HEROES returns for its third season tonight, and after what almost everyone agrees was a sloppy sophomore session, the reviews are pretty good for the “VILLAINS” themed season, or at least different, says the LA Times:
A supersonic hit when it premiered two seasons ago, “ Heroes” fell into disarray last season, going on an incomprehensible world tour and spending too much time in ancient Japan. In such a hero-saturated market, how could they rebound with Season 3?
Apparently, by focusing on villains, or at least that’s the subtitle — “Volume Three: Villains” and presumably that’s the plan. NBC made only the first of tonight’s two-hour premiere available to critics, but it was short on heroics and long on dark foreshadowing.
The third season kicks off Monday with an hourlong chat with the cast followed by two new episodes. The first episode, “The Second Coming,” is aptly titled. It succeeds in resurrecting the show. At times, the show’s liberal use of time jumping makes it hard to follow. On “Heroes,” things are seldom plotted in a linear fashion, and “The Second Coming” is no exception. The first scene, already shown in commercials, opens four years in the future with a dark-haired Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) pointing a gun at Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia).
We’re very lacking in HEROES-fu, so we will rely on our faithful readers to tell us thumbs up or down.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.