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October 1st, 2009


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11:58 pm - Matt Murdock Is Refusing to Leave His Home While He Wallows in Self-Pity
My paternal grandfather turned 89 today. 89! And he smokes and drinks and everything. Sure, he got some colon cancer a few years ago, but he's better now. Let's hope I got his genes.

In other family news, I love my little brother! I posted a link on Facebook to The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology, saying, "Someone please buy me this book. Come on, you know you missed my birthday."

An hour or so later, I got a message from my little brother:
Someone please
receive this book that I just ordered you plus a surprise filler - I am not cool enough for Prime. I wouldn't have said anything because I like Surprises but I know how popular you are, and I don't want you to end up with like thirty copies of this book.
Aw. Hee. Yay!

FlashForward

That was a very creepy opening. Damn you, children's games!

So this is looking more and more like a self-fulfilling closed time loop, but I am interested to know how strongly they'll hold to that. I really love the global scope of the concept even though I know that it won't be explored nearly enough to my satisfaction. I love that the entire world has a shared experience and everyone's sense of living has changed in an instant, now that every person on the planet has a glimpse of his or her future.

And speaking of glimpses into the future and, say, ten minutes ago on a television show...I haven't seen this many gratuitous flashbacks since Tru Calling. Christ on a stick, we fucking know who Lloyd fucking Simcoe is. We know that Mark is afraid of hitting the drink again. Don't keep writing episodes like we haven't seen the last one! It's annoying! Also, stop writing terribly repetitive expository dialogue. We can follow simple logic trails. Hell, the one time you could have been more anvilicious, I completely missed the point until the anvil came later on (I didn't understand why Demetri was so upset about Keegan's death at first).

Burn, friendship bracelet, burn! That'll change the future, for sure.

Last week, I was hoping that maybe there would be some running gag where every episode, John Cho ALMOST dies. And every episode he exclaims, "Yeah! I'm not gonna die!" But it looks like instead they're going with the OMG YOU WILL BE MURDERED route. And somehow it's a matter of national security that involves Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Janis is cute! I like her. Especially now that I know her name. Thanks for typing it out on a screen, show.

I don't think we needed to know that much about that dude's MEETING. But it's good to know the show has a sense of humor.

Why has no one insinuated that D. Gibbons is in fact Dave Gibbons? COME ON. IT'S RIGHT THERE. IT IS THE GEEKY ELEPHANT IN THE COMIC BOOK ROOM.

Also, John Cho, are you really surprised that someone else is trying to figure out what caused the blackout? That should not be a surprise.

Also, John Cho, you should totally hit that. Except you're engaged. So...never mind. But otherwise yeah.

I like shows that make me say, "What the fuck??" at the end! How the hell does Charlie know about D. Gibbons??

Fringe

How do you stop an exploding man? You don't.

How do you stop an exploding woman? Oh, that one you can do.

That was more like it, Fringe. Cool idea, pilot continuity, nice Astrid scenes, transdimensional headaches, miraculous recoveries, and THE OBSERVER, like ten seconds after I thought, "Wait, is the Observer still popping up in every episode this season?"

Supernatural

The voice is telling him he's almost out of minutes! He'll just...wait there! Oh, Castiel.

Post-apocalyptic time travel episode! Two great tastes that taste great together! Even though 2014 Dean doesn't remember doing this as 2009 Dean, most probably because that future doesn't happen, and 2014 Dean's 2009 Dean never did that. But even if that future doesn't happen, "Croatoan" was one of my favorite episodes, so good times!

I wonder how people outside fandom respond to Castiel/Misha Collins. Because I feel like fandom annoyance rubs off on me sometimes, even though I have liked the character from the beginning.

Sam! Er, Sam-shaped Lucifer! That was a very strange scene because he really seemed like someone completely different, and not just a devilish version of Sam.

Although I did half-expect a reveal that Sam at the end was a devilish version of Sam, which would have been TERRIBLE and NONSENSICAL but awesome. But this isn't Smallville.
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From:serrico
Date:October 2nd, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
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I did half-expect a reveal that Sam at the end was a devilish version of Sam, which would have been TERRIBLE and NONSENSICAL but awesome. But this isn't Smallville.

AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!

Ha! Ha. Heee. :)

(See, 'cause I had *exactly the same thought*, complete with, "That would be such a SV thing to do!" Oh, SV.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 2nd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I didn't even think about how SV it would be until writing the post, but yeah. Oh, SV.
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:October 2nd, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
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Aren't little brother's awesome sometimes?

I've been disappointed with Fringe this season, but it feels like it's slowly getting back to form. the way it ended tonight, I'm finally excited about the next episode.

I haven't watched tonight's Flash Forward yet, so I can't read that part.

From:wee_warrior
Date:October 2nd, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
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Because I feel like fandom annoyance rubs off on me sometimes, even though I have liked the character from the beginning.

I might be misunderstanding you - I thought both Castiel and his actor were insanely popular? He seems to interact with fans to a great amount, which made me apprehensive (because of YouKnowWho from that fandom we're both very familiar with. Just rubs me the wrong way.).

Fringe was fab. Well written episode I thought. I especially liked how Olivia used her cane for badassery! And I apparently appreciate it more when they are copying Alias instead of X-Files. I just wish Astrid got more to do, I'm constantly scared she could get killed or exchanged for another copy.

Do you think Colonel McHattie will be recurring? He seemed like it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 2nd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
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I thought both Castiel and his actor were insanely popular
With insane popularity comes insane hatred. Some people on my flist really dislike the character.

He seems to interact with fans to a great amount, which made me apprehensive (because of YouKnowWho from that fandom we're both very familiar with. Just rubs me the wrong way.).
Heh. I think he's better than that. But I still start to see his increased role as a sort of fan-pandering, you know?

I especially liked how Olivia used her cane for badassery!
I wondered why she didn't just shoot the thing.

I just wish Astrid got more to do, I'm constantly scared she could get killed or exchanged for another copy.
Well, she never leaves the lab, so it's hard for her to be killed, but, yeah, I wish she got more to do too.

Do you think Colonel McHattie will be recurring? He seemed like it.
I didn't think of that! Hm. Will he be the new David Jones?
From:wee_warrior
Date:October 3rd, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
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With insane popularity comes insane hatred. Some people on my flist really dislike the character.
But I still start to see his increased role as a sort of fan-pandering, you know?

In other words, this is one of those situations where perception of a character would be completely different if not skewered by fandom reaction?

I wondered why she didn't just shoot the thing.

On a narrative level, it made more sense for it to be the cane, because Olivia saw it as a liability, a symbol of her anger and helplessness. And on a character level, Olivia is a sensible person. I think she would avoid shooting in a room full of people if she doesn't have to. It also underlines nicely that she is a woman of action who, though restrained, does occasionally react on impulse in a powerful way.

I didn't think of that! Hm. Will he be the new David Jones?
Maybe. We'll see for sure when he also shows up on Mad Men the following season.
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From:soundingsea
Date:October 2nd, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
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Post-apocalyptic time travel episode! Two great tastes that taste great together!

I know! They could not have written a more catering-to-me episode if they tried!
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From:musesfool
Date:October 2nd, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Although I did half-expect a reveal that Sam at the end was a devilish version of Sam, which would have been TERRIBLE and NONSENSICAL

Yeah, I had a terrible moment of fear that Sam was going to stab dean with the knife there, but then I was like, but Sam wouldn't have said yes so quickly! and it was okay.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 2nd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I know! I was all, "Wait, shit, we have not seen Sam very much this episode, why didn't they show us much Sam this episode, what are they trying to pull, don't you fucking dare..."

It was almost anticlimactic when he turned out to be normal.
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From:catalyst2
Date:October 2nd, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Good to find that someone else likes Flash Forward - that is, when it's not driving you crazy! I haven't seen this week's (it's on next Monday here in Australia) but I did like the WTF? moment at the end of last week's?

But (and this is a big but) as I watch FF I feel like I am watching S1 of Heroes - really impressive debut but possibly no real idea of where to go with its storylines past a few obvious twists and turns. Impossibly convoluted and illogical storylines then take the place of actual character development and story. I really hope FF has planned out some long-term storylines that can weave some themes through the shorter weekly storylines.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 2nd, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I read a thing with the creators that said they do have an endgame in mind, and they would need two seasons to wrap the whole thing up, however long the middle stretches out to. Sort of like how Lost has a three-season endgame once they pulled the trigger.
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From:catalyst2
Date:October 3rd, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Now that's about the best thing I could have heard about this series. Let's just hope the middle bit doesn't get unduly drawn out - not that I don't want FF to run for while though!

Are there any good fansites out yet or is it a little too early yet?
From:cerulgalactus
Date:October 2nd, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Just do what I do, and torrent the hell outta that shit (if you are able to).

I just watched the ep myself.
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From:catalyst2
Date:October 3rd, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
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Got a weird thing happening with downloads at home so that's a no-go and work has blocked just about every download/torrent site I know of. Have to watch episodes on that funny box in the corner of the room for the time being. Damn!
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From:stephl
Date:October 2nd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
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So this is looking more and more like a self-fulfilling closed time loop, but I am interested to know how strongly they'll hold to that.

I'm hoping that since it seems obvious that it's going to be a self-fulfilling time loop, they're going to start deviating from that. Like, formerly-suicidal-doctor who saw his apparently puppies-and-sunshine future will ACTUALLY turn out to have a shitty future, while not!Penny and Joseph Fiennes have crazy monkey sex on Captain Norrington's corpse!

(The Boy told me that he think that latter scenario won't happen, and that I read too much fanfiction. Bah.)

Last week, I was hoping that maybe there would be some running gag where every episode, John Cho ALMOST dies. And every episode he exclaims, "Yeah! I'm not gonna die!"

I really want this to happen, man.

Janis is cute! I like her.

SO CUTE! I have a weakness for brunettes wearing glasses.

How the hell does Charlie know about D. Gibbons??

The Boy and I were throwing out possible theories. It seems clear that Charlie saw him in her flash-forward, and since everyone's flash-forwards (that we know of) were of their OWN futures, then D. Gibbons was probably in her flash-forward, possibly interacting with her. I'm steadfastly ignoring the kidnapping/abuse route, because -- ick. All I could come up with was she saw him kill someone, or something like that.

Also, I'm really glad they're consistent with their world-building, with soldiers (National Guard?) everywhere, and scenes of not-cleaned-up wrecks, etc., and the chillingly 9/11-style fence full of people's pictures. I was worried that they'd jump from episode 1's chaos to a nice tidy landscape in episode 2.

(Although I still want to know how Joseph Fiennes and not!Penny got home in episode 1, given all the chaos and wrecks on the roads, etc.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 2nd, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Like, formerly-suicidal-doctor who saw his apparently puppies-and-sunshine future will ACTUALLY turn out to have a shitty future, while not!Penny and Joseph Fiennes have crazy monkey sex on Captain Norrington's corpse!
Hee!

I really want this to happen, man.
Me too! But now that he knows he's going to be murdered, he can, like, go skydiving and bungee jumping and stuff with NO FEAR. Now I want to see him be really reckless and exclaim, "Yeah! I'm not gonna die! (Yet!)"

SO CUTE! I have a weakness for brunettes wearing glasses.
Truly!

It seems clear that Charlie saw him in her flash-forward, and since everyone's flash-forwards (that we know of) were of their OWN futures, then D. Gibbons was probably in her flash-forward, possibly interacting with her.
But she also saw Dylan, presumably alive and well and unharmed. The weirdest thing for me is that she specifically referred to him as D. Gibbons. As far as I know, she hasn't heard Mark use that name or seen his board, as she? And how would she get that information from her flash-forward?

Also, I'm really glad they're consistent with their world-building, with soldiers (National Guard?) everywhere, and scenes of not-cleaned-up wrecks, etc., and the chillingly 9/11-style fence full of people's pictures. I was worried that they'd jump from episode 1's chaos to a nice tidy landscape in episode 2.
Yeah, I like seeing the aftermath.
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From:the_narration
Date:October 2nd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
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"My secret identity is... ENZYME MAN!" That book looks really fun.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 2nd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Al D. Hydrogenase!
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From:zimshan
Date:October 2nd, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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That was a very strange scene because he really seemed like someone completely different, and not just a devilish version of Sam.
Well he was Lucifer! Or you know, Padalecki barely containing himself from breaking into laughter over having to play Lucifer. Looked like he had a hard time taking that scene seriously. Heh.

Although I did half-expect a reveal that Sam at the end was a devilish version of Sam, which would have been TERRIBLE and NONSENSICAL but awesome. But this isn't Smallville.
AHHH! Don't even speak of such nonsense!! *sticks fingers in ears* LALALALLAA.
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From:dharmavati
Date:October 2nd, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
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The Manga Guide To Molecular Biology sound so awesome! :D
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From:prophetkristy
Date:October 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
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OMGWANT. And I also have a PhD in molecular biology!! *adds to wishlist*
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From:sterope
Date:October 3rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
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I think Misha Collins is hilarious. I don't know anything really about him outside of the show, and I didn't like his character at first, but he has really grown on me ever since he and Dean have become BFFs. I prefer the episodes of the show that are outside of the whole apocalypse/show mythology realm when they're just tracking down a ghost or something. I think those are much more fun. They should definitely do another Trickster episode. Those are my favorite. Next week's episode looks fantastic.
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From:mycenae
Date:October 3rd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm amused that apparently the only thing standing between us and a Palin 2012 victory is Dean Winchester.

Fandom doesn't like Castiel?? Really? I thought the fangirls loved him. Clearly I'm out of touch with SPN fandom.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 3rd, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh, fandom loves Castiel in general, but there is a minority view as well.
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From:valeriejoy
Date:October 5th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
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FlashForward - I'm creeped out by little Charlie knowing about D. Gibbons. Yipes!

Fringe - I was actually happy to see the Observer. lol! Where the heck has he been?!

Supernatural - Great ep! (Yes, I'm caught up with this season!!!) I like Castiel. He's funny without meaning to be. And Sam as Lucifer is like Nick as Lucifer. And I think it's wonderful that 2014 Dean is still a DAWG. ("I thought we had a connection." LOL!)

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