One thing that immediately made the show unique was it's focus on each character and their reactions to newfound super powers they possess. Each person we meet has a life with different jobs or families and therefore they each have particular paths they'll have to take. So while we see the typical 'Ugh! I hate my awesome powers for some reason, I want them gone!' storyline that's become way too commonplace in my opinion, we also get a refreshing look at people who are excited about their new powers and try to learn more about them.
However, Heroes captivated it's audience for multiple reasons besides having multiple well-rounded characters. While I mentioned the detailed character arcs, the series progressed in a similar fashion to a comic book. Focus was placed on certain characters or events in one episode and then changed with each new 'volume' that aired. Meanwhile, any overarching storyline in the series was hardly talked about or was at least alluded to. By 'overarching', I mean the main plot or threat that they all would have to face or fight. For instance, the threat of the Chitauri Army that the Avengers will have to face. They know Loki has something going on but they don't know what it is, there's a bigger picture as to why they all have to be gathered together in the first place.
Heroes takes it's dear sweet time giving ANY kind of information as to what the hell may be going on outside the lives of our 'heroes'. The first season had a mysterious feel to it that was shrouded in an almost supernatural kind of mythology. Symbols repeatedly showed up in passing, such as the Helix, and an all powerful corporation lurked just outside our peripheral vision that may or may not have had anything to do with the powers everyone started experiencing. Then we had a truly terrifying villain who stayed in the shadows just long enough for his reveal to be quite a satisfying one. And even then we still didn't know exactly what he did with his victims until season 3.
So you're probably wondering what could have happened to make an exceptional, refreshing show that was miraculously loved by both fans and executives wither and die. Two words: Writer's Strike.
In the midst of the second season, story lines that had already been planned out needed to be cut short and wrapped up for fear that the strike that occurred in late 2007 would continue into the the third season of the show. This meant that incredibly stupid things happened in the following seasons that were neither creative nor logical.
It's hard to say whether this new mini-series will continue the nonsense of the later seasons or if it will try to go back to the feel of the first. Everything that happened from the second season onward is considered to be official 'canon' now so it can't be ignored, unfortunately. But at least a once unstoppable franchise has the opportunity to redeem itself to fans that still hold on to hope and envision what could have been.
What's your opinion of Heroes? Do you think there were other reasons for its' cancellation? Tell me in the comments.