Monday, December 15, 2008

HEROES/CHUCK, 12/15/08 and NINC Blog Giveaway

First off, I just want to point out that I’m blogging over at the NINC site today (Tuesday). I’m talking about how watching TV has actually become a part of my “writing process.” Sounds weird, I know (surprise, surprise), but I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from after you’ve read it. Also, I’m giving away a copy of my latest vampire Blaze, GOOD TO THE LAST BITE, to someone who comments….

So it ends up that I did ½ CHUCK recap tonight and ½ HEROES. Let’s start with the Chuckster, shall we?

I wasn’t sure about this episode at first, but it turned out to be one of the best episodes so far, IMHO. We’ll get to the reason shortly.

* Best part of Big Mike’s Santa suit is the splotchy blush on his cheeks. Excellent, sad detail.

* I did not need to see Morgan in tights.

* Hee! It’s the DIE HARD cop! I predict a Twinkie joke in this episode. (Am I remembering that movie correctly? It’s been a long time. Wasn’t there something about Twinkies?)

* Aw for Chuck, Sara, and the bracelet.

And this is where it starts to get magnificent….

* Hey, why can’t girls play football, too? Anna’s totally kick-ass, yet she was left on the sidelines. Boo.

* But yay for Team Awesome!!!

* WOW. Sara. I’m glad she did what she needed to do because letting the Fulcrum agent go would’ve been foolish (or should I say it would’ve been a really Sydney Bristow thing for her to do?). Letting him live would’ve come back to haunt Chuck in a big way.

* And THEN her action leads to a deeper complication rather than the more superficial one that’s been keeping Chuck and Sara apart.

Wow. Bravo, CHUCK people.

HEROES recap. Better than usual but CHUCK makes it suffer by comparison, and that’s wrong. I want to watch this program on its own merits but… Man, it’s hard with that kind of lead in.


* LOL for Daphne stealing Suresh’s formula and Suresh getting predictably whiny about it.

* I do like Peter much better without powers. (And at the end when he regains him? I say “sigh”. Round two.)

* Um. Okay. Super soldier sure didn’t last long.

* “And I’d like to give [Sylar] a good spanking,” says Claire. Can you all just see those fanfic boards going crazy right about now?

* HRG—the man with a cunning plan! (Gotta love him.)

* Gosh, they’re cleaning house tonight, huh? Tricy even gets to take out a “villain.”

* Listen to Gramma, Claire. But…no. Sylar corners his little mouse.

* Betting time: how many episodes into “Fugitives” until Sylar “miraculously” shows up? I say three.

What do you all think of the set up for the next volume? I’m not feeling Nathan’s whole “we must hunt them” vibe. Maybe it’s because the characters have gone back and forth with their motivations and personalities all season….

Hope everyone has a fun holiday time and you have a chance to stop by the NINC blog! ;)


Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Just wanted to pop in to say: Happy Holidays! :)

Selena Illyria said...

I haven't seen Chuck yet, saw a bit but not all.

Heroes, it was better but there is still a long way to go. Claire saying she wants to give Sylar a spanking made me shudder. It was nice to see Sylar get back into form, at least I think its form. As everyone else, well, they wasted Meredith, argh.

Claire still needs brain cells, when is she going to realize her dad did help create the monster Sylar is? I'm still iffy about the cast. Ando getting powers, I'm not sure how I feel about that. They got Hiro back but now one of the only normal people in the world of Heroes has powers, I just don’t know. It was an okay episode but like I said they still have a long way to go, especially when it comes to reestablishing the character foundations. As for Nathan, they went into X-Men territory by they picked the wrong freaking storyline, imo.

Crystal Green's Blog said...

Happy Holidays to you, too, Y! Hope you're doing well. :)

Selena, same to you--and you're gonna love CHUCK. When the episode started, I thought it might be the worst one...but then it became one of the best.

ITA about HEROES. I'm not sure even Bryan Fuller can save it, although I have more confidence in him than most anyone. Based on his other programs, I know that he's great at characterization and always ties up his loose ends in a way that creates suspense and fairly quick satisfaction at the same time....

Selena Illyria said...

For Heroes what they would need to do is take the characters back to season one and then and most importantly layer on growth and maturity in some way shape or form.

Having certain characters revert to their first season's personas (i.e. Nathan) is unnecessary. Instead, bringing on a new villain or using a new and improved Sylar would help.

A fresh aspect does not necessarily have to mean bringing in ten more people when you haven't established the first set of characters properly.

Bryan Fuller can improve things but it's up the writers and creator to build or squander what they've been given.

We'll just have to wait and see what they do with Fugitives. Being “on the run” can help speed up growth for some characters others I’m not so sure.

Celise said...

Seriously, seriously behind in Heroes. I should be watching consistently, but it doesn't help that I've been tuning in to your comments before watching them. And thanks so much for doing CHUCK. That's bloody awesome. Now that you've done one, you'll have to do it from now on. LOL.

Crystal Green's Blog said...

So true, Selena! Very good points....

Celise! I tell you--I've become such a clock watcher during HEROES. I'd rather read recaps sometimes, too, LOL. CHUCK was such fun that I just might be doing both little recaps from now on. :)