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Fringe The Final Season

29 Aug

Anyone who followed my blog last year knows I am a die hard Fringe fan, the final season (13 episodes) begins its run September 28th on Fox.  I am glad that the powers that be decided to give the show a proper send off, I have no doubt that team Fringe will give their fans a fantastic ride and equally satisfying and loving farewell.

Please enjoy the promos below to get you ready for the ride.

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Fringe Season Finale “Brave New World Part 2”

12 May

Now that is how you do a season finale, and if that had been the series finale it would have been equally satisfying.

I don’t even know where to start, I suppose a big thank you to everyone at Fringe who repaid fan loyalty with such a satisfying episode. It resolved many issues and gave everyone a lovely close out scene, Broyles gets all the funding he needs and a promotion, Nina is officially a part of the team, Walter and Astrid share red licorice and Peter and Olivia get the happiest of all endings, a baby.

I am quite sure the final scene between Walter and September was filmed after it was announced the show was picked up for a final 13 episode season. We have our set up for the end, the Observers are coming, we know from the time jump episode that in 2036 Etta was 3 when her parents (Olivia and Peter) went missing. Peter was encased in Amber and we all assumed from that episode Olivia was dead.  Tonight we learned that the bullet she was wearing around her neck didn’t kill Olivia, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t dead.

Will the show jump ahead to Etta’s third year, will we see the resistance, and the team being confined or will we jump to 2036?  So many possibilities, I can’t wait for the fall.

Was it me or did it seem like there were quite a few Star Trek, Wrath of Khan references in last  night’s episode. Bell creating the universe and the opening shot of the dinosaurs roaming reminded me of the Genesis project, shooting Olivia, reminiscent of Spock‘s line to Kirk, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. or the one”, and Bells speech to Walter totally reminded me of Khan’s speech to Kirk. Khannnnnn!!!!!

Josh Jackson has done some of his best acting work during this season of Fringe and last night was no exception, his reactions to Olivia being shot and watching Walter save her were incredible.  There is a rule they teach you in acting class on day one, 98% of acting is re-acting, it is obvious Mr. Jackson learned that lesson very well.  Emoting is easy when you are talking, it is what you do when you aren’t delivering your lines that really matters.  Thats when you have to dig deep. I hope that Josh is submitted along with John Noble for Emmys this year and the academy finally takes note.

I really liked super hero Olivia, catching bullets was a neat trick, sorry she lost her powers. Was Jessica Nina’s daughter, or was that just a misdirect that could be explained away by her wonky brain when they were reviving her.  And of course the line of the night, goes to Walter, after he shot Olivia and told Peter they could save her Peter said “but she’s dead”, Walter responded, “when has that ever stopped me”.

I am not going to recap the episode, there are quite a few online just Google it, my favorite site for recaps and forum discussions is Television Without Pity, check it out. If you like your TV with a bit of snark, this is is the site for you.

Fringe “Letters of Transit”

21 Apr

Oh Fringe, how I love thee, let me count the ways

  • John Noble, proved again last night why his Emmy nomination and win is way past due, his two interpretations of Walter in last night’s episode were breathtaking
  • Licorice as a calling card
  • Belly encased in Amber
  • the hand
  • I think Josh Jackson has a secret bet with himself to see how many times he can make the audience cry this season, last night’s final scene on the train was so amazing

“Letter’s of Transit” takes place in the year 2036, the Observers have taken over our planet, humans fought back but lost. The Fringe division has been reduced to a babysitting organization, and our Fringe team was encased in amber to prevent them from over throwing the new regime.   Two new Fringe agents, Etta and Simon have made it their mission to find the original Fringe team, one of Etta’s sources has found them and brings her Walter, still entombed in amber.

She brings amberWalter to Simon, they break him out, but his brain has been compromised and he is childlike, he is amazed at the wonders of red licorice and confuses Simon with Peter. They find out that parts of his brain are stored at Massive Dynamic, they go see a silver haired wheelchair bound Nina Sharpe for help.  Walter fixes her robotic hand, they share a lovely moment, you can feel the depth of the friendship that these two characters have shared and how weary the battle has made them.

Simon and Etta restore Walter’s brain, he wakes up a completely different person, all take charge and kind of an asshole. But I like it, this Walter is going to save us. Walter has a flash of recognition when he looks at Etta, something familiar but he can’t put his finger on it. Well I did in the first five minutes of the episode, this is Peter and Olivia’s daughter, and a big reason she is looking for the rest of the Fringe team is she wants her family back.  We suspect Olivia is dead, but this is not confirmed until the final minutes of the episode.

Simon, Etta and Walter get to the rest of the team encased in amber, it’s very cloudy so you can’t tell how many people are in there, I saw at least two. This is a nice piece of misdirection by the show, you expect to only see two, Astrid and Peter, since we can assume Olivia is dead.  They extract Astrid, who upon seeing her Walter calls Astro, perfect Fringe moment.  Next we see William Bell encased in the amber, which brings up a whole bunch of questions, is this the reality where Bell never died, was he resurrected somehow. Since we only saw, two and they show us Belly where is Peter? Then we hit a couple of snags, the extraction machine breaks and the new Fringe division is onto them, they are tracking them thru Simon’s locator chip. We are now in a race against time.

With minutes to spare Simon fixes the machine, but it will only work if someone pushes the person out of the amber, risking being entombed themselves. Simon sacrifices himself to get one last person out of the amber, then Broyles and the new Fringers break down the door, revealing everyone is gone and Simon amberfied.

We assume Simon has sacrificed himself for Belly. We cut to Walter and Astrid talking on a train, she asks how could you just leave him there, we need him. Walter says don’t worry we have what we need, and opens Simon’s backpack to show Belly’s hand still encased in amber. They cut if off.  Oh show, how I love you.

Final scene, Etta looking out of the rear window of  the train, playing with a bullet she is wearing in a chain around her neck. Presumably the bullet that killed her mother, Olivia. Peter comes up behind her. Simon sacrificed himself for Peter, wahhhh. They start talking and slowly Peter realizes Etta is his and Olivia’s daughter.  Again Josh Jackson, stop making me cry.

I loved this episode so much, I hope the show is renewed and we get to return to 2036. I would love to see the continuation of this storyline, the evolution of these characters.  Of course they would have to rescue Simon, he and Etta definitely have chemistry.

Next week:

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.

Fringe – “And Those We Left Behind”

12 Nov

“And Those We Left Behind”, was at times cool science (plausible or not)  and heartbreaking, but overall another solid episode in a stellar season 4. This is the best show on TV and deserves more attention and a bigger audience. 

Both Peter (Joshua Jackson)  and Raymond one of tonight’s guest stars, played by the immensely talented Stephen Root, are dealing with the feelings of loss and loneliness associated with not being remembered by those you love.

For Peter it is Olivia (Anna Torv)  and Walter, (John Noble) at least Olivia is willing to interact with Peter, but Walter has shut him out and when forced to interact, calls him “the subject” . It is hard to watch Peter go thru this, to see the hurt on his face when Walter rejects him. Without the Walter/Peter dynamic of seasons past the show is missing its heart.

Raymond has lost his wife Kate to Alzheimer’s. Before she became ill she was a physicist working on time chambers. Romy Rosemont’s performance is beautiful, it was a pleasure to see her demonstrate her craft as she shifts from healthy scientist to a shell of her former self, through to her final act of sacrifice. Fun fact, these actors are married in real life.

Raymond has taken her work and built a machine that slips time to the day four years ago when she was working on her theory. He needs her to finish it, so he can create a permanent chamber, or bubble if you will, where she is free of the disease.

Unfortunately, what he doesn’t know is every time he does this, it creates a time slip some place else.  A train appears out of thin air almost killing a car load of teenagers, a tunnel that didn’t exist four years ago disappears threatening to take innocent drivers trapped in their cars with it.

At first everyone thinks Peter is the cause, so they bring him into the investigation. He proves his worth not only by solving the problem, but also his willingness to take on the dangerous mission of entering  Raymond’s house at the end to disable the machine. He could blow up, if the Faraday cage Walter built doesn’t work.

Peter and Broyles have an interesting conversation about needing to send Peter back to his reality. It struck me as very Wizard of Oz, and if next weeks preview is any indication, it looks like the gang is going to try to send Peter back by building the machine.

Are we going to come full circle by season’s end, will the second half of the season be devoted to sending Peter back?  The longer he stays the closer everyone will grow and his departure will be bittersweet.  It seems to obvious for the show to go this route, I am sure they will send Peter back but there will be a twist. Nothing is ever easy with this show.

Preview for next week’s mid-season finale is below. The show just came back, how long will it be gone for?

Friday 10/28 What you should watch

27 Oct

Fringe (TV series)

Image via Wikipedia

As always thanks to Zap2it for the listings

It’s Friday – The Top Spot goes to Fringe. Fox 9pm ( as long as there is no baseball)

Be still my heart Peter (Joshua Jackson) is back, I can’t wait for the first scene with him and Walter (John Noble).

If the World Series preempts Fringe then I will check out Grimm it premieres tonight. I got to see the pilot a few weeks ago, this is definitely going to be on the DVR.

Grimm

Episode: Pilot
Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is part of a line of profilers charged with keeping the balance between humanity and mythological creatures.

My second favorite Friday night Show

Blue Bloods

Jamie and Renzulli are injured by a church’s security team while responding to a 911 call, and Frank must deal with the fallout
 
 

A Gifted Man

Michael runs into a former patient who is now homeless; Michael examines a patient suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
 

Supernatural

Episode: Slash Fiction
When murderous clones of Sam and Dean are created, the Winchester brothers become wanted men; Sam and Dean turn to a quirky surveillance expert (Kevin R. McNally) for help
 
 
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