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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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Heroes: Fight or Flight
Heroes is trying hard to break out of this slump they're in.

They're not succeeding.

This week, we completely waste the talents of Kristen Bell, who shows up as Elle. Or as I call her, let's rip off Angel's Gwen Raiden.

Part of my issue with this show is that characters do stupid things. Elle is making it so obvious she's hunting Peter and then is easily called off. Who's the mysterious father on the other end of the phone? At this point, it's hard to muster much interest.

Meanwhile, Parkman and Nathan head out to find Parkman's dad. Now, we've got evidence that he's done something to Molly and he ran out on Parkman years ago. But when we find him, we suddenly are in a trusting mood....so much so that the guy pulls the wool over our eyes and traps us in some kind of vision, where we face our great fears. Genius move there guys...genius.

Then, you've got Mohinder, who for a genius is not exactly long on common sense. At this point, the Company has to be incredibly stupid to NOT know he's working against them. He brings in Molly, which seems the dumbest idea ever. Then, Nikki goes all crazy and not ten seconds later he's trying to help her escape. Yes because a group as secretive as the Company wouldn't have monitoring systems.

Oh, it just makes me head hurt sometimes the bone-headed moves this show expects us to swallow.

I know, I know it's a comic book for TV. But I've read comic books and while characters do make mistakes and are fallible, they're not ever this clueless.

I keep hoping for one positive, one storyline that compels me. The Hiro storyline is almost that and I find myself wanting to fast-forward through the other stuff to see it. I should've done that this week, watching those five minute and missing the other parts that proving pointless.

I guess in the good news category I can say we didn't see the Wonder Twins.

When that's the most positive thing I can say about an episode, you know something is wrong.

Friday Night Lights: Thank Goodness It's Friday Night
In one scene, we see exactly why Buddy Garrity is a success as a salesman. The meeting with Eric Taylor isn't going well. So far, Eric isn't biting on any of the reasons Buddy has thrown out to sell Eric that Dillon needs him to come back. And just as Eric is looking to head out, Buddy plays hardball. He plays the family card and suddenly, Eric is looking for where to sign to come back to Dillon.

And the thing is--Buddy needed to play that card. Yes, it's ironic that Buddy would play the card of "Hey, your family is falling apart without you" on Eric since we saw Buddy's entire family crash around him last year and we're still seeing it. But if there's a person who knows the telltale signs of a family in trouble, it'd be Buddy. It's sort of like when people ask me for relationship wisdom knowing I'm divorced...I know the signs that you're headed to a danger zone having lived through them.

Because the Taylor household is falling apart. Tammy is losing it, Julie is rebelling and baby Gracie...well, baby Gracie may be the most stable one under the Taylor roof. If anything, Eric needs to come back or at least insist his family come to Austin. But if he doesn't come back to Dillon, then the show wouldn't be nearly as interesting.

So, Eric buys what Buddy is selling...and we'll see where it goes.

It left me very excited for next week. This episode as a whole left me eager for more. The team is falling apart, imploding from within. The new coach is hyping Smash, though from what I've seen here, it's just Smash being Smash. I'm not sure where all the resentment from Matt is stemming from since we haven't seen Smash be any worse than he was last year. But to see Matt go after him and punch him on the field was interesting. One of the moments where you keep wanting to look away, but somehow you just can't.

Meanwhile, the decision to have more Landry is continuing to pay dividends. This week, he and Tyra enter into a relationship of sorts. I am loving the family focus of the plotline this week, with his dad wondering what Tyra is doing with his son. The scene at Applebees was one of those great ones that this show is so good at. On one level, Dad's there to look out for his son, but on another level, he's trying to figure out the attraction. I wondered if Dad figures Landry pawned his watch to afford dating Tyra or to buy her presents. That said, I'm still not liking how obvious they're making the whole "Landry's watch is missing" angle.

There are so many great subplots on this show, it's hard to address them all. I did like the way the Riggins storyline has played out, with him seeking some kind of meaning for his life. And Jason's decision to go to Mexico. Best line of the show was Herc's line about Jason becoming a cliche.

I love this show.

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