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And We're Off!

As much as I look forward to the new fall season, I’m inevitably overwhelmed the very first week. Tomorrow night I have four, count them, four shows airing at 9pm. Luckily two get repeated. Bless cable and their multiple airings. Tonight was much easier going. I DVR’d Dancing with the Stars. counting on the fact I can watch the bloated ninety minute premiere in twenty minutes. ;p Then I watched, for the second time, the pilot of Chuck, which I still found very enjoyable, and the season premiere of Heroes.

I’m still not loving this show and let me tell you why: TOO DAMN MANY CHARACTERS! I didn’t care about half of them last season and now they are throwing more at me that I’m sure not to care about. (With one exception. You probably know who, but that will have to wait a minute.)

To make matters worse, after spending a considerable amount of time jumping from character to character, we still haven’t seen everybody. I was actually surprised to see Peter at the end, but, sadly, not surprised to hear he has amnesia. I guess he won’t remember who gave him a decent haircut. ;)

Mohinder and Matt are living together and raising Molly. Uh-Huh. I’ll let the fanfic writers fill in the blanks.

Mr. Bennet, you still rock. Working an entry level position in a copy place and taking crap from some loser whose only sense of self-worth comes from bossing people around...he really loves Claire. Of course, looking at their new house and new car, something tells me he had some money hidden away. And I like the fact that though not biologically related, he and Claire share a very strong bond. Neither is able to just walk away from their old life and forget who they are.

Interesting that Claire’s potential new boyfriend shares the same ability as her biological father.

Nathan, how fall you have fallen and I respect you a hell of a lot more for it.

Now for the one new character who I think will leave all other new characters in the dust…Takezo! David Anders how I’ve missed you! How cute is it that the guy from Oregon can not get away from doing the English accent? :) Well, he does do it very well. And I think he’s already doing a hell of a lot in what could have been a very predictable and clichéd role. I mean, are we really surprised that Hiro’s hero was no hero? (Say that three times fast!) The recorders of history have a way of tidying things up and glorifying people so we have heroes. And Takezo isn’t a bad guy, just a guy trying to make a living the best way he can.

So, as with last season, it looks like I’ll be watching half the show with interest and washing the dishes through the other half. ;)

Yesterday, I watched the final four episodes of The Nine online and I came to a realization. While I’m still pissed as to how ABC handled the show, I don’t know how the series could have gone beyond a season. The final four episodes, in particular, already included a lot of filler. I think American TV should start embracing the concept of limited run series. The Nine could have been awesome within the thirteen episodes that were filmed if the writers knew they had to complete the story that they presented to us in the pilot.

Another reason I felt the writers bit off more than they could chew, it turns out Malcolm planned the bank robbery with Lucas. Honestly, I can’t recall any signs in the first nine episodes that Malcolm was a part of the plan. (though it's been awhile since I've seen them.) In ep 10, ‘The Insider’, Nick becomes convinced that one of them had to be involved in the robbery. He confronts Malcolm, who, for Nick, is the prime suspect, and Malcolm denies everything and is even insulted. As the episode progresses, we find out that Tom, the guard that was killed, was the supposed insider (he was getting a share of the money to fund some experimental treatment for his wife – see how convoluted this is getting?). Whether Tom knew of Malcolm’s involvement is unclear. So Tom’s memory is ruined and his wife is forced to drop her law suit against the bank .

Meanwhile, over the next two eps, Malcolm slowly starts becoming unhinged and eventually volunteers at a church to atone for something he’s done. He ends up confessing to his daughter, who is starting to get pieces of her memory back, what he did and why - it’s the old cliché, he was living beyond his means. Anyway, he wants to confess to the police and Lucas tries talking him out of it as does his daughter. I guess we’ll never know what choice he makes and I really don’t care because the show, to me, was going off the rails.

A few random TV related things:

• I saw a Buffy/Oz crossover fic today featuring Buffy and Toby. I couldn’t even click on the link because I was that afraid.

• I heard from someone at work (yes, I've been outed as a geek!) that Flash Gordon was featured on Talk Soup. HA! Yes, SciFi, you are being mocked by E!

• TV Squad had a preview/review of Bionic Woman and of the ten reader comments I saw at the time, all were negative. I know people want this one to do well because of the various BSG connections, but I’ll be surprised if it lasts the season.

And on a personal note, I am quite overwhelmed by all your kind words about the drawing I did of Jamie. I haven’t really drawn anything in…what year is it? And I’m going to try and continue drawing and not let the rust set in again. I even pulled out something I started many years ago and am contemplating finishing it up. I’m also going to work more on the portraiture to try to increase my speed and refine my technique. So, thanks, you've convinced me to not let that art degree go to waste. Of course, I also need to find time to work on that long gestating post-‘Crossroads’ fic idea I had. If only I didn’t have to work!
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So, as with last season, it looks like I’ll be watching half the show with interest and washing the dishes through the other half. ;)

That is EXACTLY where I am with the show. The amount of characters is simply too overwhelming and like you said, i just don't care for a huge chunk of them and now they're adding more? Oy.

Then I watched, for the second time, the pilot of Chuck, which I still found very enjoyable

Same here. I was actually almost surprised by that.

t turns out Malcolm planned the bank robbery with Lucas.

SERIOUSLY? Huh. I didn't watch the episodes online or the ones that peeked in this summer and then quickly disappeared, so I'm completely in the dark with where things actually went. I'm disappointed that it was all to reveal this great conspiracy. I didn't actually want a twist reveal. And of all people, I guess Malcolm makes sense because of the opportunity but really, never expected him whatsoever. Anything else interesting happen to the characters?

And heh, my TV schedule is not as complicated as yours but yeah, the first week of premieres is pretty overwhelming, gah!

Nothing really earth shattering about the other characters on The Nine. Kathryn's relationship was slowly unraveling and the fiance looked to be taking a job with a law firm in Chicago. In the final ep, she and Nick are spending a lot of time together and end up kissing.

Lizzie was dreaming about Lucas and being with him. Franny and Jeremy fessed up about their relationship. Lizzie didn't deal well with it, but wasn't a bitch about it either. Franny, in the last ep, seemed to have some doubts about things with Jeremy after seeing pictures of Lizzie's sonogram. I got the impression that she thought since he and Lizzie were having a baby together that they should be together, but she doesn't know about Lizzie's feelings for Lucas.

Egan went out on a date and it went well. He later volunteered to work for Kathryn's campaign as DA.

That's about it. See? The show just didn't seem to be going anywhere.
I'm averting my eyes from the Heroes spoilage because I haven't watched my tape yet, but I had to comment to confirm that Flash Gordon was indeed featured on Talk Soup. It was even the Clip of the Week! They showed a scene of a Hawkman (I guess) teaching his Hawkson to fly. It was really, really bad. Awesomely bad. I immediately thought of you and Danceswithwords.
That was the one scene of that episode I saw! I was laying on the couch sick, and I must stress sick, flipping through channels and paused for a moment to watch the badness. I have to say, E! did a great job in highlighting the awfulness of that series.
How I feel about the multiple characters will alter, depending on what they do. This is supposed to be a sudden evolutionary surge, so more and more people turning up with powers makes sense. However, it's also going to make sense that this can't be hidden from the general public too much longer. The mutants will be 'outed' and the reaction will start.
X1 + X2 + X3, actually.
I'm sure it will also be prevalent in Wolverine.
But hey, so long as Hugh Jackman continues to show up in a tight tank top, I'm there!
I didn't know David Anders was going to be on Heroes! That's very exciting; I'm glad he's found work.
I'm glad he got a good role too. I was shocked he didn't get snapped up by a series after his exit from Alias. No accounting for casting in Hollywood.
The Petrelli's, The Bennet's, and now David - that's why I continue watching. :)
I think the Heroes cast has seriously maxed out; I don't see how they can keep that many balls in the air without dropping some of them. And we didn't even see some of the characters this week. I think the reason I find it enjoyable candy is that it's very plotty, but except for the Bennets, doesn't spend that much time on character development. It can't; it has 8000 characters.

I'm so glad you've been inspired to do more drawing!
It can't; it has 8000 characters.

Hee! Yeah, the first twenty minutes of the show really annoyed me with all the jumping around and catching us up with where (almost) everyone is at. And even when they finally delved into the actual story, I didn't feel I learned anything new about these people.

I'm so glad you've been inspired to do more drawing!

Yes, well, given the positive feedback I'm thinking I could find a way to make a few bucks with this down the road. And save money on Christmas gifts! ;)
I guess he won’t remember who gave him a decent haircut. ;)

I think it was probably the melting into ooze and reconstituting that did it. ;)

So, as with last season, it looks like I’ll be watching half the show with interest and washing the dishes through the other half. ;)

That's the frustrating thing about these huge ensembles...
I guess if he was burned badly (as Nathan envisions him) that the hair went and had to grow back...thank you! :)
I enjoy Heroes because I don't waste time worrying about characters I care little about, because, as you said, it's too difficult to keep up with them! As someone mentioned, I'm more Petrelli-Bennett centered, and how delightful was David Anders! I'd forgotten he was a Yank, he does do that Brit accent so well :) It's funny, as I was watching him, I was getting a bit of a Shogun vibe - the Brit landing in Japan looking for his fortune, then assimilates. Wonder if he'll wind up as Hiro's hero ;) I love Nathan so far, and I'm curious as to who killed Hiro's father. That will keep me going for awhile.

I'm glad you're going to keep up with your drawing. You are too talented to let it go, and it helps tremendously to have something in your life that you love to do.
I thought that perhaps Peter was the killer, but with the whole being chained up half naked in a box I guess it rules him out. ;)
All of the announcements of new additions to "Heroes" don't bother me at this point. There hasn't actually been any indication that any of the new characters (aside from Maya) will be playing anything more than a secondary role in support of one of the existing leads. And after all, there were many deaths among the supporting players in season 1, and yet another in last night's season opener. They have to bring in replacements or the stories can't go anywhere. =)

Loving Mohinder + Matt + Molly as well as ultra-angsty Nathan, but I wish they'd explained why Nathan doesn't know Peter's fate. He was the one who took Peter ballistic...wouldn't he of all people know? Hmmmm.

As for the negative comments about "Bionic Woman"...I wonder if those are from people who have seen the completed broadcast version...or from people who saw the preliminary version that was released months ago. I agree that the early version needed A LOT of fixing to have any hope of bringing the audience back next week, but since some reshoots were necessary over casting changes, they might have made some additonal fixes at the same time. I'm curious to see how the two versions compare.

And uh...watching Michael Shanks on "Eureka" right now...sleeveless and scruffy...very niiiiiiiiicce!
but I wish they'd explained why Nathan doesn't know Peter's fate. He was the one who took Peter ballistic...wouldn't he of all people know?

Nathan was adamant with his mother that Peter would be coming home so, if he doesn't know Peter is alive, he at least feels there is a possibility.

The people criticizing BW had seen the revamped pilot (it's available on Comcast's On Demand) and were still unhappy with it, especially the new sister and her role.

I look forward to seeing Michael. :)