Experience the suspense, mystery, and electrifying twists
as this series follows seemingly unconnected, ordinary people
around the globe who discover they have extraordinary powers.
As they come to terms with their unique abilities, their risky
decisions will affect the futures of everyone around them...
and the world...
an almost overnight success and it's not hard to see why.
The show follows a group of normal people from around the
world who suddenly discover that they've got unusual super
powers. None of these powers are duplicated amongst those
that have them. Some of the powers are welcomed by their owners,
but not all of them.
the series progresses, we discover that there are more and
more people showing signs of these powers and it becomes apparent
that each of them has, somewhere on their person, one of two
distinct marks. What can these marks mean? Do they belong
to two different groups? Is Armageddon about to be fought
the first few episodes unfold we are introduced to the show's
main characters, although as the show's creator, Tim
Kring, has stated many times, don't get used to
this line up as not all of the characters we are introduced
to will stay as regulars throughout the show's run. These
Suresh: An Indian genetics professor who travels to New York
in a bid to complete his father's research and uncover the
secret he died protecting. Suresh has no powers.
Petrelli: A young male nurse desperate to convince his politician
brother, Nathan Petrelli that he can fly. Peter is convinced
that saving a young cheerleader is the key to preventing his
nightmares becoming reality.
Bennet: A high school cheerleader who discovers she is completely
indestructible and has an adoptive father who is being very
secretive about his job at the mysterious 'Prima Tech Paper
Sanders: A Las Vegas stripper struggling to make ends meet
to support her young son Micah and who is troubled by her
reflection in the mirror, which has a mind of its own and
holds a dark secret.
Parkman: A Los Angeles cop who realises he can hear people's
thoughts. This puts him on the trail of an elusive serial
killer named Sylar but also makes him a prime suspect in the
Mendez: A gifted artist whose drug induced paintings, predict
the future. This includes nightmare visions of the brutal
murder of a cheerleader, a flying man, and the obliteration
of New York City.
Nakamura: A computer programmer from Tokyo, who finds himself
able to teleport and manipulate the space-time continuum.
Joined by his best friend Ando Masahashi their ultimate destiny
is nothing less than saving the world...
are incredibly poor. This is a brand new series, so the producers
have no excuse for not bringing value added content. What
we get are the unaired pilot (which is not really that different
from the finished show - there are a couple of terrorist plot
threads which were dropped; Greg Grunberg's Matt Parkman is
introduced a lot earlier; Sylar is revealed; and Isaac loses
his hand); deleted scenes; Making of featurette (10
mins) and Special Effects featurette (9 mins). The
unaired pilot comes with optional audio commentary with Kring.
the episodes themselves are worthy of a finished mark of 10/10,
the fact that Universal Pictures are blatantly trying to squeeze
as much cash out of fans of the show as is possible is almost
criminal. When the second half of this collection is available
later in the year the entire season will have set you back
£70 for a season box set?!!?
Region 1 DVD, which is already available in America, contains
the entire first season for $60 (around £30) and you
get the exact same extras. In this day and age, where almost
everyone owns a multi-region DVD player you've got to ask
yourself why UK consumers are having to pay more for only
half the content of our American cousins.
have also tried to make it look like fans are getting value
for money by spreading this over four discs, when three would
have easily been enough in fact they may just have squeezed
onto two (CSI managed to fit six episodes on one disc
recently - CSI:
New York: Season 3 - Part 1
if you want to check).
I'd wait until later in the year (or if you can't wait - and
this won't make me popular with the UK arm of Universal -
I'd seriously consider purchasing the Region 1 edition). Or,
if you can wait until December 2007, you can pre-order the
Region 2 entire
Season One box set from Amazon in the UK
for £42 (RRP: £59.99).