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May 14th, 2007


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11:29 pm - This New Leona Naess Track Is THE BOMB!
We've used words like STUPENDOUS. MAGNANIMOUS. GRANDILOQUENT. LOQUACIOUS. TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIC.

Now, it all comes down to four words:

The Heroes episode post.

All right, that was 80% awesome.

A lot of this was due to the fact that Sylar was 210% awesome. The superhearing! The casual ice cream planning! Using the name of the man he murdered (always a good sign you're a psychopath)! Lying to the face of the FBI agent who doesn't even recognize him because she last saw him before they'd cast the part! Then Sylar steals all my exclamation points and transmogrifies them into capslock because he is the COOLEST TELEKINETIC EVER. I want to flip a van with a blasé twitch of my two fingers. God, if I were evil and had telekinesis, that's exactly how I'd act. I mean, I already pretend I have the power to open automatic doors. I'm not sure I would have come up with the telekinetic finger knife, though. But I certainly would go up on top of a roof, play with fire, look out over the city, and say, "Boom." (I've been randomly saying "BOOM" to everyone lately. I love it. Oh, Sylar. Never stop being melodramatically evil!)

Peter and Claire must have spent the whole episode making out. We didn't see much of them. Although I really wanted Claire to shoot Peter in the head like he told her to. Because, hey? That WON'T WORK unless the bullet actually remains lodged in his brain.

R.I.P. Ted, by the way. I actually liked him after he was rehabilitated. You know, once you have a very literal meltdown, you can begin to heal!

Let's talk about Candice for a second. Candice, by the way. Not Candace. I know it was touch-and-go there for a while, but we have now seen it ON THE SCREEN. Get it right, people. I really loved the "So am I" moment because it's one of the things this show does really well at times: it assumes the audience can make the next step in the reveal. At first, though, I wasn't positive it meant what I thought I did (women always think they're huge!), but then Candice's subsequent monologue clinched it, again without coming out and saying it. Very nicely written and acted. It added a whole new layer to the character that I didn't even suspect existed but in retrospect totally should have. Of course she's hot! She made herself hot! I love how the powers are so appropriate for the characters; they're truly wish fulfillment come to life. One of my favorite online comics is the one that gives Eden's backstory.

Oh, Micah. No one taught you about ethics. Oh, Linderman. No one taught you about voter fraud. Nathan goes from being down in the exit polls to suddenly winning in a landslide? That's not going to look suspect?

I figured Linderman was going to heal Nathan's wife, but I thought it was going to be more sinister than that. Aw.

Hiro was the weak link this week. I've grown tired of his "Wah, I can't do it!" schtick. You can STOP TIME, dude. Live a little. Remember when you were awesome? The twist with his dad was interesting especially because it was almost identical to the speech Linderman gave Nathan. Both sides saw the other side as "losing their way." It's...kind of creepy, really. It sort of sounds like Veronica Mars fandom. I really really want to know more about the older generation, man. What was Papa Petrelli's power? What the FUCKING HELL were they all doing back in the day? When did the falling out occur that landed Hiro's dad on this other side? At least this makes his initial storyline more sensical. It was all a test, Hiro! Don't you love parents??

I want to learn how to be a samurai in half an hour.

Bennet and Parkman make a really amusing team. Parkman was really good fun, especially with the out-of-nowhere "porno" guess. And then Jessica's "Didn't I throw you out of a window?" HEE! And then the Awkward Elevator Ride!! Oh, elevators. Always good for a chuckle.

Don't rest in peace, Thompson! Boo-yah! Bennet is a total badass once again: "What am I thinking now?" / "YOUR LAST THOUGHT." OH SNAP. And, wow, dude, following that up with "We were old friends." Man is cold. Sometimes I forget he's kind of an antihero because I like him so much. I mean, he even knew the Walker System was a person, and he was willing to kill whoever it was. And the fact that it was a little girl didn't stop him; his daughter's safety was paramount. He was even willing to remain in a Mexican standoff for FIFTEEN MINUTES. I wonder what Mohinder and Bennet talked about all that time.

"Make one move and I kill her, Mohinder."
"I will kill you first."
"You don't have it in you."
"I almost killed Sylar."
"Almost?"
"He...stopped the bullet."
"You didn't have a backup plan?"
"Well, I knocked him unconscious later."
"And you didn't shoot him??"
"Well, I..."
"You know, I think I might just kill you first."

Ando is awesome, you guys. He's come a hell of a long way from the beginning of the season. I'm really afraid for him. Dude's so going to get himself killed.

Have they just given up on having Niki/Jessica make any goddamn sense? When did Jessica get soft? Why would she relinquish control like that?

One of the reasons I love this show is that the image of D.L. jumping in front of a bullet to protect Niki at first produces the reaction, "Well, that's the most ineffectual tactic ever."

Another reason is the fact that you can have a character REACH INTO SOMEONE'S HEAD AND SQUEEZE HIS BRAIN UNTIL HE DIES. That's not how I expected Linderman to go. I didn't even expect him to go yet! What the hell! And now D.L. is bleeding to death!

All right. Next week is the big one. The problem with Heroes is that it is too damn awesome, and we subsequently expect the world of it. Anything less than complete and utter flailtacular OMG HOLY FUCKING SHIT awesomeness next week will be considered a failure and a disappointment. And I don't want that. I really don't. Please don't let me down, show.
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From:the_partyman
Date:May 15th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
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I agree with you on the 80% :)

Jessica's incredibly naff suddenly-shrugging-into-Nikki, and Peter's far-tii-easy cliffhanging resolution of just suddenly managing to stop the glowy hands each knowck a firm 10% off.

Aside from that though, great stuff.

I would love for Ando to be the one to save the day. Shame that he's probably going to die. :(
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From:golden_aurelia
Date:May 15th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
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I want to learn how to be a samurai in half an hour.

Of course what was half an hour for everyone else could've been days for Hiro and dad.
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From:vaspider
Date:May 15th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Beat me to it. That's what I assumed. He can, after all, stop time.
From:wee_warrior
Date:May 15th, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
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Both sides saw the other side as "losing their way." It's...kind of creepy, really. It sort of sounds like Veronica Mars fandom.

Heeheehee. Awesome. Going by that example I guess I would be Claude...

I love that Candice is secretly a fat girl. I don't find it particularly surprising or all that clever, but at least they give her a reason for being bitchy, ya know? People who have been bullied make for great bullies.
From:wee_warrior
Date:May 15th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
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Of course it would even better if they now gave us someone who is overweight and actually not unhappy because of it. And is not a one-shot Sylar victim. But maybe next season.
From:eislal
Date:May 15th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
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Heroeees!! In all your Hero-y goodness!

I just wanted to say that I love the score they used during the bubble scene last week and when Peter and Claire were approaching the truck this week. Very Donnie Darko-esque in a fantastically wonderful and creepy way.

'Course I loved the rest too. Most of it, anyways. I'm starting to even like Candice - by GOD!

But when I heard part of that score come on again this week I went SQUEEE!

Oh, and I want Claire's hair. (That kinda rhymes. "I want Claire's hair." Hee!) Except in my own hair colour. Claire, give me your haaair!

Alright, sorry for being so silly. Enjoyed your episode commentary, as always.
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From:r_a_l_i_g_h
Date:May 15th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
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STAY GOOD, NATHAN! STAY GOOD! *poing*

HA!

That's PERFECT!!!!
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From:kouredios
Date:May 15th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Are we sure that Hiro's dad is on the right side of the older generation? That whole scene was full of tension for me because I'm thinking...no! He's a veelan too!

80% is good, because the opening scene where Claire takes the gun out and is all ready to shoot Peter, and then he's like, "Oh, never mind!" I totally thought was going to be a dream--Claire examining whether she had it in her to do that. But, no. That would have been sufficiently deep. What they had there was...meh.

Otherwise, this show owns me. It and VM are my only appointments with the TV now.
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From:harper47
Date:May 15th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
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I agree Hiro needs to stop whining but I couldn't get past how much I adored Sulu sword fighting again. Have you seen Naked Time? (ST episode) This just whacked me out because it was Sulu with a sword again. I honestly think you have to be a trekker to geek out on this so much but I was just having my little squee party during the whole obiwan moment.

Yea - I have no clue what is going on with Niki/Jessica but the whole brain squeezing was awesome.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:May 15th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
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I must have missed something, because I don't remember when Sylar made the transition from being panicked upon finding out that he's going to explode and kill many innocent people to standing on a rooftop saying "Boom." Was it killing his mum or something that made him decide he DOES want to kill a lot of innocent people without any direct personal gain from it?

Eh, whatever. He looked cool doing whatever he was doing. He's batshit crazy, so if his motivations irrationally changed, I'll go with it. As long as he's wearing those cool black clothes and doing cool hand motions.

I would just like to state for the record that I still have no interest in Nathan. I don't like him or find him interesting or give a damn about him. I don't know if it's the character or the performance, but I just don't enjoy watching him at all.

Anything less than complete and utter flailtacular OMG HOLY FUCKING SHIT awesomeness next week will be considered a failure and a disappointment.

This is the beauty of learning to not allowing yourself to have high expectations from television shows. After being let down by too many shows that started out great, I haven't allowed myself to trust this show, so I'm not expecting anything amazing. As long as it's good and not completely illogical, I'll be happy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Was it killing his mum or something that made him decide he DOES want to kill a lot of innocent people without any direct personal gain from it?
His mommy said he could be President. Everyone wants to be President! Plus, he killed his mom! He's traumatized again.

Yeah, I don't really know how it worked either. But he's cool now, and that's all that matters.
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From:r_a_l_i_g_h
Date:May 15th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
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"Make one move and I kill her, Mohinder."
"I will kill you first."
"You don't have it in you."
"I almost killed Sylar."
"Almost?"
"He...stopped the bullet."
"You didn't have a backup plan?"
"Well, I knocked him unconscious later."
"And you didn't shoot him??"
"Well, I..."
"You know, I think I might just kill you first."


Heh. Yeah. Bennet doesn't have a lot of patience with incomptence.


I agree with the "80% awesome" assessment. Which gives me hope that next week COULD be every bit as wonderful as we wish for. I'm prepared if it's not, but I'm optimistic.

A couple years ago I would have said that nothing could live up to the expectation that has been created. But I've been exposed to such really GOOD tv - in multiple areas - especially in the last year. And this cast and crew and writers have proven a track record (I think "80% awesome" is a good assessment for the entire season in general, really) that makes me think they just MIGHT knock it out of the park.



...Then of course we can start fretting about next year!
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From:warden96
Date:May 15th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
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I wonder what Mohinder and Bennet talked about all that time.

Whether VM deserves a fourth season?

"Say that VM deserves another season and I will kill her, Mohinder."
"But it does. It's totally desuurving."
"What about the ratings? They've been declining all season."
"Well, I..."
"You know, I think I might just kill you first."
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From:prophetkristy
Date:May 15th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
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That's not going to look suspect?

...well, it IS, but look how much that spurred people (read: Congress) to action LAST TIME.

Bennet rocks my freaking world. (I don't think he'd shoot a little girl, though. He's not THAT morally gray.)

Also, all they have to do for the finale is deliver on the ULTIMATE SYLAR / PETER SHOWDOWN and I will be happy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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You know, that's very true. That showdown is going to kick so much ass. I mean, just the LITTLE ones have rocked all to hell.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, Heroes: Origins. It sounds cool, except for the bizarre voting aspect.
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From:dcjensen
Date:May 15th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
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I think Niki defeated Jessica and emerged because Jessica was going to betray DL and Micah.

Niki's strength is her love for her son first, and DL second.

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From:dcjensen
Date:May 15th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
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> I already pretend I have the power to open automatic doors.

Me too! It never gets old.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
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It really never does.
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From:grammarwoman
Date:May 15th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Yay, Heroes! I agree with most of your points.

I have to give Hiro small props -- we're starting to see glimpses of tough Future!Hiro. What if Ando being in peril is what gives Hiro the will to kill Sylar? Hm...

I also enjoyed the Candice backstory snippet, but GODDAMMT TV WRITERS! Couldn't they for once have a fat character (you know what I mean) who wasn't stuffing her face all the time? Some of us are fat for reasons other than being gluttons. *GRRR* That's such lazy writing.

I am definitely looking forward to next week.

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