Fringe: Season 4 (2011 – 2012)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS* 

What I liked:

  • The way that Walter deals with Faulivia. It never ceases to entertain.
  • So much more Lincoln Lee. I love the guy, both universes. He is awesome.
  • Walter really was mistrustful of Peter once he returned to his timeline. Just the way he treated him was dead hilarious.
  • The way Walter is actually so broken without Peter, and terrified of the world. It was really sad to see him, who he was, and how he was dealing with the new world. Astrid is still majorly important for him, but Walter is basically this mad scientist with some people, no real connections.
  • Even though it was not necessarily how I would have liked it, and it was handled in quite a clunky manner and it frustrated me a little, Peter and Olivia coming together again was just beautiful. Every damn time they come together, something rips them apart, but it does not stop it being perfect when they are together. I just love watching them, they are adorable.
  • The cast. I think they all do amazing jobs of portraying themselves and then alternate selves in the two universes. They should all be commended for it.
  • The alternate universes starting to work together to heal the worlds, I think that it is done rather well.
  • Alternate universe Astrid and our Astrid together. It was adorable, and to see the little lies our Astrid told alternate Astrid to make herself feel better about the relationship between her and her father was really heartbreaking, and the coffee the two shared was also immensely sweet.

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What I didn’t like:

  • How Lincoln Lee was written out in the alternate universe. This show just does not know how to write people out successfully.
  • The way that the Olivia in this timeline starts to morph into Olivia from Peter’s timeline but nobody else is morphing back in and they all seem to be so calm about it all. It just doesn’t fit so nicely.
  • Jumping into the future and back. This whole season just felt scattered. Initially when it started, you understood what was going on, but then it was only Olivia and Peter that went normal, and everything else stayed strange.
  • How Lincoln and Olivia were sort of on their own mission, then she was Peter’s Olivia again and Lincoln just disappeared to the other universe and it was over. Why introduce something that you were going to write out without any further explanation to it?
  • The way that there were just so many stories being dragged in (shapeshifters, ruining the worlds, Bell’s plan to play God, Peter and Olivia and their timeline).

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Rating:
GRADE 7
People will always say that this is where Fringe started going downhill, and I am inclined to agree (much to my chagrin). All good and well that it comes to be that Peter was erased from a timeline and we are on another one, and that Walter and Olivia’s love for him pulled him back here and that September didn’t erase the remaining traces of Peter all all, but it wasn’t done properly. Like when Olivia started becoming Peter’s Olivia again, they should have started morphing the other characters back into the same timeline. Instead, it jumps from there to Lincoln Lee defecting (for all intents and purposes) to the alternate universe so that he can be with Faulivia, and then we jump into the future with this random episode where Peter and Olivia’s daughter frees Walter from amber and saves Peter and Astrid from the amber that they, too, were encased in in a universe run by Observers. Ugh. I cannot describe to you how melodramatic it all got and how quickly it got there. It was great to see Jones return, he was always quite an entertaining villain, and sometimes his story is fleshed out well, and other times it is rushed over (why the alternate Broyles joined him and betrayed him, all done in under an episode). I miss the Fringe feel of the previous seasons, this season does not fit completely, and it doesn’t flow too well, and it isn’t quite so sure what it wants to be. I really missed the dynamic between Walter and Peter, because Peter is not part of Walter’s timeline anymore, everything is a little disjointed, and you still manage to pity the hell out of Walter. Seeing the two sides start to work together more is something worth checking out, though it is a pity that this season floundered a bit. Nina Sharp was also quite the enigma here, finally becoming that questionable and evil person we have all expected, even though they snatch that out of our jaw pretty quickly, too. I did not like how they randomly brought that one episode in from far in the future, which basically sets up for season five. Like watching the season is all for nothing if you just need that one episode. Oh well. Pity that, while this was done very well visually, good score and fantastic acting, the story is a little uneven and scattered and will certainly lose some people along the way. However, Fringe is still something I dearly love and can see myself returning to many times in the future.

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Fringe: Season 1 (2008 – 2009)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • The way the lettering is done when indicating location, etc. It just looks awesome, and it isn’t intrusive or overbearing.
  • Slowly but surely uncovering Walter Bishop. The man is an enigma, flipping from a sad, damaged figure to an absolute genius to a right asshat, so it can be quite mesmerising.
  • The way the relationship between Peter and Walter changes. Initially it is anger and resentment, then resignation, but later that changes to a frustrated kind of caring (from Peter’s side, Walter will always love Peter). Peter is quite protective of his father in some ways, and has a soft spot for him, no matter what he holds against the man.
  • The technical and pseudoscience side of the show. It is never presented in a way to lose the viewer, it is done in a technical way but ensures that the audience is not lost, without making us feel like total spazzes for not being as clued up as the writers.
  • John Noble as Walter Bishop. I cannot truly express how freaking perfect he was for this role. He is the best character and endlessly entertaining. He is so intelligent and so broken, with such a dark past, and Noble balances all these things perfectly to give us the drug-loving, Red Vine-munching genius.
  • The ability to spot an Observer in all the episodes somewhere or other, especially after you know that they are watchers. It is so much easier to spot them, but still tricky. Small detail, super awesome.
  • The supporting characters. Phillip Broyles, Astrid Farnsworth and Charlie Francis really add extra to the show. The way Astrid eventually becomes Walter’s right hand is sweet, Broyles is intimidating and badass and super professional, and Charlie? Come on, he is smart, loyal and cool.
  • The friendship between Charlie and Olivia is great – understated, but there.
  • Nina Sharp is another character I like. You never really get a complete read on her, but you know that she is a smart, strong woman, and we don’t get many of them in the show.
  • While Anna Torv had a rough start in the show, and I wasn’t a fan the first time around until a few episodes in, she gets the hang of Olivia Dunham, and eventually you can’t picture anyone researching and investigating these cases with Peter and Walter, she is just the right fit for the role.
  • The relationship that is super subtly starting to grow between Olivia and Peter. Oh, all that potential!
  • How the otherness of Peter has always been present.

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What I didn’t like:

  • In the first few episodes things were a little stunted, the show was finding its feet and forgot to bring people in on a few things smoothly, sort of like the audience was just expected to know, which was a little disconcerting at times.
  • Some cases did not have certain things explained (in one episode, how was the woman picking people with special abilities to solve that formula? How did she know?) and some unexplained logic like that could sometimes become an issue.
  • The acting was a little stiff at times, but never so bad that you cringe and don’t want to keep watching.

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Rating:
GRADE 8I am a huge fan of this show. Truly I am. When it started, I watched it with my fiancé and the first few episodes are a little heavy to take in, there is so much going on all the time and the show immediately starts by pushing the boundaries. He called it after four episodes, he was not impressed and said he was over it. Me, on the other hand? I had started this, I was going to see at least season one through before deciding. Boy, am I glad that I did. By the time I got to season two, I told him that, no matter what, he had to just try again. Now? Biggest Fringe addicts of all time.

Walter Bishop is a scene stealer and a bundle of laughs all the time – his penchant for drugs is simply amazing. He can take you from laughing to terribly sad in moments, and his transition back into the new world was gradual. His mentality was almost that of a child at times. Then there is Peter Bishop – bright as hell, a little sketchy, definite asset to the Fringe division. Joshua Jackson gets into his role, becomes a favourite. Plus the way that man dresses… oh my gosh. Then he opens his mouth, and he is amazingly intelligent. So much hotness going on right there. WOW. Moving right along, I might get stuck in a whole Peter obsession here if I don’t.

The characters that we get are all pretty cool. Astrid is beautiful, smart and super sweet, and the way she and Walter almost become a unit is fantastic, even though he has hurt and scared her beyond anything. Charlie is also a character that I am a fan of because he is just so cool. Well dressed, private but not too much so that you worry he is a serial killer, serious but can have quite a good sense of humour at times and a great partner and agent, he’s a joy to watch. He is also so good at his job, and that is something that I will always appreciate.

Massive Dynamic is an interesting company to bring in, and William Bell is shrouded in so much mystery, too, that it is really such a gratifying experience to finally see him, and the fact that William Bell is played by Leonard Nimoy is just awesome. Trust that he would play some brilliant scientist that is missing. The supporting characters all really round this show off, and the score is so fitting, too.

The show starts off running, no slow introductions, but it is perfect for this. However, there are some gripes that I have with the first episode or two, with the way that characters were introduced and later you see they are nothing like the way they were brought in (think Broyles calling Olivia “sweetheart” in the heat of the moment). Also, some things were a little rushed to get us involved with a plot (think the relationship between Olivia and John Scott – it didn’t mean anything to me when he was killed). Other minor plots are introduced, too, and then not addressed again until much later, which just makes for some messy storytelling in places. But these things are all minor for me. I love Fringe. This show is something that needs to be appreciated for numerous reasons.

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JB & The Chop Do: Star Trek III – The Search for Spock (1984)

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WOO HOO!!!!! My first ever post on JB’s site!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Should I fill this post with half naked chicks like she does with dudes on my site??? Should I post a bunch of lurid images of Diora Baird and Rachel Nichols??? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?????? Well… probably not on THIS post but I’ll be doing some serious research for a future post. Guaranteed!  Anyway… today we have one of the less impressive entries into the Star Trek franchise. Kirstie Alley was replaced by some broad who would go on to do some MacGyvers and Spock basically goes into heat toward the end of the thing. This also had a couple of comedians as badass Klingons which really pissed me off then and now (Christopher Lloyd and John Larroquette. Also – after the success of Khan, they went ahead and went for another big Money Shot and (spoiler!!–>)  blew up the Enterprise…. Whatever! Oh well. This one is pretty weak. Let’s see what the delectable JB has to say about this thing.

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SYNOPSIS: Following Kirk’s encounter with Khan that left the Enterprise severely damaged and Spock dead, they return to Starfleet so that Enterprise could be repaired. Kirk’s hoping to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But upon arriving, he is told that the Enterprise will not be repaired and that Genesis has become a delicate matter and until it is resolved, no one is allowed to go there or talk about it. McCoy is also acting strangely and is later detained when he starts talking about Genesis. Kirk is visited by Spock’s father Sarek, who tells him that he betrayed Spock because being placed on Genesis was not what he would have wanted. He tells Kirk he is supposed to bring Spock’s body along with his soul or katra as the Vulcans call it which he passes onto someone, and bring it to Vulcan for the final rites. Sarek assumes Kirk would have it but he does not. Kirk then thinks that Spock may have passed it someone else and realizes McCoy is the one who has… – via IMDB

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Well, watching this again proved one thing for me: it certainly wasn’t as dragged out and long this time around, though it still remained flawed. Still, definitely not the worst entry to the lot of movies, and there were plenty entertaining parts that went with it all.

I was interested with the whole concept of Spock’s “soul” being able to be transferred elsewhere, and found it highly amusing that of all people to get it that it was Dr McCoy. It was quite a thing to watch a movie that spoke so much of Spock but never actually gave us much Spock, but that was alright. Even my favourite, ol’ Bones, seemed a little odd, fluctuating between himself and the bits of Spock that were bleeding through. At times this proved amusing, other times not so much.

What I did learn from this movie is that Sulu does not like being called Tiny… 😉

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Uhm, I can rattle on about this, but the mere fact that I don’t really have an awful lot to say should express to you the kind of movie this was – pretty bland. While certainly not the worst of the bunch, it was average at best. So much more could have been done with it if the creators chose to do so, but alas, they did not. I see this movie gets a very mixed lot of reviews, too.
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If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’re probably familiar with the theory that the odd numbered films in this franchise suck. As a HUGE fan of Trek, I have to admit that this is pretty true for the most part. I know number 5 is the worst, if I remember correctly, and this one is….. not so good, even though it made a shitload of money… Anyway – I’m not sure what JB has in store for this one or whether she liked it or not, but I thought I’d approach this a little differently. Here, I propose how Star Trek 3 could have been done right:

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