Did you hear the super exciting news, you guys? Heroes is coming back to NBC! How pumped are you?
Yep, me too. I enjoyed the first season of Heroes as much as any proper geek did. "Company Man" still stands out as a fantastic hour of television, and there are times when I'm standing in my kitchen and I think about Claire jamming her hand down the garbage disposal. It still makes me shudder.
The show had a few problems in its first season — I never understood the Ali Larter/twin in the mirror storyline, TBH — but it was still a lot of fun. The second season was ... not so good. I was completely checked out by season three (Mohinder turns into a bug?) and have heard rumors that there was a season four, but I refuse to confirm or deny that by looking it up.
So imagine my grunt of indifference when NBC announced on Monday that it was bringing the show back as Heroes Reborn for a 13-episode run in 2015.
To borrow from Arrested Development: "Really? Her?" In the universe of TV shows, you pick freaking Heroes to resurrect from the dead? I'm not opposed to resurrections; I'll tune in for the return of 24, in part because I'd like to know what Jack Bauer's been up to for the last few years and in part because Chloe is a goth hacker now (!!!). But Heroes??
Think of all the far more worthy shows that are ripe for a revisitation. I've come up with a dozen here; I'm sure you can add many more to the list.
The rules: No shows that were cancelled prematurely. Obviously, we all want Firefly and Pushing Daisies back. But today, we're talking about shows that had a good run and were able to develop their characters and give us some plot resolutions, but that we'd still be delighted to drop in on a few years later. A few of these aren't genre shows, but I don't care. That's how strongly I feel about them.
Here there are in no particular order.
1. Angel. Yes, Angel and not Buffy. Buffy left everyone with the Sunnydale chapter closed and looking to the future. Angel let us with a hideous, Joss-y cliffhanger that made you think not a single one of the characters would survive another 20 minutes. I'd dearly love to see where they are today. (Yep, I know there's a comic series. I still want to see it in live action.)
2. The X-Files. The last movie was terribly disappointing, wasn't it? But I want to believe that given six or eight episodes, the show could recapture some of that old magic. A mini-arc, a few monsters of the week, some smoldering glances, a few sensible pantsuits. Bam! The magic is back.
3. Jericho. The show had two mostly solid seasons. I'd love to see what kind of society the survivors have managed to build since the show went off the air in 2008, particularly since the final season ended with the threat of a new civil war. This show would work with the same cast, a few years later, or it could follow a different band of survivors dealing with similar challenges in a different part of the country.
4. Alias. The quality suffered greatly in later seasons (let us not speak of Lauren and her evil eyebrows and her omni-accent). But I still have great affection for Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn. And Sydney's wigs. Today's spy shows don't have enough wigs, do you hear me, showrunners? Let's do a limited run series that pulls Sydney and Vaughn out of retirement and forces them to get the band back together. Also, wigs!
5. Friday Night Lights. As long as nobody murders anybody, I would very much like to revisit Coach and Mrs. Coach's world for a little while. I'd love to see how Coach Taylor's Texas charm plays in Philadelphia.
8. Gilmore Girls. I would agree to a date with Taylor Doose if it meant I could get a look at what the girls are up to seven years later. Let's bring them back for a fast-talking miniseries.
10. Veronica Mars. I'm greedy. The movie's not enough. I want more time with our favorite girl sleuth-turned-lawyer. Let's tune in for some Neptune shenanigans every week for two or three months. Time for Kickstarter 2.0?
11. Quantum Leap. There's not enough Scott Bakula on our televisions. Let's see Sam Beckett get pressed into service for another spin through time to solve a looming crisis that can be fixed in, say, 10 or 12 leaps through the past.