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fringe recapping

In following with last season’s formula, we went from a very boring, meandering first few episodes (Ignoring Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 and Letters of Transit), and are slowly picking up speed. Things have finally begun to get interesting again. Astrid is still stuck in the lab doing menial “tape-recon” work, but everyone else is slowly developing. I have absolute faith in the last three episodes–mainly because of Joel Wyman, extraordinaire and genuis–but also because of all of the hype the last episode, which is number 100!, has gotten. There have been no spoilers or teasers leaked, but everyone is saying it is a beautiful ending; the best episode yet. Abrams, Wyman, Noble, Jackson; have all said it’s one not to miss. And I will not be missing this. For anything.

I’d like to say that this is a recap of three episodes because I was sparing readers from hundreds of words, complaining about the miniscule problems of each. But the truth of the matter was my indifference for these episodes led to an indifference in talking about, or thoroughly examining, these episodes. Here’s a three-episode recap/review/rant, along with the hopes that the next three will be amazing–and worthy of their own posts.

The Human Kind:
Peter, who has become more and more Observer-like in his actions and mannerisms every day, can now predict the future and possesses all the same qualities as the Observers. Walter warns that if Peter does not remove the device from his head soon, the effects will be irreversible. They find another tape to recover an electromagnet; Olivia goes to track it down and meets Simone, a woman who has been waiting for over 25 years for someone to show up. The electromagnet is huge and can be only moved on a large truck. On the way back to the lab, Olivia is accosted by petty thieves who manage to capture Olivia–after she shows off her fighting chops, something we haven’t seen this entire season. Olivia manages to escape, setting a trap using trash and Etta’s bullet to kill one of them. Peter is in the works of killing Windmark when Olivia shows up. She convinces him that this is not how Etta would have wanted her death avenged, and Peter removes the device from his head!

This episode, while interesting, was very contrived. The entire “Peter as an Observer” idea was one that I think should have never been used, or used all the way through, as him turning into an Observer. As sad as that would have been, his removing the device makes it seem like it was just a device to move the plot along. Overall, a very strong episode. Highlights included Olivia’s badassery returning, her touching speech to Peter, and the symbolism of that bullet, which has saved multiple lives and is the most obvious symbol and theme of the entire show. Not that I mind.

Black Blotter:
This season’s famed “Episode 19” did a lovely job of being, well, Episode 19ish while also moving along the plot. Walter’s depressed state leads him to take Black Blotter, acid he had stored in his lab. The LSD causes Walter to hallucinate; he begins to see his old assistant Carla, who tells him the he is–and will always be–the old Walter. A notebook with all of Walter’s (during his 100% brain capacity days) notes and project appears. Carla tells him to read it and save the world; Nina appears and tells him not to read it, that he doesn’t need it. The radio that the Observer-child had, from the episode “Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There” begins to pick up a frequency. Olivia and Peter are searching for the signal and they find bodies protecting the tower relaying the signal. One of the bodies is Sam Weiss. Team Etta triangulates the signal and they’re off–including Astrid, which is the first time she’s left the lab since she got there. They go to the source and find the Observer-boy, now called Michael, living with an elderly couple. Team Etta takes Michael; because he “doesn’t view time the way we do,” he recognizes Olivia from the original timeline.

Walter imagines himself in a Monty Python-esque land, where he rides Gene and sees a black umbrella used as a key. This suited the style of the episode, allowed Walter to partake in one of his favorite pastimes, and allowed him to solve the riddle needed in proving that they meant no harm to Michael. The parallels between Carla and Nina–and Walter’s cognitive brain functioning–are also ones that have begun to be hinted at, and I’m sure will begin to show up even more as the season progresses.

Anomaly XB-6783746:
Michael proves to be an Observer different than the others; the previously used device does not work. Unlike the original timeline, where he connected with Olivia through their feelings, he has no means of communication with them. Team Etta seeks Nina’s help; she tells them where to find the necessary goods. Nina waits with Michael in an underground Loyalist lab. They discover that Nina has been compromised; the Observers are on their way to her. Nina hides Michael in the lab, but not before he touches her face and she learns something. The Observers come; Nina commits suicide so they cannot read her thoughts. When Team Etta returns they discover Nina’s body–and that Michael was left behind. Once they find him, he touches Walter’s face. Walter sees flashes of his past, and learns who Donald is: September!

So far this has been my favorite episode this season. You see the slow progression of Walter’s brain regenerating–he continues to call Michael “the subject,” and is curt and pessimistic. But when he sees Nina’s lifeless body, he quickly transitions to the old Walter, mourning his good friend’s death. We also learn about Michael: that he is an anomaly who should have been killed–seemingly reminiscent of the Doctor Who episode with the broken daleks–and that he is not a child. He also sheds a tear when he sees Nina’s body; showing that, like August, Observers can learn to feel emotions. This is unlike September, who was a human and turned Observer.

Nina’s speech was also wonderful, and are the words that can accurately and beautifully sums up this season so far.

“Do you know why you tilt your head in that way? It’s an involuntary reflex in your physiology. It changes the angle at which sound waves hit the eardrum, allowing in more stimuli. Like a lizard. I’ve studied them too. Intriguing characters. Their brains have evolved over 320 million years, yet for all their evolution, they form no bonds. Love does not exist for them. They are incapable of dreaming, of contemplating beauty, of knowing something greater than themselves… not unlike your kind. The experiments we conducted right here in this lab, yielded a surprising result, because for all your years of evolution, you inadvertently redeveloped and honed primitive instincts that we moved beyond long ago. So in reality, you’re the animal.”


I think one of the things that has helped this season the most is when they began straying from the “videotape of the week” format. Or their formulaic: 10 mins recovering tape, 10 minutes watching/discussing the tape, then 20 minutes recovering one small piece of this huge puzzle. Tonight looks like they’re picking things up; hopefully interesting things will continue to evolve. Watch the teaser for “The Boy Must Live” here.

Emily enjoys all mediums of speculative fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi–especially reading, writing, and watching them. A Fringe fanatic, she is convinced that one day she will meet her parallel self, aptly nicknamed Femily (Fake Emily), and save both worlds from their inevitable destruction.

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thoughts on true blood: turn! turn! turn!

Before we truly celebrate and analyze the return of True Blood, let’s take a moment to look at the close of last season:

  • Sookie pulled a Kelly Taylor and chose herself over the Eric and Bill. Poor Bill just keeps getting dumped by this woman!
  • Rev. Steve Newlin showed up at Jason’s door as a vampire. This has potential, which means it could either be awesome or completely irrelevant.
  • Russell Edgington somehow broke free from his concrete coffin and was on the lose. How much is he going to make Eric regret not killing him when he had the chance?!
  • Bill and Eric kicked off their bromance by killing Nan, who was fired by the Vampire Authority. I’ll miss her.
  • Terry’s Marine buddy, Patrick Devins (Scott Foley), came to town, and Rene made a brief appearance to warn Arlene about Terry’s past. Last season it was her kid, and now she’s going to run around worried about her husband. This better have a better pay off than the possessed baby storyline.
  • Debbie Pelt shows up to kill Sookie, but accidentally shoots Tara, who may or may not be dead. In turn, Sookie kills Debbie. Swift justice at its finest.
  • Lafayette finally regained control of his body, and was mourning the loss of his Jesus.
  • Jessica and Jason were beginning a FWB situation.
  • Sam is cornered by a wolf pack, presumably Marcus’ buddies.
  • Poor Pam was estranged from her maker. Hopefully this will be short lived.

“I’ve been around the block enough times to know that fangs are basically like twin hard-ons, hard-ons for trouble and for feeding on someone, never just talking, not ever.” – Jason

How are Eric and Bill going to escape the ‘true death’?
Killing Nan was a bold, but necessary move, but it also means the guys are now on the run. Eric had just enough time to clean like Mr. Belvedere on speed and toss out a “Fuck Sookie” before they were both captured. I was disappointed that Bill was the one who cared Sookie was in danger, but I suppose Eric’s reaction to the rejection is perfectly in character. Fortunately for Bill, Eric has at least one friend in a very important position. Nora (played by Lucy Griffiths) is Eric’s sister and a chancellor of The Authority, and she had every intention of rescuing the two and sending them off to start lives as Marcellus Clark (Bill) and Mike Applebaum (Eric). That plan failed fabulously, but at least we got to see some incestuous sexual activity. I’d say this doesn’t look good for Nora, nor Eric or Bill, but similar to every other season, this is most undoubtedly a fake-out.

Is Tara dead?
Yes…and no. Half of Tara’s head was shot off, so my theories were that: Eric or Bill would come and heal her, which would make for some freaky scenes and cause a rift between her and Sookie OR Eric or Bill would turn her, which would bond them together and still cause a rift. Tara was turned, but it was by a very reluctant Pam. This wasn’t the best idea, but as Lafayette stressed, it was the only way they would be able to “save” Tara. I can’t wait to see Pam as a maker or Tara as a vampire (hopefully it make the character more exciting), but most importantly, I can’t wait to see how Tara and Pam interact. Tara had a girlfriend last season…Pam loves the ladies…vampires are highly sexual beings….I’ll let you draw your own connections there. How is Eric going to feel about this, and now that he’s not getting Sookie anytime soon, is there a reason for him to still be mad at Pam? Also, can we always see Pam in tacky, buttercup yellow sweat suits from Walmart?

What’s the only way to honor your dead werewolf son?
By eating him, of course. After running flying away from the werewolves, Sam is finally caught and forced to tell Marcus’ mother, Martha, where he buried the body. In typical Sam fashion, he was prepared to risk his life for the woman he loves (or likes a lot). However, Luna rescues her man and brings Alcide to the burial site so he can tell the pack that he was the one who killed Marcus. I think this makes him packmaster by default, and while one member stepped up to say he’d never bow to Alcide, Martha was too busy performing the ritual on her dead son’s body. I’m really glad the werewolves weren’t just a one season deal, and that we’re delving into their storyline without any involvement from the vamps….or so it seems after the first episode.

Where is Jesus?!
Maybe his uncle came and collected his body. Perhaps he magically evaporated. Regardless, if this means we get more Jesus, I’m fine with any outcome.

Why is Terry suddenly so tense?
Patrick’s visit isn’t as happy-go-lucky as it seemed in the finale. It turns out the fire from last season may be connected to something that’s happened to the other Marines from their unit. I just want to know what transpired in Iraq and why Patrick thought Terry would be the cause of the other fires! Arlene should really pay close attention to all of this, because it seems like Rene was very accurate with this cryptic warning.

Was anyone surprised that Rev. Newlin turned out to be gay?
It wasn’t the most shocking of revelations and I’m still not convinced they won’t completely waste this character. He was the catalyst for Jess declaring that Jason was hers, but unless there’s another really good reason for him even being on this season, I’d prefer he not stick around. Best part of that whole scene? The “I Love Youuuuuuu” after Jason rescinded his invite and Newlin went flying out the door.

Other observations:

  • The Sheriff Bellefleur (who must have just returned from Scranton, PA) and Holly hook-up would have been a throwaway scene were it not for her son’s “On the couch mama? Where I sleep?!”
  • During the scene with little Sookie and Tara, did they use Paquin and Wesley’s voices?
  • Hoyt has a group of friends, which was funny enough, but them calling Jason “girlfriend fucker” was immature…and hilarious.
  • The loss of Debbie Pelt is no great loss at all. However, at some point Sookie will (stupidly) tell Alcide and he’s going to be upset, regardless of him banishing her last season.
  • George Clemons…who are you and why should we care?
  • How cute was it when Eric kissed Nora on the forehead after his phone interrupted their reunion as they “fought like siblings and fucked like champions’.
  • I don’t know how Russell got free, but I really hope they stretch his return out a few episodes, or at least until we get a better idea of the Authority’s agenda/plans for Bill and Eric.
  • Seriously Jessica? A green streak to symbolize your rebellion? Who are you, Britta?!
  • Speaking of hair choices: Lafayette shaved his head. I need another episode or two to decide if I like it or not.

Next week’s True Blood: Authority Always Wins (Law and Order SVU‘s loss is our gain)

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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new true blood season 5 poster

Relatively simplistic as far as promo posters go, but True Blood really doesn’t have to do much to make fans wish it was June.

Waiting sucks, truly.

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