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Heroes and Team G&T goes arctic

They started airing Heroes on Dutch television three weeks before I went into hospital. I saw the first episode, missed about half of the second, and all of the third; and by yesterday I thought I'd be hopelessly behind and never able to catch up. Luckily, BBC2 have started broadcasting it now as well, and I saw the first two episodes again last night. I hope I can remember to watch the other eighteen as well. One thing I noticed though, having seen the first episode twice, is that they made some cuts to it: they shortened the dialogue between Peter Petrelli and Mohinder Suresh in the cab, and they completely cut the scene with three-quarters of the Bennett family around the dinner table, where the mother goes on and on about her prize-winning dogs and Claire says something about how her day was that her mother thinks is quite profound for one so young.

Anyway, the best thing about last night's television has to have been, no doubt about it, the Top Gear-special. How good was that? I just hope the boys haven't put Sir Ranulph Fiennes's nose out of joint too much with their achievement: to reach the North Pole by car, without any loss of extremities, and on a diet of g&t, wine and foie gras! I hope someone clever icons it later, because boy! there were some brilliant shots in that.

In other news, I've handwashed a sheepskin this morning. That's something I won't repeat in a hurry.



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Jul. 26th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
I wanted to give Hammond a hug when he realised that he'd been beaten. Poor love.
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Poor Hamster. He put up a valiant effort, and what's that saying again, it's not the winning, it's the playing of the game?

I must say, even after James and Jeremy having proven it can be done, given the choice I think I'd feel safer travelling to the pole in a dogsled than in a great big monster truck like they had.
Jul. 26th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Sci-Fi channel started broadcasting Heroes before I went to the boat and I didn't watch. I'd learned my lesson with 'Lost.' So last night was my 'first time'. I have to say WOW! Great stuff. We'll have to remind one another to tune-in on Wednesdays.

Normally, I don't watch TG but last night it over-ran so I caught the last 5 minutes. That has to be the best closing line of a show ever 'two overweight, out-of-condition, mostly-drunk'. Do you think Sir Ranulph was molified or annoyed further by the closing credits?

Good to see you're coping in your plaster. I spent my 6 weeks in plaster cruising the Oxford Ring one summer vacation. Mind you, mine was a half cast. I could take it off at night and get a decent night's sleep. It does get easier. You learn how to do things propped against furniture. I found going to the loo quite challenging and took to wearing skirts; much easier than navigating zips and jean belts.
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
We'll have to remind one another to tune-in on Wednesdays.

They're repeating the first two episodes tonight. I wonder if this time they'll show the pilot in its entirety?

Do you think Sir Ranulph was molified or annoyed further by the closing credits?

Actually, I think he might have wiped his brow, gone 'phew', and left it at that. He doesn't strike me as the sort to bear a grudge for long -- well, you can't afford to be when you're an intrepid explorer, can you?

Good to see you're coping in your plaster. I spent my 6 weeks in plaster cruising the Oxford Ring one summer vacation.

I wouldn't say I'm coping, exactly. It's more like gritting my teeth and getting on with it. I had visions of myself soaking up the sun on my balcony before all this, but of course, with the weather being what it is, there's no chance of that, and as to the walking cast, I find I'm not really able to walk without the aid of my crutches. I tried to yesterday, but I think it may have been too soon -- it feels as if the wound has opened up again, but because it's all covered in plaster, I can't check to see whether that's true or not.
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Washing anything to do with sheep, like wool, is often more trouble than it's worth. I know it must be done, but ick.

I haven't yet climbed on the Heroes bandwagon, and I've pretty much decided that it won't happen until the series is off the air and I can watch the whole thing on DVD. I like TV best that way, I think. :)
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
After several years of quite intensive use, the sheepskin that ordinarily graces the back of my sofa looked like it could do with a wash. Mum just bungs hers in the washer, quick and easy, but they look awful; so I decided to give mine a rinse with a mild shampoo. Lordy, lordy! Within minutes that thing weighed a ton, and the kitchen looked a mess with wool and water everywhere. It'll be a couple of days before it's dried out, I suppose (the skin, not the kitchen) -- Leila's none too pleased: it's her sheepskin.

And I would agree with you in principle that getting a series on DVD is best -- but I find that with those I have, I never watch them. Strange, that...
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
It's a shame all the Top Gear races are rigged!
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
They're never! Are they?
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yep. That one where they raced James and Richard in a plane against Jeremy was completely rigged. James had his instructor in the plane too, so there was no need to land because night was falling. It was all set up to create tension.
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Another dream in tatters...Still, it makes for good telly, I suppose.
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