So, it turns out that Tim Kring doesn't think Heroes has been that good this season either.
It's like he read my review, especially this part:
"YOUNG LOVE STINKS Kring regrets sticking Claire (Hayden Panettiere) with a super-dud boyfriend and forcing Hiro to moon over a cutesy princess. ''I've seen more convincing romances on TV,'' he admits. ''In retrospect, I don't think romance is a natural fit for us.''"
No, it isn't. And while I don't really have a problem with Hiro mooning over a princess (who is not really cutesy as much as she's a COMPLETE rip-off of every anime heroine ever) I start hurling insults at the screen as soon as Claire or West show up. I'm sick of their crap. Their little "listening to the product placement phone while making out" scene was moronic.
So, thank you Tim Kring. I look forward to more Heroes when the strike is over, because I have to say I respect any creator who looks for what his fans think, listens to them, AND admits his own faults. Some people *coughGeorgeLucascough* will pull that "I'm the writer! I'm the genius! They don't understand!" But you Mr. Kring understand that without fans, you aren't much. You also understand that if somebody watching your show doesn't know what you were going for, it's your fault as a creator and storyteller, not their fault as an audience member.
As a fan, I salute you.