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Heroes: Season 2

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet
Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh
Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura
James Kyson Lee as Ando Masahashi
Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli
Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman
Ali Larter as Niki Sanders
Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli
Noah Gray-Cabey as Micah Sanders
Ashley Crow as Sandra Bennet
Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli
Zachary Quinto as Sylar
Jimmy Jean-Louis as The Haitian
Leonard Roberts as D.L. Hawkins
Santiago Cabrera as Isaac Mendez
Adair Tishler as Molly Walker

Special Features:
Genetics of Scene
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
Season 3 Sneak Peek
"Generations" Alternate Ending
Inside the Alternate Ending of "Generations"
Untold Stories
NBC.com Featurettes
Tim Sale Gallery of Screen Art
Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint
The Drucker Files
Heroes: Season 2 - A New Beginning

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 8 Hours 2 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official synopsis of the film:

"Rejoin the epic and suspenseful phenomenon as 'Heroes: Season 2' arrives on DVD. Experience all the new and exciting twists of the astonishing series in this 4-disc set that includes every gripping Season 2 episode. Plus, see what could have been with exclusive bonus features that reveal the untold stories that never aired and an alternate ending to the season finale, where the fate of humanity takes an ominous turn when Peter fails to catch the vial containing the deadly virus."

"Heroes: Season 2" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
Like many successful TV series, "Heroes" suffered from a sophomore slump. Things started out well enough. Hiro was stranded in the past and met his idol, Takezo Kensei. Peter, believed to be dead at the end of Season 1, mysteriously awakes with amnesia. Mohinder infiltrated 'The Company'. It was a good setup.

But things eventually fell apart. New characters Alejandro and Maya were not that interesting and their scenes offered little more than repeated shots of Maya accidentally killing people with black goo coming from their eyes. Mohinder got a sort of Stockholm Syndrome and started making stupid choices that helped 'The Company'. It didn't help that he and Parkman had a bizarre "Three Men and a Little Lady" thing going on with Molly. Hiro's 'Excellent Adventure' in the past ended up being a bit boring as he was detached from the adventures of the rest of the cast. In short, almost every storyline proved quite unsatisfying.

There were a few bright points. Kristen Bell was a promising addition to the cast as the bad girl daughter of one of the company baddies. Think of her as the anti-Claire. HRG had to suffer in silence at a printing store so Claire wouldn't be taken. Speaking of Claire, she has a brief romance with another young 'Hero'. Matt Parkman investigates the first generation of Heroes. Fun cameos by George Takei and others continue. Fortunately these high points make Season 2 worth checking out. And having seen the first episode of Season 3 at the San Diego Comic-Con, I'm more than happy to report the series gets back on track and Season 2 is forgiven writers strike and all.

There's a good selection of bonus features on the DVD. Besides the usual things like deleted scenes and commentaries, you'll find some special goodies most of them are inadvertently provided courtesy of the writers strike. There's an alternate ending showing what would have happened if Peter had not caught the vial. We're treated to some rather dull scenes showing Parkman and Nathan taking over the Odessa police department as people drop dead from the released virus. 'Inside the Alternate Ending of "Generations"' explains the thinking behind it and how by having Peter catch the vial in the aired version, they eliminated several episodes of planned storyline. That's also apparent in "Untold Stories." I believe these are sequences that were filmed for future episodes that were cancelled because of the strike. We see Sylar kill some more Heroes for their powers, HRG convincing Elle that her father is using her as bait to lure out Sylar, and Hiro vowing to never use his time traveling powers again. But most notable is a horrific vision of the future from Angela Petrelli as she sees the Villains killing all of our favorite Heroes. Rounding out the bonus features are some NBC.com featurettes and two fake documentaries on Takezo Kensei and a character named Drucker.

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