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Old 02-26-07, 03:58 AM
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Heroes -- "Company Man" -- 02.26.2007


"Company Man"

Matt and Ted Sprague (Matthew John Armstrong) take H.R.G. and his family hostage in their search for answers, which leads to an explosive showdown.
Old 02-26-07, 07:11 AM
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Wierd, I figured this thread would be a few pages by now. New ep was on last night (Sunday) up here in Canada.

No spoilers but it was a fuckin awesome episode.
Old 02-26-07, 12:08 PM
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WTH? You're like Hiro coming back from the future! It better be good tonight.
Old 02-26-07, 12:14 PM
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LOL, no doubt.
Thanks for not posting spoilers. I can never resist reading those darn things (as much as I want to wait).
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Yeah, the episode was great! It moves the plot along while filling in a lot of holes.
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Just FYI that this is scheduled to run until 10:03 instead of the usual 10:01.
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Originally Posted by ElementZ
Wierd, I figured this thread would be a few pages by now. New ep was on last night (Sunday) up here in Canada.

No spoilers but it was a fuckin awesome episode.
Right on both points.
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for those interested, theres an early review on AICN:

note - it's mostly plot points and no "major" spoilers, but you know the drill...


Spoiler:

“Heroes” 1.17 aired Oscar night in Canada, a full day before we here in the states get our look. Tonight's episode at last tells us the secret origin of Claire’s bespectacled pop.

Ain’t It Cool’s main TV Canadian gives the episode five stars. Which shouldn’t surprise anybody, because it was written by “Dead Like Me”/”Wonderfalls” creator and all-around ubergenius Bryan Fuller.

Here’s “L-Prime”:

What’s it called?
“Company Man”

Who’s responsible?
The wonderful Bryan Fuller handles the words; Allan Arkush the lenses.

What does TV Guide say?
“The Bennets are taken hostage by Matt and Ted Sprague, which leads to a tragic showdown---and some insight into Mr. Bennet's mysterious past. Eric Roberts guest stars.”

That tricky little TV Guide hiding anything?
Not really. This is more of a visceral, stripped-down hour than this usually multi-tiered/plotted series is used to, but man is that single story a doozy.

How long do we wait for the first surprise?
About two minutes into act one. It has to do with the rumoured scene with HRG conversing entirely in Japanese.

The next one?
Not even an act break.

We go all flashbacky this week?
Boy do we. We hop back 14 years and meet HRG’s recruiter, HDC (High Dark Collar), Claude (Mr. Invisible), the Haitian, and two other familiar faces too good to spoil.

Do we find out which side HRG’s people are on?
Not completely. We start in one place, migrate to another.

Do we find out which side HRG himself is on?
We see a good chunk of his motivation. But whether they apply when the hour is out will be another story.

So we knew it would be HRG intensive, but does it open the man up completely? How does Coleman acquit himself?
Not everything about the man is laid bare (no first name for one), but we get a much more concrete sense of where his ultimate loyalties lie, and the forces he has been navigating. Coleman also definitively proves himself to be one of the show’s major bedrocks when it comes to gravitas and carrying the dramatic weight. Top drawer.

Do we find out what or who is behind ‘the company’?
We’re definitely presented with one huge, shocking answer, but nothing is fleshed out. Suffice to say the Heroesverse got a little smaller tonight.

What else is crazy?
How about friggin’ everything! The Haitian reveals a secret motivation! We (kinda) find out how Claude fell out of HRG’s peoples’ good graces! There’s a hell of a fireball! Multiple people are shot! A mind is set to be wiped! Plenty of exclamation points!!!

How about Peter, Simone, and Isaac?
No sign.

Hiro and Ando?
Absent (mostly).

Nathan?
Nope. Noticing a trend?

Suresh and Sylar?
Negatory.

Niki, DL and Micah?
What do you think? Basically, except for the flashbacks and one trip to Primatech paper, this could be a stage play set in the Bennet house. If you could light that stage on fire. And, interestingly, in a reflection of the scarcity of regular cast, the main credits are truncated to Grunberg, Panetierre and Coleman, plus supporters. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before in a series like this.

What’s good?
“I wouldn’t hurt … Mr. Muggles.”; “So tell me, how do you feel about paper?” “Wildly enthusiastic.”; Claude’s initial intro; “He’s not a paper salesman.”; the track a bullet takes to exit; “I wanted to put it in the front of my fridge.”; basically every moment of HRG’s backstory; Claude’s exit; “Just one more thing: when should we be expecting Claire?”; we witness the birth of HRG’s nickname; the cliffhanger, a real hum-diddly-dinger, leaving the fate of … let’s just say watch the damn show.

What’s no good?
Absolutely nothing. As perfect an hour of TV as this series has yet to deliver. Some questions answered, others raised, menace presented, stakes pushed.

How does it end?
“I love you, Clairebear.”

Rating for Heroes 1.17 (out of five stars)?
*****. Emphatically. On another show, it might have been a bit of a gamble to depart from formula so heavily and zoom in on just a focused story, but this installment worked in the tradition (flashbacks and all) of the very best of Lost — and I do realize just how high that’s setting the bar. And I realize that for a spoiler site, this wasn’t terribly spoilery, but that’s cuz you all need to watch it for yourselves. Possibly the best ep of Heroes yet, and one of the best hours of TV yet this year.

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Just watched it and will concur on the fuckin' awesomeness of this episode.

Far and away the best ep of the series with a great ending.
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all the great episode talk makes me even more excited about this tonight! can't wait!
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Originally Posted by pinata242
Just FYI that this is scheduled to run until 10:03 instead of the usual 10:01.
Nobody is going to want to miss those 3 minutes, believe me.
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this episode is awesome already and it's only 15 minutes in!
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WOW, that is crazy!
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ZOMG!!111 Sulu's in on it!
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It looks like George Takei may well have a larger part in the show than previously indicated. So far this has been one of the best episodes and one of the few that has sustained the excitement.
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Fantastic four ad looked awesome btw
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a comic book movie commerical on a comic book show. rise of the silver surfer looks pretty good
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holy crap, that was awesome.
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Wow, great episode.
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Damn, that was a great epsiode.

Spoiler:
Is that Donald Sutherland playing Linderman?
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At least Nikki wasn't in it
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Originally Posted by zuffy
Damn, that was a great epsiode.

Spoiler:
Is that Donald Sutherland playing Linderman?

That is what I thought...
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Originally Posted by zuffy
Spoiler:
Is that Donald Sutherland playing Linderman?
certainly looked like him.
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This show has fucking lapped Lost
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Originally Posted by Demontooth
At least Nikki wasn't in it
That is why this episode is awersome

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