My TV and Me

May 2, 2011

New Fringe Trailer. Holy Mary, Mother of God.

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Thank you, FOX, for a 4th season.

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Fringe: Episodes 3.17, 3.18 and 3.19

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I can no longer kid myself – there is NO WAY that I am going to catch up on my Fringe recaps, at least not full and proper ones. Instead, I am just going to wing it with some random thoughts. Chime in if you feel like it. Please.

Stowaway

Unlike some other Fringe fans on the internet, I really enjoyed the “Bellivia” arc. It provided some much-needed insight into William Bell, who up until this point had remained quite enigmatic and somewhat sinister; and, as we saw in its resolution in the amazing “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide”, the Bellivia arc led to serious character growth for Olivia. And some serious acting by Anna Torv.

I also think that it was beneficial for Walter in that his confidence was boosted, even while he was made to accept his shortcomings.

It’s always a pleasure to watch Paula Malcomson. She was the perfect choice to play Dana Gray’s compassion and fragility. I really liked the way the writers resolved her story.

Finally, we meet our Lincoln Lee, who is adorable and a perfect fit for the Fringe division on this side, too.

Workplace sexual harrassment was off the charts in this episode. Poor Astrid. Imagine how horrible Belly and Walter must have been back in the 60s and 70s, when Walter’s brain was intact.

Bloodline

We take a break from the weirdness of Bellivia and head over to the alt-universe, the home of even more weirdness, where we spend an hour pretty much designed to get the pregnancy over with and move the story along. That’s OK with me!

I was totally on board for the kidnappers to be connected somehow with The Observers, so when they revealed that it was Walternate and Brandonate who were responsible, well, I was quite surprised, particularly after Walternate’s declaration about not experimenting on children. I guess I fell for it. That’s some ruthless shit right there!

I have a theory that Altlivia’s mother was in on the whole thing. Walternate accelerated the pregnancy because of the VPE, and Marilyn was the only one, beside Altlivia and the doctor, who knew about the VPE. Perhaps she went to Walternate, asking if there was anything he could do to help? She seemed a bit “off” to me in the final scenes at the hospital.

The scene where Lincoln and Henry help Altlivia deliver the baby was very moving. I think I’m a little bit in love with Lincoln now. I’ve never been a huge fan of Altlivia, but I had tears in my eyes when I thought she was dead.

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

The end of the Bellivia arc. How do I even begin to describe this one?? I was enjoying the episode just fine, and then they went all cartoon-y and I didn’t like the episode anymore — I loved it.

Let me count the ways:

1. Trippin’ Broyles. He was both moving (“I’ve seen death, and it’s me”) and hilarious (the cartoon bird!) I need to watch again just to catch glimpses of him in the background.
2. Bell pours Walter and Peter a glass of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey, a drink well-known to LOST fans.
3. Brandonate zombies! Makes so much sense, after what he tried to do to her.
4. Peter’s fascination with Broyles’ bald head.
5. Olivia obviously still carries around a serious amount of mistrust of Nina. It was good to see her fake arm again.
6. Loved the city scape of Olivia’s mind.
7. In answer to his failure to realize that Altlivia was not his Olivia, Peter recognizes that the adult Olivia in her mindscape was not the real one. Nice symmetry. Question about that scene, though: What’s the significance of the Christmas decorations replacing the family at the table?
8. “I think that’s the man who’s going to kill me.” WHA??

More to come tomorrow…

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