Actual conversation overheard tonight between two clerks at Zipps Liquor over by the U, about a guy who had just turned in an application:
Clerk A: Dude, he's in my [something] class and he's gay. I'm telling you, he's gay.
Clerk B: He seems like a nice guy.
Clerk A: Oh, he is! He's a lotta fun to talk to.
Clerk B: He smelled nice too.
Clerk A: Dude...he's gay!
Sylar on a beach? Not nearly as irritating as I'd expected. I have to hand it to the NBC promo monkeys for not only using different takes for the commercials, but for managing to cut things three weeks in a row to make them seem irritating only for me to discover that they work just fine in the episode. Candice, on the other hand? Even more irritating than I'd expected. If she had made it out of this episode alive, I would currently be typing an insane ranting letter addressed to Tim Kring.
Why am I talking about everything but Sylar? Because I'm trying to avoid admitting how much it bothered me to see Sylar's face when he realized the condition he was really in. I seriously need to get a new hobby to distract myself from how emotionally invested I am in this character. God...MY POOR SWEET MURDEROUS BABY! Ahem.
And let me just ask you: what was your first thought when Candice turned into Sylar himself? Was it, "Wow...the writers have paid attention to various online boards and picked up on the twin fantasies, haven't they?" (Well, OK. That was that was my second thought. My first one was, "Wow...the writers have paid attention to various online boards and picked up on the coat fetishists, haven't they?")
Peter? You were kind of winning some brownie points with me. Don't go all emo and dependent and make me hate you again.
I don't know...Hiro's storyline is really beginning to drag. It's not the storyline itself; the way it's being presented is what's getting to me. It feels too much like being told instead of being shown. SHOW, DON'T TELL. I actually started liking Kensei a bit though, after his freakout about having an ability. I didn't dislike him before, but...meh. I was totally spoiled about the character, plus blonde-haired blue-eyed men are SO not my bag (cf. Mylar, forsquilis, obsession with).
Dear sweet Baby Jesus, much as West bugs me, I would like to thank You for ensuring the disappearance of the Stolen Nissan Ro Storyline. (And yes, I realize the name of the car is the Rogue, but I swear that even now, every time they pronounce it, it sounds like Ro to me. Of course at this point it will be a cold day in hell before I ever buy a Nissan. Unless, of course, the 2009 Nissan Guinan gets 45 miles to the gallon in the city.)
So is anyone still seriously entertaining Matthinder fantasies after this? I admit I was a little impressed that Matt showed that large a quantity of balls in telling Mo that he wants him to stay the hell away from his own apartment, but I think he's made it pretty clear that his OTP is him and Molly. (Poor Agent Hanson...)
Wait a minute...did Peter just make a Sylar face while Force-choking that guy? Seriously, isn't that the same look Zachary Quinto had during the snowglobe scene in The Hard Part? Interesting. Maybe the people who argue that Emo-Boy is actually the best candidate to begin to understand what's in Sylar's head, and reach out to him, have a point.
I'll save my thoughts on Candice's death, because I have actual serious thoughts on it and her that I want to get in order. For now, I'll just say I don't feel bad at all over it. But...look, it doesn't matter whether Sylar was accidentally or deliberately infected with the virus. I still do not fucking believe that the Company left him alone with only CANDICE as a guard. If they underestimate him that badly--he's batshit enough at this point that I could now actually see him killing a special just out of fury--then I'm not sure Mohinder has as much to worry about as he believes.
I actually lean towards a theory that Sylar accidentally caught the virus, fouling up the plans of the Company to use him for something. Imagine Mohinder's horror if he ever learned that the Company is providing him with the resources he needs to find a cure in order to save Sylar's life. That the work he's doing in the lab will be used to benefit the man who murdered his father and tried to kill him. The writers have come up with a far better level of angst than I ever imagined.
A painting of HRG dead. OK, my first thought was total relief because for a second I was afraid that the painting would show Mohinder dead. That would be utterly unacceptable. My second thought: "So is that going to be the theme of every book of Heroes? 'Paintings By Isaac That Don't Come True?' Grrr."
And a final word on the episode, from my best friend likealongforgottendream: "Sylar's lost his abilities? Too bad Peter absorbed them all. He won't do anything fun with them."