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Heroes: Season 3 - Review

Heroes, Season 3

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

DVD EXTRAS: Audio Commentaries; Deleted Scenes; Tim Sale Gallery of Screen Art; The Prop Box; Alternate Stories – Nowhere Man, Heroes Going Postal; Genetics of a Scene – Exploring Claire’s Mind, Lights Camera, Beeman, Throwing Thoughts, Speedster Steals The Formula; The Writers’ Forum; Heroes 3 BR exclusive bonus; PIP commentaries; PIP bios; BD live content (Heroes Connection Network); Building Coyote Sands.

THE third season of Heroes was a marked improvement on the generally disappointing sophomore run – but it still failed to match either the quality or excitement of Season 1.

Split into two distinct parts, it had plenty of fresh ideas and interesting character developments. But it didn’t always hang together as a satisfying whole.

The addition of new characters with new powers tended to become a distraction, while old former favourites (such as Hiro) continued to grate.

There were successes, however, and notable episodes along the way to the obligatory cliffhanger finale that set things up in suitably enticing fashion for Season 4.

The first half of Season 3 was arguably stronger than the second half, focusing as it did on the power struggle between the Petrelli family and the various incarnations of brothers Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia).

Robert Forster was a great addition to the cast as evil patriarch Arthur Petrelli, while his various manipulations of key Heroes personnel took the show into interesting new directions.

Sylar (Zachary Quinto), in particular, emerged as one of the show’s biggest assets and a genuinely compulsive character as he battled with his inner demons and attempted – albeit briefly – to act for the greater good.

But Sendhil Ramamurthy’s Mohinder Suresh also fared much better as a conflicted individual whose darker, more ruthless side was well and truly unleashed.

And Hayden Panettiere’s Claire Bennet benefited from a tougher approach… rather than permanently being the damsel (or cheerleader) in distress.

Individual episodes such as The Eclipse: Parts 1 and 2 also came close to recapturing the initial excitement of season 1, while Our Father and Dual emerged as two of Season 3’s better offerings.

Creator Tim Kring’s insistence on wrong-footing viewers with each new chapter tends to get a bit tiring, particularly as we’re never guaranteed that they’ll be successful. But Season 3 showed enough to suggest that Heroes remains worth sticking with… at least for the moment.

Certificate: 15
UK DVD Release: October 12, 2009