Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Awake pilot last night (or over the past few weeks, thanks to NBC releasing it online fairly early). If you haven’t read my review, please consider doing that. But amid all the beaming reviews and superlatives for Awake, big questions remain: Is it a series? Can the story be maintained…… Continue reading Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

#TVFail Entry 3: Heroes, “How To Stop An Exploding Man”

The accused: Heroes, “How to Stop an Exploding Man” (Season 1, Episode 23) The crime: Failing to provide a satisfying conclusion to a much-hyped season of serialized drama Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 3: Heroes, “How To Stop An Exploding Man”

Test Pilot: File #10, Heroes

Test Pilot #10: Heroes Debut date: September 25, 2006 Series legacy: A legitimate cultural phenomenon that flamed out within a year of its debut, now a major touch-point that critics point to when discussing both the failure of serialized television and NBC’s downfall. Test Pilot is back! It’s a new year, but the historical pilot…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #10, Heroes

What is the legacy of Heroes?

Just like FlashForward, it should surprise no one that NBC has finally canceled Heroes. In four years, the sci-fi drama had a meteoric rise and fall and it’s been lambasted mightily ever since its season one finale. But what will we really remember about Heroes?Why don’t we start off with a word about the series…… Continue reading What is the legacy of Heroes?