Posts Tagged ‘Fringe’

Review – Fringe – Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (S03Ep19)

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

There were so many Orcs! I couldn't save her!!!

This week:
Walter, Pete and Belly venture into Olivia’s subconscious to try and get her back. Broyles expeirences something new, and everyone loses something.

Pluses:
Where to start?
How Olivia’s consciousness is manifested was such a surprise I don’t want to mention it.
Peter getting it right.
Broyles.
Wally!
Olivia backstory.

Minuses:
For a moment I thought “Inception” ho hom… thankfully I was very wrong.

This is very brief because I don’t want to give anything away. The ending though – that was chilling.

#fiveverypleasedpandas

Review – Fringe – Bloodline (S03Ep18)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

 

Oh Seth, your hair is much better in Other There.

This week:
We are back in the Red, and pick up on Fauxlivia’s pregnancy. All is not well for Fauxlivia – she thinks she is being followed and her fellow Fringe Division Agents thinks that they don’t really know what is going on. Add to this a disease from Over There plus an abduction and the scene is set.

Pluses:
No waiting around for this story arc.
Not your usual case of the week.
Great development and use of Seth Gabel’s Lee.
Always nice to see Charlie Francis alive and well.
Hi there Fauxlivia’s mum.
Oh Walternate it was obvious but I feel you let me down.
Torv totally got me – and I am admit I cried.
Lee’s declaration.
Francis and Lee’s final moments.
Henry, our favourite cabbie, is back.

Minuses:
Didn’t feel that sense of urgency about Fauxlivia’s situations.
The twist was telegraphed a little too strongly.
Since when are the Observers so obvious?

After a very weak episode with Os and then a solid episode last week with Stowaway, we are back in the Fringe heartland of great TV. Oh and the title of the final episode has been released – OMG – but I won’t say anything here.

#fourandahalfredpandas

Review – Fringe – Stowaway (S03Ep17)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

When old friends like these meet, anything is possible.

This week:
Bellie joins the team and Walter is having a grand old time of it. Peter is facing yet another challenge in his relationship with Olivia, and a woman who can’t die is trying to hitch a ride to heaven.

Pluses:
Seth Gable as a guest star. He would be a great recurring character.
Walter and William – what a team.
William flirting with Astrid.
Very nice case of the week.
I must admit I didn’t see what happened happening – more of a vessel arc for that character.

Minuses:
Torv just doesn’t convince me in this capacity.

I really loved the idea of this episode. That someone can get stuck. It was approached very differently to Type 4 in Being Human. You can’t say this was better or worse than their take on it as they came it from a totally different direction. I must admit I had more empathy for Sasha than I did for Dana Grey but that was predominately because we knew so much more about her.

#threeandahalfzombiepandas

Review – Fringe – Os (S03Ep16)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

 

"You canno' break the laws of physics!"

This week:
Floating men found in Boston. Peter and Olivia are all “Summer of Love.” Walter is wearing his guilt poorly. Hurley got a job off The Island. William Bell.

Pluses:
Always fun to see Hurley (Jorge Garcia) though massively under utilised.
Interesting concept.

Minuses:
Peter and Olivia all smiley happy BS. You don’t want to be happy in a gritty SciFi drama – didn’t anyone tell them that?
Walter’s over inflated self importance/self blame.
One day Astrid will tell Walter to go eff himself.
Nina getting way too close to Walter.
The manifestation – oh please…. why that character and not someone like Hurley?
Very much a case of the week with little to move us forward.

Overall, I was quite disappointed in this episode. After last week’s outstanding episode, this one just didn’t stand up to Series Three standards. Bring on next week please.

#twopandas

Review – Fringe – Subject 13 (S03Ep15)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Recorded on Doctor Walter's handy Beta Max.

1985 Fringe Opening Credits HD

This week:
We go back in time to 1985, 6 months after Peter was taken from Over There. We see life in both universes, how both families deal with the grief, and how Peter is dealing with that knowledge.

Pluses:
OMG So that is how Walternate knows!
Peter and the city below the lake.
What made Walternate.
Why Walter was using the Cortexiphan kids.
A field of white tulips.
Crossing over and seeing sky ships.
Orla Brady is once again outstanding as Elizabeth Bishop (in both worlds).
John Nobel plays the same character, the same person but different so well.
Peter and Olivia (the two child actors were amazing).
Peter’s choice of a toy. I wonder if that is because he wants to go home.
BSG – though I remember BSG as before 1985.
Rubic’s Cube.
Space Shuttles.
Star Wars.
Elizabeth’s lies – heart breaking.
How far Walter was willing to go.
Peter being so careful in his words to Olivia.

Minuses:
Why didn’t Peter remember?
Some of the attention to detail was off, but that didn’t detract for me at all.

After an iffy episode last week that didn’t leave me inspired to blog at all, this one took my breath away. The Peter development. The greater understanding of early Olivia (not just what happens at the clinic). Amazing.

#fiveretropandas

Review – Fringe – Concentrate and Ask Again (S03Ep12)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Hot dress, loaded weapon and worried about my man. Ask yourself, do you feel lucky?

This week:
Olivia contemplates Peter’s feelings for her. People’s bones get turned to jelly. Another Cortexiphan kid comes into play. We get some traction with The First People arc including “The Device.” Olivia learns an uncomfortable truth.

Pluses:
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.
Interesting case of the week – not the usual.
Olivia’s concern and developing feelings.
Peter’s character development.
Revenge.
Still parts of Fauxlivia in Olivia.
Olivia centric but not so much as to put you off.
What it means to know what someone is thinking.
Peter’s interaction with The Device.
The continued darkness in Peter.

Minuses:
Walter didn’t really gel for me this episode.
Was hoping for a Red episode.
I don’t want Olivia and Peter romance story lines.

This was an interesting way to forward the Olivia, Fauxlivia and Peter storylines. It also moved us closer to the season finale where Peter will interact with The Device (I assume). The focus firmly on Olivia only highlighted how much Peter isn’t the Peter we know. In fact he is a lot closer to first half of season one Peter. Not so much “fixer” Peter, but in touch with the less open side of his personality.

Not a bad episode, but certainly not to the same standard as the last few.

#threebluepandas

Review – Fringe – Reciprocity (S03Ep11)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Getting our serious faces on!

This week:
Peter meets The Device and it is happy to see him. Shapeshifters are back – but not for long. Unknown assassin. Darkness, confusion and lies.

Pluses:
Loved the Peter development.
Walter covering for his son.
Walter’s advice to Peter.
Peter centric.
People wanting to protect Olivia.
Lies.
More lies.
Shapeshifters – making me long for more Newton.
Astrid getting some lines and screen time.
Chimp Walter.
Just how much smarter Peter is than everyone else.
Did not see the twist coming till it was almost upon me.

Minuses:
Olivia trying too hard to be strong, didn’t translate well on the screen.
I don’t want an Olivia and Peter romance show.

This week we see Peter, what he is becoming, and what he is capable of. Remember that scene just before the switch and he shoots the lady in the head in front of her daughter? That was the same Peter. Each week, Fringe takes a case of the week/tweak on case of the week and uses it to drive the season arc forward. I can’t imagine FOX not renewing this series.

#fourandahalfcoldbloodedpandas

Review – Fringe – The Firefly (S03Ep10)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

The smallest of actions can have such real and unexpected consequences.

This week:
The Observers are back and all is not well. Peter crossing over has changed history in more ways than expected. How much has Walter changed. Olivia still haunted by the ghost of Fauxlivia.

Pluses:
Really good twists, counter twists and turns.
Loved how interwoven our lives are.
Chrisopher Lloyd – Emmy please!
Parrlells between Walter and Royce.
The test.
What Peter always said would happen with Walters experiments finally happened.
Relationship bandaids – though I don’t want Peter and Olivia together.
Ego.
Truth.

Minuses:
I miss Charlie Francis – hopefully we will see some Red action again soon.
Background Astrid.

This was a very strong episode on multiple levels. Not only did we learn that The Observers aren’t omnipotent, we also got a pretty clear view of where this season is going to go – and it is going to be good. That the team (Walter) missed the point of the actions of The Observers just makes it even better.

I read that there were CD’s of Violet Sedan Chair randomly placed in music stores around the States – and that there are three albums, not the one we learnt of. Interesting.

#fourandahalfbluepandas

Review – Human Target – Season One

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

So at 9am, you get everyone to suspend belief, then at 9.05am I kill 8 people while handcuffed and keeping a beautiful girl alive and dodge a hail of machine guns fire. Got it!

I somehow missed any buzz about this on Australian TV. Human Target was launched on GO! in mid-August last year apparently – though knowing GO! they probably had it run for two weeks at 9.30pm then switched it to 3am or something crazy.

Synopsis:
Very loosely based on the DC Comic serial of the same name, the Human Target is Christopher Chance (not his real name), and is played by ex Days of Our Lives and Fringe star Mark Valley. He is a body guard / mercenary with a mysterious past (that takes about 2 seconds to guess). Along with his partner Winston (Chi McBride), who handles the business side of their dealings, plus a similarally mysterious and dangerous Guerrero (Jackie Earl Haley) who does a lot of the “fixing,” they come in and save someone in danger while solving the crime/reason why the client is in danger. It is total silliness. If Hawaii Five-0 is suspend belief, this takes belief and asks it to wait outside. That being said, it if often rather enjoyable if you can stop yourself from saying “oh please?!?!” every few minutes.

Pluses:
It fun in a switch the brain off and go for a ride, kind of way.
Nice twists on the “save the client” each week.
Guerrero is such a good character and has all the best lines.
Interesting arc with just enough nibbles each ep to build it.
Baptiste (Lennie James from Walking Dead and Jericho) is a brilliant character and I look forward to seeing him again.
The Old Man was perfectly cast.
Playing “Pick the Canadian TV Star” (I swear there are only like 30 ppl who act in Canada and they constitutionally have to guest star on every show).
Nary a recurring romance plot insight.

Minuses:
Chi McBride plays Emerson Cod.
Some episodes are just too silly to really enjoy.
Fight scenes that last forever.
Too male dominated (though from what I can see of the promos for the second season which I am about to start watching, two female characters are joining the team).
They somehow managed to make Grace Park look frumpy

If you want some mindless tv and good mindless tv like Hawaii Five-0 isn’t one, then watch Human Target. It is fun, but not great – I will continue to watch though for giggles and groans.

#twoandahalfunrealisticbutgenerallyfunnypandas

Review – Fringe – Marionette

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

How can a mad scientist tell and Peter can't?

This week:
Major emotional fall out for Olivia and Peter following the “exchange.” Possibly one of the most disturbing scenes on tv for some time. Cleansing. Rebirth. Loss.

Pluses:
The dancing scene was probably one of the most disturbing things I have seen for some time.
Anna Torv’s acting during her clean out scene – nary a word spoken but so much emotion conveyed.
The washing machine contents.
Peter’s dilema.
The lengths you will go to for the one you love.
Olivia’s realisation that emotions are stronger than the rational.
Body sniffing.
Distance.
Animation and empty eyes.
Genevieve Buechner.

Minuses:
I would have liked to see some more Broyles and Olivia.

Man oh man. This episode was creepy, draining, disturbing and superb all at once.  I didn’t even recognise Genevieve Buechner (Tamara Adama from Caprica) who knew she could actually act.

In Olivia’s mind, how could Peter not know when it made perfect sense that he didn’t?

Everything that Olivia came back for, fought for, lived for, was for nothing, as no one even realised she was gone. Man that has got to cut deep. I think the most disturbing part of her realisation was the Peter could look into her eyes and not see that she wasn’t there – even a mad scientist could tell that the girl he had wasn’t the person made up of her experiences – yet Peter couldn’t. All the loss and love that Olivia had experienced, he never noticed, and in fact preferred it. But let’s be honest, Peter gave her excuses because he wanted to love her. Which makes me like Peter even more.

I am really looking forward to the rebuilding of the dynamic between the two. It isn’t the first time trust has been broken amongst our players (Walter, Peter and Olivia, and I am sure it won’t be the last) but this again is a big one to get over.

#fourandahalfpandas