Heroes: Season Two (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Heroes was one of the runaway hits of the 2006-2007 television season and, as such, it had high expectations lauded upon it for its sophomore year. While the reviews were mixed, I personally enjoyed it though the onset of the writers strike certainly affected this show more than most. Only eleven episodes were produced for the shows second season and though we get a lot of character development and some new actors, theres plenty that we were already familiar with. Im going on the assumption that anyone reading this review has already seen the first season (or at least the last episode of it), so I will say that the second season picks up nearly right after the second one ended. As usual, Heroes follows the main characters through a tapestry of ways ranging the focus from Hiro (Masi Oka) as hes traveled back in time to 17th century Japan to modern times where we meet brother and sister duo Maya and Alejandro (Dania Ramirez and Shalim Ortiz respectively) as they struggle to make their way from Mexico to the United states.

The season isnt complete without the bad guys, of course and we do see that Sylar (Zachary Quinto) is alive and well (though without his powers) and we meet some more members of the mysterious Company led by Bob Bishop (Steven Tobolowsky) and his daughter Elle (Kristen Bell). Some of the other plots are explored, though not nearly enough, as we look in on Micah (Noah Gray-Catey) who has moved with relatives in New Orleans and even Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) whos turned up in Cork, Ireland with a case of amnesia. Suffice it to say, theres a lot happening in the second season of the show and while it might be shorter than what were used to, theres no shortage of drama, some interesting new characters and more of what weve come to expect from the show. Theres a sneak peek at the third season included on the Blu-ray as well (you didnt think it was just coincidence that this came out now, did you). While not quite as intense as the inaugural season, Heroes does deliver the goods with this second installment and no doubt will leave you wanting more.

Video: How does it look?

It used to be where a television show on DVD gave us what we had watched, but in a superior picture quality. While thats still indicative of Heroes, the gap has closed with the advent of HDTV and shows being broadcast in it. This Blu-ray version shows the episodes in their 1.78:1 VC-1 HD transfer that looks, by and large, pretty darn good. I found several of the episodes kind of lacking on with the white balance. A few of the shots have some grain associated with them and even a few scenes seemed to look downright awful with a lot of white in them. Conversely, the colors do seem a lot more vibrant and richer this season as compared to the first. Flesh tones look a bit oversaturated but these vary with the story theyre focusing on. After seeing the episodes in HD and then on Blu-ray, the disc looks a bit better but not by much. Still, any diehard fan will want this version as part of their collection.

Audio: How does it sound?

As with the first season, the DTS-HD audio does deliver, though its not as robust as one might think. There are some pretty robust sound effects that bring the surrounds into play but by and large the show is dialogue driven with the ever-so-familiar background music playing in most of the scenes. This is where the difference between television and movies is most relevant, the audio. Still, Heroes is more than audio and I highly doubt that anyone would be too disappointed to find only a 5.1 track on here. Granted, we get more than that but this DTS track isnt up to the standards that others are.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The real draw with this Blu-ray set are the supplements, with only eleven episodes Universal knew they had to deliver the goods to the fans, else the sets might not sell. We do get some commentary tracks on the episodes, but on this Blu-ray version theyre picture-in-picture tracks (theyre audio commentaries on the standard DVD). There are some featurettes spread across the four disc set and while a few of them are largely promotional, I found the Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint to be pretty interesting and entertaining. Its a mockumentary of sorts detailing Hiros story of the season. We also get Genetics of a Scene as well Heroes: A New Beginning, giving us a broad overview of the shows second season. Lastly, the fourth disc gives us a look at Season Three along with some Untold Stories (this one is just odd and has to be seen to really be understood). We also get a still gallery with Tim Sales art just like the first season. This Blu-ray version has a bit that the standard DVD doesnt in that its BD-Live enabled and we can also follow our favorite hero via the Hero Connections program.

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