Archive | April, 2012

Fringe is coming back! Fringe is coming back!

26 Apr

I knew my faith was justified! Fringe is indeed returning for a 13 episode season! True,  it’ll be the last one, but at least I’ll have a lot of time to prepare myself for the end. And honestly I didn’t expect to get more than a fifth season. Plus five seasons is impressive, especially for a show with Fringe’s ratings…I have so many shows that didn’t even get one full season (I miss you, Wonderfalls, Freaks and Geeks, and Firefly). But anyway let’s not dwell on that part of the news and instead focus on the fact that it’s not ending in three episodes!

Now let’s watch this wonderful season five promotional video (yes, already!) and weep with joy that this beautiful, beautiful show isn’t leaving us just yet (and also wonder what in the world is going on, as usual):

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Fringe 4×19: Letters of Transit

21 Apr

I actually did not enjoy this episode as much as I thought I would. In fact, I found it kind of disappointing. I don’t know if this was supposed to be just some sort of ‘what if’ story fragment that we’ll never revisit, or an actual glimpse into where the show is headed (because there WILL be a season five, there WILL), or something else, but it just didn’t really work for me. By the time they finally went to get Peter and Astrid out of the amber, I was looking at the time thinking, really? There are only five minutes left? Is this an extended episode? It wasn’t, of course (like Fringe would ever get an extended episode), so now I don’t know what to think. Am I supposed to be wondering what happened to Olivia? Or why William Bell is still alive (just another change from the no-Peter timeline or something else?)? Or waiting to see what happens next generally? Or am I supposed to think, oh, hope that future doesn’t happen, guess I’ll never think about it again? I think the episode would have been really good as the start of an arc, but as a fragment of maybe-future-maybe-not it just didn’t do it for me. Also, as much as I love a good dystopian future story, I couldn’t really buy into this one. I needed a little more convincing as to why the observers would suddenly, in not very much time, go from a strict no interference policy to a taking over the whole world policy. Especially since they’ve never seemed to have totalitarian ruler ambitions or tendencies. I also thought it wasn’t very believable that none of the observers would know what Walter looked like. Or, even if none of them were alive 20 years earlier and none of them had ever seen a picture of him or anything, wouldn’t they have been able to read his thoughts or something to tell who he was? I don’t know, it just didn’t add up for me. I know I should have suspension of disbelief and all, but it took me out of it a bit.

I will say, though, that once again this show has done a very good job at making me care about brand new characters immediately. Maybe it’s just residual Desmond love, but when Simon went into the amber I actually didn’t want him to go in.  I was invested in Etta too (I also knew basically immediately that she was Peter and Olivia’s daughter though). And when she and Peter were reunited I did have some feelings. I just wish the story itself had been more satisfying. Or at least more clear as to its intent.

Also, if this was the real future, and Henrietta was four when Peter and Olivia were ambered/died/vanished/whatever happened to Olivia, and that was in 2016, and right now it’s 2012…Olivia’s probably pregnant right at this very moment. So I guess if she doesn’t end the season with a big announcement I’ll have my answer about if this is all what we’re heading toward or not.

Last thought: If in season five (stay optimistic!) everything from this is explored more and all the loose ends get tied up, I reserve the right to completely change my mind about how I feel about this episode.

Jonathan Groff performing Anything Goes at Miscast

20 Apr

So, since this is a video of Jonathan Groff performing Anything Goes, it is not actually about television. Gasp! However, it combines three of my favorite things–musical theater, tap dancing, and Jonathan Groff–so I’m sharing it anyway. Plus Jonathan has been on TV, so close enough. In any event, this is officially my new favorite thing.

Glorious, no?

Fringe 4×19 title sequence

18 Apr

Fox put out the title sequence for Friday’s episode already. Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

This episode is going to be cramazing. I can tell.

Fringe: The Consultant

13 Apr

So, tonight’s episode of Fringe. I’m glad it revealed that AltBroyles is not actually a shapeshifter, because I totally thought he was. The thing is though, I know he was trying to save his son and all, and I get it, but couldn’t he have just had his crack science team, or just our Walter, for that matter, analyze the stuff Jones was giving him and figure out how to make it, saving his son and getting him out from under Jones’ thumb? Easy solutions, people. I guess I will just have to say that he did that and it was some sort of magical potion that could not be figured out or recreated.

Also, this episode confirmed for me that I actually fully like alt Olivia now. Gasp! And she and Walter were super adorable. I was sad we saw so little of our Olivia though, and Peter. Even though I still have SERIOUS issues with this whole blue Olivia overwriting amber Olivia thing–getting rid of your entire self to become someone else for love isn’t romantic. It’s sad. I know I have said this many times, but as glad as I am that our Olivia is back, this just doesn’t sit right with me. And this didn’t happen in this episode, but in the last couple with the scenes of Olivia not remembering conversations with Lincoln, I was hoping it was setting up some sort of plotline that would deal with the issue, but now I’m pretty sure it was just setting up Lincoln’s relocation to the other side. Sigh. Fingers crossed the writers prove me wrong, because I’m sorry, I don’t care how much you gloss over it, living in a place with memories of a totally different timeline that only one other person also remembers is not going to be a cakewalk.

Final thought: David Robert Jones is a creepy, creepy man. I want to know his plan. Won’t collapsing the universes kill him too? Is he just incredibly suicidal but doesn’t feel the world should go on after his death and so is ensuring that it will not? Most likely not, but that’s all I’ve got at the moment, because I don’t understand him at all. Hopefully by the end of the season all will become clear though! And then we’ll get all next season to do new things. Because we will get a new season. WE WILL.

In other news, next week’s episode looks completely cramazing. I am very excited that my darling Desmond will be back on my TV screen, and I am also quite excited about this whole Observers ruling the world premise. And I am, of course, confused about how everyone but Walter and Peter look older, and who Desmond is, and who the blonde chick is (Peter and Olivia’s daughter perhaps??) and why it is 2036 and what is happening and is it real and aaahhh. Anyway, here are all three teasers that have been put up on youtube so far. They are pretty awesome. Enjoy.

Teaser 1:

 

Teaser 2:

 

Teaser 3 (the trippiest of them all):

 

Once Upon A Time: The Stable Boy

13 Apr

So generally at this point, almost two weeks after an episode aired, I would forget my dreams of writing all my thoughts and feelings about it because it would be such old news. But there wasn’t an episode of Once Upon A Time last week, and there won’t be one this week, so Stable Boy is still the most recent episode, plus the fact that I don’t want all the time I spent getting the perfect screen caps of Regina’s face to go to waste. Also, it’s my blog, so I can do what I want. Mwahaha.

Anyway, the episode! It made me so sad, you guys. I know that Regina’s evil and her reaction to Snow White’s betrayal has been completely irrational and over the top and blah blah blah but I can’t help it, tragic love stories own my heart. I still don’t think what Regina is doing is right by any means, but I can certainly understand her motives, even if they are totally wackadoo. I mean, little Snow was only like what, 10? 12? And she was completely manipulated by Regina’s way evil and abusive and murderous mom. I think we’ve got a serious case of misdirected anger going on here. Also, everyone really brought their A game in terms of acting–little Snow was creepy she was so much like Ginnifer Goodwin. And not just in how much she looked like her, which she can’t exactly control, but in how she got her mannerisms completely down pat. And Lana Parilla was awesome too–you could see the moment when she snapped and went into crazy pants land. For example (here come the screen caps I referenced earlier! Payoff!):

At the beginning of the episode, pre-crazy:

So sane! So happy!

And at the end of the episode, in the middle of her psychotic break:

So crazy! So scary!

See? Awesome. That second picture is seriously freaky. Now I really want to know what happened between then and the episode where Regina sent the Huntsman to cut out Snow White’s heart, since at her dad’s funeral she still seemed to think she and Regina were fine, but she wrote that whole letter apologizing before the Huntsman was going to kill her, so clearly she knew what was up by then. I mean I guess the whole trying to have her killed thing would have clued her in pretty quick, but I still think something else must have happened. In any case, I am excited to have more Regina/Snow backstory episodes.

I guess I should mention some other stuff that happened as well. Emma continued proving that her “superpower” is actually not a thing at all–seriously, as soon as Sidney brought in that vase, I was like, “There’s a bug inside Emma!” Sigh. Also, Mr. Gold is the one who came up with this whole framing Mary Margaret plot, though to what end we do not know yet. And oh yeah, Katherine turned up again, no big deal. This explanation should be interesting..

In other Once news, there’s a new promo out covering the whole rest of the season. It isn’t very good quality but I’m going to post it anyway…if a new version pops up I’ll update it here!

Looks pretty epic! Though I’m pretty sure that end part with Regina tied up and everyone seemingly in the know about the curse is not going to be real. But if it is I’ll be really really happy since it’ll mean that David and Mary Margaret will be turned back into Charming and Snow! That seriously needs to happen immediately. I’m not sure how much longer I can take David.

 

Gossip Girl: It Girl, Interrupted

9 Apr

There are many things I could discuss about tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl: Serena’s apparent descent into complete crazypants territory, Blair and Dan’s adorableness, Blair actually standing up to Chuck for once and bringing up the whole selling her for a hotel business, the continuing boring saga of Rufus And Lily’s Exile to Brooklyn, etc. etc. But I am not going to. Instead, I am going to just point out the one part of this episode that really makes it a classic. You might want to sit down for this. Ready?

GLORIOUS

Why yes, that IS a tracksuit onesie that Chuck is wearing! Let’s see it again:

RED TRACKSUIT ONESIE RED TRACKSUIT ONESIE I CAN'T GET OVER THIS I WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS

YES

I just…I can’t even put my joy into words right now. Oh, Chuck. I hate you so much but you also provide me with such an endless source of amusement. I don’t know what Ed Westwick did to the wardrobe department to make them so angry, but I would like to give them my sincere thanks for taking it out on him in such a fantastic way.

Also: where in the world does one find a tracksuit onesie? And do people actually buy them? And then wear them in real life? Outside of the privacy of their homes? And not as part of some sort of social experiment to see how people will react to a grown man (or woman) wearing a tracksuit onesie? Questions that need answers.