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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.

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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.
 
 

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 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 2/3 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.
 
 
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