REVIEW: HEROES REBORN: DARK MATTERS

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CAST
Aislinn Paul (Reign)
Henry Zebrowski (Dirty Grampa)
Greta Onieogou (Heartland)
Nesta Cooper (Diablo)
Cle Bennett (Flashpoint)
Noah GRay-Cabey (Lady In The Water)
Jasck Coleman (Spawn)

Five years after the public became aware of the existence of evolved humans – or “EVOs.” Said public is not entirely supportive of these EVOs. In fact, few people fall into the middle ground. Online, a community forms around the rallying cry of the anonymous Hero_Truther, who seeks to humanize EVOs in the wake of lies, slander and fear mongering. Among those posting their personal stories is Phoebe Frady, who is encouraged to document her origin story by her brother, Quentin. But as Phoebe struggles to control her power, she attracts unwanted attention from a mysterious new company

 

These are the events leading up to, and shortly after, the attack in Odessa, Texas, 2014. Claire Bennet made it OK to come out. Countless Evos have revealed themselves since. Not everyone takes it well. Gradually, the tensions increase and spread. Through this, the audience are shown how things got as bad as they are in the main show.


This is not an ensemble piece. That helps it focus. In general, this is all tight, with fast storytelling, and engaging. It’s about three people… the two siblings, and her college room-mate. Quentin is seeing her off, and starts to worry as she becomes an increasingly open activist. Phoebe  starts to see some discrimination as the world’s perspective worsens gradually. She can create and control darkness, although the first time we’re shown this, it just looks like her shadow is faster than her, making her an opposite Lucky Luke. We see her ability, and hers and our understanding of it, grow. And Aly( is there for her as much as she can be, on and off campus alike.

Every found footage fiction has to justify certain things, and this fares well, and is a great mini. This comes to 43 minutes without commercials. The varying length of the 6 episodes helps them pace the plot, and convey it in the size of chunks that best fits. The concept of filler material doesn’t even enter into it. Why is all of this being filmed, and by whom? The three of them, to catalog the personal development – they didn’t expect things to get as big as they do, at which point, it’s documenting those world-changing events. Who is editing it, and how are we seeing it? You’ll find out by the end of this. Does it break the format? Almost never, and it’s forgivable when it does. And are the necessarily off-screen events too plentiful, involved, ill-explained or overly exposited about? No, they’re summarized well or easily deduced.

Ultimately, I implore you, watch either this before Heroes Reborn as it sets up the series and shows the events leading up to the first episode. I recommend this to any fan of drama and sci-fi.S REBORN

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