Once in a great while, the powers that be who control television and films have a true moment of lucidity where they realize what viewers truly want and then, wait for it, they actually deliver! Shocker! This is certainly how I felt upon hearing that one of favorite shows from back in 2006 was going to be coming back on the air, Heroes: Reborn! It'll be a mini-series rather than a full season or a revamp of the show, but I'll take what I can get. Things like this rarely happen after all, still, as much as I love the show, I feel as though the higher ups could have given us something even better than more Heroes.
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Cough cough...
If you were alive in what's known as the 'Oughties' and were wondering what the heck everyone was talking about when they said things like 'Save the Cheerleader, Save the World', then listen up! But afterwards you should really check it out on Netflix.
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Way back in 2006, a hyped new show aired on NBC and promptly became a huge hit! The simply titled show, 'Heroes', was about a group of people around the world who were discovering that they had super powers after a solar eclipse.

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.

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I'd have the EXACT same reaction, Hiro.
The show also explores what people would do with their powers and how they themselves would change, if they decide to change at all. For some the answer is to become a hero and fulfill that need to do more with their life, for others it might be for selfish gain or to get accomplish something that was out of their reach before. Heroes also explored the concept of what having powers would do to someone who has mental health problems or addictions as well and it's fascinating to watch.

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.
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One of the creepiest/hottest villains in the history of television.
Everything about the plot of Heroes was masterfully built up so that us viewers would watch religiously to see what happens next or if we would finally get a glimpse of the bigger picture behind all of these stories. The show went on to last four seasons, but the ratings steadily declined with each one until it's cancellation and I'll admit that at this point even I wasn't watching anymore.

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.
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Spider-Mohinder, Spider-Mohinder! Does whatever a Spider-Mohinder can!
So with each season they had to build upon the drivel that they churned out during the writer's strike, resulting in the final season being a boring mess. All of our questions from the first season got answered, but they were profoundly disappointing. Any mystery we had about the characters or over arching story was gone because now we were being told too much. What started out as an intellectual and even philosophical take on superheroes and the mythology surrounding them became a shallow way to entertain the masses. A show that once paid homage to the world of comic books now made a joke out of it.

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.
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Hint hint, nudge nudge, Fox!
I'd recommend you watch the first season, for sure. If you want a study in how to drive a show into the ground than continue watching the following season for a fascinating, yet sad, example of just that.

What's your opinion of Heroes? Do you think there were other reasons for its' cancellation? Tell me in the comments.
 
 
These days, there's a lot of TV series to stay up-to-date on. Sometimes it can seem like a part-time job. Other times, there are droughts. This seems to be due to the fact that many series are moving toward a shorter episode run. As much as you are all enjoying "Game of Thrones" season 5 right now, in 9-weeks you'll again be waiting for winter to come.

So for the times you find yourself scrolling though the Netflix selections, I am starting a new feature called "The TV Vault." In these write ups, I'll present to you a series that is now over that you may have missed when it was on. The series could be American or from across the pond.
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In this first write up, I'd like to present the beloved UK show, The IT Crowd. This show is about a lovable group of losers: Moss, Roy, and Jen, as they provide IT support to a large general 'company.' In their off time, they try to find companionship and friendship with little success. To fit this show into a nutshell, it's about people desperately looking for acceptance from the societies Joe Cool's but always coming to the conclusion that maybe they're the ones that need to accept who they really are.  Being an outsider myself, I immediately found an affinity for each of the characters in a different way.

The show is also a laugh riot. It does borrow many beats from the 90s show Seinfeld, but it's full of sharply written banter and hilarious geek culture references. It's writing also executes it's humor in a more intelligent way then it's watered down and made for the masses American counterpart, "The Big Bang Theory."

The IT Crowd is the perfect show to pick you up and make you laugh on a rainy day. With only a scant six thirty-minute episodes per season, you can giggle your way into a sunny day.  Below are the quick details for the show.

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The IT Crowd cast of characters.
Title: The IT Crowd
Genre: Sitcom
Premise: This series tracks the trials and tribulations of the misfit IT support staff of Reynholm Industries.
Original Run: 2006-2010; 2013
Seasons/Series: 4
Episodes: 24 + 1 Special
Why You Should Watch It: If you're a geek or nerd, you'll definitely catch all the references. If you're not, you may relate to the characters if you've ever been considered an outcast or a social pariah.
Best episode: "Jen the Fredo"
Best character: Maurice Moss a.k.a. Nine 
Best Season/Series: 3
Pop culture affect: Many catch phrases have been spawned from this series but none more popular that Roy's standard IT phone support advice "Have you tried turning it off and back on again." If you're a techy, you know this phrase well when your friends call you to help them troubleshoot their problems. 

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube

If you check out the show, let me know how you liked it. If you're already a fan, tell me your favorite bits in the comments below.