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November 21st, 2006


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01:10 am - Remember Who You Are So We Can Be a Family Again!
Tonight was an extra special batch of Monday night TV because Rae (raelee) came over to visit! She even brought dinner, courtesy of her sister. We watched Friends, and then I showed her this hilarious Michael-and-Dwight "SexyBack" vid, courtesy of vonnie_k. Finally, it was time for my shows!

Prison Break informed us that "Viewer Discretion Is Advised"!

WOO DR. SARA AND HER MAGICAL MOUTH. AND MAGICAL BACK. AND MAGICAL STITCHES.

Also, the best part of watching television with someone else is that there's someone around to laugh at your jokes. At the beginning of the episode, I predicted that since Michael and Lincoln and their dad were reunited, someone would say something to the extent of "We can be a family again." So half the entertainment of the episode was waiting for SOMEONE to say the line. And then we got C-Note's plot, and they had so many opportunities to say it, and they didn't! And then the dad died, and he didn't say, "At least we got to be a family again." CLICHES EXIST FOR A REASON, PEOPLE. HUMOR ME.

Michael had his big monologe about child abuse, and he said he thought he would never see the sun AGAIN, and so I got one word, but no one was saying FAMILY, which was the key word.

And then Michael talked about his dad, and he wished he could have been a part of his...SAY IT, MICHAEL! I may have leapt forward onto the coffee table in anticipation. But he didn't say the line! Rae thought they were trying to be subtle, but for fuck's sake, this is PRISON BREAK.

All the sunglasses reminded me to show Rae this hilarious David Caruso montage of cheesy pre-credits lines from C.S.I.: Miami. After two minutes, it reaches CRITICAL HILARITY and everything is ten times funnier.

Heroes was SO. AWESOME. OMG.

First of all, however, can we all collectively KICK MOHINDER IN THE FACE?! Because this has been Mohinder's character arc in nine episodes:

"All around us, we are evolving! There are special people with powers, the next generation of humanity!"
*dad dies*
"God, my dad was CUH-RAZY! He thought that all around us, we are evolving! That there are special people with powers, the next generation of humanity!"
*goes to America*
"Wow, look at all this freakyass shit that validates my father's theories! God, my dad was CUH-RAZY! I HATE HIM SO MUCH."
"Hi, my name is Peter Petrelli, brother of Nathan Petrelli, who you just this morning believed had special powers. I, too, have powers."
"WHATEVER, LIAR. NO ONE HAS POWERS. God, my dad was CUH-RAZY!"
"Hi, I'm a pixie-like love interest. Don't you think it's sort of interesting that there's a guy who can paint the future?"
"WHATEVER, LADY. People claim to paint the future all the time. The fact that all this weird shit is happening to me is TOTAL COINCIDENCE. GOD, I HATE MY DAD."
*sulks back to India*
"That's it, I'm leaving all my crazy dad's theories behind and shacking up with my old girlfriend."
"Hi, I'm a freaky little kid who can enter your dreams and show you the past. You have the answer already."
"No, I don't!"
"Yes, you do."
"No, I don't!"
*sees past Mohinder express interest and belief in his father's theories*
"OH, YEAH. NOW I REMEMBER THAT I USED TO BELIEVE MY FATHER'S THEORIES BEFORE I ANNOYINGLY AND INEXPLICABLY DECIDED THEY WERE CRAP."
*goes back to America with a list of all the supers*

And while we're at it, can we KICK NATHAN IN THE FACE? After he splashed paint over Isaac's key painting, I yelled, "You suck, Nathan! You suck more than Simone! And she sucks a lot!" Except Simone did come through with the digital print, which, holy crap, was totally key, as it, you know, identified the location of The Event. And then Simone told Peter he was going to die tonight, and I said, "What, how do you know when the hell a random Odessa school's homecoming is?" Seconds after I stopped talking, Simone explained that she had in fact called Odessa schools to find this information. Well...FINE. SORRY FOR DOUBTING YOU, WRITERS.

Isaac painted a man on fire. Does this mean the Human Torch will be joining the group?

Halfway through the episode, when Peter showed Ando the picture, I snapped my fingers and pointed at Rae because I had figured it out. "Did you get it?" I asked. No, she hadn't gotten it, and she wanted me to explain it to her.

"Peter's going to get all broken up, right?"

"Right."

"And he's going to rescue Claire, right?"

Lightbulb. SO. AWESOME. I don't mind predicting what's going to happen when it's awesome and makes sense.

It was Rae, though, who caught onto the fact that everyone would misidentify Jackie as The Cheerleader because she was the hero in the papers, and HOLY FUCKING GOD HOW AWESOME IS THAT? Seriously, they set this up like fifty episodes ago or whatever. I love stories like this because you've got that delicious inevitability factor, and you watch the characters plummeting toward an ineluctable fate; you see the comedy of errors that occurs solely to get the pawns in the right place. But the brilliance of this is that it's not completely contrived. Peter doesn't know any better. He comes into town and sees a blonde cheerleader who saved a guy from a fire, and of course he assumes she's the special one who needs to be saved. And he's right; it's not his fault the papers are wrong.

Sylar's a dumbass, though, and I wonder where the fuck he does his research and how he finds his victims if he goes after the wrong blonde cheerleader. But, shit, dude. He...cuts people's heads open with his TELEKINETIC FINGER KNIFE?! Poor Jackie. (Oh, God! Can I just say how much I fucking loved Claire in this episode? See, Claire, unlike fucking Mohinder, had a real fucking character arc where she's learned to embrace her inner freak. This is what happens when your freak friend pulls a Clarissa Explains It All move on you.)

So, God, like I said, the inevitability of The Event made the whole Homecoming sequence so fucking exciting. Rae and I were yelling at the TV the whole time. "No, run!" "Aah, it's time to die!" "Peter, get up! Hey, NO COMMERCIALS! PETER HAS TO GET UP!!" Man, it was a good time.

So Peter heals himself and gets arrested, and Claire has to tell her dad about her power SO THEY CAN BE A FAMILY AGAIN...

Meanwhile, HOLY SHIT EDEN IS CREEPY HOT. She's gone rogue, and dude, she brought Haitian guy with her! Personally, I thought the scene was way too ominous for Eden to be capturing Sylar on OWI's behalf. We've already seen her play spy to Mohinder; I have no problem buying that she'd doublecross Mr. Bennet. Oh man oh man oh man.

In other areas, I still love Jessica, and I love that the card identified her as "Jessica Sanders." And holy crap, she just shot at D.L.! Who's totally going to phase just in time, right? He can't die already.

Hiro is six months in the past! And the fact that he missed his five-seconds-later appointment with Ando is VERY BAD.

THIS SHOW IS SO AWESOME. I CANNOT TAKE THE AWESOME.

After Heroes, everything sucks, but holy crap, Studio 60 was GREAT! I laughed so much! I mean, this is what happens when you get Matt and Danny and Jordan in a room together.

I don't really feel like writing extensively about the episode (I spent a lot of time writing up Heroes), but I kind of loved it, I think. It was really funny and entertaining, and I didn't want to slap anyone. All the arguments were interesting and not annoying, and I liked the behind-the-scenes nature of what was getting argued about. It wasn't "Sketch comedy will save America, so let us do what we want to do." It was "This show is profitable for the network, so let us do what we want to do." I even agreed with Matt's argument about PVM: yes, obviously, there was ego involved, but since it was a bad show, it would reflect badly on S60. I never really understood, though, how the hell A) leaving Final Draft in "thirty-minute paper" caused 37 seconds to disappear from the show and B) no one noticed there were apparently pages missing the entire time. Still, the "peace in the Midwest" jokes were funny.

Harriet was displaying cleavage the whole episode, so I can't argue with that. And, hell, I even liked the bizarre philosophical debate about posing in lingerie. It was less charged than so many other Issue-Related Conflicts and was more character-focused. Hell, the "be comfortable with who you are" message was ripped straight from an hour ago on Heroes!

Go Cal!! I just loved Danny and Matt's reactions. "This is good and profitable...you know I have trouble understanding this." "Where has this been?"

Is the show finally settling into a comfortably hilarious groove? I hope so, because for the first time, I think, I'm actually looking forward to a whole season of this.
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From:missquita
Date:November 21st, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
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Yes, it is so TEH AWESOME OMG!!!!
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From:cran
Date:November 21st, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
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I can (almost) never say this about your thoughts on VMars (heh), but I can about Heroes: I agree. Completely. I'd elaborate, but there's no need! You covered all the kick-ass stuff from "Homecoming"... except my very favorite bit: when Claire punched Jackie in the face for insulting her cute gay friend. Yay!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Hee! And, yeah, that was totally great and part my "I love Claire this episode!" sentiment. And, see, I told you he was gay!!
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From:teapot37
Date:November 21st, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
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I loved how all the talk against product placement was, in itself, a form of product placement. Pretty sneaky, sis.
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From:harper47
Date:November 21st, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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You got to watch Heroes and Studio with Rae? Fun! And oh yes - tv was frakking awesome last night. I loved every minute of it including How I met your mother which was soooo funny. Ahem but back to what you wrote -yes! Loved the way Jackie's taking credit for the save played into the plotline. It was just so sweet. And creepy - the telekinetic finger of doom. And Eden using her pusher powers (I always flash to Stephen King's Firestarter and the little girl's dad who would do the same thing).

The scenes between Claire and her friend were sweet and Peter was heroically hot. And the ratcheting towards the deadline suspense was terrific. I can't wait to find out what happened to Hiro and Charlie in the past.

Studio 60 was terrific last night wasn't it? I loved it. Great scenes with Ricky and Ron, loved all the scenes between Jordan and the boys (and I assume the faint next week means they are going to acknowledge the very obvious pregnancy Jordan was showing this week). The Simpson Midwest joke was funny and everything just cracked and sparked along. Really loved it.

"Hell, the "be comfortable with who you are" message was ripped straight from an hour ago on Heroes!"

I know. The shows had a nice synergy going that way. Sorkin really toned it down preaching wise. And hee on all the product placement commentary while Apple computers were everywhere. Hee, hee.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
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(and I assume the faint next week means they are going to acknowledge the very obvious pregnancy Jordan was showing this week)
Ha, see, I didn't notice it at all.

But, yeah, S60 was great. Although as a friend informed me, Kristin Chenoweth must be really tired of being in this show.
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From:beardoggx
Date:November 21st, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
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I posted my recap of the episode here:

http://beardoggx.livejournal.com/72604.html#cutid1

Awesome episode, and the best so far.

I don't think Eden double-crossed Claire's dad, though. Claire's dad asked her to stop Sylar, and she did. But that doesn't mean she might in the future.

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From:tophatter2
Date:November 21st, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Heroes = love.

Last night was the first time I really wanted to see a second season of Studio 60, because it looks like a show that could be a lot better next year. It's taken Sorkin a while to have a feel for putting it all together, but he's getting better at it.

Here's my guess about the script format issues: A set number of pages constitutes a full show for Studio 60 when it's printed in 40-second format. However, half-hour format pages are set up so that they have fewer lines per page or are in some other way shorter. Not a lot, but enough to drop 37 seconds from 61.5 minutes of material while maintaining the same page count. And since it's maybe only a line per page dropped, it's tough to notice unless you see the extra page sitting in the printer tray.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
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In that scenario, wouldn't the missing 37 seconds be right at the end, though? I wasn't sure why Cal or anyone didn't understand what happened at first. Because if the final 37 seconds were clearly missing, he would know what was missing and what to ask for, right?
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From:r_a_l_i_g_h
Date:November 21st, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Isaac painted a man on fire. Does this mean the Human Torch will be joining the group?
I thought this was either a) the Radioactive Caveman b) Sylar taking on the Radioactive Caveman's powers to blow up New York (They cut in and out of the scene really quick but it kinda looked like that figure was buried in the flames in the "We have to Stop It" picture. I've heard people say that they've seen a figure in the flames there in earlier episodes.)

*KICKS MOHINDER IN THE FACE* However, I'm torn with Nathan. Because, although I spend more than half the time hating him for what he is doing, he is so often so enjoyably and deliciously wicked doing it, that I can't wait to see what he does next.

Lightbulb. SO. AWESOME. I don't mind predicting what's going to happen when it's awesome and makes sense.
OH I KNOW. I figured that one out early, and I'm so glad I did! Right after Simone said he was going to die, at first I was thrown and then I went “Waaaaaiiiiitt... Oh. AWESOME.”

Didn't see "the Cheerleader" misunderstanding coming until Peter was looking at the articles. Because the closeup paintings looked clearly enough like Claire. However, when Mr. Bennett came running up and discovered Jackie, I realized that SHE was totally the one Peter painted dead and we didn't realize because his art skillz are not so good.

Rae and I were yelling at the TV the whole time. "No, run!" "Aah, it's time to die!" "Peter, get up! Hey, NO COMMERCIALS! PETER HAS TO GET UP!!" Man, it was a good time.

Is it bad that I do this while I'm watching alone?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
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I thought this was either a) the Radioactive Caveman b) Sylar taking on the Radioactive Caveman's powers to blow up New York
Oh, yeah, that's what people have said, but I didn't catch that at first, so I decided to make a joke.

Because, although I spend more than half the time hating him for what he is doing, he is so often so enjoyably and deliciously wicked doing it, that I can't wait to see what he does next.
Heh. He is quite wicked.

However, when Mr. Bennett came running up and discovered Jackie, I realized that SHE was totally the one Peter painted dead and we didn't realize because his art skillz are not so good.
Ooh, very nice! Man, this show rocks.

Is it bad that I do this while I'm watching alone?
I won't tell.
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 21st, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Heroes: I love that the card identified her as "Jessica Sanders."

AND NIKI WAS IN THE MIRROR!!!!

I adored that they brought back the erroneous newspaper article. [does Happy Continuity Dance]

I still love to hate Nathan. He's such a politician, just dripping with moral authority and convinced that he can run everyone else's lives better than they can. Good on you, Adrian Pasdar!

Heroes just gets better and better and better. Except for Mohinder. He needs to stop talking and just be pretty.

S60: Harriet was displaying cleavage the whole episode

OMG I hated her dress. WTF with the nice red dress and then the black... what was that, exactly? Was that part of the dress? Like some sort of stupid trimming? Or Was she just wearing a black bra under a really low-cut red dress? Fug. Ly.

But, dude, yeah, I was impressed with this episode. It should be a fun, frothy show - we don't need to be having political debates and brothers STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF AFGHANISTAN. I think it's much more successful as this sort of vaguely comedy-of-manners.

how the hell A) leaving Final Draft in "thirty-minute paper" caused 37 seconds to disappear from the show

I don't know a ton about screenplay formats, but I think what happened is this: most screenplays run roughly a page/minute in performance. Show-within-the-show pages are a different format which I think runs slightly longer - in other words, there's a little more text on the page. The cast and crew would be used to the pacing of the correct format - you'd develop a sense of when you should be going to the next page. If the pages are in the wrong format and there's slightly less on each page, but they're going at the usual pace, they'd finish early. Hm. I should google it.

I really like the way Bradley Whitford and Amanda Peet play off each other. They've got good banter chemistry. And I keep forgetting to mention it, but I just love Lucy Davis more every time I see her.

(Mandatory Alanna's such a lech comment: I'll take Bradley Whitford over therapy any day! [Groucho Marx eyebrow waggle])
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
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AND NIKI WAS IN THE MIRROR!!!!
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that! That was so awesome!

But, dude, yeah, I was impressed with this episode. It should be a fun, frothy show - we don't need to be having political debates and brothers STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF AFGHANISTAN. I think it's much more successful as this sort of vaguely comedy-of-manners.
I'm glad it wasn't just me! I'm seeing a lot of good reviews.

If the pages are in the wrong format and there's slightly less on each page, but they're going at the usual pace, they'd finish early. Hm. I should google it.
So it wasn't that any actual lines in the script were missing, it's just that they were subconsciously going through the script faster (because they didn't realize it was shorter)? That's interesting.

I really like the way Bradley Whitford and Amanda Peet play off each other. They've got good banter chemistry.
"I left a message!"
"And I returned that message!"
"And I called to reply to that message!"
"And I left a message in response to your message about my message!"

Oh, Sorkin.
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From:jenelope
Date:November 21st, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Can't kick Nathan in the face because he's teh Pasdar and he's awesome. Also, he did have good intentions in wanting his brother to not die. But he totally doesn't get the urgency of the whole thing. Someone needs to grab Hiro and have him tell Nathan, "Oh, yeah, remember when I told you that you won the election? Yeah. I might have forgotten to tell you that New York, like, totally blew up the next day. Oops!"

Mohinder, however, deserves an orderly row of people calmly kicking him in the face. No matter if the guy is hot like fire. They better give him a power, because otherwise, he's a completely useless waste of (very pretty) space.

Ando telling Peter that he'd die if he went to Union Wells (is that it?) and Peter's look of "yeah, well, them's the breaks" were pure heroism. It's nice to see him coming into his own. I had an idea that Peter would absorb Claire's power pretty early on, but it was clinched by the fact that he was so touchy-feely with this underaged girl so soon after saying he absorbed people's powers when he was physically close to them. It's interesting that Peter thinks his powers aren't much on their own. If the other heroes are nearby, he could become pretty damned near unstoppable. I maintain my theory that he will be like the SuperBuffy in "Primeval," one person containing the strength of many.

Next week: origins episode. It seems early and yet, perfectly timed.

Every time this show ends, I alternate between "That's it?! Oh, man!" and "Oh, thank God it's only an hour, I don't think I could take more" and "When's the next episode?" It's the ultimate serial. Love it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I had an idea that Peter would absorb Claire's power pretty early on, but it was clinched by the fact that he was so touchy-feely with this underaged girl so soon after saying he absorbed people's powers when he was physically close to them.
Well, actually, I don't think it requires physical touch. He never touched Isaac, to my knowledge.

It's interesting that Peter thinks his powers aren't much on their own. If the other heroes are nearby, he could become pretty damned near unstoppable. I maintain my theory that he will be like the SuperBuffy in "Primeval," one person containing the strength of many.
Yeah, I don't know how it works if he's around more than one. And I don't know whether he absorbed any of Sylar's powers and therefore will telekinese himself out of jail.

Every time this show ends, I alternate between "That's it?! Oh, man!" and "Oh, thank God it's only an hour, I don't think I could take more" and "When's the next episode?" It's the ultimate serial. Love it.
ME TOO, JENNA.
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From:daynr
Date:November 21st, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Well shit, I haven't even bothered to watch Studio 60 for like 2 months. Apparently I should tivo it again.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it was really good!
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From:magnolia888
Date:November 21st, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm planning to catch up with Heroes and S60 over the holiday, but your enthusiasm makes me look forward to it.

Although I guess I can figure out what happened on Heroes, and I don't care how evil Nathan is or what he does, I am still going to like him because Adrian Pasdar is awesome.
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From:shpyum
Date:November 21st, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Claire is my new favorite tiny, sassy blonde cheerleader who gets whacked in the head alot. She's not as fabulous as Lilly, but she has the advantage of not being dead.

I feel like as the season progresses the show really hits its stride -- Ando's loneliness and moments with Peter, Peter's innocent flirting with Claire, Claire's cute 15-yr-old moment of realization, the slice of Sylar's face, Eden's CREEPINESS, the tiny bit of Niki/DL/Micah we got, Micah telling DL. . . they were ALL these pitch-perfect moments. They didn't go on too long, they didn't exposit too much, they didn't come at an awkward time in the series or the episode. It was so refreshing and satisfying to not watch a show where I have to wince through the disjointed or jarring bits. EXCEPT FOR MOHINDER. Arrgh.

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From:shpyum
Date:November 21st, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
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PS? Now I'm gonna have to find me a Lilly/ Claire icon.
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From:sinca
Date:November 21st, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Eden going after Sylar was my favorite part - and she can control HIM too! She's pretty bad-ass.

And thank you for the recap of Mohinder's storyline because I fast forward his scenes.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
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and she can control HIM too! She's pretty bad-ass.
I KNOW! I was like, HOLY CRAP THIS IS NOT GOOD.

I don't know, man. Sylar used to be this ominous, indestructible serial killer, and now he's this fool who doesn't do his research and gets controlled by pixies.

And I'm glad the Mohinder recap was useful. Although, dude, what was great was pausing the screen with Suresh's list and seeing the names of most of our Heroes. What was hilarious, however, was that it showed Nathan but not Peter.
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From:babsonite
Date:November 21st, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
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OMG I JUST WATCHED HEROES AND OMG!LOVE! I really used to hate Peter and his annoying WAH-I can fly-No I can't-I'm special-No I'm not-shit, but he was fucking awesome tonight! And I hate Mohinder also. As soon as the password box opened up, I was like, duh it's your sister! He needs to get interesting or get going.

And Claire is so my favorite! Though I missed Hiro this episode. But it seems like next week will have a lot of him...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 21st, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I really used to hate Peter and his annoying WAH-I can fly-No I can't-I'm special-No I'm not-shit, but he was fucking awesome tonight!
I know! I totally forgot that he was annoying!

As soon as the password box opened up, I was like, duh it's your sister!
Yeah, that's what Rae said, but it seemed like the password wanted more letters. Apparently not. Come on, Mohinder.

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