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"The Line"
by Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
at October 30th, 2007 (09:50 am)

I did a general/thematic post here, which is mostly about lines and crossing them, and takes some time out to rant about the gender issues in last night's ep.

WTF show?!?! How can we be right back where we started, with Bob (our Bob, not the Company guy) standing around silently as a shadowy nameless figure, aiding Bennet's evil with his gift and not having any story of his own? After we had the whole moral choice thing earlier this year with him wanting to die! After the grinning reunion with Bennet! How can we be back to this?

I suppose Hiro-Yaeko is a big improvement on Kensei-Yaeko, but I hate the way she's being turned into a pawn, an object to be fought for and won. What happened to her prowess with a sword? Why is she so useless? And of course, we have Hiro emasculated once again. At least he got a real kiss this time. ::grumble::

Monica's also a pawn, of course, and her innocence is almost painful to watch. I have no doubt she'll have to suffer before she comes fully into her own heroism, but I cringed while Company Bob was talking to her. Especially how she apparently needs a white guy to tell her to help out her community.

If it weren't for Mohinder's general awesomeness, I wouldn't have a shred of hope left.

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Posted by: Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
Posted at: October 30th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)

IAWTC. Deliberate badness is much easier to cope with than "OMG, did the show really mean to do that?!?" But still. The thing with our Bob -- there's just no excuse for it.

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Posted by: Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
Posted at: October 30th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)

Yes, that's exactly my problem with it! And it's not helped by the fact that our Bob never has any friggin' lines.

Posted by: Hashbrowns and coffee (denim_queen)
Posted at: October 30th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Random thoughts on the episode

- Who is Mohinder's partner, Nikki or Jessica?

- I kind of like that way that the Hiro story line is going only because I think there's still room for Hiro to rise up and become Kensei or even better his own Hero. Of course, I live part time in a fantasy world where POC characters are able to have really good and interesting story lines.

- Wes is a fucking sociopath. Run Claire, run!


- Glad to see that Mohinder stood up and didn't stick her with the needle. The direction that they were headed in reminded me so much of the shit Black people actually went through(and still go through) with the medical establishment. I doubt the parallel is intentional which made it even more uncomfortable for me to watch.

- I repeat, Wes is a fucking sociopath.

Posted by: Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
Posted at: October 30th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Random thoughts on the episode

- Who is Mohinder's partner, Nikki or Jessica?

An excellent question. My impression when she checked herself in with the Company was that what she really wanted was integration -- that it was the lack of control that was the problem, not the superstrength. I wonder if we're supposed to think that she's integrated now, that Jessica is part of her rather than a separate personality who'll pop out at any moment. I like the theory that she's actually a mole, like Mohinder, rather than Stepford!Niki.

Of course, I live part time in a fantasy world where POC characters are able to have really good and interesting story lines.

::sigh:: That sounds like a great place to live. You may be right about Hiro, though; he's such a popular character, I have to think he'll get to taste greatness himself rather than just enabling some white dude.

West is *totally* a sociopath. Jesus god.

The direction that they were headed in reminded me so much of the shit Black people actually went through(and still go through) with the medical establishment. I doubt the parallel is intentional which made it even more uncomfortable for me to watch.

That's a great point, and one I didn't think of. At least it wasn't Company Bob threatening to stick her with the needle himself. That would've been horrific.

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Posted by: Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
Posted at: October 31st, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Random thoughts on the episode

I love your theory and would like to marry it.

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Posted by: Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
Posted at: October 30th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)

Yes, that's exactly the problem. The whole "stalking is romantic!" concept is sadly common in the media, so there's this sense of unease beyond West's general ickiness: the unease of distrusting the writers.

My partner refers to West as a proto-Sylar. Given his line last night about Claire being "better" than other people, it does look that way.

Posted by: Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
Posted at: October 31st, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)

I'm glad about Caitlin, too. I just hope it sticks, and she doesn't get relegated to "Peter's girlfriend" status.

My partner calls West a "proto-Sylar", and I think that's never been more clear than last night.

Posted by: Ide Cyan (ide_cyan)
Posted at: October 30th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)

I noticed something about the future New York sequence -- there was a poster in the background showing the same image as the comic Micah gave to Monica, perhaps hinting at Monica's future superhero status?

Posted by: Laura Shapiro (laurashapiro)
Posted at: October 30th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

Oh, gosh, I hope so!

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