Archive for September, 2009
I miss the first season of Heroes.
It was geek TV made mainstream and I had fun talking to my fellow geek friends about it AND my “real world” folks at the office. We were all wondering the same things about mysterious paintings and who this “Sylar” guy was. The story telling elements were simple – and the gimmicks made people happy: future Hiro, cheerleader teen agnst, dirty politics, etc.
Then the show just went wrong and kept going wrong. It tried to be too smart and overcomplicate a simple formula that sold in the first season.
So how can they fix it?
Use a risky cliche to set the series right again. When Dallas wrote itself into a corner by killing off a major character, the character (Bobby) returned the next season claiming it was all a dream. Last season, Desperate Housewives jumped about five years into the future to create a fresh start for the series.
J.J. Abrams cleaned up Star Trek by shifting the time line.
Fringe has started season two in a parallel dimension!
Who cares if it’s cliche? JUST DO IT. Clean up the mess of the past two years and create a new mystery for watcher to follow. Here are step by step instructions for the writers and NBC.
Stop production of your current episode. Rewrite the episode to focus on Hiro’s mortality and have him realize he is about to die. At the “last moment” have Future Hiro from season 1 appear. Future Hiro also seems on the verge of death and he explains that he used almost all his remaining energy to not only jump through time – but also through alternate time lines. Future Hiro explains that he and present day Hiro must both go back in time to change where everything went “terribly wrong.” Keep this element purposely vague. Combined they can go back and fix it. With an emotional scene – the two of them disappear and the screen turns white. End of episode.
Next episode: New York City, Present Day… VOLUME SIX: REVISION. One at a time you start showing the core Heroes team from season 1, but you learn (through conversations) that the events of the shooting at the beginning of season 2 never happened. You now have mysterious elements to play with and set up:
-If the time line shifted again, who is still alive and in what direction did their lives go in the past two years? RE-INTRODUCE your favorite characters without the baggage of bad writing from the past. Is HRG’s family together? Is Suresh still researching the DNA mystery? Etc.
-WHAT HAPPENED TO HIRO? Establish that after the final battle in the square in NYC (end of season 1) Hiro disappeared. Where did he go? NOTE: You can bring Hiro’s dad back as someone looking into this. George as a guest star = AWESOME.
-WHAT WAS THE ELEMENT/SOURCE OF EVIL THAT CAUSED THE TIMELINE TO GO SO WRONG? Was it something Papa Patrelli did once he secured time travel powers at some point? Was it someone else? Was it Sylar surviving from the future causing problems in the past with powers acquired by killing Hiro in the alternate time line?
Plot out the story and FOLLOW IT. Get back to the imporant and fun mysteries that were set up in the beginning:
-WHY DID THE ECLIPSE START ACTIVATING HEROES POWERS?
-WHERE DID THE POWERS COME FROM IN THE FIRST PLACE?
-RE-DEDICATE SURESH TO SOLVING THESE MYSTERIES AGAIN FOR THE RIGHT REASON (He is your “Xander” – the normal human of virtue among the super powers. Keep him normal this time.)
Use this idea and advertise that the show runners “listened to the fans.” Tell the story of how the current story line was solved by a fan on the Internet. A grass roots solution for the show will help the fans see that there is a true fresh start for Heroes instead of the “same ol’ same ol’”. This will give the show a better shot at the ratings. The Internet can word of mouth will get it there.
Spread the word and argue the idea – you never know. Things like this work from time to time.
Story concept (c) 2009 Tom Croom
Last night I drove to Orlando and met a few friends to see Journey in concert. Night Ranger opened – and I’ll be honest, I had forgotten how many songs of theirs I knew. They threw in a few Damn Yankees songs for good measure (which made their set that much more entertaining.)
As a result, the concert list has been updated this morning.
Here, now, are my random thoughts (and with some visual aids!) of the evening:
-The planned group was Shannon and I with my friend Eric driving from South Florida and Ryan, Annie and their friend (I’ve already forgotten his name – I suck) meeting us in Orlando by way of Jacksonville.
-Earlier in the day, I saw by way of Twitter that our friends Karen & Erik were also going to the show – and got in touch with them via AIM so we could meet up and grab food after the show.
-On the drive up, an old friend from Universal (Liz) sent me a message via Facebook that she was also at the show. Shannon and got to run into her for the first time since 2001. (Picture here.)
-Both bands were AMAZING. Night Ranger even played the theme song to the Michael J. Fox eighties classic: The Secret of My Success.
-On the way out of the show we ran into another former Universal alumni, Kathy. (Picture here).
-We had planned to eat at a place called Hamburger Mary’s, but it was closed when we got to Downtown Orlando. The 24-hour pizza place nearby did the trick, though.
-Downtown Orlando is looking MUCH better. With Pleasure Island gone and Citywalk going downhill, hopefully Downtown O-Town will grab the opportunity to come back alive. Now if someone would just re-open Q-Zar and Terror on Church Street…
it has been almost a week since my last post.
The reason (aka “excuse”) is that I’ve been swamped with writing updates for another blog style website I pen things for.
Then there was the whole driving to Atlanta last weekend for some zany convention.
Tomorrow I head to Orlando for the evening to watch a rock band from the 70′s sing that song from The Sopranos.
In short – I need to try and stay home more often and get some rest.
I’ll write some long delayed TV show reviews of recent series my wife and I finished watching and other oddities going on in the House of Croom.
So I decided (at the last minute) to surprise Shannon and the Green Mustard crew by dropping into DragonCon on Sunday. My friend Eric and I drove up Saturday at midnight, arrived Sunday at 8:00 AM, spent 17 hours walking around the event, left at 1:00 AM Sunday night and got back to South Florida at 9:00 AM Labor Day. Here’s what transpired in that short time.
- Ran into Javier in an elevator.
- Bumped into Michael Stackpole in the halls and we took the time to talk and catch up. Mike is easily one of my favorite convention personalities and it is always a pleasure seeing him.
- Waved at Gary from a distance and told him I wasn’t at DragonCon… then avoided photos as proof.
- Shared an elevator with Cristine Rose (aka “Angela Petrelli” from Heroes.)
- Shared another elevator with Alessandro Juliani (aka “Lt. Felix Gaeta” from Battlestar Galactica.)
- Had that Petey guy cut me off on an escalator. That blog is right… he is an asshole! (J/K)
- Bumped into George Lowe and talked about a mutual friend spending a lot of money on photos and autographs.
- Yes… we were talking about Joey Snackpants having moments of geigh with Shatner. I spent time with Mr. Snackpants at the con, but not TOO much it seems. He has “con flu” and I (to date) and still healthy.
- Saw Emily long enough to talk shop about a potential voice actor that NEEDS to be at SuperCon.
- Got Patrick Stewart‘s autograph… AWESOME.
- Ran into Allen C., Kimberly B., Troy D. and a few others who all saw me incognito to which I replied in true Clerks form: “I’m not even supposed to be here!”
- Paul Vincenti won an award for his amazing artwork at this year’s DragonCon – and I bumped into him to convey congratulations.
- I saw a contest and re-affirmed my belief that a certain someone is, in fact, a douche.
- I watched another amazing performance from the girls from Wasabi Anime at this year’s Masquerade. You should watch, too:
I can’t quite put my finger on it… DragonCon still seemed like a great time, but it wasn’t (as a whole event) as “spectacular” as the past couple of years.
At least I learned early that it is easier and quicker to buy a ticket at the door than it has ever been to buy in advance. Hopefully next year will get more bugs worked out.