The visual of humans being hooked into part of some machine has become cliché. How do I know this? Because the Heroes Reborn scene last night immediately reminded me of similar scenes in two recent films.
One, in Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, is played as horror. The other, in The Lego Movie, is played for laughs.
Not having a big budget like Scorch Trials, Heroes Reborn went with a sterile white room. The reveal should have had emotional resonance, given Molly Walker’s self-sacrifice to avoid being cog in the Machine. Alas, I’ve seen it before.
When Heroes first arrived on television, it offered something different. Now, the world’s caught up to its stories. That’s crystal clear by the use of the word “inhuman” at the end of the show, the same word that’s being used to describe the people whose powers are evolving in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“Forget the past, save the future” would be good advice for the show overall, because it seems too much of the same instead of going for something new.
I’ve enjoyed watching the revival but I remain uncertain what it has to say.