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October 28, 2011

Fringe: Episode 4.03

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Alone in the World

“You matter to me. I care, and I… And I don’t want to lose you. I can’t lose you. Not again. Aaron… I know how hard it is to make connections. I know what it is to be lonely. It takes courage to be the one to take someone else’s hand, to trust that they won’t leave you. I won’t leave you, Aaron. And I’m begging you not to leave me. Please. Let it go. Let it go. Please. Let it go, son.”
~ Walter

This episode reminded me a lot of an X-Files MOTW (monster of the week), one of the good ones like, say, Firewalker, where the writers would use the stand alone story to great effect in the development of the characters and their relationship(s). In this case: Walter and Peter.

Unlike in the blue-verse, where Walter played God and the Observer intervened and Peter never died, in this timeline we get to see how that profound loss has damaged him. This episode highlights that nicely with a story about a lonely young boy whose life Walter has to save. I really enjoyed it.


~ I don’t think I can remember a sadder moment on Fringe than when Olivia opened the lab office door to find Walter attempting to lobotomize himself. [Also, can you think of any other show that would have the balls to have a major character do something like that?]

~ As sad as that moment was, the scene itself ended on an opposite, relief-filled and optimistic note as Walter learns – as do we in a nice reveal – that Olivia has been seeing the same man as Walter, only for her he appears in her dreams. Very nicely written.

~ The actor they chose to play Aaron was a very good casting choice. The wrong kid in that role and the entire premise would have crumbled.

Loved this exchange:

BROYLES: Has Dr. Bishop come up with any theories yet on cause of death or the bodies’ advanced state of decomposition?

ASTRID: (speaks to her earpiece) Walter, Agent Broyles wants to know if–

WALTER: Yes, yes, I heard him. (watching Broyles on his television screen) Will you tell Agent Broyles that as there appears to be no unusual environmental factors to explain the rapid deterioration, that it is absurd for me to make any determination without first examining the remainders!

ASTRID: (to Broyles) Okay, Walter said he–

WALTER: Tell him, for all I know, it could be viral or a mutation of some flesh-eating bacteria.

ASTRID: (to Broyles) He thinks that–

WALTER: (continues to interrupt) Some kind of alien parasite or… Bigfoot. Bigfoot! That’s it. Astrid, perhaps you can look around for massive fecal droppings, huh?

ASTRID: (covers her earpiece) He doesn’t have any theories, sir.

It appears as though the baseball gods have granted me a reprieve as Game 7 of the World Series will air tonight instead of the next new episode of Fringe. Bummer, yes, but it also gives me more time to catch up!

Recap for “Subject 9” coming soon.

October 25, 2011

Chatter: Fall TV So Far

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 1:39 pm

I’m back from a weekend in New Hampshire, and ready to blog.

So did you see that fX has renewed Sons of Anarchy for a fifth season? It seems the ratings for this season (4) are better than they’ve ever been. And for good reason, I think. This season’s writing is much tighter and the drama onscreen has been riveting. I read somewhere that Kurt Sutter has the story planned out for 7 seasons and I see no reason why, at this point, we shouldn’t expect to see it last that long. The club is already falling apart, and I see Shakespearean levels of tragedy coming in the end. I can’t wait.

Person of Interest has turned out to be one of my favorite new shows. The procedural, stand-alone nature of the episodes satisfies my lazy brain, while the slowly unraveling of the back stories of both of the main characters leaves me coming back for more. I watch Michael Emerson for the acting and Jim Caveziel brings the pretty.

Are any of you still watching Terra Nova? I’m not. I lasted through the 2-hour pilot – barely – and 10 minutes of the second episode before I deleted the season pass on my DVR. What a huge disappointment for me. I was BORED with the family drama/ungrateful and obnoxious teenage son baloney, and found the entire premise to be completely bereft of any sense of wonder. Blech.

Let’s end this post on a positive note, shall we? If you have not seen Showtime’s new thriller Homeland yet, well, please find a way, even if you don’t have Showtime. Homeland stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin and, accordingly, the acting is stellar. Danes plays an emotionally unstable/unhinged CIA operative who suspects that an Iraq War POW (Lewis), returning home after 8 years of captivity, has been turned and is now a sleeper agent/terrorist. It is the best-reviewed new show out there right now, and trust me, it really is that good.

Also, look for some Fringe recaps within the next day or so…

October 14, 2011

Is There Another New Fringe Already??

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: — gina64 @ 8:27 pm

I swear I’ll catch up. I swear.

Here’s a nice TV Line interview with Anna Torv about tonight’s episode. It sounds like we may get an answer to the Cortexiphan trials question, and whether or not Olivia knew Walter as a child. And, of course, Peter’s “re-birth” begins tonight.

I hope it’s a good one.

October 7, 2011

Today’s Tweets

Filed under: tv news — Tags: , , — gina64 @ 1:19 pm

Via @SyFyBuffy, Chuck and 49 other Halloween episodes of sci-fi TV shows. It’s a pretty lame list – they really stretch the definition of sci-fi, imo – but I do love me some Halloween Buffy. Especially Band Candy.

Via @sutterinkThe fantastic trailer for Kiefer’s Sutherland’s new FOX drama, Touch. I got goosebumps, and maybe even a few tears in my eyes at the end. Wow.

Fringe: Episode 4.02

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 12:01 pm

One Night In October

This has been a crazy week, and this is as far as I have gotten in posting a recap/review for “One Night in October”. I haven’t even had a chance to re-watch it. And now I’m going away for the holiday weekend.

For now I’ll say that I really liked it. I thought that Anna Torv was amazing once again as the two Olivias; that the episode did what this show does best – showcasing the human cost of that weird sci-fi stuff; and guest start John Pyper-Ferguson knocked it out of the park. What did you guys think of it?

More questions were raised, some were answered, and I’ll address all of that next week.

Enjoy tonight’s show!

Oh, one more thing. A screencap of one of my favorite scenes, the homage to the classic Maxell ad:

October 4, 2011

Where is Peter Bishop? Here is Peter Bishop.

Filed under: video — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:54 pm


October 3, 2011

I want to believe.

Filed under: tv news — Tags: , — gina64 @ 3:07 pm

But I’m afraid. Please, please let this really happen:

According to reports out of The New Yorker Festival this weekend, Arrested Development is coming back. And it’s not just for a movie, but for a short, 10-episode season! That’s just way too good to be true, don’t you think? Except, it probably is true, since Jason Bateman tweeted this yesterday:

It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!

This makes me so happy.

I honor of this long-awaited announcement, Funny or Die has posted a slideshow of the 40 funniest Arrested Development screencaps ever. This isn’t really an exhaustive list, but they are pretty damn funny. Here’s just a taste of what they found:

I had to force myself to stop downloading them all.

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