The Third Coming

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 by

Zachary Quinto as Sylar

Zachary Quinto as Sylar

The morning after Heroes series three debuted in the US, the BBC screened the opener for journalists at the Curzon cinema, Soho.

Roly Keating, Controller of BBC2, introduced the preview: “Huge apologies for the short notice, as you may have gathered we didn’t know till the last minute if we were going to have the materials to do this screening, as what you’re about to see only broadcast in America in the small hours of last night. This is as close to an American premiere as you’re ever going to get.

“Normally when I do little intros like this,” he continued, “I’m very familiar with what we’re about to show you, and I’m full of little teasing hints about the narrative. I haven’t a clue what happens in this episode! Like you, I have not see a frame. So I am here as a fan.”

So how about that first 50 minutes? It’s attention-grabbing stuff, a mixture of the hokey (Mohinder’s scenes with Maya, and his own long-expected piece of character development) and the horrifying (Sylar’s torture of Claire – like a slow and painful metaphor for rape). Once more, Hiro is on a quest, no-one stays dead and – yup – the end of the world is nigh. But there is some admirably bold stuff too, chiefly about The Second Coming. And HRG is used in admirably restrained fashion.

Clearly, Heroes can’t recapture the sheer adrenalin of its first year, but on the basis of what I’ve seen, I’m along for the ride once more.

Heroes will air on BBC2 from Wednesday 1 October at 9pm, with the following episode appearing on BBC3 immediately after.


4 Responses to “The Third Coming”

  1. Cindylover1969 on September 29th, 2008 7:17 am

    Expect Alison Graham to waste vast amounts of bandwidth/printers’ ink on why this is crap and anyone who watches it is thick.

  2. Jack Kibble-White on October 2nd, 2008 8:47 am

    After last night’s series three opener, Heroes is now over for me. What a shame.

  3. shellsuitwarrior on October 7th, 2008 5:37 pm

    I thought the opening two episodes were pretty awful as well. In fact, I got quite angry watching them.

    However, a week later I calmed down and decided to view Heroes as a somewhat camp, stupid comedy.

    If you do that, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

    It probably helped that episode 3 has no Dohinder but plenty of Bennett goodness.

  4. Rob Williams on October 8th, 2008 11:30 am

    I liked Heroes Volume 1, but thought last year’s Volume was too dark. Though liking the new series, perhaps it shows that my taste is too dumb…