How funny that, on the same day a Heroes episode is given a grade "A" in Mania, I decide to post
this on my dormant blog site here as well. Last night, I took all the unwatched episodes of Heroes that had been collecting on my DVR, about 22 hours worth, and deleted them all. I ceased to care.
Last year, before the Heroes season ended to a cliffhanger at the edge of summer, I was busy with family things to do. That happens when you have kids in school, each with their own agenda, to tend to. In addition, I was tired of watching episodes where the characters spent most of their time circling each other, wondering what to do next. Plots continued to seem arbitrary, if not so contrived that my brain started to hurt. What happened to the characters I cared about in Season one? Since then, there were hiccups of genius among lengthening stretches of talk, confusion, twists that made no sense, and storylines that would flit about like a swarm of bees. In the end, it just seemed like the characters spent more time being self-absorbed in their own little worlds, as they each grew less interesting by the hour, and less time giving me something of substance.
Now don't get me wrong. I gave this show a chance up till most of season 3. But the more I learned about what was to come for the 4th season, the more I shrugged, saying "So?". My apathy for this show proved right when I started to look at the info screens for each episode prior to deleting it. The soap opera circles and plots they promoted in such few lines churned my stomach, and felt justified with each hit of the delete button.
Sure, I have other shows to watch (yay 24!), and my time is spent differently now than it was 4 years ago, which seems ages to me. But I find that as I get older, I'm getting more picky about what I spend my time watching. I don't watch TV like I used to, which was with a happy and casual abandon. Those days are over for me. It'd better be good, or there's no point. And sadly, what I do find to be good gets cancelled. And with how NBC is dealing Conan? It's wrong on so many levels, it only adds a log to the fire: this is a network that continues to put up with so much contrived writing as on Heroes. NBC have lost the ability to recognize what's good. Conan deserves better. We as audiences deserve better. Both are getting the severe and bloodied shaft for putting up with such a low degree of chicken-hearted business ethics, it now bleeds into all their programming by default.
I blame NBC for that late night show debacle as I do in just how terrible Heroes has become. Leno and Conan are poorly played chess pieces on a badly losing game. Heroes was an awesome premise that was allowed to suffer into a irrecoverable mess. I blame NBC for both.