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October 16th, 2009


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12:12 am - Said Goodnight, Came Home, and Performed a Drum Solo
Tonight, on Adventures in Facebook:
Kristy: dear vampire weekend: the "h" in "horchata" is silent. that is all. xoxoxoxoxoxoxxx, kristy

Me: They don't give a fuck about the Oxford comma; why would they give a fuck about Spanish pronunciation?

Kristy: sunil, your music wittiness lights up my life. epic comment. thanks for the awesome!
Unrelatedly, I was watching an old episode of Psych last night, and when Ashley Williams showed up, I squealed, "BUTTERCUP!" She was so pretty and smiley that after the episode was over, I had to break out my How I Met Your Mother DVDs and pop in "Drumroll, Please," the episode where Ted meets Victoria. I completely understand Ted's wanting a perfect night never to be ruined. What if I had never attempted to contact the cute girl I met at the xkcd party and had just let it have been a great night? But I almost teared up at the end when she was so excited to see him and they kissed. I want that. One day, I want that.

FlashForward

AHAHAHAHAHA to the Bjork. Oh, show, if you keep doing hilarious things like this, I will love you a lot. That was brilliant.

You know who I already love a lot? JOHN CHO. I don't know why I think he's so good but he just is. He just has this undefinable JOHN CHO-ness. I'm glad he's getting a chance to show off his dramatic chops. I really really don't want him to die.

That Charlie is one adorable fucking kid, holy shit.

Mark is the Shakespeare of kitchen humor, har har! Well played, show. I'm not sure how much I actually like Mark. I mean, he's the Jack of the show, so I imagine fandom will get to hating him or something, but there's just...something about him. Like when he says he wants to pursue Mosaic for Demetri's sake and for everyone's, I don't believe him. I think he's too wrapped up in his own obsession with his own future to care about anyone else's. But I dig Eggbert.

The hot blonde terrorist looks like a poor man's Tricia Helfer.

That was a pretty awesome chase scene. With the running! And the jumping over shit!

This show is like a big thought experiment. What would you do if you knew your future? Any aspect of your future, however small, what if you knew it to be true? Truly believed that that is what the future held for you? It would have to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy, wouldn't it? Ned had no fear of dying during surgery because he knew he was alive in the future. Mr. Pimp has prematurely gained the confidence he already knows he will have in the future. But then you have the flipside, the people are trying to avoid futures they would never have known about. I like Nicole's storyline, trying to atone for something you haven't done yet. What if she atones for something she never ends up doing? The causality loop involved here makes my brain hurt, and there are some interesting morals in play as well, just to make things more confusing.

What's driving everyone is the certainty. It's their belief in their flashforwards. Like I said, it's a thought experiment: if you could convince someone that six months from now, they would be rich, what would they do? Would they wait to win the lottery? Would they look at their investment portfolio and see what could be happening in six months? They might just become rich as a result of "knowing" they would become rich, except you were lying out your ass. Talk about the power of positive thinking. It's just such a seismic paradigm shift in the way people behave.

And at the end, we get our traditional OMGWTF. Sweet.

Fringe

Wasn't there an episode last year that was just like this? There was the one with the butterflies where people were lucid dreaming, right? And wasn't there one where they investigated some sort of scientific facility and maybe the doctor was Indian there too? I was having some weird déjà vu.

I like that they're letting Olivia grieve. I feel like we don't see characters grieve a lot of the time.

This was more like a season one episode, which was okay, since it was interesting, and now we have something weird going on with Peter and his nightmares. Who was that guy in the mirror? Was that supposed to be a young Walter? WAIT HOLY SHIT THAT IS WHEN WALTER KIDNAPPED HIM ISN'T IT!!!

Supernatural

That was a really good episode! It started out really damn funny—"Still with the ham?" "We don't have a fridge!!" and, of course, Dean's hairy palm—and then unexpectedly played into the mytharc.

I love that this show will go to the wacky places like making things like "Your face will freeze that way" come true.

Jesse's mom was actually pretty cool. Swallowing rock salt?? SO BADASS!!

Choices! The Antichrist! Sam! Dean! Show! I don't know, it was really good. And I loved the bits about how parents lie to their children, both from the demon and the conversation at the end. It was something I'd never really thought about before, and it was presented in what I thought was an organic manner, which was welcome after that anvilicious monologue last week.

I didn't recognize the names of the writers, so they must be the obligatory freelancers. But they can stay. Oh, no, it looks like they wrote "Yellow Fever," "After School Special," and "Jump the Shark." So they actually have a pretty good track record!
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From:scifantasy
Date:October 16th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
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WAIT HOLY SHIT THAT IS WHEN WALTER KIDNAPPED HIM ISN'T IT!!!

Yep. Gotta be.

Better still...you know how Peter said he'd had nightmares as a child, and Walter helped him forget them? What do you want to bet that that was the recurring nightmare--meaning that what Peter remembers as "one of the few times in my childhood that Walter helped me" was actually Walter getting Peter to forget what happened to him?
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From:scifantasy
Date:October 16th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh--and did you notice the poster in Peter's room, of "Challenger Mission 11, June 28 1984"? Never existed. (No, Challenger didn't explode until '86, but there was no mission in June of '84.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 16th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. I didn't see that.
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From:scifantasy
Date:October 16th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
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I saw it briefly but didn't see the details; Hulu is a wonderful thing.
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From:the_partyman
Date:October 16th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
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I completely agree with you on the John Cho-ness of John Cho. :)


Fringe was a little deja-dreamy-vu. I totally loved the whole business card thing though, that was awesome, cheesy in a good way.


YAY to Peter having the bad dreams-but-oh-no-are-they-memories? I loved the use of the mirror for what is surely a memory of Walter stealing Alternate!Peter from what could be said to be a *mirror* universe, lol. Yes yes yes. :)


I really need to open these Supernatural DVD sets at some point ans see what all the fuss is about.








Edited at 2009-10-16 11:47 am (UTC)
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From:harper47
Date:October 16th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed this episode much more than last week. I think the writers were less heavy handed in Sam's redemption arc and the jokes flowed much better than all the Paris Hilton stuff. And while I think the anti-christ was a far too powerful figure to throw into the mix, I think the young actor did an awesome job and there were a lot of great moments in the show.

Haven't seen Fringe yet but looking forward to it.
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From:zimshan
Date:October 16th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I love that this show will go to the wacky places like making things like "Your face will freeze that way" come true.
This show really has decided no place is too wacky to go, hasn't it? Hehe.

Haven't seen this week's Fringe yet, but just caught last week's, and are they REALLY hinting at playing this 'Peter-is-actually-ALT-Universe!Peter-who-Walter-stole-when-Real!Peter-died' thing? Because I'm not sure what I make of that! But I think it could be severely awesome!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 16th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Er, I believe that's pretty much canon since the finale or so. I think Walter visited Real!Peter's gravestone or something.
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From:zimshan
Date:October 16th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
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HAHAHA, REALLY? I'm so clueless when it comes to watching this show! I do vaguely remember the grave thing but at the time I just figured he had done something horrible to bring him back from the dead or something? I don't know, my mind never went to, YES HE ACTUALLY DIED. AND THIS IS AU!PETER. Guess that's what happens when I watch this show in such a vacuum off-season! But awesome twist for Abrams then!
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From:stephl
Date:October 16th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
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That was a pretty awesome chase scene. With the running! And the jumping over shit!

And getting taken out by a door! And menacing!pit!bull! (To which I said, "Awww, puppy!" when I saw it.)

Any aspect of your future, however small, what if you knew it to be true? Truly believed that that is what the future held for you? It would have to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy, wouldn't it?

So far, though, we've seen that Beard!Guy's exhumed daughter was proved by DNA to be his daughter. Obviously, I don't think we've seen the end of that flashforward at all, but going strictly by what the show has told us, at least one flashforward can't be true. (I expect that to be turned on its head, though, and proved true.)

I'm not sure how much I actually like Mark. I mean, he's the Jack of the show, so I imagine fandom will get to hating him or something

Well, he's kind of obsessed with the crow thing. Granted, we the viewers know that there's something weird in Somalia, but he doesn't know anything more than the fact that a lot of crows died in Somalia in 1990-something, and a creepy unreliable Nazi pointed him towards that info. NOT GOOD DETECTING.

And yet I feel certain that Batman would approve. That kind of tenuous connection is what Batman's detecting is built on.

And at the end, we get our traditional OMGWTF. Sweet.

I said, "Oh my god, is EVERYONE from Lost going to show up?"
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 16th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Obviously, I don't think we've seen the end of that flashforward at all, but going strictly by what the show has told us, at least one flashforward can't be true.
But that's just it, though. My point is it doesn't matter whether these flashforwards are TRUE as long as the world believes they are. Maybe that's part of the Why. This could be the most elaborate prank/social experiment of all time.

I said, "Oh my god, is EVERYONE from Lost going to show up?"
Hee. Well, I already knew about him.
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From:maka2000
Date:October 16th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure how much I actually like Mark. I mean, he's the Jack of the show, so I imagine fandom will get to hating him or something, but there's just...something about him. Like when he says he wants to pursue Mosaic for Demetri's sake and for everyone's, I don't believe him. I think he's too wrapped up in his own obsession with his own future to care about anyone else's.

I agree with all of that because last night, I suddenly started disliking him just a little for how assy he was being to John Cho about being obsessed with a particular investigation... uh, dude, you're obsessed with a particular investigation too! Back off.

The hot blonde terrorist looks like a poor man's Tricia Helfer.
I think you're being generous. I thought she looked like death. Or, a blonde Maria Shriver. Both of which are not hot, imo.

I like Nicole's storyline, trying to atone for something you haven't done yet. What if she atones for something she never ends up doing?
I've been thinking about what it could be that she did, that she feels she deserved to die for and I think it'll tie into whatever breaks up Mark and DoctorLadyIForgetHerName's marriage. And what that could be, I think must have to tie to their little girl. So I'm thinking Nicole gets distracted from watching Little Girl (just like she did when the FlashFowards happened), something bad happens to Little Girl, Mark starts drinking because of it, Doctor Lady has affair with English Guy, Nicole wants to die.

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From:dlgood
Date:October 19th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
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The FlashForward is interesting - I like that at least one or two of them are mundane at least. (The FBI boss was in the bathroom reading the sports page...)

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