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Saving the World: A Guide to Heroes

by Lynnette R. Porter

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A critical response to the first season of the popular TV show.

I'm on the fence with this book. Some of the essays are very good. The authors have chosen particular topics, (such Hiro's progress throughout the season), and examined them in-depth, citing concrete examples from the show and bringing in ideas from other critical forums and television series. These chapters are thorough and enjoyable, and I feel like they've given me a good groundwork on which to base my own critical response to the show.

Other essays, however, are kind of all over the place. They introduce sketchy ideas, discuss them in brief, then move on to something else that may or may not be directly related to what came before. Most of these ideas would have provided enough material for an essay of their own. This brief treatment, which is mostly confined to the surveyish chapters that examine the show as a whole, doesn't really do these ideas justice or add much to the criticism surrounding the series.

I think the authors would have done better to publish a book of deeper, more involved essays on particular themes, rather than attempt to do a survey so early on in the series. This show provides plenty of food for thought, but it was only one season in when this book was written. I hesitate to say that it was too early for any sort of a guide book, but I do think it could have been handled better.

Recommended for Heroes fans, but take it out of the library instead of buying it. ( )
  xicanti | Jun 12, 2009 |
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This insightful collection of essays weighs in on the incredible appeal of the new hit show Heroes and why it has attracted such a diverse and devoted following. Featuring archetypal characters with a twist?including a time traveler, a painter prophet, a schizophrenic stripper, and an evil villain out to steal the others? powers?the show lures viewers in with its fresh interpretation of classic themes and conspiracy theory plots. By examining the history of comic books in film and television, leading television analysts reveal the show?s multifaceted influences and shed light on how Heroes reflects its comic book ancestors and modern-day kin such as Lost. The creative mastermind behind the show, Tim Kring, and the intense nature of pop culture fandom are also discussed, with brief episode guides serving as a reminder of the complex web the show is weaving.… (more)

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