First Reviews for Heroes Reborn Call It 'Epic,' 'Extraordinary,' and a 'Return to Form'

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 - 3:43PM
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 - 3:43PM
First Reviews for Heroes Reborn Call It 'Epic,' 'Extraordinary,' and a 'Return to Form'
Heroes fans can all breathe a sigh of relief (I know I am), because the first reviews for Heroes Reborn are in, and they're good. The first two episodes were screened at TIFF, and the first critics are calling it "a return to form," "everything you loved about Heroes and then some," etc. They're not all raves, and there's some disagreement about elements like the character development and accessibility to new viewers, but none of the reviews are bad, which makes us happy to no end. It also indicates that the recently released industry data may be correct, and Heroes Reborn has the potential to be one of the fall's biggest hits (knock on wood). 

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"After viewing the first episode, we're positive you'll all want to be tuning in for a return we think is epic, extraordinary, and, of course, evolved." - Hypable
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Fans of the original will be adequately serviced


Everyone agreed that the show will play well to fans of the original, especially the ones who (like me) gave up sometime in season two or three:

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For those that stuck with Heroes until the bitter end, Heroes Reborn should present as a wonderful return to form that hasn't really been seen in the show since the early days of season one. - Forbes
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Heroes: Reborn legitimately feels like the old show we know and love. There are references to several characters from the past series like Claire Bennett, the Haitian, Mohinder Suresh and more. Tim Kring, creator of the show, went out of his way to make you feel like this was the same show you watched several years ago, and he succeeded. - Hypable
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Many of the virtues that made Heroes feel fresh when it first appeared are still in evidence - the propulsive pacing, dexterous balancing of multiple narrative threads and time jumps, the vigorous cinematic shooting style and dynamic scoring. - THR
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New viewers might get lost


Reviews were mixed on whether viewers who are new to the franchise would get lost, but even if it's true, that could easily sort itself out within a few episodes:

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The question that needs to be asked is, does it play to those that gave up on Heroes before it ended and those that have never seen it before? And the answer to that question is… not yet, but it could within the next few episodes... Where the show stubbles [sic]... is with things like Noah's plotline that simply makes callback after callback to things newer audience members aren't going to understand as easily. Even though a fair chunk of it involves events that took place off-screen in the show's missing years, many will frequently find themselves asking if there's something they should know that's being brought into play. - Forbes
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The first thing I can say about Heroes Reborn is that one doesn't need to have seen the original series to "get" the new one... The show doesn't bog itself down - at least not yet - in trying to answer every question about every character of the original series. That's actually a plus, because you won't be watching and wondering "where is Peter Petrelli/Sylar/Hiro Nakamura/Mr. Muggles" the whole time that you're watching. - KSiteTV
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For better and for worse, it's just like X-Men



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Now that the existence of "evos" (evolved humans) has been exposed by Noah's cheerleader daughter Claire (Hayden Panettiere, heard only in a voicemail greeting at the start of chapter one), the gifted outsiders are the target of widespread discrimination from the normal folks. That makes the comparison with the mutant/human divide of the X-Men universe harder to escape. - THR
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In many ways, the new Heroes plays much like the way one would expect a live-action X-Men series to (which is actually rumored to be in development at Fox). The idea of people with powers being known but unwelcomed is a classic trope used by the long running Marvel series as an allegory for everything from race relations to the Holocaust. Unfortunately, what hurts Heroes Reborn is the fact that it doesn't embrace this reality fully. In order to grasp what's taking place, there's still a little bit of research that needs to be done to understand certain dynamics in full, like the fact that Evos became known thanks to the events of the original series finale. - Forbes
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The new characters are either the least or the most compelling part of the series


This subject saw the most disagreement; some critics thought the new characters were the best part of the first few episodes, while others thought they paled in comparison with the characters from the original:

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The parts of Heroes Reborn not tied to the original series – such as the storyline involving Zachary Levi's Luke Collins being a hunter of those with powers – are what stand out the most. These storylines ring with very clear intent and stunningly well executed pacing. They're the things viewers will want to be invested in, in the coming weeks. - Forbes
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If any of the new faces are going to acquire the ambiguities or the delicious villainy of Heroes alums like Sylar, Elle Bishop or Nathan and Angela Petrelli, there's little evidence of it so far. - THR
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After watching the two hour premiere, we find ourselves already attached to the cast of new characters like Robbie Kay's Tommy Clarke, Ryan Guzman's Carlos Gutierrez, and of course Zachary Levi's Luke Collins. Not to mention seeing Jack Coleman kick some serious ass as Noah Bennet. These characters are complex, layered individuals that are fighting not only an external struggle with those they come against, but an internal struggle that makes them question who they are. And this is just the first episode! - Hypable
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Heroes Reborn premieres on September 24 at 8pm on NBC.
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