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Kring Apologizes for Second Season of Heroes

Published November 9, 2007 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of NBC.
Heroes Heroes

While watch the first few episodes of the second season of Heroes all I could think was this:

Please, for the love of God, get Hiro out of Japan. Yes, he might have screwed up the past a bit, but he does not carry himself as a hero just yet and is hard to watch in extended greenscreen sequences.

My complaints didn't end there, however, as I found the new introduction of all new heroes, save one, a bit jolting. Nobody seems to be related, they are just side stories somewhat popping up. I don't like that.

Finally, what the hell happened to all the cliffhanger conclusions?

Show creator Tim Kring knows of the show's sophomoric flaws and is outside NBC right now picketing. No, he didn't turn against the show; the writers strike, remember?

Kring Sorry for Heroes

Talk about a bit of strategy from Kring. He issues an apology to Entertainment Weekly for the early, bad episodes just as the show is picking up. The last couple episodes were finally up to par with what we've come to expect from the show. A story that moves, develops and then leaves us craving some more. But, we're not going to let him slide that easy. Here are some flaws that he (also) noticed:

THE PACE IS TOO SLOW ''We assumed the audience wanted season 1 — a buildup of intrigue about these characters and the discovery of their powers. We taught [them] to expect a certain kind of storytelling. They wanted adrenaline. We made a mistake.''

HIRO WAS IN JAPAN WAY TOO LONG Hiro's (Masi Oka) time-bending adventure in 17th-century Japan — where he mentored samurai hero Takezo Kensei (David Anders) — finally came to an end on Nov. 5. But Kring says it ''should have [lasted] three episodes. We didn't give the audience enough story to justify the time we allotted it.''

YOUNG LOVE STINKS Kring regrets sticking Claire (Hayden Panettiere) with a super-dud boyfriend and forcing Hiro to moon over a cutesy princess. ''I've seen more convincing romances on TV,'' he admits. ''In retrospect, I don't think romance is a natural fit for us.'

Though I completely agree on Hiro's unconvincing love to 'the princess', I felt Claire's worked rather well. Not only does her boyfriend allow her to break some rules with somebody she is er, 'connected' to, but it also reminds her that her dad was once a devoted company man.

Tim Kring's apology comes with a lot of positive. First off, like I said earlier, he delivers this statement right when the show begins to look up, as if he knows he is going to make up for past episodes fairly quick. We have already seen what's coming, and it does look a whole bunch better than what's happened. Second, the Heroes writers are listening to what viewers have to say, and they are adjusting the story based on the complaints.

''The message is that we've heard the complaints — and we're doing something about it.''
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