NBC also makes a great Office spoof for Rainn Wilson's SNL monologue.
It's pretty much NBC's week, man. Except the "interactive online experience" during tonight's Heroes episode turned out to be distracting and not rewarding enough, despite the initial coolness factor. The whole mystique is sort of wearing thin, now that it's clear they're only ever going to be superficial about it.
Now, the not-so-funny. Because this was the best Monday night of television...pretty much ever.
Look, I know this is just a mindless action show, but tonight, it was a fucking awesome mindless action show. Best episode in weeks. Minus Sucre and Maricruz, who are cute and sweet but totally boring.
They maddeningly didn't let us hear The Tape, but they made it up to us by giving us supercool spygames with the fake Cooper Green and Dr. Sara just being all, "The man with Michael is NOT COOPER GREEN. [THIS IS YOUR SIGNAL TO GO SAVE HIS FUCKING ASS, DIMWIT.]"
Meanwhile, Kellerman goes and shoots someone and visits his sister and explains to her that he's morally grey now, and I sort of love him for that. I also love that he's not going after Michael and Linc and Sara for ditching him because he knows he totally deserved it.
And then The Tape has a stupid timestamp, and they decide that the best course of action is to blackmail the President.
Except Kellerman is about to assassinate the President.
AND I JUST KNOW HE IS TOTALLY GOING TO KILL HER BECAUSE MICHAEL'S LIFE REALLY FUCKING SUCKS. (This show doesn't often make me flail but: *flails!*)
And T-Bag kills a psychiatrist just because he looks like him, and then HE ENDS UP ON THE SAME PLANE AS BELLICK OMG.
And in the middle of all this, Mahone is growing a third dimension and sympathizing completely with C-Note despite having a job to do. I honestly don't know what possible reason Kim would have for needing C-Note dead, but I think Kim just likes ordering people's deaths. And Mahone, he has his orders. This show is about what people do when they're backed up against a wall, when good and bad are just words and it's the consequences that matter.
And so C-Note kills himself to save his damn family.
There was not a single SECOND of that episode that was not TOTALLY AWESOME. That was not just easily the best episode of the series but quite possibly one of the finest episodes of television I've ever seen. Seriously, it was pretty much flawless. If there were flaws, I don't care. Because I don't think I've ever been that emotionally affected by an episode of television before.
This episode...it somehow made every single character ten times more interesting, worthwhile, and awesome.
It all comes down to a simple concept executed perfectly: what the hell happens when you've got a hostage situation involving three Heroes and the man at the center of it all? And who is that man, anyway?
I loved that we started from a different perspective to get to where the previous episode ended. This show frequently repeats scenes to re-orient the viewer, but it's never done it like this before. And, suddenly, the tension starts, and it never stops. I loved the way Matt's telepathy was used.
But, wait, let's talk about these awesome black-and-white flashbacks where we discover that Claude was Mr. Bennet's first partner. And, for God's sake, that the Haitian is his current partner. Like, he's not just his "tool" or something. That's just the way this company works. This company headed by Eric Roberts, who we learn next to nothing about, curses! And Mr. Bennet casually says he has no problems with "morally grey," and I suddenly find him scary again. Even though I love him.
There's a lot of yelling and screaming in the Bennet house and a lot of guns and I can't even remember what all mayhem happens, really, but Ted Sprague is very angry, and so is Matt, although he's the sane one who can read people's minds and can thus let Mr. Bennet know that Claire's memory, it ain't so wiped.
Meanwhile, back in the past, HOLY SHIT HIRO'S DAD WORKS FOR THESE GUYS TOO. We still don't know whether he's powered, but he seems to be a bigwig if he can fucking order Mr. Bennet to adopt Claire, and...holy shit, there it is. As soon as Claire's powered, she's theirs. That's why he was so protective and secretive of her. It always seemed like he was protecting her from other people, but in fact he was protecting her from his own company. Because they would take his daughter away. It just adds such a huge layer to their relationship. I remember early in the series when we questioned whether Mr. Bennet was interested in Claire because of her powers or because she was his daughter, and I'm glad it's been made amply clear that her powers don't mean a damn fucking thing to him.
Let me comment on the other flashbacks while I'm here. So Claude was protecting a Hero that we don't know about (also, he appreciates puns, which means I appreciate him even more), and Bennet failed to kill him! No wonder Claude was so fucking pissed when Peter led him to the rooftop. Now we know why he's been invisible for seven years; I wonder where his Hero is. And Bennet was sloppy in the early days! And holy Christ, he's been having his wife's memory wiped for years.
Back in the present, it's only twenty minutes in, and there is a lot of yelling and screaming and guns and Bennet tells Matt to shoot Claire and he shoots Claire and her mom freaks and I nearly fucking cry even though I know she's okay. For the next half hour, you guys, I am on the verge of tears because it is that fucking intense.
Matt and Mr. Bennet have to keep up the ruse, and the telepathy thing is AWESOME, and Matt is AWESOME when he's not with his damn wife, and Mr. Bennet says, "Do what I think," and it is AWESOME. Side note here to say that even though Ted Sprague is totally unhinged, I still felt for his anguish over his wife (even though I LOVED Mr. Bennet's "Please get your facts straight" smackdown), and the actor kept him grounded with that rather than make him completely nuts and unsympathizable.
Bennet's learned the Haitian can speak after being told he was mute! I wonder who else knows he can talk. And I still don't understand who the Haitian is answering to, if not the company. Claire's interests? Nathan? Meredith? Are they involved somehow? What is his connection to Claire?
Claire, next time you're rescuing people, free their legs FIRST so they can run away in a pinch. At least Lyle got away, and I actually cared about Lyle's safety because Mr. Bennet cared about Lyle's safety by virtue of Lyle being his family, the family he wanted to protect, and I love Mr. Bennet, so he sways my opinion. And then Claire and her mom are tied up, and she starts talking about faith and miracles and God and...I cannot even believe this because I'm not a religious person, but suddenly I care very much that she does not die, despite my apathy a couple episodes ago. And, again, I think this time it's because of her connection to Claire. I love Claire, and so I don't want her mom to die. And, dude: Bryan Fuller must know that pilot callbacks are made of win.
Then Ted gets a clue right before Mr. Bennet and Matt return, and then suddenly Eric Roberts arrives too, and he has a gun because guns solve all problems, and I seriously think he's going to shoot Mr. Bennet and I almost scream and instead he shoots Ted in the shoulder, and it sets him off just like Matt said it would, and then the show uses up half its special effects budget with redness and fire and dear God, he's going to go nuclear.
I don't really understand what's happening with Ted and why everyone around him isn't just incinerated, and I suddenly fear that the entire house is going to blow up and kill them all, and I can't believe they would do that. But Ted is out of control, and everyone gets out of the house except Bennet, who stays because he won't just let Ted die (...and destroy his house in the process). And Claire comes in and takes on the task, and her fucking face is melting away...
I suddenly fear that Claire's been incinerated, and she can't come back from that, but I can't believe they would do that. And she walks out, burnt to a crisp but still alive and healing herself. The entire family hugs.
And during the commercial break, I fucking cough and choke up and cry a little just to release the tension because I was so sure they wouldn't all make it out of that house alive. When you focus so much of the episode on how much Bennet loves his family, you're planning on destroying that family somehow. I've seen television shows before! It was just such a relief that no one had died, and I had been holding back tears for half an hour, and I couldn't hold them back any longer because that was a fucking climax set up by increasingly tense rising action preceded by a wee bit of exposition.
Time for the falling action. And, holy shit! Bennet is TOTALLY SELLING OUT THE HAITIAN. (Except he's not. Shh.) And Eric Roberts is suggesting Matt be his new partner! Oh! They should totally do that! It would be great! Also, there's a hot new Hero standing around not saying anything. She should get more screentime. Unless...was that Hana? It totally looked like Hana, but I wasn't sure. Did she go undercover? Wouldn't Bennet recognize her? If it's not Hana, that's better, really, which means she's an additional hot brunette. But Eric Roberts is not interested in brunettes: he wants the teenage blonde.
Bennet and Claire are driving in a car. It sure looks like he's not giving his daughter up. They talk, and I decide that Keith and Veronica need to move aside, because this, right here, is my favorite father/daughter relationship on television right now.
And...oh, shit, it's the bridge. Oh my God, this is not going to end well. Out comes the Haitian. Oh, shit, he's going to kill the Haitian for protecting Claire, as per his orders.
Oh, shit, the Haitian is going to kill him. No, he doesn't want that. Thank goodness.
And...OH. MY. GOD. NO. NO. NO. NO. He's wiping Claire from his memory. He has to stage the escape, and he has to make sure that he never goes after Claire, never even knows she exists, because otherwise, he'll lead them right to her.
"There's got to be another way!" cries Claire, and it suddenly occurs to me that WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST WIPE ERIC ROBERTS??? COME ON NOW. I'm sure it's fanwankable.
Anyone who's been reading my television posts for a while knows that certain things hit me. One of them is identity. Another is sacrifice. Mr. Bennet, one of my very favorite characters on the show, just sacrificed his identity. It was a double whammy. No one died in this episode, but he killed Claire in his head. He killed the part of himself that had a Clairebear. He killed the best father/daughter relationship on television. All so a girl who wasn't even his biological kin would be safe.
I have never cried so much at a television show before.
I'm not the kind of guy who regularly cries at movies or TV shows. I wish I were; it would make me feel more human. But I can probably count the number of times I've cried at entertainment on one hand. Maybe two. I don't have a great memory.
I...just can't believe they did that. It's episode 17. He was such a great character. And they hollowed him out like a grapefruit. It's almost worse than death. I'm almost afraid to see what he's like next week and after. I want him to be Claire's father again. I'm glad we got a glimpse of him before he was Claire's father to see that he was awesome before that, thankfully.
So Mr. Bennet erases the last seventeen years of his life to save his damn family.
The Black Donnellys
After all that Heroes talk, I can't spend much time on this, even though it was still really good the second time around, and it was great to catch the foreshadowing that was just staring us right in the face. I lurve the narrative style, and I love Joey Ice Cream as the narrator. And Olivia Wilde looks really good as a brunette. And Tommy Donnelly is my identity crisis woobie.
I didn't actually notice many dramatic changes from the original pilot, although it did feel a little shorter due to the minute or so of cut scenes whose content I don't remember. And they for some reason only used the first half of "The Moment I Said It," and when they come back from commercial, it's just score, which doesn't work nearly as well as the rest of the song worked, and I don't understand why they had to rescore that if they had the rights to the song.
But the big fucking deal, of course, is the ending. All you guys who saw the pilot tonight for the first time were robbed. I love Snow Patrol, and "Open Your Eyes" is a good song, and it worked okay, but it's not the One True Song for that scene. The Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" worked so perfectly for this scene I cannot even describe why. I've watched it like ten times; it feels like the theme song for the show, for Tommy. Please watch this, right now.
So Tommy Donnelly completely ruins his life to save his damn family. Current Mood: drained Current Music: Garbage - Trip My Wire
I agree with you on the total awesomeness of the Heroes episode, but I felt that the extent of excatly what the Haitian was mindwiping from Mr bennet was unclear...
My initial read was that he was erasing the details of the staged "Haitan shoots Bennet and takes Claire" scenario, so that The Company won't find out what he did... he managed to lie about his knowledge of her powers to the Eric Roberts character.
Though having read your post, yeah the safest way would be to wipe the whole lot. Hmmmmm.
was that Hana? It totally looked like Hana, but I wasn't sure. Did she go undercover? Wouldn't Bennet recognize her? If it's not Hana, that's better, really, which means she's an additional hot brunette.
That wasn't Hana, it is indeed an additional hot brunette. Seems like her name is Candice, not that it will be mentioned on the show for, like, ten to twenty episodes or so.
And I agree, a decidedly awesome episode. Next week looks nice, too! Have you seen the trailer?
I felt the same way about "Company Man" (It's def among favorites ever along with "A Trip to the Dentist", STILL, and the "Doomsday" episode of Doctor Who, which marked the most crying ever from me for entertainment's sake). It was awesome on so many levels. But, Claire and Mr. B were the be all to end all.
I mean, even the awesomeness of MOTHERFUCKING CLAUDE and all the damn intrigue raised about why he every believed in the cause to begin with, if he even did, and who he was protecting and just what he did between then and now(and man, no wonder he's a damn misanthrope!! Mr B. shot and failed him not once BUT TWICE) did not even compare to how much I loved what happened between Claire and her father. It was beautiful.
I am surprised you did not mention the Horn-Rimmed! Flashback. For shame! It was so darn wonderful. "You look like my dad." Aww.
And, for God's sake, that the Haitian is his current partner. Like, he's not just his "tool" or something. That's just the way this company works.
IT'S SO FUCKING AWESOME. I mean dude, all new layers of fucked up and the 'us' vs. 'them' mentality is introduce. And I LOVE IT.
They talk, and I decide that Keith and Veronica need to move aside, because this, right here, is my favorite father/daughter relationship on television right now.
I don't know if they've trumped K and V, but damn it, I'm willing to highly consider it and that says a lot.
One of them is identity. Another is sacrifice. Mr. Bennet, one of my very favorite characters on the show, just sacrificed his identity. It was a double whammy. No one died in this episode, but he killed Claire in his head. He killed the part of himself that had a Clairebear. He killed the best father/daughter relationship on television. All so a girl who wasn't even his biological kin would be safe.
I would love to say something of merit here, but hee! at the double whammy and *cries* is all I have. *lameness*
And Tommy Donnelly is my identity crisis woobie.
So Tommy Donnelly completely ruins his life to save his damn family.
It was an identity sacrificing sort of night, huh? I loved the episode and the ending, especially the ending (I believe I have been converted to team!"Rebellion(Lies)", though I liked Snow Patrol a lot last night). I mean, I can't believe he's already compromised THAT MUCH, ALREADY. O, Tommy. *heart breaks* *again* I already care so much about him.
I am surprised you did not mention the Horn-Rimmed! Flashback. For shame! It was so darn wonderful. "You look like my dad." Aww. Awww, indeed! That was a cute flashback, but there wasn't much to say about it.
I believe I have been converted to team!"Rebellion(Lies)", though I liked Snow Patrol a lot last night) Go team!
I mean, I can't believe he's already compromised THAT MUCH, ALREADY. O, Tommy. *heart breaks* *again* I already care so much about him. Poor kid!
Do you really think the Haitian will wipe that much? That might render HRG unable to work for the Company.
...I'm saying this like it's a bad thing. But it looks like Parkman is going to be Bennett's new partner, so they probably just got rid of enough so HRG will have no idea where Claire is. Which is heartbreaking enough on its own.
I'm thinking Claude knows exactly who Claire is from Peter's telling of the Homecoming incident. I'm also thinking my brain might melt from joy if they meet.
they probably just got rid of enough so HRG will have no idea where Claire is. Nuh uh. Bennet said, "Go deep." Which, someone pointed out, is the same thing he asked for the rapist quarterback who came out with total amnesia. Bennet is going to be wiped good. At the very least, he's not going to remember Claire AT ALL. *sniff*
Yeah, I actually wished I hadn't done the Heroes 2-screen thing last night, so I wouldn't have been distracted by my computer. I think I would have been more affected by the episode just by watching it. Even so, it was an incredible episode.
Yeah, it kept taking me out of the moment. I'm glad I shut it off after twenty minutes. I don't need to play fucking trivia during the show, although it was interesting to learn that Jack Coleman was in 95% of the shots in the episode.
You already know I loved this episode. I was shocked by how good it was. Shocked! I think it really helped that they weren't concentrating on 5 different hero stories; that it was Claire and she is made of awesome; that there was no soul sucking Mohinder, Nikki, and Simone; that Matt's appendage was removed; and that it was Mr. Bennet and he is also made of awesome. I, too, didn't think it was clear how much of his memory was being removed. Plus, I think the Haitian will do whatever he wants.
I lurve the narrative style You should watch Goodfellas. So Tommy Donnelly completely ruins his life to save his damn family. You should watch The Godfather.
Seriously, I thought the show was a total ripoff of both of the above but not nearly as good and full of stereotypes and cliche after cliche. And I can not believe they already pulled out the HEAVY AND EPIC romance for Tommy and that girl already in the first episode. Part of me was almost offended by this show and I'm not even sure why.
Hee! Isn't it just PERFECT? It was the first Arcade Fire song I heard, I think, and it took me a little bit to warm up to it, but I really liked it, and I only like a couple of their songs. And then I heard it in this show and have been ADDICTED to it since.
Dude, do you know how hard it was to see this episode Sunday night and NOT BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT? Yikes. So awesome.
Do you really think the Haitian wiped all knowledge of Claire from HRG's memory? I was thinking he was only taking anything about HRG's involvement in her escape, rather than knowledge of her existence, but maybe that's wishful thinking. No, wait...if HRG forgot Claire existed, Sandra and Lyle would still remember her, right? So unless the Haitian wiped them too, along with everyone else Claire ever knew (OMG does this mean no more Zach?! NOOOOOOOO!) I think HRG was just making sure that if they probe him, he doesn't know anything about the escape or anything about where Claire might be. It's just too sad the other way! WAH!
I'm surprised other people didn't have the same read I did. He told him to "Go deep." That doesn't sound like "Make me forget, what, the last DAY." The Haitian does shit like that all the time. Bennet isn't saying "Bye, honey, talk to you later." He's saying goodbye forever. I...am I, like, the only person who saw it that way? Maybe I'm totally wrong and I cried too much.
If there's anything in the promo that comfirms that the Haitian did, in fact, mindwipe Bennet, DON'T SAY ANYTHING, but I was all teary and tense during that last scene up until the moment the scene ended before the mindwipe actually happens. I'm holding out hope.
When Haitian talks about who he works for, I wondered if he meant something cheezy like God. Remember he went off on Claire about God once? And I didn't catch this because my TV is crap and I can't see details, but someone mentioned that he was wearing the squiggly as a necklace, and doesn't that symbol mean "Godsend"?
I would like for there to be a spinoff series about Christopher Eccleston!
Yeah, that's what the squiggly means. He's been wearing it for awhile. I wonder what his deal is...
There wasn't a promo clue, but I somehow doubt that Bennet's memory is completely erased of Claire. I think he'd be worried that he'd just go after her without realizing who she is, right? But.. man. So sad!
Daaaaaaaamn! I didn't realise that the Haitian took everything (and do even the people at OWI not know his name? Did they never think to ask him? I mean, he could've written it down for them), although Bennet's "go deep" would imply a high level of mind-wiping. But, his family will still remember Claire, right? So he'll have to pretend to remember a daughter that everyone else knows? But they know about her powers, too! Unless the Haitian took their memories before meeting up with Claire and Bennet. Hmm. I don't know. I really hope Bennet still remembers Claire.
And why has the Haitian been pretending to be mute all these years? Was he fooling everyone at OWI, or did Bennet's superiors know and they and the Haitian were fooling Bennet? I think he was fooling everyone, and it sort of links him to Claude in my mind. It just seems too convenient that Claude leaves (and did it seem like Bennet was surprised the first time his gun went off?) and suddenly here's this kid who's pretending he can't speak and who seems to have the same agenda as Claude. I wonder if Eden knew that the Haitian could speak. SO MANY QUESTIONS!
And ohmygod MATT! WAS SO AWESOME!! I totally love the idea of Matt working at OWI, and I wonder why they didn't try to recruit him when they first picked him up. Because he was still a cop, mayhe?
And Hiro's dad! Who I thought the first time we saw him had something to do with controlling the supers, and then I decided he was just kinda mean but I was right the first time! And it seemed to me like he was pretty much the boss of OWI, or at least really high up. And hee! to Bennet thinking in Japanese.
This episode was fifty kinds of awesome, despite the fact that I had to watch it on a tiny tiny window on Global TV's website, since they for some reason aired it on Sunday and didn't tell me. The nerve of them.