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October 8th, 2007


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11:33 pm - Twice the Little Chino, Twice the Masuka, Once the Ned Ryerson
Hey, what's that bobcat thing that was also a handheld console? Oh, yeah, lynx.

cleolinda is spreading the word about Project Download. By taking the two seconds to download this text file once a day, you can help someone get brain surgery. Seriously!

Finding the Right TV Crime Drama For You. This is terribly amusing, as it plays 20 Questions with you to choose the best crime drama out of the TWENTY-SIX on television. Some of the questions are pretty funny, like "Can you stand Holly Hunter's voice?"

Since traffic is slow on weekends, you may have missed my recommendation of I Am the Messenger, a book you should totally read.

After you're done watching television.

Dexter

By popular demand, I am posting about Dexter, which is the best returning show of the season so far. The premiere rocked, continuing the characters' stories in believable ways while introducing new storylines for this season. The second episode was not as good, but it was still great. It had a couple flaws, namely the fact that the Little Chino video thing makes no sense since there is no reason for that to have gotten him off the hook since YESTERDAY'S PAPER STILL EXISTS TODAY. Also, I can't even dignify Esme Pascal's cheatin' fiancé with a rat's ass. I should care why?

But other than that, rooooock. Loved the use of Rudy/Brian, as I don't think we got to have enough scenes with him after Dexter realized he was his brother. I'm finding Deb's PTSD interesting; I hadn't really thought about how dating a serial killer who tried to kill you would fuck you up, so I like where they're taking her. I was totally thrown by Dexter's admitting what he did to Paul (and he made The Face again!), and I kept expecting Rita to break up with him the whole episode because of his reaction to Paul's death, but instead she thinks he's a druggie, which is both sad and funny at the same time.

And oh my God, you guys. I felt such a release of tension when Dexter killed Little Chino (and you could see that he did too, almost orgasmic). I really wanted Dexter to kill someone again. It was kinda wrong.

Chuck

I enjoyed Chuck quite a bit this week. I'm definitely warming up to Chuck the character. And the opening was hilarious!

"This painting sucks." *BLAM!*

Lather, rinse, repeat.

And again.

I like that it doesn't take itself too seriously, even though they still do real spy stuff like chase after international arms dealers and have incoherent fight scenes on rooftops. And that was totally Little Chino as one of the henchmen, right? Towering over Masuka in one scene?

I like Chuck's relationship with his sister. I really liked the brother/sister scene at the end. It was cute.

Heroes

Okay, I think the show is finally heating up. It's about time I had an audible reaction. More on that later.

I guess we can start with Peter, who's getting his powers on and macking on a funny-looking yet cute Irish chick. I'm not sure what's up with the tattoo Godsending into oblivion. I wonder if the brothers will be offended. Also, noooooo, don't play the "Open the box laaaaaaaaater" card! OPEN THE DAMN BOX! YOU ARE PETER PETRELLI. BROTHER OF NATHAN PETRELLI, WHO DID NOT EVEN BOTHER APPEARING IN THIS EPISODE. Look, amnesiac. You better figure out who you fucking were or are or whatever because other people will surely think you're THAT GUY, and you could use the intel.

I was spoiled about the fact that D.L. was dead by this, which is a neat little website where Micah chats with Hana. Of course, it was pretty obvious by the way they were filming it and the dialogue they were using anyway. I like Micah, so I hope we get to see more of him being a wee Great Machine. And apparently, his...aunt or whoever was also someone called "Uhura" on this little-known show called Star Trek. Finally, Niki wants...to be cured? Because she HATES BEING SUPERSTRONG? Don't you think that would come in handy to protect your kid? Also: WE ALREADY SAW X-MEN 3. (Or...she has the virus and wants to be cured. In which case: WE ALREADY READ ABOUT THE LEGACY VIRUS.)

Okay, Maya and Alejandro's section was somewhat more interesting this week as Maya proved how her apparent liability could be used offensively. It looks like her infection is triggered by stress? And then they took off with this American kid in his car. Which, according to the Internets, is CLAIRE'S STOLEN CAR OMG. I was wondering what that close-up on the "Go Conquistadors!" was supposed to mean.

Sylar!! And, hee, Candace. Or Michelle. But...what the crap? This is no fun. They made Sylar too powerful, and now they have to depower him so he doesn't take over the world again. Except...I have no idea what Michelle is talking about. How are her illusions of his sexual fantasies supposed to help him reacquire his powers? And has he actually lost all the powers we saw him get in the first season? Because that's totally lame. Like, if you were going to make Sylar less awesome, you might as well have let him die. Of course, our little megalomaniac is so ready to get his powers back, starting with Michelle! Who...really should have seen that coming. I'm not sure how Sylar was able to eat her brain without his telekinetic finger knife, or whether he actually managed to do whatever it is he does, since it didn't work. What's going on with him? Has he got the virus? And, clearly, he's on the Island. Maybe he's going to find Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt and steal his ability to conjure up polar bears.

Loved the messages to Ando! I do enjoy time travel mayhem. Other than that, though, Hiro's part kinda sucked and was boring. Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, he's got the hots for this Japanese chick. The end. Whatevs. Have fun destroying the space-time continuum.

West still suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks, and I wanted to gag when he and Claire started making out. He's such an annoying jerk. But! The fact that he was taken by Bennet back in the good old days is neat. Is this the first time the words "horn-rimmed glasses" have actually been spoken on the show? Even though, according to Wikipedia, Bennet's glasses are actually Ronsir Zyl.

Molly loves Mohinder more than Matt! How cute. Except Mohinder's being tailed and shit now. That's no good.

And, FINALLY...as soon as Bennet spoke the words, "As long as I'm alive," I started writhing because WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU EVER SAY THAT ON A TELEVISION SHOW? IT IS A MOTHERFUCKING DEATH WISH. And then, nooooooooooo. Look at that painting! Claire's there, and maybe even that fuckass West, and there's Bennet with a hole in his not-totally-horn-rimmed glasses, along with his face. That's going to be a hard one to get out of, but they will get out of it! They're not killing him, dammit! They can't! Why is he even a target? Was he really that Old School? He was under Kaito! He had no part in the Plot to Blow Up New York! Goddamn you, Assassination Tango!
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From:birdsarecalling
Date:October 9th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
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I thought that Niki needing to be cured was about the Legacy Virus plotline. Maybe she caught it from Molly? The Company probably wants Mohinder's magic blood so that when/if the supers all get infected, they decide who keeps their powers and who doesn't. I think Mohinder and Bennet are totally getting played (also, maybe they would like to bring in Matt WHO CAN READ MINDS to see if the Company is on to them or not? But Mohinder never was all that quick in S1...)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 9th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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I thought that Niki needing to be cured was about the Legacy Virus plotline.
Heh, yeah, I just edited that in.

The Company probably wants Mohinder's magic blood so that when/if the supers all get infected, they decide who keeps their powers and who doesn't.
Dude, that's a good point. Keep your friends close and your antidotes closer.
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From:mcfeste
Date:October 9th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
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Look, amnesiac. You better figure out who you fucking were or are or whatever because other people will surely think you're THAT GUY, and you could use the intel.

Dude, for real. I get the Pandora's Box/afraid of what you might find thing, but at this point, more info cannot be a bad thing.

Which, according to the Internets, is CLAIRE'S STOLEN CAR OMG. I was wondering what that close-up on the "Go Conquistadors!" was supposed to mean.

O RLY. That's fun! I figured Claire's car being stolen was way too random not to be a major plot point of some kind, but I didn't make the connection. Cool.

I'm not sure how Sylar was able to eat her brain without his telekinetic finger knife, or whether he actually managed to do whatever it is he does, since it didn't work. What's going on with him? Has he got the virus?

I just assumed he did whatever he used to do to cut's people's heads open before he acquired the telekinesis. But the virus, oooh. That's gotta be it, and you're probably right that that's the "cure" Niki was talking about, too.

West still suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks, and I wanted to gag when he and Claire started making out. He's such an annoying jerk.

Hee, I had the opposite reaction this time. I was not feeling his vibe at all in the first two episodes, but he seemed like much less of a tool this time, and hope reigns that I will start to dig him. Even if he is emo. And probably a mole.

WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU EVER SAY THAT ON A TELEVISION SHOW? IT IS A MOTHERFUCKING DEATH WISH.

Right?!? If he'd seen Scream, he would know that it does not do to say things like that. And the implication that he was one of the Twelve is not computing! Hello show, explain please!
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:October 9th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
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And has he actually lost all the powers we saw him get in the first season? Because that's totally lame. Like, if you were going to make Sylar less awesome, you might as well have let him die.

I don't think it's lame. I think Sylar's so cool that he's still fun to watch. He's fascinating. He's crazy and smart enough to be totally bad-ass even without a gazillion powers.

'm not sure how Sylar was able to eat her brain without his telekinetic finger knife, or whether he actually managed to do whatever it is he does, since it didn't work.

I thought he'd pick up a shard of the cracked mug and have at her head. But that didn't happen...on screen.

Loved the messages to Ando!

How does it make any bloody sense that in centuries of this sword being owned by collectors, historians, and museums, no one ever said "Hey look! This little bit at the end flips up and there's stuff inside!"?

Even though, according to Wikipedia, Bennet's glasses are actually Ronsir Zyl.

Ronsir Zyl is just one specific horn-rimmed glasses frame, isn't it?
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:October 9th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
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YOU ARE PETER PETRELLI. BROTHER OF NATHAN PETRELLI, WHO DID NOT EVEN BOTHER APPEARING IN THIS EPISODE.

But! Did I catch a glimpse of a cleanshaven Nathan in the promo for next week? OMG has he finally come back to the loving arms of Gillette? Oh thank you Jesus!

How are her illusions of his sexual fantasies supposed to help him reacquire his powers?

I thought that they weren't actually supposed to help him reacquire his powers, just make it more comfortable for him to do so - self-preservation by way of being a versatile fucktoy.

Although, I did enjoy when she turned into him. Hee. He is quite the narcissist.
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From:sabra_n
Date:October 9th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
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One small, fun bit of self-delusion I didn't mention in my reaction post- Claude was totally there in spirit. Do you think it's a coincidence that Peter only starts using his powers (with good control, at that) once he's under stress? He's conditioned. :P

-blue
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From:harper47
Date:October 9th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I was underwhelmed by Heroes this week. Too much meh and not enough greatness. I don't like any of the new characters except David Anders - and you're right the SL was boring this week and I'm sure I'll like Uhura but everything else was just obvious and boring. I still love it, I just want it to stop sucking.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 9th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
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What? I actually write about Dexter this week and that's all I get?? Reciprocity, woman!
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From:missquita
Date:October 9th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
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I really enjoyed this episode, lots of "hee!-ing" from me. And I started to like West after the weird classroom scene. Way to not stick out, Claire, running out of the room while the weird kid is asking about a lizard-girl.
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From:gymble
Date:October 9th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Heroes was seriously boring me last night. Maybe I was just in a bad mood, but it all felt horribly predictable.

Or...she has the virus and wants to be cured. In which case: WE ALREADY READ ABOUT THE LEGACY VIRUS.
Presumably - I assume it's just the virus. Also: WE ALREADY SAW THE STORY WHERE NIKI IS BLACKMAILED INTO DOING SOMETHING SHADY. I think I cared about her more when she had the split personality thing going on.

Which, according to the Internets, is CLAIRE'S STOLEN CAR OMG.
Oh good. I'm glad that had a point.

I'm not sure how Sylar was able to eat her brain without his telekinetic finger knife, or whether he actually managed to do whatever it is he does, since it didn't work.
Hacksaw + spoon = good eating.

West still suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks, and I wanted to gag when he and Claire started making out.
You are not alone. I was hoping that Claire would shove him over the balcony. And then I realized that that would not help at all, because this is the season of duplicate powers. This time, more annoying! That was one cheesy flight sequence. Blech.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 9th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
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this is the season of duplicate powers. This time, more annoying!
I realized that if Sylar truly did lose all his powers, duplicate powers means he can get the VERY SAME powers he had in one brilliant montage of coincidental meetings.
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From:soundingsea
Date:October 9th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
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They made Sylar too powerful, and now they have to depower him so he doesn't take over the world again.

Same problem with Peter, I guess. Can't have two uberpowers running around.

Have fun destroying the space-time continuum.

At least Hiro is actually worried about that (unlike a lot of time-travel shows).

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From:raelee
Date:October 9th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
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They're not killing him, dammit! They can't! Why is he even a target? Was he really that Old School? He was under Kaito! He had no part in the Plot to Blow Up New York! Goddamn you, Assassination Tango!

Well the problem is that the paintings are of the future so you can't assume they are currently targeting him (except that he is hiding Claire so that makes him somewhat of a target) but he's clearly doing stuff that will MAKE him a target. The painting just sorta confirms that. This is the problem with wanting to see what happens in the future...

I like that Claire's stolen car is turning out to have a connection because it was such a weird thing. I was joking with Greg that it was just because Nissan was no longer the sole sponsor, no more product placement for them! I actually thought that the girls at the school were going to be connected to it but I like that it actually ties into other storylines going on... that's what I love about this show, that the storylines criss-cross and affect each other.

I'm not sure how Sylar was able to eat her brain without his telekinetic finger knife, or whether he actually managed to do whatever it is he does, since it didn't work.

Umm, well it looked like he was using the broken mug to cut her head open to me.
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From:maka2000
Date:October 9th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
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I only got Dexter as my crime show of choice after I cheated and said I didn't like anagrams. Gip!

Also, I can't even dignify Esme Pascal's cheatin' fiancé with a rat's ass. I should care why?

Because LaGuerta is going to use it all to scheme her way back into the Lt. position and it's going to be beautiful. I really don't think she plans to keep Esme's company resource abuse and leaving the scene of a major crime, to herself. This new Lt seems to be way too trusting with LaGuerta. Either she's really stupid, or is keen to Maria's fake girlpower solidarity, and is just good at pawning her work onto other people. We know LaGuerta has been out played before by the Captain, so we'll see how this goes. But because she was out played last season, it makes me think we're building up to her triumphant return this season. OR, getting burned even worse.

Loved the use of Rudy/Brian, as I don't think we got to have enough scenes with him after Dexter realized he was his brother.

That was the only thing I wasn't too fond of. I've never really liked the dead person as inner voice thing on TV shows. It always seems a little cheesy to me, but now that Dex let Rudy go, maybe that's the end of that. But I do agree I Liked Rudy as a foil to Dex so in that respect, I was sort of happy to have him back for a bit to interact with Dexter.

Deb's arc is so interesting to watch. My mouth was hanging open when she pulled that gun on that kid! I love that Angel told only Dex about Deb's meltdown though. Cop ethics are so interesting to me. Especially on this show.

I kept expecting Rita to break up with him the whole episode because of his reaction to Paul's death, but instead she thinks he's a druggie, which is both sad and funny at the same time.

I burst out laughing when she came to the conclusion he's a drug addict. Oh Rita. *pats her on the head*

And that was totally Little Chino as one of the henchmen, right? Towering over Masuka in one scene?

It was! And I laughed. I don't really watch Chuck but I happened to see that part. Teehee. He was WAY scarier on Dex though, don't you think?

I'm not feeling Heroes this year, and it's bumming me out. Everything seems so forced to me. Like, Peter knows he can fling a truck in front of people shooting at them, but he can't just snatch that little wooden box from that dude's hand? I do like the Irish girl though, so I guess that's keeping me interested in that storyline. And yeah, OPEN THE BOX. Lame.

And what the hell Claire? That flying kid is CREEPY. After the way he's treated her, why is she suddenly looking at her dad like he's not to be trusted because of 1 comment by West? HELLOOOO Noah took a bullet for you!! Brat. Last season it was all about NOT wanting to be different, and now she's tired of blending even though people want to snatch her and cut her up. I'm losing patience with her. I totally think West is the mysterious hooded dude who's killing off the old school heroes. I was feeling giped we had another hero who could fly, but I'll feel better about it if that's not his only power. Maybe he's the super powerful one Molly sees? It seems too coincidental that he'd be in the same school as Claire - he's definitely up to something sketchy.

Unlike you, my favorite part was Sylar's story. He's still a complete psychopath! Thank goodness. I like that he's going to have to start over again and that's fucking with him. Wee! And with the brain eating, I'm assuming he did it old school style. CandiceWhatever had just brought him a knife and fork for breakfast. Ahem.
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From:maka2000
Date:October 9th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh! And if they kill off Bennet - I WILL BE PISSED! NooooooOOOOoo! He's one of the few characters I still love as much as ever.

*clings to him*
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:October 9th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I forgot to say also that I thought Nikki was talking about curing her DID. At the end of last season, didn't she still have Jessica in her head?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 9th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
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I felt like they were pretty merged and sane by the end. Like they'd made peace with each other. Niki used the superstrength all by herself and all.
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From:eirefaerie
Date:October 9th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
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see, i think I'm over Heroes. The writing just makes me cringe. And the fact that Bennet and Mohinder can't figure out that the Company is setting them up. sigh.

BUT I LOVE CHUCK.
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From:debetesse
Date:October 9th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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> ability to conjure up polar bears.

And they say they're running out of powers for the show.

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