Tuesday, February 3, 2009

TV Geek Out 61: Lost, "Jughead"

"Jughead" might have had a slightly slower pace than "Because You Left," but it still crammed in a bunch of brain-twisting revelations -- and not all of them happened on the island! We learn that Penny and Desmond have a conveniently and sentimentally named little boy, Charlie, and that Faraday left a girl in a "time coma" during his Oxford days. We also learn that the island circa 1954 is just as hostile and mysterious as it is half a century later -- and that Richard, in the words of Juliet, is "old." Just who is that mysterious blonde Other that Faraday seems to recognize? And was Widmore born on the island? So many puzzles, so little time, but the TV Geek Out Geeks loved every moment.

Check our discussion here.

Monday, February 2, 2009

TV Geek Out 60: Heroes, "Dual"

Just in time for the premiere of Heroes' new volume Fugitives comes TV Geek Out's discussion of the last episode of Villains, "Dual." With any luck, the Heroes team -- which now includes Smallville and Battlestar Galactica writer Mark Verheiden and Bryan Fuller, creator of our dearly beloved Pushing Daisies -- can keep up the momentum in Fugitives that they started with this episode. Betrayals, confrontations and explosions galore made this one of the most action-packed and plot-heavy Heroes episodes in some time. Dana and Heather praise what went right in "Dual," take note of the show's lingering problems and remain cautiously optimistic for volume four.

Check it out here.

TV Geek Out 59: Heroes, "Our Father"

Heroes started to get back on the right track with "Our Father," taking Sylar back to the dark side and finally putting an end to the dull villainy of Arthur Petrelli. Masi Oka was thankfully given some real material to work with, and he knocked it out of the park; acting opposite Tamlyn Tomita, who played his dying mother, Oka brought a new and welcome depth to his character in the heartrending scene they shared. The TV Geek Out geeks complain just a little bit more about some of the pitfalls and missed opportunities of the "Villains" volume, but mostly give props to the stuff the show was starting to get right again. They also ponder the inconsistencies of some characters' powers (Parkman, we're looking at you) and consider the logistics of running into oneself in the past while time traveling.

Check it out here.