I fully admit that I love it when the Big Wigs decide to provide the viewers with sneak peak of an upcoming show. Not only does it allow for the critic in me to get a jump start on my review so I don’t have to worry about whether or not I will be able to get all the reviews done in a timely manner. But it also opens up an otherwise occupied hour. Which as we all know is in short supply these days. I also fully admit that I did not like Heroes. In fact, I didn’t even like the pilot, the first season, or the first season finale; and I especially didn’t like any episode that followed. Yes, Heroes did have some shining moments and I said some people, some. For instance Hiro’s way of speaking didn’t start making me wish that he would accidentally go back in time and prevent his own conception until 15 minutes in to the second episode. Don’t get me started on the awesomeness that was, and continued to be until the end, Jack Coleman or who is better known as HRG, but aside from a very, very few exceptions, I hated Heroes.
So needless to say when I first heard about NOF I was wee bit scared. Ok scratch that I was frakking petrified. I mean, how far did they think they could go with this? One season? Two? Hell even Tim Kring probably realizes by now that he would have been better off letting Heroes be a one trick pony. I just couldn’t believe some crazy ass creative team decided to give this concept another chance. Oh but they did and thankfully with all my trepidation I am pleased to say that for the most part, Michael Chiklis and Co have got themselves a quirky, yet watchable new show on their hands. Yes the effects on the plane crash could have been better considering this is the same network that brought us the downing of Flight 815, but beggars can’t be choosers.
The pacing of the show flowed so gracefully that by the time it hit 34 minutes of screen time I was sure I was going to find out that the new show spin was merely a ploy to get us to watch a made for television movie. Normally this would be a bad thing because, let’s face it, when an entire series can be wrapped up in 2 hours minus time for commercials it doesn’t bode well for a 22 episode order. In the case of NOF, just enough crumbs were left behind that I ended the show cursing the fact that it would be a little over a month before I could see the next chapter in this wonderfully ordinary new show.