There is SUCH a fine line between homage and plagiarism. Fortunately, the writers of Heroes appear to be completely unaware of it. I can think of no other reason for this sad lack of originality, creativity, or, frankly, taste.
I think the creators of the show have a message for us. I think this is it:
That being said, I still love future Peter Petrelli with facial scar. And when the hell will we ever get Hiro with slicked hair, sword, and fluent English? I LOVE that.
p.s. - part of the reason for this post is so that I don't have to look at Tom-f'ing-Brady anymore. It's time for you guys to get over your man-crushes. Seriously.