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12:46 am - Save the Cheeseburger, Save the World!
MY BFF IS COMING TO VISIT MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Okay, Torchwood. So...I actually sort of liked this episode. The evil fairies were kind of cool, even though half the episode was Jack expositioning about whatever the hell Russell T. Davies has decided fairies are. And I don't understand Jack at all. He was alive in 1904 too? When was he actually born? Has he been hopping around time, or has he never aged, or what?

I still don't really care about any of the characters except for Gwen's cleavage, though. So I think I'm just going to shelve the damn show for now until I don't have so much on my plate. Someone let me know if it gets really good.

Uh-oh. P-C's not going to like the ending of PB tonight.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SHE'S NOT DEAD YET DAMMIT. SHE IS GOING TO FUCKING GROW GILLS IN THE NEXT EPISODE.

I really liked this episode, as it really made Michael face what he's done, and who he's become, and, really, putting all those flashbacks in one place made me seriously question whether I still thought Michael was a good guy. He knocked down an old man, guys!

I haven't mentioned that I quite like Evil Asian Guy (Bill Kim, I think his name is?). There's something about people who are calm and collected that's so unnerving.

And now: what's up the their dad? WHO IS HE? WHO IS HE WORKING FOR?!

I don't think Heroes knows how to suck. That wasn't action-packed, but it was packed...with information, pal.

Eden has powers! Geez, who won't have powers by the end of this? And Claire's dad picked her up when she was a lowly street urchin or something and nurtured her undefined powers into what they are today. But...what are her powers...of persuasion? She seems to be Pusher, but why didn't it work on Mohinder? She tells Claire's dad that he said she'd never have to "do that" again, which...what? Use her powers? Or, specifically, make someone shoot up heroin? Which, that whole thing was just weird because I never really paid much attention to Isaac and so didn't buy his whole "Oh, I'm clean now, I'm trying to change! Don't make me do it again!" stuff.

So, finally, confirmation that THE FACE OF EVIL...is not evil, so much. In fact, he seems to be even more on the good side than I'd even expected. Sure, a little gray with the ends-justifying-means business, but, hey, I already talked about Prison Break. It's clear they're taking the Heroes to make them better. But why, exactly, remains unclear. And it's been going on for a long time, as it seems at least one of Claire's real parents had powers or they'd somehow already identified Claire as a super. I wonder whether Mr. Bennett knew Claire was going to be special when he took her in. And, aw, he's such a DAD! And Claire is such a DAUGHTER! It's so CUTE! He just wants to SAVE HER FROM HAVING HER HEAD SPLIT OPEN. Does Eden not know that Claire's a cheerleader? You'd think she would have understood Hiro's message as Mr. Bennett did. (Also, I think this is the first episode where Claire hasn't been injured. Finally!)

I really liked the cute waitress, and I liked how they didn't throw it in our faces that she had a power. We could just sort of...tell, you know? It was nicely done. Although she said it had only started happening recently, which, again, calls up the question of WHY everyone's developing their powers now when we now know the Organization Without Initials (OWI) has been tracking down Powers for years. And when we saw the guy with telepathy, I first thought Sylar but then thought, nah, maybe it's just another guy with telekinesis. But, damn, Charlie's death was, again, nicely done. You see the blood pouring down, and you know what's happened. I actually said, "Noooooooo!!" to the television. Fucking Sylar! I wonder why he didn't try to kill Hiro. Who remains TOTALLY AWESOME, by the way. God. And...who knows what the hell has happened to him now. He's ended up in a random picture with Charlie, but the present doesn't appear to have changed.

And, look at that! Mohinder with a new plotline! A love interest, even! And a mother who can't act! And...freakyass dreams? At first, I thought that meant Mohinder had powers too, but it seems to be this freaky little Indian kid who I thought was Mohinder as a kid. People have posited that he's Sylar, which...he would make a good Patient Zero, sure, but what is he doing invading Mohinder's dreams and showing him stuff about his father? And why was his father killed? Why was this kid's file locked up? Answers leading to new questions!

I love this show, and next week looks like it will KICK EVERYTHING'S ASS OMG. DON'T HEAR ABOUT IT IN THE MORNING.

After Heroes, everything just sucks, doesn't it? I wasn't expecting much from Studio 60 after that, but I rather enjoyed the episode. Yes, the POLITICAL ISSUES OMG can be really taxing, especially since they're so goddamn in-your-face (yes, I understand that the argument about gay marriage is dumb, but your constant tirades are getting in the way of the funny stuff like pretty much anything Danny says or does), but I continue to like the characters more and laugh and such. I even like Jack now, after his pretty awesome tirade about OMG HONOR. And all of Jordan's comments about being dry and no one getting it are going to bite Amanda Peet on the ass (I still love you, even if no one else does!). Oh, and I liked seeing some of the supporting characters get a little more development.

I don't know, I'd like the show more if everyone stopped being so damn righteous about everything. Just make your damn television show, people. I think this is also another case of telling vs. showing...I'd like to see Matt demonstrate how wonderfully tolerant he is of gay people rather than stand up on his high horse and try not to lose his balance. Or, maybe, just maybe, Sorkin could stop pulling drama out of political issues and maybe make it about the characters? It works, really! I've seen it.
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From:harper47
Date:November 14th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Hee - starting with Studio 60:

"I don't know, I'd like the show more if everyone stopped being so damn righteous about everything. Just make your damn television show, people. I think this is also another case of telling vs. showing."

Oh word. I came into last night's ep with all kinds of "I can't wait" feelings and while I still love it, I kind of wanted to grab Matt and say okay, we get it, we get it. For God's sake just shut up about it. Move on already.

But Jack is just so awesome. I love him. I kind of don't care about the whole soldier/whatever reason for everything and I kind of wanted to see the show with the standins but I still enjoy it. And awwww - you know you are the best supporter of actresses who don't get enough love. AP is saddled with an almost impossible storyline and I just want her to play Jordan harder. Zing it, hit some things sharper. (Sorkin fly me out and let me go over AP's scenes with her. I have some notes - no charge) See I looked at her scenes with a sharper critical eye this week since you supported her last week and I think her scenes are fixable. They just need a sharper emphasis in spots and I doubt anyone is giving her any input.

Heroes: Whoa! Lots of info and yikes! The scene in the kitchen was beyond creepy and well done. But I like memory girl, bring her back Hiro, bring her back. I know we got Heroes all over the place but still.

And yes I got a pusher vibe from Eden too. Interesting. And frankly I am completely at sea about the kid in dreams. At first I thought sister and then I thought Mohinder was seeing himself as a child but I honestly just don't know what to make of it. I just know I can't wait to see what happens next.


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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
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And awwww - you know you are the best supporter of actresses who don't get enough love. AP is saddled with an almost impossible storyline and I just want her to play Jordan harder. Zing it, hit some things sharper. (Sorkin fly me out and let me go over AP's scenes with her. I have some notes - no charge) See I looked at her scenes with a sharper critical eye this week since you supported her last week and I think her scenes are fixable. They just need a sharper emphasis in spots and I doubt anyone is giving her any input.
Aw. I suppose she could use some more zing, but I like her the way she is.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:November 14th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I mentioned this before, but I'm completely hooked on Heroes now.

I really think it was the whole Hiro/waitress thing that did it. That, and the fact that the characters I thought were the "bad guys" are now more ambiguous, and he loves his daughter, and it's all very INTERESTING and I can't wait to see what happens and why Hiro was in that picture and didn't come back and I sure hope he finds a way to save her because the waitress was adorable!!!
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From:ocvictor
Date:November 14th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
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>I wonder why he didn't try to kill Hiro.

I don't think he knows about Hiro. The map that was up in his apartment was just the United States, and Claire's Dad of Mystery only just heard tell of him, so it's they're just not as up on the supers overseas.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Ah, very good point!
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From:jenelope
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
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The little kid's first name was Iyer and his last name began with an S. I think that's why people are assuming he's Sylar. He could be, but he might not be, too.

I yelled at the TV, too. Hiro has to save Charlie. I love her already. Judging by the photo, Hiro's gone back at least six months because he's at Charlie's birthday party and she said it was six months ago. He also looked totally bewildered and uneasy in the photo, so his arrival might have been a recent development. I have a suspicion that if Hiro saves Charlie, it's going to get Ando killed. That's what would happen in a comic book, right?

I think Mohinder does have some kind of limited power. He dreams things that happened in the past that he couldn't possibly have known about, such as the conversation between Chandra and his mother. She confirmed it happened as Mohinder dreamed it did. Plus Chandra seemed to believe his sister probably had some power and we've seen that it runs in families. The articles in Iyer's file were all about learning in your sleep and the little boy looked strikingly similar to Mohinder, himself. My theory is that Chandra did the same thing Mr. Bennet did in adopting kids with powers. Mohinder is actually Iyer, but he was raised as a Suresh. Chandra kept the file labeled with his birth name to protect his identity. Anyway, that's my current theory.

Eden's power does seem to be persuasion, but she's gained control of it. I think it didn't work on Mohinder because she didn't actually use it. I think she's reluctant to use her power because, like Claire, she wants to be normal. I think she tried to persuade Mohinder using normal, average girl wiles. I'm sure she used her actual power to get Isaac to go with her. Perhaps her objection is to using her power to get people to do something that would harm themselves?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Judging by the photo, Hiro's gone back at least six months because he's at Charlie's birthday party and she said it was six months ago.
Aha, good catch!

He also looked totally bewildered and uneasy in the photo, so his arrival might have been a recent development. I have a suspicion that if Hiro saves Charlie, it's going to get Ando killed. That's what would happen in a comic book, right?
Ack!

And...like, yes to everything else you said. Well put, Jenna.
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From:beardoggx
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I left a recap/review of Heroes at my LJ:

http://beardoggx.livejournal.com/71613.html

That random picture was Charlie(VM fans watching Red Eye for Kyle Gallner will recognize her) celebrating her birthday, and Hiro was in the picture at the end of the episode. He went too far back(he wanted to go to the day before, but ended up six months back, apparently) in time.

Did we not learn from Marty McFly's misadventures?
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From:loopychew
Date:November 15th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
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Charlie's HITG is Jayma Mays, who up to now I've only seen in How I Met Your Mother (the coat-check wench from "Okay Awesome") and Joey (as Joey's cousin's nemesis's pretend-girlfriend from some season-one episode). I'm sure she's been in other stuff, but that's all I remember when it comes down to it.

I was screaming inside when I saw her murder, because this was the one role where her squeaky voice didn't annoy me.
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From:modlin
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Yay Heroes! I was enjoying it before, but somehow this was the first time I really cared. I think it was because they seemed to focus on just a few of the stories this time, instead of jumping all over the place. And I really hope the waitress isn't dead for good! I liked her, and she and Hiro were so cute together.

Studio 60: Meh. Ok, it was on but I wasn't actually paying attention most of the time, so I shouldn't really comment. But I just kept thinking that this show really really still wants to be The West Wing, and that the kind of discussions that are totally interesting and appropriate at the White House seem sort of excessively earnest and a lot of overkill here.
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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the kind of discussions that are totally interesting and appropriate at the White House seem sort of excessively earnest and a lot of overkill here

OMG yes, that's it! I was trying to figure out why so much of it just seemed off.
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Heroes: So I wasn't paying complete attention at the very beginning (hands full of scarf that I needed to bind off) and when I glanced up at the screen I totally misread the title as "Seven Minutes in Mohinder" and I was really perplexed by that all night.

WHERE WAS NIKI???

Anyway. I am glad that THE FACE OF EVIL is not so evil, but can someone please stuff a sock in Previously Guy's pie-hole, because he pisses me off more and more every week. And - okay, so, Matt said he blacked out and lost two days and when he woke up he could hear thoughts, right? And - oh, no, wait, never mind, I got all excited and was like, "And we saw him get taken by THE FACE OF EVIL and THE HAITIAN STUDENT OF ALSO EVIL and that's when he lost time and somehow they are inducing these powers in the heroes," but then I realized that he's already hearing thoughts before he's taken by TFOE and THSOAE, so that theory's a no-go. UNLESS TFOE is nabbing heroes and erasing all their memories of before the abduction to make them think he's inducing their powers. ...No? Anyone?

Will Shortz shout-out = AWESOME.


S60: your constant tirades are getting in the way of the funny stuff like pretty much anything Danny says or does

YES.

Is it shameful for me to be excited about next week's episode based solely on the promo clip of Matt miming shooting himself in the head and collapsing onto a bemused Danny's shoulder? I'm sure the rest of the episode is going to be a terrible disappointment but I'll be living for those three seconds.

I was quite amused by the call-back to Tom's brother STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF AFGHANISTAN. Ha. But... is it just me, or did Big Chinese Mogul Guy's Daughter suddenly get really annoying this week? Like, last week she was just kind of fangirlish, but she was extra bratty in this episode. (Although, hee to the "Ooops I broke your camera" and the subsequent exchange over the gossip rag.)

Matt can be a real asshole, man. I like that in a character. Although it makes it hard to see why Harriet put up with him at all, when he keeps saying these things that are just so... mean-spirited.

The pirated-DVD-sniffing dogs showed no interest in Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde? ...Really? Legally Blonde 2 is the best you can do? Didn't that come out, like, a decade ago? When did you write that joke, Sorkin? Or, "joke," because - what?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
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can someone please stuff a sock in Previously Guy's pie-hole, because he pisses me off more and more every week.
I'm glad I continue to forward through him, then!

UNLESS TFOE is nabbing heroes and erasing all their memories of before the abduction to make them think he's inducing their powers. ...No? Anyone?
Well, I think they're just enhancing the powers. The memory loss thing is, you know, because you don't really want them to remember being kidnapped and shit.

Will Shortz shout-out = AWESOME.
Who?

I was quite amused by the call-back to Tom's brother STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF AFGHANISTAN.
I thought that was nice, actually. It was like, "Oh! That had more of a point!"


The pirated-DVD-sniffing dogs showed no interest in Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde? ...Really? Legally Blonde 2 is the best you can do? Didn't that come out, like, a decade ago? When did you write that joke, Sorkin? Or, "joke," because - what?

Heh. Really, I thought the joke was funny enough, but reading out the entire subtitle killed it. Sorry, Harriet.
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From:omoo
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Is your friend comming because she won the pumpkin contest?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
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No, she's coming because it's been made somewhat more convenient by a job interview...in Wyoming.

Yeah, don't ask me how it works, either, she's crazy.
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From:maka2000
Date:November 14th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Yay for BFFs!

I didn't really pay attention to Prison Break. Meh. I pretty much hate Linc and think he totally wasn't worth all the trouble. I sort of hope he gets killed and the show gets all dark and Michael is tortured by the knowledge that it was all for nothing. I might like the show again then.

Heroes, woo! That I liked. I still don't care for Mohinder, but Claire's dad rocks. I like that he's very grey, and I'll probably still like him if it turns out he killed Mohiner's dad for whatever reason (though I hope not). I Loved the waitress and her budding friendship, flirtation with Hiro. I hope he does end up saving her and she joins their roadtrip. I also liked Matt's story with the radioactive guy, that was cool.

S60 - Matt is mean. He's extremely judgemental for someone who's all in a twist about Harriett being so supposedly closed minded. Whatever Matt. I loved Jack before this episode, but this one managed to solidify it. Woo Jack!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I sort of hope he gets killed and the show gets all dark and Michael is tortured by the knowledge that it was all for nothing. I might like the show again then.
Hee! Okay, I wouldn't mind that. Why do you hate Linc? I don't really have any particular affection for him.

I hope he does end up saving her and she joins their roadtrip.
She could be very useful!

Matt is mean. He's extremely judgemental for someone who's all in a twist about Harriett being so supposedly closed minded. Whatever Matt.
Seriously!

I loved Jack before this episode, but this one managed to solidify it. Woo Jack!
I hated Jack in the pilot, and I think I hated him for a couple episodes after, but, yeah, I definitely like him now.
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From:the_partyman
Date:November 14th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
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I agree that TW05 had way too much faeri exposition. LEnjoyed in on the whole though.

Re: Jack and 1904... remember that when we first me the Character in DW, he was introduced as an ex Time Agent or whataver, so his having previously travelled in time is canon, afaik. As far as ageing goes, maybe it has something to do with his "can't be killed" ressurection by Glowy!Rose.

I am sure we'll have Jack mysteries running thorugh the show, hopefully they will be explained at some point.

Prison Break: OH NOES! NO HURTING MY CUTE DOCTOR PLEASE!

Sucre rocks. I am intruiged by Michael and Lincoln's Dad. Hmmmm

Not watched Heroes yet. My Pigeons got sick. :(

I still love Studio 60, even though I'll admit it isn't as perefct as my enjoyment of it would suggest. If that makes any sense.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
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No, it makes sense. Your squee simply masks the flaws you're aware of but ignore for the sake of squee. That is the appeal of squee.

The thing about the 1904 thing is that Jack referred to it as "before" the war, but what is his sense of time? Does he only mean "before" chronologically or does he mean that he was in 1904 before he was in the war? That's what confused me. For instance, if he were in 1904 after becoming immortal, I would expect him to think of that experience as after the romance with Estelle, you know?

Also, I do love that Sucre figured out the "bolshoi booze" thing. At times, he irritates me with his constant Quest for Maricruz, but he's a good guy at heart.
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From:missquita
Date:November 14th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I ended up on the phone with Bryan for the second half of Heroes; I hope I'll be able to watch it online soon. And now I can't remember who Charlie is. But I loved the waitress, too; she's so cute! And Hiro is officially my favorite; it's refreshing to see a character so gleeful. I love the glee. Save the cheerleader, save the world! I have to say, though -- the voiceover of that tagline reminds me of the "Taste the Rainbow" voice so whenever I hear it, I think of Skittles. Anyhoo.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
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And now I can't remember who Charlie is. But I loved the waitress, too; she's so cute!
Charlie IS the waitress. Hee.

Save the cheerleader, save the world! I have to say, though -- the voiceover of that tagline reminds me of the "Taste the Rainbow" voice so whenever I hear it, I think of Skittles. Anyhoo.
Ha ha ha ha! You're right!!
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:November 14th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
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"Everything sucks after Heroes"

So true, good sir. So true.
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From:raelee
Date:November 14th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Yay for BFF visits!!!

I haven't mentioned that I quite like Evil Asian Guy

Oh, I forgot all about him. I like him too.

I don't think Heroes knows how to suck.

Don't be jinxing the show like that! But I like how well they balance the episodes so that it doesn't seem to matter if there's a lot of action or not. I feel like it's something that the writers of Lost could learn from in a way.

It's clear they're taking the Heroes to make them better.

You think? I see that with Issac but I don't see it with the other ones we know they took. Like Jessica. Or, Peter... what did he need to make him better? And I'm just not sure if I can see how they made Matt any better?

I wonder why he didn't try to kill Hiro.

I got the feeling he didn't know about Hiro? In fact I was all paranoid that he was going to tell Charlie about his power and then Sylar would know about him too. Even if Sylar didn't want his brain, I would think he wouldn't want to leave him behind.

DON'T HEAR ABOUT IT IN THE MORNING.

I KNOW!!!!

I'd like to see Matt demonstrate how wonderfully tolerant he is of gay people rather than stand up on his high horse and try not to lose his balance.

I'd guess we will eventually see Matt have to either eat some of his words or prove his tolerance. Though not necessarily on the gay issue. However, I kind of thought the point in this particular episode was that he was overeacting to what had happened because he felt guilty for not being there to protect Harriet. Shifting his anger at that onto her because it was easier to blame her for what she said and what that says about her tolerance than to admit he still loves her enough to be that upset at not being there for her.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
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You think? I see that with Issac but I don't see it with the other ones we know they took. Like Jessica. Or, Peter... what did he need to make him better? And I'm just not sure if I can see how they made Matt any better?
Oh, by "better" I mean their abilities. Matt's telepathy was increased; Nathan could fly like hell on his own, etc.
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From:gymble
Date:November 14th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
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So, finally, confirmation that THE FACE OF EVIL...is not evil, so much.
I am undecided on this but I like the ambiguity. Why do they feel the need to kidnap people and then erase their memories of the experience? But Bennett really does seem to care about Claire, which is nice. I like my villains morally grey.

He's ended up in a random picture with Charlie, but the present doesn't appear to have changed.
Ah, the eternal confusion caused by time travel. It just never ever works.

Mohinder with a new plotline!
He's much more tolerable with a plotline. I assumed that the dreams were his power. Isaac can paint the future and Mohinder can view the past. The kid could indeed be Sylar.

S60 needs to ease up on the preachiness. I thought that it was supposed to be about making a television show - not a forum for discussing social political issues of the day. It's okay occasionally, but it's ALL THE TIME! Everyone is so self-righteous that I just want to kick them. Even when I agree with them.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 14th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Everyone is so self-righteous that I just want to kick them. Even when I agree with them.
Exactly!

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