Will the New Season of ‘Heroes’ Beat Our Lowered Expectations?

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It'd be a tall order for Heroes, returning tonight to NBC, to win back all the fans it made during its awesome first season. But can the show — so bogged down by superfluous characters, time-travel overkill, and ridiculous inconsistencies in its tumultuous (and crappy) second season that creator Tim Kring actually felt the need to apologize for it — win us back? Encouragingly, reviews for tonight's premiere have been largely positive. But they also point out that expectations have been so dramatically lowered that pretty much anything Kring could have written would've been an improvement.

It'd be a tall order for Heroes, returning tonight to NBC, to win back all the fans it made during its awesome first season. But can the show — so bogged down by superfluous characters, time-travel overkill, and ridiculous inconsistencies in its tumultuous (and crappy) second season that creator Tim Kring actually felt the need to apologize for it — win us back? Encouragingly, reviews for tonight's premiere have been largely positive. But they also point out that expectations have been so dramatically lowered that pretty much anything Kring could have written would've been an improvement.

Could Kring, knee deep in the muddle of the second season, have tanked the rest of the schedule, like a sports team angling for draft picks, in order to take the heat off for the show's third season? He knew he could always partially blame it on the writers' strike, after all. Is this why Claire is still alive?

Sepinwall on TV: 'Heroes' season three review [New Jersey Star-Ledger]
Supernatural Powers, Yes. Gen-Y Problems, Also Yes. [NYT]
'Heroes' is still worth watching—plus, super spoilers for Season 3 [Show Patrol/RedEye]