Heroes, Vol. 1: Genesis

Warning: Major spoilers for Volume 1.

In preparation for the new series (season?) of Heroes (Heroes Reborn) I’ve undertaken the somewhat daunting task of watching the entire four seasons of the original series as a refresher, and in the case of the last half of season 4, a catch-up.

“Genesis” was, as always, delightful. I’ve re-watched parts of this season off and on over the years and I’m never disappointed. It’s the most highly touted season of Heroes, and often thought of as the only season worth watching. But we’ll get to that later.

This won’t be an episode-by-episode review (partly because I’m already on season 3, so season 1 feels like a distant memory), but rather a musing on how “Genesis” fits in with the rest of the series, and how the rest of the series measures up to the first season.

The first thing to note about this season is that you can tell the season was well planned out. I wouldn’t be surprised if the writers knew from the get-go who Claire’s biological parents are and yet they managed to delay the reveal until nearly the end of the season. The way the different characters crossed each others’ paths was masterful and at times even poetic.

The only complaints I have about the season have to do with Mohinder and Hiro/Ando.

Mohinder’s journey, while important, felt disjointed. He was perhaps the character with the most information, but often seemed to be the most lost. He traveled so much that it never felt as if his storyline should be matching up with the others. It’s as if travel time didn’t come into play. For someone whose father was mysteriously killed, he seemed to trust easily. And sometimes his story was just plain boring. Though I will say one of my favorite moments is when Mohinder unexpectedly turns on Sylar whom had been masquerading as Zane. That was unexpected, even on the second viewing.

As for Hiro and Ando, I know Hiro is a fan favorite, and I appreciate him as well. However, it was a little slow going at the beginning. They fought a lot, especially for grown men. Ando was selfish and Hiro was self-righteous. While I understand the desire to show significant character growth, it doesn’t make their early behavior any more digestible.

Regardless, “Genesis” really held up to its name and its reputation, as well as my memory. To see all these characters deal with their own genesis story, eventually coming together to save the cheerleader and save the world. In later seasons, though, we’ll wish it was as simple as “Save the cheerleader. Save the world.”

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