My TV and Me

September 24, 2010

Fringe: Episode 3.01

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:55 pm

WARNING: SPOILERS!

Olivia

I keep saying this to anyone who will listen: Fringe is one of the best series on television right now. The characterizations, the layered stories, the acting, the quality of production – all of these things elevate the show to the top of the TV heap for me (or at least very near it!)

I really enjoyed the season 3 premiere last night. Anna Torv was a revelation. She was so good, that even thought there was almost no Walter or Peter in the entire hour, I didn’t even notice their absence until they appeared in the final 2 minutes.

A few thoughts:

  • I like Henry, I hope he sticks around (and it appears he will). Also, I would like Henry to buy my clothes for me. Is there any significance to him being named Henry Higgins? Who would be his Eliza Doolittle?
  • This might just be my imagination, but I loved the way the cinematography contained small hints that were in the alt-universe: the way sun flares would float across the picture during the cab ride, or the way all of the light fixtures in the hospital/prison all had star-like flares coming out of them. It gave everything a hazy/dreamlike feel, and really drove home that Olivia was not in Kansas anymore.
  • As did a few other cool touches: the Statue of Liberty is still bright and shiny bronze – is it new or are the alt-people just better housekeepers? The voice on the radio in Henry’s cab was saying: The White House announced that President Obama has chosen former President John F. Kennedy to lead the government’s new agency aimed at slowing ecological breakdown. President Kennedy plans to step down from his role as U.N. Ambassador.; there are the zeppelins, of course (I hope someday we get and explanation for them); the sign above the clothing store advertising tourist flights to the moon; and the shiny dome of the Capitol – again, better housekeepers. There must be more – what did I miss?
  • What is Walternate up to? He wants what our Olivia knows: How to move between worlds without dying. So how is downloading all of Alt-Olivia’s memories into her brain going to accomplish that? He’s a dastardly one, he is!
  • The Observer was in the crowd outside of the Opera House, and behind Olivia at the park where Massive Dynamic should have been.
  • I was very disappointed that I would never learn how Peter rescues a dead pen.
  • Amy Madigan was a brilliant choice to play Olivia’s mother. I instantly believed in their relationship and her love and concern for Olivia, and that’s amazing, considering she’s never been on the show before.
  • So what everyone else think??

    September 22, 2010

    We have to go back!

    Filed under: reviews, video — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:36 pm

    Six years ago today one of the very best, and certainly one of my most favorite, television shows ever aired its first episode. I decided to mark the occasion by wading through posts at my old blog and posting the first few entries I made about LOST. I got a laugh out of it, and thought perhaps you would, too.

    Apparently, my biggest problem with LOST at the beginning? Was remembering to watch it!

    9.24.2004
    “…the most promising new television show of the fall season.”
    And that would be? According to a reviewer on NPR, it’s ABC’s new show, “Lost”. And while I haven’t seen any other new fall series (nor do I really have any desire to), and have nothing to compare it to, and so am in no place to be making judgments, I will anyway. I need to watch a couple more episodes before I know for sure, but I think he may be right.

    I stumbled upon the show on Wednesday night (it airs Wednesdays at 8:00 P.M., a little early, I think) and it was compelling enough to keep me watching til the end. For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, the premise is as follows: 48 survivors of a plane crash on a deserted South Pacific island have to contend not only with each other and the forces of nature, but also with very scary (and so far unseen) creatures who are roaming the jungle, roaring and tearing down trees and mauling people. Among the cast are Matthew Fox (from Party of Five), great character actor Terry O’Quinn (much seen in X-Files and Millennium) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry from Lord of the Rings) and the interactions between the characters are fraught with the strangeness of it all; for example, when one of the female passengers has to remove a pair of hiking shoes from a dead body so she can have good shoes to walk around the island in, she is obviously distressed at the gruesome task. The camera cuts to a shot of O’Quinn walking by and looking at her sort of sweetly, with a half smile, like he understands. Then he lets his smile widen and he has the rind of an orange completely covering his teeth and what would have been funny at another time is clearly inappropriate here. The show is full of moments like that, that make you feel uncomfortable and are the sort of thing that keeps this show from sinking into cliche.

    I think one of the best things “Lost” has going for it is also what may spell its doom – it is unlike anything else on television, and we all know how far originality and creativity go in network TV. Hopefully this one will make it.

    09.30.2004
    So, I watched the second episode of “Lost” last night, on ABC. Which is quite remarkable, since I cannot recall the last time I got past the first episode of a new show (that wasn’t on HBO), or even cared enough to remember to watch the following week. Wait, yes I can – it was “Arrested Development”. I’ve been waiting to see something about the AD season premiere – has anyone heard anything about it?

    Anyhoo. The pace of “Lost” has slackened a bit, but it was still compelling. From bits that I’ve read, it looks like the “monster” will be revealed soon and the show will concentrate on character development more. And that particular onion started to peel last night, as we discovered new information on the background of some of the characters (I won’t give anything away, since I know there are some of you who are planning on watching the show – but I will in future, so consider yourselves warned). I think it’s a great idea – we start at the same point as all of the characters – we will learn who these people are right along with everyone on the show. And since it’s JJ Abrahams (sp?), I’m sure there will be a few cool surprises along the way.

    10.13.2004
    I remembered to watch “Lost”. Another great episode. I really liked the reveal they did on the John Locke (sp?) character – maybe I’m thick, but I was not expecting that at all. Now I understand why he was walking around with that weird look of wonder and shit-eating grin on his face while everyone else was devastated (or dead). That crash is the best thing that ever happened to him.

    And who’s the guy with the suit and the white shoes? Do you think the tail section of the plane is on the other side of the island with another bunch of survivors? Does Kate climb trees in her spare time? Oo, maybe she’s a cat burgular!

    11.05.2004
    OK, so let’s talk Lost. I still haven’t seen last week’s episode (it’s airing tomorrow night at 8:00), so I’m not sure what the dynamic between the Korean couple and the black couple is like now, or what’s passed between them.

    I liked Charlie’s backstory, although there were really no big surprises, except, I think for the fact that he was very religious. I’d like to see that aspect of his personality emerge more as they start forming their society and community. He’s felt as though he’s been useless so far – maybe he could find a purpose in serving as a sort of spiritual leader for the group.

    The theme of choices was a good one, although I found the whole moth bit to be a little heavy-handed. I wonder who hit Sayid? Who doesn’t want them to be found? While Sawyer’s been portrayed pretty much as a scumbag so far, I have a feeling he’s going to end up being a tragic figure, for some reason.

    11/10/2004
    Watch Lost. Watch Lost. Watch Lost. Watch Lost. Watch Lost. Watch Lost…

    I leave you with the opening scene of the Pilot, first aired 6 years ago today.

    September 17, 2010

    Fringe, Fringe, Fringe

    Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 3:57 pm

    Can you stand the wait? In case you forgot, or didn’t know, season 3 of Fringe premieres next Thursday, September 23 at 9 PM. I’m so excited!

    A couple of Fringe-y things for you:

    Look for the Easter eggs in these great new cast photos.

    A non-spoilery, rave review of the season premiere from i09:

    We were lucky enough to watch the first two episodes of Fringe’s new season, premiering next week, and we were utterly blown away. And that’s with high expectations to begin with — the first two hours of the season blow past any expectations you might have had. The result is genuinely creepy, funny, weird and awesome. Put together, the first two hours of Fringe season three make for one of the best science fiction movies I’ve seen in a while, and they leave me dying to know what happens next.

    I guess FOX aired the 2 hour season 2 finale last night. I’m bummed that I missed it. I wonder if it’s on demand…

    September 13, 2010

    New stuff from HBO!

    Filed under: video — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:51 pm

    Mildred Pierce miniseries, starring Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pearce:

    Game of Thrones, starring Sean Bean:

    I’ve been hearing very good buzz on both of these projects, but I have to say that I am not all that impressed with GoT. From the teaser, it looks indistinguishable from one of those sword and sorcery shows or movies that you find on SyFy. I imagine since it’s on HBO it will be better than that, I just wish the teaser trailer was more exciting.

    September 9, 2010

    Today’s Tweets

    Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 10:43 pm

    Via @moryanFind the Clues in 3 New ‘Fringe’ Posters. I see The Observer! BEWARE: Spoilers for the first 3 eps appear below the posters.

    Via @moryanFall TV’s Best New Shows

    Via @moryan – (Mo was busy today!!) Fall TV’s Worst New Shows

    Via @bearmccrearySummer Scrapbook 2010 Part 1: BSG Symphony in Spain. I would love to one day attend this.

    Via @SyFyCaprica returning early – October 5 – and they have a sneak peek

    Via @SyFyTen of the best science fiction TV episodes that ever aired

    Via @SyFy – (SyFy was busy, too!!) Watch Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk punk the cast of Firefly

    September 8, 2010

    Fall Premiere Schedule

    Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 11:46 am

    Mark your calendars and get ready to program your DVRs, people. Alan has posted a list of dates and times for both new and returning shows – for the fall season only – over at HitFix. It’s a pretty exhaustive list, so you should be able to learn when your favorite shows are premiering. If not, you can also check out the futon critic’s guide to fall and winter’s new and returning shows.

    Here are the dates for the shows that I’ll be watching:

    RETURNING

    Castle, (Mon, Sep 20, 10:00 PM, ABC)
    Modern Family (Wed, Sep 22, 9:00 PM, ABC)
    CSI (Thu, Sep 23, 9:00 PM, CBS)
    Fringe (Thu, Sep 23, 9:00 PM, FOX)

    NEW

    (the starred shows are ones I will definitely be checking out, the others are possibilities)

    ** Terriers (Wed, Sep 8 – tonight!!, 10:00 PM, fX)
    Hawaii Five-O (Mon, Sep 20, 10:00 PM, CBS)
    ** Undercovers (Wed, Sep 22, 8:00 PM, NBC)
    No Ordinary Family (Tue, Sep 28, 8:00 PM, ABC)
    ** Luther (Sun, Oct 24, 10:00 PM, BBCA)
    ** The Walking Dead (Sun, Oct 31, 10:00 PM, AMC)

    I’m going to have some serious DVR issues on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.

    September 7, 2010

    Chatter: Summer Roundup and More

    Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 4:07 pm

    My God, where does the time go? This summer has been super tough for me when it comes to finding the time/energy/inspiration to blog, and it shows. I haven’t even been able to manage regular True Blood posts, and that’s just not right. I will remedy at least that situation and get something posted before the season finale this weekend.

    In the meantime, the fall premiere season has crept up on me: Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy premieres tonight, at 10:00! (fX) How did that happen?? For those of you who have yet to discover SOA, you cannot jump into the series tonight. Rent the DVD for seasons 1 and 2 first. Trust me. For those of you who have been watching all along: Enjoy!

    Now, some thoughts on stuff I’ve been watching during the summer…

    (Persons Unknown was so remarkably bad, it merited its own post)

    Is anyone else watching AMC’s Rubicon? I’m really enjoying it. There have been complaints about the “glacial pace” of the show, but for me, that’s part of the attraction. I love how the pace – and the setting, gritty New York City – is sort of a throwback to the paranoid conspiracy thrillers of the 70s (Hello, Three Days of the Condor), movies I grew up watching. I find the subject matter intensely interesting; the acting is superb; and the lead is hot in an intellectually dorky kind of way. Also love: the way the cinematography mirrors the “pattern” theme – API is an intelligence agency that looks for patterns in transmissions, etc. – with the way the camera settles for long periods of time on stairwells, bridges, the patterns of windows on outsides walls of city buildings, or the pattern of shadows on a wall created by window blinds. If you’re looking for an adult, challenging drama, I recommend it.

    I complained early on this summer that Warehouse 13 was beginning to show signs of, well, being bad. It’s never been a particularly challenging show; it’s just some summer fluff with a lot of action, some funny bits and a nice relationship between all the characters, and that was fine with me. A few episodes into this season I started to get worried – the episodes felt a little *too* fluffy and frantic and the acting seemed off – but then things turned around and the show seems to be back on track. I’ve decided who I think is the weakest link in the show: Eddie McClintock, who (over)plays the smart-alecky warehouse agent Pete. Either he isn’t that great an actor, or he needs to be reeled in a little, I’m not sure. Regardless, I do enjoy the show.

    Season 6 of Futurama ended last Thursday with their 100th episode, which was a good one. This, their “comeback” season, was a little uneven, but had some real gems (most notably: “Proposition Infinity”, “The Late Phillip J. Fry”, “That Darn Katz”, “The Prisoner of Benda” and “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences”). Now I’m looking forward to the Christmas special and season 7 in 2011. Woo hoo!

    One last, little nugget, because I really do have to get back to work…
    a nice little interview with Michael Emerson.

    September 5, 2010

    Kurt Sutter talks about Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy

    Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 10:58 am

    From his blog:

    So on this season of Sons of Anarchy, we expand beyond the emotional/geographical boundaries of Charming and our primary beefs, to divulge deeper mythological conflicts. The mythology revealed this season will serve as gasoline for the familial fires that will ultimately set our antiheroes ablaze. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.

    Tune in at 10:00 PM on Tuesday, September 7 on fX for the season 3 premiere.

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