Producer: Heroes Webisodes Are Historic, Cheap

We introduced you to the new Heroes webisodes on Monday, and now an executive producer of NBC's superhuman drama is talking about their historic significance while also answering critics who may have wanted more visual bang for their buck.

Jeph Loeb, whose resume also includes stints on Lost, Smallville and a pretty impressive career as a comic book writer, talked about the special Summer series on the WordBalloon

There's kind of a historical importance, if I'm not putting too much importance on it, in the sense that, like I said, these are the first [Writers] Guild-sanctioned [web] episodes, which kind of allow for... You know, if you believe that members of the Writers Guild have a higher quality of writing than somebody who isn't, that's an opportunity to see what you can do if you let the big boys come in and play... They do have a historical precedence to them. You're looking at the future. And even if you look at it and go, "Well, you know, it doesn't have the big glory of a television show". Yeah, guess what? It is a baby step towards that, and I think they're terrific. Everyone involved did an amazing, amazing job on very little to make it with... It's like a small independent film when Heroes the show is, like, this $100 million blockbuster.

Not that they don't have any value beyond historic importance to the industry, mind you:

They're very clever pieces that you can watch over and over and over again, and will tie into our mythology, as people will see. Everything does, in the same kind of way that the comics do. But [they] will also give you an opportunity to kind of tool around in the NBC.com area that's designed for Heroes, because that way, you'll get to see the comics, and you'll get to see interviews with people.

They tie into the mythology the same way as the comics do? So, either hardly at all, or else giving you backstory that you didn't really need to know nor care about, then.

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