I've got a cold. Thanks, Hayden. I worked with her all last week and she was sneezing all over the place. I have a sneaking suspicion, however, that the virus was transferred by way of burrito. She manhandled the darn thing before giving it to me. That was Monday, before I realized that she was polluted. Moments later, the sniffling and sneezing began. I've never seen a human being blow her nose so many times in one week. Let's hope I don't break her record.
So, I'm home today. Tomorrow we start episode 17. It's a huge one for me, along the lines of "Company Man," which was also episode 17, or "Cautionary Tales." This episode is entitled "Cold Wars." All three are two word titles beginning with C's. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.
It won't air until February, I guess. I can't tell you a lot about it other than there's a kidnapping and mental interrogation. It will be a really cool episode, a psychological thriller. If you miss it, you will be hunted down and... rehabilitated.
Last night's episode, "Villains," was one of my favorites. It provided the Petrelli clan a chance to reset to a time just before all hell broke loose. I loved seeing Angela as a loving wife and mother, desperate to stop her husband from doing something terrible to Nathan. I love her line when she poisons Arthur: "I lied. It's not your mother's recipe." I also really enjoyed watching Adrian as the hard-charging DA, determined to put Linderman away. Turning that story on its head, revealing that it was Arthur who held the cards, not Linderman, was a nice touch.
"Villains" was written by Rob Fresco and directed by Alan Arkush. Both did a superb job. I loved how scenes dovetailed neatly into scenes from the pilot or previous episodes. Although there was a time shift, I don't feel it was confusing.
I had great time with Kristen Bell, as HRG spurred Elle to entice Sylar to kill. Kristen's always great to work with, lots of laughs, during breaks from her Blackberry. She is surgically attached to that thing, but she takes ribbing with good humor and responds with a simple explanation. "I can't help it. I'm running an empire."
We were shooting downtown and there were paparazzi all over the place. She and Hayden are hounded. We men are left alone; ignored, really. If I were a different kind of person my feelings might be hurt.____________________________________________________________________________________________
The Election: Like many people, I have been obsessed with the election. It will shock you to know that Heroes is a largely liberal set. I know, what are the chances? In Hollywood?! The good thing about that, if you happen to be liberal, is that we all could celebrate together. The crew worked through lunch so they could be out by 8 PM PST. That was when the polls closed on the west coast and when the election was called for Barack Obama. (Microsoft Word just underlined Barack Obama, not recognizing the name. I wonder how long before that will change.)
Regardless of how you feel about the election, I don't know how anyone could fail to be stirred by the sight of the Obama family up on that stage in Chicago; of people cheering and weeping for joy the whole world over. I don't know how anyone could fail to be moved by the genius of our political system, the peaceful transfer of power in a country of 350 million people with real and serious divisions. And most of all, how could anyone not be moved by the idea that we as a country could overcome our original sin and elect an African-American president for the simple reason that he was the best candidate?
One final thought: at the Republican National Convention we heard a lot of disparaging remarks about community organizing. But it was exactly that community organizing that secured Obama's victory. Block by block, precinct by precinct, one $50 contribution at a time, this was a presidential campaign that will be studied and imitated for years to come.
Enough liberal Hollywood politics. I apologize to all those who do not share my views and tune in here for show biz, not politics. But this is a once in a lifetime milestone and I couldn't ignore it. Besides, this is Hollywood. You were expecting maybe the John Birch Society?
My apologies as well to all Spanish-speaking folk for my cringe-worthy signoff last time. Hasta la proxima semana, y'all!
Watch full episodes of Heroes at NBC.com.
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