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Finally finished watching the Tivo-ed Heroes marathon, the first six episodes.

I have to say I don't quite get it. Don't get me wrong. I'm a sucker for super-powers. So I'll probably watch the show some more. But man is the plotting and acting in this show bad. I'll watch it just to see the super-powers revealed. Kind of like back in the day when I watched Incredible Hulk mostly for the twice-an-episode transformations into the hulk.

Though I have to say I really like the way story-arc television has been getting more popular the last few years. Did it start with 24? There have been a lot of episodic television shows that had story-arcs as background, but it seems like since 24 the idea of a season or multi-season long story told in pieces has been gaining in popularity: 24, Dead Zone, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Heroes. I'm sure there's one or two others as well. Some of these have a few disconnected episodes thrown in (Dead Zone, BSG).


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chiaspod From: chiaspod Date: January 2nd, 2007 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe that Babylon 5 and Space: Above and Beyond predate 24 on the "season-wide arc" timeline; B5 was aiming at a 5 season arc (which got munged by a panicked 4th season rewrite because they were told they had only one more season after the third - then it was renewed midway through the 4th season).
superleanne From: superleanne Date: January 2nd, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found it got more addictive the further you get into it...
gkr From: gkr Date: January 2nd, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think there were only one or two more episodes past the marathon. I just don't get what the attraction is for those who aren't super-power geeks.
superleanne From: superleanne Date: January 2nd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think there are five more. I like finding out how the characters will link up. Love Hiro, can't stand Niki.
From: jenny_i_read Date: January 2nd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heroes is one of my favorite shows. The last month has been driving me crazy with no new episodes. I don't suppose you caught the threes episodes they played on NBC last night? I think it was episodes 7 through 9.
gkr From: gkr Date: January 2nd, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope. Didn't catch em. I don't have my cable hooked up right at the moment.
thugg1ns From: thugg1ns Date: January 2nd, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Prison Break also does the story-arc.
keonei From: keonei Date: January 2nd, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, Heroes has been great. Personally I have no issues with the acting and I think the story line is hidden enough to not quite get it, but it does all come together. Side note as well: Heroes was only slated for 13 episodes as a mini-series. November was supposed to be the final episode and that is why the early episodes have a definate direction "save the cheerleader, save the world" The show, however became more watched and popular than expected much like BSG when it aired as a mini-series. So they decided to change up some the story line, have a mid-season break and come back Jan 22 for the rest of the season.
Another show that I was shocked to find out was good was The Lost Room, a mini-series aired on Sci-Fi. Unfortunately because it is Sci-Fi, they over-budgeted for the final episode because man...I was disappointed. The rest of the show, very well done.
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