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In hindsight, maybe I was too generous with the second season review. It wasn't bad but it did suffer from a slow pace and rehashing plot points from the first season (namely, having to rescue Will again) with the villain being too vague to feel threatening. The third season is much better than the second season thanks to great visuals and effects, amazing performances, cool villains, a poignant ending before the mid-credits scene Marvel-style sequel hook drops in and more suspense with an increase in action sequences as well as giving everyone equal focus rather than having the story revolve entirely around Will. We finally get to see him talk to Eleven after remaining unconscious anytime they were onscreen together in the last two seasons. Plus, having the season take place in the summer makes it less monotonous than if the show still took place during schooltime. Equally nostalgic, funny and spooky, Stranger Things 3 ranks as the second-best season of Stranger Things and I hope the Duffer Brothers make the fourth, and possibly final, season an epic one.
It's way too crazy in the first few episodes and if you went in expecting this show to be a spinoff of BoJack Horseman, you're definitely going to be disappointed but Tuca & Bertie still stands on its own with its sense of humour, fun animation, great voice acting and script that addresses serious topics but with a larger sense of optimism - and more self-contained episodes - than BoJack.
Heroes Reborn tries to win back the crowd that it lost 5-6 years ago with a darker tone, changing of characterizations and having even the characters both from the original series and this "event miniseries" either die or be doomed to uncertain fates. Some of them don't even show up in the series proper! But whilst the performances are still good and there's a slightly increased amount of action sequences, Heroes Reborn suffers from excessive melodrama, uninteresting villains, bad special effects and poor timing. I know Tim Kring remains optimistic about this show but maybe NBC should've striked while the iron was hot and wrapped everything up with a one-hour TV movie when it was announced it wouldn't get picked up for a fifth season. Being released in 2015 where more mature adult-oriented superhero shows such as those set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe means that its flaws stick out more. And its not like the effects can be strictly blamed on a TV budget seeing how by the time this sequel series premiered we already had TV shows with high production values such as Game of Thrones and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Good effort overall but sadly, Heroes Reborn just isn't good. Writers' Strike or no Writers' Strike back in 2007, they probably should've stuck with the original plan of "American Horror Story: Superhero Edition"
A surprising improvement after the trainwreck that was season 3, the fourth season of Heroes scores points for its back-to-basics approach, getting characterizations back on track after they basically became hopeless, introducing new characters who mostly aren't obnoxious, poorly written characters wasting actors' potentials and a lighter tone. For once, they don't have to worry about any bad futures. Season 4 still has problems, though. The villain is the worst one, ratings stunts abound (Claire is bisexual even though there were no hints that she was ever attracted to the fairer sex), the ending despite being a surprisingly good spot to end the series even though it wasn't meant to be as it got cancelled three months later has the show's trademark idiocy returning full force (the premise of Reborn doesn't help) and being too late. To specify, this was the closest we were going to get to a return to form as the damage Season 3 inflicted had already been done and as a result, although there are more good episodes than bad episodes, its just barely. Still don't regret seeing Season 4, however.
The worst season of the show so far, the third season of Heroes raises the question: did the Writers' Strike kill Heroes or did it sign its death warrant the minute they decided to keep the old characters around and not make it an anthology series as was originally planned. The first thing Sylar does in this season is, minor spoilers, take Claire's healing factor. This was the point where I was tired and just wanted Sylar to die and now I can never get that catharsis factor knowing that the writers don't want to write a new permanent villain. The characters are idiots with the villain of the first half being overpowered and there's nothing Peter or Hiro can do about it yet all he does is draw pictures and sends his incompetent henchmen to do his dirty work. There's nothing stopping him from just going to Primatech and kicking everybody's ass. After all, the Haitian is always conveniently absent because "oh no, he isn't an idiot". Mini-story arcs are dropped as soon as they are picked up with the two good characters introduced in season 2 having their talents wasted, to put it vaguely, the pilot for the superhero cop drama "Noah & Sylar" not getting picked up and the whole Villains thing being abandoned, if not banished to the online graphic novels, in favour of having two of them becoming asskissers for the generic doomsday villain who does nothing. Really, HRG is the only character I still liked that survived the season but that's mainly because his characterization remained the most consistent. Otherwise, characters find themselves changing morality just because the plot demands it. For instance, Sylar suddenly grew a conscience or something? Gee, I wonder if it'll stick. And minimal explanation as to why Future Claire hates her good uncle. Leave him alone, you already killed your Future uncle. Big shock, Claire goes through the same "ooh, I hate my daddy so much. No, I love my daddy-not-daddy". But there is some good to be found surprisingly. The special effects look great finally having a big enough budget from more flashy superpowers like cryokinesis and creating black holes, the actors are trying their best with the scripts they're given and the second half is an improvement, if only because Season 1 writer Bryan Fuller returns but its more an improvement as in "lesser of two evils". While no action sequence because the special effects artists crapped themselves when they noticed in the script that there was going to be an epic, if brief, final fight, the ending is rather interesting and I'm sure it will in no way whatsoever come back to haunt those who were in on it. While I made it this far, I guess there's no point in skipping out the fourth season and Reborn but the third season is a plot-hole laden mess that's painful to sit through. Although I will say this: I do love the lore located in the online graphic novels, shorts and the websites for the in-universe locations such as the Corinthian Hotel thanks to my good friend the Wayback Machine.