Eh. Not all bad, but lots of badness carried over from the previous season, and there is new badness added to the mix.
On the up side, the plot-line involving the older generation of heroes looks like it may go interesting places.
I’ll put most of the moaning and a spoiler or two behind a cut.
The old, familiar badness you already know about. Watch while the Amazing Indestructible Cheerleader mopes! Listen while Mohinder pontificates! Be amazed as Telecop asks vital questions and lets them go unanswered, almost as if he can’t read minds! Boggle as the writers struggle with the titanic plot-forces of Peter Petrelli’s omnipotence and omni-impotence! It’s all here, with extra moping by Claire’s biological father and grandmother. I guess when moral ambiguity is gone, all you’re left with is guity. Long, endless minutes of guity.
The new badness: Hiro’s hero, Kensei, is an unscrupulous drunken Englishman. It proves to be quite easy for this raffish fellow to outwit the rather simple and high-minded natives, haw-haw. Maybe I’m being unfair, but it seemed just that patronizing. Will Hiro Teach His Hero How To Be A Hero? Will He Himself Become His Own Hero And Perhaps His Own Granpaw? Perhaps there is a third, even more depressing alternative. If so, I’m sure Tim Kring and his crack team of obviators will find it. Hiro is my nominee for the most misused character in the history of series television.
Anyway, it looks like Heroes will be essential viewing around our house this year, but not as the producers may intend. It was more like an hour-long episode of MST3K where we were the bots.