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October 24th, 2006


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12:55 am - You Know Who Would Like This Show? Sokka's Instincts!
Hello, gentle readers! This is your occasional reminder to vote for Melanie's pumpkin (#8 - His Noodly Embrace)! She's within spitting distance of #1, and once we get her there, we ought to keep her there, dammit.

See, I'm glad I've got this pumpkin thing in my back pocket here; otherwise, I'd have trouble coming up with before-the-cut flavor text. You'd be subjected to more squeeing about Avatar, and YOU'RE NOT PRETTIER THAN WE ARE.

Sorry. I'm back.

You know what else is back? Prison Break! And, man, am I glad Sucre wasn't actually betraying them. It makes so much more sense for Michael and Sucre to screw the others over. They were cellmates, man! Amigos! Compadres! Also, at least they tossed in a line to let us know that Michael intended not to let T-Bag get away again, that he did feel responsible and understand that letting him loose was Not a Good Thing for the World. And aw to Michael and Sucre's friendship. It's really sweet.

I liked that Sara was kickass again like she was during the riot. She was all, "If I'm going down, YOU'RE GOING DOWN TOO." Smart woman! But, um, has she ever met Veronica? Because I think some of her idiocy rubbed off on her somehow.

Sarah: *gives dude her location*
Poor Random Woman: *gets shot at Sarah's location*
Sarah: "Hey, dude, some lady got shot. Right where I was supposed to be! Right where I told you I'd be! How did they know where I would be? I only told you, and I trust you for some reason! Did someone tap the pay phone? Or your phone? HOW DID THEY...OH."

But then she got smart again by figuring out Michael's code, although I have no idea how the dots helped her come to that epiphany.

I hate Bellick. What a slimy weasel. God.

Heroes was okay. I forwarded through Previously Guy, so I've got nothing to say about him. And Promo Guy had ALREADY SPOILED "Save the cheerleader, save the world," so...there wasn't much Future!Hiro said that we didn't already know. Geez, man, could you be a little more cryptic? Interesting that he mentioned "risking a rift," though.

It was very cool to see Nathan fly like hell, and what a landing, ouch. I refer both to Nathan's feet and the CGI. And it was cute for Hiro and Nathan to meet, but I was sort of annoyed at how well Hiro could communicate in English since he'd apparently been leaving Isaac messages IN JAPANESE. And Hiro explained the predicament to Nathan no problem, without using complicated language. I mean, whatever, if Hiro only speaks Japanese, there will be communication issues, but he seemed to do pretty well with Nathan. Unless he also has the power to Learn English, but only when he's around Heroes.

Matt basically acted out What Women Want, followed by "Earshot."

Oh! Claire and her daddy! Those were good scenes. Mysterious Man wiped Brody's entire memory! Damn!

Overall, yeah, the episode wasn't all that exciting. But I LOVED the parallel ending. "I have a message for you." Fucking sweet. Sorry, I'm a sucker for that shit.

Next week's episode looks awesome, though.

There is no next week's episode for S60, however, because they're getting replaced by FNL for a week, and when that does better, the show will be cancelled, and I won't be all that sad. Tonight's episode was all right, but sort of off and weird. I wasn't sure what was going on on a higher level. Jordan was cute when drunk, although I have begun to see the "Why is she a network president?" thing people have had problems with, although I can write it off because we've seen her kick ass and take names before. Tom's History of Studio 60 tour was actually fairly interesting, and a few nice moments came out of that plotline. I'm not entirely sure what the war veteran plotline was doing in there. And while I really like Simon Stiles, I'm totally perplexed by the racial issues in this episode. I can't figure out whether it ends up being racist by not trying to be racist, or something.

Also, what the fucking hell? They totally wasted Lauren Graham. Again. Why did they even bother having her on?

Franky, Studio 60 was better when it first came out.
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From:sterope
Date:October 24th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
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The Michael and Sucre trick was so adorable! I'm glad they weren't planning to make him evil. However, T-Bag stealing the money was genius. I totally didn't see that coming, but I never see anything coming. Next week is going to be awesome. And I much prefer action!Sarah to prison doctor Sarah.
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From:beardoggx
Date:October 24th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
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I left my recap/review of Heroes on my LJ:

http://beardoggx.livejournal.com/68009.html#cutid1

if anyone's interested.
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From:harper47
Date:October 24th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
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"Matt basically acted out What Women Want, followed by "Earshot."

Pretty much. Hee!!!

Aww - I liked Studio better than you I see. But then being a theatre person, watching Studio is kind of like being backstage at a theatre and it just touches all my backstage buttons. Granted our wrap parties don't usually include Sting or famous ballplayers but they pretty much go along the same lines. I just got hit on by the drunk star actor of the show at the last wrap party I was at in August so . . . . . it just all works for me.

And I don't know, the weird mix of topics also work for me because I do feel like I'm at the theatre where anything and everything comes up out of the blue and suddenly you're sitting at the bar talking about a show ten years ago and on and on. But I know I'm not the typical demographic here.

I adored Matt Perry's work in the scene where Simon was reading him the riot act about needing a black writer. So much sad with no words at all. Great job by both of them.

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From:cerulgalactus
Date:October 24th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
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See, you hit the nail right on the head why I like it, excpt Im not a theater person.
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:October 24th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
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but I was sort of annoyed at how well Hiro could communicate in English since he'd apparently been leaving Isaac messages IN JAPANESE.

That bugged me, too. I mean, I guess he used some hand gestures and blowing-up noises to explain it to Nathan, but it sure seemed like he should be capable of conveying "I went to the future and New York blows up" over the phone. But I thought the flying (and landing) FX were at least much better than in the pilot.

And why didn't Mohinder find it odd that he was talking to Peter, and then suddenly Peter was behind him and several feet away?
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From:sistakaren
Date:October 24th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Matt basically acted out What Women Want, followed by "Earshot."


Or any other of 50,000 comic book plots featuring telepaths in the case of the latter...

I really liked it. I thought it moved along well, lots of stuff happened. It was good.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 24th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Or any other of 50,000 comic book plots featuring telepaths in the case of the latter...
Hey! Joss Whedon INVENTED TELEPATHY.

I really liked it. I thought it moved along well, lots of stuff happened. It was good.
But it wasn't diesel. Admit it!
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From:unseenlibrarian
Date:October 24th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
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My TV screen is very small, but when they showed the photo of Niki's husband, was that supposed to be mysterious guy? Because that'd explains a lot about how he escaped from jail.

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From:anifsemaj
Date:October 24th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I was wondering that as well, but after seeing the promo for next week at the end, I'm inclined to say no (willing to be wrong though).
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:October 24th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
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I think S60 suffers from being a collection of really good moments and lines, but without a whole lot to hold it together. I dunno. The acting's great, the moments are great... I knitted through most of it and only really paid attention when, yes, Bradley Whitford was onscreen.

And I love how Sorkin can now fill just about every line with The Superiority Of The Intelligentsia but it's okay! Because Simon is real, man! He's from the block! He respects the working man! Simon is totally the apologist.

As for Heroes, Niki's storyline didn't do much for me this week. (And that scene between her and Nathan? Where he's all, "You're what every man dreams of finding: strong... beautiful... [you turned me down and then came back and gave me a lap dance and fucked my brains out]" EW. I mean, what are we, 14? That crap just rubs me the wrong way, man.) But Claire, Claire, oh Claire-of-my-heart. I don't know if this was revealed in an earlier episode (missed one or two a few weeks ago) but I thought it was fascinating to learn that her father TOTALLY ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT HER. So now I wonder if The Face Of Evil knew about her when she was adopted, or if he somehow managed to induce her invulnerability, or if he's just damn lucky.

Missed all but two minutes of PB because I was having a gigantic burger for dinner. I came late to that party, anyway.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 24th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
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And I love how Sorkin can now fill just about every line with The Superiority Of The Intelligentsia but it's okay! Because Simon is real, man! He's from the block! He respects the working man! Simon is totally the apologist.
Heh. But I like him.

I don't know if this was revealed in an earlier episode (missed one or two a few weeks ago) but I thought it was fascinating to learn that her father TOTALLY ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT HER.
Yeah, we learned this in, like, the second episode. He was watching the tapes she made of her trying to kill herself. I never thought about until now, but it wasn't exactly clear whether he knew about her all along or had just found out.
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From:ocvictor
Date:October 24th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
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So now I wonder if The Face Of Evil knew about her when she was adopted, or if he somehow managed to induce her invulnerability, or if he's just damn lucky.

Or, possibly, discovering Claire's powers early on was what led him to look for others with similar abilities.
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From:toughcookie42
Date:October 24th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
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I, too, was bothered by Hiro's language skills... and also by the fact that he went back in time to talk to Peter and not himself. Just saving a step, there. And also, Matt's wife is dumb. Her husband is obviously telepathic, and while she's quite happy reaping the benefits (go Matt!) I can't believe she's not a little weirded out.

I'm getting more and more impressed with PB. Also, I laughed so hard when T-Bag got away with the money. Robert Knepper was at the Tigers game Sunday night!

I continue to enjoy Studio 60. BTW, Lauren Graham was on because she's Matthew Perry's girlfriend. So don't be surprised if she pops up without doing anything more often. At least they're cute.
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From:jenelope
Date:October 24th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Just to let you know, I think the campaign is working. "His Noodly Embrace" currently has a six point lead over the closest candidate.
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From:maka2000
Date:October 24th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
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I agree with most of what you said about all 3 shows, though I pretty much hated most of S60. I need an excuse to make a new post of my own though, so I think I'll save my rant for my journal. Heh.

Your friend's pumpkin was at #1 when I voted. Ahead by 2 votes.
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From:jenelope
Date:October 24th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
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You know, I noticed all the same continuity and writing errors in Heroes as you did, but I just didn't care. I think the show overcomes its errors with coolness and enthusiasm. I think it's kind of a throwback to the older versions of sci-fi and adventure shows, back before rabid fans had a way to dissect them with other rabid fans across the country. I mean, consider The A-Team. Do I think that Murdoch could really get airborne in a lawn chair powered by helium-filled trash bags? Hell, no! But it was still cool.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 24th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
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You know, I noticed all the same continuity and writing errors in Heroes as you did, but I just didn't care. I think the show overcomes its errors with coolness and enthusiasm.
Oh, the good certainly outweighs the bad. No question.
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From:magnolia888
Date:October 24th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
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And aw to Michael and Sucre's friendship.

Awww. Did anyone seriously think that Sucre would betray Michael? Hell to the no. I never bought Sucre's act for a minute but their "reunion" was cute just the same.

They totally wasted Lauren Graham.

Was that the chick from Calico Gals?

I figured she just did a cameo as a favor to MP, because she can't have much time free from GG.
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From:miniglik
Date:October 25th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
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I didn't think Sucre would betray Michael if they were being true to the characters -- but you never know. Sometimes shows make characters do annoying things for the sake of plot.

I did love Michael making fun of "adios amigos."
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:October 24th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I was more inclined to believe the knowing-a-little-too-much-english than my gut really wanted me to because of all the time shifting so maybe he went forward and back or something and picked up some phrases... I don't really know how much time passed for Hiro, so he might've had more time to learn. Good point about the Isaac phone messages though. I don't know.

Mohinder is annoying the crap out of me. He's so wishy-washy. Although, I suppose that is the necessity of his angst.
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From:tvandsympathy
Date:October 24th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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De-lurking to say hee regarding

Matt basically acted out What Women Want, followed by "Earshot."

That's exactly what I wrote in my recap. No wonder I always respect your opinions!

And, yes, they totally wasted LG, though I do understand that she must be a busy lady.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 24th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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That's exactly what I wrote in my recap.
Hee! Yeah, it took me until after the episode to remember what I was thinking of when I saw that sex scene because it looked SO FAMILIAR.

No wonder I always respect your opinions!
Aw! Thank you!

And, yes, they totally wasted LG, though I do understand that she must be a busy lady.
Well, apparently, she's dating Matthew Perry, so it was sort of a favor, I guess.
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From:toughcookie42
Date:October 24th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, also, what do you think about Peter? He flew with his brother, and he paints the future with the guy who paints the future. How convenient. Side-effect-free Rogue, anyone?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 24th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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And he doesn't even have to touch them!

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