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fringe: a rant (and recap) part two

***Warning: While there are recaps for the last three episodes, there are also a lot of horrible analogies and metaphors, and crazy amounts of me freaking out and ranting. Also, this will be broken up into two parts, as it’s too long for one post.  Oh, Fringe. You crazy show, you.***

Are some of these problems I have things I have already talked about? Of course. But they’re not getting resolved in the show, making them seem even more apparent now.

I’m sad–devastated–that Fringe is ending. However, another, smaller part of me wishes it ended in season three. Or even season 4. There are only six episodes left, and will they really be that great? I’m not too sure. We’ve got the one Abrams is supposedly directing (which I don’t care about at all. We could say that he completely ditched the show, bringing about its downfall, but instead, because we’re bitter fans, let’s say that Abrams helped create something awesome, stuck it in the oven, then SABOTAGED his friends by changing the oven time. But if the cookies turn out good, we all know he’s going to be there bragging about how he helped with them.), the rumored “episode 19”–which breaks my heart because last season’s episode 19, Letters in Transit, have lost its “episode 19ness” because of this season.

I also do not like how the alternate timeline and future timelines have served as a completely different background and setting than the parallel universes in seasons two and three. Instead of being an intriguing place with subtle but distinct differences, the alternate timeline and future timeline is, in my mind, the lazy way of not explaining anything. Plot hole? Continuity errors? It’s okay–we’ll just blame it on the fact that this is an alternate timeline.

Can they really wrap up three seasons of awesomeness, one season of meandering, and half a season of not-very-good-storyline? Time will only tell.

If it seems like I am freaking out, it is because I AM.

I don’t know why cheesy metaphors seem to be the way I’m expressing myself, but I’m going to keep going with it. Fringe, you are like a cup of Mountain Dew Baja Blast with lots of ice (bear with me on this one). The first sip of that tangy, delicious bright-blue drink is nothing short of amazing. You continue sipping. It continues tasting delicious. Life continues, and you are happy–like is perfect. Then you suck on the straw and you come up empty. You freak out. “I’m done already? I’ve only been drinking it for a few minutes!” You open the lid; the straw was caught between ice. Don’t worry–you’ve still got about a third of the drink left. You replace the lip and shake the cup, relieved to hear lots of liquid and ice. But doubt begins to fill your mind. What if the ice dilutes the drink? Maybe to enjoy the last few sips, you must eat most of the ice first! (Here is season four–a delightful break, but not really what you’re in the mood for.)

You begin chomping away on that ice, shoveling it into your mouth. There are just a few pieces left. “That’s okay,” you think. Those few pieces won’t ruin the last of my drink. You take a first tentative sip. It’s slightly watery. “But that’s okay, too,” you try to comfort yourself. The next ones will be better. You swallow a half-melted ice cube that somehow went up your straw. “What the hell?” you think. You begin to get frustrated. Your mouth is half-frozen because you decided to eat all those ice cubes and the drink isn’t even tasting that good anymore. You angrily rip off the lid and throw the straw to the floor. Your eyes grow wide and you breathe in a gasp because–.

Well, we don’t know why because, because Fringe isn’t over yet! I’m hoping it’s something magical, like you discover that the last sip is a sip of the fountain of youth, and not something horrible like, you realizing that the cup’s been empty for a long time and you’ve been drinking half watery soda-water, half air. We will find out soon enough. And maybe I will revisit this analogy after the finale and give it a proper ending. But probably not.

Until next week’s episode, which, from commercials, looks to be slightly better than last week’s episode (although, really, that isn’t saying much), I will be rewatching seasons two and three. Because that feels like it aired a lifetime ago, and was a different show.

In news that’s a bit happier, John Noble just tweeted about the finale, and said that it was MINDBLOWING (all caps his words, not mine. Well, maybe mine. We will see on January 18. Please don’t let me down, Fringe. You will kill my soul and destroy my heart.)

 

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fringe recapping: the bullet that saved the world

Previously on Fringe: The Recordist

Ahhhh, Fringe! What an amazing episode. Managing to hit a wide range of emotions, great plot, and wonderful moments, people, and cases from previous seasons, there were so many, many, many great moments that the small quibbles I have seem like mere trifles. Trifles, I tell you.

Peter goes to a thrift shop to buy Etta a chain for her bullet necklace. When there, he runs into an Observer. The Observers find out that Team Etta is at Walter’s old lab, and they must evacuate ASAP, despite Walter’s old tapes being in there. In order to cover their tracks, they re-amber the lab.

However, before leaving they enter a part of the  lab that Team Etta– with the exception of Walter– and viewers have never seen before. Below his lab, Walter has compiled several Fringe cases they previously work on. Team Etta realizes that a huge clue is at a subway station. Unfortunately, the only way to get to the tape is to pass several Observer stations.

Their solution? Use previous Fringe cases to get past them! With the help of a chemical from Season One, which seals all orifices, they successfully nab the clue and are off. Etta tells them that an old friend wants to see them. Then who buy Broyles himself drives up! This is the happiest moment of the episode, with old faces getting familiar with one another, and friends catching up.

But the Observers track them down and begin teleporting to them. Broyles manages to drive off without being caught, and Team Etta leaves on foot, running into a dilapidated building. Windmark, the Observer who tortured Walter in the premiere, catches Etta and interrogates her before shooting her in the chest. Awful, I know.

Before dying she says her last goodbyes to her family and gives her mother back the bullet that went through her brain all those years ago. They don’t want to leave her– especially Peter, my poor friend– but Etta triggers an anti-matter device, given to them by Broyles.

Team Etta leave the building just as the Observers go back in, confident that the old Fringe team will be around Etta and can be caught unaware. Etta, the Observers, and the entire building disappear.

Olivia, Peter and Walter are visibly shaken by this event. Olivia is the first to stoically walk away, with Walter having to urge Peter several times that they must run. An interesting role reversal. The Observer who caught Peter at the thrift shop is seen watching the entire event, curious.

Love is one of the main emotions that have connected– and pushed apart– these characters for the past 4 seasons. It is what led Walter to take Peter from his world, how Peter came back, and is an emotion that the Observers cannot understand, as they feel nothing. This is what separated August and September from the other Observers– their love of the humans. We can only hope that this episode changed the unnamed Observer as well.

hobanwashburnes:“Five years ago, I got called to a crime scene outside the city, and I saw Etta for the first time. And, even though she was turned away from me, I could have sworn I was looking at you. It wasn’t until I told her who I was that she admitted the truth, that she was your daughter. Once I knew, I had her transferred into my section. I had a mind I was gonna look after her, but she taught me.”Fringe, 5x04 The Bullet That Saved The World

Thoughts, Opinions, Quibbles, and Favorites 

  • Oh, Fringe. You amazing show, you. This is definitely in the top 5 episodes of all time. The plot! The character development! The acting! It was all amazing. AMAZING.
  • I loved the unique camera angles we saw in this episode. We were inside the amber facing Walter and Astrid as they dug behind us, and inside Walter’s secret underground Fringe basement looking up at Team Etta as they walked inside.
  • On that note, I enjoyed the little nods to previous seasons. The porcupine man, strange squid creature with teeth, and more.
  • I also loved Walter’s little yearning glance to the window into the parallel universe. Bolivia and Walternate teaming up to help Team Etta against the Observers? I think yes!
  • While Etta’s death was tragic, I’m hoping Kurtzman and Orci use this opportunity to further develop Team Etta even more. Next week’s promo looks good. I love the vivid contrast between how Olivia and Peter react.
  • And as sad as her death was, it was definitely not as sad as Alt-Lincoln’s death. Maybe because we were more connected with Etta. I personally felt that Etta took up a majority of screen time that could be given to other actors, but that doesn’t mean her character was fully developed. She was only here for 5 episodes! I’m not saying that it was too soon chronologically-wise, but plot-wise and character-developmentally, it was definitely a little bit soon.
  • Because I didn’t feel that connected to Etta, the saddest part about her death is the reactions that familiar faces– like Peter, Olivia, Walter, and Broyles– have and what they are going through. Especially Peter. You can just tell that his heart literally aches at the thought of losing her. He’s always been more open with people than Olivia, and has already lost his son and Etta as a child. To lose her again– this time forever, will break him. And that is the transition into next week’s episode. Peter getting revenge for his child’s death.
  • I’m positive that Peter and Olivia’s relationship will not relapse the same way that it did when Etta went missing as a child. First off, Peter won’t be obsessed with finding her. Second, the writers to a seriously excellent job of keeping the plot fresh. Just when I was getting tired of Astrid and Walter looking for those tapes– and the result was always the same– we move on to doing something else.
  • I’ve said it before, but the sound effects of this show blow my mind. Seriously, guys. You are awesome. Like then Windmark was with Etta I loved the super high-pitched sound showing he was torturing her.
  • And what the hell was up with Windmark just pointing when looking for Team Etta? Not walking and pointing, or even pointing and talking, just seconds of him standing and pointing in directions.
  • I love every second of Fringe.EVERY SECOND. I love you, you hear me? Don’t leave me.  Ahh. I’m trying to enjoy these episodes without worrying about being cancelled or how we did ratings-wise.

A short paragraph about negative things: Did Etta know who her parents were all along? Killing Observers with guns sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t. Why? I don’t think Astrid should have jumped out of her hiding space seconds after the Observers left. I also don’t think Broyles should have had a picture of Peter and Olivia in his briefcase, there for anyone to see it. I get that Walter can’t remember Physics; his brain has deteriorated. But I think writers have forgotten that Peter is a freaking genius as well. How about having him at least glance at the problem and attempt to figure it out?

Quotes 

Peter: [after giving Etta her necklace chain]  Worth every bump and bruise, Kiddo.

***

Walter: My cold storage of all the Fringe Events we have ever encountered, dormant for twenty-one years. If we are going to find a diversion to get into the railway station, we’ll find it here.

Peter: What do you suggest, Walter?

Walter: There was a time when we solved Fringe Cases. Now I think it’s time we created a few of our own.

***

Etta: So this is every Fringe Event?

Walter: Documented and preserved to the best of my ability. Oh, look, Olivia, my Porcupine Man.

***

Olivia: Where’d you get that?

Etta: I found it… at our old house on Quincy Street. I wanted to remember things. I don’t know. I just wanted to be there. It made me feel closer to you. It was looted. The entire block was. Upstairs in your bedroom, what used to be your bedroom, I found what was left of your old jewelry box. And there was this matchbox inside. I shook it and found this. I figured it had to be important, or you wouldn’t have kept it.

Olivia: How long have you been wearing it?

Etta: Since I was thirteen. You want it back?

Olivia: No. No. No, I want you to keep it. Let me see it. You know your father used to call this the Bullet that Saved the World.

***

Walter: Don’t you understand? This is Greek to me, except that I read Greek. This is Aramaic to me. Not the Western Dialect. I do speak a little.

***

Broyles: Agent Dunham.

Olivia: Phillip.

Broyles: It’s good to see you, Doctor Bishop. Peter. I asked her not to tell you in case…

Peter: … we were read.

Broyles: When I heard that you were back, I tried not to, but I had to see you. Five years ago, I got called to a crime scene outside the city, and I saw Etta for the first time. And, even though she was turned away from me, I could have sworn I was looking at you. It wasn’t until I told her who I was that she admitted the truth, that she was your daughter. Once I knew, I had her transferred into my section. I had a mind I was gonna look after her, but she taught me. She recruited me in the Resistance, taught me how to block them from reading my thoughts.

***

Windmark: He bought the necklace for you. For what purpose? I would like to know. Love. You never know when to give up.

***

Olivia: ‘Etta.

Peter: Etta. No. No, no, no.

Olivia: Henrietta, look at me, okay? You’re going to be okay. Etta? But we have to move you, okay?

Etta: No. There’s no point.

Peter: We’re not gonna leave you here.

Etta: You have to. You won’t make it with me. I’ll slow you down. You have to leave.

Olivia: ‘Etta. I love you so much.

Etta: I know.

Peter: No. No, no. No. I can’t leave you. Not again. No. no.

***
Walter: We need to leave. She’s gone, Son. We have to go. She’s gone, Son.

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30 rock recapping: the beginning of the end

Liz holding baby

Holding this bundle of blankets makes me feel like I really made something of myself…

And the final season begins, with Liz Lemon holding a baby and claiming that she finally has it all. Nope, that was just a scene for TGS. She doesn’t have it all, but she’s “trying”. Jack is embracing his power and developing countless new series, which Liz, in an act of support says are good ideas, until she realizes Jack’s tanking the network. She confronts him and he admits to it. He tells her his brilliant plan, tank the network so Hank wants to sell. Jack has an interested buyer who will let him run things the right way, lined up. Liz doesn’t see how it could possibly work.

Jenna and dead doves

If you thought godzilla was a nightmare….

Jenna and Paul are getting married, in case you forget, Jenna is here with a box of dead doves to remind you. She selects a VERY reluctant Liz as her MOH. And the more details and requirements and obligations Jenna throws at Liz the more reluctant she grows. But there’s no way out….or is there. Liz takes a cue from Jack, and decides to tank it. Her plan works, except that Jenna goes all Hulk on her ass and Liz almost gets a beat down. Lucky for Liz, within that pile of rubble she sees a light and begins to rebuild, suggesting that Jenna be her own MOH. Jenna accepts the proposition.

Tracy and Hazel

Why is this white woman sitting in my lap?

Kenneth is having some trouble with Hazel. Seeking advice he turns to Tracy, who tells him to treat Hazel as his queen and know she is always right. Hazel takes advantage of Tracy and Kenneth’s relationship and invites Tracy over for dinner with the intentions of seducing him for a movie role, any movie role really. Tracy doesn’t take the bait, but when he tells Kenneth what happened Kenneth has a hard time not taking into account what Tracy said before. Sweet, simple-minded Kenneth comes to the conclusion that both Hazel and Tracy are right.

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Jenna’s Matrix-esque/He-Man/Teen Wolf/sparklespire-ish leap to attack Liz
  • God Cop…all of it.
  • Homonym…all of it

Quotes

Kenneth: “You’ve never been wrong about anything before.”
Tracy: “It’s a blessing and a purse.”

Kenneth: “Why is he learning anything? He’s supposed to be God.”

Liz: “Before this I ran an all women’s theater company…everyone was vice president.”

Jack: (talking to Liz) “So, how was your hiatus? Start with what puzzles you did.”

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one tree killer (semi-spoiler alert!?)

 

A new cast member has been added for the ninth and FINAL! season of One Tree Hill. His name is Andrew Elvis Miller and he has been programmed to kill – he isn’t a robot just some hyperbole on my part. I think our previous post (fall 2011: new shows we won’t be watching) played a major role in this decision.

Seeing as though execs are throwing the “final season” phrase around and there have already been contractual disputes with original cast member Sophia Bush someone might be going out the hard way. I’ll admit I was skeptical about the show continuing after Lucas and Peyton drove into obscurity but the following two seasons weren’t as bad as expected. But, lately, I’ve honestly been waiting for the next big plot twist and all I got was Brooke STILL not getting a family (Sorry?).

One Tree was consistent drama that actually made a decent transition from the cast starting in high school and moving ahead – via time jump – to life after college with the exception of Nathan (Sorry again?). Words of advice to the cast “Keep your head down”.

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