Second first - "Heroes"
It's really sort of heartening to see that Tim Kring and company are actually listening to their fans and learning from their mistakes. They're spilling out the answers in a pretty steady drip now. Sure, keeping a few things for later, like the mystery woman, but avoiding the stupid time wasters they screwed around with earlier in the season (which is to say, four episodes ago, Hiro would have inexplicably not bothered to check who had killed his father, just to keep the plot spinning).
So, props for that and wrapping up the murder and pushing the Parkman storyline a little and doing some pretty good action stuff with HRG.
Nowwwwwwwwww on the other hand, saw the HRG twist coming a mile away, saw Adam killing Hiro's dad coming like three months ago, still don't understand why it's dangerous that Adam is 400 years old, the "Did you pack Mr. Muggles bath?" was funny, but forced, and ... why didn't Elle just fry everyone at the exchange - she looked pretty dry by then.
I shouldn't bitch. It was a pretty good episode and light years ahead of the first handful this season (no Nikki, no Peter certainly helps). It's just that the show isn't that well written and now that the freshness has worn off, it's sort of glaring.
In other news, I've finally elevated "Chuck" to my "watch-live" list. Pushing "How I Met Your Mother" to the DVR, but it does fine there. I have no actual comment on tonight's episode, other than it was pretty good, loved the sidekick goofs (I don't have the names down yet), and saw the Bryce thing coming, albeit not in the level of "Heroes" obviousness.
"HIMYM" was saccharine, but the slap bet never gets old. Ever.
All in all, a pretty good night of television.