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1. Christopher Eccleston!

2. Do we think that's it for the dinosaurs?

3. Does the breaking of the night-stick have the implications for the nature of Niki/Jessica's power that I think it does?

4. Claire may have owned this episode. Just sayin'.

5. I like the involvement of government agencies via Mohinder. It's a reminder that in the long-term, this isn't a Sunnydale Reality Distortion Field Event. Eventually the heroes are going to start getting noticed.

6. They have thoroughly screwed up the timeline, haven't they? Homecoming was two weeks from the start of the season, two weeks have passed since Homecoming, and there's three weeks until the explosion. But the season started in early October, and the explosion is due on November 8 ...

7. I'm a bit disappointed to see Sylar still locked up.

8. whoosh!
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Wait, the crazy bearded guy was Christopher Eccleston?
2. Yeah, I think so :(
3. If we're thinking the same thing, I think so. The look on the actress's face was probably the best acting she's done all show.
4. Agreed. Great to see her scheming.
5. I still want to know how HRG fits in with those agencies.
6. Yeah, that tripped me up too.
7. Not me! I think radioactive guy is going to make a more interesting villain.
8. "Flying Man!"
My wife didn't recognise Christopher Eccleston either, until I pointed him out afterwards. Which is odd, since as far as I was concerned he couldn't have been more like Christopher Eccleston if he'd tried, even in his micro-appearances in Peter Petrelli's dream. I think it's just the visual look of the character that's throwing people off.
My wife didn't recognise Christopher Eccleston either, until I pointed him out afterwards.

Huh. And I thought it was just Americans that were having problems ...
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3. If we're thinking the same thing, I think so. The look on the actress's face was probably the best acting she's done all show.

I'm thinking that she's essentially Isaac, but with mental illness rather than drug addiction. Previously, my hypothesis had been that it had been Jessica who had the power, and that she'd somehow transferred into Niki on her death. Now I think it's a genuine split personality, and that Niki's power is super-strength.

7. Not me! I think radioactive guy is going to make a more interesting villain.

Hmm, really? He seems fairly ... straightforward.

My larger objection to Sylar being still locked up is it makes it more obvious that Eden's death was a last-minute writing choice to take account of the actress leaving, rather than a natural part of the story.
The look on the actress's face was probably the best acting she's done all show

I think Niki's the most boring character on the show, but Ali Larter's performance as two very different people in the same body has been consistently excellent.
1. I know

2. I suspect so. A little bit of a let-down, really.

3. That Niki is uber-strong?

4. Yep, ownage.

5. That's cool too.

6. I suppose it depends if Sylar ends up getting Isaac's brain and Nathan ends up getting elected. Not sure that anything concrete's been contradicted, unless I'm forgetting the bleeding obvious. Which I often am.

7. whoosh?

I wasn't all that impressed with this episode. It was fine, but a lot of it was marking time and even the stuff that moved forward didn't really grab me by the scruff of the neck. On the other hand it's really "Season 1, Part 2", and as such I think it's a period of regrouping and moving characters into position.

I like that the characters are working together and converging to a much greater degree, which is nice. Nathan Petrelli seems to have taken an abrupt right-turn into accepting the superheroics that feels a bit strange, especially combined with Simone becoming properly convinced. It feels as if the writers have taken a few decisions between episodes.
6. Ah I see what you mean now! I haven't been playing close attention to the dates. Presumably they're hoping no-one else has either!
3. That Niki is uber-strong?

Pretty much, yep. See also comment upthread.

Nathan Petrelli seems to have taken an abrupt right-turn into accepting the superheroics that feels a bit strange, especially combined with Simone becoming properly convinced.

Huh. I didn't get either of those things -- Nathan didn't seem entirely convinced that he'd help out when he was talking to Hiro, and I read Simone as more verging-on-hysteria than really believing.

That said, you're right that it's a regrouping episode. But surely nobody expected anything else?
Checked out PrimaTech yet?

http://www.primatechpaper.com, click on jobs, code MT36 (Heroes-related)
Is Nathan just not running anymore or what? Some lip service to the idea of him being a candidate might be nice.

Sus reckons Eccleston has put a bit of weight on.
Sus reckons Eccleston has put a bit of weight on.

So now he looks merely emaciated? :-) I can't say I noticed. Will visually probe his mid-section next week. In a good way.

Of course, if I became invisible I'd probably let myself go a bit too.
4. Claire may have owned this episode. Just sayin'.


Say what? How did you work that one out? She didn't do anything interesting.

I think you have a teenage-blonde-superheroine-shaped hole in your life, and you're projecting your own needs onto Claire.

Also! I have a theory. First, a lemma: Takezo Kensai, the medieval Japanese lad whose sword Hiro wants, was a Hero. Okay? So, my theory is that Non-Smoking Man is in the pay of Linderman. I don't think he's government, since then he'd have had access to The List, as Mohinder's sent that to the FBI (and the government's competent at information-sharing on TV). The fact that Linderman is buying up Isaac's paintings and has Kensai's sword indicates that he has awareness of and interest in Heroes. We know he has plenty of money, so he has the wherewithal to fund the operation. Also, if memory serves, we've never actually seen Linderman on screen - we only hear his orders through his minions, in the same way as we perceive Non-Smoking Man's superior. Circumstantial, but it all makes sense. That doesn't really explain why Primatech is a thousand miles from Vegas, though; seems a bit inconvenient.

Another implication of Kensai being a historical Hero is that the Heroes aren't being created by a sinister modern conspiracy; either there have been genetic engineers active behind the scenes for centuries (a possibility i tend to discount), they must be a natural occurance. I presume their rate of emergence has increased recently, though. ISTR essentially the same holds in the X-Men.

8. whoosh!


Yes.

-- tom
That doesn't really explain why Primatech is a thousand miles from Vegas, though


Although i note the shortest driving route between the two does go through both Roswell and Trinity ...

-- tom
Takezo Kensai


The word on the street is that 'kensai' means something likee 'great swordsman', and is an honorific title, whereas 'Takezo' is a personal name, so if you're going to refer to the chap by one name, it shoud be Takezo, not Kensai as i used above.

Just so everyone gets that right in future.

Also, it seems the name is a reference to Miyamoto Musashi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miyamoto_Musashi), whose given name may have been Takezo.

And that's science, bitches.

-- tom
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