Heroes Above and Beyond

May 23, 2007

HeroesIt’s been a while since I’ve commented on a specific television show or movie here but this one goes above and beyond the typical network drivel we’re so accustomed to of late. Monday’s conclusion of Heroes on NBC (for me at least) was just about everything I could have asked for in a finale, it was great to see everyone finally come together and take care of business. I have to admit I was more than a bit skeptical that the show could deliver as the season started but it didn’t take long to let go of those apprehensions and just get into the characters and watch the story unfold.

Sure the show borrows liberally from X-Men and superhero storyline’s in general but considering the price of admission, (I really hope you saw in high definition) Hero’s in my estimation was the return of high quality, compelling network television. If by some stroke of bad luck you missed a few episodes or the entire season (shudder) you’re in luck, Universal/NBC has announced that Heroes will make its way to HD DVD on August 28th, day and date with the SD DVD.

The seven disc HD DVD box set will feature the original; un-aired 73 minute version of the shows pilot, five making-of featurettes, filmmaker commentary and over fifty deleted scenes. If the quality of the broadcast is any indication this should be a must-have in any sci-fi/HD DVD fans collection. The shows production values, cinematography and storyline absolutely warrant multiple viewings and if the HD DVD can better the shows broadcast image quality (not an unimaginable feat) that’s just icing on the superhero cake. If you’re a comic/superhero fan and missed out on Heroes the first go-round, do yourself a favor and check it out; it’s a blast.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HDTV Programming


Comments

  • Kevin Wadsworth

    It is a pretty good show, but the shows writers seem to forget about the powers they have given people (Hiro constantly forgetting that he can stop time to solve any problem is a good example). Regarding the end – why did Nathan fly Peter away? Peter can fly by himself. Also, what’s the big deal with shooting Peter? He can’t die permanently. Instead of Nathan sacrificing himself (touching for plot reasons), just stab Peter in the head with a knife. When he stops glowing, remove the knife.

  • Kevin Wadsworth

    It is a pretty good show, but the shows writers seem to forget about the powers they have given people (Hiro constantly forgetting that he can stop time to solve any problem is a good example). Regarding the end – why did Nathan fly Peter away? Peter can fly by himself. Also, what’s the big deal with shooting Peter? He can’t die permanently. Instead of Nathan sacrificing himself (touching for plot reasons), just stab Peter in the head with a knife. When he stops glowing, remove the knife.

  • evan

    Nice post! Like “Freaks & Geeks” and “Twin Peaks” before it, even with only one season in the can, “Heroes” is placed firmly in the upper echelon of my “all-time tv faves” list (no, there’s no rss feed for that one). I started the year watching “24”…well, like I said, “started”. Let’s hope we get at least a couple more seasons, and no jumping of sharks.

  • evan

    Nice post! Like “Freaks & Geeks” and “Twin Peaks” before it, even with only one season in the can, “Heroes” is placed firmly in the upper echelon of my “all-time tv faves” list (no, there’s no rss feed for that one). I started the year watching “24”…well, like I said, “started”. Let’s hope we get at least a couple more seasons, and no jumping of sharks.

  • Dirk

    I, too, loved the show. Since I made the jump to HD (via a DirecTV HR20-700) back in November, I’ve been able to watch most of the season as it was meant to be seen! However, I’ll disagree with you about the Season Finale. I thought the final “battle” was anticlimactic, especially given the great duel we saw between Sylar and Peter in episode 20, “Five Years Gone.” I was hoping for a bigger fight. On the bright side, I do like that they pretty much wrapped everything up instead of leaving it as a big cliff-hanger, but still gave us enough “mystery” to chew on in the off-season. I, for one, am looking forward to next season, and will likely buy the HD-DVD’s to play on my Toshiba HD-A2!

  • Dirk

    I, too, loved the show. Since I made the jump to HD (via a DirecTV HR20-700) back in November, I’ve been able to watch most of the season as it was meant to be seen! However, I’ll disagree with you about the Season Finale. I thought the final “battle” was anticlimactic, especially given the great duel we saw between Sylar and Peter in episode 20, “Five Years Gone.” I was hoping for a bigger fight. On the bright side, I do like that they pretty much wrapped everything up instead of leaving it as a big cliff-hanger, but still gave us enough “mystery” to chew on in the off-season. I, for one, am looking forward to next season, and will likely buy the HD-DVD’s to play on my Toshiba HD-A2!

  • idl3mind

    all I can say is “no blu-ray?”

  • idl3mind

    all I can say is “no blu-ray?”