I’m a bit of an outcast in the house at the moment because I’ve failed to become hooked on NBC’s uber-popular show Heroes whereas just about everyone else in the house, including Anne and Courtney, think it’s one of the greatest shows to ever hit television. I think a lot of the reason I haven’t really given it a chance is because of past disappointments with other “superhero” shows that TV has seen in the past. Of the ones that didn’t completely suck or that weren’t actually teen-oriented soap operas in disguise (I’m looking at you Lois and Clark and Smallville) anything I got addicted to ended up being canceled in short order (see: 1985’s Misfits of Science which was admittedly kinda stupid, but fun just the same). There’s also the simple fact that just about anything on NBC that becomes really popular is usually a show I have a low tolerance for such as Friends.
So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that my initial reaction to Heroes was to plan to be doing something else, anything else, when it was airing. Chances are I’d hate it and if I didn’t hate it then chances are it would be canceled. It seems to be doing well, though, and my wife still attempts every so often to convince me to sit down and watch it and the announcement of an upcoming cast addition or two may actually get me to do so.
The first addition that surprised me was word that George Takei—Sulu of original Star Trek—will be added to the cast as the father of one of the Japanese heroes in the show, but that’s not the one that has my interest piqued. No, the addition that has me considering firing up bittorrent to grab the already aired episodes and get caught up is former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston.
All three of us loved Eccleston’s turn as The Doctor and were disappointed when he only did the one season. His addition to the cast of Heroes this January, if true, is certainly enough reason for me to sit down and give the show a shot. For some folks this announcement could prove to be near fatal from fanboy overload, which is, of course, how I found out about it to begin with.