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Fall TV: ‘Heroes Reborn’ revisits popular NBC series

Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet, aka HRG, in NBC’s “Heroes Reborn.”
Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet, aka HRG, in NBC’s “Heroes Reborn.” Christos Kalohoridis/NBC

New show: Heroes Reborn

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays on NBC

Cast: Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Kiki Sukezane, Robbie Kay

Premise: When I heard this show was happening, I wondered why on earth we needed to revisit this old story. (It’s a follow-up to NBC’s 2006-2010 series “Heroes,” which started out great and ended up not-so-great.) But after watching the first two episodes in Thursday’s premiere, even my cynical old soul has to admit it isn’t bad at all.

Billed as an “event miniseries” (there are 13 episodes), the action takes place four years after the original finale, in which Claire Bennet revealed her special powers to the world. In the opening, we see a flashback of a peace summit in Odessa, Texas, which has brought together humans and EVOs. The vibe is very, “I’d like to teach the world to sing...” But then a deadly explosion wipes out nearly the entire town, an EVO (evolved human) from the original series apparently takes credit for it, and the backlash begins.

This is essentially where the “Heroes Reborn” story begins, too. Americans are hunting down and sometimes killing anyone with special powers, and a big tech corporation has invented a revolutionary device that detects EVOs on sight. EVOs either try to flee the country or they hide their powers and live in fear.

There are a lot of characters keep up with here, which takes some concentration. For starters, Levi plays a vigilante, who along with his wife, travels the country killing EVOs to avenge his son’s death in Odessa. Coleman is back as Noah Bennet, trying to save EVOs while also trying to learn more about his daughter Claire’s fate. Sukezane is a brave Japanese teenager who wants to find her missing father. And much, much more – including the eventual return of a few regulars from the original series.

You probably don’t have to have seen the original series to follow this (you may spend some time on the “Heroes” wiki page, though) but it helps. But if you’re a fan of the older NBC show, you’ll definitely want to check it out.