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12:32 am - Beware the Post of Evil!
Thanks to all who participated in the artist picture meme thing. If you're interested, here are the answers, along with my "favorite song," where "favorite song" is sometimes defined as "What song would I or have I put on a mix CD to represent this artist?" Or, really, "What's the first 'favorite song' I think of?" Today. It was a fun little meme because I really enjoyed some of those pictures!

1. Garbage - Not My Idea
2. Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug
3. System of a Down - um, I totally never bothered to pick a favorite. "Bubbles"?
4. Of Montreal - Will You Come and Fetch Me
5. Tegan and Sara - Star Money
6. Incubus - Warning
7. Green Day - Reject
8. Emm Gryner - Revenge
9. Eddie from Ohio - Good at That
10. Rose Polenzani - In the Middle
11. Nirvana - Very Ape
12. Our Lady Peace - Automatic Flowers
13. Ash - There's a Star
14. Ladytron - Blue Jeans
15. Everclear - Local God
16. Chevelle - Another Know It All
17. The Dresden Dolls - The Perfect Fit
18. Snow Patrol - Wow
19. Ivy - While We're in Love
20. Rilo Kiley - Paint's Peeling
21. Visqueen - I didn't bother picking a song since no one knows them but me

I think the winner was ouija_boy, but I don't even know him. He knows jeeperstseepers, though, so I suppose he gets the nonexistent prize. cucumbersarnies can stake her claim if she wishes.

TELEVISION TIME.

I haven't mentioned it, but I love the way Heroes does the title cards. The way they superimpose the Epic Chapter Title onto some surface as the camera pans over it. Or, in this case, have a coroner rip the title apart. Heh.

But, hold up a second. Can I just yell at Previously Guy for a second?

SHUT UP, PREVIOUSLY GUY.

"A man who hears thoughts is made to lose consciousness by a mysterious man."

Um, NO: "We had to drug you." STOP MISLEADING US, PREVIOUSLY GUY.

Claire wakes up in places she didn't want to?

ONE. PLACE. LEARN HOW TO COUNT, PREVIOUSLY GUY.

Also: STOP TELLING US CLAIRE'S DAD IS THE FUCKING FACE OF EVIL. LIKE, SERIOUSLY, LET THE SHOW FUCKING DO THE FUCKING WORK, FUCKHEAD.

And since we're on the subject of Claire, let's talk about her story this week. Luckily, no one found her body, so no one knows she died. But girl has got some wicked healing powers to be able to get herself back together so quickly. (Aside to Previously Guy: CLAIRE IS NOT INDESTRUCTIBLE. I'M FAIRLY CERTAIN IF YOU BLEW HER UP, SHE COULD NOT PUT HERSELF BACK TOGETHER.)

Freaky scene with her dad. Man, it is so creepy knowing that he knows what he knows but knowing that she doesn't know that he knows.

Claire's friend needs to learn volume control. You are not telling me no one else heard him raving about living and dying and rape and murder. But I really liked the scene between Claire and the Weird Staring Girl. "I went out with [him], and 'nothing' happened to me too" was a nice, subtle line. And I was glad that the shots of Weird Staring Girl weren't some sort of teen jealousy thing but actual concern.

And Claire has finally discovered that her power can be offensive as well as defensive, and it's both awesome and scary. I wonder whether she really killed that kid. And how she'll feel afterward.

Speaking of offensive and defensive: it was cool to see Mirror!Niki. She does seem to consider herself a separate entity, as she refers to "our" son. And she seems to have the Magical Swirly Symbol of Evil or whatever tattooed on her back. So is she for good or for awesome?

Nathan is such a sleazy little politician! Married with two kids! And doing the things one does in Vegas! And calling his brother a "liability"! That's cold, man. So we have to wait till next week to find out which one of them was grabbed by Teh Evil. And Mysterious Man seems to be a Hero, but what's his power? Mindwiping? Stay away from Matt! Maybe they're kidnapping the Heroes so they can brainwash them and use them for their own good.

Why can Isaac only see the future when he's high? Come on, genetics. You can do better than that.

Mohinder: STOP. FUCKING. COMPLAINING. ABOUT. EVERYTHING. Yes, we understand that you and your father didn't get along. But for the umpteenth time: you both believed in this shit. Don't try to deny it now that he's dead! Did you see the pilot? Look, I love that you're a non-stereotypical Indian character on television, but you're making us all look like whiny pretentious bitches. I'm whiny and pretentious enough for the both of us, so can you cool it a bit? And don't give me that bullshit about the default position of science being skepticism. The default position of science is curiosity, asshole. It's "Will this work?" Not "This is not going to work." It's about testing hypotheses, not dismissing them preemptively.

The cutest thing in the entire episode was Hiro fixing that about-to-spill martini, and you know it.

But am I nuts, or...why can't Ando just leave the goddamn message in English?

Simone needs to die. That just needs to be said.

Everyone had already figured out that Peter could gank other people's powers temporarily, but I was surprised that the show put it out there so soon. This is becoming an increasing occurrence.

But. So. THE END. HOLY GOD. HIRO FROM THE FUTURE. WITH A SAMURAI SWORD. SPEAKING ENGLISH. CONFIDENTLY. NON-GEEKIILY. PETER HAS A SCAR IN THE FUTURE. Jesus Christ bananas. I thought it was going to be Sylar at first, and then when this Hiro-looking person showed up, I still thought it was Sylar, shapeshifting or something. But...Hiro! From the future!

spectralbovine: Heroes!
zimshan: DUDE, DID YOU SEE THAT?!
zimshan: IT WAS INSANE?!
spectralbovine: I SAW THAT.
zimshan: EVERYONE WAS MEETING EACH OTHER
zimshan: AND THEN THE ENDING.
spectralbovine: FOR SERIOUS.
zimshan: IT'S INSANITY.
spectralbovine: ON WHEELS.
zimshan: CHEESE WHEELS.
zimshan: What, you don't think cheese wheels are more insane? I'm offended.
spectralbovine: Oh, I didn't think there was really anywhere to go after cheese wheels.
zimshan: Haha. Fair enough.

Look, I don't care that it never makes sense. I LOVE TIME TRAVEL. I mean, this show is just hitting all the right buttons. And maybe I'm naive, but in these early stages, and the fact that plot developments have been occurring earlier than expected, I get the sense that the people behind the show actually know what they're doing, that they're deliberately dropping in setups with the payoffs in mind.

These fuckers are going to save the fucking world, you guys.

Sketch comedy, however, will never save the fucking world, no matter how many times Sorkin claims it will. Although I do think popular culture is important because it's about the only culture we have.

I don't have a whole lot to say about the episode except that I'm appreciating the strong continuity. The episode opens on that bat from Gordon Darren Wells, the one Dana Harriet gave to Casey Matt. And Martha's still doing her story.

I did really like that we finally got to see that Jordan is running a network, not just this one show. And she got to stand up for the integrity of television and all that.

I really like Danny. "Street cred." Heh. It's funny how, even though he's the recovering drug addict, he seems to be the level head of the pair.

I also really like Suzanne, the P.A. I don't know why. She's just cute. And...so much like you'd expect a P.A. to be.

It was pretty interesting to get some backstory on Harriet and Matt. I may be a big sap, but the fact that Matt hit it big to impress Harriet almost made me warm and fuzzy.

That's all we got of Lauren Graham? That's it? I demand more next week! Also, Lauren Graham in my bedroom, but I don't think that's going to happen.
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Current Music: Lily Allen - Smile (I'm sorry, Erin!!)

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From:afrocurl
Date:October 17th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
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I wasn't going to be able to guess most of those songs, so my attempts are utter crap!

Sorkin does love his continuity, so I don't really think anything's going to get dropped per se.

Jordan's got to take a stand for the intergity of television or part of the premise of the show falls flat on itself. Danny and Matt need to be there to say S60 and NBS from being crap!

Suzanne is great, and I really want to see more of her. Hopefully that happens soon.

I've heard good things about LG, so I wouldn't worry.

By the way, I love that my alma mater is proudly represented.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
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I've heard good things about LG, so I wouldn't worry.
Dirty!
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From:zimshan
Date:October 17th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
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And don't give me that bullshit about the default position of science being skepticism. The default position of science is curiosity, asshole.

OMG. I laughed my ASS off at that line! Where they hell do they get their science talk from anyway. Good grief.

The cutest thing in the entire episode was Hiro fixing that about-to-spill martini, and you know it.

TRUTH.

Simone needs to die. That just needs to be said.

DOUBLE TRUTH.

And maybe I'm naive, but in these early stages, and the fact that plot developments have been occurring earlier than expected, I get the sense that the people behind the show actually know what they're doing, that they're deliberately dropping in setups with the payoffs in mind.

Well then you can just chalk me up to naive too because I'm actually believing the same. ABOUT AN NBC SHOW?! What has the world come to?!

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From:snoopypez
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
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You have such awesome taste in music. :D

/pointless reply
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From:cran
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
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Bryan Fuller is great. That ending rocked. And the writers, dude, they know the plan for like the next five years, so they're not scared to tell us a lot of things right away. It's awesome. Lost should take lessons from this show.

I've known the "Claire crashes rapist's car into a wall" thing since May! It had been so long since I was told that I actually forgot all about it until he started trying to force himself on her last week. I'm glad Claire's going a little dark; it's gonna be interesting. She's my favorite character (and then Hiro... Hiro is awesome).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
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Bryan Fuller is great.
Oh right! So I can attribute that nice, subtle dialogue to him. But that also means I have to attribute, like, EVERYTHING MOHINDER SAYS to him, too. Which, ugh.

And the writers, dude, they know the plan for like the next five years, so they're not scared to tell us a lot of things right away. It's awesome. Lost should take lessons from this show.
Awesome! That's so cool, and I'm not surpised to hear that.

I've known the "Claire crashes rapist's car into a wall" thing since May! It had been so long since I was told that I actually forgot all about it
Heh. Spoilerwhore! I mean...Bryan's friend.

I'm glad Claire's going a little dark; it's gonna be interesting.
Yeah, I'm really wondering how she'll be after this, knowing what she did. Realizing what she can do.

Hiro is awesome).
He's really hard not to love, I think.
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From:amarettolime25
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
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EVERYONE WAS MEETING EACH OTHER
It's like Six Degrees, but interesting.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
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Exactly!
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From:beardoggx
Date:October 17th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
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Heroes is fucking awesome.

I left a few thoughts at my LJ, if anyone's interested.

Heads up: NBC's re-airing episodes 2-4 this Sunday starting at 8pm ET/7pm CT.
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From:jenelope
Date:October 17th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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The cutest thing in the entire episode was Hiro fixing that about-to-spill martini, and you know it.

Nope. The cutest thing was that he stole one of the olives garnishing the martini.

And how bad-ass is future Hiro?
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From:jadelynx
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
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SHUT UP, PREVIOUSLY GUY.

No joke. I'm gonna make Troy fast forward through him next week, cause sheesh.

Claire's friend needs to learn volume control.

That's one of those things I've learned to just take with a grain of salt in shows. :D You have to assume that they were being all hush hush and that we just hear it so loud cause we kinda need the info. (Or we could all pretend we have super hearing, since this is Heroes.) On the other hand, the writers seem to account for a lot, so maybe his loudness will come back to bite him in the butt later. I'm disappointed that all we are seeing of him now is him being her conscience. I mean sheesh, he knows her deepest darkest secret, could we not see him interacting with her beyond "You have to tell someone! You have to find the tape!"? At the moment I'm accepting it because I realize they are trying to stuff a heck of a lot of story into an hour every week.

Why can Isaac only see the future when he's high?

I was just saying last night that I wondered how long they would go on having him get high to see the future. Because despite the fact that it's a nice little leap out of a safe zone, I can't seem them continuing to promote the heroine use. "You too can be a super hero, just shoot up!" Now that they've had Peter figure out that he can temporarily take on powers, I wonder if he and Isaac will work together so that Isaac can kick the heroine.

Mohinder: STOP. FUCKING. COMPLAINING. ABOUT. EVERYTHING. Did you see the pilot?

Just had to point out that I got a little hung up on your post here and giggled for like five minutes.

Simone needs to die. That just needs to be said.

Many times, by as many viewers as possible, as loudly as possible, right in the producers ears. It's been a hard enough suspension of disbelief for me to accept that Peter "loves" her, but the more screentime she gets, the more I hope she's only being set up to be Peter's passion for revenge or something, cause she is driving me batty.

HOLY GOD. HIRO FROM THE FUTURE.

Our convo went something like:

Troy: Huh?
Me: Is that... HIRO?
Troy: He's got a sword!
Me: And a soul patch!

We spend a lot of time yelling excitedly on Monday nights. I am shocked our kids can sleep. :D

That's all we got of Lauren Graham?

Hey, yeah. Is it just me or is it a real waste to put a star on like that if that's all we're gonna get of them? The end credits rolled and I started yelling at the screen that they forgot something! And they couldn't show her doing a skit that was at least a bit more amusing? Hello, LG is such an awesome comedian, give her some good work!

I demand more next week! Also, Lauren Graham in my bedroom, but I don't think that's going to happen.

Hey, she JUST said last week on Ellen that she's currently single and looking. Move your little tush down to LA for a couple of months and try to bag her! ;)
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From:eirefaerie
Date:October 17th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Okay, here are all of my current theories on Heroes, in random order:

1) I don't think Claire's dad is evil. Well, he may very well be, but I don't think he's evil in the way we've been led to believe. I wonder if he's trying to harness and/or study the powers of the heroes in order to defeat Sylar. Either way, I don't think he's on the side of sylar. And I think he truly does care for Claire.

2) My theory is that all the heroes' powers stem from something in the brain - it explains why Claire died when the tree branch was lodged into her brain stem, for example. Maybe Isaac needs the gear, because it triggers . . . whatever in his brain, and switches on his precognition. That's not to say that the ability does not exist without the heroin - just that, as an addict, he needs the opiates to function correctly. Maybe we could get Isaac one of Pete's heroin implants . . . but then he might not get to paint anymore.

um, i had more, but now i don't remember! Save the cheerleader, save the world, Sunil!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Good thinking, Erin!

I'm thinking Claire's dad might not be evil just because for fuck's sake, they were calling him THE FACE OF EVIL right after the fucking pilot, when, like...all he'd done was make Mohinder flip out a bit. But I don't know what to make of him. I definitely don't think he's with Sylar, even if he's evil. I think Sylar's all on his own.

As for the brain, well...Mohinder started out with the Ten-Percent Myth, so that makes sense.

I'm really intrigued by Claire's importance, and also: SHUT THE FUCK UP PROMO GUY. COULD YOU MAYBE HAVE NOT TOLD US THE VERY IMPORTANT CLUE ALREADY?
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From:magnolia888
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I am enjoying both Heroes and Studio 60 . . . but I want to like both shows more than I do.

With Heroes, they have some great ideas and they seem to know where they want to go plot-wise. And they really know how to do the OMG cliffhanger. Time travel, cool! Future Hiro, awesome!

But the writing and acting leave a lot to be desired. Mohinder is awfully cute and all, but boy, his character is getting tedious. The dialogue is cringeworthy. Your comments above point out a lot of these issues. And Ali Larter is never going to win any awards. (Adrian Pasdar and Greg Grunberg can do no wrong for me, though, since they both have a lot of goodwill built up already.) So great story, but lacking in execution.

S60, otoh, is boffo with the writing and acting, but I'm not sure Sorkin has much left in the great idea pile after SN and TWW and I don't know if they know where they are going plot-wise. Great execution, lacking in story. (And lacking in funny sketches.)

I wish the idea guys and plotters of Heroes could be paired with the writing and acting talent of S60. Now that would be a damn good TV show.

I know It would never work because Sorkin is all talky-talky all the time, but he also knows how to create great characters. I want to care about the characters on Heroes, but other than Hiro, I'm finding it hard. (And the two female characters are a cheerleader and a stripper? What are we, 14?)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Interesting points on both shows! The writing/acting on Heroes hasn't actively stood out to me as bad since I'm enjoying it overall so much. I'm sure it could be better, though.

A Sorkin show about superheroes. Hey, Sorkin? Superheroes really CAN save the world!!
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From:dachelle
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Lily Allen, Sunil? You make me, Carlos, and the baby Jesus sad.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I can't help it! It's catchy and British and schadenfreude-y!
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From:gymble
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm so very happy that Heroes is slowly backing off the mysticism crap and just letting cool stuff happen.

SHUT UP, PREVIOUSLY GUY.
I'll lend you a gag.

"I went out with [him], and 'nothing' happened to me too" was a nice, subtle line.
It was. I'm so happy that the writers trusted the audience for once. It was perfectly obvious with being annoyingly anvil like. You just know that on Smallville, Clark would have had to spell it out.

And don't give me that bullshit about the default position of science being skepticism. The default position of science is curiosity, asshole.
OMG, YES. Both Jeff and I were yelling at the screen after that one. Mohinder is not hot enough for me to allow his pseudo-science bullshit and inherent whinyness to pass without comment. SHAPE. UP.

Hiro is awesome. That is all.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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OMG, YES.
Like, I was just sort of baffled after he said it, and I thought..."Where the fuck did that come from?" Because I could kind of see where someone would pull that line, but it's...just WRONG. If science were all about SKEPTICISM, it would be STUPID. Science would just sit there and be all, "Ha ha, ATOMS. Whatever, dude."

This is all Scully's fault, you know. Because she was painted as the "scientist" and the "skeptic" to Mulder's "believer."
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From:incidentist
Date:October 17th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Ah, you're like me: the singles tend not to be your favorites.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 17th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, I do love a lot of singles, and I love singles for introducing me to artists in the first place. But they're not always the bestest songs on the CD. Thankfully! Or else buying the CD would be no fun.

And there is, of course, that special sense of loving songs everyone doesn't know about. I remember, though, when, like, half of So Much for the Afterglow was released as singles. So songs that were just yours for CD listening became available on the radio, and you're like stop it!
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From:roniabirk
Date:October 17th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Heroes rocked. I'm glad I started watching. I think I missed the pilot. Last night, I was very worried about Grunberg. He always dies! Quit it! Stay away from Grunberg man!

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