Archive | March, 2011

Fringe: Bloodlines

26 Mar

First, some good news: Fringe was renewed for a full season! Hallelujah!
And now, some bad news: Fringe isn’t going to be back for three weeks. Drat you, Fox!

As for last night’s episode, I think it was one of the best Over There episodes so far. I like that it moved so much stuff along…Fauxlivia has her baby (in the quickest labor ever in the world), Henry comes back and clues Charlie and Lincoln into the fact that the two Olivias were switched, and it’s pretty much confirmed (again) that Walternate is eeeevil. I definitely didn’t see it coming that Walternate was the one behind Faux’s kidnapping, so nice job, show! It also finally made me actually care a smidgen about Faux…enough that I was even a little relieved when she didn’t die. I do wonder what’s going to happen with her kid though…in that one episode waaaay back in the beginning of season one, the gross thing of the week was that woman getting injected with something that made her go from not pregnant to nine months pregnant to giving birth in a few hours, and then kept the baby growing until he died the same day an old, shriveled, new born man. Obviously this baby was not rapidly aging into an old man, but still, there have to be SOME negative consequences to being accelerated in hours from a six week (ish) old fetus to a baby ready to come out. I do wonder what Walternate is going to do with that blood sample from him…clearly nothing good based on the Observer showing up and being all, “It is happening” (and also based on the fact that it’s Walternate). I’m thinking he’s going to try to clone Peter to run the machine so that a) he can still accomplish his plan even without Peter and b) his real kid doesn’t get hurt. But who really knows with Walternate, the guy who’ll willingly do lethal experiments on adults and give the ok on killing people to dissect their brains and so on and so forth but draws the line at experimenting on kids. Except for when the kid is his grandson, I guess, in which case he will willingly have the mother kidnapped and injected with a creepy growth liquid to make the baby pop out faster. Oh Walternate, you crazy man!

As I said, I liked this episode. But the trouble is, whenever there’s an Over There episode, I’m entertained, but then I see the previews for the next episode and I realize how much I missed all the normal Over Here characters (though I do love alternate Lincoln and Charlie–I wish they’d bring them to our side!). It’s really like they’re two different shows, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing–in fact, it’s pretty impressive that with the same actors playing the same characters (in name, anyway), the writers have managed to make Over Here and Over There episodes so distinct. But when I’ve only been watching one of those shows from the beginning, that’s the one I want to see every week. It’s especially hard when the previews for the next episode make it look awesome and then say it isn’t going to air for three weeks–I would much rather wait three weeks for an Over There episode! It also means that it’s going to be over a month without Olivia (last week she was possessed by Bell, this week was Faux, and then in three weeks they’re going to try to get her back but she probably won’t be totally back to normal until the week after). I actually like Olivia, writers! I’d like her to stick around for once without her getting possessed/brainwashed or checking in on her alternate self! Sigh.

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Graphic time!

18 Mar

So, this is not as awesome as my Gossip Girl love circle chart (because that thing is super awesome). But I finally own Illustrator, and to celebrate, I made this glorious flow chart. It is partially inspired by both Doctor Who and Fringe (which, quick update: just watched the latest episode and a whole episode with Olivia’s William Bell voice was, indeed, hilarious. And also a bit concerning…Anna Torv’s throat must have been destroyed after that) and thus totally acceptable to post here. So, without further ado (click to enlarge): Seriously, what's with all the zeppelins?
Ta da! I am so productive with my free time.

Fringe: Os

12 Mar

Ok, I have thoughts on this episode. But the most important thing that must be said about this episode is this: Anna Torv’s Olivia-as-William voice is HILARIOUS. Like, seriously. I laughed out loud when that came out of her mouth. I don’t know how I’m going to make it through a whole episode of that next week (please, please let it just be one episode).

Which brings us to my thoughts. So, most of the show can basically be summed up as: “Seriously guys, Walter screwed up the universe in a major way when he crossed over” and “Peter + Olivia = TrueLove4Ever.” The really important stuff came in the last five minutes, when Walter realized that William’s soul could be recalled by ringing that bell that triggered Olivia’s memories of crossing over back in season two. And then that soul floated right into Olivia (yeah, I don’t really get it either). So now Olivia is William. Which, I am sorry, is SO STUPID. I’ve put a lot of faith in these writers to make absurd things seem not so absurd, but I really don’t know how they can pull this one off. Besides, I don’t want to see Olivia as William. I just spent the whole first part of the season seeing Olivia as Fauxlivia. I don’t need to see her as yet another character. I like Olivia, writers! Keep her around, please! And OF COURSE this happens right after Peter and Olivia finally get together for real. And I’d bet anything that once this is resolved, they’re going to find out about Fauxlivia’s baby. Which I doubt is going to go over well. Why are you doing this to me, show? Why??

Sigh. I still love you, Fringe. But you’re officially on notice.

New shows! Yay!

5 Mar

I have so many shows that I already watch that I tend to limit what new shows I take on. But this year, since I’ve finally fully stopped watching Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, I had some room in my schedule to add on. I started with Off the Map, since Caroline Dhavernas and Zach Gilford are in it, but it was just so bad I had to stop. But now I’ve found two shows I feel pretty good about sticking with.

So a couple of weeks ago, my friend Becca, who watches almost all the same things I do, told me about a Canadian show called Being Erica. I’d never heard of it, but she loves it, so I agreed to start watching it. In exchange, I lent her my Wonderfalls DVDs for her to watch. I told her that Lee Pace, from Pushing Daisies (which was created by one of the Wonderfalls creators), was in Wonderfalls, so when I got a text from her telling me that the guy from Wonderfalls was in Being Erica too, I figured that’s who she meant. But then when I looked up the show in preparation for watching it, I found out she actually meant Tyron Leitso, the love interest in Wonderfalls who I had not seen in anything since. And it turns out this was the perfect role for him, because he is basically the exact same character as on Wonderfalls: a guy who separates (and later gets divorced) from his wife after she cheats on him, moves, falls in love with a brunette with a black best friend and semi-magical secret (in Wonderfalls: animal figurines/pictures talk to her, in Being Erica: her therapist sends her traveling to her past to fix regrets), briefly gets together with said brunette before reconciling with his wife, then finally getting rid of the wife and getting back with the brunette. There are obviously some differences, and I’m in the second season now so he’s branched out a bit, but still. For awhile after I got done watching episodes of Being Erica all I wanted to do was watch Wonderfalls. I do think though that the weird similarities in the two shows just further prove the fact that Becca and I are TV soulmates. And it is a good show, despite some inevitable headache inducing paradox-y stuff. I am not looking forward to the day when I catch up on Hulu (it’s in its third season right now) and have to start waiting a week for new episodes like usual.

The other new show on my list is Mr. Sunshine, Matthew Perry’s show on ABC. It just started a few weeks, and I checked it out because I love Matthew Perry. It’s not Modern Family level or anything, but it’s funny enough, and a pleasant way to spend 30 minutes. The main thing about it that guarantees I will keep watching, though, is the theme song. It’s seriously my favorite thing about the show. It’s just an animation of a sun while a guy goes Miiiister Suuunshine yaaaay, but it’s WONDERFUL. In fact, watch for yourself:

See? Doesn’t that just make you want to watch the show? I know.