Heroes fans can’t help but rejoice upon the announcement that Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller will be rejoining the science fiction series as a consultant. Believing that the writer-producer-genius behind the show’s acclaimed first season will get Heroes back to its groove, many are now eager to find out what Fuller has to offer, beginning with this season’s 20th episode.
“I came in right at the point where everybody was realizing, ‘Oh, we’re getting too dense here and we need to put faces on stories because there is no face to a formula; there is no face to saving the world.’ So it’s turning this big ship back into a character stream, and everyone on the writing staff shares that desire. We need to get back into a character place, because that’s where this story started: Very clean, superhero metaphors to everyday life. That’s the path that we’re taking. But it is a big ship so it’s going to take a little while to turn it,” Fuller told Entertainment Weekly.
In deed there are a lot of things to mend. After a very promising first season, the second season of Heroes was criticized by critics and fans for having a much slower pace, less engaging storylines and lack of focus compared to the first season. There was also an apparent decline in the ratings as creator Tim Kring acknowledged that he made mistakes with the direction of the show. And while the cast and crew tried to revive the series for its third season, it still didn’t live up to viewers’ expectations.
So what will it take to make things right?
“People will die. And some will return. Matt’s wife [Janice] comes back. We’ll find out what happens when you have a superbaby. We’re also going to tell fewer stories per episode. We’re going to limit it to three or four with one big one that you can wrap the stories around. We’re altering the structure of the show so that there’s a very clear A story that takes up a larger percentage of the show so that that story gets traction,” Fuller said.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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