Heroes Reborn Review: “Brave New World & Odessa”

I learned about Heroes from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; the greatest parade on earth. A year or so after its cancellation though, is when I decided to start watching it. To this day I haven’t finished watching it. Some people say it’s for the better or I’ve gotten the “I mean you went this far…”

I just think it’s too late now with Heroes Reborn.

“Brave New World,” the first episode, of the “comeback” miniseries opens back at Odessa, Texas and Noah Bennet has brought both humans and “Evos” (or Evolved) together with a unity summit; you now have them come together as one.

Then a bomb is dropped; so instead of blaming the terrorists, the government blames Americans with genetic differences. But in this case, it’s like a human version of Days of Future Past, except this time there are no ROBOTS or it’s not the 70s.

A man forgets something, but now he has to remember with the help of a slightly intelligent (?) comedic relief character so this war amongst the government and people with vendettas’ against those who have EVOLVED, like the show has mentioned before.

Like I said, no robots.

Oh and the lead has no powers, but his adoptive daughter Claire did. So I guess that counts.

Now for the episode as a whole itself, there’s a moment where you wish on half beaten horse for a better turnout.

The episode starts out interesting and the show retains that slow progression from season two. It’s one of my bigger issues. The episode drags on with a little too much exposition for what it’s trying to tell us here. What’s worse is they want to make it mysterious, but the dialogue feels like it wasn’t edited over. Very amateurish to be exact.

The date of June 13th’s existence, and the conspiracy behind it leads the main plot of the show. Though it’s left so vague anything can happen. It’s when things like this get jumbled into the bigger scheme of things that I don’t care too much for.

Maybe, like, what if the conspiracy of how Heroes hates us is the ending. I could accept that.

But “Brand New World,” tries to make sense of things but falls apart doing such.

For some odd reason the episode doesn’t kick in until Carlos Gutierrez (Ryan Guzman) comes in as the alcoholic military “vet” who doesn’t has his life held together. That could be because I’ve only ever seen him dance and half ass his way through acting.

Oh, and did I mention his brother is an “Evolved” known as El Vengador (or the Vengeance Bringer) by night and by day he’s an ordinary mechanic with his own shop. Then he dies, abruptly. Like why?

See what I’m trying to do here is tell you that you could do no wrong by skipping this episode and just read it because it’s not until the second episode where things pick up.

After being introduced to a couple new “Evolved” characters, like Tommy Clarke who can send people to a place that resembles the closest thing he’s thinking about (if it’s a furnace, I’m sorry buddy); then there is Miko, a girl who’s skeptical of a room in her apartment with cool mountain painting. Then she walks in one day, grabs a sword then finds herself in the video game, but the video game is synced to the real world too…


Let me tell it to you straight.

The second episode is much better, but for an episode like the first, it’s not really much.

The second episode balances a good amount of violence and exposition, but it still stalls. It also has a lot of emotional moments hit on the dime, but that’s cause Zachary Levi and Judi Shekoni are actually good.

Miko’s storyline remains interesting, and for Tommy, well he’s believed to have sent an abusive stepfather away; now he’s friends with the girl he likes and her boyfriend. Like every high schooler’s dream.

“Odessa” has its dry spell with adding yet another subplot into the grand schemes of things. Molly Walker is brought back, but not without some serious subplots to back it up. It’s adding too much in such a little space.

The graphics were mediocre if not noticeably atrocious, but then you question how much faith NBC had in this.

Seriously though;

I really want to write more, but I can’t. Like I seriously can’t. The second episode is slightly better, but outside of Miko’s plot, you really aren’t going to care for much else. The dialogue is still choppy and I still don’t know what it wants to actually tell us, like give us a damn hint.

But as I take another breath I’m coming to a consensus; stay open minded.

Brave New World: 3/10

Odessa: 5/10

Kevin Montes is one sarcastically satirical dude. He’s usually at home watching hours of comedy and television, primarily Simpsons. Kevin aspires to be a TV writer, a joke writer, and composer for all things Harmony Korine. You can reach him on twitter @iamkevinmontes to further ask about all things Simpsons.