It seems odd that this release has come so late in the summer, only a few weeks before the new season begins.
Perhaps NBC didn't want to drag eyeballs away from Last Comic Standing or The Singing Bee? If you just need a refresher it's not a problem, but if you're coming late to the party, you're going to have to cram. It's worth the effort, though. Heroes offers a set of apparently ordinary folk discover who they have amazing powers. Seemingly disconnected from one another at first, we learn of an impending disaster about to befall New York City, and gradually the heroes are drawn together. Described as comic book-style, you don't really need to be familiar with such publications to enjoy the ride. Nor do you need a working knowledge of science fiction, despite the Star Trek references. (George Takei, who played Sulu in the original Trek, turns up as a dad.) The DVD features loads of extras, of course, including a director's cut of the pilot episode, which offers an extra story line and a bit more character development. Not as stunning a start as, say, Roswell or Lost, but it's still quite compelling, and it certainly ramps up quickly. The question now becomes does Heroes continue its upward spiral like the new Battlestar Galactica or does it start to go astray like the aforementioned Lost? (P.F. Wilson) Grade: A