By TheMasterDS 10 Comments
Heroes has been hemorrhaging viewers for a while now and have had little luck in bringing them back for a very simple reason. For one to watch new episodes of Heroes, at they should've seen every previous episode. This causes several little problems which are preventing any recovery from occurring. First, any new or former viewers would have to buy 4 DVD box sets to get to the point where they contributed to the ratings, which obviously is unrealistic. Second, even if you did manage to get them in the door with the first season, a show like this is only as strong as its weakest season, and as such a huge chunk of these new viewers would probably quit while watching the 2nd season. Finally, these new viewers wouldn't be as likely to notice the comics they throw up on the site, meaning they would get less out of the show overall and be less likely to stay. This all sounds pretty bad, but there are a few simple solutions.
First choice is put up the back seasons on Hulu and NBC.com. While one could argue that syndication is enough, with a linear show like Heroes you can't really start anywhere, and even then you can't miss an episode, limiting the amount of people that can be brought in that way. They need to open the show up and try to get as many people up to speed as possible. Second choice is rebooting the series. Jump 10 years and focus on a lot of new Heroes, like Season 2 was supposed to do. Now, this move wouldn't be popular among current fans, but it honestly could be just what the show needs. It would not only serve as a point of entry, but also help to remove a lot of plot threads which are honestly getting a bit stale at this point. Third option is try to get a little more advertising money out of the viewers each week by implementing the Heroes Origins plan, which would've been another 30 minutes of Heroes every week or during breaks that focused on a single Hero, Company Man style. This way does little to bring in new fans, but if done right it could help retain current ratings.
Then again, I think the common notion nowadays is that Heroes is above saving. I don't think that's the case myself, but then that's why I'm still watching the show. Does any of my 3 options appeal you?