Monday, November 19, 2007

Monday recap

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.

3 Comments:

At 7:39 AM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

> Nowwwwwwwwww on the other hand,
> saw the HRG twist coming a mile
> away...

You mean the resurrection part, or the getting shot in the eyeball part? ;) Hell, my wife saw that one coming! The big question is - WHO resurrected him? And why? It's not Bob and Mohinder, since they're in the van driving away from the scene of the crime. So... is it Peter and Adam? Or someone new?

> saw Adam killing Hiro's dad
> coming like three months ago...

Oh ya, totally. Since Kensia-Adam told Hiro that he's going to kill everything he ever loved. That was a gimme.

> still don't understand why it's
> dangerous that Adam is 400 years
> old...

I don't think it's that he's "dangerous." It's that he's Immortal and his blood can heal and presumably bring back the dead (just like Claire and Peter). That in and of itself makes him (and them) very valuable.

> why didn't Elle just fry everyone
> at the exchange - she looked
> pretty dry by then.

Because she's having doubts about the whole scenario now. What HRG told her about her dad while she was sitting in hot water got to her. Watch the scene at the end when she's in the van after the fight - they focus on her face. You can tell she's having second thoughts about everything now. Combine that with the fact that she's nut job anywho...

> In other news, I've finally
> elevated "Chuck" to my
> "watch-live" list.

Good show, but we stopped watching it after the first episode. Too many things on Monday night.

BTW, there is NO show on commercial television that is worth sitting through live. Not with 20+ minutes of commercials per every hour. No thanks. If you watch 3 hour long shows a night - you just lost an hour of your life you'll never get back. No thanks. Commercials do exactly the opposite for me - they actually make me NOT want to buy a product.

Besides - and sadly so - Chuck, Bionic Woman, Journeyman, Pushing Daises, etc., won't make it past the strike anyway... so why bother waisting even more time?

 
At 8:04 AM, November 20, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

Incorrect-o. "Pushing Daisies," at least, continues to win its time slot in 18-34. It's very unlikely that ABC won't bring it back.

And NBC may give "Chuck" a little more rope. "Journeyman" is definitely a goner.

And you'd be surprised what you're willing to sit through to watch a great-looking show in HD (if you are, like me, too cheap to pop for the HD DVR).

I thought it was pretty clear Bob resurrected HRG. The pen they have him in looks an awful lot like the ones where they had Peter-Adam.

And why? You can't kill off the most popular character on your show. If Hiro looks like a goner at some point, I won't believe that, either.

Still think that logically there needed to be more to Elle's power outage.

And if I were Hiro's dad, I would have asked to take a weekend in Vegas or something before I went back to my doom. Hey, no charge for the call, you know?

 
At 8:46 AM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

Incorrect-o. "Pushing Daisies," at least, continues to win its time slot in 18-34. It's very unlikely that ABC won't bring it back.

We'll see about that... and Chuck. I trust networks about as much as I trust politicians. Which means, I don't. ;)

And you'd be surprised what you're willing to sit through to watch a great-looking show in HD (if you are, like me, too cheap to pop for the HD DVR).

You're the TV guy and you don't have an HD DVR? Good lord man. Wouldn't that be a write off? ;)

I thought it was pretty clear Bob resurrected HRG. The pen they have him in looks an awful lot like the ones where they had Peter-Adam.

Could be. The room looks similar (just did some viewing of past episodes online - ya know, this Internet thing has promise!), but... why would Bob bring him back when he made sure that scenario played out? He wanted HRG dead. He had the paintings (so he saw what was going to happen), he set Mohinder up to kill him (by giving him the gun). There's no reason why he would kill him, then bring him back.

And why? You can't kill off the most popular character on your show.

Agreed.

 

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