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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2007-02-26 22:08
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Heroes 1x17: Company Man

How did I love this episode? Let me count the ways.



1. Kid!Hiro.

2. Mrs. Bennett overcame repeated memory wipes and a hospital stay to take heroic action to protect Claire.

3. Mr. Bennett told Matt to shoot Claire! And he did! Matt was finally not boring, so I hope he stays on as Mr. Bennett's new partner. It's possible. What else has he got to do at this point?

4. The flashbacks! Claude and Mr. Bennett, buddies in sleek noir black and white! I wonder how Claude survived being shot three times (at least) and who he was hiding, unless that was revealed and I missed it: someone we haven't yet met? Nathan Petrelli? Meredith? Also, it looked like the gun was firing by itself-- was it all a set-up between Claude and whoever he was hiding, and he wasn't being hit at all?

5. Mr. Bennett and Claire, oh God. I wondered how he'd get away with a flesh wound and a lie when they might easily have turned Matt, and then the Haitian stepped up, and I almost fell off my sofa. I thought for a moment that he might wipe everything-- the very memory of Claire-- but on second thought that would look even more suspicious. I think he took away all the memories of Claire having powers, and of what Mr. Bennett did to try to protect her. So he loses his memory of guilt, and also his knowledge of what he did for love.

6. Claire walking out of the building: was that how she saved the world? I guess a nuke going off anywhere in the US could easily cause a world war.

Nitpicks, questions, and speculation:

Wonder why the Haitian didn't want anyone to know he could speak.

Who was that gray-haired guy? That wasn't Linderman, was it?

So Mr. Nakamura was one of the movers and shakers from the beginning. But is he at the top with Linderman, or are there people as yet unknown running the show? Does he know about Hiro's abilities?

So, was that Wireless in the lab at the end, or someone else who... er... is also brunette? I thought Wireless had a bun. Also, where was she in the episode? They could have used her (especially since, unlike Ted and Matt, she showed signs of intelligence and calm.) I could have sworn she was inside the Bennett house in the preview last week. Maybe she had a scene or scenes that were cut? But they couldn't have cut her from the entire hostage storyline. Mysterious. I hope Wireless still has a big part to play, as what we saw of her was cool and wonderful as Claire is, the show needs more women in active roles.

Why in the world did they let Ted go after first catching him and noting his nuclear capabilities, when clearly they have the capability and willingness to make people permanently disappear?

Also, next preview-- whoa! Simone is not dead?! I would love to see Simone the avenging angel. But it is probably a dream sequence. Also, I look forward to more creepy slashy goodness between Mohinder and Sylar. I am also quite curious as to where the Haitian is taking Claire (and if he will ever reveal his name.)

[identity profile] ide-cyan.livejournal.com 2007-02-27 07:16 (UTC)(link)
No, it was a differen woman in the lab at the end. Played by Missy Peregrym, whose name a lot of TV program descriptons confused with Missy Pyle's, who played Hope the casino thief in the previous episodes.


The grey-haired guy (you mean the one who introduced Claude to Mr. Bennett, right?) wasn't Linderman, although I don't know exactly who he was. Except he was played by Eric Roberts, who played the Master in the Doctor Who TV movie, so all the Whovians are amused at seeing him sharing the screen with Christopher Eccleston.

[identity profile] matt-ruff.livejournal.com 2007-02-27 15:33 (UTC)(link)
Except he was played by Eric Roberts,

I'm rooting for Julia Roberts to show up as Linderman, but I suppose that's unlikely.

[identity profile] herself-nyc.livejournal.com 2007-02-27 14:46 (UTC)(link)
I thought the Haitian told Claire his name was Andre. For some reason I have that in my brain.

[identity profile] amberdulen.livejournal.com 2007-02-27 14:55 (UTC)(link)
SO many ways. I am such a Bennett fangirl.

[identity profile] wildgreentide.livejournal.com 2007-02-27 20:04 (UTC)(link)
Mrs. Bennett overcame repeated memory wipes and a hospital stay to take heroic action to protect Claire.

Yes! That was one of my favorite things about the episode, that we got to see Mrs. Bennett being brave and heroic and taking action on her own. I've really loved seeing that character come into her own in the last few episodes. In the beginning of the show, I was prepared to dismiss her as a sort of airheaded, almost vapid minor character -- and of course, now that we know *why* she's been so scatterbrained, her early scenes are really affecting in retrospect -- but I've been really moved by how much she loves Claire and how brave she is when she thinks Claire's in danger. It makes me wish that Bennet had been able, or willing, to trust her with his secret (and Claire's); I think she could have been a strong ally, if the option hadn't been taken from her.

And Mr. Bennett just about broke my heart in every scene he had with Claire. I especially liked seeing how horrified he was at the accusation that he might have been responsible for giving Claire her powers -- and at the thought that Claire might believe it too.

Also, I liked Simone a lot and was sorry to see her die, so I hope that the scene in the preview was not a dream sequence. Maybe Peter can heal other people as well as himself?

Off topic

[identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com 2007-02-28 01:01 (UTC)(link)
Hey, did you have fun in India? Will there be photos? Trip reports?

Re: Off topic

[identity profile] wildgreentide.livejournal.com 2007-02-28 05:33 (UTC)(link)
Yes -- thanks for asking! I had a fantastic time. My pictures are here; I'll write up a few more detailed posts when I get the chance, but the highlights included: a 17-hour bus trip from Delhi to Udaipur (featuring a 2-hour layover in the Jaipur bus station at 3 am, where I made some friends, drank lots of chai, and bought a pair of shoes); sari shopping; the elaborate (and ever-changing) rules about bathrooms at [livejournal.com profile] jossel's family's house; the incredible view of Udaipur from the roof of her uncle's house; and dancing through the streets with the white horse and the brass band. Oh, and my bout with food poisoning on the second day of the ceremonies, alas. My pictures of the wedding itself are sadly limited to the engagement party (the night before the actual wedding ceremony), due to the aforementioned food poisoning. However, there are lots more pictures on [livejournal.com profile] jennylisa's site; you might be most interested in her pictures of the wedding here.

[identity profile] mistressrenet.livejournal.com 2007-02-27 23:49 (UTC)(link)
If you can't speak, you can never give yourself away, I suppose. I think he used it to retreat at first, and then saw it as a weapon. OR one of the unnamed people he's protecting healed him somehow?

I too thought Wireless was in the house, and so did hubby. I'd like that resolved quickly, kthks.

[identity profile] thomasyan.livejournal.com 2007-02-28 23:47 (UTC)(link)
If Wireless were in the house, I would expect them to have shown her. They didn't (or haven't so far), so I don't think she was there. This of course leads to the question: Why wasn't she there?

[identity profile] mistressrenet.livejournal.com 2007-03-01 00:12 (UTC)(link)
I suspect she's in this business for herself only-- maybe she didn't want to be there in case things went radioactive.