A show that cannot be binge-watched: Heroes

Binge-watching is pretty cool. Especially the feeling you get when you watch that WTF moment at the end of an episode and not having to wait a week or months for the next episode. However, I recently encountered a show that I wish I wasn’t binge-watching: Heroes.

I’m not criticizing Heroes. I like that show. It’s just that sometimes I can’t watch more than one episode in a row.

In preparation of Heroes Reborn, I wanted to watch all four seasons. I calculated and I had to watch two episodes a day to be caught up. I even left an extra week before the premiere of Heroes Reborn just in case. The premiere started and I was still halfway Season 3.

Season 1 could be easily binge-watched. I enjoyed it. I got to figure out back story of each character. I got excited when these “heroes” met each other. I wanted desperately to know if Noah Bennet was a bad guy or a good guy. I was intrigued in finding out that a certain girl was the daughter of _________ and ____________. Skylar was cutting people’s heads. But everyone had one goal: save the world. It didn’t matter if everyone believed it or not. It was the goal. The series finale brought everyone together nicely and everyone had a role to play.

Season 2 was ok to binge because it’s about how everyone is trying to live normal lives knowing what they know now. Season 3 is mainly the heroes trying to find the enemy in all this and take down the company or whoever is harming the people with powers. The problem is that everyone is fighting the good fight separately. They get together for one second and then disperse. It’s as if everyone had the same goal but wanted to go about it in different ways.

Here is the real reason why it’s hard to binge watch Heroes. Certain narrative tropes are used over and over again. It’s repetitive. Maybe if I had seen the show weekly with the month hiatus, it wouldn’t have seem that way but watching a few episode a day for a week, it does.

Here are some story lines that are repetitive:

  1. Someone always wants to live a normal life rather than be a kick ass superhero.
  2. The person whom you thought couldn’t die because they are important in the show, dies.
  3. A new hero is killed after a few episodes.
  4. A new hero is presented but no longer mentioned after the season ends.
  5. The bad guy always seems to be some sort of Company who claims to be doing good but kills people at the same time. Total Mind f**k . Is the company good or bad? Which is it?
  6. Skylar kills people.
  7. Bennet is hiding something (even if it’s from himself).
  8. Someone has a wife at one point and then doesn’t. Not entirely sure what happened there.

The best characters are Hiro and Claire. Hiro because he actually wants to be a hero and is constantly looking for a mission. Claire because every time she is on screen, the plot moves along significantly. She was one of those “I want a normal life people” but quickly became “I’m never going to be normal so no use fighting it.”

Update July 28, 2017
I saw Heroes Reborn. I haven’t seen  anymore episodes of Heroes. I want to love the show but it’s difficult. It’s like seeing the Avengers in the same movie but the characters never interact until the last 5 minutes. It’s frustrating.


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