Ah, Heroes. The could-have-been of serialized television. Where did it all go wrong? Where too many wheels spun with the lack of proper planning? Who knows.
One person who prepared for the cold blade of cancelation some time ago is Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), who speaks quite candidly in this short interview from yesterday’s Comic Con New York:
You know what? It’s one of those things where being on a TV show, you always have to be ready that they’ll give you the can. If you’re expecting that you’re going to get a courtesy of an end episode, I kind of think you’re being a bit delusional, to be honest.
I remember during the first season, we were sitting at an Emmy panel, and there was a whole bunch of us on stage. Somebody asked us about catching this lightning in a bottle and how exciting it was, and I was the only person who raised my hand and said, “Look, the reality is the show will get canceled.” Everybody was looking at me cross-eyed, like, “You’re crazy! Don’t say it!” But that’s reality. So if we’re hoping for that and we wanted to tell the story, if we didn’t get to tell a story, then it should have been in the series.
For me, I actually look at the progression of the show and I look at that fourth season and that very last episode, and I’m like, “You know what? I’m quietly satisfied.” Do I wish we could have had a little more time? Of course. You’re never going to get what you wish for. You gotta go with the reality of the situation. Hey, it is what it is.
Fair play to him. I don’t share his quiet satisfaction with the progression of the series, but at least he’s not griping about it. To my mind, Heroes had its time (and its chances) but ultimately failed creatively after that first season.
[via: Spin Off]