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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
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Heroes: Unexpected
Well, I guess that's the last we'll see of Christopher Eccleston for a while. A shame really because I was really enjoying his time on the show.

Another week of Heroes where we operate under the less is more theory. Fewer storylines with more development for them is a good thing.

I am guessing that Hiro and Claire are the "stars" of the show since we never have a week that doesn't include their storyline. This week, Claire's adopted mother is having complications from the constant brain wipes and Claire is not happy. So much so that her anger boils over to HRG, in public. At this point, he has to know that the Haitaiin left her memory alone and I am curious to see how that little conversation will play out.

Of course, first they have to survive being held hostage by Nuke Man, Internet Girl and Matt Parkman. Parkman's storyline has interesting the past few weeks. As his wife points out, for a guy who can read minds, he sure doesn't read his own very well. One interesting aspect of this is how easily Matt can convince himself to bend or break the rules--stealing the diamonds, going after HRG and his family, etc. He is easily swayed by the moment and I have to wonder if he'll have second doubts about the path he's on here--esp. the whole going along with Nuke Man and Internet Girl. But I think we'll see more on that next week.

Meanwhile, Peter is betrayed--by Issac. I felt sure when I heard about this it would be Nathan somehow betraying him. Issac lets HRG know how to find Peter and that Claude is still alive. This leads to Claude leaving Peter and fleeing back into hiding, before Peter feels he'd done learning to use his abilities. Well, at least until his back's against the wall or he's angry and then he can go all out with the powers-use. I thought for a bit that Peter was going to kill Issac for his betrayal, but looking back, there were a whole lot of signs pointing to Simone being the one killed off. After all, she had told Nathan she was thinking of going public about their powers...at this point they should have started fitting her for a red-shirt.

And while I liked the confrontation between Peter and Issac, I felt that the way they killed Simone (or at least seriously wounded her) stunk of a contrivance. Oh, HRG gives Issac a gun early on and it comes into the killing of Simone later. Yeah, didn't really see that huge twist coming.

All that and we even got a Stan Lee cameo.

Veronica Mars: Mars, Bars
With only a week left until we find out who killed Dean O'Dell and I've got no idea who the culprit is. All that and another solid episode of the show. And a big death! Read more of my thoughts on it here.

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