?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Stop! Hiro Time! - The Book of the Celestial Cow

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile
> My Website

October 10th, 2006


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
12:33 am - Stop! Hiro Time!
I know it's uncommon for me to post twice in one day, and I take great pains not to do so if I can help it, but I was doing my part for the fandom. I hope you can forgive me. Now, onward! Monday night television awaits!

Heroes continues to rock. Dear God. I mean, how awesome was that comic book panel that showed the Hiro/Ando dialogue they just said? I mean, you cannot lose when you pull shit like that. I'm sorry, but I go apeshit over time travel and destiny and prophecies and all that business. So the whole plotline of following what the comic book says will happen was so up my alley.

Also: HIRO STOPPED TIME. HIRO WINS AT LIFE. GOODBYE, CLAIRE. HIRO IS NOW MY FAVORITE. He's like the fucking anti-Claire, really. He's so fucking gleeful about having these powers and using them to save the world. Whereas Claire wants to be normal, he has longed to be different, to break apart from the mold. And Claire has every right to want to be normal. That's part of being a teenager. You don't want to be the freak. You want to conform because that's when people accept you. That's how you feel like you belong. So I love that Claire and Hiro sort of represent opposite ends of the spectrum here.

Ali Larter is hot. This is good. Also, I am now aware that Niki only has one k because there are helpful title cards reminding us of the names of these characters and where they are. And, um, this one time, they identified Peter and Simone together after having already identified them in separate scenes previously. Dude? We know who they are. This isn't fucking Laguna Beach. I wonder how long they plan on keeping that up. It is sort of helpful in these initial episodes, but it's also sort of distracting.

Anyway: Niki! There wasn't any Evil Niki in this episode, so that wasn't cool, but apparently Evil Niki's been killing the wrong people. Or perhaps the right people. I wonder what Niki's relationship with her husband was like, and how long he's been...wherever he is. But was anyone else confused by "I want you to stay out of my son's life"? Because...um, she went to her house. "Get out of my son's life! Oh, wait, you live here. Then you STAY RIGHT THERE WHILE I FLOUNCE AWAY."

Blah blah blah Nathan is a dick, Peter loves Simone. Those two should start flying around and fighting crime. But, okay, that scene where Peter tries to fly was really funny. Because I think it shows that they're aware of how melodramatic the similar shots of Peter in the pilot were. I mean, they were melodramatic in an awesome way, for me, but I felt like the scene was just as much self-parody as it was a regular joke.

I'm getting sort of baffled as to what, exactly, Mohinder's problem with his father was. Because...um, they seem to have been on the same page. Back in Calcutta, he seemed to be pretty damn supportive of his father's ideas. Hell, his Voiceovers of Ominous Portent make it amply clear that he believes the Heroes exist. And yet...he's acting like a whiny little bitch about trying to prove it. I'm sort of afraid that this character just had Daddy Issues 101 stamped on him without a second thought.

"And this Indian guy, let's make him, like, superhot. And he hates his dad!"
"Why does he hate his dad?"
"I don't know, he just does. All good Indians have daddy issues."
"I thought that was cowboys."
"Them too. Hey! Let's have one of the Heroes be a cowboy! With a magic lasso!"
"Like...Wonder Woman?"
"A cowgirl!"
"Tim?"
"Yeah?"
"I'm going to have a sandwich now."

I couldn't believe that they found Sylar's address. And then they went to his place in the very same episode. And then we even got to SEE him. What the fuck was everyone going on about this show being so slooooooooow? I thought it would be ages before we saw Sylar!

As soon as Clea Duvall said that there was no evidence of physical contact, it was pretty obvious that Sylar must be crazy telekinetic. And lo and behold, he totally is. Except he may also have some sort of mind control. And the ability to disappear and/or fly. So I also think it's pretty obvious that Sylar has a whole bunch of Heroes' powers, either just by virtue of being Patient Zero or, as Kalshane posits, by eating their brains. I think the latter is making more and more sense the more I think about it, given all the clues. The map. The "light reading." The Ten-Percent Myth that laid the basis for these genetic powers. One wonders, then, what Dr. Suresh's role in Sylar's antics were.

Random: Ando is totally going to meet Niki in Vegas, and it's going to be SO AWKWARD.

Eee! Claire!! (Pun so intended.) And he seemed like such a nice boy, too. No, he honestly did! So why did he turn out to be a Grade A asshat rapist? Why do people suck? And it does seem like Claire gets to die EVERY SINGLE EPISODE, but this one was especially gruesome and...freakily final. Like, I thought her most likely course of action would be to play dead until he left, but she had pretty much gone into rigor fucking mortis by the end of it, there. And in the middle of her goddamn autopsy! There's sort of no turning back now, huh? It's hard to say, "No, it wasn't me who came back from the dead! It was my vapid cheerleader friend who also walked through fire!"

The promo promised "another Heroes ending" next week, which, aren't they all "Heroes endings," but I think the announcer means another sort of ending where we discover that Hiro was FIVE WEEKS IN THE FUTURE OMG APOCALYPSE OMG, so, um, I literally flailed. My arms were in the air. THIS SHOW MAKES ME FLAIL, YOU GUYS.

Studio 60 has never made me flail, and I don't think it ever will, because it's not that sort of show, but holy God, the show was FINALLY GOOD. It was funny and entertaining and exciting and not boring!! It was like Sports Night-meets-SNL, which is what this show should be like. This is the shit I signed up for.

Like, I can't even describe it, but there was such a sense of comedy about. Like that final, solitary pane of glass falling down? CLASSIC. Although I wondered whether anyone had gotten hurt because, Jesus, that was a lot of shattered glass that fell. It could have killed someone.

I think what made this episode good was that it was incredibly tightly written with a very coherent, pointed plot. It wasn't just an excuse for controversy or lambasting the Christian right or criticizing the state of television and/or humanity. It was a goddamn episode of television where things are happening, and they're happening fast. You've got the reporter plot, which is sort of in the background, and you've got Jordan's scandal just continuing from before. You've got Matt/Harriet all over the damn place, and it's terribly entertaining because Matthew Perry is funny and Sarah Paulson is pretty and funny. Also, Nate Corddry brought the random Strindberg reference. And the "Are you using a baseball metaphor because he's a baseball player?"/"No, but that's a good coincidence" exchange was very Sports Night-y. (As was "90 seconds back!" Oh man! Nostalgia.) And, finally, the main plagiarism plot, which was pretty awesome and exciting and hilarious.

There was so much more behind-the-scenes character stuff this time. With Ricky and Ron and the writer's room and their conflict with Matt, their attempts to earn his respect. I'm liking the continuity here. Also, it only just now occurred to me that Matt was taking those pills in that one scene for his back pain, which, again, nice continuity.

I'm glad I stuck it out because I think that, just maybe, this show is turning into the show I wanted to watch in the first place.
Current Mood: happyflaily
Current Music: Neutral Milk Hotel - Naomi

(46 memoirs | Describe me as "inscrutable")

Comments:


Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>
[User Picture]
From:cran
Date:October 10th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
(Link)
Next week's Heroes is THE BRYAN FULLER EPISODE OMG and I have been promised by someone who's read it that it has an amazing ending. I'm really excited!
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:October 10th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
(Link)
DUDE HE WROTE AN EPISODE? KICKASS I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE AWESOMENESS!!!111

(Upon coming down from the squee, I ask myself, "Hold on a second, Bryan Fuller? Creator of such whimsical outings as Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls? How, exactly, will this play out properly? Hm. Unless it's all about Claire meeting the Reapers and Hiro trying to communicate with a stuffed koi.")
[User Picture]
From:afrocurl
Date:October 10th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
(Link)
I'm way too tired to properly comment on your thoughts on S60, but I'm glad to hear you're sticking with it.
[User Picture]
From:alannaofdoom
Date:October 10th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
(Link)
Is that a "10 Things I Hate About You" icon? [squee!]
[User Picture]
From:alannaofdoom
Date:October 10th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
(Link)
I was at the opera, so I missed 'em.

No, I really was!

If there were a Cowboy Superhero I would just die of the awesomeness.
[User Picture]
From:harper47
Date:October 10th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
(Link)
I was just getting ready to do my flailing - oh my God my shows were fabulous last night post and wondered over into Friends land and see you are doing the same thing. Weren't they fabulous last night? I was like - noooooooo, don't end shows, don't end. Seriously - that was the best Studio 60 yet and I agree with everything you said. And Heroes - I was so happy to see Peter punch Nathan. What a dick! My only complaint with Heroes is get rid of Simone. I find her useless and boring. Please, please. Other than that, loving every minute and the hour flies by.

I hope Studio 60's ratings are better - all the rating angst this year - between this show and VM does not bring on the happy.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:October 10th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I was like - noooooooo, don't end shows, don't end.
Seriously!

My only complaint with Heroes is get rid of Simone. I find her useless and boring.
Yeah, she's kind of dumb. But I assume she serves her purpose, especially now that Peter's declared his True Love. Unless her purpose is just to make scenes with Isaac really awkward or something.
[User Picture]
From:beardoggx
Date:October 10th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I actually called Heroes "intellectual intercourse", the same thing I call Veronica Mars.

Hiro and Claire are just fraking awesome.

Oh, Niki doesn't make mistakes..........she buries them!(old Undertaker reference, /got nothing)

I left a recap/review on my LJ, if anyone's interested:

http://beardoggx.livejournal.com/65873.html#cutid1
[User Picture]
From:peri_peteia
Date:October 10th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I LOVE HIRO SO MUCH.

And Claire waking up during her autopsy was PRETTY AWESOME.

Studio 60 totally didn't suck which was a great surprise! GOOD TIMES ALL AROUND. GOOD JOB MONDAY TEEVEE.
[User Picture]
From:eldritch_flame
Date:October 10th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I don't know what Claire did differently in this episode, but I liked her so much more than I did before. I'm very interested to see how she will deal with the whole coming back from the dead thing. Hiro and Greg Grunberg are still my favorites, though.

But I was a bit confused about the comic book. Does it keep changing? Because I thought Hiro had flipped through it all last episode, and then there was all this new stuff. Also, isn't he trying to stop at least some of the stuff in the comic from happening? Or is the apocalyptic fiery doom not in the comic? Cos if it is, it doesn't make much sense to me that Hiro would want to do everything that was in the comic.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:October 10th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Does it keep changing? Because I thought Hiro had flipped through it all last episode, and then there was all this new stuff.
I think he only flipped through the first part, the parts that showed what had already happened, and he immediately flipped to the end to see who had written it.

Also, isn't he trying to stop at least some of the stuff in the comic from happening? Or is the apocalyptic fiery doom not in the comic?
Clearly not, as the issue ends with them going to Vegas.
[User Picture]
From:jeeperstseepers
Date:October 10th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
(Link)
My problem with Claire isn't how unhappy she is with her powers. I get that. My problem is what a snotty bitca she is, not talking to her non-cheerleader, non-jock friend in public. So not cool.

I couldn't believe that they found Sylar's address. And then they went to his place in the very same episode. And then we even got to SEE him.

The shadowy visual of him rising and going bye-bye was SO COOL. That whole scene was so cool. I really, really hope there won't be a romance between Greg and Clea now that Greg's lovely full-figured wife is fed up with him.

And it does seem like Claire gets to die EVERY SINGLE EPISODE, but this one was especially gruesome and...freakily final.

I haven't followed the Heroes forums on TWoP in a couple of weeks--have the "OH MY GOD! He killed Claire! THAT BASTARD!" jokes started yet?

And in the middle of her goddamn autopsy! There's sort of no turning back now, huh? It's hard to say, "No, it wasn't me who came back from the dead! It was my vapid cheerleader friend who also walked through fire!"

My guess is that Daddy was never far away, and he quickly grabbed her body and that autopsy is taking place at a secret facility, so the only ones who know about her now are him and his people...and mean rapist boy, who either will convince himself she wasn't really all that dead, or has already been threatened/maimed/killed by Daddy.

Who was the black guy in the bar who's learned the art of Occlumancy?
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:October 10th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
(Link)
The shadowy visual of him rising and going bye-bye was SO COOL.
Yeah! The way it was just in the background and, like, you KNOW Sylar can't be dead already, but he just RISES FROM THE DEAD LIKE DRACULA.

have the "OH MY GOD! He killed Claire! THAT BASTARD!" jokes started yet?
Hee!! I haven't been following either. Good one.

My guess is that Daddy was never far away, and he quickly grabbed her body and that autopsy is taking place at a secret facility, so the only ones who know about her now are him and his people
Oooh, yeah.

Who was the black guy in the bar who's learned the art of Occlumancy?
We don't know, but he's evil.
[User Picture]
From:maka2000
Date:October 10th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
(Link)
It's funny, I was leaning toward Hiro being my favorite, with Claire as a close second, but this episode decided me: HIRO RULES! And I was actually pretty mad at Claire for most of the episode since she was such a bitch to that geek boy who'd helped her. I have no patience for that sort of double faced behavior. But I like what the preview hinted at for her character. I'd love it she became sort of like Batman - tortured and out for revenge/street justice. That would be so dark and awesome, like you said, a nice counterpoint to Hiro's joy at being special. WOO, Hiro and his buddy roadtrip America! I can't wait!

I also really enjoyed S60 this time. I was so happy I actually laughed. Outloud.

And Dawn from the UK version of The Office was in the writer's room! (She also played Dianne in Shaun of the Dead). THIS is what made me all flaily. I hope we see more of her and the writer's room. It was pretty interesting to see and feel the desperation of that room. I liked the hotpocket line the best - hotpockets are funny yo.

I'm a born shipper, as you know, so I'm really enjoying Matt and Harriet's thing. It's so funny to watch - I loved how he went to see The Booty Shaking Girls (or whatever) so he could get Harriet 1 boot. 1 boot! That made no sense! I loved it.
[User Picture]
From:jadelynx
Date:October 10th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Heroes. Mm, best action show EVER. I owe you big time, cause I dunno if I'dve watched it if you hadn't mentioned it.

Studio 60. I hung in there purely because it was at least vaguely better than CSI:Miami, and I'm glad I did, cause you are right about it getting better. This one actually made me laugh, particularly the last line of the show.

But, I'm surprised you didn't note that Brian from GG was in the writer's room!
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:October 10th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I owe you big time, cause I dunno if I'dve watched it if you hadn't mentioned it.
Hey, you shaved your head for me. We're even.

This one actually made me laugh, particularly the last line of the show.
Heh, yeah. I like how sort of befuddled Simon was by the end. "This is not the comedy we intended at the beginning of the week..." And it just fades to black. Nice.

But, I'm surprised you didn't note that Brian from GG was in the writer's room!
Wait, buh, who? Where? Which one is Brian?
[User Picture]
From:r_a_l_i_g_h
Date:October 10th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
(Link)
And he seemed like such a nice boy, too. No, he honestly did!
I know! He did!

I'm still waffling back and forth about whether Mohinder's Pixie-Face Neighbor is a conveniently-placed love interest and exposition buddy, or a Minion of the Forces of Evil. ('Cause let's face it, no one you meet is ever that helpful and friendly AND completely innocent when "They" are out to get you.)

And then the scene with the bonfire where Football Guy was being all Awesome TV Boyfriend, actually convinced me that "maybe they all get to meet some decent ordinary people along their journeys. That's nice."

And then he turned out to be a rapist.

Not so nice.
[User Picture]
From:jadelynx
Date:October 10th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm convinced that Pixie-Face Neighbor is actually a Hero. I think she met the Dad because he found her with his currently seemingly unworking algorithm. I keep hoping she'll end up having some sort of telepathic powers that allows her to mentally suggest things to people, otherwise I'm gonna be severely disappointed that Mohinder just immediately trusted her.
[User Picture]
From:upanashad
Date:October 10th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
(Link)
See, now I can't repost my Heroes thoughts, because you ask the important questions, and I get all distracted by people jumping into wood chippers.

or, as Kalshane posits, by eating their brains.

Oh God, I didn't think of that! Sylar's, like, a telekinetic zombie with super powers.

I thought Mohinder was mad at his father for being secretive. Like his father was always doing weird things and Mohinder was mad that he still didn't know what the hell his father was up to, and maybe the dad treaded on the morally dark side a little. Yeah, he's got daddy issues. Also, that girl he's hanging out with, the one who is an anorexic version of the girl from PB, she's way too skinny. She looks like kindling.
[User Picture]
From:miniglik
Date:October 10th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
(Link)
See, I think of Hiro and Claire as sort of the same: they both know themselves and their powers. I think they both are entirely sure of their abilities. Yeah, Claire doesn't want hers, but I'm sure once she actually has to use it with the others she won't have any self-doubt. They both have sort of a sureness in their powers. It's just that Claire liked her life and feared change, and Hiro was bored with his life and welcomed change.

[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:October 10th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Ooh. Nice way of looking at it!
[User Picture]
From:mutinousmuse
Date:October 11th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
(Link)
Like that final, solitary pane of glass falling down? CLASSIC.

OMG yes! But then it made me sad that an inanimate object had better comedic timing than any of the actual people on the show. But really, I'm with you in that overall this was a good ep.

And apparently I'm the only person left in the world who loves Claire the most. That's fine. While all the rest of you are reading subtitles, I will be carrying her around in my pocket like a Bichon Frise. Wait, wrong show. Sort of.
[User Picture]
From:spectralbovine
Date:October 11th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
(Link)
I think Bryan Fuller still loves Claire the most, so you're in good company.

But Hiro! Can stop time! And travel through time! And teleport! COME ON.

Claire is still awesome, though.
[User Picture]
From:cerulgalactus
Date:October 11th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
(Link)
Welcome back to Studio 60, dude.

But Heroes.....OMFG!! Blows everything but one away, in fact, Im declaring it my co-favourite current show.


> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com