That was a great ep. And I have lots to comment on about it - but first the story...
so, I know this is the big ep of this half of the season - The Big One, kind of like the midseason midterm of Farscape ... maybe even in a two parter sense, but .. I really looked forward to this ep.
Monday nights I get home a bit late - I had to stop for Thanksgiving supplies at the mart, ended up home around 7:30, and glanced and saw that my DVR was not recording.
Hmm - thats odd, Heroes should be recording on Scifi Channel, a repeat of last weeks ep. Wonder why they arent showing it/machine is not recording?
So I get closer .. turn the cable power on. Nothing. Try the TV again. Try different channels .. frozen pics, black screens, more black screen - silence and darkness.
Reboot the cable box, which has been given me trouble of late. It changes the time to midnight
Now I know I'm in trouble.
Still, I should be able to watch the ep on regular TV and record it, or even online - I hop over to the computer ...and the modem lights are blinking funny, only 3 of the 4 lights are lit, half heartedly so at that, and one keeps blinking red at me instead of green, in that dying Darth Vader's system kind of way.
cable is out - it's not just the box this time!
Taking calm stock of the situation, I rush back to the TV and try to tune in channel 4, a little worrisome prospect on the old thing, now that the bunny ears have been many years put to rest when I finally accepted cable as a necessity. A fuzzy but acceptable 4 appears.
The VCR? goes straight to channel 10. 4's signal isnt strong enough to register on its autochannel. A scramble for the long unused remote reveals the channel is still there, if I force it to focus by manually punching the numbers in.
But this machine doesnt really record anymore, its just a hub for machines trying to connect to my worn TV.
The DVD player - thru the VCR - shows nothing! changing channels.. nothing! Many blind button pressing thru the hub finally reveals that the VCR actually was watching Cable 3 instead of the video channel and that the DVD recorder is working fine. Channel 4 - very decent reception, best yet, so at last I have a way to view the channel.
My sister calls - she's been going thru a comedy of errors of her own all day,
so helps me track down the cable repair number, which I call and get myself on an automated list to be notified "when the outage in your area is repaired"
We go over her day, got a part to fix the stove so we can have Thanksgiving at her house, wrong part, returns that while hubby tackles the bathroom sink , comes back with new stove part, he sends her out for new sink parts, shes back at the store when he calls her and lets her know the store sold her a broken part for the stove so
.. and it goes on. and on, all day, with broken parts,
new glue dried up in its tube, glued parts going down the upstairs sink
with hubby heroically racing down the steps and catching them in the lower drain before they stuck to something
using magnets on strings
to pull up metal parts that flew down the drain next - I told her it wasnt just an ABC afternoon special going on down there, it was an episode of 3-2-1 Contact!
And then I am begging off the phone
so I can manually hit the record button and watch Heroes, while she tunes in down there.
I am formatting the disc - miss "the story so far", curse you digital slowage! and then record ... of course, w/o DVR capability I cant just rewind and record it all anyway
And then I record the show! and its going swimmingly - okay, so I realize its recording on way too low quality
and stop it after the first commercial and get the rest on better quality, I only get a few commercial bits by accident, then at 9:30 my machine gets a call from another machine saying the cable is fixed!
Next commercial break I tune everything over to the cable box, which now say 9:31! but .. the cable is acting funny. At first it says parental block, which I release, then it switches to channel 2 - I get it back to 4, which it insists has no data. DVR lists my shows still n there, with Heroes still programmed to record, but it cant find any shows. So I set the DVDR to record manually.
"Cant record manually on this channel" - well, why not??? No answer from the cryptic box
, but it does now show the channel and Heroes is coming in. So I continue my ordinary DVD recording on my other machine, off the cable feed now.
and ... just as it ends, the director I guess referenced the comic book squares that Peter referred to when putting together Isaac's paintings. Interesting touch. The picture continues in a small square, which appears in different places on the screen. Top right. Top left. Bottom left. Bottom right. Middle. Kind of floating
.. wait a minute - its like a screensaver! My box is turning the pic into a screensaver, like its pausing or has something on hold!
So .. I have a very interesting version of the show, like no other on my DVD
and was the ep worth all that trouble?
Of course it was!!