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20 October 2008 @ 09:57 pm

Mohinder-narration has returned. Everyone is horizontal and lookin' fine. The beginning of a turnaround? Let's hope.

So, let's discuss. Most importantly, Matt brought the turtle back with him. Which is great. I think the turtle will eventually chew through the elaborate machine that is keeping Mohinder's experiments alive, thus turning it into a serial killer responsible for the death of Maya and Evil Racist Neighbor Man. Do turtles eat lizards? Or bugs? Because if so, and the symbolism holds up, Matt is the only one who can stop Evil Mohinder.

So we knew it. Who would have thought that it'd be quite so cliched as actual Fake Blood & Trick Sword? And what are the chances there'd be a Trick Sword that looks just like the Real Sword? Oh well. I suppose in the scheme of things I can live with that grade of a suspension of disbelief. And I liked Ando's Aiko da ne. "We're even." It gives us a brief respite in the Let's Fuck With Hiro and Ando fest that's been driving the fans crazy. However, I'll be pissed if they let that storyline drop entirely.

The power play with the time and what not was fun. I like the Heroes-fonted "ONE MINUTE BEFORE HIRO GETS HIT"... that was cute.

I like how Daphne's interacting with Hiro and how betrayed she feels by the fact that he's no longer a hero in her eyes. This was a good episode for her. She's breaking down slowly. And I like that Matt's still a little obtuse for her. He thinks everything's still going to fall right into place. Still, Parkman, after what you've been through you really think saying "HI MY NAME IS MATT AND WE'RE TOTES MEANT TO BE" is really gonna make a good impression? Maybe you've been sniffing a leetle too much African glue there. Still, optimistic Matt lookin' at the turtle after she left like scooooore! was pretty funny. Felt so bad for him late that night. He had a long conversation with Tom Hanks's character in The Terminal, realized he can't win an Emmy for being an everyman anymore, and starts walkin'. Don't worry, my TV version of Tom Hanks, your Meg Ryan is on her way back.

Matt: "I can protect you!"
Daphne :looks at the turtle: "Not carrying that thing around, you can't. Fer srs."

Also, now that Adam's bit it (more on that later), Daphne is the new smartest person in the room. Seriously, she got away from Bug Eyed Creepy Seductive Mohinder. Smart girl. (More on Mohinder later, too.)

Obligatory MattMo moment: Daphne is the new Maya, only instead of being a Mylar proxy she's a MattMo proxy. Yes. I like this interpretation. Any further discussion will be met with fingers in ears and a long rendition of La La La.

Did Utusu[sic] drive Matt to the airport? B/c that's bitchy of him to make him go spirit walking before revealing he had a jeep parked out back. For reals.

Things that totally pwned in this episode include "Mr. Isaac," "Mr. AFRICAN Isaac," "High-five, turtle," and the absolute badassery that is Sandra Bennet. How much is Sandra Bennet made of awesome? This freaking much, people. "Where did you get that thing?" I love how she's so dry and matter-of-fact.

And her idea that she's the "one of us" - allow me to expound on this briefly. Sandra is the new viewer surrogate. Think about it. In season one it was Mohinder. It was a brand new, exciting world, and he, like the viewers, were excited to learn all about it but a little afraid of the dangers of it. He and we fell madly in love and had our hearts broken and came out a little the wiser. But now it's Sandra. Like us, she's been around this stuff before. It's not enough to thrill her. But what she does, and what we do in our commentaries and feedback, is keep it from going out of control. She's the reasonable person who reminds the show to keep its feet on the ground. God love her.

I like the reversal of Eric Doyle, puppetmaster, being a complete co-dependent. The truth is, he's wrapped around Meredith's little finger, but he wants to be the player, not the played. It works for psychological complexity. But it looks like he will be tossed back into the dustbin promptly, so so much for that. hedgehog39 was all working out the "does he need to physically control the person, and could you bind him up or paralyze him" angle, and then, sad sigh, he's just another day player, not even union scale. Bugger it all.

I am right properly ashamed that I didn't call the "oh, they'll shoot Claire and Claire will regenerate" until right before it happened. I am just an all-day sucker. Here's a thought: how did Claire manage to knock him out? What did she hit him with? He's a big guy; I can't imagine a 17-year-old girl could manage a blow to the head that'd stun him. Good thing Noah was nearby with his elephant gun. Claire's "Show's Over" was dumb, though. Stop it, Claire, you are not good at being badass. Sorry.

RIP Adam. We hardly knew ye. But we liked ye.

Mohinder is still playing with curare. He is SO not over Sylar.

I rather like Evil Seductive Lying Through His proboscis Teeth Mohinder. That man looks fiiiiiiiine. Damn it, Sendhil, stop looking so good because it makes me wince twice as hard when your character acts Stupid And Evil.

TRACY! You may yet become my favorite incarnation of Ali. Although Niki is hard to beat. (Though I still want to know if Niki hallucinated the entire scene where she and DL SAT AT JESSICA'S GRAVE. WTF, SHOW?) Seriously, smart, smart girl. No wonder she's so good at politics.

Oh, I'm sorry, I guess I do need to talk about Family Petrelli, eh? Sylar is still a momma's boy. Peter is still trying desperately to be badass and is just coming off as the eternal middle child. "I'm the most special~~" Good for you, Peter, you get a prize. Now just hop back onto the special bus, right where you belong. :eyeroll: Nice to see he's still got Claude's power, though. Oh, Claude, now that we lost one sarcastic Brit, why don't you come back and fill the void? Oh please, oh please?

How did Sylar know Peter can read minds?

Also, I am under the firm belief right now that ARTHUR PETRELLI IS A METROID. Skree! Quick, Peter, morph into a ball and fart some bombs at him!

So Angela has kept Sylar under wraps for the day Arthur Petrelli comes back. Why? It's obvious that power-taking and power-stealing runs in the Petrelli male DNA. Is Sylar supposed to take Arthur's power? What's the story with that? What can he do that will stop Arthur?

ETA: Noah! Sandra's gonna beat your brains in for that little indecent proposal!

All in all, I feel good about tonight's ep. This was ten times better than last week's. Looking forward to seeing what y'all have to say.
Marieeleclya111 on October 21st, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Very funny review..and my thoughts exactly on everything :)
Tiptoe39: thank youtiptoe39 on October 21st, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
yay, thanks for responding, that means the absolute world to me.
Jessdeepwonderment on October 21st, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you commentary on Sandra. I hadn't thought of it like that.
Tiptoe39: fandomtiptoe39 on October 21st, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
i think every creative endeavor has a viewer surrogate. more often than not it's the narrator in a book but i think in TV there's usually one "outsider" who is meant to ask the questions that the audience has. the link to us, so to speak. but i wax philosophical.. :D

the point? sandra rocks. end of story :D
himhilienhimhilien on October 21st, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh fuck. You're right about Sandra.
Tiptoe39: mo srslytiptoe39 on October 21st, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
so, uh, why does that merit an oh fuck?

(thanks for not friendscutting me btw :D)
himhilien: Heroes >>> Mohinder >>> 01himhilien on October 22nd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
I usually catch these things. Or think I do.

You're welcome. ^_^
aquasnake08aquasnake08 on October 21st, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I actually found myself laughing (in a good way) with the Ando and Hiro moments on the show, going back to some of that season one chemistry

Sandra > > > Meredith by far. And I agree with everything you said about her.

I'm beginning to rather like the Daphne/Matt pairing much as I heart MattMo to death!

Peter... you're clearly too stupid to live I hope you get hit by a bus

David Anders you will be missed, Adam was the only one who had half a brain left on the show

Papa Petrelli did indeed drink Peter's milkshake.

I love your little post show recaps, they always make me laugh =D
Tiptoe39: meltstiptoe39 on October 21st, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
eee, i got a compliment! :dances around:

tell me that isn't sylar and maya eating watermelon in your icon :D
aquasnake08aquasnake08 on October 22nd, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
good heavens NO =P ew ew ew ew ew.

They're actually two characters from the Matrix Trilogy, a very ollld icon!

And I'm always happy to give compliments to people who deserve them =)
xandgunn: I Already Know It (Heroes)xandgunn on October 21st, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
I am loving Sandra, Matt, Daphne, Turtle, and Utusu. Yeah, our show is coming back. The premiere was just a bunch of surprises, but we expected that. The next ep was weak, but the one after that was great. Last week was lame, but this one was really good. So, slowly, but surely, Heroes is rising back to the top.
Tiptoe39: orlytiptoe39 on October 21st, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
your optimism is cockeyed but adorable <3 but i appreciate it nonetheless!
godiloveslashgodiloveslash on October 21st, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank god someone else who was like Adam died, awww without exploding about it. As much as I would have liked to have seen an Arthur/Adam team up Arthur needed him.

It isn't like he could have killed Claire after all and he clearly wants Peter for something I'll bet. Besides flashbacks are our friends.
Tiptoe39: peter sez shavetiptoe39 on October 21st, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
why should i explode? it's not like they killed ando or something....

...heh! see what I did there? see? :is clever:..

flashbacks are our friends


:charles deveaux, linderman, and D.L. nod enthusiasically in the background:

:isaac, simone, and ted pout a lot and disagree:
godiloveslashgodiloveslash on October 21st, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
haha that is so true I just like the show for what it is and at least we got Linderman back in some way that made me a very happy. And you are very clever. *pets*

It's why I like your fic so much it keeps my M3 hope alive.