Heroes - Season 2


DVD Release Date: 08/26/2008
Creator: Tim Kring
Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Zachary Quinto, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter, Jack Coleman, Adrian Pasdar, James Kyson Lee, Cristine Rose

Season 2:


As a former comic book collector, I was all over “Heroes” when it debuted. I loved the idea of a show about people with super powers and the overall concept that creator Tim Kring brought to the table. The first season had its ups and downs, but mostly satiated my need for genetically superior print models and got me to come back for more when the second season got started.

However, the follow-up season is where “Heroes” and I parted ways. While I still enjoyed many of the characters and powers, I found the overall storyline for the season to be far too similar in concept and pacing to the first season. I felt like I was getting a tweaked version of season one, with a few new faces to help break the monotony but that wasn’t enough. And the subplots were now delving into the realm of shallow writing and seemed more like there was a rush to get the show on-air to capitalize on its popularity rather than a focused effort to realize a continued vision for the series.

And so I canceled my season recording on the DVR and regained an hour of my life each week. Sadly, I haven’t used that time to do anything better with my life … but I’m not watching “Heroes”. I know that millions of people continued to stick with it and enjoy the series very much, I’m just not amongst you (which is probably good for you).

The DVD:



The 4-disc DVD set comes loaded with materials to satiate fans, ensuring their hard earned cash will be spent in the studio’s favor. But why only give it a 3 out of 5 for the DVD portion of the review? Well, because Season 2 is only 11 episodes long! Thanks to the Writer’s Strike and the business nature of television, the story arc for this season was broken and reshuffled into the upcoming Season 3. While, the features are exceptional … there aren’t enough episodes here. With a pre-order, fans could purchase this for around $25 which is a fair price but the MSRP of $39.98 is far too much for what is essentially half a season.

Audio/Video:

Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1.

Subtitles:

English; Spanish; French.

Languages:

English.

Extra Features:



Commentary with cast and crew members for each episode.

—– It’s great that each episode gets a commentary track … though I’m still annoyed for fans that there are only 11 episodes (I’m not letting this point go).

Heroes Season 2 “A New Beginning”

—– Tim Kring, cast and crew talk about their experiences coming back to the popular show.

Genetics of a Scene

—– Four key scenes are broken down and discussed by executive producers and others.

NBC.com Featurettes

—– Three examples of NBC’s web marketing are included: Hotel Corinthian Explosion, Maya y Alejandro viral video, Nathan and Peter Brooklyn cam

Deleted Scenes

Alternate Ending

Tim Sale Gallery of Screen Art

Season 3 Sneak Peek

The Sobering Conclusion:


I appreciate that they’re selling “Heroes” Season 2 at a reduced price since there are only 11 episodes and would discourage someone from paying more than $20 or $25 for the set simply because there isn’t enough content to warrant a higher price.

The special features are there – fans will find a lot to explore and enjoy in addition to rewatching the episodes. However, As I already mentioned, I stopped watching the show mid-season and I’ve only seen the first five or six episodes of Season 2. So, if you’re a fan of the show, don’t take my word for how enjoyable the viewing experience can be … and don’t melt me with your super powers either. That’s just rude.