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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

What's the best geek show on TV this fall?

by Ken Newquist / October 24, 2006
Battlestar Galactica
100% (4 votes)
Dr. Who
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Stargate: Atlantis
0% (0 votes)
Stargate: SG-1
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 4


I'm inclined to agree. Right now Heroes is the better show than Galactica (at least through the "Eye of Jupiter" episode, which is where I'm presently at ... I watch Galactica once a week during "SciFi Lunch" with some friends at work and we haven't caught up with real time yet.

Don't get me wrong I watch every new episode of Galactica and Doctor Who, but I absolutely refuse to miss an episode of Heroes. The story just keeps getting better and my little girl has even gotten hooked on it.
My only concern is that the show will only have a lifespan of 1-2 seasons. I don't see how they can keep the whole "people with secret powers" premise alive for longer than that without it getting stale. Breaking it down into chapters and story arcs was a very good idea because it gives the stories a very good sense of flow, much like a graphic novel. Plus having those nice little tag lines like "Save the cheeleader, save the world", helps build suspense and keeps the publics interest for now. Having a phrase like that associated with the show and seeing it creep into the public consciousness worked very well for the X-files (the truth is out there), but even that show eventually jumped the shark.
Becoming a hit show is both a blessing and a curse for any good show. A blessing because it keeps it on the air and a curse because if it succeeds then the suits get involved and ruin it, plus the actors tend to get big headed and forget it was the show that made them stars, letting their egos ruin a perfectly good show.

My guess with Heroes is that we'll see the Exploding Man issue resolved and Syler captured and locked away in the beginnings of a "super hero" prison ... but he'll be back at some point late in Season 2 or Season 3.

Linderman, who's an off-screen villain for most of Season 1, becomes more prominent in Season 2, perhaps forming a sort of "brotherhood of evil mutants" in the Heroes universe.

The hard part for Heroes, aside from coming up with a good villain for Season 2, is transitioning from individual heroes to a team (if that is indeed what they do). I don't see the show working as well in Avengers or Justice League mode, with uniforms and spandex, but a loosely affiliated team a la certain incarnations of the X-Men seems like it would work, particularly if they gained a new benefactor in Season 2 (but again, that needs to be done in such as way as to pay homage to Prof. X and other, similar teachers, rather than simply being a rip off).

I think telling the show in a series of short arcs is working well, and if they keep that up, it should do well. Your concern about the actors is definitely a valid one, though I don't know if Heroes has achieved the sort of popularity where that becomes a problem. It's a hit for NBC, partly because they have so few hits, but it's not a colossal, runaway kind of thing like the X-Files was in its heyday.