Wow, I loved Heroes
from the start.
I thought the pilot rocked. Not as good as subsequent episodes but more than enough to grab my interest. If Fringe
's pilot were half as good, I'd be sticking with it too.
The biggest differences are: I could tell immediately that Heroes
did its casting well for the most part (and many of the flubs were disposed of along the way). With Fringe
, John Noble was a good pick, but he can't carry the show on his own. Also, Heroes
' premise is interesting, not tired or overexposed (on TV anyway), and something I've been wanting to see in a TV show for a while. Fringe
's premise is very overexposed and uninteresting.
The actual plotline of a pilot isn't all that important in judging a show, but the actors and the premise won't change. If those are good, I stick with a show. Otherwise, I bail. It's a policy that's served me well to limit the amount of time I waste on bad shows.