Heroes finally gets canceled – after four long seasons

It gives me great pleasure to report to you that Heroes, the once-great series about ordinary people who discover extraordinary powers, has been canceled.

I glimpsed the news on EW’s Hollywood Insider where they crunch the numbers on how far the series has fallen since that celebrated first series:

The show never managed to recapture those stellar ratings from its critically-beloved first season, when it averaged a whopping 14.5 million. There has been talk that NBC may air a movie that allows the producers to wrap up the story, but nothing has been set in stone.

Did you watch the show right up to the end? The recently finished fourth series was perhaps the most tepid installment so far. It even went to the lengths of throwing Hayden Panettiere’s into a lesbian affair to spice up the ratings. Desperation had crept in. The show repeated motifs that it had already tackled: Sylar flip-flopped between good and bad, Hiro bounced around past, present and future and Peter Petrelli continued to look moody.

The series could probably have limped along. People like me would probably have watched it for fear of missing something cool. In fact, the fourth series ended with Claire Bennet revealing her abilities to the world (that old chestnut). Perhaps a valid tactic would have been to have the Heroes live in public and legitimise them, give them a chance to be proper superheroes for a while?

Perhaps a movie version will do that.

And while I’m genuinely sad that things never really worked out for Heroes, part of me wants to write a thank you letter to the brave producers who decided to put this show out of its misery.

5 Comments

  1. Rosie-Lee

    This doesn’t surprise me.  I went off of Heroes some time ago as they went round in ever decreasing circles, regurgitating story ideas and making the Enigma Code look easier to understand.

    Now Flash Forward has also been cancelled, which has really annoyed me as I was really getting into the story.  Falling audience ratings cooked its goose apparently.

    It surprises me that the convoluted Lost has kept going for so long.  I used to love the programme but then it went over to Sky.  I don’t have Sky, so again I was really furious to lose the chance to continue to see it.  I think a lot of money goes into the publicity machine for Lost, so it stays in people’s minds.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      Yeah, what got me about Heroes was that the characters never appeared to develop, no matter what happened – Noah Bennet for instance was always the crack “bag and tag” guy whose work conflicted with his family life. And that was his story for four seasons.

      I had been an advocate of refreshing the cast periodically. Kicking out some of the old, boring characters and replacing them with new heroes and new experiences. Or what the Chapter 5 teaser hinted at: bringing the heroes out into the open. They devoted too much of this series to trying to hide their abilities when they could have done and X-Men/Fantastic Four kind of thing with them.

      Having said that, Rosie, with the cancellation of Heroes and FlashForward, and the imminent demise of Lost, things aren’t looking too hot for Sci-Fi at the moment, are they?

  2. David

    I loved the first two seasons, and out of a force of habbit I found myself dragging through what preceeded them. Series 3 was atrocious, characters were all over the place to the point where you no longer gave a sh*t about what happened to them, the fourth started off with potential, for the record I thought Samuel was a very captivating villian and I loved the character of Emma and her innocence, it brought a fresh outlook to the show, but the series didn’t seem to know where it was going, we traversed old territory, and the plotlines got more bizarre. However the ending was the progression the series could’ve used two seasons ago, and if another one was made they would at least have an interesting premise to start off with, but they would know doubt find some way to screw that up someway along the line, for that reason I think a movie would be the right way to bow out, set up a beginning middle and end from the word go and stick to it, if a character dies, LET THEM JUST FECKIN DIE, sounds harsh but this is one of the many things that annoyed me about the show, they don’t seem to have the balls to kill off any main characters, so when a supposed death scene happens it loses any emotional impact it mightve had because you know that they’re going to return later some way or another. I think it’s safe and extremely sad to say that I won’t miss this show considering how good it was when it began.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      I see what you’re saying about Samuel: and yes the potential was there. But he was another baddie leading a bunch of freaks and outcasts, except hiding in plain sight by using a carnival as a front.

      The biggest problem with Samuel was that damned Irish accent. Heroes had been roundly criticised in season 2 for having characters with fake Irish accents, and you’d think they’d have learned their lesson. I couldn’t get into Samuel because his accent bugged me so much.

      Anyway, I’d have massacred the entire original cast. The one positive thing about Season 4 was the virtual absence of Mohinder Suresh and his damned boring monologuing.

  3. Jeffrey Scott

    I have to admit, when I hear the news of Heroes cancellation I wasn’t that bothered about it. Don’t me wrong, I LOVE the concept, it’s the delivery that was flawed. To bad one of the heroes wasn’t a super story teller. As noted before, the plot were all over and it seemed they didn’t know what to do with the characters. Nathan was all over the road, Peter was getting boring and the writers apparently felt they needed to cripple his power as he could seemingly do everything. Hiro was starting to get annoying with his constant ‘quests’. Then we come to Sylar; Did I say Nathan was all over the road? First Sylar was dead, then he’s not, then he’s bad suddenly he’s good, he has no powers, he discovers he has powers, he has all his powers, he’s related to Peter he’s not related to Peter. This show could have been something special. Instead it just began to annoy me. Not something you want in a television show.

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