Fringe Recap: Welcome to Westfield; Exciting Casting News!

Peter, 3livia, and Walter really took a page out of the old X-Files/Stephen King/Lost handbook with Friday’s episode “Welcome to Westfield.” Mostly due to Walter’s all-consuming need for pie, they stopped in the small town of Westfield, Vermont, discovered that the residents were extremely zombie-like, and then couldn’t leave because the road kept going in circles. Yikes!  However will our intrepid agents get out of this one?

The Observer watches the plane go down, Lost-style

It’s all about the universes colliding, of course.  The show began with cars stopped dead on the highway and an airplane being pulled off course and crashing (hello, Lost reference) due to an electromagnetic pulse (I see you, Island) in this sideways-timeline that Peter has found himself in (SO MUCH LOST). Peter and Olivia ‘shippers also got a little action thanks to 3livia’s blue-hued sex dream. Thanks for the shirtless Peter, Fringe writers!  You know what I like. After a brief scene in the lab, where Walter was concocting cinnamon-bun-flavored breakfast vodka or somesuch, the agents were summoned to plane crash central to check it out. Walter met them on the scene, out of the lab and breathing the free air at last! How thankful are we?  I missed in-the-field-Walter, poking and prodding the evidence amidst his food hankerings, which only got everyone in trouble this time.  The all-night diner was run by a nice, then violent, then nice, then batshit insane dude whose eyeballs sported two irises by the time Peter and 3livia subdued him. (And really, it was Olivia who shot him, saving the menfolk. How very Mulder and Scully – Mulder was always getting the beatdown and Scully was always stepping in to save the day. But I digress.) He almost went to town on poor Walter there, who only wanted his rhubarb pie. Peter had also found an injured man in the diner’s walk-in freezer, who was one of the few townsfolk immune to the zombie apocalypse that had turned the rest of the town’s inhabitants crazy just like the diner owner. The remaining, unaffected people were holed up at the high school.

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Fringe Recap: Making Angels

Fringe fans finally got to see an Astrid-centric episode on Friday, with “Making Angels” showcasing Jasika Nicole’s impressive range and providing us with some very touching scenes between Astrid3 and her Asperger’s-afflicted counterpart from Over There.  The rest of the episode even gave us some Observer goodness as a brilliant and troubled mathematician got hold of September’s future-sensing technology and used it to euthanize those doomed to suffer.

Walter3 was full of amusing one-liners in this episode, and really seemed more like the Walter we’ve come to know and love (and miss!).  He was rather amicably working with Peter in the lab, but as usual was distracted by thoughts of taking a food break. When Peter shot down the idea of yet another snack run, Walter scoffed that “the other boy” – meaning Lincoln3 – doesn’t starve him and lets him play chess.  Yes, Walter. You clearly look like you are starving!  This little scene was interrupted by the arrival of Astrid from Over There (who I really want to call Asperger-Astrid, or AA, is that too mean?); she granted herself access to the Bridge and came to meet her other self. We find out later that she is grieving the death of her father, having attended his funeral that morning. Astrid3 treats her very kindly, and helps AA sort out her complicated feelings for her father and her struggle with wanting to be more normal.

Doomed mathematician, Neil, was wandering about Boston taking people out with a chemical that hadn’t actually been invented yet, but was very close to the ‘Tears of Ra’ that ancient Egyptians used to euthanize beloved pets whose owners predeceased them (those ancient Egyptians were just real nice, weren’t they?).

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Fringe Recap Combo: Enemy of My Enemy & Forced Perspective

Hello, Fringesters!  I’ve decided to combine the last two weeks of Fringe into one recap because the Glyph Code has deemed them linked: the glyphs from last week’s Enemy of My Enemy spelled out DEATH, and this week’s glyphs for Forced Perspective spelled out MARCH.  Death march.  Creepy, no?  My thoughts on these episodes and who exactly is marching toward their death shall commence right now!

Enemy of My Enemy was rife with the presence of David Robert Jones, who willingly allowed himself to be brought into Fringe Division custody.  He requested of Fauxlivia and Captin Lee to be taken to their leader – Broyles, of course, who is in on this whole thing with him. We also saw Broyles pumping a syringe full of some unknown, evil-looking yellow substance and heading down to the broom closet where Lincoln3 is being held. He was thankfully intercepted by Jones’ arrival at Fringe headquarters. I very much like Lincoln3, he is my favorite incarnation of this character.  Although he did get a little uppity with Peter, moodily reminding him that “I lost a partner!” Peter’s reply was emotionally charged and extremely annoyed: “I lost a UNIVERSE!” Damn straight, son. Peter wins the ‘my life sucks’ contest.  

After Jones proved to the Fringe team that he has a vast network of evildoers/shapeshifters at his disposal capable of harming the public (we saw a hospital ER be taken down by a gas-dispersing, flesh-melting bomb of some sort), the Fringe team let him go, albeit with a tracker implanted in his system. This plan was soon thwarted as Jones flung tracker-tagged money to a crowd during the lunch rush, and we saw Broyles staring at his black getaway car, allowing his escape. We get to see the team, from both sides of the Universe Bridge and poor timeline-less Peter, banding together to stop Jones. Their work pays off and they get to Mohonk Quarry in time for a shootout with Jones’ henchmen, but not in time to stop Jones from crossing back over with a truckload of that universe-hole-blowing substance.  We did get a cool visual of 3livia’s SUV with the front chopped off as she narrowly avoided the doorway closing on her.  Back at Fringe headquarters, Walternate had brought everyone from both sides together around one table to affirm the necessity of tracking down and stopping Jones and his merry band of shapeshifters, and this time they’ve got something he hadn’t counted on – Peter!

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Fringe Recap: Back to Where You’ve Never Been

Walter is at least wearing pants.

Greetings, Fringe fans!  Well, praise the Observers and bust out the Red Vines, Fringe is back and rocking once again!!  I knew they had it in them, you guys! Fringe’s return after the winter break, “Back to Where You’ve Never Been,” was nothing short of fantastic, as Peter and Lincoln Lee traveled Over There so he could seek out Walternate’s help getting back to the proper timeline.

The lack of a proper timeline was weighing heavily on Peter, who began the episode dreaming of his former family – there was our beloved Walter, shirtless and making pancakes in the kitchen, and Olivia coming downstairs with a morning kiss for Peter. There was a whole bit with him really wanting waffles but getting pancakes instead because the waffle maker was broken – symbolism! The machine is broken and it must be fixed so he can get back to his real waffles…I mean, family.  Peter tries to connect with Walter one last time, bringing him pastries, but in return Walter once more refuses, mournfully recounting his wife suicide after both Peters died. Way to make Peter feel like crap, yo. It’s not his fault! I am mad at this Walter. He’s even more of a stubborn bastard than usual.

Peter then headed to Olivia’s apartment, where she was taking some sick time to recover from her horrific ‘headache’ that we now know was brought on by Nina Sharp and whatever she is injecting Olivia with.  Peter wants across to the bridge between worlds, and Olivia is game, wanting to do some recon herself.  We get the interesting little tidbit that this Olivia, who I am calling 3livia from now on, can’t just cross over whenever she wants like ours can.  Is Nina suppressing her Cortexiphan abilities with those injections? That’s my guess!

After acquiring Walter’s universe portal, Peter, 3livia, and Lincoln3 head to the Orpheum theater, that known ‘soft spot’. Good to see you again, Orpheum!

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Golden Globes 2012: Disappointing & Predictable

Well, last night’s Golden Globes sure were a snooze-fest!  Ricky Gervais was hardly the bad boy of last year’s telecast, toning it way, way down no doubt at the request of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  He confined his insults largely to those not in attendance or to those stars

Golden Globe Predictions 2012!

The Golden Globes are nearly upon us, kicking off the 2012 award season with a salute to both movies and television.  I’ve always liked that about the Globes – unlike the Oscars, they are equal opportunity entertainment for both the big and small screens. Time for my predictions in the

Fringe Update: Still Alive…For Now

  Hello, Fridgsters!  It has been a mighty long time since I posted some Fringe content but y’all, I ain’t gonna lie: the last three episodes before the break sucked big time. ‘Novation’ brought us more shapeshifters and associated nonsense, ‘And Those We’ve Left Behind’ featured yet another mad scientist

NYCC 2011: “Kill Shakespeare” Co-Creator, Conor McCreery

At New York Comic Con, we had the privilege of speaking with Conor McCreery, co-writer and co-creator of the fantastic comic Kill Shakespeare, brought to the masses by IDW Publishing.  McCreery works with Anthony Del Col, his fellow writer/creator, and artist Andy Belanger to bring us this unusual and action-packed twist on the some of the Bard’s most famous characters.  All hail from Toronto, and share both a deep love of Shakespeare and a passion for bringing the rich and varied tales to life in this new way.

In this interview, McCreery sits down with Open the Fridge and tells us everything we need to know about the creation of the ongoing epic known as Kill Shakespeare.

Open the Fridge: Please tell us a little bit about the comic, and about your role in developing the world of Kill Shakespeare.

Conor McCreery: Well, first of all, despite the title, we come to praise the Bard, not bury him! Kill Shakespeare is an action-adventure comic that takes all of the Bard’s greatest heroes and most menacing villains and puts them into the same world and same story and pits them against each other on a quest to either save or kill a mysterious wizard by the name of William Shakespeare.  Our story is not a retelling of the plays.  In our world, Juliet meets Hamlet. Lady Macbeth is sleeping with Richard III both literally and figuratively. Iago comes to Othello and says, “Look, I know I ruined your life but if you can find it in your heart to forgive me, I swear I will be your brother again.”

And in that space, our main character is Hamlet, and he’s washed ashore in this strange Shakespearian land.  He’s torn between two factions, both who believe he is a figure of prophecy; one who believes he’s fated to kill this wizard Shakespeare, who they say is the source of all woe, and one that says he is actually fated to save this benevolent creator, William Shakespeare, who’s been pushed away from the world and only Hamlet can bring him back.  And, “oh, don’t worry about why he was sent away in the first place, Hamlet, just bring Shakespeare back.” So in a nutshell, that’s Hamlet having to kind of go through the shifting sands of allegiance – people trying to befriend him, people trying to use him, and people ultimately betraying him.

OTF: How far have you progressed in the story line?

CM: There are 12 issues and we’ve written all of them.  The first six have been in a volume in trade for about six months and the second six we actually have here at the con, it’s a NYCC con exclusive and won’t be released in stores until about mid-November.  And that’s the entirety of the first arc – does Shakespeare exist, is he an evil wizard, a benevolent creator, or something in between and what choice does Hamlet finally make?  And yes, I did use “choice” and “Hamlet” in the same sentence. Going forward we have two more arcs that we’ve played with, sort of like the Hamlet trilogy, involving some characters we’d like to get involved in the story – Prospero from The Tempest, Titus, Beatrice and Benedict, and plans for some other characters as we flesh out this Shakespearian universe.

Hit the jump for more details about Kill Shakespeare, the story that turns the world of the Bard on its head!

Volume 1 is available now; Volume 2 is set to release on November 22nd. Plus, for those Toronto-adjacent, a staged show of Kill Shakepeare will be at Soulpepper’s Word Festival at the end of the month!

NYCC 2011: Ashley Eckstein Part 1 – Her Universe

At SDCC back in July, Open the Fridge had the pleasure of speaking with actress Ashley Eckstein about Her Universe, her rapidly-expanding female sci-fi clothing and merchandising company. With the continued surge of proud fangirls stepping into the limelight (and buying Her Universe gear!), we decided to catch up with

Fringe Recap: Subject 9

I would like to think that the Fringe team knew how displeasing last week’s episode was (to the point where I couldn’t bring myself to write a review because “semi-sentient mold forms psychic link with lonely emo boy; danger ensues; X-Files Star Trek ripoff etc etc stab stab” summed nearly everything up) and they went the extra distance to make this week’s episode, “Subject 9” super awesome!  And why was it so excellent, boys and girls?  Because it stuck to the show’s own mythos and delved more deeply and gave us more details than we’ve had in a long, long time.  First, let’s get the jumping and shrieking out of the way: 


Fringe Recap: One Night in October

John Pyper-Ferguson as the psychopath of the week.

This week’s Fringe, titled ‘One Night in October,’ gave us a psychopath-of-the-week case for the Fringe teams in both universes on which to focus their energy.  Over there, John Louis McClennan is a brain-freezing, happy-thought-stealing serial killer.  Over here, he’s a professor who studies the behavior of serial killers and does some profiling work on the side.  He’s super smart in both universes and is constantly battling the darkness within, making him very dangerous and hard to track down.  Fauxlivia asks for help with the case from our Fringe team, and we get to see more of the dichotomy between the two Olivias. 

First, we must hit our beloved home-sweet-lab, as Walter rants to Lincoln about the ‘loathsome, hateful, immoral’ behavior of those from Over There while covering up all reflective surfaces in the lab (to stop seeing Peter, of course).  He was particularly annoyed at “that awful woman”, Fauxlivia, who “pranced around my lab” buying his innocence with baked goods so she could steal pieces of The Machine.  I love a good Walterism!  For the record, I can also be bought with baked goods ;). Also, he called Lincoln ‘Kennedy’, which I found hilarious.  It doesn’t necessarily bode well for Lincoln that he’s named after an assassinated president – we shall see how that plays out!  Astrid, meanwhile, is trying to fix Olivia up with poor, lonely, cute Lincoln.  Olivia refuses, prompting Astrid to speculate that perhaps her ‘type’ just doesn’t exist.  Haha, writers.  We see what you did there.