As the TV Networks wake up from their holiday slumber, and cast aside the Rudolphs and reruns for some actual new content, Flak Magazine has addressed the first major burning pop culture question question of 2007: has Heroes already overtaken Lost as the go-to show for sci-fi loving, network TV watching weirdos? Like us?
That’s what an article in Flak Magazine posits: that Heroes has already overtaken Lost in terms of, er, overall awesomeness.
Not yet, because Heroes is sloppier in execution and overfocuses on characters both boring (for the love of god, shut up, Mohinder) and pointless (hey Niki, you’re so fine, but since when is schizophrenia a superpower?). I think that it’s like when Oasis was selling all of those records a decade ago: sure, they are a pretty great band, but if they were actually crossing The Beatles and The Kinks in the late 60s instead of the mid-90s, they wouldn’t have been ruling the world in quite the same way.
Same thing goes here: two years ago, we’re not even having this conversation. Hell, maybe even a year ago, and Heroes goes the way of Surface, Invasion and Threshold, but right this second Lost seems to be living up (or down) to its name. And of course, right this second is all that matters anymore, isn’t it?
And right this second, after its shaky start, Heroes has turned out to far more fun than lotsa people would have predicted, embodied by how Kassia calls “the best smile on Television” eminates from Masi Oka, who might just end up being the most unlikely universal geek-girl heartthrob since Patrick Stewart. Meanwhile Lost seems to have been sucked down the black hole of Matthew Fox’s perpetual scowl.
Heroes also has bigger things at stake — the destruction of New York vs. the mystery of this island. If the Losties all starved (or as is more likely, perished in car wrecks) on Craphole Island, noone outside of their families would really be affected. However, if the Heroes don’t succeed in their quest, well then, we’re pretty fracked, right? So it’s easier to immediately care about whether the cheerleader gets saved as opposed to whom Kate ends up banging.
Nevertheless, the long view here still has Lost as the better show — all-time wise — until Heroes has a couple of great seasons under its belt. Let’s just see what happens after Tim Kring and co. have to start writing their “holy shit, we’re a huge hit!!” shows after getting the “gee, guys, can ya maybe stretch it out for a year or five?” memo from NBC.