Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Heroes "Chapter 2, Trust and Blood" Feb 9th 2009

Heroes 2-09-09

Chapter 2 – Trust and Blood

Heroes Flashback

Once again, we are back. Let me say, I'm very pleased with the progress of last week and this week. The focus is squarely on the main characters and things are going to be predictably chaotic and fun. Let me get on with the recap:

We begin with Hiro on the run from the crash site. He comes across Matt and Mohinder. Matt is in VisionQuest Milky-Eye mode and leads them away from the crash site following Usutu... He finds a trailer nearby and breaks in for writing materials (when he has to draw, he has to draw!) and begins to paint images. One of the more particularly disturbing images was of Daphne being shot (here we go again with “Knock-Off-Tango's-Favorite” again).

Back at the crash site, Peter and Claire are trying to make their own escape and run into HRG. Peter gets away, but Claire gets cut off and brought back to Nate and the control site. Nate is having a problem keeping control over the Hunter, the head of the tactical team. They are trying to round up the escapees and cover the crash of the plane.

Peter and Tracey manage to subdue a couple of soliders (This gets my award for “Best Line Of The Night” Peter: “I'm going back.” Tracey: “Dress up like a guard? Where'd you come up with that plan, watching an old movie?”) and Tracey calls Nate. She offers Peter in exchange for her old life back. She tells Nate where to meet her and sets the double-cross in motion.

When they bring us back to Sylar (have I said I love Bad Sylar? I do love Bad Slyar), he's still busy extracting information from the last agent that attempted to capture him. Sylar's worked him over good. The house where he's torturing him in is supposed to be the house of his father, but a woman and a kid show up. Sylar tells the agent he's going to torture them in front of him if he doesn't tell him what he wants to know. As Sylar is about to turn the screws on the mother, the kid (we find out his name is Luke) makes a hand gesture and Sylar's cup of coffee (he's drinking coffee as he tortures the agent. Don't you just LOVE him?) explodes(?) all over him. Ahhh, the kid has abilities. At that point I figured Sylar was about to fit him for one of his terminal cap-peelings, but instead he starts to talk to him and quizzes him about his ability. The kid sends out microwave bursts. While Sylar and Luke are talking, the agent loosens the screwdrivers stuck through his hands into the chair (uh... ouch!) and makes a move for his weapon. The kid dives between Sylar and the agent and turns the guy into a Patio Burrito straight out of the 7-11. If you ever get bored, take a CD and put it in your microwave for about 15 seconds. This is what happened to this guy's insides.

Claire is still at the command center, and Daphne and Ando have been looking for Matt and Hiro. Daphne and Ando see Claire and Daphne decides to grab her. Nate and the Hunter see her but are powerless to stop her. They send out teams to get her back. Daphne and Claire find Matt and Hiro, but as they find each other, the tactical team finds them. (Excuse me for a minute, but I need to curse F**king Tim Kring, why the f**k you keep killing off my FAVORITE CHARACTERS?! ) Things go south. One agent shoots Daphne, once, twice, three times. Noooooo!!!! Claire shields the rest of the team with her body, Matt loses it and takes control of the agent and makes him shoot his own people. The Hunter takes him out, and the good guys all get away except Claire (geez, she is forever getting caught).

Peter and Tracey make their way to meet Nate, who double-crosses Tracey by bringing the tactical team with him when he said he wouldn't. Peter escapes with an assist from HRG but Tracey is S.O.L. Peter gets back to Mohinder, Matt, Ando, and Hiro and tells them they need to go into hiding and things are about to heat up. They go through the paintings Matt made again and Mohinder recognizes one of the places as a building in India. Hiro says he must go there, and he needs to regain his powers.

Sylar is now done since Luke turned the agent into Pop-Secret and is leaving, and Luke goes after him. Luke wants to go with Sylar, but Sylar is not interested. Luke tells him “But I saved your life, that guy was going to shoot you in the head.” Sylar tells him that they are even because he didn't kill him and “For me, that's sort-of a big deal.” (second-favorite line of the night) He also informs him that since he killed the agent, he killed his only lead to his father. Luke tells him that he knows where he is, and if he takes him along, he'll walk him up his driveway. Sylar knows he's telling the truth, and brings him along. Bad Sylar with a sidekick. I do love this show.

Claire gets shipped back home to Costa Verde, and she's trying to play normal again, but she starts getting mysterious text messages from someone called Rebel. They tell her not to give in, there will be a resistance. Who could this be?

Nate reaches out to Angela for help, he's getting bad press on the agents killing each other and the cover-up. He's worried that Peter is going to come to her for assistance, and he needs her to back him instead of little brother. Angela tells him “You cut me out, you went to the President, you are on your own.” Nate looks worried. He goes in to tell Tracey “I'm doing the right thing, these people need to be controlled.” Tracey is screaming at him as they begin to put the Mind-Jelly machine on her to supress her abilities “You're one of us, Nate. You're one of us...” Nate walks away and they hit us with a big TO BE CONTINUED...

Let me just say, we are two episodes back and I am happy with both. The pacing is back where it needs to be, the action is all over the place, and things are just beginning. I am not 100% sure that Daphne is dead, that really breaks my heart. I just said last week she's one of my favorite characters, then BOOM. Maybe I should start saying that about characters I DON'T like. I can't say there's any that I have any sort of real dislike for, I just wish they'd figure out what they are going to do with Ali Larter's character. It's like they've totally forgotten about Micah and his cousin, I kinda liked the kid. His technology powers had some real kewl possibilities, like the girl Wireless that could text message with thoughts? Communicate 'telepathically' with a computer, so to speak? Okay, some of you are thinking 'laaaame', but in this day and age, if you could 'think' things into computers. Oh, the comments some of you would get. Oh, you wouldn't DARE not leave me a kudo ever again, now would you? Anyway, I like where things are going very much, and I hope these two episodes will get NBC to get up off their asses and renew my show and maybe shut down all the booty-chatter about my show. See you all next week....

-ere'bodee's favorite mega, blogninja   

Friday, February 6, 2009

I Tweet, ThereFore I Am (Twitter)

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"The Keep-It-Real RedPill Souljah out of Zion."

In December I was watching Scobelizer on Fast Company TV and he did an interview with Guy Kawasaki. I won' t make you click the link to find out who he is, the thing that non-tech people will recognize is that he was one of the people who help bring the Macintosh to the masses back in 1984. He's well-respected and also the author of a few books, like The Art of the Start (2004) which actually got rave reviews from my brother Tza. Those of you that know Tza know he isn't a guy prone to raving. Actually, he's the exact opposite of a 'raver'. So I'm watching this interview, and Guy says something that immediately gets me interested: He would give up his cellphone before he'd give up Twitter. That's an impressive statement in this day and age, a service that someone thinks is more valuable than the devices that most of us are attached to day and night, without fail. Guy described Twitter as a “weapon”. So I decided to sign up and see what the fuss was about.

I have to be honest, I didn't immediately see what the attraction was. Twitter is considered a 'micro-blogging' site. It only allows you to enter 140 characters, or the equivalent of a text message. The reason for this is you can communicate and update your Twitter account through your cellphone or mobile device. Through options on the site, you can follow other people's 'tweets' on your phone if you so desire, and those who have a Blackberry or an iPhone have apps available that make tweeting easy. It was tough to see how this was going to be useful... one of the first problems I encountered was how to find people on Twitter. You can import an addressbook and it will look for your friends on the site, but primarily you have to find others from the 'timeline', which is all the public feeds on Twitter, or browse the followers of your followers

So the first friend I followed was my homie IkeDiggety (who is embroiled in a fight with Verizon because apparently he can't get Twitter to work with it), and then I got Tza to take the plunge. The two of them started kicking it back and forth about Abelton, Cubase, production talk... okay, this is starting off okay. I think I like this.

But I don't want to resort to just stalking my brother and friend, I want to find out who else is out there. I lucked up on Jean Grae, a gifted emcee who I felt like was on the verge is tweeting as she works on her current project, and her tweets are of a more personal but very amusing nature. Through Jean, I really started to make some interesting connections. Wanna know who is stupidly popular on the site? Tweets all the time? None other than the new Cash4Gold spokesman MC Hammer. He was nice enough to use TwitPic to send us live photos inside the stadium of his seats. Hammer apparently ain't doing too bad. Then there's Rhymefest, one of my favorite emcees who's about to drop “El Che”, his 2nd studio album (he did a free mixtape/tribute album to Michael Jackson called “Man In The Mirror”.. don't laugh, it's genius) and is the host of his own Twitter “Game Show” called VS, which Is just him polling his followers on everything from Best TV Show Theme Song (“Welcome Back Kotter” vs “Good Times”) to historical figures or groups (Black Panther Party vs Nation Of Islam). Rhymefest seems to understand the mechanics of Twitter and moving between MySpace and Twitter is providing him a connection to his current and potential fans. Then there's ?uestlove from The Roots, Xzibit, Talib Kweli, Warren G, and even the Doggfather himself, Snoop Dee Oh Double Jizzle.

I meantion the Hiphop artists first, but I mention them because I want to highlight the contrast to the other things I get out of Twitter. One of my earliest feeds and uses for Twitter was to be a part of CNN's Rick Sanchez's discussion when he's on the air. Then I found Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. That put me in touch with a very politically-active online community who have really taken this service, this tool, this weapon and used it to their advantage. The most popular Tweeter? Mista Presidential Himself, BHM, Barack Hussein Obama. I'm not going to bother to link it, if you want it, you know where to find it by now. They actually haven't updated it since he got elected. Then there's the tech segment. I found Veronica Belmont on Twitter first, then watched her internet show Teckzilla and was absolutely HOOKED. For anybody who has a technical question about computers, no matter how complicated or simple it might be, this is the girl to ask. Her tweets about Windows 7 running on her Micro1000 are funny. She's a geek through and through, and I mean that as the highest compliment, one geek to another. My Top Friend Homie BloggerGirl eL is also on there, and has been on Twitter for awhile but I think she's like me, she's figuring out where it fits and how best to use it. She's got 3 times the number of followers I have... but I'm not jealous, noooooo... Why am I mentioning it? Cuz I can! Kidding, kidding...

The people who most push Twitter are the social network 'experts'. I put that in quotes because there are some who know, and some who act like they know, but that's with anything. You can stick anything you want in your bio, but when you're making moves, it's obvious... you don't have to tell people. There are some, however, that I have been exposed to in some intimate settings. One of my favorite people is Brother Jawar, who I met and sat in on his panel discussion at the Jax Music Conference. I wasn't the least bit surprised when I found him, because Twitter totally fits into his way of hustling. He's been on Twitter since May of last year and has passed the 1000 mark in followers. That's actually quite impressive, because Twitter is not MySpace. No whoring over there. You gain followers over there with tweets, not tits. MySpace is all about eye-candy. Twitter is.. well, it's hard to say. You really need to work Twitter towards what you are doing. MySpace is a blunt instrument, you can hand it to any idiot and he'd figure out what to do with it. I'd have to consider Twitter a surgical tool. You can kill with it, yes... but a surgeon could take out your heart with it, intact. There's a DJ that I follow on Twitter in NY, he tweeted an opportunity to come out to one of his shows to his followers, and believe me, people were on it. It's an immediate connection to MDAs and desktops all over, and it's not as labor-intensive as MySpace can be. It's not a replacement, though... I look at it as an enhancement. I'm not using it on my phone right now because I'm trying to jump to another service, but when I do, I'm going to make sure I can access Twitter (can you hear me now, Ike? Damn. So guess Verizon is out for now...)... Two more of my favorite tweeters? Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Seriously. Last week Ashton was talking about the Michael Phelps controversy (blog to come) and came out in defense of him. I thought that was very kewl. Imagine my surprise when Ashton's tweets were suddenly newsworthy?! Demi thinks Twitter is a 'threat' to some news agencies because it cuts out the middleman and is a direct interaction with your fans. As I write this, I think maybe I'm oversimplifying the power of Twitter, because Facebook can let you interact, and so can MySpace, but the Twitter experience is streamlined... minimized. Kinda like some Dre beats. There's only a kick, a snare, a little highhat, bassline and some orchestra stabs, but it's sicker than anything you could come up with if you had 20 instruments... because he understands the spaces between the notes. Twitter doesn't crowd the space between the users. Yeah, all text can get boring, but with TwitPic, you can post pictures to be viewed. You got Friendfeed to route people from Twitter to Facebook or MySpace or YouTube through urls, Twitter is... the space between the notes.

I think I'm going to consider this the first in a series of blogs about Twitter because I'm somewhat working it out myself as to what it could be or is morphing into. It's growing as we speak. There's nothing like it, but there are a number of 'trends' we can look to in the past to see where this is going. I can say that I had a unique SuperBowl experience of watching the game and tweeting with a lot of my friends about things happening, and I had no intention of watching the SuperBowl prior. They made it so fun, and being that the game went back and forth as it did, we got some really entertaining tweets out of each other. I've asked 'Fest questions directly and heard straight back from the horses mouth. I'll pass on any help/guidance that I can offer or get you pointed in the right direction.

In the interest of dramatic irony, as I finish this blog, I find out that Robert Scoble is now following ME on Twitter. How funny is that? The guy who brought me here, is now following me.

I'll start writing up the late passes for those of you still trying to get in front of the Game. Up Ya Game!!!

-ere'bodee's favorite mega, blogninja