The original Heroes became a wonderful show to hate-watch toward the end of its run. Most works of fiction require one to adopt a reasonable suspension of disbelief, but Heroes asked for more. It asked you to be okay with pretty much every major character inexplicably surviving and showing up time and time again. Any individual with an ability strong enough to easily resolve tricky situations, like Hiro and his ability to freeze time, became profoundly stupid in order to prevent the plot from moving forward at a less-than-glacial pace. I think that the last season was about emo carnival people trying to feel something again.
According to game theory, however, it behooves people to give things second chances, so I decided to watch this reboot. It is going to be in the form of a condensed 13-episode miniseries, any material that Tim Kring and his friends dream up will not have to be stretched out with as much padding. Most of the old cast has been thrown out or reduced to minor cameo roles, too, which means that we wont have to watch Matt Parkman squint intently at things every week now.
So, how was the premiere for Heroes Reborn? It was alright, if you don't stop to think about any of it too much. The central theme of "evos" (them folks what have those powers) being persecuted and hunted down by governments and other nefarious corporations isn't too original, but it's simple to understand and gets things rolling without an excessive amount of setup work. There are also a few related mysteries that were set up that at least have me curious as to how they will unfold, like "how is aurora borealis supposed to kill everyone?"
Unfortunately, this show is already displaying a lot its previous incarnation's flaws. Episodes juggle too many stories with too many characters that don't connect together in any meaningful way. The tonal shifts that pop up when the show cuts from a murderous couple thirsting for vengeance to two teenagers running around in a particularly silly rendition of cyberspace are beyond jarring. Characters and concepts that have only previously made appearances in miniature "webisodes" that no one is watching show up and not much is being done to reintroduce them. Oh, and there is a baffling scene that involves one of the central characters directly trying to sell a Cadillac to someone (that's somehow worse than all of that Sprint product integration from the old show).
I can't think of a decent way to end this post, so enjoy this absurd Matt Parkman tribute video that somehow exists.