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Simpsons, Heroes, GA, Bones, DH

OMG, if any of you missed the 400th episode of The Simpsons, you missed possibly the best episode. EVER. :) The first half hour was a whole 24 spoof, with a CTU-type operation to stop sabotage of the Springfield Elementary Bake Sale. There were split screens! The clock! A mole! And Jack Bauer!! mediocrechick, PLEASE tell me you are making icons from this episode!!


HEROES
I caught up with Heroes thanks to the Sci-Fi marathon this weekend.

A few thoughts. Of course I recognized the sculpture in "Kirby Plaza" right away, LOL. It's downtown LA, very close to the library! :) So yeah, not New York at all, if that surprises anyone.

Isaac and Simone, I shan't miss you. D.L., not so much either. Jessica/Nikki has grown on me a bit, as has Candice. I cannot say the same about Sylar. I hope we get a different villain in S2.

Ando, no!! And alas, poor Ted. Why haven't we seen more Hannah? I've actually already forgotten what her power is!

I still can't get over what terrific casting with Nathan and his mother Angela. They really look so similar, especially around the eyes and jaw. Much more so than Nathan and Peter! It *is* a shame Claire is so young and Peter is her uncle because they would make a terrific couple. And no matter how manipulative his mother and Linderman are, I simply cannot believe that Nathan would allow a bomb to go off just to further his political career. But genius plot idea, since so many people believe that's exactly what happened with Bush and 9/11. (And no, I don't believe that myself. The man is dim and severely misguided but even I don't think he's *that* evil. And his stupefaction and paralysis on being told what had happened seemed genuine enough. If he knew about it, he'd be quicker to seize the day and capitalize on it, you know?)

What I like most about this show is how people keep teaming up and switching sides to do so, like Matt and HRG and Ted. It keeps things really fluid and interesting. And man, poor Matt not realizing he's there to take out Molly, the little girl he saved! I also really like how you feel that they have a plan in place here, like Micah being used to win the election for Nathan. It all clicks into place so well. It's nice to have confidence in a show's creators that they *do* know where they're going and not just pulling things out of their ass.

It's been painfully clear that Peter was going to get his nuclear power from Ted, so he should have realized that meeting him was the worst thing he could do but oh well. It's kind of Greek mythology, right, that what you do to prevent a terrible prophecy is the very thing that makes it happen.

And I liked the "Five Years Gone" ep. It's so handy having time travel built into your show's mythology because the possibilities for AU episodes are infinite. I still haven't read any Heroes fic and I don't think I will but I can imagine people really took that and ran with it. I won't be watching the finale live tonight since it's up against 24, but I'll try to catch it later this week.


Weddings, etc.

Good grief, this whole practice of not allowing weddings to actually happen is so irritating. At least they managed to marry off Susan and Mike and also Gabrielle and Victor on DH, but of course Gabrielle's is a fraud and I do think that Susan's might not end up being legal because she only had one witness. (Oh, and Edie? I highly doubt she's dead.)

And on Bones, you'd think that Angela would remember she was already married! And then they just ran away? That was ... odd. Although heh on walking down the aisle to "Gimme All Your Lovin'!"

And then on GA, of course Burke decides not to go through with it and then the failure of that wedding someone also means that Meredith and Derek are over? Just try to tell me that Cristina/Meredith is not the show's true OTP. I have to say I was on board with Meredith/Derek only when he was so madly in love with her and griefsticken during the whole drowning episode. And I liked them being happy together. But all this back and forth, while completely par for TV couples, is very annoying.

And I CANNOT believe that the truth about George and Izzie didn't come out. That felt like a real cheat there, to leave that all up in the air. Not that I want George and Callie to break up but it felt like they were leading up to a big confrontation/decision and then ... nothing. This whole finale was so odd. Odd running time too. I was sure I'd missed a big chunk. Anyway I guess I'll be checking out the GA spinoff for Kate Walsh & Tim Daly but I wasn't that fond of the visiting LA episode and its Ally McBeal-esque tone. And as someone on my flist pointed out, why on earth would one of the top neonatal surgeons in the country end up at a wellness center? Meh.

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foxxcub
May. 21st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ack, I missed it! I'm sure I'll catch somewhere--and wasn't this the ep with Keifer? Now I need this one AND the Richard Dean Anderson one! :)
halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
You need TiVo!! :) Because I think you would be giggling nonstop over both eps. :)
inthekeyofd
May. 21st, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Glad you got caught up...now you can see how that really wasn't a spoiler last night, just me wishing my verse would be. *smile*

I like Sylar, and Peter as well, I think there are many more duels between them to come.

But I also think there is a bigger and badder villian out there that will show itself either tonight or next season. I'm wishing for a Peter and Sylar double team against a common enemy, so here's to hoping that happens next season.

I miss Isaac, but others, I'll wait until AFTER tonight to make that call.

I actually read that the writers have said they have no clear ending to the series and they are going to sort of let it go where it leads..but with the base characters in tact..and yet, they aren't afraid to kill a few off either.

Why I've said this show replaces Lost in my TV Show Love Line...they give questions..and you don't mind waiting for the ANSWERS.

They may be superheroes, but at the same time, they are incredibly human as well.
halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
I know you love Sylar but he really doesn't do anything for me. I think that they can have an open-ended plan, that's fine, but as they're going along, I do feel that have a clear map so far, at least, and that's reassuring.

And I hear you on the frustrating thing about *more* questions on Lost. I think they just throw a bunch of stuff in there and then try to see what sticks. And of course they have ADD so I think they just get bored with certain stories and character lines and keep focusing on the new, shiny stuff instead. :-/

I do wonder, though, how Heroes has managed to escaped being sued for copyright infringement from Stan Lee & X-Men!
inthekeyofd
May. 21st, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
See, why I really like Sylar, actually I my love of him and Peter are equal, it's because neither one are great at what they do..how can I put this..Sylar may be the "villian" but he's not the classic villian, super smart, slick, totally evil..he's sort of like a regular guy in Chucks and jeans that is a tad bit on the angry creepy crazy side..that's what creeps me out most.

Peter, I like that he's got all these powers and it's hard for him to really get used to them..and he's sort of the most powerful one of them all.

Stan Lee's been on Heroes..so he may not be suing. *smile*

If my dream of a Peter and Sylar match up to face a common enemy..that's so so like Magneto and Xavier, still, I'd love to see it.
halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
I missed Stan Lee being on. You have to admit it's pretty much a new version of X-Men. ;)

And Sylar is pretty much the Hannibal Lecter of the special folk and Hannibal *did* help Clarice catch someone else, but in his own way. Of course, that still makes him really, really evil and incredibly creepy and disturbing.

As far as Lost vs. Heroes, I think Heroes has got the storytelling down better bit while I find Heroes entertaining to watch, I've never gotten emotionally invested in it. Maybe with Claire, a little bit, but they couldn't ever make me cry the way that I've cried over, say, Boone and Shannon. As flawed as Lost is, I'm still much more committed to those original characters.
inthekeyofd
May. 21st, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Forgot to add, SIMPSONS IS LOVE.

I do hope that they repeat this one often..it's so SO worth it.
halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
OMG, I laughed so hard, even when there was nothing happening but the split screen! :) An instant classic, definitely!
pippilottah
May. 21st, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
I freaking hated Simone and though I thought Isaac was pretty I found him to be rather boring so I'm not going to miss them either.

Is it bad that I've forgotten who Hannah is? I simply can't remember...

The Petrelli family is my favorite story on Heroes. I still don't understand how Nathan would actually consider letting peter blow up but I love their storyline and Claire's too so I'm hoping the writers know what they're doing. One bad thing about it might be that I now have even more incestuous ships *headdesk*

I loved Angela's dress on Bones but I also thought it was a bit weird that she didn't know she was already married. How can you not know that sort of thing? Her and Hodgins might be one of my only ships that are actually cute and happy together and I LOVE that so I was actually okay with them running off, as long as it didn't turn into this big drama thing where they broke up or whatever.

There's quite a few things on Private Practice that seems weird right now but I think I'll still be watching when it starts up, maybe it's better than what it sounds like right now...

halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'd seen a promo where Simone comes back and was disappointed that she *wasn't* dead but then of course it was just Candice! Isaac didn't add much after the initial few eps, you're right.

The Petrellis are definitely my favorite, along with Hiro. I wonder if I'm missing something here, that Nathan is *really* willing to sacrifice Peter. I hope he isn't, because I seem to remember in Peter's vision that Nathan is there too and trying to help.

I really like Angela & Hodgins together too. They manage to be adorably, totally in love without being annoying about it. It's a rare thing on TV!

inthekeyofd
May. 21st, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Peter would never ever be sacrificed by Nathan..there is something bigger going on and since last week, that whole plan must be shot down.
toestastegood
May. 21st, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
It's nice to have confidence in a show's creators that they *do* know where they're going and not just pulling things out of their ass
Amen!



And I so completely can't decide whether I like Sylar or not. I liked it when he was pretending to be 'Zane', and thought that it was pretty menacing having him around Mohinder and near The List. Guess I'm a sucker for the whole undercover/con thing that was going on there. All the rest of the time, though, I'm pretty meh because I don't actually find him as a character that intimidating.
halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just get bored and/or irritated with Sylar. I've never liked his storyline and I can't wait for it to be wrapped up.

isis2015
May. 21st, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
My parents hated the GA fanalie. My mom was pissed because everyone ended up getting screwed over in the end. I was kinda glad I'm only passively interested in the show anymore.

The Simpsons was great, though. Especially when Bart prank called Jack Bauer and Chloe pretended the guy was real, then said said, "No, it's a joke name, you're being set up!" Hee. I loved it. And the end! The end was great too. ;)
halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
I think the GA finale was universally considered disappointing. Someone posted an MSNBC article and then a reubuttal from the creator over at ONTD. Sure, break people up if you must, but it just wasn't satisfying storytelling. The creator said she wanted to "burn certain storylines down to the ground" but that doesn't leave much for viewers to come back to next season. And what was left hanging was done so in a very frustrating kind of way. Meh.

But OMG, the SImpsons! I laughed so hard, especially at the ending. "It was just Shelbyville!" LOL!
bachlava
May. 21st, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I thought I was the only person who thought Sylar was only good for one season's worth of villainy... I'm so glad I'm not alone! Actually, I feel that way about most TV villains (X-Files S1-5 aside)... definitely agree on Nathan needing to be his own man, regardless of ethical orientation, instead of being, y'know, a pussy. Stand up to Mama, Nathan! (And you're right - they do have some similar features; I'd always noticed Peter's resemblance to Angela more than Nathan's, but they do both have that jawline.)

I totally recommend getting into good Heroes fic, both reading it and (*begs*) writing it. Not only is it a terrific show with a million possibilities, it's got Peter, Nathan, Mohinder, the Haitian, and D.L. (his character needs to be fleshed out, preferably with a maximum of flesh involved;), and even interludes with pre-Dead!Isaac.

Um, anyway... ;)
halfdutch
May. 21st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
I was just saying above that I've never gotten emotionally invested in Heroes or its characters, certainly nothing on the level of Lost or Supernatural. I quit watching for a whole chunk and was fine with never catching up. So while I do find it entertaining, I've never had the urge to take it to the next level and get inside the character's heads for myself. I was mildly interested in finding some Peter/Claude and early on, slashing Peter or Mohinder with Isaac but I never followed up on it.

I just think none of them have that brand of snark and angst that I'm looking for in TV characters. I think it's going to stay one of those shows that I just enjoy watching. Partly because the storytelling feels very neat and tidy and there aren't a lot of missing areas to explore the way there are with Lost's much more scattershot approach to characters, unless you want to have certain characters hook up who aren't currently doing so! Although Sayid/Mohinder would be very pretty, wouldn't it? ;)
bachlava
May. 21st, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
I've never gotten emotionally invested in Heroes or its characters, certainly nothing on the level of Lost or Supernatural. I quit watching for a whole chunk and was fine with never catching up. So while I do find it entertaining, I've never had the urge to take it to the next level and get inside the character's heads for myself.

ITA, actually; my fanfic plea was (mostly) facetious - it really isn't "necessary"/tempting at this point to flesh the characters out in that way (although it would be Teh Hott if you wrote it, I have not doubt;). You're right about both the lack of that kind of angst and snark in Heroes, as well as the tighter storytelling and more coherently interlinked characters. Now, if they start "dropping leads" next season...

Although Sayid/Mohinder would be very pretty, wouldn't it? ;)

You know, I've never been one for crossovers, but that would be... wow... Okay, I'm thinking about it, and I think I need to go to the hospital. ;)
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