Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buck Reviews 24: Day 7, 3:00 AM - 4:00 AM

My apologies as to the tardy arrival of this week's review. So let's get right to it, because Jack's RUNNING OUT OF TIME!








• Previously on 24: Tony Almeida is a bastard.
• I’m glad we didn’t have some ridiculous bit where Jack can’t talk for most of the hour and can’t tell anyone about Tony. That’s what I was fearing when Dr. Macer kept telling him not to talk.
• You’d think hotels would stock shower curtains made with something a little more “breathable.” Yes, that was an awful pun. I got a million of ‘em.
• I wonder if Tony’s desire to change the game will go as well as when Hodges tried it.
• Ah, compromise with very evil people. The essence of all 24 administrations.
• He took a shower with the dead guy still sitting next to the tub?
• I also wonder what the long-range plan was before Tony suggested his alternative.
• Ah, guess I have my answer, thanks to Jack interrogating Hodges.
• Nice bluff, Jack.
• And BAM! Chloe’s back. Really nice scene between her and Morris. It’s hard not to agree with him, but you can’t fault her loyalty to Jack.
• With all the running and sweating and fisticuffs…can you imagine how bad Jack must smell at this point in the day?
• Is this Martin individual 24’s first gay character? I’m not bothered by it, just curious.
• So Olivia is going to have Hodges assassinated. It’s a shame President Taylor can’t see that her daughter is deeply stupid.
• Nice to see the CTU logo again. And the Chloe/Janice snark is much better this time than the last time Chloe was in the FBI offices.
• Right on, Jack! You tell Janice about how President Palmer...wait...President Palmer? Ah, crap…


Thoughts:
• Well, Tony’s got his fall guy for his sunrise gas attack. This is ending similarly to Season 3, which saw Jack and Chace trying to find the last of Saunders’ virus-carriers. That’s not a bad thing, as those were some of the most exciting hours the show has produced. And it’s different enough that it doesn’t feel like a rehash.
• We all know Kim will come back to give Jack the treatment he needs so he’ll be back for next season. But with his mind slipping, will he be able to stop Tony and the secret cabal? Frankly, it would be pretty interesting if they didn’t. It would be kind of a vindication for Jack and CTU, showing that their methods, while questionable, still saved lives.
• You know what I’d like to see? Some off-hand reference to the fact that part of the L.A. suburbs are a nuclear wasteland now. But that would just bring up bad memories of Season 6.
• Olivia is an idiot. Is it wrong that I just want Agent Pierce to shoot her and rid us of her idiocy?



-Buck

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hooper Reviews Heroes: Fugitives - Ep 9

Heroes Season 3
Volume Four: Fugitives


Episode Nine: "Turn and Face the Strange"


What Happened:

Let's nutshell this one:

*Sylar and Danko frame HRG, who figures out the two are working together (clever girl). HRG also faces divorce, after Sylar messes with him while looking like his wife, prompting the company man to slam his wife into a table and press a gun to her head before a conveniently-timed call from Lyle (who? Oh, the brat) convinces him of her real-ness.
*Peter and Angela (later met by Claire, Nathan, and HRG) show up at a broken down camp of sorts where the bodies are buried, or something ominous (summer camp gone horribly wrong!).
*Matt Parkman meets his son, successfully delivered by Hiro and Ando, after ruining the one good thing in Danko's life (because that's heroic; to be fair, he doesn't kill anyone and realizes he's hit bottom).
*Suresh discovers what his dad was up to back in the 60s.

***

There are three great things about this episode:

1) Matt meets his kid, and it's a genuinely happy moment in a grim story. We see this has/will change Parkman's characterization for the better, both within the story and narratively. The guy's been Debbie Downer since this all started, not thinking logically, ignoring all the cop stuff and any sense of levity.

2) HRG is still amazing. No non-powered character is better than him, and I'd say he's more rounded than anyone on the show. So not only does he deduce the Sylar-body isn't Sylar, but James Martin, he then puts two and two together that Danko rigged this up. Sans glasses, he strolls into Danko's office, pretending to be Sylar-as-HRG and holds up some "new" files from Primatech. The bald hunter takes the bait. HRG holds him at gunpoint, but it goes downhill after that (Danko correctly tells HRG which agent Sylar is posing as, HRG shoots him and tells those around that it's really Sylar, but Sylar holds off healing to frame Noah. Noah flees, etc etc.). He's smart, and he operates using real logic, not make-believe emotional snap-decisionry (a Petrelli favorite).

3) The Japanese Trucker that sounds like GW Bush's neighbor.

***

Heroes: Fugitives

Episode One: "A Clear and Present Danger"
Episode Two: "Trust and Blood"
Episode Three: "Building 26"
Episode Four: "Cold Wars"
Episode Five: "Exposed"
Episode Six: "Shades of Gray"
Episode Seven: "Cold Snap"
Episode Seven: "Into Asylum"

-Hooper

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

He's very convincing, for a gecko.


Written a while ago, here is a comic strip "from the vault."
...not that anything has gone anywhere but the vault. I digress.

***





-Hooper


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It's been a shell of a quarter-century. (Yes, I made the obvious pun.)





Has it really been twenty-five years since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came onto the scene?


A few more pics and some TMNT thoughts after the jump.







The years have seen some great comics (let's hear it for the goofy if entertaining Archie Comics series), several different cartoon incarnations, four feature films (two of which are quite good), and countless action figures. And I hear there's yet another film in the works. Guess they're not going away any time soon. And that's fine by me. These guys are probably my second-favorite 80s property after Transformers.






-Buck

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Perchance to Dream


The following conversation took place Tuesday morning, as Mrs. Buck and I were driving to work.

Buck: Did you have weird dreams last night?
Mrs. Buck: Yeah.
Buck: Mine didn't make any sense at all.
Mrs. Buck: Did yours involve vampires and Rory Gilmore?
Buck: They did not...yours sound much better than mine.





-Buck


(I did have a dream about the Gilmore Girls once, but it did not involve creatures of the night.)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lions attacks buffalo. Crocodile attacks buffalo. Buffalo's friends arrive.


EDIT: Link Fixed!


They call it the Battle at Kruger.

A landmark wildlife preserve in South Africa, Kruger Park offers a variety of safari options. Few realize "open warfare" was one of them. This video was shot by some tourists and their guide. To entice you to click through, I will say it features a pride of lions attacking a water buffalo...before a crocodile decides it wants some of the action.

And then the buffalo's friends arrive.


It's not David Lean-quality directing, but it's a unique glimpse at nature-in-action that even the best Nova special often misses (or has to over-edit to present). The tourist commentary ("Oh, you're too late!") is entertaining.

War at the Watering Hole!

Enjoy.

-Hooper

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Buck Reviews 24: Day 7, 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM

It's what we were all afraid of: Tony Almeida has been lying to and using Jack Bauer since this day began. Surprises in the Bauer family, deadly traps meant for the FBI, and an hour-ending showdown are just some of the good bits this week.






• I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the rest of the day without Larry.
Working Theory: This assault on Hodges’ lawyer is to get an assassin in to take him out so he can’t name his co-conspirators. Alternative: The assassin is going to go after the president.
• Ah, the old “Shoot yourself to retain deniability” trick. Well played, Mr. Almeida.
• Okay, so Tony was not working for Hodges/Starkwood, and bribed one of their soldiers to smuggle out some of the bio-weapon.
• "I would think you'd know by now that no one can change my father's mind when it's made up." Nice.
• Nice to see Jack showing some shock/remorse at Larry’s death. I think he was really starting to like the guy; despite their disagreements, it seemed Jack thought Larry was a good man.
• And now we’re going to be mass-murdering FBI agents? Tony’s really gone over the edge, hasn’t he?
• Ah, you can’t keep a good Bauer down.
• Well, Working Theory was half-right, I suppose. I guess slipping him the suicide pill is a little cleaner, considering they’re in the White House.
• Will Patton! Let’s all welcome one of my favorite character actors to 24!
• Tony was working for the same group Hodges was, but they weren’t actually co-conspirators, eh? He’s his own “cell,” I take it?
• I think Jack knows. You could tell he smelled something fishy right away.
• Ah, Kim has a new boyfriend who seems much closer to her age. And a baby! Awww, and she’s named after Teri. Jack’s going to blubber like a fool when he finds all this out.
• Yeah, how do you like that, Tony? You’ve helped kill one of the best friends you ever had! Bastard.
• Boom.
• Always nice to see Jack springing into action.
• Producers, I swear, if you killed Larry and Renee back-to-back…Ah, okay. Good.
• Tony, you have no idea what you’ve done. You think Jack was upset at Henderson and Logan for their crimes? You cannot conceive the shitstorm of fury Jack Bauer will unleash upon you for this betrayal.


Thoughts:


After ruminating on it a bit, I have decided:


A) Hodges and Tony were working for the same group, albeit independently of one another.
B) When Hodges went “off-mission” with his wacky missile/General Juma plot, Tony was tasked to stop Hodges and tie up loose ends. This sample of the virus is one of those loose ends.
C) The slow burn as Jack discovered Tony’s betrayal and Tony realized Jack knew was perfect. Expertly written, paced, and acted.
D) I honestly like Tony more as a villain, something I mentioned at the start of this day. The character shift was a welcome change, and look how much mileage we’ve gotten from it.
E) I actually haven't minded Kim being around. When was the last time that happened?
F) Is this the first season where the villain we started the day with is the same villain we’re likely to end the day with? I’m sure we’ll see more of the shadowy organization Tony’s working for, but the final showdown has to be between Tony and Jack.



-Buck

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The War of the Words

We're trying to get some content going besides just the usual 24 and occasional Heroes reviews. Last week saw the Plot Summaries goofiness, and here's more tomfoolery for the masses.


Just something silly I scribbled down during a graduate class last year. Marvel at my clever wordplay!


I drew my lingual blade and swung it towards the approaching warrior. His headless body fell as I kept moving. I took a moment to survey my unit. (Richardson was down, smothered between (two parenthetical ghouls.)) Smith was rushing to his aid. I picked up a discarded exclamation! launcher and took down three more of our foes. Their screams echoed! as the points pierced their flesh. It looked like things were improving. It had been a hard campaign, but we were close to wiping out this pocket of enemy grammar resistance. They would no longer taint this ground with their unholy presence. Just then Williams screamed. [A bracket ship] had appeared overhead, crushing Williams beneath one of the dozens of heavy [brackets] it was dropping as it passed over the battlefield. Then there came a mighty ROAR as a battalion of CAPS LOCK SHOCK TROOPS came pouring over the hill. I cur@$#sed, as I wiped, some stray commas, from my blade. This battle was far from over.


-Buck

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Plot Summaries, Take 2


After enjoying the plot summaries I linked to earlier in the week (check it out if you haven't, and be sure to read the comments section, as many other readers chimed in with their own), Hooper and I were bitten by the creativity bug. So without further ado, here are our own plot summaries for various movies and TV shows. We hope you have as much fun reading them as we had writing them.

Hooper's are in RED, mine are in BLUE.


8MM: Private detective discovers a burgeoning niche market in home video distribution.
Armageddon: Widower fails to protect daughter’s virginity, dies.
Back to the Future: Deranged scientist steals nuclear material, pushes teenage boy to incest.
Bad Boys: "Thug" culture corrupts urban police station.
Bambi: Hunter misses second shot. (Alternate: Hunter fails to fill his quota for the season.)
Big: Pre-teen with hormone imbalance seduced by corporate climber.
Blade: Narcissist seeks to destroy all those like him.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Teenage girl desecrates corpses, dates older men.
Chicago: Murderers are set free, pursue employment in the entertainment industry.
Deliverance: Weekend plans go awry.
Dog Day Afternoon: Gay man acts up for media attention.
Dracula: Recluse discovers new tastes abroad.
Face/Off: Cosmetic surgery breakthrough discovered.
Family Guy: Two local pedophiles go undetected in family-friendly neighborhood.
Finding Nemo: Inattentive father loses physically handicapped son, mocks mentally-disabled woman.
Forrest Gump: Retarded man has bad timing, inexplicably breeds.
Frasier: Retired police officer suffers indignities of two closeted sons, ill-bred caregiver.
Free Willy: Eco-terrorist ruins seaside attraction.
Friday the 13th: Mother celebrates her late son's life.
Friends: Woman abandons man at altar, shacks up with best friend's brother, has love child.
Glory: Experimental military unit fails to achieve objective.
Hot Fuzz: A fascist and his mentally-challenged friend work out their issues by assaulting senior citizens.
House MD: High-end teaching hospital employs drug addict and self-absorbed residents who only treat one patient per week. (Alternate: Self-loathing drug addict saves lives.)
How I Met Your Mother: Father shocks children with tales of promiscuity, brings into doubt his fidelity to their mother; "Aunt" Robin viewed in new light.
Karate Kid: Put-out teenage boy enters physically abusive relationship with WWII vet.
Kiss the Girls: Man expands unique collection, finds pen-pal.
Lawrence of Arabia: Effeminate white man conquers Middle East.
Mary Poppins: Nanny introduces psychedelics to upper-crust British children, violates child labor laws.
Masters of the Universe: Foreign LARPers force couple to participate in their RPG; deformed midget discovers music.
Men in Black: Government kills illegal alien, covers it up. (Alternate: Government agency's hiring program scrapes bottom of barrel.)
Poltergeist: Parents abuse drugs while daughter is abducted.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Returning vet has hard time fitting in, goes on crime spree with black man.
Roseanne: Morbidly obese couple deal with economic hardship, disappointing children.
Shaun of the Dead: British retail drone deals with spoiled meat.
Signs: Faithless preacher ignores daughter during crisis.
Sleepers: Murderers go free after sham trial.
Smallville: Immigrant suspected in property destruction, mysterious deaths.
South Park: Transgender teaches youth while town wallows in political corruption, spontaneous violence.
Speed: Cripple endangers commuters.
Spider-Man: Introverted teen gets radiation poisoning, begins professional wrestling career, kills wealthy industrialist.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Retiree runs afoul of secret government think-tank.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: Paramilitary religious cult takes boy from single mother, skilled mechanic's job.
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: Bi-polar teen endangers commuters, seduces older woman, attacks geriatric, propagates civil war.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: Assassination plot prevented; government enacts new reforms. Wife-beater promoted. (Alternate: An unplanned pregnancy leads to complications.)
Steel Magnolias: Diabetic ignores doctor's advice, neglects newborn.
The Big Lebowski: Differing philosophical viewpoints prove a distraction on League Night.
The Blues Brothers: Fugitive brothers form band; antagonize police, socialists.
The Bourne Identity: American tourist kills many, finds love during European janut.
The Godfather: Domestic problems spill into the workplace.
The Green Mile: Incarnation of Jesus Christ killed yet again after wrongful imprisonment. (Alternate: Dangerously large black man incites violence between prison official, inmate.)
The Longest Day: Tourists take advantage of scenic beaches.
The Negotiator: Many die in hostage situation.
The Rock: Geriatric felon slaughters soldiers of fortune.
The Shawshank Redemption: Convicted double-murderer escapes.
The Simpsons: Mentally handicapped man starts family, gets union job.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Tourists fail to anticipate special needs of local handicap.
Tombstone: Lawman and his terminally-ill friend go on killing spree.
Unbreakable: Paraplegic commits acts of terrorism, stalks family man with genetic disorder.

-Buck

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

GHOSTBUSTERS: Unemployed college professors destroy hotel with nuclear weapons.



Dorian of postmodernbarney (with some assistance from some of my favorite comics bloggers) brings the masses "Uncomfortable Plot Summaries."

Some of my favorites:

ALIENS: An unplanned pregnancy leads to complications.
BATMAN: Wealthy man assaults the mentally ill.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: Redneck trucker kills Chinese immigrants.
DIE HARD: Dysfunctional cop saves marriage by murdering foreign national.
JURASSIC PARK: Theme park’s grand opening pushed back.
LORD OF THE RINGS: Midget destroys stolen property.
SCARFACE: Immigrant finds running his own business stressful, dangerous.
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT: Redneck bootlegger makes mockery of law, sanctity of marriage.
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE - Religious extremist terrorists destroy government installation, killing thousands.

Plenty more at the link.

-Buck

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"Where are my Heroes reviews?!" (BABY!)


Due to a busy work schedule, as well as a rather big deal in my personal life (see below), I've been preoccupied. I do intend to get the reviews up sometime (there are three extant), but give me a bit to square other things up.

And my big deal?



We shall debut the child in September, certainly to rave reviews and much fanfare.

-Erik
(Hooper)

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Buck Reviews 24: Day 7, 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM



The game has changed, my friends. That's really all I can say before you click through for the rest of the review.


• Jack really has no qualms about getting upitty with presidents, does he?
• Very clever of Taylor, unofficially giving Jack and Renee permission to go ahead with their mission. Still, we all know how Jack’s last unofficially-sanctioned mission went.
• Hodges’ goal is really just to sit at the big kids’ table? Well, I did call him childish in a prior review.
• Much as I want Tony to succeed in blowing up the rockets, I don’t think this is going to work.
• And it almost didn’t. Lost the detonator, alarm’s been triggered…but look at Tony pulling through.
• While I’m not sure what’s next, it really would have been inconceivable to drag the Hodges/Taylor standoff out for the next six hours.
• So Hodges isn’t the top of this year’s villain foodchain? At least he doesn’t want us to think so. Are we moving into a fourth act? That’s a bit unusual for this show.
• She’s not that much older than him, but Taylor’s taking a somewhat motherly role with Jack. He hasn’t had an influence like that since David Palmer, and it’s nice to see it.
• Even if Kim had been trying to see Jack all day, Renee did kind of overstep her bounds. I think her attraction to Jack has blinded her to the fact that they still barely know each other.
• Kim and Jack, reunited. Hey, and no creepy C. Thomas Howell!
• Well the Jack/Kim reunion was pretty bittersweet, but not nearly as uncomfortable as the last time they saw each other. I imagine that despite Jack’s protests to the contrary, we’ll see her giving him help for that experimental treatment as the day ends.
• Ah, as Season 3 taught us, you can’t keep a good bio-weapon down.
• Larry’s down and Tony doesn’t see the gunman…
• Oh you have got to be shitting me…
• There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Tony Almeida, the hero-turned-villain-turned hero we were all rooting for...was a black hat all along.


Thoughts:

What to say? The writers really pulled out a great twist in this installment, though we can’t say we hadn’t imagined this scenario. I know I for one was questioning Tony’s loyalty back in the early hours of the day. And maybe it was due to Jack’s unwavering support of him, but I was convinced he was on the side of the angels now.


I have no idea what to expect for the last quarter of the day. What’s Tony’s plan? Is it still just the simple vengeance against the government that twice wronged him? Is he Hodges’ ace in the hole, or does he have his own agenda? There are so many possibilities. One thing’s for certain: we can’t take anything for granted in these final hours.


-Buck

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

"And I thought they were soft...on the OUTside!"

The world of sleepovers got a whole lot awesomer.

ThinkGeek presents the TaunTaun sleeping bags. Currently available for delivery only to Hoth, the company hopes to distribute Sectorwide later this year.

Featuring an attached, embroidered tauntaun head pillow and a lining simulating the "smelly, but warm" insides of a dead tauntaun, the sleeping bag is perfect for camping out in the yard, spending the night at a friends or saving your future wife's idiot brother from certain death by exposure.

Measuring 32"x60", the sleeping bag is, according to ThinkGeek, perfect for childrend and small adults. And it's so cozy, simulating "the warmth of a Tauntaun carcass ."

It even has a little glowing lightsaber as the zipper. Aside from authentic sound effects as you unzip it, this product has it all.



Buy yours today!

**Warning: does not protect against wampa-attack. Jedi visions not included.**

-Hooper

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Buckshot: Off the Port Bow

It still seems strange to me that in this day and age, piracy is still such a threat.

But if there's one thing I've learned from the interwebs, it's that the only solution to the piracy problem is ninjas.

Or perhaps we could track down this fellow to aid in the negotiations. Either way, it would get very interesting.



-Buck

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Buck Reviews 24: Day 7, 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM



Much better than last week, tension-wise. Though I do hope we're not going to drag the standoff with Hodges out for the next 7 hours. Still, there was some 24 goodness to be found this time around...






• Nice to see Larry showing more backbone.
• Damn, Voight’s really chewing the scenery.
• Shame we didn’t get a shoot-out like I’d hoped, but I suppose if Starkwood had fired on federal agents, Taylor would have brought down the thunder, and it would all be over rather quickly.
• Oh crap. Jack’s dying.
• Olivia’s kind of our new Sherry Palmer, isn’t she?
• It’s interesting watching Jack run things from a distance, in the command center. We don’t get scenarios like that a lot.
Nice crazy virus eyes, Sutherland!
• All this talk of Kim leads me to believe we’ll see young Ms. Bauer again. Think that means we’ll get a return appearance by C. Thomas Howell as her way-too-creepy boyfriend? *
• That was some high-quality face-kickin’, neck-snappin’ action courtesy of Mr. Almeida. 24 could use more kicks to the face in its fight scenes.
• Is Hodges’ endgame the “I love my country so much I’m going to hurt it” or the “We’re going to show we’re relevant by creating a crisis only we can resolve”? Either one seems poorly thought-out. Then again, he is pretty crazy.
• I don’t think Olivia’s fooling Agent Pierce. You don’t work Secret Service detail for 5 administrations and not know what’s going on in hotel rooms. The look on his face when she came out said it all.
• A very ominous ending as Taylor silently exits the room after her conversation with Hodges.


Thoughts:

 For me, a much more entertaining entry than last week, thanks largely to Tony’s cloak-and-dagger antics.
 I’m still curious as to just what Hodges wants out of all this. Maybe he wants the president to recognize the threat of giant alien robots.
 Gotta say, I think I prefer Janis to Chloe right now. Don’t get me wrong, it would be cool if they called Mrs. O’Brian in to work with Janis at some point. But I like that Janis doesn’t talk down to everybody. Chloe’s smarter-than-thou attitude gets old fast with me.
 I’d pictured a much more sinister way for Olivia to get revenge on the reporter. I was expecting her to start screaming that he was trying to rape her or something, only to have Pierce come in and shoot him. But that’s a tad more messy than blackmail, I suppose.
 I’m sure there are fans that hate it, but I don’t mind a few episodes with Jack sidelined. I think this season’s cast is strong enough that they can keep things moving without him at the forefront.



* Seriously, Elisha Cuthbert: 26. C. Thomas Howell: 42. I don’t care how old Kim is supposed to be due to the show’s sliding timeline, it’s just wrong. Besides, if you followed the timeline, Jack’s actually 4 years older than he should be, if his birth year of 1966 can be taken as fact. That or Season 7 is taking place in 2013.
Actually, by the same math, Kim’s the same age as the actress playing her, so the relationship is still creepy. But her given birth year is ’87, which means she was only 14 in Season 1, and that dog don’t hunt. That’s of course assuming Season 1 did in fact take place in 2001…
Yes, I just did all this math on a post-it. Shut up! 24’s chronology is making my head hurt…


-Buck

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hooper Reviews Heroes: Fugitives - Episode 8

Heroes Season 3
Volume Four: Fugitives


Episode Eight: "Into Asylum"


What Happened:

Nathan and claire bond in Mexico while on the lam, and decide to return to the US. They have a cute scene where Nathan tries to raise money by out-drinking some American college students; he fails, but Claire steps in and her unique physiology allows her to win. A drunken Nathan admits he gave Claire the free pass to try and win her over, to make her like him, and that now he has to set things right. Upon waking (sober), he admits he doesn't have the ability to pick up the phone and Get Things Done, Claire loses faith, but later he comes around.

Angela and Peter find sanctuary in a church, giving Angela time to sleep and dream. They must bring the family together, including her sister. A sister? While at the church, Peter asks God why bad things happen to him. In pop a squad of agents led by HRG, who discovers the two hiding in the confessional. He says nothing. Good man, Noah Bennet.

A hero-napping goes awry when three of four agents are killed. Noah is not happy and lectures Danko for sending in agents who didn't know what they were up against. Turns out the killer is a shapeshifter and is posing as an agent. He can be anyone by just touching them, and has serious identity issues.

Danko is confronted by Sylar, who offers to work with "Building 26" to get all those with powers, leaving Sylar the last man standing. Their first joint target is the shapeshifter, who they track down and kill while he's wearing Sylar's face. Sylar takes his ability (empathically, not through rough neurosurgery, so the body is preserved), the agency thinks Sylar is dead and this dangerous liason can continue.

To be continued next week in "Turn and Face the Strange."

***

I enjoyed having a shapeshifter brought in, and that power adds a lot to the mix, especially since Sylar now has it. I liked that part of the episode. All the Petrelli-related stuff was a bit slow, overdue and simply continued to shuffle them around.

That's the problem with this season. Characters are simply moving from point a to b to c to etc. in order to get them to some predetermined endpoint. Why not give them real stories in the meantime?


Heroes: Fugitives

Episode One: "A Clear and Present Danger"
Episode Two: "Trust and Blood"
Episode Three: "Building 26"
Episode Four: "Cold Wars"
Episode Five: "Exposed"
Episode Six: "Shades of Gray"
Episode Seven: "Cold Snap"

-Hooper

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