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January 30th, 2007


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12:28 am - Oh, the Huge Manatee!
Yesterday, I bought my first pair of running shoes.

Prison Break

Okay, talk about déjà vú! Sorry, Prison Break, but Supernatural already one-upped you four days ago by not only starting with a realistic "Breaking News" segment, but actually having it interrupt the previouslies. So, basically, it wins at everything, and you are the runner-up. Props for being able to use the FOX logo for added veracity.

I must say, right as I was wondering where the story could go, they go and be awesome again. This show has so many twists and turns I can't even remember them all. The Message took balls, and it was so great to see the collective OH MY FUCK. Can't stop the signal! If FOX had half a brain, they'd release parts of the message as viral videos.

I loved the fake tells, as coached by Kellerman. I loved watching Mahone initially get duped and then suddenly be the insightful freak he's supposed to be, Michael's worthy adversary. I loved that the show cleverly tricked them and us but played fair because they believed what they did for a very good reason. Sometimes, this show is annoying about that stuff (like every time they play the "Doesn't look like they're both going the same place but OMG HA AREN'T YOU GLAD WE NEVER USED A WIDE SHOT??" card, but I'm not sure they've done a trick this cool since the assassination. And holy shit, Michael Scofield must be the smartest, most coordinated man alive. How do you tap out Morse code while you're delivering a rehearsed speech? To your twu wuv! Pretty doctor! Michael Crane!! I love all the fucking codes and riddles on this show. And oh shit, Michael doesn't know what Kellerman did to Sara, did he? Does he? Because when he finds out...

Heroes

It's sort of annoying that on the same day I was talking up the show as made of awesome, it delivers a less than stellar episode. Matt and his wife were boring as usual, Micah was cute being the Great Machine, and Niki didn't even become Jessica once. It was nice to see Mohinder make up for past transgressions, as he said, but I wondered how the hell he was planning on "studying" Peter.

Even Hiro and Ando were kind of boring this week because the whole episode was them hiding from some guys, and pretty much everyone already knew that George Takei was guest-starring as his dad, so the whole time, it's like, "Get to the punchline, guys!" Although "This is how we roll" and "GULP" were sweet.

Peter and Claude were intriguing. I do wonder what Claude's deal is, what he meant by "That's what they all say." Especially since there are only, what, a mere 36 people on The List? Has he met others? Why does Peter think he can teach him anything? Is it the beard?

(Raise your hand if it was awesome that, like, the second thing Claude said in this episode was "Fantastic!")

(Also of note: ocvictor dubs him "Doctor Where?")

Surprise, surprise, the best thing about this episode was Claire. I love her re-bonding with Zach and the fake manatee project because, well, MANATEES! (Also known as the "sea cow.") I was a bit confuzzled by Mr. Bennet's statement that Claire and Zach had been friends before...isn't she not supposed to know that? For...a reason? Why would he be encouraging them?

I was waiting for most of the episode for Jessalyn Gilsig to show up once I saw her name in the credits because I liked her (translation: thought she was pretty) in Boston Public, and as time went by, I deduced by process of elimination that she had to be Claire's mother. And sure, enough, that's the bottom of her mouth. I'm not sure what happened to her face; it seemed excessively tanned or something. But but but when she flamed her fingers!! That was way cool!! And I didn't realize it immediately, but, duh, she started the fire (no, Ryan started the fire). Mr. Bennet did say that sometimes there are complications when he goes to recruit people. He must have set her off or something. The question remains, then, where was Claire's dad at the time?

Sylar! The end.

Studio 60

I'm not sure whether I find this show enjoyable but tiresome or tiresome but enjoyable.

I'm really, really glad Danny came to his senses. Except that just makes his very off-putting behavior in the last episode even more annoying. Why make a character completely unlikable in one episode if you're just going to gloss over it?

I'm really not sure what the hell is up with Simon and Darius and racism and Uncle Tom and WTF Sorkin. Stop interrupting your comedy show to teach us about racial self-hatred. I am, after all, the authority on racial self-hatred, having once sung "American Pie" in a thick Indian accent.

I don't understand why this fangirl wants to get into Tom Jeter's pants. Tom Jeter is not hot. He is not suave. From what we've seen, he's not even that funny.

I like the show enough, I guess, but it just doesn't seem to be living up to its potential at all. I hope it doesn't get renewed so I can stop watching it.
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From:holly96
Date:January 30th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
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I was a bit confuzzled by Mr. Bennet's statement that Claire and Zach had been friends before...isn't she not supposed to know that? For...a reason? Why would he be encouraging them?
I was confused at first too, but then I decided that maybe it's one of those situations where they were friends when they were a lot younger, and grew apart as adolescence kicked in. My question is, did we ever see how she approached him with her secret in the first place? I'll admit that I did not pay close attention to the first couple episodes so maybe it did get explained, but the first I remember of them is making that video.

(P.S. I deleted my first comment, because I accidentally did the wrong coding, and that would have bugged the crap out of me.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
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My question is, did we ever see how she approached him with her secret in the first place?
Nope, the first we ever saw was the video.

And, yeah, I guess it makes sense that they might have been friends when they were younger and then grown apart because of their separate cliques.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:January 30th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
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Yeah, not the best episode of Heroes, but it's all good. I wasn't disappointed... I just wasn't thrilled either. Claire really was the best thing about the ep though. I'm glad she's got Zach again... and dude, her mom's power! Dude! And I'm scared for Mr. Bennet, even though I don't like him one bit.

Next time someone says something nice about me, I'm going to reply, "This is how we roll." :)
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From:eirefaerie
Date:January 30th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
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I was a bit confuzzled by Mr. Bennet's statement that Claire and Zach had been friends before...isn't she not supposed to know that? For...a reason? Why would he be encouraging them?


No, they used to be friends in, like, fifth grade. I think it was mentioned in the first or second ep. I think Mr. Claire's Dad really does want Claire to be happy and have friends. He's just trying to protect her from people like Mohinder, people out of his control. OMG I HOPE HE DOESN'T DIE NEXT WEEK!

Claire made me sad in my face when she told Mr. Claire's Dad that she was too old for bears and talks. Really sad in my face. :(

Who do you think Claire's bio-dad is? Unspoiled, I'm calling it as Nathan.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
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You think? Someone else guessed Linderman. Given that we haven't seen him yet, he seems a pretty likely choice.
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From:orangesky33
Date:January 30th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
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It's SO the beard! Also, *giggles* Doctor Where?

Eh, I a sort of agree that Hiro and Ando's storyline was boring. I mean really, it was. But still, yeah, GULP was great, and I loved when they were hiding under the SUV. Also the BFF-dom of Hiro coming back for Ando was sweet. It wasn't totally a waste.

Claire made me irrationally cry again, just because she's awesome.

Surprise, surprise, the best thing about this episode was Claire. I love her re-bonding with Zach and the fake manatee project because, well, MANATEES!

MANATEES! They are my favorite animals ever, so I was quite happy.
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From:thekateyouknow
Date:January 30th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Okay, so the invisible guy is the actor who played Dr. Who in S1? I've only seen one episode of Dr. Who, but I definitely wondered if it was him.

I like the actor who plays Sylar. I'm kind of okay with him doing something horrible to Claire's dad.

OMG, the cop and his wife are so boring. Who cares about your marital issues?! Ugh. And Mohinder has one setting -- intense. No matter what he's talking about. Although, I guess he really NEVER talks about anything else. He's so cute, but I can't stand him.

The weirdest thing happened last night. I up and stopped watching Studio 60. Like, in the middle of the episode, I just decided I was done. I dvr'd last week's ep and watched it over the weekend. The thing is, I really only liked Danny and Matt and last week's episode was just too much stalker Danny for me. A. I didn't need the focus on these couples so quickly when I barely know any of them as individuals and B. My favorite stalking a PREGNANT woman and causing her stress? No thanks. Then, as I was watching last night's, I realized I just don't care. So, I stopped. I feel good about it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Good job, Kate! I admire your willpower.
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From:afrocurl
Date:January 30th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Unless I'm totally missing Sorkin's point about Darius and Simon, it's supposed to be part of the "politics" of working in Hollywood. I find it interesting, but then again, I'm a strange person.

There's something else going on with Danny, I suspect, but I can't tell what. I don't usually think that Sorkin would do that to a character for no reason.

That fangirl totally scares me (more so because she also had some work the other week on The OC playing a band dork.) Her obsession with Jeter does confuse me, but I'll wait to see how it unfolds, really.
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From:harper47
Date:January 30th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Haven't watched Studio 60 yet but I pretty much agree with your impression of Heroes. At first I thought it was just me being sick but it was sort of average, wasn't it?

And Mohinder is boring. So are he and Nathan starting the evil power group? Because experimenting with the genes just gave off all kinds of nasty vibes to me.

I did like the gulp and this is how we roll moment. But, as you said, we knew Sulu was showing up so . . . . . I want another Star Trek reference now. They had a bunch of them in the premier, they just have to have another with Sulu on board. (and yes I know I should be saying George Takai but . . . . )

So Claire's Mom is a firestarter. Sweet. I love that novel of Stephen Kings.
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From:modlin
Date:January 30th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Claire was definitely the best part this week, with Zach and manatees and all. Does Mr. Bennet really not suspect anything? That bit with the windchimes while he was in her room made me wonder. I still love Hiro even though he didn't do much this week. GULP. Hee. Who else totally thinks Sylar is Claire's father?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Mr. Bennet HAS to suspect something, because he's not an idiot. I mean, Zach's back? COINCIDENCE?
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From:daynr
Date:January 30th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
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1. Claire is always the best.
2. I didn't know the boss was to be Hiro's dad.
3. Claire's mom's firehands were hot, and she seems interesting ...
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From:horsefacehannah
Date:January 30th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Simon is an asshole.
Of all the characters on the show, I want into Tom Jeter's pants. (Only because Harriet smacked down Matt so hard last night I'm not sure he'd be up for anything.)
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From:gymble
Date:January 30th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know that Hiro was going to meet his father (I assumed he was going to see Linderman). *counts advantages of being unspoiled and not in fandom*

I enjoyed this episode of Heroes. Maybe it wasn't OMG fantastic, but I don't usually have that reaction to it. The cop really really needs to become more interesting though. And Claire is always good. And Mohinder barely annoyed me for once, so that's a plus. But he knew Peter was special all along? And he knows his ability? Does he know all their abilities? So why did he ... ? Oh never mind. I'm kind of losing hope that Mohinder's actions will ever make sense. The continuity fairies seem to be out to lunch a lot.

I don't understand why this fangirl wants to get into Tom Jeter's pants. Tom Jeter is not hot. He is not suave.
Hot and suave are not the only things that girls are attracted to. Actually, suave is the most likely personality trait to turn me off. And he's cute enough even if he's not traditionally hot. I can buy that she's attracted to him.

I actually groaned when I saw that S60 is a multi-parter. For a show that's ostensibly about a comedy show, I sure don't laugh a lot.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
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*counts advantages of being unspoiled and not in fandom*
Hell, even if you weren't, the freakin' NBC WEBSITE had the info plastered on it.

But he knew Peter was special all along? And he knows his ability?
Well, Peter did come and tell him that he thought he could fly...but only when he was around his brother. So Mohinder finally wised up.

I can buy that she's attracted to him.
I can buy that she's attracted to him, but her extreme freaky lust seems off the wall.

For a show that's ostensibly about a comedy show, I sure don't laugh a lot.
Heh. It has its moments.
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From:toughcookie42
Date:January 30th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
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There was no T-Bag this week. But I still liked the episode. I loved the fake tells, too, except I thought that Lincoln was pretty bad at them, he was so obvious about it, like a bad poker player who's read a bad poker book.

The question remains, then, where was Claire's dad at the time?
Flying out of the car as he is known to do. I think it's Nathan.

Tom Jeter is not hot, he is adorable. I thought he was so sweet and I'd totally go out with him until he fucking LIED about the dinner! I don't get it! He didn't have to lie, whatsherface would have understood. All you have to say is "I have to go out with another woman... who I'll be wishing was you the entire time and I'll see you as soon as I'm done." Problem solved.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, for serious, he had NO REASON to lie to her. He was ordered to go on this date. She'd understand.

Several folk have speculated that Claire's dad is Nathan, but I think it might be Linderman. We haven't met him yet, so it would be a double-whammy reveal.
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From:bellanut
Date:January 30th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
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I skipped your Hereo's comment because I haven't watched it yet, but:

I hope it doesn't get renewed so I can stop watching it.

It hurts my heart to admit I had the same reaction to last night, but I'd be lying if I said otherwise. I really hope this experience doesn't completely turn you off the idea of watching The West Wing. I swear on my unborn children it has some of the most loveable characters and amazing episodes ever in all of television. I SWEAR.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
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ARE YOU SURE?

Because I loved Sports Night, see.
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From:catatonia00
Date:January 30th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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I've dropped PB so I skipped right into your Heroes talk.

Yeah, this episode was a bit of snooze fest at times. The dialogue between Hiro and Ando was a tad muddled and dull, but I liked when he uh-ohed and said 'pinch'. It's an old expression I haven't heard in a while.

I'm not especially loving any character in particular, but I admit Claire's storyline is the most compelling.

Jessalyn Gilsig...

Nip/Tuck happened to her.
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From:miniglik
Date:January 30th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Ryan started the fire! It's been always burning since the worlds been turning.
Ryan started the fire!


Uhg, I'm obsessed (am rewatching right now). (And DUDE, so many of your comments make more sense now, like the clitoris one in maxymama's journal.)


"Doctor Where." Hee. I only saw the second half of the episode, and it was much less boring than the first half appears to have been.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 30th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Uhg, I'm obsessed (am rewatching right now).
Yay!

(And DUDE, so many of your comments make more sense now, like the clitoris one in maxymama's journal.)
Haaa. Yeah, I find myself quoting The Office ALL THE TIME these days.

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