October 7th, 2008

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TV Comment: "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" s2ep05

"Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles"
Season 2, Episode 5
"Goodbye To All That"

Episode Summary: John and Derek go to a military academy to protect Martin, a future resistance leader being hunted by a Terminator, while Sara and Cameron protect another, younger, Martin. The Martin at the military academy learns about duty and devotion while Sara and the other, younger, Martin bond over The Wizard of Oz.

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Summary: While this did again feature a Terminator-of-the-Week, it was a different kind of story. The actual Terminator barely appeared at all, and was mostly an external threat used to give us some more insight into character. The relationship between Derek Reese and John Connor is an interesting one, since it's an echo of the relationship in the future. We got another scene with Sara Connor being put into a parenting situation. Is this all that's going to happen to her? I still want to know what the T1000 is planning.
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TV Comment: "Heroes" s3ep04

Season 3, Episode 4
"I Am Become Death"

Episode Summary (no spoilers): Current Peter and Future Peter go into the future to see the future that Future Peter was trying to prevent. It's weird because most characters have done a complete flip from their current personas. In the future, Peter tries to understand what's happened while finding other specials and dealing with them in their new personas. Bad Things Happen, in many ways. What does it all mean? Heck if I know.

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Summary: The trips to the future are always fun, because the writers have the freedom to have dramatic things happen: kill off people, blow up things, change all the rules. But the question I always ask is: why do it? What's the point? It seems like they're doing it just for the sake of doing it, and I’m never as sure what the dramatic intent is. The dramatic intent here seems to primarily be "wow, bad things happen in the future". So what else is new?

In general, this is probably my biggest problem with Heroes. It really feels like the creators and writers are winging it from episode to episode, just tossing in things as they see fit without really trying to explore the implications or justifications. Thus, it ends up feeling like a soap opera. Things just happen. For Some Reason. And it regularly changes. So the characters feel like sketches, or caricatures, and not characters. They have no depth of consistency to them, but are pawns from episode to episode.

The time travel scenes are the biggest indication of this. I think there is a way that time travel could "make sense" in the show – go with the idea of "multiple timelines" and when action is taken it shifts you into that timeline. Then, when a character goes into the future they go into the future of that timeline. Sure, Peter was able to avoid Future A but now he's stuck with Future B. And can't go "home" (Future A) again.

There is one interesting item, which is when Peter gains a new power and it's a power that could cause him lots of trouble down the road. How that item will affect Peter is the intriguing result of this episode, one that actually does have a lot of dramatic possibilities. Will they be explored? I don't know.

I think this show needs some supervision, someone to be the hand on the reins and plan it all out and get it all to make sense. Because it doesn't make a lot of sense right now. The below reviews also contain this same feeling:
- Heroes Has Lost Its Spirit Guide and Is Growing Slime Fingers (at io9.com)
- Episode Review by Theresa DeLucci (at tor.com)
- How Many Futures Does Heroes Need, Anyway? (at io9.com)
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links for lunchtime

- Fantastic Plastic: 20 Essential Works of LEGO Art. Nifty! And Postive! (unlike the other links in this post)

- Robert Reich on the Meltdown, Part I. Summary: Definitely *not* basketfuls of puppydogs with lollipops.

- The End of American Capitalism? 5 Short Takes on Where the Financial Crisis Might Be Headed. Thoughts from five economists.

- Palin Misquotes Albright: "Place In Hell Reserved For Women Who Don't Support Other Women". The massive degrees of bitter, mind-warping, nastiness in that quote and the speech just scare me.

Finally, the witty soundbites related to McCain and Palin are coming fast and furious:

- "Women voting for McCain-Palin is like chickens voting for Col. Sanders.", from Women's Health: Yet Another Issue Sarah Palin is Out of Touch On (at AlterNet)

- McCain's Desperate Claim: Obama is Dangerous. Vote for Me If You Want to Live! (Arianna Huffington)

- Alec Baldwin imitates Sarah Palin on the Bill Maher Show
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quiz: whose "one stop shop" is this?

Stopped at the donut store yesterday morning. In the same strip mall was a new store, the "One Stop Shop", with this intriguing sign:

It's a most interesting collection of things that comprise "one stop" for someone. My question for you is: Whose "one stop shop" is this? Name a character, real or fictional, for whom this *is* The Store!
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 07:10 @gregvaneekhout I have that issue! That was you? #
  • 07:11 quick net scan before getting A to school (lunches are made already), and a leg workout before work #
  • 10:18 my legs are so tired I barely made it up the stairs at work #
  • 13:59 all the table signs in the cafeteria are about "preparing for your retirement or job transition". What's *that* about? #
  • 17:53 i think it's time to go home now. #
  • 21:16 McCain in a nutshell: "My friends, Joe Lieberman and I, bipartisan, Obama will raise taxes, I know, I know, America is great, my friends" #
  • 21:17 watching a PBS special on Krakatoa (with much CGI). Holy Frak! #
  • 21:57 Krakatoa generated a 40m high wave of water that could have been up to several kilometers long. Wow. #
  • 22:35 a couple emails, and then writing. really. #
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