Bashing ‘Heroes’ has become a sport, much like bashing ‘Saturday Night Live’ became a sport several years ago. “It’s not as good as it was” and “it sucks” are the phrases you hear most often when former fans (or fans that are still watching the show but always on the edge of leaving) talk about it.
Tim Kring tells The Onion that he knows what fans are saying about the show, but he also wants fans to know that there are things going on behind the scenes that they might not be aware of. For example, the writers strike hurt the show. Two, it’s actually a more consistent show when more writers write an episode than having just one writer on an episode. Three, the writers don’t even think of the show as being in “seasons,” it’s really all one continuous plot.
He makes a few good points. Being on the inside of a show can actually make you not see a few things that fans see (such as characters changing just for the sake of changing), but he also explains that if the characters didn’t change at all fans would then be say “why aren’t they changing?”
The biggest example he cites is Sylar. The way his character has changed over the seasons is directly related to Zachary Quinto’s talents. He also says that if he had his way he’d only do 13 episodes a season and he would have started over with new characters. Not sure if that latter plan could ever really happen when you have characters and actors that the audience likes.