A Month In

So we are a month into the new year. I’m already behind on one of my NY’s resolutions as I promised every weekend I would come up with an update.  So sorry, but I did post mid-week with that cute Lost video.  Doesn’t that give me some leeway?

I wasn’t exactly inspired to write about TV shows.  Survivor is coming out soon and I’m really tempted to focus on how Russell is NOT the greatest player the game has ever seen.  But that should be its own topic, not as a footnote in a summary blog.

So where to begin?  Right now Chuck is on and I’m letting Tivo record it.  Now that they have given us Agent Douche, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to have the FF button ready.  It’s not that he’s the newest threat to the Chuck/Sarah ship, but it’s just I realized he doesn’t have any flaws.  He’s got a past and obviously was crushed when his fiancée agent got killed on assignment.  And of course that will go hand in hand in Sarah’s wariness about her feelings for Chuck now that they are still part of the spy business.  My problem is he doesn’t have any flaws.  Chuck is insecure and prone to panic, Casey is fairly callous, and Sarah is overprotective of Chuck (Agent Douche is right about that).  While on that note, I do like this new Hannah chick but the show is dangerously close to making her pretty perfect too. I really do hate Mary Sue type characters, no matter, what gender.

I’m still watching CSI and I go about my life watching and enjoying the few times I see Greg on the show.  But my eyes did not deceive me that they gave us a freaking “Sandle” moment.  OMG, yes they did!  Sara and Greg actually shared a little bit about her *cough*disgusting*cough* marriage and how she seems happier in LV without her husband. I’m trying not to let me get sucked in.  But if Slynn begins writing a new FF, we will know the cold weather is because hell hath frozen over!

Heroes will be coming on soon.  I’m sure my girl Nolebucgrl is waiting patiently for me to log in so we can shake our heads and cringe at the dialogue/plot/character/non-twists we are forced to endure.  It really is quite extraordinary how this show has at least half a dozen chances to make something interesting, and they take the path of most boring every single time.  Tonight should feature Sylar and Peter locked in Sylar’s mind, no thanks to Matt who is supposed to be walking on the dark side this season, but only comes across like a teddy bear trying to convince kids baby aspirin is a narcotic.  If only he would turn against his wife Janice with the bad hair, she looks eerily like Kurt from Glee and it’s driving me insane as I do not want to see break into the numerous songs about Superman.

I’m also trying to wait patiently for Law & Order.  I thought there would be a new episode last week but alas, they broke my heart by giving me a rerun.  It’s Jay Leno’s fault I’m sure.

Lastly I know there is something I should be excited about.  What could that be?  I’m thinking up 8 different choices, but instead I get 15 answers which turns into 16 more questions that in 23 hours might happen.  What could it be?


Heroes-making all the wrong moves

I’ve been seriously lapsed in my postings on my blog lately.  I’ve certainly not given up on TV as I’ve been adding shows.  So I’m going to try to make a NY’s resolution to at least get one post on a weekend (unless it’s a holiday).

TV shows that have been added includes Bones, but I’m not really ready to blog about it yet, as I’ve only seen maybe one full season of episodes.  I’m worried as TV getting added, one show might have to go away, and the show most likely for me to cut out?  Heroes.

Every week, I tune into Heroes live (to see some of the pretty boys in HD makes it the sole reason to watch at all).  Nolebucgrl, tunes in at that time as well, and we chat during the program.  lately I’ve been severly distracted.  Every week it’s something new that grabs my attention, but the fault isn’t with what’s on my mind at the time, but the fact that Heroes can’t hold my attention, even when Peter is on.

I have a friend who now wants to tune into the show but would like to start with S1.  I so hesitate lending her my DVD seasons.  That season was by far the best year.  But since then, the show has progressively worsened.  I’ve made excuses for it.  S2 obviously suffered because of the writer’s strike. Then S3 began with what was a promising storyline, Fugitives, but it crashed into a pile of garbage (figuratively and literally).  The end of S3 began to pick up with it’s new volume but overall the season was a great disappoitment.

Now we are winding down S4 and it’s mind boggling Heroes has bottomed out.  It’s not so much the carnival theme, I kind of dig Samuel and his crazy eye make up.  That “dirt” power can be pretty effective when he wants it to be.  But I don’t dig his cloudy motivations that have changed almost from episode to episode and now have resulted in being all about his long lost love, Vanessa.

Meanwhile, we’ve got Hiro who I detest as strongly as a supernova.  Then comes Mohinder who couldn’t remain gone forever I suppose.  I would have ranked Tracy next, but Lauren is a pointless character who seems to replace HRG’s love interest in Tracy but w/o any ties to anyone whatsoever.  Then comes Tracy who we’ve not seen in ages but I’m sure is lurking around, probably naked, ready to pop up.

Also, there is Claire who will get a twisted kiss from Sylar Monday night while she appears unconcious.  Some posters online have insisted that Sylar “raped” Claire when he opened up her brain and took her power.  I don’t know how I feel about that, I do think he violated her and I certainly do NOT want to see the two of them together in platonic or romantic form.  But a bigger problem for me is I don’t know what the show is doing with Claire.  First she’s a college student.  Then she’s a lesbian college student.  Then she just wants to belong.  Then she finds a carnival to belong.  Then she sees Samuel with “papers” and now he’s no longer trustworthy so she goes back to college (making that “drop college to join circus-leave circus to have normal life” cycle complete).

Who I do like is Peter but he’s a dimbulb like Mohinder (though at least he isn’t proclaiming himself to be a scientific genius).  Peter’s mysterious sponge power has altered to a point where it makes no sense to either me or Nolebucgrl.  He’s mourning the loss of his beloved brother who he was always too attached to, and now finding a connection to colorful Emma who plays a mean cello (emphasis on mean).  I wanted to like them, but their story is just as disjointed and pushed as everything else in this show.  While Peter has connections to so many other characters, Emma does not, and you ostracize him when you put them together.

I also love HRG but most of the time they partner him with already mentioned Lauren and I get irritated again.  Why does he need to talk to her?  It’s not like he’s had to have a person to bounce ideas off before.  I realize he might want to meet his physical needs, but he’s insisting on bringing her into his WORLD SAVING MISSIONS.  He has connections with EVERYONE, why bring in a totally useless character?

Finally, we have the never ending Sylar, hopefully Nolebucgrl will forgive me for this, but should have never been allowed to remain a psychopath for so long nor should have been given such a high place on this show.  Zackary Quinto is an awesome talent, and his charisma is what made Sylar so popular in shirtless and shirted forms.  But you can only do so much with an unrepentant psycho.  The show is about HEROES and when you keep an antihero around, he either becomes a shell of a cartoon villain (Cobra Commander, Skeletor comes to mind) or we wind up giving him a new personality.  The show didn’t quite do either, but now Sylar is on his fifth identy crises (I think, let’s count).  The first was who he always felt he could be by obtaining powers, then there was trying to get back who he had become (after he lost his powers), then he wanted a real family.  The beginning of this season he lost his memory so he had to remember who the hell he was.  And finally, now he’s apparently looking for love (or something).Again, please don’t hate on me you Sylar worshippers, I still think ZT is awesome and hot.  Plus, I think sadly for how wrong it is to make him the main part of the show, he’s the most interesting character ON THE SHOW right now.

So what now?  I just am trying and I’ll tune in on Monday night but the show’s leapfrog storylines, the evolving/non evolving superpowers, and the unconnected new characters who can only fit into one story have hurt the show far more than all the Mayas, Janices, bugged Mohinders and Gretchens in the world.  I’m almost scared to see where we go with it now.


Let me just get this straight. Last night’s episode of Heroes was taking us to a day about three years ago.  Sylar’s face had not been shown yet, they believed Claire was the key to saving everyone, and Noah’s partner was a tall, skinny black man who remained silent most of the time but turned out to be Haitian.

I was telling Nole last night that Hiro should be a cooler character than what he is.  He’s got one of the best powers on the show, just behind Peter and Sylar.  His power can offer us intriguing plot twists or easy exit strategies.  Instead, they use it to block slurpee spills and the copying of naked buttocks.  Last night could have made up for that.  Hiro finally realizes he’s had the ability to save his beloved Charlie all this time, and in spite of the danger it presents for him, he decides to save her.

Samuel showing up was not shocking.  It’s not been made clear to us at all what he’s really wanting from the Heroes gang, other than have them become the most wicked circus this side of Ringling Brothers.  Mr. Mascara also has proven himself to be the only hero that can get the job done, and thus his popularity has increased, at least for me.  But I don’t understand what he’s trying to do.  Why does needing Hiro, Tracey, Sylar, Claire and Peter become so important for a gypsy carnival and especially now?  And, what, does this have to do with Mohinder’s death (please, nobody resurrect him)?

Of course, I digress, last night Samuel needed to come and remind Hiro that there is a butterfly effect and he could very well wind up undoing the work in the past that prevented the previous possible catastrophes.  At this point, I’d almost welcome they blow everybody up and just start over.  But I know they don’t have the balls to do that.

Hiro talking Sylar into saving Charlie’s life seemed too neat.  I knew Hiro didn’t have any special answers for Sylar that would appease him, and even though our favorite little psycho didn’t know what a complete buffoon Hiro was, it was hard to believe he fell for this.  Or even cared.  I would have loved it if Sylar had just walked away from Hiro to go find the cheerleader.

Speaking of which, Claire was in this episode, complete with a new set of bosoms I don’t remember her having 3 seasons ago.  Noah nearly had an affair during this time, with a random “company” coworker named Laura, played by Elizabeth Rohm, better known as Serena “Is it because I’m a lesbian?” Southerlyn on Law and Order.  It was actually hilarious to see her here, she played her character so enthusiastically I felt like it was more out of desperation than skill.  What was the point of this?  I think this part of the episode bothered me way more than the Hiro part.  Though I’ve grown to hate him, Hiro is a part of the show, always has been and Charlie was a real character.  Of course Hiro misses her, she’s the one person who seemed to connect the best with him and they had a certain chemistry (at least back then).  Why the hell did they need to introduce yet another totally new character from the past that has no place now?  She’s a perfect replica to Tracey.  Are we supposed to now believe HRG has a thing for blondes?  Doesn’t every heterosexual man?

I think this was the worst episode of the season.  90% of Hiro + horny HRG does not make me happy.  Not even with a random “Great Scott” shout out to Back to the Future.

Random Heroes Thoughts

Did anyone like the doomed ex-girlfriend of Nathan’s better than half of the cast?

I never thought they could make Hiro more annoying than the time he thought he was 7 years old, but watching him try to save random extra actor over and over again was the worst episode for him ever.

HRG and Claire having what I suppose was a bonding “heart to heart” was pointless and boring.  It’s a waste of HRG and even more than Claire (though thankfully Wretchen Gretchen wasn’t anywhere around.)

I don’t know what to make of the carnies, but there is no way in hell I’m going to check out the extra online feature to find out how Lydia’s phone conversation went.

I think Peter needs to verify the compass is really gone by stripping butt naked.  We have to be sure.

Why are they dressing Hiro’s sister in blouses that were once worn by Heidi?

Answer this question, would it be better to take a pointless bombshell who has occasional psycho tendencies and learn A) Self Esteem or B) Murder obnoxious former political lovers?  I think this answer is obvious but Heroes chose the wrong one.

Are the writers having fun with Tracy constantly saying phrases like “I can’t be late” or “In my position”?

And I see Emma is back next week. I want her to be likable.  She can have potential and it could be interesting to have a handicapped character with a power no matter how useless that power.

Can the relationship between Tracy and HRG be anymore forced?  I know many of us, including me, have insisted HRG is one of the hotter guys on the show, but I’m worried they are going to give us a huge love scene with the two of them.  I need to prepare myself.

Angela’s hair is going from Audrey Hepburn inspired to soda can twist off.  Can they  find something new for her please?

I realize now that Nathan is probably gone for good, but I would love for Sylar to morph back into Nathan and show himself to Swoosie Kurtz so she can be shocked enough that maybe she can start using her entire mouth instead of just the right side of it.

Hereos Premiere

First, I want to personally thank Nolebucgrl.  Without her, I would have missed the first hour of the show. Yes, I have it tivo’d, but it’s not high definition, and I would want to watch all the hot guys episode in the best video quality as possible.

So after waiting a whole summer, we finally get to see how the show is going to confront the issue of having Sylar pretending to be dead Nathan.  Since they have Zachary Quinto on contract, I knew they were going to have to come up with something to have his form on the show (and what a pretty pretty form that is).  I’m not that much of a Sylar fan.  Nole hates me to say it.  I feel his character has been overexposed and they have no idea what to do with him.  That said, he pretty much saved the first half of S3, and there is good potential there if the show would get their heads out of their butts and figure it out.  He is by far much more interesting to watch then loads of other “good guy” characters like Hiro, Tracey (well, not sure if she’s a good guy), Claire, and Mohinder, the latter being thankfully missing from this episode.  However, I’m not looking forward to watching him pop up in Parkman’s guilty mind and argue with him.  It’s really a disservice to the memory of Sylar who for now, is considered dead, and I hope this doesn’t last too long.  That said, I’m all for Parkman to act a little more evil, sort of a Luke Skywalker destiny for him considering the gap between him and his father.  (Yes, Heroes and a SW reference!)

That said, did anyone see Rachel Melvin last night?  Wasn’t she cute?  Playing slightly different then the Chelsea Brady for Days, she was an overachiever but still sporting that bitchface which she used on Claire’s annoying new possible lesbian love interest.  MZ is from The Nanny and while she isn’t acting bad, her character is creepy and homely, and I have no doubts she played a part in Annie’s demise.  She’s obviously got a crush on Claire (which sadly so does every other person who meets her) and though I appreciate the forensic geeky perception, I really am not that curious about her.

Speaking of new characters, so far the carnival people don’t bother me.  There are a lot of them, Zorro, Samuel, and a couple of others.  I’m not sure what to think of them, Samuel has the most freakish power and I give the show lots of credit for coming up with something so outside the box.  He also time traveled as well, but that may have more to do with the carnival itself and I’m sure we will learn more about that and the magic compass.

Speaking of which, did anyone get a deja vu from Pirates of the Caribbean when they brought out a compass that doesn’t work?  And Samuel seems to be summoning Jack Sparrow to some degree given how much eye liner he has on.  I’m glad to see Peter had something to do, he wasn’t whining like he did so much last year.  Of course, he could take his shirt off a bit more but we can’t have everything.  I liked watching him with HRG.  I don’t like seeing HRG with Tracey who appears just as lost and directionless as she’s always been. How can a woman as hot as her have no chemistry with any male actor?  Weird.

Finally, there is Hiro.  As Nolebucgrl says, he’s dying and we all rooting for him to kick the bucket, but I’m sure that won’t happen.  I don’t get why Hiro blocking the icee spill that would have ruined her dress, now his sister is madly in love with Ando.  What a bitch.  I’m not against romances, this show probably needs them in the worst way, but instead of having Ando and Hiro’s sister (Whatever her name is) reluctantly work together to save Hiro’s life (and thus fall in love) now they are instantly in love.  Why would I get invested in this?

So overall not a bad episode.  We’ve had much worse.  Just too bad it’s the premiere and sets the tone for the whole season.  Hopefully it will improve.  We all know it can much worse.

Cynical Hope

So Big Brother is winding down…thank God.  I have to admit this season was decent and for a few short days I actually was riveted.  Now that Michelle is out of the house because Jeff and Jordan proved to be the stupidest partnership since Beavis and Butthead, I’m not sure I even want to watch the finale.  I can live with watching people I dislike wind up in the final two, like Natalie and Kevin.  But their despicable game is only known to be 100% deplorable by the audience.  Some of the HGs have no idea how dirty these two have played it, even if they slightly suspect it’s not enough to think they are that detestable.  (I feel like I should get a reward for using “d” words to describe their derogatory behavior.)

So what’s coming up?  Heroes I’m trying to get excited about.  Rachel Melvin will show up in the season premiere and I’m curious to see her scenes.  I’m mildly interested in the carnival but this show has disappointed almost as often as Days has, and I quit watching that.  Can they take this season and make me enjoy it like I did way back in the first season?  Well, let’s see, Hiro is not done finding his “inner child” while at the carnival, Claire will have a huge storyline, and Tracy is not only still around but probably going to be showing herself to be naked and wet most of the time.  Sylar appears like a ghost of himself and I’m sure Peter will be whining before long.  I’m just not moved to really watch (don’t worry, I will).

The new season of Survivor (19!) is coming along, but I’m more interested in All Stars which is the Spring.  Not sure why I want to see all the returning favorites, most of them are people I’ve seen not once before but at least twice before (Colby, Jerri, James, Rupert, Amanda and more).  How many chances do these people get to play this game?  Oh, let’s not forget Coach will be returning.  Let’s all rave at how excited we are that!  *crickets*  Alrighty then.  We already know one person from S19 will be returning to S20, so we can expect that person to be memorable.

CSI is coming up and I’m still so relieved Grissom is gone.  Now that GSR was no longer around to torture me, I could sit back and watch.  I miss Warrick a bit, but not too much.  I still have Greg on there who does have chemistry with Riley and I’m doing my best not to ship them since I got my first big dose of shipping disappointment which jump started me on this streak of losing ships from Days (Nick/Chelsea) to Lost (Dan/Charlotte, Juliet/Sawyer).  Frankly, I’m scared to like any character now.  Greg is the only real survivor in this, but let’s not forget he’s had the crap beaten out of him and basically set on fire like a flare.  I have heard Jorja Fox is returning which amuses me, I still say she left the show because she didn’t want to continue playing the suffering love interest of William Peterson, and now that he’s left, she longs to return.

Lastly, there’s The Office.  I don’t know any spoilers.  We know Pam and Jim are pregnant which should be hilarious once Michael finds out, as well as Dwight.  It would certainly behoove them not to mention it to anyone until the kid graduates from college.