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February 2nd, 2009


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11:32 pm - Ted's Favorite Movie Is Hot to Trot-ot-ot-ot
Although I haven't been posting about it, I want to note that Friday's Battlestar Galactica was pretty awesome. The Poundry Drums of Spoilery Doom promised excitement, and the episode delivered! Definitely one of the best of the season, if not the series. I didn't even fall asleep!

On a completely unrelated note, I wanted to link to this beautiful post about submission by being_fulfilled. No, not that kind of submission. The marital kind. I'm not a religious person, but I admire her faith and the way it shapes her life. I thought the concept of a wife submitting to her husband was kind of icky, but she makes it sound lovely and appropriate and not icky.

And now it's time for the return of Monday night television! Yes, television. Racism week is over. FOR NOW.

Chuck

Oh, show! I missed you. The 3-D was pretty fucking pointless. Barely anything came out of the screen! The flashes were really cool, though; those made me go, "Whoa!" Mostly, it felt like I was watching a blurry, discolored episode that made my eyes hurt.

Aw, it's Charlie! He made it off the Island and took a new name and got a bunch of terrorist tattoos, awesome. Again, my favorite thing about this show is the way it hides plot points in throwaway jokes. Well, that and the hot ladies. And the explosions. And the nerd humor.

They resolved the Sarah conflict already! Way to not draw it out, guys. I'd totally forgotten about that dangling thread anyway.

Also, let us all revel in the fact that Tony Hale got to yell "No touching!" in an episode that featured "The Final Countdown."

How I Met Your Mother

Best use of a pregnancy ever? Haaaaa.

Barney's video résumé was HILARIOUS. For background, suspend your disbelief and watch the original video résumé, "Impossible Is Nothing." And then wash that down with Michael Cera's parody, "Impossible Is the Opposite of Possible."

Let us all revel in the fact that I've mentioned Tony Hale and Michael Cera within paragraphs of each other.

I enjoyed the storyline about having weak-ass shit on your résumé because it reminded me I should probably take my Hobbies and Interests off my résumé:
  • Theatre
  • Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Fiction writing
  • Online communities
  • Veronica Mars
  • MarsInvestigations.net
  • Marching Owl Band
  • Do Random Acts of Kindness
That is some weak-ass shit, there. But not as weak-ass as some of the shit Ted and Marshall LEFT. Camper of the Year? Lifeguard?

Crisis on Infinite Heroes

Hey, look, Mark Verheiden has joined the writing staff, and now the mutants are Cylons terrorists! I have a feeling this will end badly. Although he did write the aforementioned excellent episode of BSG.

Claire is wearing way too much makeup. She looks like a fucking doll. But she started kicking ass at the end of the episode, and her makeup has probably burned off now, so that's a good start.

Hiro without powers is not as pointless as I expected! I find his turning into Oracle totally adorable. But did the bad guys not get the memo about his depowering?

Raise your hand if you knew the password was ANDO immediately. Raise your hand if your first inclination was actually KAITO just like Ando until you realized it was ANDO and you forgot all about Kensei. Raise your hand if you actually read all that.

Pac-Man is going to be drawing the future now? Do they always need someone to draw the future? Can they please get a new plot device? I mean...I enjoy it as much as the next guy, but he apparently has the most useless drawings ever. "Oh, I have drawn three minutes into the future, but this knowledge will not actually aid me in any way because the rate at which the future becomes the present is greater than the rate of my cognitive ability."

Daphne is cute. And I wonder about speedsex.

Mohinder is calm again? I swear, that guy goes through more personality transplants than Nathan. So I guess he's kind of cool now, like an Indian Hulk? He should yell, "MOHINDER SMASH!"

And Peter only retains the last power he absorbs now? That would explain why he was hanging on for dear life at the end; I guess he couldn't fly anymore. This is a cool new twist, actually, and I'm interested to see how it changes the dynamic.

I don't know how I feel about Bennet being in with Zeljko Ivanek! Hadn't he grown? This seems like a reversion to S1 Bennet. Why would he be going along with Nathan's crackpot plan?

I like how they didn't even bother making the fact that Sylar survived an ENTIRE BUILDING FALLING ON HIM a surprise. They just assumed that we assumed he didn't actually die because he's Sylar and they'll never kill him off since he's so popular.

So I thought we were going to have a whole slew of episodes about being in Mutanamo Bay, but I like the idea of the plane crash and trying to work together and survive, as long as some of their captors in addition to Bennet lived.

It wasn't all that great, but io9 did give me 63 Reasons To Give Heroes One More Chance, so I'll stick around.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 3rd, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
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Damn you Heroes, you destroy Tobolowsky and replace him with the only non-fat character actor I consider his equal. Now I have to stay.

And, holy crap - Claire looks like the doll from Lars and The Real Doll, only blonde, and...slightly more plastic.

Edited at 2009-02-03 08:28 am (UTC)
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From:tiferet
Date:February 3rd, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
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I know, right? Sluttiest makeup job evar.
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From:tiferet
Date:February 3rd, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
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SIIIIGH. I have this giant crush on Adrian Pasdar from 1996 when he was Jim Profit.

And I find this shit as hard to watch as I did Mysterious-fuckin-Ways. Which I gave up on much earlier. I loved the first Nathan. Shotgun Nathan wasn't bad either. This Nathan...WTF.

And as I said to Em in IM, "It's a new year, Mohinder has a new personality!"
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From:scifantasy
Date:February 3rd, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
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did the bad guys not get the memo about his depowering?

We saw Nathan hand dossiers to President Worf Obama at the end of last season; Hiro was prominent, with "SPACE-TIME MANIPULATION" written as his power. Guess they didn't.

Raise your hand if you actually read all that.

I figured the password was Hiro's mother's name at first, but then quickly realized.

That would explain why he was hanging on for dear life at the end; I guess he couldn't fly anymore.

I was wondering about that too. I also wonder whether he can only absorb a power once, and if he replaces it later, he can't get it back. He was holding on to Mohinder's hand, after all.
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From:punzerel
Date:February 3rd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. I kind of have a lot of issues with that idea of submission, even your friend's more nuanced take. I think there's a difference between submission to God and submission to another person. I think what she's trying to get at is better encapsulated and less problematic when you use the language of mutual trust and respect (trusting one's husband or wife to make important decisions just as well as you are, for example) than the language of submission. But I really have very little familiarity with Christianity (aside from basic theology/history from a Liberal Arts degree + the obvious basic awareness of Christian culture all of us who live in North America can't help but have) so maybe I'm reading it wrong.

I need to catch up on HIMYM! I love Barney. And Marshall.
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From:gymble
Date:February 3rd, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Best use of a pregnancy ever? Haaaaa.
Oh, she is? I was wondering why they were doing a pregnant belly. Heh. (Also Willow and Wesley are having a baby!)

I haven't watched Chuck yet, but I'm curious to see how they did the stereo effects. Though I could give you a whole diatribe on why it's a stupid idea and probably annoyed a whole lot of people.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh, she is? I was wondering why they were doing a pregnant belly. Heh. (Also Willow and Wesley are having a baby!)
Cobie Smulders is pregnant too! If I recall correctly now, though, I think the showrunners did say they were writing Alyson's pregnancy into the show, but Not Like That. Ha.

I haven't watched Chuck yet, but I'm curious to see how they did the stereo effects. Though I could give you a whole diatribe on why it's a stupid idea and probably annoyed a whole lot of people.
Oh, right, that's totally your field! With the horopters or whatever. I would like a diatribe, please.
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From:gymble
Date:February 3rd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Cobie Smulders is pregnant too!
I think that I knew that at one point. But I didn't know about Aly. It does explain why both of them are always wearing baby doll shirts these days.

I would like a diatribe, please.
Heh. Once I watch the episode, I'll get on it.
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:February 3rd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Raise your hand if you knew the password was ANDO immediately.
I was actually hopping it would be Charlie, but that's because I'm a sap and still really wish she hadn't died.

And Peter only retains the last power he absorbs now? That would explain why he was hanging on for dear life at the end; I guess he couldn't fly anymore. This is a cool new twist, actually, and I'm interested to see how it changes the dynamic.
It also looked like he has to touch them to absorb their power? Which should make things a bit less easy for him.
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From:prophetkristy
Date:February 3rd, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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I actually thought the password might be Charlie. (Or the Kensei-princess, whose name has fallen out of my brain.) But having it Ando was all sweet and perfect. He makes a GREAT Oracle with all his adorkableness.

THANK YOU for saying Claire was wearing way too much makeup. Gah! she needs to stop living with her grandmother. (mission accomplished)

They better be doing something hella cool and unexpected with Noah, because I honestly said "what the fuck, Noah?!" to my tv a few times. And I don't like saying that to my favourite characters.

Sylar surviving the building was less asspully than his surviving the GLASS SHARD CLAIRE INSERTED AT THE BASE OF HIS SKULL. But I'm not surprised, so right on for ignoring it, show.

Yes, what is the deal with future-drawers? If it's such an important power, maybe you should STOP KILLING THAT PARTICULAR CHARACTER.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
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But the power has finally been given to a white guy! Huzzah! He's safe.

They better be doing something hella cool and unexpected with Noah, because I honestly said "what the fuck, Noah?!" to my tv a few times. And I don't like saying that to my favourite characters.
I'm so confused because he seemed to be pretty powers-friendly now, villains notwithstanding. And up until now, he was the most consistently written character; I could always understand his motivation. I don't know what's up now other than the old "He's going along with it because it's the only way to protect Claire" gambit. Because Nathan wouldn't give his biological daughter immunity otherwise? (Well, he gave up his goddamn brother, so that wouldn't be surprising. His mom is safe, however.)
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From:jenepel
Date:February 4th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
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I think Angela is safe because she's working with him. If Peter had agreed to work with him, he would have gotten imunity too. Right?
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From:harper47
Date:February 3rd, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Hee - I loved How I met your mother and you're right. It was the best use of a pregnancy ever.

I started reading your summary of Heroes thinking it might make me want to watch it again and nope. Sounds as much of a mess as it was before. And I don't think I like any of these people anymore. But I'm glad it still works for you.

I haven't seen BSG yet but I'm glad to hear it was good. That and Chuck and Gossip Girl are all lurking on the DVR waiting for me when I have a moment to breathe.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Alan Sepinwall gave up Heroes too. I considered it, but it's so much a part of the pop culture zeitgeist that I don't want to give it up. Part of the reason I watch shows is so that I can talk about them, you know?

Watch BSG now! You will love it!
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From:harper47
Date:February 3rd, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
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I considered it, but it's so much a part of the pop culture zeitgeist that I don't want to give it up.

And that's a valid point. I try to watch things like that for my teen plays but I just can't do it with Heroes anymore. I'll just have to keep reading your comments I guess.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 5th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
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That is the same reason why I haven't given up on Heroes either. Pop Culture is all I got, man!
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From:maka2000
Date:February 3rd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
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You should write about BSG too. Then I won't have to actually watch anymore episodes, because the one before the most recent, bored the crap out of me. I ended up doing sit ups instead... and I really, really hate doing sit ups.

I don't watch those other shows. But, whew, to Racism Week is over for the time being.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Then I won't have to actually watch anymore episodes, because the one before the most recent, bored the crap out of me.
You should watch the latest one, seriously. It is the opposite of boring.
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From:zenkitty_714
Date:February 5th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
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Nope. Submission is still icky.
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From:mycenae
Date:February 5th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
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I totally made GOB-esque hand gestures whenever "The Final Countdown" played. That was pretty good.

Chuck is silly, but more tightly written than Heroes.

Raise your hand if you knew the password was ANDO immediately.
At first, I thought the password would be CHARLIE because that would be difficult for anyone other than Ando to guess, but then I realized that it was unlikely anyone on the Heroes writing staff remembered Charlie.

And Peter only retains the last power he absorbs now? That would explain why he was hanging on for dear life at the end; I guess he couldn't fly anymore. This is a cool new twist, actually, and I'm interested to see how it changes the dynamic.
This would make too much sense. He probably just forgot he can fly.

From that list:
31. Mr. Muggles will eventually get a superpower.

THIS WOULD BE SO AWESOME!

~tonal 180~

Reading the post on submission I definitely had a visceral reaction, and not a pleasant one. I'm starting to get that while all people value both autonomy and community to a certain degree, they usually favor one over the other. Hierarchy is a huge part of community. Her example about the choir director having students remove body jewelry is basically an argument for the value of community over autonomy. Being part of something larger than the self- even if that requires the submission of the self- trumps the autonomous expression of self. I get that, and in certain situations I agree with it, but I don't agree with it as the guiding principle for my life. Part of that is because I'm an atheist, and thus don't have an ultimate higher authority to place my trust in. However, I think that the way my mind works (due to genetics?) I'm just always going to prefer autonomy as a guiding value. I had plenty of exposure to religion as a kid (Catholicism) so if that way of thinking had appealed to me, I could have become an active participant. Now, even though it makes me uncomfortable, I am trying to accept that for some people putting that high value on community and hierarchy will make them far happier and fulfilled in life than if they lived "my way". As long as they're not telling me I have to live that way, I have no reason to object to them living how they way. The word "submission" will never mean anything positive to me, but I can kind of get how it is positive for her, and all I ask is that she get how it will always be negative for me.

In conclusion, I'm only still watching Heroes because Zachary Quinto is really hot.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 5th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
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Chuck is silly, but more tightly written than Heroes.
Ha, it so is.

At first, I thought the password would be CHARLIE because that would be difficult for anyone other than Ando to guess, but then I realized that it was unlikely anyone on the Heroes writing staff remembered Charlie.
Yeah. Even though there's a whole book about her. Written by a former VM writer!

In conclusion, I'm only still watching Heroes because Zachary Quinto is really hot.
Hee! You are SUBMITTING to his hotness?
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From:mycenae
Date:February 5th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
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What does that even mean? How can one submit to a subjective aesthetic value? I guess my desire to not headdesk over plot fail is submitting to my desire to look at pretty.
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From:barilosopher
Date:February 5th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
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I expect Noah's working for evil for the same reason he usually does: he has a deal to protect Claire. Which is also why Nathan sent her home.

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