I don’t know why television studios aren’t embracing file sharing on the internet. It seems to me that they’d benefit from allowing viewers to catch up on their shows, especially the serial television shows that are extremely self-referential.
Case in point, I’d been hearing all about NBC’s “Heroes,” all over the internets; I knew it was the type of show that I’d probably like, but since I missed the first few episodes I never tried to watch it. When the show went on mid-season hiatus I simply downloaded all eleven episodes from Torrentspy and got all caught up.
Now? Now I’m hooked. I’ll watch the show every week. Because of illegal file-sharing NBC has essentially garnered an additional viewer.
I feel it is my duty to share the wealth. I found a YouTube user who has cut episode one of “Heroes” into five parts and posted it online. Here’s the first part:
Here is part two, three, four, and five.Just know that while episode one is good, it’s nowhere near the best episode. What amazed me most about the show was that by the end of episode eleven, which ends chapter one, I had seen a complete and self-contained story. My graphic novel reading brethren will love this show. It’s self-referential, it’s smart, and the creators really understand the superhero mythos.
“Heroes” is what the X-Men movies strived and failed to be.
Jeph Loeb, the co-executive producer, is an awesome comic book writer in his own right, and I have a feeling his expertise is playing a very big part in creating this show. Loeb penned such graphic novel masterpieces such as “Superman for all Seasons,” “Batman: Haunted Knight,” “Batman: The Long Halloween,” “Batman: Hush,” “Batman: Dark Victory,” “Spider-Man: Blue,” “Daredevil: Yellow,” and “Hulk: Gray.”
Episodes 1-11 illustrate that the creators truly understand how to write a superhero origin story. Episode twelve began chapter two, and if what I’ve seen so far is any indication of this chapter then we’re in for a helluva ride. Each character has a backstory that actually motivates their actions and behavior. I love all the heroes, but I gotta say, Hiro Nakamura is my new favorite comic book hero, and he’s not even in a comic book. And the bad guy? The supervillain? Well, he’s a scary, scary badass. You’ll just have to watch the show.
Piqued your interest? I hope so. If you want to get caught up as well, I’ll post a how-to on downloading shows tomorrow.