Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Best Show on Television

I'm pretty sure I did a post with this title already, and I was then talking about The Wire on HBO. Well, this time I'm obviously talking about Heroes on NBC. Last night's episode was just great TV. Hard to believe an episode which had only a little Hiro (literally) could be so good, but it was. Nice to see them use flashbacks so well. It was great to see so much background information. It's hard to believe they packed all that into only 42 minutes or whatever. Also, it was great to learn that the George Takei appearance earlier was not just a cheap stunt casting trick, and instead is part of something which obviously goes a lot deeper with Hiro's dad. About the only complaint I have about the episode is that Eric Roberts looks like someone ran over his face with a large truck, and his hair looked like there was a dead animal on top of his head. I can't wait to see how they handle Mr. Bennett after his memory has been erased. He may be leading the charge looking for Claire even though he was the one who made her disappear. Anyway, if you're not watching Heroes, you should really start.


Also, The Black Donnelly's which premiered after wasn't bad either.

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Toast said...

Absolutely phenomenal episode. Kick ass. And we watched it back-to-back with last Sunday's BSG, which I also found to be first-rate.

God, I love television.

One thing, though: I would not recommend that anyone jump into Heroes this deep into the season. Wait for it to come out on DVD and watch from the beginning.

Oh, and off-topic, regarding the comments at maurinsky's place: Whenever people would mention how I don't comment at Shakes' place anymore, my shorthand answer was "Too many Fritzes. Not enough John Howards."

Chris Howard said...

And we watched it back-to-back with last Sunday's BSG, which I also found to be first-rate.

Hey, me too, except it was last night. Both very good episodes. I love the fact that Claire's dad is a gray character and very believable, not the cardboard bad guy he seemed to be at the beginning. At the end, where he's letting Claire go, I was getting choked up.

Oh, and off-topic, regarding the comments at maurinsky's place: Whenever people would mention how I don't comment at Shakes' place anymore, my shorthand answer was "Too many Fritzes. Not enough John Howards."

Yes, there are a lot of good people there, and I read the posts every day, but there is a little too much pressure to conform lately. Not from Shakes, but from some of the regular commenters. Since the whole Edwards brouhaha, there's been a lot of call to ban people, what with the influx of right-wingers.

maurinsky said...

I just watched this episode last night, and I'm a little concerned about what will happen now that Claire's dad doesn't remember anything about her - what about his wife and son, will they remember her? If (or as I presume, when) he encounters again, will he be a danger to her?

It's not my favorite show on television, but it's damn fine hour of entertainment, IMO.

And Toast, since our conversation, which I found very engaging and you don't really remember ; ), I find the comment threads over there much less enjoyable. You opened my eyes, dude.

Chris Howard said...

I'm a little concerned about what will happen now that Claire's dad doesn't remember anything about her - what about his wife and son, will they remember her?

Yes, I was wondering just how much memory the Haitian will take. Enough to keep Claire safe, but how much is that? And to your point, what about the family? Eric Roberts was going to kill Claire's mother years ago when she found the gun, not the shit's really hit the fan.

Toast said...

And Toast, since our conversation, which I found very engaging and you don't really remember ; ), I find the comment threads over there much less enjoyable. You opened my eyes, dude.

Thanks. Good to know I'm engaging and useful even when the long-term memory functions are off-line. ;-)

John Howard said...

I was not suggesting anyone start watchin Heroes at this point. Anytime I start watching a new show, I go all the way back to the beginning, and that's what I would recommend everyone else do also.

I appreciate the comments about Shakes' place, and I agree with the opinion here of the comments over there. I still comment occasionally, but I do find the mood to be sometimes annoying. As Chris mentioned with the calls to ban people. I get about two or three times more annoyed with the people calling for others to be banned as I do with any of the people they're complaining about. But then, I'm never a fan of banning anyone for any reason. I think the bigger a blog gets, the more inevitable that kind of thing is, but it does make me a little sad, since I know I was around over there before a lot of those people who turn me off. On the bright side, I don't have to worry about my comments becoming like that anytime soon.

Toast said...

I'm never a fan of banning anyone for any reason.

I'm not a fan of banning people for being argumentative or annoying, but the second someone starts getting personal in a negative way with me on my site (e.g. the douchebags who started making derogatory comments about my wife on election day) I'll ban them without hesitation.

maurinsky said...

I don't think I've ever had someone truly obnoxious comment on my blog. I've had a couple of hit and run type trolls, but they were good enough to run after they hit, so I didn't have to think about things like going to moderated comments or anything.

John Howard said...

Yeah, Toast, that makes sense. Was't really thinking much about that kind of comment, since I've never had anything remotely like that around here.

Tracy said...

I'm not really a TV junkie, but that episode of Heroes may have been my favorite hour of television ever.