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October 21st, 2008


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01:17 am - Serial Killer, Supermodels, Spies, Stella, Skynet, Speedster
On this, my last night at home, I was reminded that we have Skinemax Cinemax, as I caught a glimpse of the title Passion Cove 2: Deep Desires on the guide. So I scurried upstairs to the master bedroom and locked the door to catch a little soft porn on the same big screen TV on which I had surreptitiously watched soft porn late at night as a teenager. I had just watched Chuck and Heroes with my little sister earlier, so I was expecting to have to bring up the guide to find the right channel.

I was a little surprised when the TV turned on and showed me a naked woman. Because it was already tuned to the channel.

And the only possible person who would have been watching the TV in my parents' bedroom after us was my dad.

Aaaaaaaah.

Dexter

I really love this show. It's so good. So good! Can we all agree on this? I love that it loves all its characters and makes an effort to develop even the secondary characters so that you feel that they have lives as rich and complex as the main characters.

That was the best fake marriage proposal ever. Tears! It was partly amusing because he was mimicking a delusional murderer, but when he went off-book, it was clear he meant it. Even though Dexter will never admit it (and his expression at the end shows his discomfort), he does have feelings for Rita as close to love as he could have. SHE MAKES HIM REAL YOU GUYS.

Entourage

Oh man, I thought maybe they would make Ari a studio head to change things up, but maybe it would change the dynamic too much and not allow as much plausible face-time with the boys. It seemed like a win-win situation to me, but the scene with Vince and Radiohead was just so sad!

Chuck

Jenny Burton! Sarah Walker is a much cooler name. But now I want to know more about her backstory! Because what did her dad do? How did he train her? Why did she have different names already? We'll probably never find out the name she was born with, huh. And how awesome that she was recruited by the Candyman?? Right out of high school! That crazy CIA.

The scenes with Chuck and Ben Savage were pretty amusing. "Mad Dog," hee. What was up with the red herring flash on the sleazeball, though?

Loved the 1998 musical soundtrack. Wait, holy crap, I was the damn class of 1999. My ten-year reunion is coming up. What the hell!

How I Met Your Mother

Whee, playing with narrative! That's the show I love. How hilarious was the fake future with Stella as the Mother and little blonde children?

Barney's "How can I have sex with Robin again?" board was AWESOME. Loved the little flashy text. And all the random equations. Of course, I also want to have sex with Robin. And Stella. And Stella's sister. (Stella? Stella's sister. Stella? Stella's sister.)

How long did Robin stay in Tokyo? Damn, I hope she hadn't fully relocated. And, what the hell, did she not check out the job AT ALL before taking it? Did she now know her co-host was a monkey with marshmallows? Oh well, Japanese television is funny.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

So glad we get a full season! I still feel like this show is like nothing else on TV. It just...has a thing about it, like it doesn't take the well-trodden path, and it challenges you to work for the complete value.

(Yay for the return of the Sarah voiceovers? I am one of the few people who liked them.)

Confirmation that Savannah is not a robot child! And that there is a worse mother on this show than Sarah Connor! Damn, RoboWeaver, you make your kid pee her pants. But, hey, look at Shirley Manson with the range! Her Catherine Weaver was just as natural as her "Catherine Weaver." I love that she apparently studies those videos in an attempt to better imitate her human imprint. Which recalls our good friend Allison from Palmdale, now that I think about it.

Baby Skynet!!! Likes hilarious third-grade puns!!!

Naked redhead on a bus! With really bad hair! Who then fixes her hair and puts on a flattering pink blouse and...engages in a ROBOT GIRLFIGHT. Which was awesome and hilarious. And then she got turned into a pretzel. Poor actress never got to say a line. Not even, say, "Pass the mustarddddddddddd."

John Connor therapy sessions make me sad. It's a little weird after the last episode when he seemed to be embracing his destiny, taking control of his future. Now he's halfway suicidal? (Cameron was an endless source of comic relief this episode. The suicide brochure! The opposite of foes!) And we finally get the answer to the Big Question from the premiere that, like, I hardly realized existed until I started reading everyone's posts debating the issue. See what I mean about challenging you for the complete value?

Meanwhile, Derek Reese scores! With a spy or something. Iiiiiinteresting.

Crisis on Infinite Heroes

That...was an improvement! I don't know quite what it was, but I felt like it was better.

Even though they killed off Adam Monroe! No more Sark snark.

I really like Daphne. She's so cute! And I love her hair! And she's not that evil! I hope she stays. I loved that she was totally creeped out by Pac-Man's "Hey, you're my soulmate in the future, let's date!" And I love the way she speeds around. And back and forth! I liked the "Daniella" bit. Zoom zoom!

(High-five to the turtle.)

So I guess my idea from last week regarding Hiro "killing Ando" was a leetle too convoluted, even for this show. Sometimes, you've just got to go with Occam. I'm still confused about the reason Hiro is trying to infiltrate the villains (and could they stop calling them that, seriously?). To retrieve that formula, right? I think that's it.

Hiro vs. Mr. African's Shovel was funny. Hiro vs. Mr. African's Shovel: The Rematch Except It Actually Happened Before the First Time was also funny! You guys know what I say about time travel hijinks.

It was pretty obvious that the Puppetmaster scene was going to end with Claire getting shot, and I was sort of surprised that it was not as completely obvious to Meredith and...I've forgotten Mrs. Bennet's first name. But she's back to being awesome! "One of us, one of them"!! Heeeeee.

You know who else is awesome? Tracy! You use that freeze power, girl.

I like how in the episode where the writers show off Peter's multiple powers that they seem to have rarely used this season, they strip him of all of them! Aaaah, Papa Petrelli! I was thinking we needed another character with way too many powers! But I guess it's an even exchange, and also Sylar is less evil these days so I suppose you'll do, as long as you remember all the powers you have and use them when they are appropriate. Regular Peter, for instance, unlike his future counterpart, appears to often forget that he can teleport and freeze time. Now that you are an evil, unkillable superbeing with dominion over time and space, I expect you to cause MAXIMUM HAVOC. Got it?
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Current Music: Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees [in my head]

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From:vaspider
Date:October 21st, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
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I have metaquoted you. It is here: http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6888607.html

More on Adam dying like a chump and Predictable Episode is Predictable tomorrow.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Aaah, Metaquotes! I forgot all about that place. I will enjoy this somewhat dubious honor. Thanks.
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From:fayanora
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
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And the only possible person who would have been watching the TV in my parent's bedroom after us was my dad.

Aaaaaaaah.


*Blank stare* What's that Aaaaaaaah for?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Well, the idea of your dad watching porn may not have any effect on you, but...
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From:electricmonk
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
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Re: Intro text:

Hahahahahahahaha.

I mean, sorry.
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From:electricmonk
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
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Of course, I'm only able to laugh because nothing like that has ever happened to me.*






* ...that I haven't immediately and willfully repressed.
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From:vanessagalore
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
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I looked at the Cinemax schedule for the channel that was showing Paradise Cove tonight, and your dad could have been watching The Matrix Reloaded or Tequila Sunrise. Just keep telling yourself that.

I'm at least three weeks behind on every show except Life on Mars and (embarrassingly) Desperate Housewives, so I can't comment coherently on the rest of your post.
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From:newsong
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
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After reading that summary of HIMYM, I am SO looking forward to seeing the episode. :D
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
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And I didn't even really spoil it! Except for the monkey.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
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No mention of Evil Bearded Peter on Mr African Isaac's Wall O'Shame?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't tell who any of those guys were! And it also looked some someone was hugging Luke Perry.
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From:cass404
Date:October 21st, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
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Repress, repress, repress. And if the board says otherwise, well, we're not infallible. (We are, but mysteriously, so sometimes it's confusing.)
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From:being_fulfilled
Date:October 21st, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
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Loved the 1998 musical soundtrack. Wait, holy crap, I was the damn class of 1999. My ten-year reunion is coming up. What the hell!

Heh. It's a sobering realization. I was the class of 2000, so I've still got a little ways to go, but Colin was the class of 1998, so we realized this summer that we're getting old, man!

Last weekend, we were talking about things that will happen in 2010, like my grad school graduation, my 10-year high school reunion, the Olympics in Vancouver, and Colin's 30th birthday, and he goes, "But I don't look old enough to be 30!" I had to remind him that he's not. Yet. But he will be before I am..... (insert faux-evil laughter here)

How hilarious was the fake future with Stella as the Mother and little blonde children?

That scene led me to a realization! All the footage of the kids is from one shot, right--the kids don't change clothes or get older, so the premise is that Saget-Ted is telling them this whole story in one sitting. Does that mean that we'll never get to see The Mother interact with the kids, a la Stella with the fake blonde kids? Unless they had the Mother cast at the beginning of the series and were able to shoot some footage of her getting them off the couch, they won't be able to do that! The kids would suddenly age 5 years in one miraculous moment if they tried to bring the Mother into the actual kids-on-the-couch scene at the end.

I hadn't really thought of that before, but that kind of made me sad.

Edited at 2008-10-21 08:04 am (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
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I've wondered about that shot of the kids! I mean, they don't talk anymore, like they used to, so are they just using old footage at this point? Because, like you said, they would have grown up by now.

It is kind of sad that they wouldn't be able to pull off a Mother shot in the future...except when they finally reveal who it is, they can't have the kids not react, right? Well, unless they filmed a generic "Ooh! Holy crap!" reaction shot a few years ago.
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From:supreme_empress
Date:October 21st, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
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Hi... Over here from metaquotes...

Was I the only one who wanted to go "STELLA!!! STELLA!!!" She's not the mother?! I mean, I feel like I should've known but it still came as a surprise. And Daneel Harris kicked ass as Stella's sister.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
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She couldn't be the Mother because Sarah Chalke would have to go back to Scrubs. But it's still too bad.
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From:shpyum
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I was glad to see an end to Stella. I liked her fine, but I knew she wasn't the mother because Ted and Robin are living in the apartment on his next birthday, so. . .I was getting a little bored of waiting to find out why she wasn't the mother. Which must mean I didn't like her all that much, because I knew Robin wasn't the mother and I never got tired of her. Oh well, I really liked the ep. NPH's face when Robin left the hotel room was amazing, the set-up for the break-up was well done, the flashbacks to crazy Lily were fun, etc. Joe's out of town for work and I definitely considered calling him and telling him he can NEVER COME TO MY WEDDING, but I didn't want to spoil him. ; )
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Wait, I thought Joe was your current boyfriend...
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From:raelee
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Ditto! I mean, I'm not watching all of those but ditto to the ones that I do watch. I have heard multiple times that both last week and this week's SCC were great so I must go back on my previous statement about giving it up. Damn you, TV.

Though I'm unreasonably annoyed about the death of Adam Monroe, even after I'd been calling for them to kill some folks, this episode of Heroes did a lot to restore my interest. I don't know what was different about this episode and made it work so much better than the few we got before it but I hope it continues. Also, I find it interesting that Peter, Sylar, and Papa Petrelli all have a variation of the same power. Not sure if it means anything since Micah and Claire powers don't seem to indicate any kind of hereditary tie but interesting nonetheless.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Come back to SCC, Rae!!

I didn't think about the familial connection for the Petrellis' powers. Nathan's doesn't fit either...but oh yeah, it was fake.
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From:harper47
Date:October 21st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
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So your review makes me think a little better of Heroes even though they did kill Sark. And it's true, it was kind of funny watching African Mr. Isaac bonk Hiro over and over. High five to the turtle. Hee.

The who has what powers thing is just confusing.

But, as always, there were things to like and I do like Daphne. I just think Parkman (sorry Greg) is stuck with a boring SL and that makes all his scenes with Daphne boring.

Mother -hee. I forgot to mention the blonde kids. That was indeed awesome.

Haven't seen Chuck or Terminator so quickly averting eyes from that part of review.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Pac-Man does have a pretty boring storyline. He's so earnest! It's cute, though. I'm glad you like Daphne too!
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From:maidofawesome
Date:October 21st, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I am interested about where Heroes is going to go. But it stopped shocking me a long time ago. s2 was just so disappointing that I feel like they have to do a lot to make that up, y'know? I'm enjoying it, but I'm not invested.

HIMYM was good! But as much as I wanted Barney to do Robin, I also wanted him to get with Stella's sister. I mean, that's like his holy grail. After all her talk, I wanted to sleep with her. I'm glad they didn't get married and that Ted didn't have to be the bad guy. Yay!

Chuck was fun! Nicole Richie pleasantly surprised me. I wasn't blown away because it's not like she had a really demanding role but her acting was... good. Natural. If I hadn't known she was NICOLE RICHIE I wouldn't have known she was a piece of stunt casting.

If you watched Gossip Girl, I could talk about how great that was too. But you don't! Oh, but you should. It's not just about clothes, y'know!

I am currently downloading s1 of the Sarah Connor Chronicles, btw.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Nicole Richie was...all right. She wasn't awful, but I don't think she sold the spy part of her character as well as the regular girl in the first half. She was fine for that.

I hope you enjoy SCC!
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:October 22nd, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
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And yes, total agreement with Dexter. ILUSHOW!TEARS!
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From:ethanvahlere
Date:October 22nd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
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I can't believe no one's mentioned Adam Baldwin as a DJ (to "MMMBop," no less. Though I should say I like that song). I fell off the couch laughing, and almost missed the next scene as at the Buy More.

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