TV Club: Heroes Reborn gets off to a (mostly) fresh start

Sharing its title with the series finale of Heroes, the sequel’s premiere picks up several years after the closing events of the first “Brave New World.” Claire’s series-ending demonstration of her abilities to the world spins the universe of Heroes Reborn off in a new direction, allowing the writers to skip the now-familiar origin story beats that bog down many a superhero introduction. Instead, Heroes Reborn opens with a devastating terrorist attack that shatters the pro-evo (short for evolved human) movement and prompts federal regulation against evos, pushing those with abilities underground. It’s a smart move by creator Tim Kring and the rest of the creative team, immediately adding stakes to the proceedings and fueling the anti-evo sentiment that allows Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni) to go on an evo killing spree unnoticed and the insidious Renautas company to operate with apparent ease.

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