Happy Town

I love new shows. There’s something that is so much fun about having something new to try. I was particularly excited for this one because I really like Amy Acker, yet another Whedon alum (Dollhouse and Angel among other things).

Happy Town is about the small town of Haplin (which the residents call Happy Town) and the mysteries there. One of those mysteries is the Magic Man. There’s the sudden brutal mystery, a police sheriff who seems to be losing his mind, a new girl in town who is forbidden to visit the third floor (which she promptly does), a movie apparel store owner…

I’m intrigued enough to check out next week’s episode but I was disappointed by how NORMAL Amy Acker’s character was. She was almost a non-character. I would love to see her turn out to have more story and personality because she does such a good job with strange and otherworldly and awkward (think of Summer Glau, they both excel in similar roles though Summer’s tend to be even more physical).

It felt like there was something in the show but we’ll see how next week looks.

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90210: Multiple Choices

Naomi’s punishment is picking up the garbage around school. Silver and Adriana ignore her. Liam walks by without a word. She gets to wear an awesome bright orange vest! She also has to paint over graffiti. The graffiti says MOLESTER in Mr. Cannon’s space.

Liam works on his boat with his dad. His dad says his world will turn around. Liam is sure his dad was framed. Somehow I doubt that…His dad is looking for money to open a shop. Then he and Liam can find their own place, he’s not staying with his stepdad. Anyone else think Liam is about to get swindled?

Naveed and girlfriend meet for and underground power game that includes Dixon. Someone knocks on the door and they wonder who it is, everyone who was invited has arrived already. It’s Mark who wants in. I’m not sure I know who he is but he isn’t welcome. He has a lot of money though and taunts them into letting him in. Dixon is awfully sure of himself.

Aunt Becky and Husband are at home. There’s a lot of tension. Becky wants counseling, Husband thinks they only have issues not problems. Becky reveals her illicit kiss. When? Two months ago. And you kept it quiet all this time! Husband stalks off dramatically.

Dixon and Mark are the only ones left. Dixon raises. Mark matches and raises $6,175. Spoiled brats much? With a smirk, Dixon asks for a marker since he doesn’t have the money. He says he’s good for it. He’s sure…And he loses. With a full house. Mark has 4 queens. He tells Dixon he has until tomorrow to get him the money. Otherwise the guy’s baseball team will break his legs.

Teddy and Silver flirt. It’s kind of cute. Teddy’s been busy thanks to tennis practice. But he’s neglecting the SAT prep. The test is in 2 days. He says college isn’t for everyone, he doesn’t plan to go right away. Professional Tennis has to happen now. She thinks he’s throwing away his future, he thinks she doesn’t know him.

Ivy and Dixon are on their date but Dixon is too distracted to pay attention to anything Ivy says. And then he gets a call that he’s got to take. Seems he’s a better fake boyfriend than a real one. It’s Mark. Dixon wants to give him a laptop and DJ equipment as payment but Mark doesn’t want that. Money or a favor. He wants the key to the school so he can decorate his girlfriend’s locker. He doesn’t want to do it but he doesn’t seem to have much choice.

Liam comes home with pizza for his dad. So far his dad can’t find a job, no one wants an ex-con. Maybe they can steal money from Liam’s stepdad. Just kidding. Or was he?

Dixon brings Mark the key. He’s going in with him. He’s not just going to give it to him. Dixon opens the door and a bunch of kids run in to steal the SATs. Why would it be kept in the school? Dixon says they aren’t in the school. They’re not delivered until the morning. Mark is pissed and calls everyone back. Dixon leaves, with a “you guys are real idiots.” That’s a good idea.

Dixon gets to school and finds the halls graffiti-ed. Well that’s the obvious response to not getting what you want. Dixon approaches Mark and he’s pissed. Mark jokes around but Dixon isn’t having it.

Naomi and Annie are talking when Naomi overhears girls calling Mr. Cannon a pervert. Naomi decides to fix things by getting everyone’s attention. She tells them he didn’t do anything wrong and apologizes for spreading a lie. Ade and Silver are listening. People quickly start taunting her when Silver and Ade rescue her. The girl gang is back together.

Dixon comes to his dad’s office where he shows Dixon a video of them breaking into the school. He tries to explain himself but he doesn’t want to mention the gambling. Finally he tells the truth. But he doesn’t tell him who the kids in the masks are. Dixon names them.

Naomi runs into Mr. Cannon who thanks her for what she did in the cafeteria. Liam is still upset though.

Harry and Deb talk. She wants to be honest with him. Liam and Annie come into the kitchen and hear her parents fighting. Her yoga teacher listened to her when she spoke, Harry didn’t. She stopped the kiss because it was the right thing, not because it was what she wanted. Liam suggested leaving. Annie is in tears as are her parents. Harry agrees to counseling.

Annie and Liam discuss their sucky families. His parents got divorced when he was 7. So Annie decides to jump in the fountain. That’s the obvious next step. She pulls Liam in after her. She is not a very good actress. It’s cold out and he rubs her arms to make them warm. So this relationship is actually going to happen now. Annie stops the moment and says “you should be with Naomi.” She did the right thing in the end.

Teddy is playing/practicing his tennis game. Silver arrives to say she wants to learn to love tennis because it’s what he loves. She now supports his pro desires. He tries to let her leave the match but she says she wants to watch. He convinces her and I wonder if there’s a girl involved.

Naomi is studying when Liam arrives to talk. They both apologize. He says she was brave and he should have been there for her. She says she’ll never do anything like that again. She tells him she loves him and he says “you too.”

Silver comes to the tennis match anyway. To support him. She brought some study cards in case she gets bored. His dad is in the stands and he’s hesitant to let her go there but she’s not listening. He runs after her to stop him but it’s too late. She introduces herself to her dad who knows nothing about her. So she bails. Naturally.

Dixon and Harry have a talk. The people responsible for the break in were going to be expelled so his dad covered for him. But he’s completely grounded in the meantime. He can say nothing to anyone. Got it? Mom doesn’t know. She has a lot going on. Dixon apologizes again. Harry says he thought he was better than that. Ouch. Always the most hurtful thing to say.

Liam’s stepdad wants to turn the boathouse into a gym. His stepdad says his mother will never leave him. When she leaves to Europe his stepdad is going to start renovations. She was hesitant to leave Liam and stepdad alone for a weak but he convinced her.

Family is having an awkward, silent dinner. Deb tries to break the silence but it just comes off stiff. Annie excuses herself. Dixon calls Ivy to cancel their plans, he’s grounded but he can’t tell her why. Ivy’s disappointed and sets off on her skateboard. Annie comes in to tell him what she’s overheard but he’s not interested. He’s had a rough day.

Liam finds his dad working on the boat. He offers to help pay for the business by stealing coins from his dad’s coin collection. He can’t stay here anymore.

Annie has a Sandra D moment on the windowsill and calls Liam for support. She feels trapped. So call her? And then she deletes the message with a function I’ve never heard before. Liam calls her and she pretends she didn’t call.

Naomi orders brain boosts for herself and friends. In comes…Jen. Who is renovating the beach club. It was a wedding present. Jen has moved to Beverly Hills. And she’s giving her marriage another shot. Oh, and she’s upset with Naomi and she holds grudges.

Dixon offers Ivy a power bar. She’s not having it. She feels like he’s been blowing her off. Things at home aren’t great right now. He really likes her. But he has to go. He’ll make it up to her. (He spots Mark and friends.) Mark wants his money. Dixon is surprised. Dixon says he can get him expelled. Mark says “interesting.” Now he knows the principal covered up to save him and that will come in handy someday. That was stupid Dixon.

SAT time. No one seems happy. (Not sure why Naveed is so forlorn.) Teddy wants to know why Silver isn’t returning his calls. She says they’re not okay. Annie stares longingly at Liam and then awkwardly looks away when he looks at her. Naomi comes in looking almost like a zombie.

If ever there was something I am glad for, it’s being done with tests like the SATs.

This show is really missing passion and anger. Everyone is so muted about everything lately. Get mad. Yell! Even when Harry and Deb were fighting they barely raised their voices. I don’t want people to just say “we’re not okay” I want them to shout it if necessary.

Gossip Girl: Dr. Estrangeloved

Before I mention anything else I feel the need to mention Jenny’s lipstick color. I know very little about makeup but my god Jenny (aka stylists) do something to save her!

Jenny is wearing Nate’s shirt as they have breakfast. He let her crash. She lied to her dad about where she stayed. No news from Serena. Nate gets a text from her at that moment, she’s just landed and Nate wants to go see her.

Serena and Lily are in the limo together and whatever drama between them that we expected to see is not there. They seem happy and supportive, which means we missed something. (I feel like we’ve been cheated!)

Blaire dislikes Dorota treating her delicately. Blaire is throwing a party but Dorota isn’t sure it’s a good idea. Blaire has invited the most eligible bachelors. Dorota thinks she hasn’t grieved properly. Dorota postponed her honeymoon to support Blaire, who orders the disposal of all Chuck memorabilia.

Rufus expects to find Lily but instead finds Will, Lily’s ex. Rufus tells him to leave but he says he can’t. There’s more he doesn’t know about…but he’d rather be mysterious than forthright.

Chuck comes home with a gaggle of girls. Chuck and Jenny discuss her love for Nate. She tries to deny but he advises her to make Serena think Nate betrayed her and Serena will push him away. He wants his friend back which would be easier with Serena out of the picture. All she needs is something to make her suspicious. So she steals Nate’s shirt of course. Jenny, didn’t anyone ever tell you it’s a bad idea to trust a snake?

Rufus and Will trade barbs and then Lily and Serena arrive. Lily says she was sick, not her mother. He was treating her. That’s why he pushed Serena away when she visited: to keep Lily’s secret. Lily’s illness (which is?) is treatable but they’re waiting for test results. Oh. Cancer. (They never quite say it, but there it is.) This isn’t a good reason for him to refuse to leave when asked. He didn’t need to be around at the time. Rufus tells Will to leave, yet again. He needs time with his family. This time Will asks Serena to come and talk. Eric isn’t around.

Dan has been rejected from the writing program. But guess who did get it…Vanessa. There was only one spot. She didn’t think she had a shot. Dan congratulates her, if it wasn’t him, he’s glad it was her. But then he excuses himself for a study group. And suggests they go to a party to celebrate.

Lily and Rufus talk. I feel like they came up with this storyline after the fact the explain Lily’s absence. She claims she was afraid to tell him the truth because she didn’t want to see him be sorry or have him treat her like she’s sick. She says Will has helped her get better.

No one has shown up to Blaire’s party. She blames Dorota. She asks a waiter for his opinion. He thinks she’s hot. Blaire thinks Chuck has blacklisted her from the dating world.

Jenny sees Serena coming up and pulls her shirt out for Serena to see. She almost doesn’t but just as she leaves she catches sight of it and recognizes it.

Dan runs into some girl named Willa who is at Tisch. He’s surprised that she knew about Vanessa’s application. He says her story is based on his submission. But submissions have to be original works. Her dad is on the board and informed her that Dan was the runner up. So really, it should be his spot. So she goes and calls her dad.

Serena runs into Nate. She has to go see her father right now. He doesn’t want to wait. She throws accusations, he fights back. Jenny watches them in a fight.

Chuck and Jenny talk about the plan to get Nate. He says she needs to seduce him. Blaire storms in to yell about his sabotage. He says he didn’t. No one showed up because no one could measure up to what they had. Right. That’s what all guys were thinking. Blaire intends to find someone. (Has she considered that a party of eligible bachelors is not the funnest thing for guys?)

Willa informs Dan that Vanessa submission is up for review.

Serena and her dad seem to be hitting it off a bit but there are the reminders that there’s a big gulf. She doesn’t understand how he could leave for 14 years. He says it wasn’t like that. What did Lily do?

D and V talk and V shows her new work. It’s original, based on him and their relationship, but not based on anything he’s written. Uh oh. Better call Willa.

Will said he wanted everyone to come with him. (He was a soldier?) She didn’t like the commuting dad so she wanted a divorce. He didn’t just leave, he wanted to stay with them. That doesn’t explain 14 years away. Before they can talk more, Will spots Rufus coming to talk. He excuses himself to talk. Rufus tells him to leave. Will claims to have changed in 25 years. Rufus wants Lily to get a new doctor, one who definitely only has one agenda. Serena decides to leave with Rufus. She needs time to think.

D calls Willa to tell her to change things but Blaire finds Dan and says she wants to talk. She needs some guy to kiss her so she can put it on Gossip Girl. She needs a party away from Manhattan. Dan has a party that he and V were going to go to. So she’s coming.

Rufus tells Serena not to let their past affect things. Lily receives a call from Will. The test results are not what they hoped.

Sure enough, Chuck is spying on Blaire’s love life. In comes Nate looking depressed. Nate is unhappy with Chuck’s behavior, he doesn’t forgive what he did to Blaire. Chuck wants to be friends, maybe get out of the city. Nate accepts a drink and invitation. They’re going to Brooklyn! And Jenny is coming too.

The party seems a little bigger and fancier than Brooklyn can afford (at least the Brooklyn of Gossip Girl). Blaire searches for a guy. Dan searches for Willa. Jenny offers to get drinks. Nate isn’t happy yo have Jenny around. She’s a kid. Chuck points out she’s a junior. Same age as when he and Serena were together. Blaire spots Chuck and feigns faintness to get closer to a guy she’s spotted. Dan try to get Willa to call her father, she tries to make out with him. She thinks he deserves the spot more. He says he’s with V. Dan sees Jenny and runs over to see why she’s there.

Will talks with the family about her cancer treatments. She’s had a relapse. Serena suggests sticking with dad. Will plans to stick around regardless to see how she is. Lily agrees. Rufus is pissed but plays it off like he doesn’t mind. (I hope Serena doesn’t think her parents can get together.)

Serena calls to talk. She’s upset when she hears Jenny is there. Nevermind, no talking then. Chuck glares at Blaire and boy she’s with. Nate wants to leave the party so he and Jenny head out after taking a shot together.

The guy with Blaire is more than happy to make Chuck jealous though she seems nervous about it. Lean in for the kiss.

V is upset that D told Willa about her piece. She says why did he go behind her back? Like she went behind his!? She says she explained but he said she justified. She had said she wouldn’t have applied if she’d known there was only one spot. Seems like he wants her to pull out.

Serena isn’t sure what she wants from her dad. Will says he thinks there’s a reason behind everything that’s happened. He’s followed her from afar. He appreciates the second chance. She thinks everyone deserves one.

Chuck sees Blaire and reveals he did blacklist her. She didn’t break it because she realized it wasn’t the way to get over him. He broke her heart and she has to face that. She’ll kiss someone someday and it will be for her. (Good job Blaire. Regardless of how good or bad they were, she’s clearly grown up some.)

Nate is upset. Jenny says he is great and deserves someone who treats him better than Serena. But Serena overhears things. Jenny leans in to kiss him but he pulls away. She came to apologize. He says nothing happened. Jenny tries to butt in but she shuts her out. But Serena says she left him a message with Serena. Jenny protests that Serena is lying but he tells her to get out. She stalks out with a final “you two deserve each other.”

Blaire is glad Dorota hasn’t thrown out the box of Chuck stuff. Dorota tells her she will recover.

Serena and Nate talk. She says she does trust him, but she is guilty of taking him for granted. She promises not to do it again. She tells him about her mom’s illness. It’s strange that they haven’t used the word cancer once. My guess is there’s some significance to that.

Blaire goes through her box of memories.

Lily and Rufus seem content but we know there’s more going on.

Dan leaves Vanessa a message saying he’s read her play and its amazing.

Will tells someone “it’s not working as he’d hoped and he needs him to write Lily a prescription. You can’t pull out now….blackmail!”

This episode had a lot of good and bad:

  • For one thing, so nice to see Jenny shut up. I’m not sure how she thought this would work that Serena would never mention calling him. And probably talking to him in places where you can easily be overheard is not the best plan. But then, we’ve never said that Jenny was brilliant. Anyone else find it weird that she’s a high school student who spends all of her time with college students? I wish they would write her storyline so it was about her high school experience. It’s a good way to bring in new characters and makes more sense.
  • Dan and Vanessa…not so interesting. Their issue was just so quiet. (Does that make sense?) All the potential drama fell flat. It potentially could have been interesting, it could have led to backstabbing and maneuvering, but it’s Dan and Vanessa…
  • Whatever is going on with Will could be good, but that depends on what his long term goals are. If all he wants is to win Lily back, then LAME. If it’s something bigger…AWESOME.
  • Chuck and Blaire…well, I like seeing Blaire learn something about herself/grow up a bit but I hope she doesn’t lose her edge.

Fresh Meat II: Episode 4

A lot happened in this week’s episode that might change the game. I say might because nothing is certain yet, but there’s the beginning of rumblings that may throw things off course.

First the irrelevant things:

  • There was the fight between Danny and Brandon which changed nothing because no one threw a punch and they made up. (MTV must have very specific guidelines for what qualifies as fighting since apparently shoving and pushing does not count.)
  • Wes and Teresa make up (not before Teresa lets Kenny know she’s pissed at him for making trouble). The only reason this is significant is because Teresa is partnered with Ryan who is more important than previous shows have let on.

Now for the important things:

  • At the challenge Kenny and Laurel kill the competition (let’s be honest, Laurel is the only girl who is TALL enough to reach half the footholds, of course she was the best at it) and Katelynn and Brandon are DQed after Katelynn injures herself and cannot finish.
  • With Kenny and Laurel safe, Wes’s alliance must come up with a new strategy and here is where Ev once again shows her skill at manipulation. (Seriously Evelyn, you’re on the wrong show. Survivor would have been lucky to have you…Russel would have had to scramble with you around.) So, Evelyn decides they will convince Kenny that Ryan is getting thrown in. Ryan will tell Kenny he’d like to go up against Sydney and CJ. Then, they will send in Jill and Pete in order to further cut Kenny’s alliance. This is mostly a good idea in that it shows how Evelyn can manipulate Kenny’s decisions and reveals yet another mole! (So Jen and Ryan are both only pretending to go with Wes. We’ll see how this strategy goes for them later on, but for now, it’s pretty awesome to watch.) What they do not consider is how CJ and Syndey might feel about it. Of course, all that needed to be said was, “we originally thought Pete and Jill were strong but having seen them compete they are weak and you can easily beat them,” but for some reason they thought CJ would just be fine with being picked. (To be fair, technically, Wes’s alliance didn’t throw them in, but only technically.)
  • Due to Katelynn’s injury, the team ultimately decides that they can’t have a player who can’t compete, so they send in Katelynn and Brandon who intend to show up at the exile just so that CJ and Sydney get a chance to see the course. Unfortunately, Brandon has a beer in the morning, disqualifying them anyway, and CJ and Sydney get nothing. Though they pretend they do.
  • CJ and Landon talk on the side about how they feel disposable in their alliance and wonder if they should form a breakaway alliance.

A few things to consider about recent events and their affect on the game:

  1. Kenny and Laurel, in Raw Meat, claim they knew Sydney and CJ were lying about doing any of the elimination (because they didn’t look dirty enough). I wonder if this is true only because they said something in another Raw Meat that made me suspect their comments. They claimed that last week, when Jen and Mandi fought, Kenny discovered that Jen was a mole because Mandi kept yelling at her “we’re on the same team!” Based on all other information from all other sources, we not only do not hear her say any such thing, but Mandi didn’t know that Jen was secretly aligned with them yet. (They could have aired things out of order for dramatic affect but it seem like airing it the other way, and having Kenny realize the trick would have played out just as well on TV.)
  2. Landon and CJ’s potential alliance. Should they do it? In my opinion (though I want Ev to win), yes, but not until Kenny’s team is completely out of the running. Feel people out and go from there. Eventually there will be no one left but Wes’s alliance (except maybe Kenny and Laurel) and then who goes into exile? You need to have an inner alliance if you hope to stay in, otherwise you will just get picked off one by one like they do in survivor when there are 5-6 people left but only three can go into the final.
  3. For anyone who is wondering who would win in a fight–Laurel or Evelyn–the answer is Evelyn. There’s a video on mtv.com of them wrestling where Ev pins her and she basically gives up. So for people who think Paula could have beaten Evelyn (despite all evidence to the contrary) do you think Laurel would have lost to Paula? The answer is simple. Evelyn would have beaten Paula. (If A implies B and B implies C then A implies C, you learn that math in like ninth grade.) Granted, each competitor has different strengths so it always depends on the challenge but I’ve seen no indication that Paula is mentally, physically, or intellectually stronger than Evelyn or Laurel in anyway.
  4. Evelyn’s manipulation of the game is masterful. The one thing she is forgetting (probably because it’s considered more of Wes’s job) is that it’s not just strategy but also social. You have to keep everyone happy or they may just form another alliance, as we see with CJ and Landon. (It’s sort of like Russel forgetting that if you make enemies of everyone, then odds are you are not going to win the vote in the final tribal council because people will want you to lose out of spite.) CJ feels like the sacrificial lamb when he is told he will be thrown in against Jill and Pete who had been considered the strongest team meant to be used to eliminate Kenny and Laurel. As I said before, a little communication could have prevented the hard feelings.
  5. The moles. The question is, who will this strategy help? Obviously Wes and Ev, since it gives them the votes and controls they want. But what about Jen and Ryan? By playing on Kenny’s side, they’ve put themselves against the majority alliance. Even though ultimately they are on Wes’s side, Wes’s alliance has already built bonds, leaving Ryan and Jen on the outs (largely because almost no one knew they were moles), which means that when it comes time to turn within the alliance for exile, my guess would be they would be first on everyone’s minds. Of course, people may not see them as strong teams and want to keep them around to beat in the final, but that is a whole different matter.

Well, I think that’s everything about the show. Can’t wait to see where things go. If CJ and Landon do create a private alliance, how will that change things? It wouldn’t be a terrible idea for people to swing to Kenny who is so desperate for numbers (considering that Jill and Pete are his only true allies) that almost anyone who joins him he would have to take to the end.

10 Things: Winner Takes All

Bianca and father watch a video of an annoying kid that is Bianca while little Kat wants to give a report. Bianca is trying to figure out what to do for the talent show. This year the winner gets a walk on role on Make It Or Break It! Hahahah, way to advertise. Kat has written a letter to an editor.

Joey plans to do some Russian style dancing for the show. It’s to make his grandmother proud. Kat and Pat discuss his strangeness. Pat thinks she’s jealous. Cameron is practicing magic for the talent show. It runs in his blood. His uncle is teaching it to him. Cameron is officially a dork. He had an awful middle school experience–he “became aroused” while performing on stage hence the nickname spoink,

Kat is thrilled that the paper published her letter and has changed their policy to publish same sex wedding announcements. Her dad pulls out the camera but only to make sure it is ready for Bianca’s performance. Bianca has an announcement. She’s picked a song! Kids in America. Bianca is sure she will win, she always does.

Cameron mopes on the stairs. Kat wants him to win but his assistant has quit so what now? She agrees to be his assistant. Cameron says he sees her as more of a boss. She’s just trying to help. This is his chance to get over the nickname Spoink. Pat puts a bet on Cameron to win the talent show.

Joey wears a Russian hat in school. Bianca is a little embarrassed but she’s more concerned with her performance, which it turns out is the same song as Chastity! Chastity is performing first so sucker! She’s even using an auto tuner.

Pat sits with Bianca and Kat’s dad, who doesn’t know Kat is in the show. Pat believes she’s jealous…There’s an accordion player and then Kat and Cameron are up. Cameron panics and Kat gives him a pep talk. Many laughs about Kat’s outfit.

Kat panics the moment she sees the audience. Uh Oh. Her stage fright is ruining the show.

Chastity is informed that her autotuner is broken. Bianca hears and decides to do Kids in America again. Chastity ensures her mom that she can continue but her mother tells her she can’t sing. Bianca suggests they sing it together. Chastity agrees. Chastity’s singing is fine and Bianca magically knows the dance. Wasn’t this song in the original movie or was that Clueless? They get a standing ovation. Chastity calls her a besty.

Pat insists Cameron get back onstage. Pep talk and all. He goes on stage but he has nothing so he starts singing “My Girl.” He’s so awkward but not bad. Pat adds an accordion.

Bianca finds Kat sitting upset. Kat asks how she gets up onstage. She works on it. Bianca says luckily she’s good at other things. People don’t appreciate when she does things and dad never wears a shirt with her name on it. Bianca is jealous of Kat’s hair.

Cameron finishes to applause. Everyone loves an underdog.

Everyone is called onstage. Bianca pulls Kat on with her. Theri dad splits the roses between the two of them and he’s added Kat’s name to the shirt.

And the winner is…

Cut to Make It or Break It set. There’s Joey offering the new gymnast a towel. (Complete with Kaylie and Lauren hating her. Wouldn’t it be awesome if they’d just introduced a new character to MIOBI in those two seconds?)

V Has Got Its Edge Back!

Like so many shows (especially in the sci-fi area) this show started big. There was murder, betrayal, mystery…just about everything you could ask for with some particularly great special effects. But then, like FlashForward, the show hit a slow patch. It lost its excitement factor as they tried to back up and fill you in on all the details. Luckily, it’s gotten over than and this week in particular the show came back fighting. Some of it you knew was coming (Anna’s daughter sympathizing with the humans for one) but other parts were surprising and exciting. Plus it had a great fight scene, which is always a plus in a show that involves alien invasions.

This week the aliens are closing in on Ryan and his mutant baby. They are desperate because the baby is the symbol of the rebellion. So they send a super soldier after it. Ryan meanwhile wants to take his wife someplace safe only she isn’t sure she trusts him anymore. Anna’s daughter seems to be having doubts and maybe even her first step of rebellion. There is also the question of right and wrong in the treatment of someone fighting for the Vs because they saved his daughter’s life.

I wonder where the show is going to go in terms of surprises because it seems like they’ve already put a lot out there. I am most excited to see what happens with Anna and daughter (we do see something of a smack across the face but how big a rebel does she really become?) Assuming things continue going the way they’ve been since the show returned, this season looks like it will be great.

Ratings have done decently (though this week it was lower with no lead in from Lost) and tvbythenumbers.com puts it “on the bubble” so here’s hoping that the ratings get enough of a boost to be renewed. FlashForward on the other hand does not look like it has much hope.

Survivor Heroes vs Villains (Yin and Yang)

I think my heart was actually beating faster as I watched this episode. Especially tribal council.

As expected, there was a merge and the villains happily joined the heroes at hero’s camp. Not like they had a good enough shelter to want to stay in their camp. The downside though is that the heroes behave very territorial.

The Heroes still believe that Parvati is in charge and maneuver to get her out, but then, just in case Russel is playing them (thanks to Sandra’s advice) they decide to test him. They tell him to vote Parvati while they vote for someone else on the villains’ tribe. They debate between Jerri and Sandra who they believe are the least likely to receive an idol.

As predicted, Russel gives the idol to Parvati and she finally agrees that she may in fact be the dangerous player everyone else seems to think she is (she does have two immunity idols anymore and the question remains, will she voted out with both of them in her pocket just like James?). A part of me thinks she may be so dangerous because everyone thinks she is. It’s almost like they give her power. But, she does prove herself.

First, Parvati goes to Amanda to see what she can learn. This is what everyone had feared originally, that once a merge happened, people would align with their old friends rather than their current tribe. Of course, that’s not really what’s going on. Amanda plays it that she’s with Parvati ?(torn but secretly with her) but she isn’t fooling Parvati. I think Amanda’s wording was the problem. Parvati asks her if her name is going to be written down and Amanda tells her to use her idol. (Notice the difference there. She does not say they are voting for her, simply recommends she use her model, which is what the Hero alliance wants.) Amanda also tries to convince Parvati that they are targeting Sandra, still misdirecting Parvati. Or so she thinks.

During the immunity challenge, Parvati looks like she can easily win the challenge but she and Danielle have a quick discussion and they agree that Danielle should win. This way, they will both have idols. This also strengthens the Heroes theory that Parvati has an idol and will play it for herself, otherwise why wouldn’t she win?

Tribal council goes and the heroes are convinced they’ve got it. Especially when Parvati pulls out her idol and…gives it to Sandra. No worries, they’ve selected Jerri as their victim. Except that Parvati is equal to that. She wants to “increase their chances” so she pulls out her second, secret immunity idol and gives it to Jerri who is shocked, especially when she realizes she was going to go home.

Russel is part pleased and part worried about the fact that Parvati kept an idol secret from him. (She can probably say something like “I just wanted to surprise you!”) But he does think the villains have it now. He forgets that Sandra was never with them which means it is still technically 5-4. Though Colby could potentially flip too. I doubt it but it is possible since he was on the outs before. (He just doesn’t seem as vengeful as Sandra.)

Parvati may have just earned herself Sandra and Jerri’s loyalty since her move was undiscussed and all her own. Jerri probably. Sandra, probably not. She never liked Parvati much. In a way, they may have done a favor for the Heroes, since JT was the least reliable of them all and probably would have been willing to flip his vote.

I will say that JT was smart enough coming into this season. He realized that everyone would assume that he would play just the way he did before–the sweet honorable kid–so he changed it up and acted more Villain than Hero and caught everyone off-guard. (It’s almost like he came in with a clean slate, like Russel did. To be fair, though no one had seen Russel play before, they were warned that he was one of the most villainous players in the history of the show.)