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November 11th, 2008


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12:13 am - Welcome Back, MONDAY NIGHTS OF AWESOMENESS!
If you are watching The Sarah Connor Chronicles but are not reading The Sarah Connor Comicals, you are...sorely deprived. They are absolutely hilarious and fiendishly clever. Easily the best thing to come out of this fandom. roxybisquaint:SCC::kroki_refur:SPN. You should definitely check it out, before the socialism.

And while I'm linking things, check out this awesome Star Wars/John Williams one-man a cappella tribute (or a "four-man a cap[p]ella tribute with a video of one man lip-synching to all four parts," to be more accurate), courtesy of murphy987.

Dexter

Man, the recapper pegged the tree-trimmer from the beginning. Well done. Although it looks like the tree-trimmer was just the clue, not the suspect.

Miguel is out of his gourd. I think he might be crazier than Dexter. He definitely has a lot less self-control. I have a feeling he's going to go off the rails and kill someone, setting up Dexter to kill him. This is beginning to feel like Lilah redux, though. I am enjoying the "Dexter learns about friendship" storyline, however. I love how they highlighted how great a person Dexter looks to outsiders. And I like to think that their perception of him reflects back onto his reality.

This was the "Let's put blame on Deb" episode. But wooo, Deb/Bait!

Oh, Masuka.

Aw, Angel.

Thanks for making me afraid to eat key lime pie, show.

Entourage

Holy shit, Sloan is hot.

I am very unsure about where this thing with Verner is going! He seems a bit...nuts. I hope this ends up okay for Vincent; he really needs this movie, dammit. I am very invested in the fictional career of this fictional movie star!

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

I HEART NON-LINEAR NARRATIVE. I loved the way the episode was structured and how it served to highlight how interconnected the main characters are. I began to be a little disappointed once we hit "John's Story," which threatened to go on too long and be a boring "John and Riley's Story," but then it pulled the other stories together. I loved how this was, like, One Bad Day in the life of the Connors. You know, you're just going about your business, telling your son not to see that damn girl he's been hanging out with, and then you're kidnapped by a killer robot. I KNOW RIGHT? YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE SOME PANCAKES LATER. Or you're taking your girl on a crazy trip to Mexico and, what do you know, you get arrested! What a day, am I right? And then THIS KILLER ROBOT COMES IN AND STARTS SHOOTING EVERYONE! And, wait, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT FBI AGENT DOING THERE? AND...YOUR MOM IS IN THE TRUNK?? Geez, this is why you can't even go to the grocery store unsupervised.

I love the mundane intensity of it all, the unexpected WHAT THE CRAP. Thank God I didn't watch any previews because I was totally surprised at Cromartie's legs and suddenly Sarah's being dragged across the floor, and she's clawing at anything and everything to stop, and she's fighting for dear life, and she will lie to the killer's face to protect her son. And then she wakes up in a car, and she cuts herself free and THROWS HERSELF OUT OF THE FUCKING CAR. Which doesn't get her very far since she ends up in the trunk, where she immediately finds something sharp to continue to cut herself free, and I love how goddamn resourceful she is; this woman does not just lie down and give up. She's hardly fazed by the sounds she's hearing; who can imagine what the hell was going on all that time with the gunfire and the screaming?

THEY GAVE CROMARTIE A MACHINE GUN.

And then they killed the shit out of him. They made him as efficient and successful and terrifying as he's ever been, and they take him out because anything less after this would be unsatisfactory, so why try? I'll miss Garret Dillahunt, though. Sarah going ballistic on the chip was kind of cliché, but I'll give her a pass since she'd just been kidnapped and shot at and all that, and plus, she'd just affirmed that she wasn't a murderer, so since she can't kill people, she has to release all that rage and tension somehow.

I can't remember what's up with Ellison and the Connors. Didn't he already figure out they were still alive last season? I liked the callback to "The Demon Hand," but I was confused about where they stood with each other. I know they haven't interacted at all this season since he's been hanging out with Catherine Weaver the whole time.

And I haven't even commented on the awesomely inappropriate bed moment with John and Cameron. Damn, robogirl.

Chuck

I LOVE THIS SHOW. They give me a very pretty brunette to balance out the very pretty blonde. Monday night is my happy place. Stick around, Jordana Brewster! You rock those geek glasses, and your skin is preternaturally smooth.

And the Facebook joke cracked me up.

But this whole episode was just so great! And funny! And the Buy More stuff was pretty well integrated into the rest of the show, especially with the use of Awesome.

Yvonne Strahovski using her natural accent!

Also: "I was born ready!"/"I was born prematurely."

I need to buy the S1 DVDs now.

How I Met Your Mother

The hits just keep on coming! Classic HIMYM up to its old tricks: Barney-isms, flashbacks from two different perspectives, ironic intercutting, and an honest exploration of this crazy stage of people's lives.

You guys, NotAFathersDay.com is AWESOME. I love the "Notable Not-Fathers throughout history." And the postcards. Oh God, the postcards.

Drunk Baby Lily was over-the-top, but I still laughed.

Here's the question on everyone's mind: what were Barney and Robin doing that they broke Ted's ship in a bottle?

And now Robin's living with Ted! And she'll still be there when the goat ends up in his bathroom. When this year is that supposed to be?

Sock!

Heroes

EVEN HEROES WAS GOOD THIS WEEK. I was into it from start to finish.

Flint is Meredith's little brother! Holy crap! And they used to rob convenience stores together or something? I'm still unclear on what his power really is. He has blue fire, and she has...regular fire. Is there a difference in their powers? Also, this means Flint is Claire's uncle. She has got the most fucked-up family imaginable. Anyway: Eric Roberts! I forgot pretty much everything about his character. But Meredith worked for the Company for a spell? Did Bennet know? I'm trying to reconcile the timelines here. And the reveal that Meredith caused the train wreck flamer that Claire saves someone from? Awesome.

And Elle! Who is surprisingly well-adjusted, given that she was a total sociopath last season and it was implied that she'd been that way for a long, long time, having grown up at Primatech. Then again, that this girl is inside of her makes her later character adjustment more believable. The same holds true for Gabriel/Sylar, since they're selling us a redemption story this season. Interesting little tidbits there. Also, damn, Bennet was fucking cold back then, eh? But that's not the important part.

MY ICON IS TOTALLY CANON NOW YOU GUYS. SYLAR LIKES PIE. SYLAR LIKES PIE.

Arthur Petrelli is bad! And holy crap, Angela Petrelli got the Sandra Bennet treatment. I would never have suspected that. Think of how much more conniving and devious she'd be if she had remembered more stuff. And she killed Arthur! Or tried to. POISON! IN THE LENTIL SOUP! That woman. Thanks for making me afraid to eat lentil soup, show.

Loved the return to the first Bennet scene in the pilot. Nice. I'm trying to rearrange everything in my mind and fill in the missing pieces. I don't know if it all works out properly. But I'll take it.

As for the end, I'm with Hiro: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!111111111
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From:thatonekimgirl
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
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Can I just say that I love your Monday Night TV recaps? They're excellent and I'm usually nodding about them the entire time.

I loved TSCC (inappropriate moments between John and Cameron? More please!) and Chuck tonight - it's always good when I finish them on Mondays and can't wait to see the new episodes the next week. It's an excellent mix of nerdy and angsty. Add in a side of Barney, and Mondays can be pretty legend-(wait for it!)-dary.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
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Can I just say that I love your Monday Night TV recaps?
You can! Say it as often as possible.

They're excellent and I'm usually nodding about them the entire time.
Thanks!

it's always good when I finish them on Mondays and can't wait to see the new episodes the next week. It's an excellent mix of nerdy and angsty.
Right! I'm always looking forward to them. And whenever I watch a new episode, I'm reminded of how great they are.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
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I'm saying this now, if they kill off Hiro in any major way, I am done with it. DONE.

But yes, decent ep this week. Which, compared to the rest of the season is a good thing, but the show isn't firing on all cylinders for me.

And, holy crap - Gwen knew about Dex's brother! And she was fine with it - call back to s1? y/y!

And and, holy crap again - Charles Carmichael owning the day totally made mine.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
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DWIGHT YOAKAM
IMMANUEL KANT
JESUS CHRIST
BOO RADLEY
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
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PURE REASON SAYS NO KIDS.
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:November 11th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
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I haven't watched Chuck yet, but you already know where I stand on this episode of Sarah Connor Chronicles \o/

I've been kind of bummed about the show lately but this one saved it for me in a big way: small story, small cast, and they played every inch of it. I'm with you on the non-linear aspect too. It might drive me nuts if they did that all the time, but it really really worked for this. Sarah was so Sarah...

I love how goddamn resourceful she is; this woman does not just lie down and give up

Yes!

I'm going to miss Cromartie, but he had to go. No self-respecting terminator can be that close to their target and fail that many times. Ellison is still boring me, but at least he's now intersected with our main characters. I'm hopeful his story will pick up now. Even John was good tonight (and I'm not much of a john fan in this series).

That show just plain rocked.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
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No self-respecting terminator can be that close to their target and fail that many times.
For reals.
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From:sneaker328
Date:November 11th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
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Holy shit, Sloan is hot.

Straight girl I may be, but I was totally distracted by her breasts for that entire scene. And not in a catty, "put something on, slut!" kind of way. Just in a total admiration way.

Edited at 2008-11-11 11:31 am (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
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They were pretty glorious.
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From:kouredios
Date:November 11th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
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I've got a bunch of SCC loaded up on the TIVO that I just haven't gotten to yet, but I made time for Chuck and Heroes last night. That last shot of Claire looking into the train almost made it look as if she'd be saving Flint, but that's not right, is it?

I hope a second eclipse isn't a reset button to give powers back tot he folks Arthur stole them from. :(
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I got that weird impression too, but Flint jumped out of the train, so no.
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From:scifantasy
Date:November 11th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Objection, yeronner--it's not a one-man tribute, it's a four-man a capella tribute with a video of one man lip-synching to all four parts.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Well, that's just way too many words.
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:November 11th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
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this is why you can't even go to the grocery store unsupervised

*snerk* Right? Cameron was exactly right - he's not stupid, but he makes stupid decisions sometimes. That was a great episode for all the reasons you listed. The narrative made me EXTREMELY happy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
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I loved the distinction between John being stupid and John doing stupid shit. It was perfect.
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From:cran
Date:November 11th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
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JORDANA BREWSTER. I saw her in the previews a couple weeks ago and I'd been looking forward to last night's episode ever since. It didn't disappoint! And it's a three-episode arc!

(I have always liked the Chuck/Sarah romance, but as soon as Jordana showed up, I was like, "Sarah who?" Seriously, I actually had to look up the character's name to leave this comment. Stay forever, Jordana! The CIA could surely use you!)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Only three episodes? Booooo. Stick around, Jordana! What's up with her career, though? It's like she did The Faculty and The Fast and Furious and then she disappeared. Were there not enough F movies to sustain her?
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From:prophetkristy
Date:November 11th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)

Heroes zomgyay!

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YAY PIE! I bow to your presience.

EMO BANGS! I MISSED YOU, EMO BANGS!

The early-Elle-characterization kinda made me go "wtf?" but I love KBell so much that I don't really care.

In conclusion, Bennet: still BADASS.

(Also, thank you for the acapella SW youtube link. coolest. vid. ever.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Heroes zomgyay!

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YAY PIE! I bow to your presience.
I could not believe it. It was like a little gift to me.

The early-Elle-characterization kinda made me go "wtf?" but I love KBell so much that I don't really care.
Yeah, I don't think that gels at ALL with the characterization and history we were given last season, does it??

In conclusion, Bennet: still BADASS.
Always and forever!

(Also, thank you for the acapella SW youtube link. coolest. vid. ever.)
Isn't it great? I like his choices of shirts, too.
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From:spideychris
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I fucking HATED Heroes this week. HATED IT. We get a flashback episode that only serves to undermine Sylar with more crappy addiction storyline. Meredith's story was hokey, although she's so hot and charismatic at least it made up for it. But why the Arthur storyline? What the hell? I can see that they're trying to point us towards "Oh, the only way to beat Arthur is using the Haitian!" but that's nothing none of us could figure out ourselves or hadn't already figured out. It was the longest storyline of the episode and it was useless.

I'm so sick of Sylar's redemption. He was such a fantastic villain because he was evil, he WANTED to be evil, and he CHOSE to be evil.

Now it's like "I can't help myself! I'm an addict! I have THE HUNGER! I'm a VICTIM, WAHH!" Bullshit. I'm so sick of hearing 'hunger' when it's not related to a delicious pie.

Also, Elle is supposed to be fucking crazy. A sociopath. She was the most normal person in that episode and had none of her season 2 spark. Ugh.

On the other hand, Terminator was awesome. Really fucking awesome. It annoys me to see John continue to be a dumbass, but Cameron lounging on his bed was sinfully hot.

And I'm so depressed that Cromartie is gone. I didn't want him to 'die.' He was, really, becoming my favorite Terminator because of the way he kept evolving and adapting his methods. The way he wouldn't let anyone, not even Skynet, get in the way of his mission. And his cheerfully fake "Thank ya for your time!"
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 11th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
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He was such a fantastic villain because he was evil, he WANTED to be evil, and he CHOSE to be evil.
Yeah, I miss totally villainous Sylar. He was way more fun. But TV loves redemption storylines.

Also, Elle is supposed to be fucking crazy. A sociopath. She was the most normal person in that episode and had none of her season 2 spark. Ugh.
Yeah, that was bizarre.

Cromartie was great. Maybe they'll send another one? He's a robot, after all. It's not like he's really DEAD. Per se.
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From:punzerel
Date:November 11th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Sock!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 12th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
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It's so cute!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 12th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Sloan totally is hot! Did you see her working that dress?
That dress was....guh.

I love that she was probably just doing lunch or running errands and still looking that fabulous.
Ha ha ha, right?

Even with the cheesy shooting homage.
You mean montage. And, yeah, it's getting to be a trademark of theirs.

I can't even say more because it was all just WOW!
I love that this show will take chances like that.
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From:vaspider
Date:November 12th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm kind of completely sick of 'I am a villain because I CAN TAEKZ UR POWURRRRZ.'

Can we have a different villain? I would accept a reanimator, or a puppetmaster as a serious villain, or...

ANYTHING BUT DADDDY!SYLAR WHICH IS BASICALLY WHAT WE HAVE.

Ugh.

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