How to save Heroes

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?

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Posted by TheMasterDS

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?

Posted by Synthballs

I think you need to build a time machine and kill Tim Kring after the first season finished.

Edited by Astras

How about Peter wakes up and it's back at the end of season 1 and and what's happened was all dream and he's still got all his powers and never had any daddy issues / mummy issues / Brother issues / Save everyone issues/

Posted by Apathylad

Heroes is still on? o_O I think I stopped watching around the third season.

Posted by Dany
  1. Kill Syler, a continuous villain throughout a series is not a villain, just an annoyance
  2. Restrict powers, keep them simple. I don't have to tell you how many times the show did something like....kill HRG but claire cried....when she could have brought him back. They ignore their own show
  3. Kill Ali Later...for real this time. She was great for season 1 but was terrible after
 
  everyone was great in season 1 but the show did nothing for season 2 except bore me to death and made me yell for what they did for the finale. Season three started with villains and OH MY GOD, if that was not the most pointless arch ever...i don't know what was. Fugitives....ugh. They had sylar, Nathan and peter LITERALLY FIGHTING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!
 
 I liked what they did, killed Nathan, restricted some powers but not all but still, with a show with people with superpowers, it could not be more tedious with plot devolpment
Posted by Atomic_Tangerine
@Astras said:
"How about Peter wakes up and it's back at the end of season 1 and and what's happened was all dream and he's still got all his powers. "

But... Then we would have to sit through season 2 all over again! 
 
Really though, that would get me more excited than almost anything at this point.  It is sad that this suggestion is the best.
Posted by InfiniteGeass

I enjoyed all the seasons. I thought they were all interesting and pretty good.

Posted by Ben99

I could relate to what you've said since I saw one episode from season 3 I think and hated that show ever since

Posted by Astras
@Dany: 
Come on dude.. all we really ever wanted to see when we started watching this was Peter vs Sylar in a matrix style flying about with lightning fighting to death and countering each other moves...
 
If this will not allow for other story lines because of overpowered characters then so be it.. finish the series with style instead of drawing out all this pointless Nerf bat storytelling because of overpowered abilities, that gets annoying:
 
Peter lost his powers through his dad stealing them
Sylar lost all his powers 3 times now and has become good twice, one was a future vision granted
Hero got the nerf bat through a brain tumour making him speak in riddles.. WTF
Tracy.. I dont know what the hell is going on wit her.. now she's water/ice.. I thought she was super strength?
Matt refused to use his powers for a while due to moral crisis
Claire gets the nerf bat through her neverending termoil through the relationship with her daddy issues.
Posted by DCFGS3

Hayden Panettiere takes her top off. THAT would bring back the audiences. If they wanted to start another good season, do something so that EVERYBODY (except maybe the villan) is caught in a trap or something, and frozen in time. We then scoot over to the only person who can save them, another one with powers like Peter, except a teenager, and watch him/her get secret psychic messages from the other heroes to make him/her save them. Except him/her doesn't know he/she has powers until he/she encounters a minor villan who the Agency deals with, but he/she takes his power. That way everybody is on the same page.

Posted by Ferginator4k

I personally thought it all fell apart after season 1 and remember the rumors that season 2 would have had an entirely new cast of heroes with some cameos from characters from the previous season. That always seemed like the way they should have gone.