So everyone knows what their power is and how they're all related. Good, season one is over. Now everyone can start dealing with some real issues on Heroes. For the second volume, entitled "Generations," series creator Tim Kring plans to expand on the backstory some of the elder Heroes have hitherto only teased.
Heroes: Season Two Themes
"The idea of 'Generations,' last year we set up this sort of sense that there was this other generation represented by the Linderman character and the Petrellis' mom and George Takei and Richard Roundtree's character," said Kring. "All of these characters set up an idea that there was another generation that had secrets of their own. This season, one of those themes that we're going to talk about is the sins of the parents being visited upon the children. That's one of the themes, this idea of how generationally we are left with problems that we have to fix."
For the new generation, just using their powers opens a whole new world of issues. "One of the things that we wanted to do, and this is in getting back to the idea of how do you come back to a second season and get people to start over again, is a kind of how do you stay back on the farm after you've gone out and had these amazing adventures? So a lot of these stories are resetting at the beginning and we're getting to come back to the touchstone of what it's like to try and live a normal life while having these issues going on, as opposed to the first season where it got so cranked up with a plot that that idea sort of fell by the wayside."
The first season dealt with interconnectivity and brought the whole ensemble together. Now they're split up again. "We start with them apart again. That's always been the fun, I felt, of the show and some of the secret of the show is the guessing and the predicting and the discussion about how these disparate characters are going to find their way back to each other's lives. I think that's a big chunk of what the show's success is."