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Chuck

I’m assuming the show has made a deal for unlimited use of the Huey Lewis catalogue. Three songs in two weeks! But the cheesy upbeatness of the music suits the show well.

Captain Awesome took romance advice from Morgan? Hee! In fairness to Morgan, I don’t think his intention was to ruin Awesome and Elly’s evening. And we now know that Morgan’s crush has been going on for nineteen years with his emotional development apparently stopping around that same time.

Maybe it was all the years of watching Night Court, but I can’t quite see John Larroquette as fitting the James Bond mold. Still, I liked Roan and John did an excellent job of conveying a spy beyond his glory days, burnt out by the job, and burdened with a cynicism born of experience that Casey and Sara do not yet have.

I’m feeling as if Chuck and Sara either need to pursue a relationship, they obviously want to, or they need to decide to just be friends. This is only the second episode of the season and if they are going to tease the ‘Will they or won’t they?’ all season it’s going to become tiresome.

Bryce is back! I like Bryce. That’s all I have on that subject for now.


TSCC

I liked this episode, a lot, but I did have some issues with Sarah’s story. The intent was to show that it's easier for Sarah to deal with trying to save the room than having to deal with being a mom, but the execution of that idea had some problems. Marty is a smart kid. He knows someone is trying to kill him even if he doesn't know why and he understands Sarah saved him and was continuing to work to keep him safe. But that failing to complete his book report would be the thing to cause him to panic, rather than not knowing when he'd be reunited with his obviously distraught family, didn’t seem plausible. Nor did Marty bonding with Sarah so quickly and accepting her as a surrogate mother. And how does he explain to his parents and FBI that his abductor helped him with his homework?

Shirley Manson isn’t getting any better, is she? It’s a shame since I believe Catherine’s storyline is an interesting one. She seemed surprised (at least I think that was suppose to be a surprised reaction) to learning there were two terminators at the power plant. Cameron was under her radar.

John, Derek, and Bedell’s story fascinated me. If I try to think too much about the timeline I’ll be crippled by a headache, yet the series is hinting, again, at time paradoxes. I adore continuity and loved hearing Derek ask Sarah how many Sarah Conners were killed before the terminator found her? Presumably, Future John provided that information to Kyle and Derek. Did it just come up in conversation or did John know Derek would need that piece of information to convince Sarah to seek out and protect the Bedells? More importantly, did Future!John know that Martin would not only need to be saved, but be convinced to not abandon the military path he was on? It surprised me that John and Derek told Martin the truth, but, if they hadn’t, would Martin have run off with his girlfriend? Derek knew Martin went to West Point, but he might not have known why.

Derek was humanized. I’d always viewed Derek as being defeated, emotionally by the war, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. He’s experienced a lot of loss in his life, his family, his friends, his fellow soldiers, and he’s had to lock all that pain away in order to, forgive the pun, soldier on. When the cadet announces he’s eagerly awaiting his first kill, it forces Derek to relive the horrors he’s seen and it makes you aware that Derek became who he is, not out of a desire to be that way, but out of necessity. And his words to John, “We all die for you”, were chilling because he counts himself among those people, he just doesn’t know when his time will come.

I felt more sympathetic towards John after Derek’s declaration to him. To know that people in the present and future are dying every day to save you and they are doing so because they believe that you are the savior of humanity, it’s a hell of a lot for a sixteen year old to shoulder. And this is the first time that John has met one of these dying men.

Did Future!Martin sacrifice himself because he knew he had to? If Martin ended up being one of John's lieutenants because of John and Derek’s actions in the past, and if he is aware of that, then he would know he had to sacrifice himself so John and Derek lived.


Life

This was probably the best episode of the season thus far, but the bar has been set pretty low.

The Good: Reese seemed to be acting more like her old self. They focused once again on the conspiracy surrounding Charlie's imprisonment. And the murder mystery was somewhat interesting.

The Bad: Would Reese really call her father out at a family dinner? Then, instead of going to a bar and knocking back a bottle of vodka, scream in her car before getting her hair stuck in the door? And what is up with Constance? Besides the bad makeup. Is she being threatened and why not tell Charlie as Ted did?

The Ugly: Charlie destroying evidence by fooling around with the frozen corpse and having it be a big joke. Charlie breathing in possibly toxic chemicals so he can see his ex-wife everywhere and ruin Ted’s chance of getting some part of his old life back. I don’t know what the hell they are doing with the ex wife and might care if she were a better actress (like Claudia Black). And using a monkey for laughs. Really? A monkey?


According to Ausiello, 'The Mentalist' is on the verge of getting picked up for the season.

Both
Mo Ryan at the Tribune and The TV Addict have announced they are done with Heroes. I can recall critics breaking up so publicly with a show before.

Finally, 'Battlestar Galactica' will be released on DVD in the U.S. on January 6th.
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Maybe it was all the years of watching Night Court, but I can’t quite see John Larroquette as fitting the James Bond mold.

I dunno, he always carries off a suaveness that I could buy. And man, does JL really age much at all? I remember watching his arc over on "The Practice" a couple years ago, where he did a wonderful job, and yeah, looks pretty much the same. On a side note, I've been enjoying Night Court reruns in the morning.

This is only the second episode of the season and if they are going to tease the ‘Will they or won’t they?’ all season it’s going to become tiresome.

I think this is kind of inevitable. I have no doubt it will be played out all season, with blockades thrown in there like Bryce and probably some other females for Chuck. It's just TV 101 and the show has not really shown itself to not fall into many of those prerequisites, you know?

Though, to be honest, this season, just the two episodes we've seen, has been more fun than a lot of what we got last season. I like how they are using the Nerd Herd and I'm glad Morgan earned a haircut. I don't mind the spy-crossed lovers as long as laughs are happening. And so far, I'm still laughing, so yay :) It's nice having a show I can enjoy, not be irritated with, and not have the need to analyze too deeply.

I...may actually need a Chuck icon. Progress!

I agree, John doesn't look like he ages. I wonder if it helps that he looked older when he was younger and started to go gray early?

I loved Night Court in it's early seasons. The last couple let us not speak of! And it's so odd watching people in small roles who went on to bigger (and very different) endeavors such as Brent Spiner. Now I'm wondering what happened to Harry Anderson after Dave's World?

Though, to be honest, this season, just the two episodes we've seen, has been more fun than a lot of what we got last season.

I agree with you and it seems to be the consensus of the critics. I enjoyed the show last season, but by just making small adjustments the show is really clicking now. Casey seems to be (however unwillingly) more a part of the group. Last week we saw he was eager to make a sale at Buy More and join in watching Jeff eat the twinkies...when he thought he might die. ;) And this week we see him carpooling with Chuck and, after Chuck saves him and helps retrieve the Cipher, telling the Colonel how helpful Chuck was to the mission - knowing that he's still marked for death once a new Intersect is created.

There's also a greater focus on the supporting cast. We're seeing more of Elly and Awesome in their alone time.

After all the angst happening with the economy on Monday I opted to watch Chuck live and TSCC on a delay. I just needed something fun to take my mind off things. :)
I felt more sympathetic towards John after Derek’s declaration to him. To know that people in the present and future are dying every day to save you and they are doing so because they believe that you are the savior of humanity, it’s a hell of a lot for a sixteen year old to shoulder.

I think John's position is really poignant and terrible when we see other people holding him to that responsibility, much more so than when he complains about it himself, and they're wise to show moments like that.

But nitpicking aside, HEROES fatal flaw, and the final nail in its coffin lies with the show’s inability to tell a coherent story. You know, the foundation on which all successful television shows are built upon.

Ouch!

Also, I'm more than annoyed that TPTB are releasing BSG Season 4 as two separate seasons, both at full price. I still haven't bought Season 2 because of the idiotic and expensive split packaging, and won't until they drop more on the discount sites. Maybe it makes me a bad fan, but I deeply resent that they expect me to pay $50 for ten freaking episodes. No thanks.
Yeah, like when he showed he knew where all the exits were, and added, "I do know better", I loved that scene, because it showed just how bad John's life has been that he had to know that. That he's never been able to be a kid. In fact, I think that being at a military school is probably the closest thing he's had to being a regular kid and one of the group.
I think that being at a military school is probably the closest thing he's had to being a regular kid and one of the group.

Irony, he gets to be a normal kid at a military academy. And he finally has a place where he fits in, yet it's the last place he wants to be.

It's interesting that Bedell wished to run away from that life as well. I wonder if one of the reasons they became so close in the future is not just because of skill, but because they both were trapped by destiny at a young age and never had the opportunity to make choices.
I really liked that scene too. It illustrated that for all that John longs for a more normal life, and resents the role he has to play in the future, he's learned the lessons his mother taught him, and he's not stupid enough to take risks just because he's not happy about things.
I liked how positive they made the military school look in general. Very often when you see tv shows use military schools, it tends to make them look like these negative places where kids are forced to go to as punishment.

With harsh drillsergeants and stuff.

Now they showed the staff caring about the students, responsible cadet captains, showing that weapon training is taken serious. Like how John wasn't supposed to solve the problem with the gun on his own, but was supposed to call someone in charge with that.
The Heroes complaint you site jumped out at me too. :) I don't recall critics quite so publicly turning on a series like this before. Not even Alias!

Considering they are releasing Season 4.0 at the same time 4.5 is airing, I don't know why they just don't release one box set in April or May. Oh, to get more money out of people like ME. :p They are including Razor too which most fans already have. I may end up gifting that to someone though so it wouldn't be a total waste of my money.
I don't recall critics quite so publicly turning on a series like this before. Not even Alias!

For all my bitterness, I don't think Alias's slide was quite this precipitous. It took me a whole season (that would be Season 3) to really admit to myself that things had gone off the rails and didn't look like they were ever going to recover. Heroes seems to have compressed that into about two episodes.
True. It was a slow decline and once in awhile there would be an episode that made you wonder if they could get back on track. Then came Rachel Nichols. :(
Thing is, little Marty wasn't so much scared about the bookreport, but that he focussed all his fears about not being allowed to talk to his parents, about the cyborg hunting him on that bookreport. Because it was something solid he could hold on to.
Good point. But I still felt there was something missing in those scenes. Maybe if he had had some reaction to seeing his parents pleading for his return it all would have made more sense to me.
I don't know, I thought he showed plenty of reaction in that scene. I was actually happy that he didn't overdo that scene, make it too sentimental or something.

I really liked that kid-actor actually.
Re Life: the mystery was great and catching the right murderer was very clever. However the 'Charlie's personal life' bit made me call him an idiot. Oh and I like the Lieutenant but I wish everyone wouldn't keep perving at Reese - she's worth more than that.
The personal stuff was cringe-worthy. And we know NOTHING about the ex-wife so it's hard for us to care about Charlie's determination to get her back.

I have a bad feeling they will try to pair Reese with Tidwell and all I can say is...Ewwwwwwww!
Yeah in the commentary of S1 DVDs on the "Dig a hole" ep, The discussion of the new Captn and possible love interest was brought up.

I do admit in this last ep Tidwell seemed a tad less ewwwwww than in others.
I was pretty giddy about this episode because it felt like they got their pacing back. I loved the scene with Dani and Jack, so much tension (but I was surprised by the big family).

instead of going to a bar and knocking back a bottle of vodka, scream in her car before getting her hair stuck in the door?

This didn't bother me at first but now that I think about it, it seemed a little out of character but maybe because Dani screaming in her car didn't sell it for me... I think its the way they shot it... they were too tight on her face. There should have been a lot more intensity to her anger. As for her not knocking back vodka maybe she really is sticking to the AA program although how long that would stick with the way things are going is the main question.

Maybe this is the episode that begins Dani's backslide.
Hee, thanks for the info regarding 'The Mentalist'. I haven't been online for a while (again), and was clueless about other people's reaction to the show.

It's good to know the show got picked up. I like it because of Simon. He totally carries the show IMO. I've only seen two episodes so far, but I'm not too thrilled with the 'case-of-the-week'. I think that's the reason I'm not obsessed with this show like I was with 'The Guardian' or BSG.