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Prepare Yourself for the Heroes Season 3 Premiere

Heroes: Season 3

It’s Monday — nothing interesting is happening. Yet. But by the end of this evening there will have been a Brett Favre sighting on Monday Night Football as well as another episode of Gossip Girl. Oh, and this little show called Heroes will slip into its third season, quiet as a mouse. Or not.

And in honor of the highly anticipated 3-hour premiere event that NBC is putting on for its most popular show, the web is all abuzz with Heroes-related goodness. And it appears that even though I don’t have much more to say about the show, plenty of other people do. Therefore, I’ve chosen a selection of articles from around the web to help you get in the mood for more cheerleader-saving, time-stopping, villainy excitement.

And away we go…

Villains, Heroes, and Ratings [Crave Online]

Feliz Vasquez Jr. writes a really interesting piece for our partners-in-crime over at Crave Online. Vasquez goes on the defensive, setting the record straight for those out there who were heavily critical of season 2:

You have to admit that even in the face of potential cancellation in season two, “Heroes” has remained true to itself. At least give them that. And while “Smallville” has gone on for eight seasons by completely selling Superman down the river in favor product placements and teen melodrama, “Heroes” has somewhat retained its scruples and creative vision with a second half of the sophomore season that was quite good when all things were considered.

Five Crucial Plot Points to Remember Before Watching Heroes Tonight [io9]

The always fine folks at io9 remind us of some of season two’s most prevalent plot-lines, all of which should come into play as season three comes rolling in. One that I will be watching very closely is the moment where season two ended, the mirror-image of season one’s end:

(1) Nathan Petrelli: Seemingly Dead. Then Alive. Now Seemingly Dead Again.
At the end of season one, the burgeoning politico saved the world by using his powers of flight to zoom his his radioactive little brother, Peter, into the air — so he detonate in space. Nathan was severely burned . . . until a self-healer/immortal named Adam Monroe befriended Peter and convinced the sibling to let him heal Nathan. The latter made a full recovery. However, at the end of season 2, the older Petrelli faced mortality once again when a mysterious person in a black coat shot him just as he was about to out himself while giving a public speech about superhumans.

Will Heroes Finally Impress with ‘Villains’? [Rope of Silicon]

Though he is a hardcore skeptic, as evidence by the quote below, RoS’ David Frank can’t stop watching. And with tonight’s premiere, he is still hoping that Heroes will go all “villain-like” on his ass:

I endured every episode of that first season. It was like crack, which is supposedly bad for you, but quite addictive. I couldn’t stop checking in every week despite knowing “Heroes” was a blue-balling cock-tease that made old mythology episodes of “The X-Files” seem like goddamn Shanghai orgies of information. The first season of “Heroes” was excruciatingly plodding and sloshing over with so much filler and unneeded characters it felt like it took 7 episodes for someone to walk across the living room. And most of those characters were so awful (Ali Larter, worst actress…ever) I was wishing for an epidemic of severe strokes to strike them down – no hero is safe from blood clots.

8 Clips from the Heroes Season 3 Premiere [MovieWeb]

MovieWeb has 8 new clips from tonight’s episode — including one where Claire’s cheerleading trophy leaves another character with a wicked headache.

Heroes: Villains Promotional Photo Gallery

A few weeks back we posted a big gallery of Heroes promo photos — if you missed them, you might want to take a look before you watch tonight’s episode.

So what do you think — is tonight’s Heroes season three premiere going to be badass, or more of the season two disappointment?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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