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Is NBC Spoiling Heroes for Others?!?… by Damien
April 23, 2007, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Article, Blog, Discussion, General, Links, NBC, News, Season 1

Thanks to the Boston Herald for this interesting insight to someone who recieved a screener from NBC…

“Heroes” swoops in to save NBC’s prime-time lineup, but the show has already lost a key battle to its most fearsome foe.
Tim Kring’s drama about ordinary people endowed with extraordinary powers (returning Monday at 9 on WHDH, Ch. 7) has been sabotaged by the network’s promotions department.
If you’ve seen any of the commercials trumpeting Monday’s episode – the first of the final five, leading up to the season finale – you’ve already seen the biggest shock of the evening.
Given that the screener came with warnings worthy of a Homeland Security memo, NBC’s spoiler-sport attitude seems suicidal.

The big question is, as always, who dies in this unpredictable series?
Two good guys bite it in this episode, but only one death is permanent.
Hey, I’m being more subtle than NBC.
The pace, as always, is intense. Sylar (Zachary Quinto) attempts to telekinetically slice Peter’s (Milo Ventimiglia) skull open to steal his powers. Elsewhere, HRG (Jack Coleman) manages to tap into Matt’s (Greg Grunberg) telepathic powers for a daring escape attempt.

Linderman (Malcolm McDowell) zeroes in on Niki/Jessica’s (Ali Larter) son Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey). He continues to tempt Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) with the trappings of power so he will go along with his scheme to destroy half of New York – or, as Linderman notes, .07 percent of the world’s population (and hence the episode title, “.07 %”).
“Come on, that’s an acceptable loss by anyone’s count,” Linderman says.
People “trust fear,” he says. “This tragedy will be a catalyst for good, for change. Out of the ashes, humanity will find a common goal, a united sense of hope, couched in a united sense of fear.”

Given that “Heroes” is marketed to comic book geeks, if I were NBC, I’d be worried that writer Alan Moore and his attorneys were taking notes. The master plot bears a striking resemblance to the climax of Moore’s landmark 1986 graphic novel “Watchmen,” which may yet make it to the big screen someday.
I’d warn NBC, but methinks the network is too busy spoiling its own show.


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