Hoo boy, Heroes! I've begun to notice even more comic-book touches. Like, I just fucking realized today that the title cards I love so much? The way they're superimposed on the scene? TOTALLY LIKE A COMIC BOOK. And the little identifiers of the characters/locations? Again! I find the "let's reshow the same five seconds from the end again" a little confusing every time they do it, but I should start getting used to it, huh? And I love that Isaac's paintings seem to be forming comic-book panels.
Okay, so there is no one in the whole world who did not love that Hiro's reaction to "A version of you FROM THE FUTURE gave me a message, and he was carrying a sword" was..."I had a sword?!" Right?
As usual, I loved Claire's storyline. She totally pulled a Clark with the cupcakes in the oven, but it's really not as effective her way. And I wonder why Claire's dad finally "found" her bioparents this time; did he think that she was getting too curious at this age and might find her real bioparents on her own? (Because those guys were fake, right? I read that scene right? I wonder how much they were told.)
Eden is evil, as everyone suspected but I didn't want to believe, but of course she's evil, because Nora Zehetner is now typecast as the femme fatale, thanks to Brick, right? And I officially love Claire's dad now, for a response of "That's cool" to Hiro's power. Also, his reaction to "save the cheerleader." Because it seemed like a fucking surprise to him. And he was worried about his daughter. Save her from what? Or, another possibility being: "Crap, they know!" But I think he's more complicated than THE FACE OF EEEEVIL promos would have led us to believe.
And speaking of evil promos: THANKS A FUCKING LOT FOR SPOILING D.L.'S POWER. I WAS WAITING THE ENTIRE EPISODE FOR HIM TO DO IT BUT YOU HAD TO SPOIL SOMETHING BIG FIVE MINUTES FROM THE GODDAMN END? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? ALL I WANT YOU TO DO IS GET ME EXCITED FOR THE NEXT EPISODE. NOT RUIN ONE OF THE STORYLINES BY GIVING ME KNOWLEDGE I'M CLEARLY NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE. At least Niki/ikiN were good stuff; Ali Larter did a really nice job differentiating the two with both her mien and her voice. She can't be dead, though.
Also: wax lion! Hee!
I'm still not feeling Torchwood. Next week's episode looks good, but right now I'm only in because everyone else is, and I'm hoping for neat little Doctor Who thingies. I know I should give it time; Angel wasn't great from the start either.
Veronica Mars was good this week; I think the show is getting better as the season goes along, which isn't surprising. Veronica's following up on the clue from the previous episode! Fabulous! But more on that later.
Drawing attention to Lilly's necklace was ridiculously random and clunky. I appreciated the Lilly mention as much as anyone, but why exactly was she thinking of her a lot lately? Halloween? She expecting to see Lilly's ghost again? It would have worked just as well if Veronica had gotten her necklace stolen and then afterwards said something about Lilly's having given it to her, which made it important to get back. You lose, new writers!
But you win, casting director! The dean's wife was a hot redhead! Thank you! That whole plot was kind of weird, but it A) gave Keith something to do (Adrian Monk, heh), B) gave us some Cliff (When you're here, you're family!), and C) kept the dean in the picture. Plus, I suppose Richard Grieco needed the work. I thought it was quite funny to involve Cliff in a fake voiceover audition, given Daran Norris's prolific voiceover work. Even though I found Cliff a bit off somehow. Maybe a bit cartoony, as they like to say these days.
Wallace gets a storyline, and...it's about cheating? HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE THE GODDAMN MORAL CENTER. I totally expected him to walk right out as soon as he discovered that the "tutor" wasn't so much tuting. But then he bought the test, and I saw him struggling, and I expected to go ask for his money back because HE HAS ETHICS, but...then he bought the answers, and then he finished the test in record time, and then...I still have no idea what happened. It seemed to me like he'd gotten caught cheating, but other people interpret it as his having ratted out the "tutor." But the person who showed up at his door was the T.A. for the class, right? Giving him a note from the professor? And Johnny Cash is clearly singing about GETTING BUSTED, so, uh, that's what happened, right? What the fuck, Wallace. Also, since when did you want to be a mechanical engineer? I like when characters pull out lifelong dreams we've never heard of.
The MOTW was actually pretty good, and I liked that Veronica had actual clues and followed them. BUT OMFG STOP FUCKING ACCUSING EVERYONE WITH YOUR OPENING LINE. It is getting so old and irritating. Seriously, try some small talk, perhaps try to wean the confession out of them first? This is the first episode where I've seen some of the complaints about Veronica being bitchy and a walking punchline machine. It wasn't all the time, mind you. I'm totally defensive and found her behavior acceptable most of the time. But various moments were just, GAH. I mean, I did enjoy her theatrics following her failed "Break a leg" joke, and I think it's cute that Weevil acknowledges that, well, he is guilty quite a bit, but it could just be all the criticism rubbing off on me. Whatever. I still wanted Veronica to yank that necklace off that little girl's neck because, dammit, it was her necklace anyway, so shut up, little kid. Your dad's a thief, and stop putting gum on seats. All little kids aren't precious.
But I loved pizza guy's walk down S1 lane. And Veronica's response to them. Hee. Oh, continuity shout-outs. Oh, funny accents!
Lamb's robot dance was over the top and shot really funny (MOVE THE CAMERA TO THE RIGHT, NICK), but...ha!! Now I get it! Michael mentioned that in the CW interview thing! I found Lamb one-note through most of the episode, but I really liked his last scene, where he spoke to Veronica without the extreme assiness that he usually employs. It almost felt like a comment between colleagues: sometimes, the proper channels work, Veronica. It wasn't a put-down, just an observation.
And, finally, a mysterious cliffhanger! Which means Claire totally faked her rape, and she's also ridiculously stupid if she doesn't think anyone will find her boyfriend or whatever.
So, new writers, you wrote a pretty good MOTW; I'll give you that. But the fact that I had trouble thinking of a title for this post is not a good sign! That was a good line, yes, but...episodes need to have more than one good line! Better luck next time?