Yes, yes and absolutely ****ing yes.
Oh sorry, an explanation.
The idea has been tossed around for awhile that like Lost and Battlestar Galactica, Heroes should set a firm end date. This was recently argued for quite eloquently by The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd, and now I’d like to pose the question here.
In my mind, yes, absolutely Heroes should set an end date for all the reason’s Hibbert mentions. It usually helps creatively to have a firm direction, it will most likely improve ratings and the show is going to die anyways.
But the problem is, that unlike Lost and Battlestar Galactica, we’re not building towards anything. Lost is all about discovering the eleventy billion secrets of the island, Battlestar is about figuring out Earth’s past and humanity’s future. What the hell is Heroes building towards? Shutting down this government hero kidnapping plot that’s been a pivotal issue for about half a season? Figuring out who “Rebel” is? Please.
I think it would help the show to some degree to have an end date. If they had say, two more years, that would be adequate time to develop a sufficient overarching storyline with a burning question to answer at the end of it. But honestly, an end date wouldn’t be a cure-all, and Heroes will never, ever be close to touching the hem of the robes of truly great, intelligent shows like Lost and BSG.
What do you think? Yay or nay on the execution date?