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Fringe “A Short Story About Love”

24 Mar

Fringe, I love you, I have been loyal to you and supported you and you have repaid me with the perhaps your most beautiful episode to date.  Just like a fine wine, or a gourmet food I had to keep going back to the last five minutes and re-watching, savoring each moment of the most beautiful reunion in TV history.

Last night’s episode was filled with so many beautiful moments, the imagery (white tulips), Walter‘s hilarity (“beaver hunting”), Lincoln Lee‘s heart quietly breaking it made the case of the week more palatable. It would be very easy to say that the writers showed us the agony and the ecstasy of love in very black and white terms, but long time viewers of Fringe know it is not that easy.

We also know that when we get something as good as, “she is your Olivia”, they are going to break out hearts again by seasons end. Bastards.

The COW follows Anson Carr ( Michael Massee) a badly scarred (looks like burns) serial killer who kills the male half of loving couples through dehydration, think sun dried prunes. Anson extracts their pheromones, which he combines with castoreum, he uses this mixture to seduce their wives immediately following their funerals.  After the kiss, he wraps their heads in plastic wrap and smothers them. Why does he do this? He wants to distill the essence of whatever it is that makes people fall in love with each other, so that the whole world can share the kind of in-it-until-the-end-of-time romance that Anson himself has never known.  Last night’s episode was truly icky, the best or worst of the ickiness, watching Carr clean out the dehydration chamber.

Peter is about to leave town on a bus headed for New York, Walter calls him back when he realizes the Observers did something to him when they took September out of the lab after the performed the mind meld.  The implanted something in his eye, that would eventually seep into his subconscious. I another cringe worthy moment, we watch as Walter removes the disc from Peter’s eyeball with tweezers.  Its an address, Peter sets off on his quest.

When Peter finds the address, it is the Observer’s apartment. He finds a briefcase containing the tolls we have seen the Observer use of the previous scenes. One device is a GPS locator that keeps beeping, he follows it to a giant drill bit is sticking out of the ground. Peter takes back to his house, (cause that is what I would do, it could explode, but oh well) It turns out be a beaso which brings The Observer back to this plane of existence.  The Observer gets to finish telling Peter what he didn’t in last weeks episode. 

And this is the big moment, Peter is already home, ( a lot of people in the forums already guessed this) he was restored to this universe because the attachment between him and his family and friends was too strong. “I believe you call it… love,” The Observer says, very Wizzard of Oz, but I love it anyway.

The bigger moment, Peter and Oliva run into each other’s arms at the end of the episode, complete with big smoochy kiss and handheld camera circling them.  I know my happiness won’t last for long, but I will bask in the glow of the moment.

A couple of other moments worth mentioning

  • Scooby Doo on the TV behind Walter while he is working in the lab
  • the idea that Walter has a hidden nanny cam in a Teddy Bear in the lab to spy on the cleaning crew
  • Peter munching on snacks while he works on the drill bit just like Walter
  • Walter tells Peter, “You’re a better man, than I”, Peter remarks this is a something he has heard before
  • Nina tells Oliva MD just go a patent on speeding up time ( has this show done a time jump yet)

Next week it looks like we are dealing with some freaky experiment Dr. Jones created. There are 8 episodes left until the end of the season and possibly the end of the series. I really don’t think Fox is going to cancel this show, it will give it a fifth and final season.

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3/23 Friday What You Should Watch

23 Mar

Happy Happy Joy Joy Fringe is back!!!

The NCAA tournament continues.

ABC has shark tank, The CW has Nikita and Supernatural and Grimm is a repeat.

Did you hear Grimm has been renewed for season 2, no surprise there, it was one of the few succesful shows NBC has this season.

Top Spot: Fringe

After the heartbreaking cliff hanger of the winter finale I’m not sure I want to watch, but I must. Will Peter get home, will Olivia’s memories continue to fade and what new pearls of wisdom will Walter share.

Fringe

After recent emotional events and shocking revelations, Peter considers his options; a killer targets love
 

Supernatural

Driven to the breaking point by Lucifer, Sam ends up in a mental hospital; Dean’s plea for help leads him to a healer with the face of an old friend.
 
 

Friday 3/2 What You Should Watch

2 Mar

This is folks, tonight is the night the last episode of A Gifted Man is airing, I am sorry to see it end.  Lets hope Patrick Wilson will be back on my TV next season.

Blue Bloods is new, they are finally getting back to Jamie’s undercover story. I hear it will dominate the rest of the season and I can’t wait.

Grimm is also new tonight.

A Gifted Man

Michael discovers that Anna and a patient in the clinic have a special connection; Michael reunites with a friend who has a rare illness.
 

Blue Bloods

When a reporter friend of Frank’s is almost attacked while investigating a story, Danny and Jackie try to find the would-be attacker; Jamie makes headway in his undercover case.
 

Grimm

When a botched robbery ends in murder, Nick and Hank must search for rare coins; a friend of Aunt Marie’s shows up with information about Nick’s family.

Fringe “The End Of All Things”

25 Feb

Last night’s episode of Fringe, “The End of All Things” is about as good as it gets for winter finales. It should be shown to all those who study the craft of making TV as an example of how it should be done.  The episode answered questions spanning multiple seasons, it left a few un-answered, like who shot September and opened up enough new ones to see us thru the final eight episodes of the season and possibly series finale.

The episode was written by David Fury, the man responsible for writing some of the best episodes of  Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24 and Lost, it is no wonder this a stand out.

Lets re-cap shall we.

Dr. Jones,perhaps Fringe’s best villain to date is holding Olivia and Nina captive, he is trying to “activate” Olivia’s powers. He is torturing Nina, hoping that Olivia’s love for her as her adoptive mother will kick start her abilities. Apparently that only happens when someone she loves is in danger.

The other Nina Sharpe, who at this point, we believe is evil and has been injecting Olivia with cortexiphan is being interrogated by Broyles.  She insists she is innocent.

In the lab, Peter is trying to get information from a memory card he found in a hidden camera in Olivia’s apartment. Walter is having a snack, he is eating toast with candy colored sprinkles, I love Walter’s snacks and his love of sugar. It makes this former sugar junkie giddy from the thought of a contact high.

The moment we have all been waiting for happens, the Observer, September pops into the lab, literally. unfortunately hs is shot and dying. The team, Peter, Walter, Astrid, Broyles and Lincoln get him on the table but he seizes before he can tell them anything that will help them find Olivia.  The only choice is to have Peter enter his mind, a mind meld if you will. Walter warns if the Observer dies while Peter is in there he could die too. Peter doesn’t care he must rescue Olivia.

Ok, so here comes the meat of the episode and a few answers. Basically September screwed up many years ago and he has been trying to fix things ever since.  When BlueWalter was working on a cure for BluePeter, September showed up in the lab and distracted him, as a result he missed the cure and BluePeter died. September then went to RedWalter and got him to cure RedPeter, BlueWalter brought RedPeter to his time were eventually RedPeter would meet and fall in love with BlueOlivia. Apparently their babies are the key to everyone’s survival. Problem is BluePeter mated with RedOlivia and they had a baby instead, little Henry. Who we found out last night ceased to exist when Peter was erased at the end of last season.

In one of Josh Jackson‘s great moments, the look on his face when he found out in a 10 second span, that he had a son and then didn’t, was a great acting moment.  The look in his eyes, it said it all. So sad for Peter.

Peter has to get back to his time and BlueOlivia, they have to have babies and the world will be right again. Unfortunately September gets pulled away before he could tell us more.  September’s last words to Peter are “go home”.  When Peter reappears in the lab, September has vanished and he tells the gang he is going to his house. Maybe September meant he should literally go home, so he does.

While all this was happening, we found out that the Nina being held with Olivia is really evil and in league with Dr. Jones. She must be RedNina.  The only way to activate Olivia is to kidnap Peter, since the only time she has used her powers was to protect him. So they do, they hold a knife to his throat and she activates, electrocuting the bad guys and saving Peter. 

Jones and Nina get away of course, because we still have to find out who or what is pulling Jones’ strings. You know things on Fringe are never as they appear.

In the end Peter tells Olivia he has been projecting BlueOlivia onto her and it wasn’t right and he must get back to his quest. He must go home.  She has feelings for him and isn’t too happy about being dumped.

The show is off for four weeks, then returns for 8 straight episodes. I suspect we will hear in the next four weeks if it will be renewed or not, it doesn’t really matter the creative team behind Fringe always treats their season finales as series finales. I suspect this year will not be any different and the final 8 will be a truly satisfying ride.

Did you watch? What are your thoughts?

Friday 1/24 What You Should Watch

24 Feb

Fringe is new tonight, and I don’t like the title of the episode “The End of All Things”, just saying way to jinx us.

A Gifted Man is also new, and will be for a few more weeks until it ends it’s freshman season in mid-March.

We also have Blue Bloods, Shark Tank, Undercover Boss and Grimm.

Fringe

The team takes drastic measures to prevent life-threatening events.
 

A Gifted Man

Michael is determined to help his high school sweetheart (Maggie Siff), who has an irreversible condition; Zeke learns that his best friend’s cancer has returned.
 

Blue Bloods

When a family friend, an undercover detective, is murdered, Danny embarks on a relentless search for the killer.
 
 

Fringe – Tonight’s The Night

24 Feb

“The End of All Things” airs tonight at 9pm on FOX, we have been promised a “game changing” episode and a heartbreaking ending.

When last we left the team, Olivia had been kidnapped and thrown in a cell with Nina, presumably Mr. Jones is holding both. We also learned that the cortexiphan that was under lock and key at Massive Dynamic had been replaced with a placebo. That means, Mr. Jones had replaced Nina with an evil Nina who had AmberOlivia injected. Was it these injections that gave AmberOlivia BlueOlivia’s memories? Perhaps we will find out tonight.

Henry, Peter’s son with RedOlivia returns tonight, and Peter goes into the mind of an Observer to learn more. But will he like what he learns? Since we already know that Olivia has to die in every reality, does Peter have to let AmberOlivia die to save his son.  I feel a Sophie’s Choice moment coming, which as we all know is heartbreaking by definition.

OR, another theory, Peter has to die, because we know his existence has screwed everything up. Either way someone dies tonight, and I wouldn’t put it past this show to kill off Peter or Olivia especially if it is going off the air. When they return in a  few weeks we only have 8 episodes left, it’s not unreasonable to think we could close out the final 8  without Anna or Josh.

If this is the last season, I have not been disappointed, this has been the strongest of the last four. Don’t get me wrong each season had it’s stand out episode, “White Tulip” and “Peter” come to mind, but this season has delivered more save on the DVR to re-watch episodes than any other.

I started re-watching the show from the beginning on Amazon, I wanted to see how the characters and stories have evolved.  It is amazing how much this show has changed, how the creative team took us from “case of the week” to an engrossing study of the human condition. 

Joshua Jackson has demonstrated what a fine actor he truly is, his scenes with John Noble will go down as some of the best father/son interactions in TV history. The anchor of the show is John Noble, the character he has created in Walter Bishop is so multi-dimensional, in a lesser skilled actor Walter could have become a joke, a caricature but Noble has elevated Walter above the fray.

I can’t wait to see what trauma Fringe has in store for me tonight, no doubt I will be shocked and sad no matter what happens tonight.

I hope you watch and come back to share your thoughts after tonight’s episode.

Friday 2/17 What You Should Watch

17 Feb

A Gifted Man moves to 9pm tonight, it will remain in this time slot thru March when it completes it’s first season. Odds are it won’t be renewed, if it is, look for a big changes.  I guess the season ending cliffhanger will have something to do with Kate leaving her husband and ending up on Michael’s doorstep.

Last week on Fringe they dropped a bombshell, amber Olivia has the memories of Peter’s Olivia. I suspect they were injected by the mystery men we saw a few episodes back.  The plot of last week’s episode centered around blending alt-universes together. Are we headed that way this season, if we are will Walter find the safe zone to prevent total destruction?  The observer told Olivia she was going to die, last years season finale had Alt-Olivia dying, this year I think this Olivia has to die so Peter can get home. Now that AMber Olivia has other Olivia’s memories she and Peter will grow close, and her death will be bitter-sweet as Peter goes home with the memories of the Amberverse. But will Olivia be alive when he gets there?

Blue Bloods and Supernatural are also new tonight.

Fringe

As the team investigates a mentally ill patient who seems to be connected to a series of murders, frightening clues and connections lead Olivia to a shocking conclusion.

A Gifted Man

The doctors team up to search for a common link when a spoiled pop star (Christina Milian) and a young girl both seek treatment for unusual symptoms.
 

Supernatural

Episode: Repo Man
Sam and Dean return to a small town where a demon they exorcised four years ago has returned; a psych ward patient recounts his memories of being possessed.
 

Blue Bloods

Episode: Parenthood
When a man’s family is beaten and robbed in front of him, the Regans debate how far they would go to protect the ones they love; Frank feels conflicted when a college student is arrested at a rally

Friday 2/10 What You Should Watch

10 Feb

I love sweeps. Glorious Sweeps!!

Fringe is all new tonight, it promises to drop a bombshell before the episode ends.

A Gifted Man, Blue Bloods, Grimm and Supernatural are all new as well.

Fringe

Olivia, Peter and Walter face a terrifying Fringe event as they find themselves unable to escape a town.

A Gifted Man

A woman takes the clinic staff hostage after Michael testifies for a patient who he believed couldn’t control his urges because of a brain tumor.

Blue Bloods

Episode: Leap of Faith
After a wealthy woman dies of a heart attack, the daughter claims God told her that murder was the true cause of her parent’s demise; Frank investigates a rumor about a priest.

Supernatural

When Sam and Dean head to Kansas to investigate a case at a pizza chain that hosts children’s parties, Sam is forced to confront a childhood fear.

Friday 2/3 What You Should Watch

3 Feb

Sweeps Began yesterday, all new shows tonight.

Gifted Man, Blue Bloods, Grimm, Supernatural all new.

Top Spot goes to Fringe.

Fringe

Episode: Making Angels
Astrid meets her alternate; Olivia and Peter search for a killer who is using a toxin that has yet to be invented.
 

A Gifted Man

Michael saves a drowning man and learns his identity is a mystery; Kate learns the girl she mentors has issues she didn’t previously notice.
 

Blue Bloods

Episode: The Job
Danny and his family have an encounter with a gunman; Frank prepares to say goodbye to a friend he worked with at ground zero.
 

Grimm

Episode: Organ Grinder
When homeless people in Portland start to go missing, Nick discovers a black market supplying the “Grimm” world with human organs.
 

Supernatural

Dean and Sam investigate gruesome attacks in which victims are branded with a strange symbol; Dean meets a woman (Sara Canning) at the town bar.
 
 

Friday 1/20 What You Should Watch

20 Jan

Fringe is new tonight, CBS is repeats. Shark Tank is back. Chuck and Grimm are new.

Its Friday so the Top Spot goes to Fringe

Here is a promo and a sneak peek to warm us up. Mr. Jones is back.

Fringe

The alternate Fringe division faces a new adversary in a race against the clock.
 
Shark Tank

PREMIERE
NBA champion Bill Walton helps a triathlete pitch his idea for a unique water bottle; a ghostwriter from California seeks a business investment; two women from Minnesota present their online business that helps people plan their own funerals.
 

Chuck

Sarah and Chuck face Nicholas Quinn on a Japanese bullet train; Casey faces a difficult decision.
 

Grimm

Nick discovers someone may be “festering” a monster as a result of a dark childhood; Monroe receives an unsettling message.
 

A Gifted Man

Saving a patient could cost Michael his practice; a neuropsychiatrist (Eriq La Salle) uses body language to diagnose a patient’s illness.

Blue Bloods

 Danny makes a discovery about an attempted bank robber’s past; Jamie starts working with a new partner (Monica Raymund).
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