In 2006, NBC debuted Heroes; the series chronicled the lives of ordinary individuals who discover that they have superhuman abilities. It was a breakout hit and viewers eagerly wanted more; but then the writers’ strike led to an abbreviated second season. The series never recovered from the forced hiatus and limped along for two additional seasons.
One of season four's plotlines involves Hiro (Masi Oka) losing control of his powers. Thinking he’s dying, he starts doing what he can to “fix” the time stream. Claire (Hayden Panettiere) tries to live a life without her powers, enrolling in college with less than spectacular results. Her story line includes the cliché of experimenting with her sexuality with her roommate. Sylar (who had been mindwiped and rewritten to be Nathan) experiences flashes of his past life and tries to regain control of his mind.
In the season's main story, Samuel (Robert Knepper) recruits new and old faces to his travelling circus with the intention of creating a community for people with abilities. But when he crosses paths with Hiro, Peter, Claire, Noah, and even Sylar, the Heroes decide to take down Samuel and his travelling circus. The season resolves most of the plotlines, while leaving things open for future storylines, which won’t be seen as NBC cancelled the series.
Part of the problem was the series was supposed to continually introduce new characters and different situations. But certain characters became favorites among both the fans and the producers. And instead of these characters having storylines which ran their courses and then leaving the series, they kept being brought back and being placed in nearly the same situation each season. Or worse, just being there because of their popularity, when their time on the show should have been over. While new characters were brought in, they were overshadowed by these favorites and were gone by the next season with their full potential never being reached.
Heroes Season Four is presented in 1080p widescreen; the series looks excellent. The colors really stand out, especially at the carnival which is rich and vibrant with all the colors bright and lively. The black levels are crisp and defined and never wash the actors out.
The series DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is very good; it never overpowers the dialogue, nor interferes with it. The surround sound lets you hear each of the various powers as their owner uses them. You can understand each actor’s lines, and can distinguish each of them.
Heroes box sets usually have a good amount of extras, including commentaries for each episode, sadly that’s not the case this time as only four of the 18 episodes have commentaries