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Battlestar Galactica: Lack of posting =/= lack of interest. I've really never been much for "I liked this part" and "I didn't like this part," and I don't really have any Burning Meta Thinky-Thoughts at this point. I can see them in the offing, particularly as regards this thing called "love" that the Cylons seem to be seeking, without much understanding of why, or whether it's always such a good idea. That last part as demonstrated by Leoben, who does in fact appear to love Kara in his broken, creepy way. Which clearly Caprica!Six (in all her I Am In Love And Thus Understand Things You Don't myopia) fails to get, or she wouldn't have been so confident that Deanna holding Hera in her arms and knowing real love would necessarily translate to her not blowing the bomb! But then, it's no surprise that she fails to get that, considering how out of her depth she clearly is in dealing with the reality of the sorry specimen she's in love with.

:: contemplates previous paragraph :: Huh. I guess there are more thinky-thoughts than I thought.

Studio 60: Meh. I don't actively dislike it, but I'm very close to the conclusion that I have better things to do with that hour. I'm giving it until I've watched last night's -- mostly because (a) it's a part 2, and (b) there is the prospect of Lauren Graham saying more than eight words -- and then it's probably off the list.

Lost: Is already off the list. Watched the season premiere, went "meh." As someone else we know has already figured out, the season premiere and finale, together with the recap specials, go into about as much depth as I care about any more. As someone one my flist said recently (I'm not being cagey with either of those "someones," incidentally; I just don't remember exactly who they are), complicated does not necessarily equal interesting.

Also, CaptainDoctorHero!Jack desperately needs to be fed to a polar bear.

Heroes: This one has my attention, yessireebob. Whether Them What's In Charge can keep it up past this initial buzz is something to deal with later, but for now, it's definitely doing the job.

Hiro, as is more or less universally agreed upon, is among the cutest human beings in existence in any reality anywhere. And then *bam*, jaw-dropping glimpse of what he'll be trading the cute in for in coming years. Very nice acting turn there. Kicking myself for not seeing Future!Hiro coming, what with setting it up with his reference to "Days of Future Past" in the pilot. But dude.

One quibble, tho: Shouldn't Mohinder have registered at least some surprise that Peter, from his perspective, apparently teleported half the length of the subway car?

And, as brainiacfive noted, the last two episodes have ended with the same words, spoken between the same two characters: "My name is Hiro Nakamura." -- "I have a message for you."

banazir mentioned in a recent post that it's problematic for Mohinder, as an apparently baseline human, to lead the nascent group. One of his commenters noted that he seems more out to finish his father's work than to lead anyone. I'm not sure whether he wants to actually finish the work, or just put together enough pieces to know who killed his dad, or what. Really, I don't think he does either. But I do agree that he's not the emerging leader (banazir made the comparison to Charles Xavier, but he measures up better as a Moira MacTaggart).

After last night, it's looking like the leader's mantle is going to fall on Peter. Who, despite being the iconic image that opened the series, isn't the candidate I would have expected a couple weeks ago. But it creates a place for the piece that doesn't fit in the interpretation of his power -- to wit, his borrowing other's powers by being in contact with them doesn't explain his prescient dreams in the pilot. Now, his having been in contact with another, yet-unknown person could explain that. So, potentially, could a larger view of his ability as the center of gravity drawing together the whole -- in which case the episodes of power-borrowing have just been a sort of sideline.

Isaac and his drugs...which it now appears aren't so necessary to accessing his power after all. When Peter was in the hospital doing his stick-figure prophecy, there was the likelihood that he was on some kind of pain meds. But not when he completed the painting of the debrained Claire -- and Isaac watched his every move. 'Twill be very interesting to see where he goes with that knowledge, coupled with the renewed determination to Stop the Bad Things A-Comin'.

Nathan is still a huge bundle of mixed messages. Most of the time I think he's basically a good guy who's...easily distracted. By the game of politics (so focused on getting the office, but we have very little indication that he thinks much about what he wants to accomplish once he's there), or by a friendly face in a casino. He could end up being a weak link in that way -- but at the same time he's the only one so far we've seen actually escape from Bennet and his mysterious henchman.

Niki remains very much the wild card. They pretty much cemented the whole "cam whore with a heart of gold" thing with her kindness to Ando -- she didn't have to even talk to him, let alone be that tactful with the reality check. Apparently there's been some speculation (prior to last night, obviously) that Niki Hyde was D.L. possessing her or something. I'm actually wondering if it isn't the reverse -- if she didn't lead him into the proverbial Life of Crime, and/or set him up to take the fall for her actions. It would certainly track with his mother's hostility and attempts to get her to give up Micah.

Claire, for all that she seems to be dealing incredibly well with all this stuff in some ways, is still having her moments of being very much a scared 16-year-old kid. And one who most likely discovered her power by attempting suicide. Big "ouch" that her very mature taking of responsibility for her actions and attempt to apologize to Brody was undermined by the wiping of his memory. So much for Daddy's assertion that she doesn't need anything else to confuse her right now -- his own action there certainly isn't going to help!

So, lots going on, all seeming to be balance pretty well. Touching wood that it stays that way. And on pins and needles to see what's next!

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wiliqueen
Oct. 24th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
I watched part of the pilot for Jericho, and it seemed decent. I just knew I wouldn't be able to watch it, no matter how well done. I barely managed two nights of The Day After. And that back when I honestly didn't worry about it much because we lived 30 miles from Denver, so if it ever happened we'd have about 45 seconds to worry about it...
thanatos_kalos
Oct. 24th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Another thing I was pondering with Peter-- he's the ideal Champion (leader) because only he can borrow the best of everyone around him, and combine it within to create a...superhero, or whatever. But, conversely, he can't abuse the power readily, because he needs to be in contact/proximity to others. (though there are some obvious downsides; if he borrows Hiro's teleportation abilities, then moves himself out of proximity, he might be stranded). That also could reduce inherent isolation.

And with Hiro; I wonder how far in the future that was? And how they were communicating; when I saw him in the samurai costume, I immediately thought "avatar" in the sense of representing Hiro's...essence/mind/whatever. If that communication was somehow mental, rather than physical, then it explains the lack of accent and so on. No idea if that's the case, or what...

Nathan strikes me as expressing the problem of any public figure; the needs of the public persona (The Politician) and the interior private Nathan. Niki being a more exdtreme example. I assume that's why Nathan can give off mixed messages; his personae are in conflict.

and...I'll stop now. :P
wiliqueen
Oct. 24th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
If that communication was somehow mental, rather than physical, then it explains the lack of accent and so on. No idea if that's the case, or what...

Huh. It's possible -- maybe another tie-in to Peter's dreams? -- but not necessary by any means. They were very successful in making Future!Hiro look a LOT older, enough to have had time to improve his English that much, certainly by immersion. (And he does still have a slight accent.) As for the outfit, well, if he's used to Peter with scars, it's probably appropriate to the life they're leading.

OTOH, if the communication actually happened in Peter's head, it could explain Mohinder's lack of reaction to his being halfway down the car when the effect stopped -- if it took less time than Peter perceived, but wasn't totally instantaneous, and he just walked there.

All in all, though, it's awfully complicated. Occam's Razor favors Hiro just time-jumping himself back physically, as we've already seen him do.

I assume that's why Nathan can give off mixed messages; his personae are in conflict.

Well, yeah. It's which one will win that's the question. :-)

and...I'll stop now. :P

But why?
thanatos_kalos
Oct. 24th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
All in all, though, it's awfully complicated. Occam's Razor favors Hiro just time-jumping himself back physically, as we've already seen him do.

I'm a Classicist-- Occam's Razor has no place in my mind... :P

I assume that's why Nathan can give off mixed messages; his personae are in conflict.

Well, yeah. It's which one will win that's the question. :-)


I wonder if he'll literally split, like Niki? No idea how her abilities came about, of course, but... *shrugs*

And at the moment, Im think how Nathan will come about is dependant upon whether or not he's in politics for status or for power. If for the former, then the status as a hero would suffice (though there might be issues is it's not acknowledged). If Nathan wants power, then he could go dark side, in whatever method in which that occurs in this universe.

and...I'll stop now. :P

But why?


...because I'm trying hard to break my overanalysis habit?
wiliqueen
Oct. 24th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
...because I'm trying hard to break my overanalysis habit?

In that case, you might want to rethink that Occam's Razor position. ;->
thanatos_kalos
Oct. 24th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
::g:: I'm actually a firm believer in Occam's Razor, but to publically express that-- they'd take away my AIA card! ;P
evil_overlord
Oct. 25th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
oh no, you brought up Heroes...run away!!

The funny thing is, *everyone* I've talked to about the show has said that Hiro is their favorite. heh [although to prove my geekiness....the X-men issue numbers he quoted...urr..were wrong...LOL 'Days of Future Past' was in 141-142]

I checked out the Heroes website, and the commment that I read somewhere [I think made by the actor playing him] said that the handy thing about Hiro's power is that he could stop time and practice his English, so he would seemingly pick it up rather quickly.

Mohinder [and yeah, I think he should have acted surprised at the fact that Peter wasn't right next to him anymore] I think *should* fill more the role that Moira does. He's just not the leader-type to me. heh

As for Peter...heehee. Actually, I see him as the leader-type, simply because he wants to *do* something. So far, aside from Hiro, Peter's the only one that seems to care that something new and unique is going on. [and thinking back on it, Future-Hiro seemed to treat him with the deference he likely would have were Peter the leader] As for the question of his power....all things considered, he could have passed Issac on the street or something for the dreams at the start, who knows? He seems to "borrow" powers similarly to Rogue, not necessarily by physical contact [I don't recall him touching Issac, would have to go back and watch], but he seems to keep them for a little bit [as he did the stick-figure thing later, after having met Isaac]. The hypothesis bantered about our living room after the episode, is that Peter borrows skills as well as powers, but that the skills wear off faster than the powers do [thus the stick-figure drawing in the hospital, yet the nice painting when he was there with Issac]

As for Isaac...yeah, let's just hope this little session points out to him that he doesn't need to be high to use his powers...although getting over that particular block is gonna be hard....

Nathan....as the hubby said...he's the perfect politician. LOL However, you should have *heard* the exclamations when he escaped Bennet, none of us expected that he could go super-sonic. TS made the comment that he shouldn't have been so good at flying though, but I pointed out that just because he denies he has the power, doesn't mean he's not practiced how to use it on the sly. He seems enough of a control-freak to do something like that.

Nikki...hehheh. The last episode cemented one thing for me, anyway. She's DID. Pretty much has to be [although the comment the hubby made was that her alter seems to know a heck of a lot more than she should...], at least from the comments she made ["Nikki's not here right now", and the "you threaten our son again, and I put my heel through your head".] Her alter seems to be the one that does the dirty, nasty work, and doesn't seem bothered by it [the personification of the "dark side", if you will] It's also been bantered about the living room that her ex took the fall for her, possibly deliberatly.

Claire...I do like her. Actually, her comment in the first episode [when she was being filmed by her friend, and she said "this is attempt number eight"] made me think that she discovered her power while attempting to commit suicide.

Until last night's episode though, I had a problem with the "save the cheerleader, save the world" thing. Though seeing the painting of Claire de-brianed, I understood. Syler [or however you spell the bad-guy's name] with Claire's regeneration ability...scary beyond words. There really wouldn't be a way to stop him then, I don't think]

okay, blathered on long enough, I think...LOL
kevenn
Oct. 25th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
I'm digging Heroes too. I hate the way it makes me want the next episode immediately. I just hope it doesn't suffer from lack-of-payoff like Lost, which I feel describes the state of the self-titled show. It's Lost its way. The writers are introducing too much PIS(Plot-induced-stupidity). I'm sticking with it to see if it'll get back on track.
mattchanning
Oct. 26th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
TV-
I've really stopped watching TV, though I intend to give BG a thorough going-over on DVD.

Between the band thing, moviescore thing, job things, practice things and book things, I simply have let my interest in anything televisual go the way of the dodo.

These days, I look at TV the way I look at most radio music, and go, "Meh..."

Then I pull a little Bulgakov down from the shelf, put on a little Bartok, or some old-school prog and get down to bizniz...
mrv3000
Oct. 31st, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
wiliqueen
Nov. 3rd, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
:: gives you belated candy ::
mrv3000
Nov. 3rd, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
YAY!!
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