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02 November 2006 @ 08:51 pm
Heroes 1.06  
Bop's coping mechanisms for Death of iPod:
1. Denial
2. Pizza
3. Beer
4. Heroes
5. Posting about Heroes and attempting to be coherent while drunk...


Not the most brilliant episode in the world this week, but it contained some interesting developments. Isaac and Peter's (*proud*) interactions crack me up. They have to be the two most vacuous guys in the world. I enjoyed Isaac's pissiness ('You painted them too!') and Lana's daft snitchiness ('He IS the guy from the future'--duh, Lana!). But my favourite moment was when Hiro asked which cheerleader, Oh, YEAH! We didn't think to ask THAT, did we. *headdesk* Naff little slogans are not very helpful when it comes to the specifics. Pity future!Hiro apparently loses his practicality when he gains the sword... And Isaac remembers the shape of what he painted but not the content?! Puh-lease! These guys could not be more stoopid. I suppose we're meant to wank it that the drugs affected him? o.O

On a more positive note, I thought Hiro was adorable this episode. I loved his quiet smile about his sword. And although I'm not a big fan of Ando, I do love their loyalty to one another--and I especially loved that Hiro included Ando in the 'heroic journey' so selflessly. Ando comforting Hiro after the shoot-out was lovely too--the 'do-over' was the perfect reciprocation for Hiro's generosity either. It cheered him up so much!! *G* I do love that Hiro's first instinct was to save them and that he was thrown into such a crisis by the fact that he didn't. He holds himself to such high standards already, even though his powers are not very well developed. Awww.

Elfgirl's evil! I knew it! *cheers* Pity she's not Sylar though... oh, I guess she could be--at a total stretch. Elfgirl is infinitely annoying. Her 'see you later' and sneaky kissage were pathetic, and I kind of enjoyed seeing Big Daddy telling her to try harder. Honestly she seems to have too much faith in her powers of pixy persuasiveness. I do hope Mohinder the Daft proves her wrong and stays in Madras. Ok, that's not going to happen... And Isaac is even dafter, as demonstrated above, so I fear it's all over for him.

The Nikki development was fascinating this week. Her 'dark' self is truly terrifying--I loved the mirror scene, as it showed how powerful that self is. And I loved seeing Nikki swap into her dark self when threatened by DL later, showing how once the dark self had won influence over her, the door was opened for that to be her default mode when threatened, especially as DL played into her fears perfectly.

My DL is hot! But I missed Nathan, the only guy with smarts, this week. Because DL demonstrated some daftness all of his own. DL, it doesn't matter that YOU're ok with your wife taking her clothes off on the internet--she's trying to tell you that it matters to HER! And I must say I'm not very impressed by his 'take off without telling wife and attempt to fuck over the big crime lord' plan. That he was framed by Nikki was a brilliant twist, but he needs to be a bit smarter for me to really sympathise with him. I did like the genuineness of his relationship with Micah, and I appreciate his biceps, but that was about it.

Was it just me or were the police completely odd when they came to the door at night? If they heard a noise in her house, wouldn't they advise her that they should come in and check it out? Wouldn't it take more than her not-very-certain reassurances for them to clear off. And they kept double checking with her as if she would know if something odd was going on. Something rang oddly about that scene--could have just been poor writing, but it made me wonder if the police are more clued on to Nikki than she thinks.

On a similar note, I was pleased that the artificiality of the meeting with Clare's birth parents was explained by the plot. I like that Bad Daddy set the whole thing up, and I love that his daft wife let slip a clue about that to Clare. Although clearly she doesn't suspect her father at all yet. However, she does know that there is something biologically odd about her--and if she puts two and two together, she might realise there's more to investigate where her birth parents are concerned.

I also liked Clare's interactions with her not-boyfriend this episode. He's a nice friend! *ruffles his hair* And I like that she makes cupcakes with her mum even though mum's a bit batty.

But I think it was actually Micah who most intrigued me this episode--and certainly Micah who moved me the most. The scene he walked in on between his parents at the end was very confronting. And we know now that he knows that his mother has a 'secret', that this is code for 'superpower'/supernatural, and that his father has one too. I like that we know he loved comics, and seeing his father impersonate a monster was ironic. But it also made me think that the real world is far more scary for Micah. And he's dealing with it in an incredibly composed and adult way. And what a complex world he has to navigate. Fighting parents are hard enough for a child to deal with without out-of-control dark superpowers in the equation!

And now you may mock my drunk typos in the comments. *doffs cap*
 
 
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Melissa: mammatus cloudsradioreverie on November 2nd, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
I would read this if there weren't currently some kind of storm going on in my HEAD. *weeps*

Where are you?
random_seriousrandom_serious on November 2nd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Almost all characters are a bit daft, with the exception of Nathan and Ikin, and even Ikin takes stupid chances.

What's more, I think that they are moving the plot a bit too slowly because right now the viewers are miles ahead of the characters, which makes te characters look daft as well.

I am not that taken with Micah. He's supersmart but also at times (poorly written?) way... not stupid, but naive (I know, a kid and all...) and somehow that rankles. The interesting thing about Micah is that he reads the comics and thus probably knows about everyone and the things to come.

Lana was less annoying, IMO than last week.

As for DL: annoying. Stupid plans much? And I hate that Niki took him back like that and that Dl took Micah because now Niki is once again swamped in domesticity. And not in heroism.

Niki is proving way to interesting to me. And yet I am longing for the time she can reconcile both elements of herself in harmony. This fear is... understood, now it's time to move on, IMO.

I think Claire is catching onto Bad Daddy (whom I think may have noble goals, some at least. Or a bad case of one of those "end justifies the means" -thingies.) Go Claire!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Heroes Clairebop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Who's Ikin? I'm having terrible trouble keeping track of people's names.

right now the viewers are miles ahead of the characters, which makes te characters look daft as well.
*nods*

I am not that taken with Micah. He's supersmart but also at times (poorly written?) way... not stupid, but naive (I know, a kid and all...) and somehow that rankles. The interesting thing about Micah is that he reads the comics and thus probably knows about everyone and the things to come.
Interesting. Yes, I do get the feeling that Micah is written for people that don't have kids and don't know the first thing about them. (Like me!) But yeah, I really like the potential in Micah knowing comic canon.

whom I think may have noble goals, some at least. Or a bad case of one of those "end justifies the means" -thingies
Definitely! I'm liking his character--it's becoming a lot more well-rounded. I think we'll definitely find he's not one-dimensionally evil.

Now if the plot could just move its butt along a bit, all would be well.
random_seriousrandom_serious on November 2nd, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
I know! They just keep dargging their feet about the whole thing: come on. Of course, I suspect they don't have much of a plan as to how the season could continue, apart from few events and Hiro's deus ex machina'ing the timelines. (Call me a fool, but I have been burnt a few times *coughSVcough*)

Ikin = Niki's shadow mirror self
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Heroes Sureshbop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, I get the impression it's quite tightly plotted, but I think it's just suffering from the normal US-TV-syndrome of having to be dragged out over 24 eps or whatever. I'm not a fan of long seasons.
Nora Norwich: Niki by iconyourmomnorwich36 on November 2nd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
You know that Clearly Evil Pixie's name is Eden, right? It prompted me to do a whole post about names in Heroes, in addition to my review.

I'm amused by the number of characters you thought were daft in this episode--nearly all of them, it seems! My guess is that future!Hiro is from far enough in the future that he didn't realize that no one had met the cheerleader yet, or else he knows that it's important that they don't exactly know her identity quite yet. I expect an encounter in the next episode or two.

Her 'see you later' and sneaky kissage were pathetic, and I kind of enjoyed seeing Big Daddy telling her to try harder. Honestly she seems to have too much faith in her powers of pixy persuasiveness. I do hope Mohinder the Daft proves her wrong and stays in Madras

I am glad she wasn't able to persuade Mohinder (stop macking on my man, evil pixie!!), but I do want him to come back. And get a better storyline!! Stop with the Mulderesque voiceovers of stupidity!

Because DL demonstrated some daftness all of his own. DL, it doesn't matter that YOU're ok with your wife taking her clothes off on the internet--she's trying to tell you that it matters to HER! And I must say I'm not very impressed by his 'take off without telling wife and attempt to fuck over the big crime lord' plan.

Oh, I totally agree. Like, hello, your departure forced me to become a stripper, and you're not mad at me? How nice for you, jerk. However, for the most part I liked him more than I thought, because he's not the bad guy Niki painted him to be--in fact, that's all Ikin.

I also liked Clare's interactions with her not-boyfriend this episode. He's a nice friend! *ruffles his hair* And I like that she makes cupcakes with her mum even though mum's a bit batty.

Claire's not boyfriend is clearly gay, too: "Have you come out of the closet to your parents yet?" I actually love her mom--I think Mrs. Bennett is actually the most realistic character on the show. I know many women exactly like her. And I love that she's clearly not in on her husband's nefarious deeds, or she wouldn't be leaking things to Claire.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nathanbop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think the daftness was the beer talking. I was back-seat-driving and heckling a lot of characters in this ep. ;-) But honestly, I do think there's a surfeit of not-very-bright men in this show.

I do want him to come back. And get a better storyline!! Stop with the Mulderesque voiceovers of stupidity!
Heee. I want him back. But only if he gets a decent storyline. However, I'll keep the Mulderesque voiceovers. I have great fondness for their crapness. I like how, although they are true drivel, they are still LESS ANNOYING than the (network?) voiceover on the 'previously on Heroes' sections at the start of eps. They REALLY need to go--they throw me right out of the show every time.

hello, your departure forced me to become a stripper, and you're not mad at me? How nice for you, jerk.
Indeed. JERK! But yes, he was a lot kinder than I expected. Except I'd read his comic backstory so I kind of was spoiled for that. (Have you been reading those?)

Who is this Ikin everyone's talking about? *puzzled* Did I doze off somewhere?

Mrs Bennett is growing on me!

Where was Nathan? *pouts*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on November 2nd, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ikin is Niki spelled backwards. Apparently that's what they're calling her alter-ego on TWOP, though I got that usage from LaT.

It's not the voiceovers per se I object to but the extremely lame things they force him to say that drive me crazy.

The thing about "previously on Heroes" is that this show is STILL pulling in new fans, and so they need to do that to orient people. I'm not going to complain, since great ratings=no threat of being cancelled.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: KK cutie iconbop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Apparently that's what they're calling her alter-ego on TWOP
Ugh, TWOP, ugh.

I can understand their need to draw in new fans, and I'm not complaining about having a 'previously on Heroes' section, but I find the execution inCREdibly clunky. Perhaps its partly the choice of voiceover guy--he doesn't suit the show, imo, whereas having Mohinder do voiceovers is good because its one of the characters. Or they could alternate characters doing voiceovers? There's just something incredibly cheesy about that guy's voice. And I don't find Heroes that cheesy (for a comic superhero show!), so it grates on me.

However, having said that, I have great love for JAG-style voiceover intros. One of my all-time favourites was: *puts on uber-earnest heavily-emphasising-random-syllables US-tv-voiceover voice* 'You command an elite band of SEALs.' beat 'Your best friend is HIV positive' beat 'He is IN the line of fire.' beat 'WHAT' beat 'do you DO?' beat. *giggles endlessly*
Nora Norwich: super hironorwich36 on November 2nd, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Are you confessing to watching JAG? Why does that make me giggle? I will confess to occasionally watching that show in reruns when it was on TNT all the time, since I do think Catherine Bell is cute, but my god the politics of that show were SO right-wing. (Though that voiceover you have quoted is DEFINITELY hilarious.)

I can't even think of the voice for the Heroes voiceover, so apparently it didn't register much on my consciousness.

Speaking of funny names for characters from message boards, Kristin from the E!online gossip boards had a hilarious one for Eden: Stinkerbelle.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dead Like Me bored iconbop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like Stinkerbelle! That's a good one. Though personally I'm having so much trouble getting the REAL names of these characters right that I better avoid any more pseudonyms! ;-)

Are you confessing to watching JAG? Why does that make me giggle?
Um... actually the ads just used to come on during BtVS and AtS. They were the only thing that broke the agony that were the six or so ad breaks our channels would insert during those shows. So the one I mentioned was actually an ad voiceover. But I pretty much followed the entire plot of three seasons from the ads alone!
blowjobs for jesus: Clex Hold Mekristiinthedark on November 2nd, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
I have barely gotten into heroes yet, so all I can do it commiserate with you about your iPod. That's so sad! *sniffles for you* Or, you know, that could be because of my cold. ;P

I hope you're coping well with your pizza and beer. *hugs*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois Chloe comfort foodbop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh no! You have a cold too! Everyone in the US has colds right now!

Pizza and beer was SO GOOD! Sometimes bad food is SO RIGHT.

iPod goes like this: :-(
Nora Norwich: Clex big hugnorwich36 on November 2nd, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, how did your beautiful iPod die, anyway? ::HUGS::
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex lonelinessbop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
It made an unhappy face like this: :-(
And it makes a disconcerting clicking noise.
My Boy dismantled it and attempted surgery, but to no avail. I think the harddrive died.

We had such a brief time together, but it was so happy! *sniffs*
serenography: GrnLanaserenography on November 2nd, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
Am I missing something? Why do you refer to Peter as "Lana?"

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kristin and boybop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, yup, I totally have to quit with that!

It started because I found him strikingly like Lana-circa-early-Season-1 before she got character development and subtelty and before I found my love for her. And then I got the guilts and apologised to actual Lana in my second Heroes post... but I just cannot for the life of me remember his real name now! I was almost getting it last week, but the alcohol confuddled me again this week. Peter, Peter, Peter... *repeats*

Perhaps I should dub him ForgettableNameGuy instead or something!
serenography: kkparti2serenography on November 2nd, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see.
Well you certainly don't have to stop on my account. I was just curious. I need to read your earlier posts more carefully. Thanks for the links.
I do believe that's the first Kristin and Mark icon I've ever seen, btw.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: KK cutie iconbop_radar on November 2nd, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, I WANT to stop, and norwich36 has correctly rapped me over the knuckles for it. Hell, Lana's a hundred times more interesting than I find Peter, so it's a bad association.

And I love this icon! I think they're super-cute together. *g*

Wow, your icon is so beautiful too! *marvels*
serenography: kkparti1serenography on November 3rd, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
I dunno.. I've read some of his blog comments on his myspace (I know.. stalker, much? ;)) and he's a little out there. But they do look cute together.

Using my other Partition icon for you to see. :) Have you seen the trailer for it? I know it won't get a big release, but I'm hoping to catch it on dvd one day.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kristin and boybop_radar on November 3rd, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
I've read some of his blog comments on his myspace (I know.. stalker, much? ;)) and he's a little out there.
Oh really? Where's his blog?! Hee.

No, I haven't seen the Partition trailer yet--I'll try and track it down though, and I hope to catch it somewhere too... I'm sure the powers of the net will assist me with this!
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on November 3rd, 2006 01:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Heroes Sureshbop_radar on November 3rd, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Hee! That icon's perfect!
I'm sure you'll be able to catch Heroes some time later.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on November 3rd, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Roslin Kara yaybop_radar on November 3rd, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Woah! That icon is smokin' hot!!
And yes, it can be a bit of a bummer! :-( Hee!
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on November 3rd, 2006 03:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: BSG Apollo towelbop_radar on November 3rd, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Surely she will understand!!!