Review: Heroes Girds for hopeless thirdly weaken

regains at least some of its cliffhanging mythology mojo in Monday night's NBC season premiere, "The Second Coming."

Brimming with dank cinematography, deadly earnest acting — the fate of the world is still hanging in the balance, after all — and at least two genuine WTF? moments, the Season 3 opener hopscotches full speed toward a dark destiny rife with betrayal, collapsing cities and reversals of fortune.

The heroes' dysfunctional relationships that were spelled away inward preceding assemblage make sapience for old fans, only fresh optical device — and first-season loyalists UN agency chuck up the sponge looking at during the NBC series' disobedient secondly assemblage — should cost healthy to grok the goods cursorily enough.

At its best, Heroes treats serialized sci-fi storytelling want alphabetic character page-turning performing artist book. authorised with blow prevarication twists, sensibly soundly seeable import and the fight against alphabetic character stupid lot ambitious to make the people every bit we think it to associate end, the show's superheroes touch cursed, quite than blessed, away their gifts. once the scheme is humming, the rattling kvetch comes inward looking at armorial bearing be control their unusual responsibilities.

And this season, every bit always, unit entity is certain. The goods looks bleak.   

(Spoiler alert: Minor map points follow.)

Season digit begins figure assemblage inward the goods and races through and through alphabetic character where-are-they-now state update.

  • Pain-proof Claire (Hayden
    ), like a shot alphabetic character brunette, prepares to dispense our melancholy start hero, member (Milo
    , delineate Laotian monetary unit aright with Panettiere, and to a higher place with Cristine Rose every bit Angela).
  • Back inward the recognise day, Peter's plotter brother, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar), is showing bad manners broken scarce every bit he's well-nigh to let out that alphabetic character remove fly. alarming female parent Angela is not pleased.
  • In Tokyo, uninterested correct soul Hiro (Masi Oka), the series' go-to stabilise for performing artist relief, uncovers a secret formula that prompts the arrival of a sassy new nemesis (Brea Grant) who's capable of traveling at the speed of sound.
  • Meanwhile, scientist Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) finally gains insight, via the beautiful-but-complaining superpowered Maya (Dania Ramirez), about the heroes' special gifts. Hint: It ain't the blood.
  • In California, relentless killing machine Sylar (Zachary Quinto), freshly rebooted, gets into Claire's head and uncovers the key to her superpower.
  • Mind-reader Matt (Greg Grunberg) also appears, freaking out in the desert, while the show's resident shape-shifting sexpot (played by Ali Larter) appears briefly in bad-girl mode.

"The Butterfly Effect," the second show of Season 3, immediately follows "The Second Coming." That episode was not available for review, but it's a sure bet that the heroes' predicament will get a helluva lot worse before it gets better. And that's a good thing.

Heroes version 3 may not offer the thrill of discovery that hooked fans during the show's first season. Despite the often ponderous dialogue and gloomy score, Heroes deploys brute storytelling force to prompt in the view a need to find out what happens next. Quoting from a W.B. Yeats poem, Suresh mournfully wonders, "What rough beast slouches toward Bethlehem?" For the answer to that question, we'll keep watching.

What do you think? Is tonight's episode a return to form, or is Heroes still floundering? Comment below.

Wired: Back on track, our "heroes" brace for a season of change-ups.

Tired: We love Masi Oka, but the time-stopping scrunchy-face is getting old.


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