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I need a vacation. 
28th-Jul-2008 11:09 am
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I hope everyone's had a good week! I got back last night from Comic Con, where I shared a hotel room with the lovely aelora and family. Comic Con really should have been held in late May, when I was going through an insomniac phase, as I'm currently in a "sleep all the time" phase and spent most of the weekend wanting to curl up under a table and nap. It was still fun, though. I think I prefer the warmer, closer feeling of regional cons, though, and I'm actually fired up to go to Diversicon this weekend, especially since it's being held on the West Bank, a 10-minute drive from my house. (If I can afford the $40 entrance fee...)

At Comic Con, I got to talk to Rod Roddenberry, got things signed by the guy who draws XKCD and the guys who draw Penny Arcade, bought a bunch of birthday and Christmas presents for fellow geeks, bought Gris Grimly Christmas cards for myself, got free stuff for Kingdom of Loathing, saw Wil Wheaton (who is actually rather hot in person. SHUT UP), watched an advance screening of Tropic Thunder which is miraculously funny, and...did a lot of other things that aren't coming immediately to mind because I'm still a zombie despite getting 7 hours of sleep last night.

And, since my flist is Heroes-centric: I did get to see the premiere episode at the Heroes panel - I actually wound up being in line right next to piping_hot , and also met icalynn , which was cool. I'm...cautiously optimistic. I'm not happy with Mohinder's story line, but Sylar staggered me with creepy insane awesomeness, and the other plots at least have potential. I think my biggest issue at the moment is that the events of the first ep seem to take place right after the events of the S2 finale, and unless there's been a hell of a lot of time-traveling or teleporting going on, the timelines just don't seem to work right. I'm not talking alternate futures, I'm talking "how did Character X manage to get from one side of the country to the other, in the time it took the paramedics to get the wounded Nathan to the hospital?" So I'm definitely willing to give the show another chance, but I'm still nervous about the huge cans of WTF?!? that they opened up in the season premiere. I actually wrote up almost 4 pages of snarky spoileriffic opinion on the action that I'll try to post later on today, if anyone's interested or would just like to find out what the plot is.

And now, I need to go do some work, since I've been out of the office since the 22nd...

(edited because I can't remember user names to save my life...)
Comments 
28th-Jul-2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so I haven't read any summaries of the Heroes premiere (TWO MORE MONTHS ARGHAK:DKFJOI;EWFN). But from the general reactions I've seen on my f-list, that pretty much seems to be most people's feeling about 3x01: definitely promising, but not so mind-blowing that it makes up for season 2 all by itself. Which is okay by me. Unless it was an unexpected random musical episode or something, one ep alone isn't going to fix the fail season 2 left behind. As long as things are generally looking up and it it seems like it could shape up to have some strong, interesting character arcs, I'll feel better about being cautiously optimistic for season 3.

Glad you had fun at Comic Con! Even if it made you a zombie. ;)
28th-Jul-2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I was actually dragging my feet somewhat about the Heroes panel, because I was afraid I would see the episode, think it SUCKED, and completely stop caring about the show. So the mere fact that I (mostly) didn't want to throw things at the screen, left me feeling happy!

I keep thinking that episode 5 is the magic number. In season 1, that was the ep where we got "Save The Cheerleader, Save The World" and the plot threads finally began to have a purpose and come together. In season 2, that was the ep where something broke inside me and I started hating. So hopefully, 5 episodes will be enough to see if I think they've really come up with an interesting plot AND have believable character development rather than regression/beating them with a stupid stick.

I actually kinda feel sorry for Dania Ramirez at this point. Has she been made a regular? I had the impression she has been, but they didn't call her out as anything special during the intros and people didn't really get loud for her, whereas Jeph Loeb said loudly, "And our newest regular cast member, Cristine Rose!", and the audience went nuts. And also, when the characters appeared on-screen for the first time in the episode, they usually got varying degrees of cheers. However, when Maya appeared for the first time, I don't think a single person in the 6000-seat audience clapped (and I asked 5 other people if they had that impression, and they all agreed with me).
28th-Jul-2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Uggh, that sucks poor Dania. That's sad because I'm pretty excited for her role in the upcoming Villains arc.
28th-Jul-2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
If it left you feeling happy overall rather than disappointed, that's at least a step up. Like you said, hopefully things will shape up within the first few episodes, hit their stride, and reach that balance of interesting plot and compelling, believable character development that it really, really desperately needs to find again. (Which is why I'm so confused by what bare little I've heard about Mohinder's storyline. Unless they're going to twist it around into something very unexpected, it seems like exactly the sort of thing they should have ditched if they were learning from the mistakes of season 2.)

I REALLY hope they'll lay off the stupid stick this season. If a character needs to lose 50 IQ points for a plot point to work, then it's a bad plot point to begin with.

Poor Dania. She seems like a lovely lady, and it's a shame she's stuck playing such a massively unpopular character (who's only going to get more unpopular, judging from that itty bitty little clip in the promo trailer a few weeks ago). Hopefully Maya will get a second chance to grow as a character and become proactive, interesting, or at least COMPETENT instead of weepy and victimised. :/
28th-Jul-2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Lol, I'm Ae's friend that was at a few of the panels and TDK with... It was piping_hot that stood in line with you when we got separated at the Heroes panel. *nods* Lol, good times!
28th-Jul-2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
LOLOL!!! I meant to ask ae before I left, because I was afraid I would get the user names confused! *shakes head at self*

I need to just be a dork and keep notes about the people I meet. It's quite funny because the last conference I went to, I talked about one presenter and used her name, and she Googled herself and saw the post, and emailed me to correct a couple of things I'd mis-remembered! Next con, I'm going to take pictures of everyone I meet and label them with their info... XD
28th-Jul-2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Lol! No worries! I remember my first con experience and I couldn't keep up with all the new names and ljs!

I only had to remember the one, so it was pretty amazing I remembered it after no sleep! *g*
28th-Jul-2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I read the spoilers and I think I need to see the second hr before I can judge, but I am actually excited about season three whereas I was bleh about season two from the get go. I am cautiously optimistic as well, I'm pretty sure I will enjoy season three but I don't know if it will be as good as season one. Better than season two yes, season one, that remains to be seen.
And I agree with barhaven, one ep can't make up for how lacking season two was, five is the magic number and really, we need the second part of premiere to clear things up which I think it will. Mohinder's story line has the potential to be awesome or at least interesting, I have some theories but I won't touch them until 3 eps have aired but he clearly got the worst story line out of the bunch.
Oops, I'll comment on this when you post your thoughts on the first stuff. Sorry about the potential spoilers anyone.

Edited at 2008-07-28 07:50 pm (UTC)
28th-Jul-2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
I can already tell that trying to remain spoiler free this summer is going to be a chore :-) I'm half tempted to just read the damn things but the truth is I don't want to frack with my expectations and get too high or two down about them. Half the people on my f-list seem really excited for Volume III to start while the other half don't even want to watch the show anymore.

I'm a bit nervous about your statement that you don't like Mohinder's storyline but I'm trying to remain cautiously optimistic. As much as I had issues with Volume II there was still stuff that I liked...I'm wondering if part of the reason for feeling of jarring continuity screw ups is because we lost the original second half of season two?

I realize that no matter what I'm still excited for Volume III to start so I'm trying to remain positive and unjaded :-) And some of the promos I've seen have worked for me (with one or two issues here and there).

But spoiler links and peoples spoilery recaps from Comic Con are very inviting...
28th-Jul-2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Heh. I kind of felt like I shouldn't post my review, since I know that the more spoiler links appear in my flist, the more tempted I am to read them. But at the same time, I wrote it now, and it was written just a few hours after I saw the episode, so it's definitely a first gut reaction, so I'd kind of like to make it public. And I giggled to myself a lot while I wrote it (though that might have just been lack of sleep), so hopefully other people will be entertained as well. It wound up being like a TWoP review: snarky, but not snarky just for the sake of being nasty. If that makes sense.

With the Mohinder storyline...thinking about some comments Sendhil's made, there's potential for it to turn into a very interesting moral dilemma and provide character growth. And it appears that what he's involved with will wind up driving some other story lines, so admittedly there is already some interconnectedness. But it just felt so clumsily set up and rushed. It was like, they needed the character to be in a certain place by the end of the episode, so they just threw some lines together to get him there. There was at least one thing Mohinder said that made me think, "I would NEVER have expected him to feel that way inside". It was not exactly OOC behavior, but his actions and his stated motivations often did not ring entirely true for me. So my uneasiness is coming as much from the way the story line's being presented, as it is from the story line itself.
28th-Jul-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh no! :-O

I'm trying to be spoiler-free, too (because the Maya promos made me cry), but hearing this reaction about Mohinder's storyline from someone whose opinions about the show I value and almost always agree with is very upsetting. And it seems that these things can't even be compensated for, as David Anders appears to be MIA. Boo.

I feel exactly the same way about Dania. I just feel bad for her at this point. The fans hate the character, and the media outlets have no interest in her. And I really don't think this storyline is going to help. I had hope that maybe the writers would put Maya with Elle, but no. At this point, Dania would be better off doing something else that will make her popular.

I'm glad you thought the episode has its moments of hopefulness and that Sylar is awesome, though. I agree with you about the magic number 5, thing, too (reminds me of a painting). Hiros remains one of my favorite episodes (after Parasite). And Fight or Flight remains one of the worst---one of the very few I ever fast-forwarded through.

Here's to hoping... and to waiting. Thankfully I have the Olympics to distract myself for awhile. :)

Glad you had fun!
28th-Jul-2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
But it just felt so clumsily set up and rushed. It was like, they needed the character to be in a certain place by the end of the episode, so they just threw some lines together to get him there. There was at least one thing Mohinder said that made me think, "I would NEVER have expected him to feel that way inside". It was not exactly OOC behavior, but his actions and his stated motivations often did not ring entirely true for me. So my uneasiness is coming as much from the way the story line's being presented, as it is from the story line itself.

I hate having to fanwank stuff but it sounds like I might have to just to make sense of some things...I can see your concern for Mohinder's storyline. Without accidentally tripping into spoilers could the oddness of his character's words/feelings be related to the the show doing without the second part of season two? Like if they'd actually stuck with the original storyline maybe Mohinder's character would have gone in such a direction that what you've now seen would have made more sense? Does that make sense? Oh my god I'm already making excuses :-)

I'm sure your review will be brilliantly snarky. Alas I will have to avoid it which bums me out.
28th-Jul-2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you had fun! And that you got to check out a whole bunch of interesting stuff. I'm envious of you getting stuff signed at the XKCD and PA booths. =)

Personally, I'm stoked for season three. I guess it's because I have faith (if that's the right word) that TPTB have a reason for doing what they're doing, that they have an ultimate goal. My biggest problem with season two (and, admittedly, I didn't have a huge problem with it like some people) was that it felt directionless. Season three, so far, doesn't seem like it will suffer from that.

I look forward to reading your TWoP-style synopsis! Did you give any of the characters silly nicknames?
28th-Jul-2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
The XKCD signed poster was a total lucky chance! I was just wandering down an aisle, and he was in the corner of someone else's booth, with a little hand-lettered sign above him. And he seemed pretty surprised at how much interest he was getting. I mentioned the camping trip/poison ivy strip that ran a few weeks ago, which both my boyfriend and I loved. He almost stuttered and said that he had actually started dating a girl just a few weeks before that ran, and her friends all read the strip, and they are now convinced that that one is about her even though it's not something that actually happened in real life!

OK, I need to just post my review. I keep wanting to say things in comments that would be spoilery for the poor souls who are trying to stay unspoiled, and I don't want to do that! But yes...I did have several exclamation point names for characters. :0)
30th-Jul-2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Hihi! It was fun meeting you in line. Sorry about the accidental cut/run! I was trying to nab a few seats up in the front section (go-go Powerwalk of POWER ;-) and didn't manage any more than (briefly) three total before getting the "No, saving seats" line from an Elite person and was forced to let other people sit. By then I'd lost you guys and gave up.

I got Gris Grimly's art book! :D The way he dressed up with a vest, tickled me pink. Also, I played Kingdom of Loathing religiously for like a month before realizing I was beginning an addition that would never end if I didn't stop. ;-) It's so much fun.

All in all - much fun meeting you guy - thanks for being such faboo line-buddies!
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