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December 16th, 2008


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08:24 am - I Killed Amanda Palmer
I know you were refreshing all night, waiting for my post, but I was sleeping on my sexy red couch. That's what happens when you stay up past 2 five days in a row.

Dexter

Hm. That was a little less exciting and awesome than previous finales, but that's what happens when you take out the villain in the penultimate episode. Loved the creepy shot of Miguel's body just lying there as the world went on around and about him.

That scene with Dexter and Ramon so did not go where I was expecting. I actually said, "Wow," after it was over because I was so confused. DEXTER REMOVED THE THORN. That's huge, you guys. I mean, that was basically a real human connection there. There are some problems you can solve without killing! Maybe next season he will dance with the villain like Princess Tutu.

(On the other hand, what the hell, I feel like the revelations about Ramon's role in the Prado family possibly had more places to go? I mean, what did it say about Miguel, and what did it say about Ramon, and is the thorn really gone?)

Dexter with the Skinner was pretty sweet, although it didn't last very long, and it ended a little too cleanly. Fingerprints, blood, anything? Dexter got really lucky with that one.

Deb! Getting her shield!! Okay, honestly, I was hoping she would get it by catching the Skinner, so I was a little miffed that she got it earlier (also, she dropped the case to be with Anton and then still caught the Skinner? Is it her case again or what?). But yay! Deb is awesome, and Anton loves her again.

DEXTER SAID SOMETHING HONEST AWWW. I'm loving the way they're developing Dexter, slowly turning him into a real person. I wonder whether the series endgame is not to put Dexter in jail but for Dexter to overcome his darkness and stop killing.

Mostly, I agree with most of what sainfoin_fields has to say. THE MORGANS ARE GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Bwuh? So I liked seeing the Riley backstory, although it didn't give us all that much new information. It does make her more interesting, though. And what the hell was up with Cameron this episode? That was really odd and amusing. She's been distrustful of Riley from the beginning, but I wonder how much she's known or she could tell before now.

But you want to talk about odd, look at Sarah's story, which, what the hell? So another Wire actor pops up (DAMN YOU, BRIANNA). And Sarah is chasing UFOs with a dude playing a chick playing another dude. (Raise your hand if you guessed she was Abraham as soon as Sarah entered her trailer.) And he's being chased by unidentified foes. AND THEN THERE ARE SPACESHIPS WTF. That sort of have three dots? I mean, what the hell, Skynet has already built those things? Well, not Skynet, I guess, but those definitely look like the same sort of flying machines in the future. Similar design. And are they abducting people and pretending to be aliens or what? Also, what's with Sarah's random visions of her past self? And what does it mean that Alan Park is really a waitress? Is he supposed to be Sarah somehow? But they were clearly two separate people, so he had to be real! Sarah from an alternate timeline? I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING SOMEONE PLEASE UNCONFUSE ME.

At least Ellison's story was generally comprehensible. Oh, John Henry! You are not God's children. No matter what Six tells you.

Chuck

Ha ha ha, the guy is seriously named Ned R(h)yerson? Awesome. And Reginald VelJohnson gets to reprise his Die Hard role, complete with "Ode to Joy"? Oh, show.

Ned was totally the worst hostagetaker ever. The first half hour of the episode reminded me of the Psych finale, he was so nonthreatening and inept. Mere seconds after I was thinking, "You know, this plot is actually pretty lame," however, BOOM AWESOME PLOT TWIST. Did not see that coming at all, and it totally made the episode so much better. I felt like Chuck and the entire premise of the show was genuinely in danger when Michael Rooker laid it all out. Yes, I knew he had to die somehow eventually, but in that moment, I was really worried. Just the fact that it was possible for that to happen, that if he could figure out that much and pull this off, someone else could.

And Sarah killed for Chuck! And he saw it! Ergh. Intellectually, he knows Sarah's a killer. He has to. Hasn't she killed people on the show before? This must be the first time she's deliberately killed to save Chuck when it wasn't immediately necessary. And I think he had the expected reaction. I wonder how that will change the dynamic between them.

How I Met Your Mother

Barney's Christmas filks were pretty awesome. Does this mean we'll be seeing Ted's sister again?

The real highlight of the episode, though, was the B story with Robin and Marshall. Have we ever really seen them in their own storyline before? They were fun together. And, of course, the end scene was awesome.

Crisis on Infinite Heroes

Oh, Heroes. You mix the really cool stuff with the really ridiculous stuff, and I just don't know what to think anymore.

Really Cool
  • Sylar taking all of Primatech hostage
  • Giving Meredith an adrenaline overdose. It was horrible, but a cleverly sick idea.
  • Especially when he locked Bennet in with her
  • The tripartite escape plan
  • Kaito's sword vs. Hiro's baguette
  • Hiro tore the formula in half!
  • Hiro bowing before punching Tracy in the face
  • Matt/Daphne/Ando in general were pretty fun again
Really Ridiculous
  • Sylar's new characterization every episode—is he good, is he evil, is he angsty, does he like being a monster, does he hate being a monster? Some of it almost made sense and was interesting, but I didn't want to make the effort to reconcile it with last episode.
  • Marlo's dead, REALLY? You bring on a Wire actor and have him STAND AROUND for half of his time on the show, and then you randomly kill him off?
  • Sylar has REAL parents now? What's wrong with being the son of a watchmaker? God is a watchmaker!
  • I saw Chad Faust's name in the credits but missed his appearance in the actual episode, so, what, did someone kill him when I wasn't looking? Yeah, this show really knows how to use its guest stars.
  • Mohinder being magically healed by the formula ON HIS SKIN
  • WHY would you assume that, after sticking some random formula in you, you would get exactly the power you are hoping for?
  • Ando getting powers. On the one hand, let the normal people be normal, for fuck's sake. On the other hand, I like that the power fits him as a sidekick character.
  • Daphne running really really fast to go back in time...and then running really really fast to go FORWARD in time what the fuck. DID SHE RUN BACKWARDS OR SOMETHING? The speed at which Einstein is rolling in his grave has sent his corpse back to the Stone Age.
  • Okay, that was actually sort of cool too, though.
  • Nathan's personality transplant
  • The complete lack of poignancy in the Nathan vs. Peter scenes because of said personality transplant
  • Random Ubuntu appearance?
Here comes Genosha.
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From:ex_fashioni
Date:December 16th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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And Sarah killed for Chuck! And he saw it! Ergh. Intellectually, he knows Sarah's a killer. He has to. Hasn't she killed people on the show before? This must be the first time she's deliberately killed to save Chuck when it wasn't immediately necessary. And I think he had the expected reaction. I wonder how that will change the dynamic between them.

I honestly think a larger part of it is that she didn't admit it to him-- that she outright lied. I think that has just so many conflicted things swirling around in poor Chuck's addled brain. And I also wondered (and will have to go back and see) how much he actually heard of their exchange. Did he know what Rooker was threatening.

Oh... show.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, well, she's a spy! Lying is part of her job! That makes her hard to date, though.
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From:harper47
Date:December 16th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
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So I was trying to figure out what happened in Heroes from your post. Ando has powers now? Why oh why? But I honestly just don't care at this point. Maybe Bryan Fuller will reignite my interest. Maybe.

We totally posted on the exact same things about Mother and Chuck which proves how awesome both of those episodes were.

Red couch? I love it. I want a red couch.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Actually, Ando getting powers did make sense: he was trying to save Hiro. So he took a formula that gives you powers. That Ando would do anything to save Hiro is totally in-character. That he expected to get Hiro's power was...dumb. Instead, he got the power to boost other people's powers. So he's still normal in one sense since he can't do anything super by himself. The more I think about it, it's pretty much the best power they could have given him if they had to give him a power. Way better than what they did to Mohinder. I'm already thinking of interesting ways they could use it, not only for offense but also for defense.

I am also anxiously awaiting Bryan Fuller. Unfortunately, he won't show up until episode 19 or so.
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:December 16th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
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That's huge, you guys. I mean, that was basically a real human connection there.

It was really huge. I'm hoping they might explore that more next season, but I honestly am not sure WHAT they're going to do next season. I think you're right, it looks like they're aiming to redeem Dex rather than punish him. But I imagine he'll have to lose something in exchange and that concerns me.

Raise your hand if you guessed she was Abraham as soon as Sarah entered her trailer.

*raises hand*
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
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I actually thought that the reveal was going to happen right there, so I was confused when Sarah did not guess that. And then later on, it was like, "Oh, yeah, I thought you were going to say that twenty minutes ago." I did not guess that she was actually a man, though.

I honestly am not sure WHAT they're going to do next season.
Besides Deb finding out about Laura Moser and finding out her brother's brother was a serial killer.
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From:scifantasy
Date:December 16th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Sarah Connor Chronicles: I got...very little. Except to say that according to friends, those aren't just similar to the hunter-killer machines from post-Judgment Day future; they are the same. So this got just a leetle bit more complicated, eh? *grin*

Heroes: Yeah, pretty much. Especially the Daphne running bullshit. (I'm wondering if touching Ando will reactivate Hiro's powers. The way I see it, they took away the time-travelers' powers because let's be honest, Heroes sucks at time travel. But he should still be allowed to teleport!)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Except to say that according to friends, those aren't just similar to the hunter-killer machines from post-Judgment Day future; they are the same. So this got just a leetle bit more complicated, eh? *grin*
Oooh. That is definitely interesting. What are they doing around so early? Skynet isn't even operational! Did they send GIANT FLYING MACHINES back in time? Geez, for fuck's sake, they might as well take over the world back in 1827.

Especially the Daphne running bullshit.
Someone on another board fanwanked that Daphne's actual power is time manipulation (which would gel with the way her running was presented earlier in the season), so if that got supercharged, it's a little easier to swallow.
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:December 16th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
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I'm still digesting TSCC and trying to understand all of it, but I think the thing about "I'm a waitress" was actually Sarah's thoughts coming through (in Abraham's voice just to confuse us). Abraham had already (earlier in the recording) said "I like not being seen" and then she says it again before the waitress comment. So I think that might our indication that the recording was done and it was now Sarah's thoughts - sort of taking over where Abraham left off (the parallels were strong between them anyway).

Or not.

;)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Dude, you are amazing. Because I just got confirmation that you are totally right. I have to digest this now too. Sarah had a really weird day.
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From:tiferet
Date:December 16th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Nathan's personality transplant is especially annoying given that he already knows this is a bad idea because Sylar did that in S1 while pretending to be him.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Ha! Good point!
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From:radiotelescope
Date:December 16th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
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TSCC had a heavy dose of Hiatus Cliffhanger -- the WTFness was clearly intentional, and then you wind up with characters bleeding on top of it.

I am okay with this sort of gratuitous dramatic jerk-aroundingness. :) As long as the writing stays good; and it has. Jessie is now *explicitly* Sarah's shadow: she is the perfect soldier, intent on her cause, free of compassion and cruelty both, and a complete washout as a parent (-figure). (Also, boinking Derek.) And we knew all of those things already, but now we see them come together at the same time Riley does, and it's crushing. (As was the repeated tag "I/you have a job." Go back and watch that first scene with John and Cameron, from Riley's POV, knowing what Jessie just said to her.)

Sorry, Burbling. My favorite show ever right now.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I didn't think of Jesse as Sarah's shadow, interesting. But they do share those traits.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:December 17th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I think you'll find that Hitler was the mass murdering fuckhead.
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From:arie
Date:December 17th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
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The speed at which Einstein is rolling in his grave has sent his corpse back to the Stone Age.

Only if he's rolling counterclockwise, apparently.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:December 17th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Man. I remember when Heroes would be the first thing I would DL and watch, and now - it's days after the fact and I'm only watching it out of the corner of my eye. I hope Bryan Fuller can work his damn magic on the show.

They SOOOOO need to pull the trigger on killing a bunch of main characters and leaving them dead - not just a bunch of pointless redshirts (no matter how well known they are to TV geeks).

But yes - Dexter was brilliant, and Chuck was even more brillianter than that.
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From:dlgood
Date:December 18th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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Awesome side note about the "How I Met Your Mother Episode"

When they go to the Minnesota bar, all of the people (except one) are wearing custom jerseys that the show must have bought from the NFL Shop. Because I noticed right away that they weren't wearing numbers used by current players, and didn't have the names of any Vikings I could recognize.

It turns out, the names on the jerseys were those of writing staff and crew members.

The exception - Marshall is wearing an old Vikes Jersey, #70. Which belongws to legendary Minnesota Defensive End Jim Marshall - a great player but now most famous for picking up a fumble and running the wrong way with it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 18th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
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Ha, that's really cool! And funny about Marshall's, too.

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