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Fringe “The Consultant”

14 Apr

FauxLivia is still reeling from the death of AltLincoln, she has vowed to uncover the mole.  Be careful, uncovering the mole may be more than you bargained for. The COW, Robert Jones has created a device that makes planes and cars crash, the twist is, the victims counter dies from the same injuries in the Amberverse even though they are not in a plane or a car.

Walter is sent “over there” to consult, while there he bonds with Faux and makes her scrambled eggs after she drinks too much out of her grief for Lincoln. The scene is classic Fringe, right down to Walter in Faux’s bathrobe. He helps her put the pieces together that leads her to arrest AltBroyles for being the mole.  Loved Walter tuning the bodies to find out what frequency they vibrate to, it is a scientific fact that their are vibrations all around us and rhythms we arent even aware of that drive the motion of the planet.

We find out that he was doing RDJ’s bidding because RDJ was providing him with medicine that was saving his son’s life.  Father’s going to great lengths to save their sons is a recurring theme on this show. I wonder who on the writing staff has daddy issues.

RDJ gives Broyle’s a device, he tells him to plug it into the Machine, when he does it will merge the two universes.  If that happens does one universe cancel out the other in parts or whole, or do they co-exist. Imagine seeing your double everyday. Freaky!!! Broyles doesn’t go thru with it, he calls the other Broyles and confesses everything, he is arrested and in ends up in a cell next to Mena, I mean Nena, wonder which one of them RDJ kills first.   Broyles does what is right, even though it will kill his son. 

All in all it was an ok episode, too little Peter for my taste, but I am sure with the end of the season on the horizon that will change very soon.  Next week’s trip to the year  2036 looks promising, is that Peter hugging his daughter in the promos? Is that Walter encased in Amber?

Odds are Fringe will be renewed for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes. It doesn’t matter when it goes off the air, this show will be missed.

Next Week: The Observers are bad guys?

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Fringe “Nothing As It Seems”

31 Mar

The Porcupine Man returns to is from a season one episode called “The transformation”, and like that episode last nights, “Nothing As It Seems” was a solid Fringe outing.

There is a clear connection in last night’s episode between the Fringe division heroes and the case they’re working.  The porcupine men return from a season one episode called “The Transformation,” Olivia and Peter investigate two men who’ve used science to turn themselves into monsters. They are just the tip of the iceberg, they’re part of a cult that is obsessed with “the guided evolution of man”—or “mutation by design.” Eventually they grow wings, which they use to fly around to plastic surgery clinics, where they steal the human fat that they need to feed on.  I know Fringe definitely knows how to bring the ick and the ewwww every week.

This week’s episode doesn’t pack the emotional punch of last week’s revelations or the Peter/Olivia reunion, but it does has some nice moments and of course as expected angst due to Olivia’s new situation. 

Olivia, has been meeting with a therapist to determine if she can get return to active duty in Fringe Division, her fading memories pose a bit of a problem. After her meeting Broyles informs her that she got 40% of the details of her life wrong.  The look on Olivia’s face is so sad, will she eventually lose all her memories even the new ones, will the season end with her in a catatonic state Peter by her side.

Caught in the middle of all of this is Lincoln Lee, who sees his chance with Olivia fade with each passing moment, as he realizes she doesn’t remember conversations or moments they once shared. He keeps the pain to himself, but the sadness in his eyes betrays the pain of his heart.  At one point Peter asks “should we discuss it, or pretend we already did”. The tension between the two men who now have to work together since Olivia is on suspension can be cut with a knife. Do you think Lincoln wishes he could mutate into something or someone else?

Be careful what you wish for, Lincoln is pricked by one of the porcupine men, and becomes infected. Lucky for him Walter has a cure, a nasty tasting and smelling wheatgrass concoction. Poor Lincoln, he just can’t catch a break.

As with most Fringe episodes, all roads lead back to Massive Dynamic and eventually Dr. Jones, who is behind the mutation project.

The best moment of the episode belongs to Walter (of course), he brings a box of presents into the lab, they the birthday presents he bought for Peter. He said it helped him deal with the loss of his “Peter”, a bottle of beer when he turned 21, a girlie mag called Hump when he turned 16.  Peter shows his gratitude by hugging Walter, Walter doesn’t hug back, but the tears in his when Peter steps back say it all.  I have said it before, not since the Courtship of Eddie’s father have I loved a father son relationship so much.

Next Week:

Friday 3/30 What You Should Watch

30 Mar

Fringe is all new tonight, and after last weeks Peter and Olivia reunion I can’t wait to see what the show has in store for us the rest of the season. Tonight’s episode looks like it is more about the creature of the week than P&O.

Blue Bloods is back tonight, when are they going to get back to Jamie’s undercover gig, that is the storyline I am most interested in.

Also new tonight, Grimm, Supernatural and Nikita.

Fringe

The team investigates a case that Peter recognizes from his world.

Blue Bloods

When a weapon linked to a crime is brought into the NYPD’s gun buyback program, Danny must decide whether to arrest the suspect or follow the “no questions asked” policy.

Grimm

Nick and Monroe investigate when a shop owner becomes the victim of a grisly murder; Nick thinks he has found an ally; Sgt. Wu becomes entangled in Adalind’s plan

Supernatural

A hunter surprises the brothers with a request for help; Sam and Dean battle a Japanese creature that can be seen only by drunken people.

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 2/10 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 What you Should Watch

18 Nov

Top Spot – Fringe

Fringe, what can I say I am hopelessly devoted to this show, and unlike some of the others I realize that this show may not make it to a season 5. I am not even sure if they will pull the plug before this season is over.  But until they do I will be here promoting it, and trying to convince people to watch the best damn show on TV that you are not watching.

This week is the last episode before the holiday break and it looks like we are working on a way to send Dorothy Back to Kansas. (Peter back to his reality)

Also worth your time, A Gifted Man, Blue Bloods and Grimm.

Fringe

Episode: Wallflower
The team investigates the case of a man who turned white after being killed by an invisible force; Olivia has migraines.
 

A Gifted Man

Rita’s surprise Thanksgiving reunion with her son is interrupted when he is involved in a motorcycle accident and Michael must save him; Dr. Sykora and Dr. Barnes resuscitate a patient with a DNR.
 

Blue Bloods

Episode: Thanksgiving
Jackie and Danny think a young woman was forced to commit suicide; Frank clashes with Mayor Poole over a threat to the city; Henry has a heart attack.

Grimm

Episode: Lonelyhearts
Nick investigates a series of deaths and disappearances; a stranger shows up to avenge a friend who died at the hands of a Grimm

Supernatural

Dean, Sam and Bobby track a creature that has been attacking people in a New Jersey state park; Dean realizes a restaurant’s special sandwich appears to be making people go crazy.

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?

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