Will Heroes avoid the chop?

We weigh up whether or not Heroes deserves to be cancelled.

Despite being at the end of its fourth season – and enjoying its lowest viewing figures to date – Heroes is still yet to be renewed by NBC. In light of recent comments made by star Masi Oka, in which he declared the show “does deserve a proper ending,” we argue the case for and against keeping the series on air.

For:

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Season four brought us the enigmatic baddie Samuel. Played nicely by Robert Knepper, Samuel and his mystical circus have been a constant highlight in recent episodes. Wangle this character into season four’s finale and maybe the studio will take more notice.

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If the show is to be canned in the near future, why doesn’t NBC just give Tim Kring and co a chance to wrap up events? We’re not saying a full season order, mind, just a reduced fifth season. That way fans will be treated to a condensed and more focused block of episodes, something that has been sorely lacking in previous seasons.

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If Heroes departs from our screens the only superhero show left for us is Smallville. Not an exciting prospect at all.


Against:

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Quite simply the show has become a convoluted mess. Whereas the first season played out like a televised comic, the following seasons have become self-important and have constantly barraged us with new – duller – characters.

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Desperate measures

Yes she kissed a girl (and we’re pretty sure she liked it), but Claire’s short-lived lesbian was clearly a desperate ploy to garner more ratings. A show of Heroes’ quality does not need to lower itself to this type of Hollyoaks tactic – or does it?

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Where Zachary Quinto’s conniving killer was a big draw in earlier seasons, he’s now been reduced to a former shadow of himself. This, in turn, serves a neat metaphor for the way in which the show has transgressed. Fancy that.