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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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fox’s ‘the choice’: my newest (not so) guilty pleasure of the summer

Let’s just get this out the way now: In terms of format, The Choice is based on NBC’s The Voice. I’m far from the first or last person to point out the similarities, and I’m sure those same similarities turned a lot of viewers off without ever watching the show. I was almost one of those people, but fortunately, I accidentally (seriously!) recorded and ended up watching what just knocked Baggage off its former standing as my favorite game show (outside of the classics, of course).

I’m not sure if it was the contestants or the celebs (more on both of those later), but The Choice‘s first episode was quite the enjoyable experience. Cat Deeley is already well-versed in handling quirky personalities from her SYTYCD duties, and she gets to have a little more fun with that skill as host of this show.

There are “four of the world’s most desirable bachelors” (or at least there were in the first episode, lady celebs will get a shot at some point) and they find their dream date like this:

  • Blind Round: Bubbly (and a few more reserved) contestants take 30 seconds to convince the celebs to turn around (by pulling the ‘love handle’) and pick them. Just like The Voice, except we’re not bored with any “getting to know the contestant” intros and we’re less invested in whether or not the lucky lady (or gentlemen) is picked. If more than one celeb turns around, the prospective date gets to make a pick and the celebs have to pretend like they’re heartbroken at being “rejected”. At the end of this round, the celeb acquires a team of three potential dates.
  • Speed Dating Round: The first-run of this round was a little weird. Clearly the celebs thought they were supposed to ask all the questions, but the ladies had a few generic questions to ask themselves. At the end of this round, the celeb gets rid of one person from their team.
  • Question Round: In the final round, each celeb asks their last two remaining picks a question and based on the answers, the celeb has 10 seconds to pick their date. I’m not sure why, but the chairs turned around during those arbitrary seconds and once it’s over, the celeb runs to the stage and crushes one person’s dreams. Two of the guys were especially quick with their decisions.

Episode 1’s celebs were DJ Pauly D, Romeo (formerly Lil’ Romeo), Jeremy Bloom and Jason Cook  (the only Shawn Brady as far as I’m concerned), and they were HILARIOUS. They played off each other well, didn’t take the show too seriously and had fun interacting with the ladies. The female contestants were all varying degrees of gorgeous. Some were high-energy and obviously knew how to work the crowd, while others seemed like they were picked off the street and thrown onto the show with very little prepping. All of this flowed together to make the show feel relatively less staged than most reality TV these days. I plan to tune in next week to see how the dates went, but mostly to find out if the hilarity of this episode was a fluke or something I can expect from the show.

Catch next week’s The Choice on Thursday (6/14) @ 9/8c

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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glee recapping: michael

Previously on Glee: Yes/No

STORY

With Sebastian’s Warblers focused on “doing Michael” for the upcoming regional performance the New Directions are out to prove they are better suited for the task. In between all the impressive performances we had: blossoming love, college acceptance letters, an engagement (that may be called off), and rock salt…? I was worried that the show was just going to focus on the musical numbers and there was going to be no real progression in the storyline but, thankfully, I was wrong.

Sebastian v Santana: By now we all know that Santana is the obvious choice when it comes to leading the charge to conflict. Now we know that Sebastian can be just as aggressive on his side. From Santana calling Sebastian “twink” (HILARIOUS) at the coffee shop, to their spirited duel during “Smooth Criminal”, we got a glimpse into just how similar the two characters are. Even though I’m always going to side with Lima Heights Adjacent’s own “Auntie Snix” in a head-to-head battle, Sebastian was a worthy adversary. Also, underboob. Thank you.

Let That Boy Dance! I’ve said it since the day I saw his Safety Dance performance: Artie is the best dancer on the New Directions roster (Sorry Brit and Mike). Earlier in the week I was asking for Artie to just do some variation of the moonwalk in his wheelchair but what I got was him and Mike Chang gyrating those hips like the sexual dynamos they are. I understand I’m only going to get around one standing dance scene from Artie per season and this one may have been my favorite to date.

Trouty Mouth Kiss: Since returning to McKinley, Sam hasn’t tried to hide feelings for Mercedes – even though she has a mountain of a boyfriend at the moment. Mercedes had done a decent job at keeping Sam at bay…but you heard that boy sounding like Michael during their duet! She didn’t have a chance! The relationship they had was veiled by summer vacation but it would be nice to see how they interact with each other as couple, if only for a few weeks.

NYADA or Nothing: After Rachel finds out that Kurt received his finalist letter to NYADA, when she hasn’t, she goes into a panic. I understand that she has put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak, but don’t make a life-altering decision while you’re in the moment. I never thought she would agree to marry Finn but that temporary unexpected plot twist ruined that. I just don’t think Finn will be able to handle Rachel’s antics anymore when she tells him that she just agreed to the marriage as a band-aid to her not getting into NYADA at the time.

MUSIC

Musically, this episode completely surpassed my expectations, which I based on last year’s Britney/Brittany as a remote indication of how well Glee was going to pay homage to the ‘prince of pop’. They picked all the right songs from Michael Jackson’s massive catalog and paired them with the best performers…and moments…and even singers. It’s impossible to give any of the performances anything less than an A, and believe me, that’s even after adding/deducting points like crazy.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Blaine

I loved this as an intro.

Blaine’s usual showmanship was at the top of its game and his Michael mannerisms were amazing. The tempo of the song was a little different, which Glee does from time-to-time, I just hope MJ-enthusiast weren’t too annoyed by that. The outfits were fun, although Finn’s sequined football jersey confused me a bit (maybe it was a nod to the Thriller performance from last year?) and Santana actually favored Michael circa the early 90s. Definitely a fun way to start the night.

Bad – The New Directions v. The Warblers

I loved this as the moment when things got ‘real’.

Kurt has the best MJ vocals of anyone on the cast. And yes, I fully stand by that statement. Santana was really the only other person, outside of Puck, that could have helped him pull this song off in terms of “badness”. The choreography here was amazing, even if one moment reminded me of this Save the Last Dance scene. Sebastian, who I know I’m supposed to hate now, should lead musical gang fights all the time. I hate to nitpick, but I did wish they’d followed the Bad music video a little closer.

Scream – Artie and Mike

I loved this for being relevant to Artie’s turmoil.

OMG. Not only did they succeed at copying one of the most expensive videos ever made, but Artie danced. Anytime Artie gets to sing AND dance, it’s going to be a winning performance. The minor revisions they made to the iconic choreography and the spin on the brother/sister dynamic by going with Mike and Artie, both of which could have ruined this if done wrong, was so perfect. The only thing missing was Santana, or perhaps even Quinn or Brittney, in some of Janet’s costuming from the video.

Never Can Say Goodbye – Quinn

I loved this for being unexpected.

Quinn looked gorgeous. Not only was she saying goodbye to all of her high school sweethearts (Sam being the hottest), but it was Dianna Agron’s swan song to the show, as well as the fans. Quinn has been annoyingly immature this season, but this performance really redeemed her…at least for me. Her voice was soft and understated, which is a great example of how well they did with picking the songs. Better to leave the grandstanding to the other cast members.

Human Nature – Sam and Mercedes

I loved that this was so incredibly romantic.

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but anytime a song is done acoustically, it has a good chance of being the better version. I’m not saying they did this one better than Michael, but it’s definitely my favorite rendition. Ever. We never really got to see this couple actually be a couple, so I’m hoping this amazing duet is just one of many moments we’ll have from them for the remainder of the season. The chemistry was great, both musically and visually. The kiss at the end left much to be desired, but it can be excused since everything leading up to it was so perfect.

Ben – Kurt, Finn, Rachel and Blaine

I loved liked the tender moment between this foursome.

With the show’s power couples and fan favorites all singing a ballad to each other, I probably should have swooned and/or melted. Unfortunately, I didn’t. Nothing against the song, or even the characters, but I felt that this was one of the weaker performances of the night. Blame the soft-tempo performance that came before it for setting the bar so high.

Smooth Criminal – Santana v. Sebastian

I loved this for being a duel.

This wasn’t a diva off…but it felt like one. Also, there were cellos and those cellos were dueling too, which was the most amazing thing of the night. Given the background of both characters, the ad libs (“Do you want it baby?”) shouldn’t have made me think these two were going to end up mauling each other in a nearby motel post-performance, but it did. Everything about these two was hot. They circled each other like wild animals and attacked with song. I’m not sure there will be another reason for them to face-off musically again, so I’m content with rewinding and re-watching. This was my Toxic of the night.

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Finn and Rachel

I loved that this was Rachel’ ‘Yes, I’ll marry you.’

Of course Rachel would realize how much she loves Finn while they’re doing the one thing she loves the most. It was nice that they didn’t send them off into the school or outfit them in something ridiculously out of the New Directions budget, but instead did it “old school”, in the room where there love blossomed. When Finn sings it reminds me to like him, which I haven’t had the easiest time doing this season, so bonus points for that.

Black or White – The New Directions (and a few dancing Warblers)

Cool as a closer.

Lyrically, this was a tad of stretch. The Warblers don’t hate the group because of race, gender, orientation, class or any of the other usual reasons for -isms, they just want to win. But there was no way they could do this episode without throwing this in, so I respect the loosely tied relevance. I never was and will never be a fan of Bill Bottrell’s rap on the original, but only Artie could have pulled that off without adding to its corniness. Although there wasn’t any smashing of cars, they did do the other most memorable part of this video: morphing of faces from various genders and races.

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bellator is moving in

[Editor’s Note: Article first published as Bellator is Moving In! at Technorati.  -Will]

Bellator Fighting Championships will have a new broadcasting home on Spike TV starting in 2013. Viacom bought a majority stake in the MMA promotion and made the move public earlier today. This deal comes on the heels of a deal penned by the UFC and the Fox broadcasting networks earlier this year, in essence leaving Spike TV open for a new MMA promotion.

Bellator can currently be seen on the MTV2 channel. Bellator is known for its tournament series for each of its weightclasses where the winner of each respective weightclass tourney gets a fight against the current champion. Bellator is believed to be the home to the best fighters that aren’t already under contract by the UFC or, it’s parent company, Zuffa LLC.

Spike TV still owns the rights to the UFC library until 2013 so counter-programming with Fox’s UFC could be a possiblity until the new Bellator contract begins.

But no hurt feelings, right? Not exactly. The UFC’s first event on Fox will be on November 12th headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Cain Velasquez (Champion) and Junior Dos Santos (Challenger). Spike has already made plans to show previous fights of Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos as the network debut is airing.  And I thought fighting outside the cage was illegal…

The UFC’s reality-based show The Ultimate Fighter is in it’s final season on Spike TV. The next season, and all seasons afterwards, will be broadcasted on the FX network.

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fringe recapping: subject 9

A pulse of energy is “attacking” Olivia. She tells Astrid and Walter about it at Walter’s lab. Walter finds a letter from Saint Claire’s Mental Hospital in Olivia’s jacket. In the letter Olivia is asked if Walter needs to go back to the mental hospital. Walter doesn’t mention it to Olivia but he is clearly anxious about it. When Olivia asks what she should do about the energy Walter remembers a child from his Cortexiphan experiments that might be ale to help; he only remembers that he was called “Subject 9”.

Olivia and Astrid go to Nina Sharp at Massive Dynamic to search the Cortexiphan paperwork for information on “Subject 9”. His name was Cameron James, but he has changed it to Mark Little, and he is staying in New York City. As Olivia is about to head out to investigate Walter is packed – sandwiches included – and ready to go with her. This is shocking to Astrid and Olivia because this version of Walter has not been outside of the lab “in  three years”. After Olivia introduces herself to Mark he flees but runs into Walter in the lobby. Mark is terrified that the man who use to experiment on him as a child is there. He tells Olivia and Walter how hard it has been for him to live a normal life with the “powers” he has. He even told us beautiful about a first date, a dinner, an inappropriate joke, and metal caps being pulled from a woman’s mouth – beautiful. He remembers Olivia from the experiments as well. They tell him that they need him to help destroy the energy that has been attacking Olivia; he agrees eventually.

Walter hatches a plan that will have Mark displace the unknown energy, ultimately “killing” it. They head to a nearby power grid to begin. While there Mark implies, to Olivia, that she may be doing this to herself; a notion that she immediately denies. As the energy begins to reveal itself to the group Mark begins to try and destroy it. When it gets close to Olivia it takes the form of Peter and Olivia fires her sidearm to stop Mark. As soon as that happens Peter emerges from Reiden Lake as father and son are fishing nearby; there is an Observer there as well. Olivia tells Walter that she doesn’t think the energy was trying to hurt her.

The Observer at Reiden Lake

Broyles calls Olivia and tells her about what happened at Reiden Lake. He tells Olivia that “the man” knows all about Fringe Division and about them personally. When they get to the hospital Peter is asking to speak with Olivia by name. Walter sees that Olivia has decided not to send him back to Saint Claire’s when she leaves to speak with Peter. When Olivia walks into the room Peter is obviously relieved to see her, but when he greets her she replies “Who are you?”.

tl; dr

  • Peter is back but no one knows him.
  • Walter isn’t going back to Saint Claire’s (Duh!)

 

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