started to find its footing a little just before being pulled by NBC. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason a show so promising could have gone through the roller coaster ride only to be derailed, but the mid to late 2000’s were a strange and wonderful decade. Let’s just chalk it up to an unfortunate victim of the 2007/08 Writers Guild of America strike, and leave it where it lies. By leaving it where it lies, I mean let’s talk about the upcoming sequel series, Heroes Reborn!
As you’ve no doubt heard over the past year, Heroes Reborn will be coming to us in the fall (as a 13-episode miniseries) with a gaggle of returning cast and a few new ones to keep it interesting. It’s unfortunate that some of the biggest stars from the original series, Milo Ventimiglia and Adrian Pasdar for example, won’t be returning. This will be a blow for the series. That being said, the show is getting some talented new blood from new cast members like Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time) while benefiting from returning actors like Jack Coleman (affectionately known to fans as Horned-Rimmed-Glasses / Noah Bennet). It’s a shake-up, to be sure, but keep in mind that Heroes was always known for having a LARGE cast anyway, so hopefully this will play out for some fresh stories.
One great thing about the original Heroes series was the digitally distributed Heroes comic that covered all kinds of pre-series, between-episodes, and post-series comics for fans to enjoy and dissect when the show was either on various hiatuses or between seasons. This really kept the Heroes world alive for fans while they waited for new content. The new series seems to be following suit (somewhat) and is releasing a series of short webisodes, dubbed Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters, to get fans ready for the series-premier in the fall. There will be 6 short episodes in total, which will come in around 40 to 45 minutes across them all, giving us the equivalent of one full episode to enjoy. The webisodes will be available through the Heroes Reborn App, which can be found here.
If, however, you don’t want to go through the hassles of mobile apps, we’ve got all 6 videos combined below (thanks to TheAkiten Youtube channel) with a series trailer at the end. What do you think? Is Heroes Reborn super-powered enough to get you to tune in, or is it time they hang up the horned rimmed glasses?
Heroes Reborn premieres September 24th on NBC.