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April 23rd, 2007


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11:10 pm - Football, Racecars, and Democracy: An All-American Post
I am about to make a statement that will please, like, eighty percent of my flist:

I've watched the first four episodes of Friday Night Lights, and I like it. I don't love it, but I can't stop watching. Even though I don't actually like many of the characters or the town in general, there's just something about the look and feel and atmosphere that draws you in. The pilot felt more like an indie film than a television show, and subsequent episodes have felt a little more like a television show, which is both good and bad. It's odd because, paradoxically, I feel like the show is completely forgettable because it is so far from my high school experience as to be an alternate universe, but it stays with you somehow. I watched three episodes yesterday and woke up this morning wanting to go back to Dillon, Texas.

Drive

It's time for some more crazy Race rules! We now have this Jump Start Challenge business, which at least finally gives some motivation for people to get to checkpoints in a timely manner. But I'm not sure I get it. Because if there is one guy an entire checkpoint ahead of everyone, what, does he get the same clues as they do, just he's getting them early? And Bright's waiting at the checkpoint JUST FOR HIM? In addition to the other checkpoint that needs to have someone waiting for everyone else? The logistics of this are baffling. Especially when you consider that, apparently, the checkpoint after Virginia is in Georgia, so they're just fucking with these people and making them go back and forth and up and down across the country.

Let's talk about Rob and Ellie. Or, let's not, because what the hell?

Or how about Leigh and Susan? Well, the God thing was kind of...odd, but I do like signs and stuff. Although when a giant truck runs you off the road, that's also a sign. Bye, Susan. That's what happens when you're A) not hot and B) not in the credits.

I liked this week's clue. It was actually somewhat difficult.

But the main story involves our new fearsome foursome, one of whom orders a sissy drink after being all pimptastic in a bit of ironic humor. Hee. And Sean steps up and becomes useful! Good job, homes!

I find that I don't really have anything deep to say about this show, but it's crazy fun to watch, and I want another episode immediately.

Heroes

FINALLY. YOU'RE BACK.

I'd actually forgotten where we left off with most of the characters. Bennet remained awesome by orchestrating a psychic breakout with the help of an EMP. Very slick. I'm not entirely sure how he managed to beam his thoughts to Parkman despite how far away he was, but...er, I'll let it go. And it's odd that Bennet didn't know Linderman was at the top of the food chain, because, well...it seemed pretty obvious from the get-go, didn't it? Everything goes back to Linderman! His nickname around the office is "Beaver."

We already knew from the comic that Linderman could heal, although I didn't know it worked on plants too. He's like that hot 4400 who got blown up! So, that was an interesting conversation with Nathan. His master plan is to unite the world around a massive tragedy? It appears Tim Kring has been brushing up on his comics history! I won't spoil what this plot point made me think of, but if you've read it, you know what it is. There's also, of course, the real-world example of 9/11, which totally failed to unite the world and bring peace. So...not sure your plan's going to work, Linderman. This is a post-9/11 world, isn't it? Didn't he see how that didn't work? Does Bush exist in Heroes?

Sylar is pretty badass, you guys. I loved the shards o' glass trick. And then Mohinder came through with the save! And then Sylar had a hissyfit over The List! And then Mohinder joined forces with Thompson! This is not going to end well. Dammit, Mohinder, CAN YOU EVER PICK A GOOD FUCKING PARTNER?

We're all agreed that Isaac puts the secret of how to stop Sylar and the explosion in the final issue of 9th Wonders, right? Good.

Claire Claire Claire! *hugs* I wonder what Mama Petrelli's power is. I wonder what her history is. She's rather mysterious with the secrets and vagueness.

I think it's funny that Peter has SO MUCH HAIR that it took sweet little Claire to discover that he, you know, HAD A SHARD OF GLASS STICKING OUT OF HIS SKULL. Does he have a scar now? Anywhere? You'd think the regenerative thing would keep him from scarring. Maybe that wasn't The Scar. OH MY GOD I HOPE HE GETS A LIGHTNING-BOLT SCAR ON HIS FOREHEAD.

It feels like there were scenes missing where D.L. and Jessica had a talk and he made it clear he knew that she was Jessica and all that. Because jumping in like that was sort of disorienting, even though apparently we were supposed to be able to tell that he knew last time. Anyway, we know what Linderman needs Micah for. I like how a week-long online event gets explained away as a two-second throwaway line on the show. Heh.

And, finally, Hiro! And Future Hiro! Together again, for the first time! Why does he sound so mean and aggressive and accusatory? Is he secretly full of self-loathing? And how the hell long did it take him to create that crazy-ass timeline, complete with artifacts from the future?

Is it next Monday yet?
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From:spideychris
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
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It kinda annoys me that they keep inserting stuff online to track down and discover. I mean, I had no idea about that website link you posted, I had no idea before the plant that Linderman could heal stuff, and now I'm pretty peeved over it.

I would prefer to get to watch events unfold in the TV show, and not feel like an idiot when they leave huge dangling pieces of plot from us that make us have to embark on scavenger hunts.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
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Well, none of the online stuff is essential. And, as you can see, it's actually a wee bit spoilery, so you got to be surprised about Linderman's healing power when they revealed it on the show. Anything that's really important TO THE SHOW gets put on the show. Like basically everything that happened with Hana when she was introduced? Had already been shown in the comic, although the comic gave a lot more detail otherwise. It basically fills in the blanks at times, but you can watch only the show and still follow everything just fine.
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From:cass404
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
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Racecars in your subject made me smile. But I haven't watched Drive tonight so that's all I can comment on really. Still? Racecars!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
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Palindrome power!
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Date:April 24th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)

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Trying SO hard to not read the Heroes recap... must wait.... must.... damn slow telepathy skills!

I'm glad you're watching Friday Night Lights. While it was an instant love for me, I'm sure you'll start LOVING it too. Just gets better and better. I always had the problem of not relating to the high school experience as SUCH though, so I've learned to adapt to that.
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From:vaspider
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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Scar = from exploding, somehow.
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From:dcjensen
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Maybe the original Peter Petrelli in the original timeline got the scar because he had not saved Claire.
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From:cucumbersarnies
Date:April 24th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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I didn't love FNL at first either, but then you fall in love with the characters, and how real it all seems and how it just seems better put together then any other teen show you have ever seen.

But i get you on being an alternate universe to high school. i mean, following the fortunes of a high school football team that closely- are they insane?
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From:denisef
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 24th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Television television!
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From:eponis
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
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There's also, of course, the real-world example of 9/11, which totally failed to unite the world and bring peace. So...not sure your plan's going to work, Linderman. This is a post-9/11 world, isn't it? Didn't he see how that didn't work? Does Bush exist in Heroes?

Heh. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think that Linderman buys his own crap for a second. Just like conspiracy theorists say Bush did with 9/11, Linderman's completely intending to use the event to seize political power for himself. He just knows that it's such a bloody method that he'll have to give Nathan a humanitarian excuse to convince himself with.
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From:vaspider
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Amen.
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From:harper47
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Drive - I love this show a lot. It is crazy fun as you say. The Jump start seemed like the Fast Forward on TAR to me. Rules a little different but still. Loved the giant truck. Hee! And it's like paranoia gone mad on this show. Is the driver picking up Leigh part of the conspiracy? What about the security guard? Random dude at the gas station? Who knows? Sweet.

Heroes - hmm, I must have missed some of this since I didn't know Linderman could heal or about what Linderman needs Micah for. I'll have to go follow your link.

Hee - that was a crazy ass timeline wasn't it? And another great ending scene from the creators. They kick ass at ending scenes.
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From:raelee
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
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My guess? Mama Petrelli is the one who has the dreams. I kept looking for where Peter got that power and I never even thought of her! Plus, it'd explain how she knew they both had powers long before either of them did.

You'd think the regenerative thing would keep him from scarring. Maybe that wasn't The Scar.

Well, unlike Claire he kinda has to control the regenerative thing at times, doesn't he? So, like, if he is cut again but then has to go invisible will he be able to do both? So far it seems as though he has to pick which power he wants to use at a certain moment. Which would explain why he couldn' stop the shards of glass as they were coming at him because he was choosing to use the invisibility power at that moment. I could be way off base on this, though, but it would explain how he'd scar. Unless Claire's power means that he'd be able to fix the scar whenever he wanted.
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From:raelee
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh... Especially when you consider that, apparently, the checkpoint after Virginia is in Georgia, so they're just fucking with these people and making them go back and forth and up and down across the country.

Well, Sully still has to complete the Jump Start Challenge before he gets the next clue so it doesn't have to mean that they are going to Virginia and back to Georgia. I'm guessing the clue to the checkpoint after Virginia is what's in the safety deposit box. Until we see it, we won't know that The Organizers are just fucking with the racers.

The real question is whether the other racers HAVE to go through each checkpoint. Based on what Bright said to Leigh and Susan, I think they do which makes me wonder if Sean and Winston are going to be in trouble for tagging along with the Jump Start Challenge instead of going to their checkpoint.

Well, the God thing was kind of...odd, but I do like signs and stuff.
I idlely wondered if the God thing was going to turn out to be someone else associated with the race. My friend Greg believes that there might be people betting on the racers and, if he's right, then I could someone who has invested interest in Susan being in the race finding a way to make her think she had talked to God and been shown a sign. Of course, she died so what do I know!
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From:sistakaren
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
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I liked last night's episode... but it had some ham-fisted dialogue. Ugh. I do love how Linderman just happened to have a dead plant around in case he needed to demonstrate his power.

I love love love that Nathan succumbed to his asshole tendencies and completely ignored Peter. Even though Peter is totally right. Speaking of Peter-- he was Mohinder's one good partner. Until Mohinder ditched him when he was going through one of his rapid cycling skeptical phases (man, I'm glad that shit is over).

Peter's scar looked like it was across his face from the preview.

I am bummed that none of these people realize how awesome Claire is. Except Peter, of course.

Also: bye Mystery Sock!
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From:rachelmanija
Date:April 24th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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I bet he didn't water the plant on purpose, solely so that he could dramatically demonstrate his power if the opportunity arose.

PS. What is this Mystery Sock reference?
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From:eirefaerie
Date:April 24th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
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YAYYYYYY FNL YAY I LOVE YOU SUNIL!!!!!!! It just gets better. Let's talk about it in detail!!

Heroes left me a bit meh, but I think it was just due to the haitus being so long that I'd forgotten everything we'd left off with. Next week's looks really good though - I'm excited to see Future!Heroes.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 24th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
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YAYYYYYY FNL YAY I LOVE YOU SUNIL!!!!!!!
Aw, Erin love! And all it took was for me to sit through endless football practice. *squishes*
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From:iheartbridges
Date:April 24th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Woo! Friday Night Lights! I feel like a lot of the early episodes focused way too heavily on Street and Lyla and whatever. Wait til they start developing Matt Saracen and the Coaches. Because Coach and Mrs Coach are the most perfect couple IN THE WORLD.

Also, reading Drunken Bees recaps makes everything better, cause they're hilarious.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 24th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Because Coach and Mrs Coach are the most perfect couple IN THE WORLD.
So I've heard! They're giving the Cohens a run for their money, are they.
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From:alliterator
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
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We're all agreed that Isaac puts the secret of how to stop Sylar and the explosion in the final issue of 9th Wonders, right? Good.
I totally did not get that. I thought he was just all smily because he had read Hiro's future!comic and when he drew this 9th Wonders, he realized they were the same, thus he was going to die.

And yay! for FNL! It's just a good show, even though it sort of relies on soap operic techniques at times. But Matt Saracen and Julie Tayler are the cutest characters ever.
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From:catatonia00
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm quite fuzzy on Linderman's moves. He exposed his scheme to Nathan and also expressed his faith in him as a future political leader. But didn't he mastermind the sex scandal between Nathan and Jessica/Nikki?

We're all agreed that Isaac puts the secret of how to stop Sylar and the explosion in the final issue of 9th Wonders, right?

Agreed. Isaac finally delivers... then he dies. But he was hot tonight. As well as Sylar in that coat. Rowrr. So did Sylar eat up Isaac's power or was he mostly mimicing the existing paintings with an added evil morbid touch. Or does he see a twisted version of Isaac's vision?

Give me answers please.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Sylar got Isaac's power. Note that his eyes went milky white just like his.
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From:soleta_nf
Date:April 24th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
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I won't spoil what this plot point made me think of, but if you've read it, you know what it is.

Crisis? Er, no, you're referencing some Marvel thing aren't you? ;)

Does Bush exist in Heroes?

NATHAN IS BUSH IN THIS UNIVERSE!!! (Okay, I just made my own head implode, nevermind. XD)

I was confused about the Jessica thing too.

I noticed how hostile future!Hiro was in the previews, and am still concerned. Maybe he does have serious self-identity issues. But shouldn't he have been expecting him(self)?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 24th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Er, no, you're referencing some Marvel thing aren't you?
Nope! It's actually DC. I'm sure you'll come across it in discussion somewhere.

I noticed how hostile future!Hiro was in the previews, and am still concerned.
I've decided he's hostile because he's mad at regular Hiro for not saving the world like he told him to (through Peter).

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