Chapter One: "The Second Coming"
9:01: With slicked back hair and a big nasty scar on his face, Peter Petrelli runs into a warehouse. Claire, looking all sleek in black leather and dark hair, is there. Nasty Claire, villainous Claire with a gun. She shoots Peter, but he dodges it, of course, and jumps back in time…
9:03: …To the press conference at which Nathan is about to confess having powers. Future Peter shoots his brother to stop the mayhem he may cause with his announcement. Present-day Peter, who is next to Nathan, chases future Peter. Future Peter escapes, but what happened to present-day Peter? A person can go crazy thinking about all this stuff.
9:08: Nathan dies of chest wounds, only to suddenly come alive again. With future Peter there beside him. He later claims he talked to God when he died, for just a little bit, and that the Big Guy left him a message. Oh please, Nathan is going Old Testament on us.
9:10 Hiro! Bored out of his mind in an office at his dead father’s company, making the clock go back and forth in time. Yeah, he’s not cut out for office work.
9:12: Sylar visits Claire. Uh-oh. He says he’s back. It was like “a long night after a bad taco.” He still wants to eat her brains, though. She breaks away to hide in a closet. Like that’s supposed to stop him.
9:18: Back with Hiro. His father has left him a video message saying that he’s a sentinel to a dangerous secret that could cause the end of the world locked in a safe in the office. But, he warns his son, DO NOT OPEN THE SAFE. Yeah, that’s just an open invitation for Hiro the hero. He opens the safe, finds half of a formula. Suddenly, it flies out of his hands. Quick thinking, Hiro stops time and follows the wake of whoever grabbed it. It’s a blonde chick who calls herself a speedster, and yes, she steals the formula.
9:31: Maya, aka black-goo eyed girl, and Mohinder are taking samples to try to get rid of her powers. BORING.
9:34: Sylar cuts open a screaming Claire’s head.
9:38: Sylar’s got Claire’s head open and his hands in her brain. Gross. “Are you going to eat it?” “Eat your brain? Claire, that’s disgusting.” He finds some point in her brain, sticks his finger there, sucks in some kind of essence and then stands up. He sticks the top of her head back on, and she immediately heals. “You aren’t going to kill me?” “You’re special, not like the others. You can never die. And I guess now neither can I.” Wow, guess that answers the way Sylar gets people’s powers out their heads. Weird.
9:44: More Maya and Mohinder. Still boring.
9:48: Baddie Linderman, who you recall died last season, shows up in Nathan’s hospital room, saying he healed Nathan. Seems like no one can die on this show.
9:49: Nikki makes an appearance in a corset and garters, further cementing the idea that no one can die on the show, not really (she was supposed to have been blown up in a building). Her, um, boyfriend, whom she calls “Governor” is watching Nathan on TV, quoting divine intervention. Governor guys says “We may have found our guy, Tracy.” She thinks he’s right. “I like him” Tracy? New alter ego? Where’s Micah?
9:51: Matt wakes up in the desert with a scorpion on his face. Yuck. He was sent there by future Peter to get him out of the way.
9:54: Hiro jumps to the future for a moment, because, you know, that’s what he does. He lands on the streets of Tokyo, which is in chaos, people running and screaming everywhere. Then he sees his future self fighting with Ando, who is holding the formula in his hand. “You betrayed me!” Hiro screams. He tries to use his sword against Ando, but Ando blasts him with electrical current and escapes. The present-day Hiro turns to see Tokyo engulfed in an Armageddon blast.
9:58: Mohinder’s got a power, Mohinder’s got a power! After injecting himself with his serum from Maya’s blood, Mohinder suddenly finds himself with super strength. Cool.
10:00 Mohinder in voiceover: “Surely, the second coming is at hand.”
Chapter Two “The Butterfly Effect”
10:01: Poor Claire bear. She can’t feel anything anymore, no pain--the only thing she had that made her feel human. What’s the point then, she ponders? Ah, the dark side is creeping in.
10:04: Angela Petrelli sees the future in her dreams. That’s her special gift--and she knows all about the butterfly effect, the one in which you step on a butterfly in the past and the future is all screwed up. In one particular dream, she walks into a room and sees that all the good guys are dead--Hiro, Matt, Claire, Bennett, Peter. And all the villains are standing there: Nikki, Matt’s dad, Adam, some black dude--and, of course, Sylar.
10:09: Mohinder and Maya have sex. The new and improved Mohinder, that is. He reminds me of Jeff Goldblum from The Fly.
10:12: Elle and her dad Bob are back. Love Elle! She screwed up and let Sylar go, but she knows she can get him back. Bob doesn’t trust her. Bob isn’t going to live long, by the way.
10:15: Nikki is Tracy Strauss now, an adviser to Governor Mulden (OK, that’s his name). They both want Nathan to fill some senator’s seat, so she’s going to go talk to him. Later, she is approached by a guy in the parking garage, who shows her a picture of herself, as Nikki/Jessica the stripper, in Las Vegas. Wait, is that William Katt from the The Greatest American Hero blackmailing Nikki, er, Tracy? With a soul patch?
10:22: Linderman isn’t really alive. Nathan is the only one who can see him. That makes a little more sense. Nathan takes Tracy up on the senate offer.
10:24: Elle: “My dad’s dead, Sylar killed him.” She has burst into Bennet’s cell at the Company lab and throws him a gun. Indeed, Syler is there. Bennet tries to kill him, but of course it doesn’t work because, as he tells Bennet, he got his daughter’s powers. Bennet charges, and Syler tosses him aside like a paper doll. Then Syler grabs Elle and tries to open up her head. Big mistake. She turns into an electrical live wire and blows Sylar backwards. Nifty trick.
10:30: Hiro and Ando are in the speedster’s house in Paris. She’s a master thief. Can’t find the formula, though.
10:34: Tracy/Nikki has a new power, Tracy/Nikki has a new power! The William Katt reporter threatens Tracy again with his story of her as a stripper, and even shows her having sex with Nathan (back in the day, as Jessica). She starts to lose it, and grabs the guy’s arm. He suddenly turns to ice and breaks apart, all over the parking garage floor. Now, how the hell did she get THAT power?
10:38 Sylar is under wraps at the Company lab--again. Mama Petrelli shows up and hands Elle her walking papers. Seems the villains held prisoner at the Company lab have escaped because of electrical burst. Watch out, Elle is one spiteful girl. Meanwhile, Bennet heads home.
10:42: Hiro really should tell Ando what he saw in the future. Ando doesn’t get why Hiro is acting all weird around him.
10:43: I knew it! Mohinder IS turning into a fly! His body is mutating.
10:48: A water-deprived Matt in the desert thinks he is talking to a turtle. Actually, it’s some African fellow. “You from America? Do you know Britney Spears?” That’s funny. Suddenly, we realize he knows Matt--and because he is there, the future is not right. Goodness, everyone is in on this thing.
10:53: At the Bennet household, Mr. B feels like he is the only who can stop those nasty baddies on the loose. Claire wants to go with him, but he won’t let her. Instead, he reveals that Claire’s real mom is here to help protect Claire and the rest of the family. The lady has some fire power.
10:55: We find out what happened to the present-day Peter Petrelli. Future Peter somehow trapped him into the body of a real villain named Jessie, one of the escapees from the lab. Now, present-day Peter is stuck traveling around with the dangerous crew.
10:57 Stop the presses! Mama Petrelli is Sylar’s mother?
Based on the bestseller by Nicolas Sparks the film begins with Duke (James Garner) and Allie (Gena Rowlands) an inseparable couple living in a nursing home. While Duke remembers their life together Allie who suffers from progressive dementia does not. Their only bond is a faded notebook from which Duke reads to Allie every day telling her the same story over and over. It's a sweeping tale of two South Carolina teens country boy Noah (Ryan Gosling) and city gal Allie (Rachel McAdams) who spend one glorious summer in the early 1940s falling madly in love. Unfortunately the couple is soon separated first by her disapproving parents and then by World War II but after seven years apart after taking different paths they are passionately reunited. There's a catch though; Allie is now faced to choose between the man she once loved and the successful businessman (James Marsden) she is engaged to. It's really no surprise who the young Allie chooses in the end--but for Duke the only thing that keeps him going is the fact that every day somehow through the power of this story the mentally impaired Allie miraculously remembers their love if only for a very brief moment before slipping back into oblivion. Tears being jerked from your eyes yet?
The talented cast certainly elevates The Notebook's romantic drudgery. McAdams takes a departure from all the Mean Girls she's played lately (including The Hot Chick) and easily wins you over as the spirited young Allie while the usually intense Gosling also tackles something lighter so to speak than his previous darker roles such as his Jewish-turned-American Nazi leader in The Believer. While infusing a certain sense of brooding and melancholy into Noah especially in the years he spends pining for Allie Gosling manages to exude Noah's genuine warmth and sensitivity as well. And between the two of them real sparks fly as the actors paint a fresh and inviting picture of young love that stands the test of time. Marsden is completely wasted however as Allie's fiancé Lon a upstanding Southern gentleman Allie's parents expect her to marry who offers little as to why Allie should stay with him. As the older contingency veterans Garner and Rowlands who take the sappiest material and turn it into something meaningful inspire some truly heart-ripping moments as the aging couple holding onto their love as tight as they can. In the supporting cast Joan Allen has some shining moments as Allie's uptight mother with a secret of her own.
In bringing the popular novel about enduring love to life director Nick Cassavetes (Unhook the Stars) may have used his own experiences having seen his parents--the late John Cassavetes and his lady love and muse Gena Rowlands--play out their own real-life love affair. Cassavettes gets to the heart of the material right away and permeates the screen with the beautiful surroundings of South Carolina where The Notebook was filmed. We glide through lush moss-filled swamps and sleepy Southern towns marvel at languid shots of the South Carolina coastline. It's very clear Cassavetes has a way with actors much like his father did gently coaxing realistic performances from his young somewhat untested leads while allowing old guards like Garner and Rowlands to simply work their magic (imagine telling your Oscar-nominated mother how to act. Right). The problem is the story itself which not only offers nothing new to the romance genre but also isn't very compelling. There are no great tragedies (save perhaps for the whole dementia thing) no real villainous presence to keep the lovers apart no peril at all. It's boy-meets-girl boy-loses-girl boy-wins-girl-back--ho-hum. Where's the sudsy soap opera when you need it?