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Published:February 5th, 2007 08:35 EST
Heroes Made the 2006-2007 List For Best Show

Heroes Made the 2006-2007 List For Best Show

By Garrett Godwin

What would you do if you knew that you can do things that no one else can?  That you have special powers? 

The answers could be revealed on NBC's Heroes.  Being praised by both critics and viewers, the series has already been renewed for a second season.

Heroes follows the trials and lives of ordinary people discovering that they have extraordinary abilities.  There's Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), a cop who can read people's thoughts.  You have Niki Sanders (Ali Larter), a young single mother with a dangerous alter personality called Jessica.  And there are others as these individuals comes to terms with these powers, but slowly realize that they're all connected and must unite in order to save the world.  But the evil they will fight could be closer than they think.

The first story arc of the season was "Save the cheerleader, save the world" in which Claire (Hayden Panettiere)-- the cheerleader, with the ability to heal, is tied in the protagonists' destiny.  The second story arc is "Are you on the list?", in which Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy)-- the son of a genetic scientist, continues his father's search for others who are special.  But he has competition in the form of Horn-Rimmed Glasses (Jack Coleman), Claire's adopted father, who may or may not be a villain.  But what we do know is that Sylar, the most powerful of all of them, is the main antagonist this season.

Heroes is such a wonderful, fun series, atypical for the superhero genre in that these characters aren't exactly like the X-Men or the Justice League.  They're not going out to save the world every week.  There is no spandex or capes, and these people are flawed, yet multi-layered individuals trying to come terms with their powers as well as making sense of it.  Another difference is that they want to be normal and live normal lives.  While some like the energetic Hiro (Masi Oka) sees these abilties as a blessing, others such as rising politician Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) sees it as a curse.  But somehow and in some way, the fate of the world is in their hands -- whether they may like it or not.

Heroes is like a graphic novel that is telling a story, with each episode as an issue every week.  It is serial, making you come back for more.  So, be ready, as more Heroes continues this season.  However, one Hero may fall later this season and not come back.

If you miss it once on Monday nights at 9pm or need to catch up from chapter one, catch it again on the SCI FI Channel Friday nights at 7pm or go the Heroes website at