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12:24 am - Who Lit Toph on Fire?
Good news: I have a big sexy red couch!

Bad news: I have a small unsexy grey mouse!

This was certainly the most interesting Torchwood so far, and I give props for neat Doctor Who continuity and a pterodactyl, but I'm still not sold on this show and I sort of want to stop watching. I think vonnie_k nails it with her rant. I just...am I supposed to cheer at the sight of FOUR PEOPLE SHOOTING THE FUCK OUT OF a small little woman? I...she wasn't even posing any immediate threat, for fuck's sake. Who are these people?

Honestly, I want to give it up until someone tells me that it's turned into something worth watching, and then maybe I'll catch up. But I'm bad about quitting shows, and most everyone else seems to like it, so.

Sarah Wayne Callies is so beautiful. Slender body. Pretty pink lips. Gorgeous, gorgeous hair.

No, really, that's the extent of my Prison Break commentary. I didn't think it needed to be cut. Also, I have no flippin' idea what episode we're on, so I have no clue when the finale is going to be, which is kind of fun.

Heroes is always kind of fun, though! Sometimes more than just. Also, since I'm feeling lazy, I will again defer to Vonnie's thoughts.

Matt needs to stop trying to fix his marriage and...go do other stuff. Maybe now that he's going to get promoted, we can just have him full-time on the Sylar case and not have to worry about his cheating wife.

And speaking of fixing marriages...interesting development on the Petrelli front. So his (hot) wife is in a wheelchair, and he may have been responsible? I may be a bad person, but I feel like that makes Nathan less sleazy. Not that I advocate adultery, but the initial impression was that Nathan was just That Sorta Guy and he may have cheated on his wife multiple times before. This made it clear that it wasn't like that.

Go Peter with the cover story! Go Nathan with the painting wrangling! And then...the hell? A) Peter doesn't believe Nathan when he actually tries to be straight with him about the flying thing, like, will anything make him happy? And B) Nathan...for some reason lies to Peter about the painting. Does he want to check it out for himself or something?

Claire's story was pretty straightforward, but it was worth it for the YouTube exchange, which was hilarious and perfect. Because that is totally what that kid would do. That is what happens with all cool videos in the world.

They made it blindingly obvious that Radioactive Man is going to blow up New York. They also made it blindingly obvious that Clea Duvall must be some kind of idiot if she thought Dr. Burned to a Crisp was the work of Sylar when she had previously noted that Sylar has a very, very clear pattern of slicing people's heads open and pinning them to the wall with cutlery. Did I miss something? What was all the talk about him not having an M.O.? Didn't she clearly identify his M.O. before? It's the victims that don't make sense.

Also, I didn't put two and two together on my own, but it was pointed out that Claire's dad seems to be marking the Heroes (Radioactive Man and Matt both had those two lines on their back).

I loved that Hiro was just sort of amazed at having stopped time mid-explosion; he just marveled at things hanging in the air. His reactions are just so...true. Also, he can speak English again. It must be a phone thing. He just sucks on the phone.

I know a lot of people are bored by Niki, but I really like her, and not just because she's hot. I'm loving what they're doing with...Jessica, except giving her the name Jessica, because...er, sure. I've had good experiences with girls named Jessica, with few exceptions. So it really doesn't strike fear into my heart. But I love the way Ali Larter differentiates the two characters, how you can just tell when Jessica has taken over (although the Swirly Symbol of Dooooom is a nice touch as well).

And, finally: Micah has powers!! Whee!! Remember when he built that computer or whatever? And now he magically made a phone work! He's the Electrode Whisperer! I also sort of love that he freakily understands what's going on with his mom and her split personality.

Oh, Promo Guy! You have changed your tune on the FACE OF EVIL! Now, you realize that he has in fact been ambiguously presented ON THE SHOW, ass.

Studio 60 confused and bored me for the first ten or fifteen minutes or so. I was thrown by not starting in Studio 60, and I didn't know what the hell everyone was talking about and why they were there. You'd think I'd never seen a non-linear narrative before. That, and the meta commentary was distracting. So, if Sorkin realizes he's making a condescending, smartass show that makes fun of anyone not in the elite, it's okay?

After the pieces began falling into place, however, and I realized the circuitous comedy of errors that was likely to occur in order to make the beginning of the episode make sense, I started to enjoy the show. I found most of the "Blah blah, we can't take the Lord's name in vain" talk boring but loved the payoff that it was all a setup to inspire Matt. I kind of love Danny. And I still love Jordan. And I continue to like Simon, and I'm warming up to Tom. And Harriet is pretty. This is the thing, I'm beginning to like the characters a lot and wish they were in a better, less annoying show.
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From:glasseseater
Date:November 7th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
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yaaaay couch.
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From:beardoggx
Date:November 7th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
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I wonder what else Claire did to herself on that video. I mean, they showed a clip of her getting hit by a car!
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From:areacode212
Date:November 7th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
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"I just...am I supposed to cheer at the sight of FOUR PEOPLE SHOOTING THE FUCK OUT OF a small little woman? I...she wasn't even posing any immediate threat, for fuck's sake. Who are these people?"
I was reading TWoP and this seems to be a not-uncommon complaint.

Also, there are a lot of Torchwood haters on Outpost Gallifrey. Admittedly, this doesn't mean much, but on a NYC-based DW forum that I go to, even people who, 2 weeks ago, told everyone to give it a chance are now like, "just cancel this shit now." I still haven't gotten around to seeing episodes 1, 3 or 4, but even though all the talk of a "sexy Cyberwoman" has kind of piqued my interest, I feel like I have better things to do with my time than download & watch them. Maybe I'll start watching Heroes.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
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Heroes is much better.

Also, I'm glad there are other people not as enamored with the show as everyone else. I was beginning to wonder what I wasn't seeing.

I was really excited about this show, too. This just wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it would be more fun.
From:wee_warrior
Date:November 7th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Haven't seen Prison Break or Torchwood yet, so I'm skipping the comments - although I agree that Sarah Wayne Callis is amazingly gorgeous, as is Wentworth Miller - but I figure the latter wasn't all that awesome? Sigh. I so wanted this show to be good. Pretty much agree on everything you wrote about Heroes - this show makes me squee! so much. About Nathan getting the painting, it was very ambiguous, but I think he actually told the truth, he didn't get it. Linderman put it into a gallery or something, and I think Nathan thanked him because he talked to him, not because he gave the painting back. I could be wrong of course, I just didn't see why he should lie about it, dude usually has a reason when he does.

And I so dig that Micah is sort of a tiny Mitchell Hundred! That's so awesome! And I can't stop using exclamation points!(Sorry for plastering your lj with squeeage, I'll stop now!)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh my God! Micah is totally The Great Machine! Of course! Dude!!
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From:sistakaren
Date:November 7th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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They made it blindingly obvious that Radioactive Man is going to blow up New York.
Well, maybe they did in regards it his powers, but I'm not so sure about whether or not he's going to do it. Still a lot of mystery there.

Speaking of mystery... I definitely never thought Nathan was just an asshole. But when he is one, he is glorious. But Pasdar is a genius. It became apparent to me in episode five that he was more than that, because he really cared too much about Niki for that to have been habitual. Poor guy. He's so sad, really. I must know about his past!
From:wee_warrior
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Speaking of mystery... I definitely never thought Nathan was just an asshole. But when he is one, he is glorious. But Pasdar is a genius. It became apparent to me in episode five that he was more than that, because he really cared too much about Niki for that to have been habitual. Poor guy. He's so sad, really. I must know about his past!

So much word! *draws little hearts around paragraph*

I can't really decide if I want him to be a glorious jackass, or a redemptive glorious jackass, though I'd happily settle for something between the two. As long as they don't kill him off in some stupid redemptive sacrifice, or make him completely eeeVIL.
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From:tophatter2
Date:November 7th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Clea Duvall is, like, Matt's own personal Exposition Fairy. Her dialogue is always so clunky. She might be phoning it in just a little, since I thought she was a lot better on Carnivale. Re: Claire. 1.) I kept thinking, "This tape's going to end up on YouTube." 2.) She should really make sure that her brother didn't just slip her some random blank tape.

I keep hoping Sorkin will burn himself out on taking shots at the religious right/his vision of middle America and we can just get on with the show, but he's never entirely done with them, and it's getting in the way of the show.
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From:gymble
Date:November 7th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Peter doesn't believe Nathan when he actually tries to be straight with him about the flying thing, like, will anything make him happy?
Yeah, what's up with people wanting to believe (Peter and Mohinder) and then flipping the moment that someone actually tries to tell them the truth? The hell? In Peter's defense, Nathan is a slimy politician. The way he flat out lied to his wife really bothered me. Unlike you, I'm not sure that the affair with Niki was a one time thing. Of course, I don't like Nathan.

Also, he can speak English again.
But didn't Ando have to translate for him in the casino? I think that Hiro can only speak English when he's talking to an important character. Make up your mind, writers!

Micah has powers!!
Yeah, that was cool.

Oh, Promo Guy!
Could someone please tell the promo guy to watch the damn show? Also, why does Peter not understand that he's an Empath yet? Peter can only fly when he's around Nathan.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
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I think that Hiro can only speak English when he's talking to an important character. Make up your mind, writers!
Hee.

Also, why does Peter not understand that he's an Empath yet? Peter can only fly when he's around Nathan.
Well, in his dream, he was stupid, but he was around Nathan when he wanted to fly again, so that would have worked. I mean, he did seem to realize he was grabbing other people's powers before.
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From:maka2000
Date:November 7th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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They made it blindingly obvious that Radioactive Man is going to blow up New York.

Nah, this is my theory: Claire's Dad, Silent Black Dude and now Pixie are working to catalogue the people with powers. They've marked the good ones with the 2 lines - the bad ones with the squiggle, like ikiN has. Sylar is going around killing other heroes and stealing their powers. In the future he kills Radioactive Guy and Sylar blows up New York.

I hated S60. I'm the opposite of you in that the more the show goes on, the less I like all the people involved - except Jack and Harriet. I like them. But they're not enough for me to stick around. Bummer.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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They've marked the good ones with the 2 lines - the bad ones with the squiggle, like ikiN has.
Hm, interesting. But ikiN had that squiggle before Claire's dad even found her.

Sylar is going around killing other heroes and stealing their powers.
This is pretty much certain.
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From:harper47
Date:November 7th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I kind of loved Studio 60 last night. I thought Weber was terrific and I don't know - maybe I'm just a sucker for meta commentary but I kind of liked that they were acknowledging that a lot of their stuff wasn't funny and was just pretentious. I'm all- hey this must be the first show they were able to tweak after all the criticism started rolling in.

I don't know why but I kind of flashed back to the original I Love Lucy gets locked up in a jail cell scene (which is weird because Lucy is nothing like Studio 60) but it just seemed so weird (who are the Asian people, why is Tom dressed like that, where's Matt)that it instantly put me in a okay this is weird, I'm interested what's going on way.

I do have a hard time looking at Jordan (and Marcia Cross) without thinking hey they're pregnant. Bring on the big coats.

I do like the continuity with the United Nations show, the theme park in wherever it is and the black comic.

As for Heroes - I liked the Micah reveal and the action at the car crash a great deal. Plus Claire and friend trying to get brother out of the car - hee, hee, hee. Because that was totally like what a sibling would do - I'm telling Mom, I'm locked in the car and friend jumping on the bumper - hee.
Matt needs to say buh bye to wifey and end this storyline because I for one want to move on. K guys?
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 7th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
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I may be a bad person, but I feel like that makes Nathan less sleazy.

Oh, see, the thing that makes me really hate him is his "I just wanted to be with someone who doesn't make me feel guilty every time I look at her" whining. Because - judging from the interaction we saw onscreen, at least - she's not all "You put me in this wheelchair and I will never never let you forget it" with him. So his guilt is his damn issue and he needs to be a big boy and figure it out without cheating on his wife. Ugh. I do like the character, I just don't like the character, you know?

Jessica? They named ikiN Jessica? Wow, that's... prosaic. Ali Larter = still awesome. The subtle differences in voice and mannerism are so well done.

Um, because I can't stop nitpicking the physics of the heroes' powers: when Hiro stops time, does he also stop, like, heat? Wouldn't it be really hot that close to a gasoline explosion? And when her brother stapled Claire, she definitely said 'ouch' and winced - so is that her learning to fake a normal reaction to something that should hurt, or more of a 'startle' reaction than anything else, or does she actually feel pain? Yeah, I'm back on this again. I can't let it go.

Re S60, I had pretty much the same reaction as you. Just because you acknowledge that you're being an asshole doesn't mean that you're any less of an asshole, Sorkin. (The "Your side thinks we think you're stupid, and my side thinks you're stupid" line? I wanted to slam that door myself.) But at least it was... slightly more funny? Danny The Puppetmaster is fantastic, and I'm not just saying that because Bradley Whitford knocks my socks off. I also enjoy the use of a perennially costumed Nate Corddry. Lobster suit, Jesus: hee!

The thing is... sometimes it just feels like the whole show is trying too hard. Like, Sorkin wants his banter to come off effortlessly and naturally, and sometimes it works, but then there are moments (like the first 10 minutes) where you can see everyone straining. When even a top-notch cast can't make your lines sound right, you need to back off and let the subtext be subtext again.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Ali Larter = still awesome. The subtle differences in voice and mannerism are so well done.
So I'm not crazy? Because I feel like I'm the only one who's noticing how great she is.

Like, Sorkin wants his banter to come off effortlessly and naturally, and sometimes it works, but then there are moments (like the first 10 minutes) where you can see everyone straining.
Oh God, yes. Like, in that first ten minutes...all the jokes were SO FORCED. Ugh.
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From:vonniek
Date:November 7th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
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He's the Electrode Whisperer!

Heh. Maybe he can come fix my broken toaster. I'm curious about his power. It could be as narrow as making broken machinery work, or maybe he can also make functioning machines/devices stop working? The idea of little Micah being the tech wizard of the group cracks me up. And the kid actor who plays him is great. I have no problem buying that he's one smart, precocious little boy.

I, too, thought that Nathan was lying to Peter about the painting, but it seems we could be mistaken. Hmmm.

Man, I have to catch up on Prison Break. I'm about half a season behind, but I have too much TV to watch already! What is a fangirl to do?
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From:shpyum
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
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I just now realized how desperately I need a Big Lebowski icon.

I don't roll on Shabbas.
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From:magnolia888
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Sarah Wayne Callies is indeed beautiful. And so is Wentworth Miller.

Their five minute scene in the motel room is the reason I continue to watch this ridiculous show. I am now FFing through T-Bag scenes because I just can't stomach them anymore. But give me the occasional Michael/Sara moment and I'm good.
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From:zimshan
Date:November 7th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
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MICHAH HAS POWERS! Those three are officially the BEST SUPERPOWER FAMILY EVAH! Okay, so sure, right now they're trying to kill each other, but that's no matter. Heh. I'm actually really surprised how well Ali Larter is handling this role. I'd never seen her in anything that she didn't annoy the heck out of me, but she's fabulous in this.

Except, Jesssica? WTF, writers? Could you think up a more mundane name?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
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People say it's a Sweet Valley High reference, as Jessica was some sort of evil twin.
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From:upanashad
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Sarah Wayne Callies is so beautiful. Slender body. Pretty pink lips. Gorgeous, gorgeous hair.

Hee, her hair must have looked particularly nice last night, because I noticed it too, and wrote something about it in my post, but then I edited what I said after I read yours, because I didn't want to be a copycat.

I still really like Niki also, I don't get all the hate for her. I think she's interesting because we still don't get exactly what's up with her and Jessica, and like you said, Ali Larter does the transitions really well.

Claire's story was pretty straightforward, but it was worth it for the YouTube exchange, which was hilarious and perfect.

I loved that, too.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Hee, her hair must have looked particularly nice last night, because I noticed it too, and wrote something about it in my post, but then I edited what I said after I read yours, because I didn't want to be a copycat.
Ha. I mean, it's always nice, but I don't know why I felt the need to point it out last night. It's just so pretty!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 7th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I forgot about that. Uh, I guess he got up and walked away. It was just a thing.

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