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HEROES
Season One

Review by Ed Nguyen

Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Milo Ventimiglia, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, James Kyson Lee, Leonard Roberts, Jack Coleman
Directors: Greg Beeman, Allan Arkush, Paul Shapiro, et al.
Audio: English, Japanese 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video: Color, anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1
Studio: Universal / NBC
Features: Unaired pilot, thirteen commentaries, fifty deleted scenes, The Making of Heroes and four other featurettes, "Mind Reader" game, trailers
Length: 1035 minutes
Release Date: August 28, 2007

“Do you ever get the feeling you were meant to do something extraordinary?”

Episodes ****

Who among us has never dreamed about possessing super-powers?  Just imagine the possibilities!  Super strength!  X-ray vision!  The power of flight!  Of course, the temptations would be stupendous.  Why slug away at some worthless job for a tyrant of a boss when one could simply use super-powers to become a criminal mastermind?  Who wants to be a champion of right and justice, anyway?

Well, that's the dilemma that faces the young heroes and heroines of television's Heroes.  This NBC show burst upon the scene in the fall of 2006 and quickly became one of the stand-out hits of that television season.  Yet the show’s heroes were not untouchable, holier-than-thou gods and goddesses of might and fury.  On the contrary, Heroes was inspired by various Marvel comic books (The Uncanny X-Men, anyone?) detailing the angst and woe of super-heroes who, despite their powers, had everyday problems just like anyone else.  In other words, here were people that anyone among us could relate to.  Well, almost.

The “origin story” being the most interesting of most super-hero backgrounds, Heroes is chockablock with such tales of intrigue.  However, it does not skimp on the action sequences that are the bread-and-butter of any super-powered story.  And what better locale to stage all this derring-do than that great metropolis, that great cesspool of potential villainy, but also that home of all great heroes, New York City itself?  Actually, the multiple storylines of Heroes encircle the globe, but all will converge on The City That Never Sleeps for the inevitable showdown between the forces of Good and Evil.

But okay already with this chit-chat.  Let's proceed with a look at the Season One episodes of Heroes!  Be forewarned that there may be some spoilers.  'Nuff said!

1) Genesis

“Is man entering a new gateway to evolution?”

This premiere episode introduces many of the storylines that comprise Heroes.  First we meet Pete Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), a young Manhattan hospice nurse who suffers from strange dreams of falling and flying.  His brother, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar), is an aspiring politician, while his mother is still despondent over her husband's suicide after a long bout with depression.

Then there is Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), a respectable Indian professor who travels to New York to investigate the mysterious death of his father, a noteworthy professor on evolution.  Mohinder decides to carry on his father's research into the paranormal, and despite his initial skepticism, Mohinder eventually becomes the philosophical heart of this show (providing regular opening narration for most episodes).

Also living in New York is Isaac Mendez, a painter who believes that he can paint the future (with a little assistance from mind-altering narcotics).  Is he simply another delusional drug addict, or does he possess an actual gift?  Isaac's girlfriend, Simone Deveaux, is coincidentally the daughter of the dying man under Pete's care, just one of many links between the multiple characters of Heroes (as the show progresses, these numerous separate storylines will increasingly converge and interact).

Over in Las Vegas, we are introduced to Niki Sanders (Ali Larter), a young woman who operates an adult website in a desperate attempt to overcome her financial problems.  She has a young son, Micah, and a missing husband on the lam from the law.  Even worse, henchmen of the local loan shark Linderman are after her, and they aren't playing around.  Worst of all, Niki is haunted and stalked by visions of an evil doppelganger.

Leaping across the globe, we travel to Tokyo, Japan, where we meet Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka).  He is another seemingly normal office worker who just happens to be convinced that he can bend space and time.  His friend, Ando (James Kyson Lee), on the other hand, is convinced that “Super-Hiro” either reads too many comic books or watches too much Star Trek and Star Wars.

Last but not least, let us not forget the show's rallying cry - “Save the cheerleader, save the world!”  So, who is this pivotal cheerleader?  She is the seemingly indestructible Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), an adopted child whose foster dad is a paper salesman and whose foster mom is a “Best-in-Show” dog enthusiast.  Claire considers herself a freak because of her abilities, which she tries to conceal.  Nevertheless, when she rescues someone from a raging fire in this episode, her actions, however anonymously performed, draw the attentions of lurking dark forces, one perhaps quite close to her foster home in Odessa, Texas!

2) Don't Look Back

“We all imagine ourselves the agents of our destiny.”

This episode introduces another key character - Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), a cop toiling away in Los Angeles.  He is one of many policemen working on the case of the mysterious Sylar, a particularly deadly serial killer.  Matt, however, may have an advantage - his ability to read people's minds!

Meanwhile, as Mohinder tries to piece together his fathers' cryptic work, he is attacked by an intruder in his father's apartment and rescued by Eden, a young girl living next door.  As for the two Petrelli brothers, one dreams of flying and the other possibly can!  But, there is a history of major depressive disorder in the family, so who is to say that these delusions of grandeur may not be the signs of progressive irrationality?

Niki starts to suffer strange black-outs, and after the latest one, she discovers dead henchmen on her garage floor.  Did she somehow murder them?  Or, did her mysterious doppelganger, in some Jekyll and Hyde moment, do so?  Niki doesn't wait around for answers but takes her son and flees.

Hiro has somehow teleported himself to a future New York, where he acquires a strangely prophetic comic book created by Isaac Mendez.  While in the Big Apple, Hiro receives a vision of a nuclear explosion in the city.  Is it just a dream or real?  This potential threat provides the compelling drama and countdown for the rest of Season One - the race to assemble our heroes together to stop the destruction of New York City!

3) One Giant Leap

“You even mention tights and a cape, I'm going home!”

This is the first of four episodes on Disc Two.

Hiro believes that he has traveled to the future (and another country) and returned.  Furthermore, he believes that he alone knows of the fate awaiting New York.  Now, if only he can convince his highly skeptical friend Ando to join him, with comic book in hand, and return to America!  Speaking of skeptics, police officer Matt has his own problems after being arrested by a doubting detective, Audrey, who mistakes Matt for Sylar!

We learn a little more about the mysterious and possibly super-powered Sylar.  Was he Professor Sureshi's neighbor in New York?  What does he know of the professor's research, and did he kill the professor, too?

Meanwhile, Niki is tracked down by Linderman's hoodlums, while Claire has the limits of her invincibility tested in a death-defying moment.

This episode has a rather shocking conclusion, so don't be alarmed if heroes start dying already!

4) Collision

“You are going to die in five weeks, then New York will explode!”

This episode offers greater clarifications of Pete and Niki's powers.

Matt is captured by a secret mastermind with enigmatic intentions and subjected to experiments before having his memory erased.  As for Niki, Linderman is willing to forgive her sizable debt in return for a favor - entertaining a special client in Vegas.  In other news, Pete receives a vision from a future version of Hiro, while Claire seeks a bit of redemption against a classmate who seriously wronged her.  As for our two comic Japanese strangers in a strange land, Ando convinces a reluctant Hiro to use his powers to cheat in Vegas.  Well, Hiro gets his comeuppance!

5) Hiros

“Save the cheerleader, save the world!”

Pete attempts to decipher future-Hiro's message, and along with Isaac, tries to learn more about the future from Isaac's paintings.  In other news, Nathan Petrelli escapes from a potential kidnapping while Matt attempts to patch things up with his wife.

Meanwhile, current-Hiro and Ando, after cheating in Vegas, find themselves poor and tossed out into the desert.  They're just like cynical, quarreling, comic-relief droids!  Hiro has learned his lesson - using his powers for personal gain leads only to the Dark Side!  Meanwhile, Ando has had enough of secret missions and decides to leave; but how far can a lost Japanese man get in an American desert without help?

6) Better Halves

“You don't have to have superpowers to be a hero.”

Niki's long-missing husband, D.L., re-appears.  What are his intentions towards Niki and his son Micah, and does he harbor a secret of his own?  D.L. is wanted for a crime he didn't commit, and he must let the world think that he is missing until he can have a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within...the amnesiac She-Hulk that is his wife, Niki!

Claire has a chance to meet her real parents.  But are they really her birth parents or imposters?

7) Nothing to Hide

“What would people do if they knew what we were capable of?  They'd lock us up and they'd throw away the key.”

This is the first of four episodes on Disc Three.

D.L. and Micah have run away but not for long if Niki, consumed by her dark side, can do something about it!  Meanwhile, Claire's brother Lyle inadvertently discovers her powers and freaks out.  Cop Matt's continuing investigations into Sylar leads him to a burnt corpse and a possible suspect, Ted Sprague, a radioactive man.

8) Seven Minutes to Midnight

“It's an odd country, America.  Everyone there seems so lonely.”

As it turns out, Ted Sprague is not Sylar.  Nonetheless, his radioactive abilities may yet play a role in the destruction of New York to come, and he is no less dangerous or mentally unstable than is Sylar.

Meanwhile, Isaac has been abducted by a secret organization partially run by Mr. Bennet, Claire's mysterious foster-father!  Is HRG (for "horn-rimmed glasses" as the character is known by fans) friend or foe, and how does he know more about all the would-be heroes than they know about themselves?

Hiro meets Charlie, a waitress with  perfect memory.  When she is killed mysteriously, Hiro decides the time has come to test his time-traveling powers to save her life.  Wise Man say, Man who is too afraid to use power does not deserve to have power!

Mohinder has returned to India to resume his duties as a professor, but he cannot shake the sense that he has unfinished responsibilities in America.

9) Homecoming

“You're gonna die at 8:12 tonight.”

So, tonight is the fateful night!  Isaac's paintings suggest that Claire is destined to die during Homecoming, probably at the hands of serial killer Sylar, who is apparently on a mission to murder all para-normals.  Will anyone arrive to save her on time?  Meanwhile, Niki's dark alter-ego, Jessica, wants her son back, and she'll stop at nothing to get him back, not even murder.

10) Six Months Ago

“My name is Hiro Nakamura.  I'm here to save your life!”

Hiro has traveled back in time to save Charlie the waitress.  In fact, this entire episode is one long flashback into the past lives of our various heroes before some of they had even developed their powers.  Revealed is the link between the Petrelli family and crime lord Linderman.  We learn more about Eden and her own special abilities of suggestion but more importantly, we discover how mild-mannered clock-maker Gabriel Gray was transformed into misunderstood villain Sylar!  Ah, boo-hoo for him.

11) Fallout

“I just wanted you to have a normal life.”

Fallout is the first of four episodes on Disc Four.

Back to the present day, people have died, but Sylar has been captured, and Claire has survived the assassination attempt on her life.  So, the world is saved, and everyone's happy now, right?

Not quite.  Niki's dark alter-ego, Jessica, has become some sort of unstoppable female terminator with two goals on her mind - kill her husband, abduct her son.  Meanwhile, Claire's savior, Pete, is being held in prison as a suspected murderer.  Some thanks for saving the world!  And actual murderer Sylar hasn't been killed at all; he is only being held by HRG's secretive organization for testing and probing.  We all know what happens when evil villains are imprisoned and subjected to humiliating tests, right?  Sooner or later, they break out, mad as sin and hell-bent on revenge!

12) Godsend

“Our life of legend begins!”

Matt's ability to read minds gets him suspended when he leads a failed raid on HRG's secret headquarters.  How was HRG able to anticipate the raid?  Does he possess some means of dampening or blocking our heroes' powers?

Meanwhile, Hiro's powers are fading as well, and he believes that only a legendary samurai sword will help him to re-focus his abilities and to continue his mission of saving the world.  The problem?  The sword that Hiro requires is owned by Linderman, a criminal kingpin who seems to pop up everywhere!

Doctor Who's Christopher Eccleston make the first of several guest appearances on the show.

13) The Fix

“I'm no one.  I'm the Invisible Man.  I'm Claude Rains!”

Pete has recovered from a coma, during which he experienced disturbing dreams suggesting that he may be the true cause of the disaster that will strike New York City in a matter of weeks.  One day, he saves the world, the next day, he destroys it.  Nice.

Well, Pete doesn't want to go down in history as the world's worst mass-murderer, so he is determined to find out a way to control his powers or at least to alter this terrible destiny.  Feeling increasingly unstable, Pete hopes that an invisible man wandering the streets of New York City may help him before too late.  But, how does one track down an invisible man?

Claire also wants to track down some elusive folks of her own - her real parents!  Perhaps they are not dead at all, as she had been led to believe.  As her friends and even foster family have begun displaying strange bouts of amnesia, Claire believes that her life is in danger.  Who can she trust?

Lastly, it's time to return to Las Vegas for Hiro and Ando if they want to steal Linderman's samurai sword.  But, they are apprehended en route and must face down a Big Boss with a surprising identity!

14) Distractions

“People suck, friend.  Every last one of them, never forget that!”

Hiro must choose between two equally worthwhile endeavors - saving the world or remaining loyal to his family.  Speaking of family, Claire meets her real mother at long last and even learns a few secrets about her birth family!  As for Niki's family, life for D.L. and Micah has been difficult without the presence of psycho-mom, who had previously surrendered to the police for psychiatric help and containment of her dark side.  But upon her release from prison, Niki discovers that she remains as dangerous as ever.  Is Niki's family better off without her?

On a similar note, Sylar is out of prison as well (forcibly so), and what better way to get back at HRG than to terrorize his jailor's own family?

15) Run

“Thanks for the help, Sulu.”

This is the first of four episodes on Disc Five.

Claire's family life remains a mess.  Her real father may not react favorably to news that his daughter, long presumed dead, is still alive.  Her birth mother is perhaps not the soft-focus guardian angel that Claire longs for, either.  And Claire's foster mother is suffering from after-effects of HRG's memory-altering techniques.

Jessica has taken over Niki's body and has secretly become a contract killer.  Meanwhile, Matt, still suspended from his duties as a cop, takes on a job as a bodyguard.  However, on his first job, he encounters a super-powered female adversary who has no misgivings about killing him to get to her target!  One guess who that female super-villain is!  It's a mismatch, really.

Mohinder, after weeks of futile attempts to continue his father's research, finally tracks down one para-normal - Zane Taylor.  But, is it really Zane or merely someone more dangerous assuming a false identity?  Someone like...Sylar?  As in, the very man who may have murdered Mohinder's father?

Meanwhile, in their ongoing efforts to acquire Linderman's samurai sword, Hiro and Ando engage in a bit of a comic slapstick humor involving bellhop impersonations, a weepy showgirl, and a crooked gaming commission officer.  Where are the cream pies?

16) Unexpected

“You don't just get to say you're sorry and make everything go away.”

The radioactive man, Ted Sprague, has sprung out of hiding and, just like Sylar, also has revenge against HRG on his mind.  Talk about making powerful enemies!  So, it's time for another attack on the Bennet family.  The Bennets survive the attack by Sylar, but can they survive one by the radioactive Ted?

Meanwhile, Pete has learned all he can from his invisible mentor.  Now, the rest is up to him.  Will he run and hide or stay and fight?  Or worse, in his mental angst, will he finally succumb to the temptations of his tremendous powers?

All in all, Unexpected is a rather dark episode.  Heroes and heroines die.  Good guys turn evil.  Tragedy and death await behind every corner for our cast of vigilantes.  At least, we might cling to the knowledge that comic book heroes never really die.  Or hey, they always come back to life...right?  Regardless, from this point in the season onwards, be prepared for shocking demises on a weekly basis for some of the show's major heroes or villains!

Watch for a special cameo appearance by a comic book icon at the end of this episode!  Also, a new heroine, Hana, is introduced with the ability to tap into computers with her mind.

17) Company Man

“People are fragile, like teacups.  All around them the world is changing, and they simply don't want to deal with it.”

This episode concentrates entirely on the siege of the Bennet family by nuclear Ted and his unlikely accomplice, mind-reader Matt.  Recall that this former, likeable cop was unfairly suspended as a result of unsuccessfully trying to uncover HRG's secret organization.  Now he, like everyone else apparently, has a grudge against HRG.  How does a presumptive paper salesman make so many powerful enemies and remain alive?

Company Man reveals a lot about HRG's background, including his fake front at the Primatech paper factory and the ambiguous motivations of his secret organization.  This episode also throws HRG's true loyalty ever more into the morally gray zone - is he some evil government agent or is he a man trying to protect his family?  Or is he both?

Eric Roberts makes the first of several guest appearances as HRG's superior in the secret organization.  Another super-villainess, the chameleon-like Candice, is introduced at the end of this episode.

18) Parasite

“The bomb.  We didn't stop it.  I failed.”

Claire is now on the lam but wants to find Pete Petrelli, who saved her the last time she was in big trouble.  But Pete is off helping someone else - Mohinder, a normal human trying to capture the all-might Sylar by himself.  Time for another major character to bite the dust?  Perhaps, especially if Pete Petrelli does not arrive in time!

Meanwhile, Jessica has a new contract killing, and the intended victim is Pete's brother, Nathan Petrelli.  Who has ordered the assassination?  Could it be Linderman, whose true identity is revealed at long last in Parasite?  And what role does this mysterious criminal puppet-master have in the upcoming nuclear attack on New York City.

While Linderman is otherwise pre-occupied, Hiro finally acquires his Kensei samurai sword!

19) .07%

“What you're talking about is genocide!”

To paraphrase from Dr. Strangelove, a nuclear attack might not be so bad - only ten to twenty million casualties, tops, depending on the breaks.  So, the demise of 0.07% of the world's population following the destruction of New York City is perfectly acceptable, yes?

Meanwhile, HRG has been imprisoned by his own organization for allowing his daughter Claire to escape.  He is able to escape with the help of the most unlikely of accomplices - Ted and Matt, the very same men who had previously held his family hostage.  As for the AWOL Claire, she has run off to New York City to learn more about her true family's past and secrets.

And one of our heroes turns to the Dark Side, forming a sinister pact over the future of the U.S. government!  Meanwhile, there is a super-powered showdown between Pete and Sylar that foreshadows events to come in the season finale!

This episode is the first of four on Disc Six.

20) Five Years Gone

“The bomb still happened.”

This very cool episode takes place entirely in an alternate future.  Hiro, armed with his samurai sword, has leaped ahead in time with Ando into a bleak and desperately dark world.  New York City has been destroyed, and a virtual state of war exists between humans and super-humans.  Shades of X-Men?

The future-Hiro is a now sword-wielding “terrorist” wanted by Homeland Security's shady Matt Parkman in a topsy-turvy world where super-humans are undesirables targeted for extermination.  Future-HRG operates an Underground Railroad of sorts for fugitive super-humans.  And future-Nathan Petrelli is the president of a corrupt U.S. government.  The few heroes who have survived may not do so much longer, and past-Hiro wants to learn what went wrong in the past so that he can travel back in time and stop the imminent destruction of New York City.

21) The Hard Part

“Can you be the one we need?”

If Sylar is capable of killing his own mother, what else is he capable of doing?

Meanwhile, our heroes begin to converge upon New York City, where in a few days, the fateful explosion is destined to occur.  Some have arrived to destroy a tracking system that locates our heroes for HRG's secret organization.  Niki and D.L. have come to rescue their son Micah from Linderman's clutches.  Hiro has returned from the future with a new mission - confront Sylar himself!  On the other hand, Claire's true family is trying to encourage her to leave New York City before everything explodes.

This episode also re-introduces a minor character from earlier in the series who now plays a pivotal role in bringing our heroes together.

22) Landslide

“Destiny made a mistake.”

The time has come for the congressional elections!  A victory would put Nathan Petrelli one step closer to his true goal - the White House!  But is he trustworthy, and to whom does he truly owe his allegiance?

And the heroes, assembled all in New York City?  Well, they're dropping like flies now!  A bloody showdown awaits Linderman, D.L., and Jessica.  Pete has begun to lose control of his powers.  There is a final encounter between Hiro and his father.  And Sylar continues to kill more super-humans and absorb more power.  Soon, will anyone be able to stop him?

23) How to Stop an Exploding Man

“In the end, all that really matters is love.”

So it has come to this!  Will Sylar live long and prosper hereafter, or go he down in a blaze of glory (taking half of New York City with him)?  Or, will Pete do the honors instead and destroy New York City himself?  Are there even any heroes left alive who can stop this inevitable calamity?

Heroes provides the ultimate wish fulfillment for viewers - the ability to live vicariously through the incredible deeds of others and to see a little bit of ourselves in seemingly ordinary people who discover that they are capable of extra-ordinary accomplishments.  The characters of Heroes all discover greatness within themselves, whether they truly possess super-abilities or not.  The only question, at the end of season one, is who will remain standing to learn from their past mistakes?

Video ****

The anamorphic transfer for Heroes looks stellar.  Images are crystal-clear images with sharp details and a rather impressive array of special effects for a network television show.  Also, be aware that while each episode opens with an "as previously seen..." teaser, these scenes frequently present alternate takes, new lines, and different camera angles!  Since new material is often incorporated into these teasers, it behooves viewers not to fast-forward through the credits!

Audio ****

Audio is outstanding with an aggressive 5.1 mix.  The dynamic score with an ethnic flair is by Wendy and Lisa, best-known as former members of  Prince and the Revolution.  The ethereal vocals are by Shenkar.

Features ****

The Heroes box set contains seven discs.  Plot synopses are presented on the fold-out sections of this set.  The discs themselves are organized with pleasant, comic book-inspired menu screens.  Disc One opens with trailers for Bionic Woman, Knocked Up, and Hot Fuzz.  There is even a commercial for a certain Japanese car that receives a regular plug throughout the show.

More worthy of our attention is the unaired pilot with an optional commentary by show creator Tim Kring.  This episode is similar to the premiere episode, but at 73 minutes, includes nearly twenty minutes of previously unseen material.  A lot of this missing footage involves a terrorism sub-plot that was entirely excised from the show and the original introduction of cop Matt Parkman's storyline.  The Kring commentary addresses these changes as well as the concept for the show, the production of this pilot, and other differences between this unaired pilot and the finalized premiere episode.

It should be noted that this box set has thirteen commentaries!  Not all the episodes commented upon contained finished effect works at the time of commentary recording, but the ones which did do tend to elicit oohs and aahs from the commentators.  Also, several of the commentaries refer to the on-line comic book that accompanies the show.  These web-comics reveal revelatory background about the heroes and frequently expand upon topics marginally broached upon in the show itself.  Fans of the television show might check these web-comics out!

Also on Disc One are twelve deleted scenes (10 min.) for Genesis and Don't Look Back.  A few offer distinctly different versions of scenes already in these episodes, while a handful introduce a secondary character earlier than his actual appearance in the show.  One scene was cut for obviously being too racy.

Disc Two offers seven more deleted scenes (8 min.).  However, these are actually extended versions of already existing scenes.

Disc Three offers fourteen more deleted scenes (16 min.).  Again, these are mostly either extended versions of already existing scenes or slightly re-edited ones.  Of interest, though, are a trio of cute scenes between Lyle and Claire and an extended one between Eden and Claire.

Disc Four has commentaries for Godsend (with Jack Coleman, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Leonard Roberts), The Fix (with a funny Hayden Panettiere and Greg Grunberg), and Distractions (with Milo Ventimiglia, Greg Grunberg, and Zachary Quinto).  A few of the show's writers and co-producers participate in these commentaries, too.  Mostly, the commentators reveal inside jokes, rib each other a lot, and gush over various scenes or lines from the show.  Disc Four also has seven deleted scenes (7 min.), mostly extended sequences, although the first deleted scene does offer some clarification for our heroes concerning the mysterious mid-season disappearance of Isaac.

Disc Five offers commentaries for Run (with Greg Grunberg), Unexpected (with Sendhil Ramamurthy, Zachary Quinto), Company Man (with Jack Coleman), and Parasite; many of the show's writers and producers, particularly directors and co-producers Greg Beeman and Allan Arkush, also join these commentaries.  There are seven deleted scenes (6 min.), including a few hinting at HRG's true allegiance and his role within a secret organization; there is also a cute scene between Hayden Panettiere and Greg Grunberg about generation gaps.

The most intriguing feature on Disc Five is the "Mind Reader" game.  The DVD player will telepathically guess a number (and hero) in the viewer's mind with 100% accuracy.  The only question it asks is whether it is right or not at the very end!  That's it.  Naturally, there is a trick to this game which mathematicians can have fun figuring out.

Disc Six offers an audio commentary for each of its four episodes, again with a combination of contributions from the show's actors, writers, producers, and directors.  Trek fans should not miss the talkative commentary for Landslide, which features Masi Oka and George Takei!  There are also three short deleted scenes (2 min.).

Disc Seven contains the season finale and the bulk of the bonus featurettes.  The thirteenth and final commentary in this box set provides words of wisdom from show creator Tim Kring.  He re-appears in the featurette "Making Of Heroes" (9 min.) to explain the concept for his dramatic show about special and super-powered people.

Among the other featurettes, stunt coordinator Ian Quinn talks about the action sequences and stunts of the show in "The Stunts" (10 min.).  "Profile of Artist Tim Sale" (11 min.) gives viewers a chance to look at Sale's artwork for the various Isaac Mendez paintings, sketches, and comic pages in Heroes.  "The Score" (8 min.) profiles the music for the show as created by ex-Prince and the Revolution musicians Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman.  Lastly, nerds of the world unite!  If a former ILM computer geek like Masi Oka can become an inspirational television super-hero like Hiro, then so can we all!  "Special Effects" (8 min.), with visual effects supervisor Mark Kolpack, details the show's look, including Oka's own background in the visual effects field.

Finally, this last disc offers a few parting film and television show trailers - Friday Night Lights, House, Las Vegas, The Office, 30 Rock, Miami Vice, and Bring It On: All or Nothing (with Hayden Panettiere as a cheerleader, of course).

Summary:

Loaded with action, drama, and a healthy dose of special effects, Heroes easily lives up to all its hype as one of the best NBC shows of the 2006 season.  It is like a television version of Unbreakable or X-Men but faster-paced and extended to series-length.

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