Will we get the Heroes we deserve?
NBC has promised that Tim Kring’s new project, Heroes Reborn, will be a 13 episode event series — a standalone story that’s both set in the same world as and distinct from the previous four-season Heroes series. Still, after hearing yesterday’s announcement that HRG (ahem, Mr. Bennet) will return on the show—as well as NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke’s tease last February that “we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in”—we can’t help but hope that some of our old favorites will put in an appearance.
Using an entirely scientific method (a combination of nostalgia and “you are not invited if your power revolved around crying”), we revisited NBC’s hit series and determined who we wanted back on TV. And since there were a gazillion characters on Heroes, if we’ve missed any great hits, feel free to point them out in the comments.
Claire Bennet: “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World“ was the tagline that made Heroes a phenomenon, however briefly. And Claire (Hayden Panettiere), the regenerating Texas cheerleader who likes to make home videos of herself jumping off of things, quickly became the face of the series. We know that Claire started college in season 4—and that Panettiere is busy doing her best country star on Nashville—but can’t she don the cheerleading outfit one more time? It’ll be the equivalent of a high school reunion. (The Texas high school, not the California one in season 2. The Texas high school had better colors.)
Sylar: Sylar is terrible, but Zachary Quinto is great. Over the course of the show’s second through fourth seasons, Heroes spent a lot of time trying to make Quinto’s villainous watchmaker redeem himself and become a better person. I don’t need that. What I need is one more ominous shot of someone’s head being bisected by Sylar’s telekinetic powers, followed by a cut to him walking away in a trench coat. Maybe Sylar can get some deeply disturbing line, like “I, too, am reborn.” I’m already getting shivers.
Hiro Nakamura: Considering it’s promising new characters with superpowers, Heroes Reborn will probably tell a lot of origin stories. Origin stories are great, but often the people in them spend most of their time worried about the negative aspects of their power, leading to a lot of melodrama. Hiro never worried about the negative. He just though: “Wow, I have can control time. This is GREAT!” He should return after a really dark episode, round up everyone on the show, and cheer them up by reminding them how special they are.
Peter Petrelli: Peter doesn’t need to come back for any plot or character reasons. Instead, he should have a second shot because television effects teams have gotten a lot better since 2007, and it’s time to do the first season finale of Heroes justice. Everyone spent that season talking about how Peter would absorb everyone’s powers and then go off like a bomb in New York City. When the finale came, all we got was an awkward street brawl. Let’s have Peter return and put on a real spectacle, one with explosions on par with Game of Thrones‘s Battle of Blackwater. Also, if Milo Ventimiglia can recreate the hair swoop he sported in 2006, 13 year-old me will be so happy.
Zach: You probably don’t remember Zach. He was Claire’s best friend in high school, he helped films videos of her powers, and he even campaigned for her win homecoming queen (it’s not saving the world, but high school kids know their priorities). It was also maybe sort of implied that he was gay, though his story ended before we got any clarity—Thomas Dekker, who played Zach, left after 11 episodes to take a starring role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Anyway, we should check in with Zach. By now, he has hopefully left Texas and found himself. Maybe HRG and Claire will show up for the wedding!