Heroes returns Monday for its fourth "volume," "Fugitives". Being viewed by many as a reboot of the series, it may be exactly what the show needs... or the excuse fans need to leave for good.
With the last couple of "volumes" of NBC's superhuman drama have demonstrating the law of diminishing returns, a lot is seemingly riding on the success of "Fugitives," both critically and in terms of ratings. Luckily, it may be as well placed to deliver as it has been since the first season, thanks to some of the creative upheaval behind the scenes over the last few months. Even before Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander were pushed out, Battlestar Galactica's Mark Verheiden was brought on as a writer and producer, and anyone who saw last night's BSG should know that he's no slouch when it comes to writing ensemble drama that excites and compels (Verheiden was in place by the second episode of "Fugitives," so his presence should hopefully be felt throughout the entire run). Bryan Fuller also rejoined the show in time to bring "Fugitives" to a conclusion, but although his return may have come too late to influence this volume, his sense of what's gone wrong with the show, and assurance that changes were being made to correct that before his arrival is a good sign that things may be about to get better.