Heroes Visits Feudal Japan

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:33 pm,

Hiro1 Heroes Visits Feudal JapanWith filming on Heroes‘ second season well and truly underway, Masi Oka has revealed his character will be spending some time in feudal Japan. As the time-traveling Hiro, he will be seen 400 years in the past – the time of the samurai.

The news comes as Oka announces the next series will begin with two individual time lines – one in the past and another set four months after the recent season one finale.

The actor speaks fondly of the chance to live what is a childhood dream for many Japanese children:

“You know how [American] kids wish they could be cowboys? In my culture we wish we could be samurai and ninja. I grew up reading those kinds of mangas. I know about the feudal era, so it’s cool.”

Season two of Heroes is due to begin screening on NBC on September 24.

Sounds interesting, I suppose. But, then again, there’s something about time travel that’s always kinda bugged me. With the exception of the Back To The Future and Terminator franchises I grew up on, I’ve always found time travel to be a little too convenient as a plot device. Having said that, I’m yet to finish watching the first series of Heroes, so feel free to correct me.

Why am I so slow to pick up on the year’s big phenomenon, you ask? Well, to be completely honest, I thought the first few episodes kinda sucked. They simply took themselves way too seriously for what I saw as a blatant and over-produced X-Men clone. Still, I’ve seen later episodes that looked pretty cool – and my sister’s been on my back to watch it – so, who knows? It might just be my next big thing too.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. Up until the extremely weak finale, “Heroes” totally rocked in it’s first season. Sometimes I find that new shows take a few episodes to find their groove (same thing with CBS’ “Jericho”).

    Time travel, when done correctly is one of my FAVORITE things in stories. :-)


  2. I think, from a screenwriting point-of-view, time travel allows a little too much freedom. The best stories, if you ask me, are those that work wonders within their set limits.

    Time travel kind of sucks the depth out of any given situation (especially death) since you can just go back and change it. Don’t even get me started on the issue of Star Trek’s holodeck as a writer’s ‘get-out-jail-free card’.

    I don’t know how time travel works on Heroes yet, though, and what I did see didn’t bug me much.

  3. Ah, but you see time travel done RIGHT does just the opposite of what you’re saying. The premise of time travel is that you canNOT change the present by going back in time. No matter what you try, something happens to cause the outcome to be essentially the same.

    Although as you say, it does seem that in “Heroes” they did not stick to that particular convention.


  4. 1st season of heroes was a weekly schedules event in my house, but the season finale truly annoyed me with how weak it was. It was built up to be something epic, and to me it felt cheaper than the final battle in X-Men 3.

    i hope season 2 doesn’t start a serious downhill plummit.