Heroes is an American science fiction television series created by Tim Kring which originally debuted on NBC on September 25, 2006. The critically acclaimed series tells the story of ordinary individuals who discover superhuman abilities. It also explores how these people adapt to the changes that these abilities bring.
The series attempts to emulate the style and storytelling of American comic books by using short, multi-episode stories that build upon a larger, more encompassing drama. The series first season's run of 23 episodes gained an average of 14.3 million viewers, the highest rating for any NBC drama in five years. The DVD runs about eight hours and is in anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1; it has subtitles in English, Spanish, and French and sound is Dolby Digital 5.1.
Due to the 100-day strike by the Writers Guild of America, only 11 episodes were broadcast of season two, even though 24 were ordered. Season three is scheduled to begin on September 22, 2008. Heroes has won numerous awards and nominations including the People's Choice Award, the 2008 BAFTA Awards, and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.
Whereas the first seaon was subtitled "Genesis", season two is called "Generations." The story begins four months after the events of Kirby Plaza. Peter, Matt, Nathan, and Sylar have all survived the events of the season one finale and are trying to return to their ordinary lives.
Peter is lost and has amnesia and Hiro has been displaced to feudal Japan where he is teamed up with his childhood idol, Takezo Kensei, who he finds is not the legend he thought. Claire and her family have gone into hiding. Matt Parkman has adopted Molly Walker. Mohinder Suresh is working with Noah to infiltrate "The Company" and receive funds to cure the disease that killed Mohinder's sister Shanti.
The problem with this story line is that there is a disconnect with the season one feel of action and mystery within a tight plot. In Heroes: Generations, Season Two things feel incomplete and they drag on through multiple episodes. I think that some of it may have had to do with the anticipated writers' strike, but nonetheless it fell short of what made season one so great.
That being said, season two is not that bad either. It provides some good entertainment and is necessary for those who want to keep up with the storyline. To me, Heroes: Generations – Season Two is really a transition point which, had the season been allowed to complete itself, would have come out much better. The first few episodes throw the plot some loops and become a little disjointed, but begins falling into place for the last few episodes.
The quality of the DVD is extremely good and comes with a boatload of extras that include deleted scenes, audio commentary with cast and crew, "Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint", "The Druker files," "Genetics of a Scene," an alternate ending of the "Generations," untold stories, and a season three sneak peek.
While Heroes: Generations – Season Two is not as good as season one, I think that Heroes has a lot of potential and I think that season two will be made to fit and provide the needed transition between the first and the third season. With that, for those Heroes fans, I can recommend Heroes: Generations – Season Two.