As with the other sections of this document, we’re mainly concerned with Season 2/Volume 2 of Heroes. However, if you wish you bring up some elements of Season 1 that continue into or inform elements of S2/V2, that’s perfectly acceptable.
This section will deal with the concerns and criticisms we have with the way Heroes handles Race. This includes both how Characters of Color are portrayed or and their storylines/how they are handled. We’re particularly concerned with stereotypes and instances where characters of color are shown to be expendable, are only there to further the character development of the white characters, or don’t have real stories/names of their own.
Obviously you can’t completely separate plot and character and race and gender issues. But if you feel that an element is more race-based than not, include your comments here.
How this works
In the comments, post whatever you have to say about the race issuesof Heroes that concern/anger you.
If you’ve come across a brilliant blog post that you feel encapsulates your exact feelings on a plot element, please provide a quote and a link back to the post itself.
We also encourage contributors to comment on each other’s offerings, clarifying and questioning the opinions offered. If you feel strongly about a comment or post, please tell us why.
Things to keep in mind when formulating your critique:
- The more specific you are, the better. Reference episodes/chapters, if you can/need to.
- Provide explanations or links defining terms or concepts Kring and the other writers may not know about/fully grasp.
- Mention areas where the show is doing something right in order to highlight ways they can fix what they’re doing wrong.
- Anyone may participate in this collaboration. The idea is to bring in the opinions and views of a diverse swath of Heroes fans.
- Your first comment will be moderated, but once it’s approved all subsequent comments should appear right away. To ensure this, please use the same email address each time. You don’t have to leave a real email address, but only the blog administrator can see it if you do.
- If you quote from another website or blog, please provide a link as reference. If the commentary you’re providing is your own, please indicate such. Provide a URL only if you don’t mind us linking back to it in the “Contributors” section. It will also help if people use names or handles they go by elsewhere on the web.
- The point of this document is to provide civil and constructive criticism of Heroes, not to bash Tim Kring, the writers, the actors, or NBC. Therefore, try to stay on topic and don’t resort to ad hominem attacks of fellow fans/collaborators or anyone involved with the show. Heated discussion is okay, disagreements may arise, just don’t be a jerk.
- As we will be discussing the touchy subjects of Race and Gender in some parts, it would help us all if commenters/collaborators familiarized themselves with the articles listed here. Particularly the “How to Suppress…” and “How not to be insane…” articles.
- Trolls and other people who cannot follow the rules will be moderated without warning and banned if the disagreeable behavior persists.
- Keep comments and contributions on topic.