This was definitely a step up from last week's episode, where it actually made coherent sense without jumbled up nonsense and a poor excuse to get rid of a character. More action, more conspiracy-theories about organizations and the rightfulness of using a special ability, and something more added with Jane Vasko's character.
There are individuals who possess special abilities, like telekinesis and persuasive influences, invisibility, even confusing people by warping their reality. However these people aren't neuros, in fact they have absolutely no neuro traces in their DNA at all. Also another dose of perplexity, there is someone out there targeting these certain individuals and killing them, sniper-style. Andre is pissed and angry that perhaps the people he's working for have gone too far into seeking their own methods of catching neuros without his prior knowledge, which isn't the case at all. Rather the one hunting down these people is, in fact, a neuro himself. Revealed to be a neuro possessing the power of giving others special abilities, the man has regretted ever doing so because it concludes destructive. This is probably the first neuro they've encountered that doesn't want his power, which the power is proven utterly pointless to himself; he can only give others "gifts", not himself.
I found this episode appealing most of all because it explores the consequences about having special abilities. When the neuro and his friends were in high school they were comic book fanatics, but were considered outsiders and outcasts and were constantly picked on. It seemed their only ways of surviving were to believe they could have extraordinary abilities to make all their wishes and dreams come true, without enduring the humiliation and pain any longer. Well, the neuro discovered what he could do and granted them all that wish, and it started out nice and well; the childhood desire to be popular, to be liked, to no become what they once were. However once growing up, their intentions changed and their uses for their abilities became more ruthless. They all began to use their powers for personal gain, this gain would result to having great power without paying the consequences, and most times they wouldn't care who they hurt in the process. This is the damage that the neuro saw from his creation, and there was no way of reversing it. Instead, the only way of stopping his former friends was by killing them, as he saw no other alternative (and we learned that chipping them didn't work either, because they aren't neuros).
Another thing I found interesting, the damage not only happened on the outside but internally, as well. The woman who had the ability of persuasion unknowingly had a brain tumor which was a result of the ability. I suspect this only happened because the power wasn't rightfully hers to begin with; it was given to her, not inherited. If it'd been inherited chances of a tumor wouldn't have happened. But because she had, it didn't adapt properly with her biochemistry and therefore her body rejected it, and by the time she found out it was too late.
Which is why having the neuro give Jane the persuasion power before chipping him was a fantastic idea. Even if a tumor is possible she'll be able to heal from it, providuing that the ability doesn't dwindle away.
I think this episode was great as opposed to the previous one. Of course, with everything show there has to be some downfall hours with a quick pick-me-ups to keep it running strong. I know many people weren't thrilled about last week's show, but I'm glad it's picking up and hopefully we'll have more conspiracies and continuities from past episodes to really tie-in everything that's been happening lately. And I know it certainly will, because there is an upcoming episode entitled "Jane 113", which will reveal an explanation from an earlier episode with the precog neuro with the drawings.
Eureka 2.01 "Phoenix Rising"
I've watched this show since the beginning, but I've never did any reviews for it. Mainly because I didn't have the time, though after watching the second season premiere there are some things I need to review about.
One of the reasons why I like watching this show because not only is it intriguing with it's main storyline, but the characters are interesting and the relationships created with each other, not to mention the show is creative and funny. The second season premiere starts off where certain Eureka residents are spontaneously bursting into flames. Now since this is the town or Eureka, these kinds of strange things aren't uncommon, but it still needs investigating and finding out who else is at risk. I found this whole episode very nicely done for a premiere, and I was like "whoo-hoo it's back!" inside my head.
It also returns back the where last season left off with Jack Carter returning back from four years into the future to stop his scientist friend from saving the woman he loved from an experiment gone horribly wrong, because otherwise it would alter a chain of events that would cause natural disaster and disorder in the world. Nobody else remembers it except for them; they both lived those four years in the future with the women they loved, and both have to suffer with this knowledge because it has yet to happen and probably never will for Jack Carter (although it could still occur, just not the way he remembered it from that future of course). Well, in the end of the episode the scientist had created a device that would erase long-term memory, basically terminating all the memories from the future years they'd lived because of the pain and agony they would have to live through by remembering what hasn't happened yet. Jack gets blasted first, and no longer has all that weight to endure. He's his old self again, without that knowledge.
However, our scientist decides that he will never forget, and smashes the device. This action surprised me, and it was a nice twist to his character. You'd think he would want to not remember, but instead takes the turn of wanting to preserve those memories even if they pull him further down a pathway of depression and anger of the "what ifs" and "could've beens". Also leaving the possibility that if he could find another alternative way of saving Kim, without altering the universe, he would.
There's also the conspiracy over the secrets of that town, the information leaking out and some of the experiments. I kind of have to rewatch some of the episodes from the first season to refresh my memory, but otherwise this season looks to be pretty interesting.
Speaking of phoenixes, earlier today I went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in theaters. Without really going into detail at this moment, let me just say it fulfilled my expectations and then some. Surely, things were left out and some storylines were altered, but that's what's to be expected because it was a HUGE book and so many things were occurring and they couldn't possibly have everything there was in that limited time. I just wished certain characters had more screentime, that's all. Other than that, it was really good; darker and gloomier, just the way I liked it. Though I will say this....
Laura Roslin would've shredded Professor Umbridge into tiny pitiful pieces with her bare hands. Seriously, while watching the film I kept thinking if there was a showdown between the two, Roslin would undoubtfully win by airlocking the bitch.
Oh, and I'm baking brownies this evening. For the second time, because it's fun. Whee.