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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Heroes - Volume 2

Before I cobble together thoughts on the “finale” from Monday...I’m curious.  Show of hands; how many people are disappointed with Volume 2?  How many here think it was awesome?  Feel free to be specific or just voice a general opinion.

Posted by JimK at 03:44 PM on December 06, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Heroes - Truth & Consequences

1. My elbow is screaming so I have to keep this short.
2. Spoilers after the jump!

Posted by JimK at 09:18 PM on November 27, 2007
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Monday, November 26, 2007

Battlestar Galactica - Razor

If you can believe it, I have *not* watched the online “Razorettes” or watched them mushed in commercial breaks of whatever show Sci-Fi was trying to get me to watch.  I figure it’s so long until the season and this is just bonus information anyway.  We did watch Razor tonight, and here’s my take (spoilers below!).

Posted by JimK at 12:35 AM on November 26, 2007
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Heroes - Cautionary Tales

I think this episode leaves us with just two more to air...yoinks!  Spoilers below!

Posted by JimK at 10:34 PM on November 20, 2007
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Heroes - Four Months Ago

OK, I know, it’s late.  I just cannot get the Heroes post up on time!

Spoilers…

Posted by JimK at 12:51 AM on November 15, 2007
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tim Kring apologizes to Heroes fans

When have you ever heard of a show creator doing this?

THE PACE IS TOO SLOW ‘’We assumed the audience wanted season 1 — a buildup of intrigue about these characters and the discovery of their powers. We taught [them] to expect a certain kind of storytelling. They wanted adrenaline. We made a mistake.’’

THE WORLD-SAVING STAKES SHOULD HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED SOONER The premonition of nuclear apocalypse created a larger context that unified every story line last season. Kring now sees that Volume 2 (the first 11 episodes of season 2) would have been better served if Peter’s vision of viral Armageddon had appeared in the season premiere rather than episode 7. ‘’We took too long to get to the big-picture story,’’ he says.

THE ROOKIES DIDN’T GREET THEMSELVES PROPERLY New Heroes Monica (Dana Davis), Maya (Dania Ramirez), and Alejandro (Shalim Ortiz) ‘’shouldn’t have been introduced in separate story lines that felt unattached to the show. The way we introduced Elle (Kristen Bell) — by weaving her in via Peter’s story line — is a more logical way to bring new characters into the show.’’ (That said, Kring says a few newbies won’t make it beyond this second volume, which wraps Dec. 3.)

HIRO WAS IN JAPAN WAY TOO LONG Hiro’s (Masi Oka) time-bending adventure in 17th-century Japan — where he mentored samurai hero Takezo Kensei (David Anders) — finally came to an end on Nov. 5. But Kring says it ‘’should have [lasted] three episodes. We didn’t give the audience enough story to justify the time we allotted it.’’

YOUNG LOVE STINKS Kring regrets sticking Claire (Hayden Panettiere) with a super-dud boyfriend and forcing Hiro to moon over a cutesy princess. ‘’I’ve seen more convincing romances on TV,’’ he admits. ‘’In retrospect, I don’t think romance is a natural fit for us.’’

I think I agree with everything but Hiro being in Japan too long.  And I half agree with that.  There wasn’t enough story to justify the time spent, but the answer in that case wouldn’t have been to cut it short, it would have been to write more stuff.  We love Hiro, we like Kensei, who doesn’t like looking at Yaeko?  The costumes were good, it looked great...just put more story in it.  And cut the Smallville crap.

So, it seems that he gave a little something away here.  Peter’s vision of the virus apocalypse is the real tragedy from which the world must be saved.  “Save the cheerleader, save the world” actually applies to the virus/2008 story, not the bomb - although Claire’s ability was needed to deal with the bomb as well.  The bomb would have been bad (especially for NYC), sure, but 93% of the world’s population wiped out is so much worse.

I’m glad Tim sees the flaws in this season.  Makes me respect his skill a bit more and gives me hope for the rest of whatever aborted season we get.

Posted by JimK at 02:09 PM on November 07, 2007
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Heroes - Out of Time

Now THIS is what I’m talkin’ about!  Heroes was good last week and absolutely kicked ass this week.  This show is great when they remember to answer questions as they ask new ones, and always make sure something happens.  Do not emulate Lost.  Be a comic book.  The last couple weeks have given us a return to form.  On top of that, we’ve had very little Toxic Twins, cross-eyes Veronica mars or Faux Irish, which only improves everything.

Spoilers below!

Posted by JimK at 02:50 PM on November 06, 2007
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Monday, November 05, 2007

By way of an apology - Heroes, Ariel and the Cuda concept

Not only have I not posted jack-squat since last Thursday...I just skipped Heroes this week.  I actually liked it too, but by the time I felt like writing it all down it was late, and then I had to take Gus back to the vet Saturday, so I let the weekend get away and just chilled out.

So...Heroes last week then?  Except for the ugly Irish girl who is British and can’t actually do the brogue for shit, I really enjoyed this last episode.  First one that has felt less like placekeeping or treading water, but instead felt more like a real Heroes episode.  From everything I read, the WGA strike might be the reason it picks up.  They have up to episode 11 done, and they canceled Heroes: Origins.  They say it was a money thing, but I think they needed to cram as many scripts in as possible, and couldn’t spare the time to work on Origins.  Everyone knew this strike was inevitable.  So, unless it is resolved very quickly, Heroes will have a mini-season ending with episode 11, which is also supposed to end Volume 2.  They even shot an alternate ending to episode 11 that can act as a season finale, just in case.

All that is by way of saying I expect things to pick up on the show now as far as pace goes.  Feel free to spoil away with theories and whatnot in the comments.

Now...the boobs.  This is a NSFW gallery of Ariel from Met Art.  She’s ridiculously hot.  Enjoy that.

Lastly, my apology includes another retro-future muscle car.  The new one is a Barracuda concept that Autoblog scoped out at SEMA.

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Chrysler is doing these retro designs fairly well - in the looks department anyway - and should make some cash with them...as long as they don’t succumb to the temptation of making them (on the cheap) with identical interiors and mostly parts out of the common bin.  This one is supposed to be an all carbon fiber body.  We know that won’t make production.  And the interior is just the SRT8 you can find in the Charger and so on.  Hopefully a production version could customize the interior for this specific model.  What is it with Chrysler and the shoddy interiors anyway?

Anyway. while the concept looks great, I think I’d still rather pay 50 grand for a fully tricked-out and over-muscled 1972 ‘Cuda.  Something about that old 70’s steel just appeals to me.  Maybe the advent of “modern muscle” will drive the prices on vintage muscle down a bit to where a normal human could afford one some day?

Posted by JimK at 02:25 PM on November 05, 2007
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Heroes - Fight or Flight

Spoilers!  Many spoilers lurk below.  I will be randomly jotting things down as I remember them.

Posted by JimK at 02:34 PM on October 23, 2007
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Heroes - The Kindness of Strangers

Spoilers and so forth abound below!  DVR’ers (wow, that is not a word) you were warned!

Posted by JimK at 06:35 PM on October 16, 2007
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