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The obligatory Heroes reaction post for 2-04 
15th-Oct-2007 09:32 pm
Sylar S2 promo pic

I would just like to say that I CALLED THAT.  I SO FUCKING CALLED THAT.   CLEAR BACK IN THE FIRST SEASON.  HELL YEAH.

I so called that baby not being Parkman's.  People poo-pooed me and refused to believe me.  Even after this season started, and he was clinging to Molly with no mention of the baby, people still insisted that the baby was his.  BUT I KNEW BETTER, BITCHES!  (OK.  Perhaps I am a little overexcited because I WAS RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT.  Ahem.)  likealongforgottendream's comment: "I wondered what in the hell made him think that was actually his baby.  Then I remembered this was Parkman I was talking about."

So Matt and Mohinder stand in the doorway...ten feet away from Molly...where she can totally hear them...and discuss her?  Wow.  No wonder the kid has got issues.  Seriously, boys, I'm starting to think Sylar would make a more thoughtful father.  As well as a hot father.  A very, very hot father.  Who manages to look hot even while lying limply in a road with gravel in his stubble.  How does Zachary Quinto do that?

Man.  Every time I think West can't get any more creepier and stalkier, he outdoes himself.  "I know you said you can't date me, and begged me not to make things any harder on you, but I'm going to pester you to go out with me one more time tonight.  And give you pointers on how to lie to your dad about being with me."  The cheesiness of the flying smoochies is really getting on my nerves.  I need someone to get brained, and soon.  J: "He's going to turn out to be spying for the Company. I'm finding Claire's naivete a bit hard to swallow at this point."

Hallelujah!  Praise be to Jesus!  The Pasbeard is gone!  (Also, damn you, Angela Petrelli, for making me feel pity for you.)

Do you ever wonder precisely what percentage of Sylar's bullshit he honestly believes?  "I was robbed."  Okay.  Technically true, darling, but that is kind of the pot calling the kettle black.  Or Gray.  Whatever.  All I know is, despite his body count, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to rewatch the moment where he tells Maya his real name and then looks out the car window with those huge sad eyes.  

I have to say that I adored Monica and her friend almost on sight.  "I took the test."  "Are you pregnant?"  I laughed disturbingly hard at that.  Probably because it felt far, far more true to my life than any of the other female characters on this show have been so far. 

Also, I would just like to say that I now 100% agree with the people who've been saying Alejandro is by far the cooler and smarter twin.  I don't care if Maya somehow magically knows English but he doesn't, despite them being so close.  Alejandro is definitely smarter, as evidenced by his unhappiness when Maya pulls out The Book and his suspicion at the lucky accident that Gabriel and his huge pretty eyes can take them right to Dr. Suresh.  I actually started shifting in my seat waiting for Bad Things To Happen right then.  And let me just say, that little speech of Sylar's from "Unexpected" about believing in fate and karma suddenly no longer looks like it was just sucking up to Mohinder.  Because although he hasn't done anything to deserve it, the man definitely has them (and luck) in spades.  

Did you note that although Sylar spends most of the episode looking like death warmed over, when he follows Derek to introduce his skull to a brick, he strides confidently and looks more macho than we've ever seen him?  He just functions best as a predator, doesn't he?  I hate to admit it, but I'm starting to wonder how much of Gabriel Gray's unhappiness was due to feeling like a nobody, and how much was due to him having a unused talent for maneuvering and outwitting prey that he couldn't use while hunched over his workbench.  Wait, maybe it is all because of the "nobody" hangup; he's actually jealous of the Death Twins when even guys in the psych ward who think they're Napoleon would be all, "Bonjour, dude, get the fuck away from them NOW."

I also desperately need to know what kind of plan Sylar's got going about Mohinder.  You could almost visibly see the wheels turning.  Is he under the same illusion that he was in The Hard Part that Mo's going to overcome his anger enough to help him?  Is he hoping to just appeal to Mo's scientific curiosity?  Does he think that if he deposits two specials on Mo's doorstep alive, that that will somehow earn him the right to ask for help?  Will we ever find out exactly what held Mo back from killing Sylar in .07%, even though he took the time to smash up the computer and take the stuff off the map?  (I'm guessing that unless the series moves to Cinemax, the answer to the last question is "no".)

OK, when did this become an essay on Sylar that's taken an hour to mull over so far?  Anything else happen in this episode that I feel like talking about?  Besides Parkman continuing to screw things up?  Hmm...nope.  Previews for next week?  My first impression of Elle is indeed Veronica Mars 2.0.  Not a good thing, as I would prefer to see actors I like stretch themselves.  Also...no Sylar?  Though, on the other hand, if there's no Sylar, that also means no watching Maya cry.  Uffda, that's getting old.

Hey.  I just realized that neither Peter nor Hiro were in this episode.  And I did not miss them at all.  That does not say good things about their storylines this year.


Comments 
16th-Oct-2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Okay...I kinda teared up when Nathan saw his boys. I loved that scene so so much. And YAY for the death of the Pasbeard! He totally just shaved cuz his kids hated it.

And yeah...West can go fly into the engine of a passing jet at ANY time. Hate. Him.

LOVE Monica though! That is a kickass power!

Did you note that although Sylar spends most of the episode looking like death warmed over, when he follows Derek to introduce his skull to a brick, he strides confidently and looks more macho than we've ever seen him?

Guh. YES. As soon as he picked up that brick and just swaggered (or would we rather classify that as a 'strut'?) on after Derek I squealed for joy. And then I realized that I was cheering on a murder. Meh. Oh well. Golly, Sylar, look what you make me do!

My first impression of Elle is indeed Veronica Mars 2.0.
Oh great The Canadian promo focused mostly on Monica (yay!) and on Mohinder and Matt's storyline, so we only got one clip of Elle. Is she just as snarky as Veronica? Because...I'm not really loving on that idea.

I just realized that neither Peter nor Hiro were in this episode. And I did not miss them at all.
Heh, I realized that Peter was absent right around the time that Nathan was building that shrine to him along the mirror, but didn't care. I totally forgot about Hiro. Though I did miss Kensei...hmm...
16th-Oct-2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Guh. YES. As soon as he picked up that brick and just swaggered (or would we rather classify that as a 'strut'?) on after Derek I squealed for joy. And then I realized that I was cheering on a murder.

And I've said before that one of the things I liked about Sylar is that he's confident without swaggering. I think it's that in the first part of the episode he was so vulnerable and lost, that when he does this, your first instinct is to yell "Oh YEAH, Sylar's back!" (At least that's what my best friend did.)

we only got one clip of Elle. Is she just as snarky as Veronica? Because...I'm not really loving on that idea.

Not necessarily snark. But KB's line delivery, to me, came off almost exactly as her manner of speaking in VM. Now, that may be a deliberate choice on the part of the promo monkeys, to choose moments that will appeal to VM fans. But the impression it leaves me with is that she's just slipped into the exact same sort of role. If that's the case...well, I can't really blame her for jumping at the chance to be on a big hit like this. But at the same time, I prefer actors who stretch and do new things. To take my current favorite example, ZQ: if you look at him in So NoTorious and then in the fight scene in .07%, it's almost impossible to believe the same man did both parts. I'd prefer to see KB branch out the same way, because otherwise it starts to look like she's a one-note actor.

Oh yeah! And I am not big on Nathan, but I totally want to know the whole story now that it appears Heidi more or less has a restraining order keeping him away. I really, really hope that when they get to "Four Months Ago", they give a LOT of story beyond the immediate aftermath of Kirby Plaza. Restraining orders don't happen overnight.
19th-Oct-2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Here is the problem with not reading anyone's recap posts until you post your own: if you take way too long to get yours done, you end up posting comments on other people's Monday posts on Thursday. Of course I could go "Oh well, I'll just wait 'til next week's!" but that is about as unlikely as my going "Matthinder? Excellent!"

I so called that baby not being Parkman's.
I was right there with you on that one. Of course, as I said in someone else's post, that could have been my Parkman Hate! showing through, but I would like to think it had something to do with the age-old theory that says that if a TV wife is shown to be cheating, 99.76% of the time, the baby will belong to the man she was cheating with and not her husband. Ever. Unless the TV wife is on Maury, then probabilities increase to 99.987%.

How does Zachary Quinto do that?
I asked a similar question, only mine was related to his putting on a three-day coating of dirt and an angry! black wifebeater yet managing to remain Gabriel Gray adorable. Clearly he has manifested a power in real life. The power of super hotness.

I'm not sure I'm going to be able to rewatch the moment where he tells Maya his real name and then looks out the car window with those huge sad eyes.
Is it sad that, when watching that scene, one of the first things I thought of was "I know a certain person, possibly located in Minnesota, who has been rendered temporarily unable to function." I had other thoughts too, but ummm, yeah... let's move on.

he's actually jealous of the Death Twins when even guys in the psych ward who think they're Napoleon would be all, "Bonjour, dude, get the fuck away from them NOW."
Sometimes you read something and go "okay, that was funny." Sometimes you read something and go "Wait. I need to read that again, because one reading is not enough to grasp the full scope of just how hilarious that really was!" That statement falls into category B.

(I'm guessing that unless the series moves to Cinemax, the answer to the last question is "no".)
You now, I have recently come to what is, in come circles, a most distressing Mylar Epiphany, but if this were ever to occur, I may have to reconsider my new position. Why I always feel the need to admit these things in your area, I cannot say. Perhaps you have also manifested a power!

19th-Oct-2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Sometimes you read something and go "Wait. I need to read that again, because one reading is not enough to grasp the full scope of just how hilarious that really was!"

That is certainly good to hear. Because I laughed very hard when I wrote that, and that means either it's an absolutely stupid statement that no one else will find amusing, or that it genuinely is hilarious. There's a very fine line between the two...

a most distressing Mylar Epiphany

And what, pray tell, would your Epiphany involve? And also, aren't epiphanys usually accompanied by...angels? Admittedly, I don't think the angels in the Bible were usually shown wearing black wifebeaters, which is a shame because that would have made it constant required reading. In some households, anyway. Not mine.
19th-Oct-2007 05:18 am (UTC)
There's a very fine line between the two...
There usually is. I know, for I am forever walking it, sometimes with disastrous results.

And what, pray tell, would your Epiphany involve?
No. No angels... no wifebeaters. (Clearly I suck at epiphanies!) Just a moment of startling clarity when I was like, "Wait! This entire thing makes no sense to me! I can no longer support it." It was both weird and sad, and caused untold distress to those who were around to witness it. I am no longer sure where I stand on this issue. I am thinking of converting to The Church of Maylar. Is this a step in the right direction?

In some households, anyway. Not mine.
Are you 100% sure about that? Hmmm...

19th-Oct-2007 05:59 am (UTC)
Ah, yes. I see where this epiphany is headed. First you start out by saying there's another perfectly rational explanation for why Mohinder couldn't bring himself to kill Sylar in the end, and why Sylar turned to Mohinder first when he needed help. And then in a few days you'll be saying, "Wow. Matt Parkman sure does look adorable when he wrinkles up his nose and tries to think. How did I ever miss that before?" And then a few days after that, everyone will go to their flists and see a post from you that says things like "MATTHINDER IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE ASHAMED OF!" and "JIMMIE <3's MATT" and "I WANT TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE OF M". Turn back now, while you still can!

I am thinking of converting to The Church of Maylar.

Well...let's think about how this relationship is going to work. Sylar will assure Maya he's going to get them to Dr. Suresh, and Maya will cry. And then Sylar will assure Maya that he REALLY does understand their feelings of persecution, and Maya will cry. And then Sylar will kill Maya's brother, and Maya will cry. And then Sylar will explain that Maya's brother is just one of many people that he didn't really mean to kill, and Maya will cry. And then Sylar will explain that he can help Maya control her power now that he's not-eaten her brother's brain, and Maya will cry. And then Sylar will remind Maya that he has the same name as an angel, and Maya will smile. The only thing more annoying than crying, or being redeemed by the love of a good woman, is being a dimwit who doesn't find it strange that her new travel companion is the only person in the world who thinks it's cool that she leaks black death from her eyes.

In fact, I think I may have a new OTP. Matt and Maya. Neither of them is very bright, and once Maya finds out Matt has the same name as one of the apostles, she'll be happy to spend the rest of her life being his pregnant wife. They're made for each other! And Sylar is bringing her to New York, where Matt is! It's destiny! Mamaya forever!
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