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9. Heroes

Arguments over the drop in quality in NBC’s Heroes continue to rage whenever the subject of the show is brought up – for me, it might have lost a little steam somewhere between seasons two and three, but never failed to capture my attention, and really picked up by the end. (Though I’ll always have questions about the desertion of Caitlin, a minor character who I wanted to see become a major character, trapped in a horrible version of the future in the second season.)

During its broadcast, we were all watching it. Kids were talking about it in school, people were talking about it online, and (I imagine, because I was one of the kids talking about it in school) the water cooler was abuzz with discussions about last night’s episode. Numbers may have dwindled by the end, but it brought a deserved focus back on science fiction on the small screen, giving the genre a chance to prove its worth once more, and to show that it doesn’t just live on spaceships and other planets, but it can thrive down here on Earth, too. (Though it can undeniably live there brilliantly too.) No Heroes, no Chronicle, no Misfits.

Few characters in cult TV shows have been as widely loved as Hiro Nakamura. Not only because his name is something of a homonym for the show itself, but because Masi Oka’s portrayal of him was nothing short of exceptional.

You still can’t help but quote him in real life: “Wafuru,” “Flying man!” “Save the cheerleader, save the world,” and everyone’s favourite, “Yatta!”

 

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