Fringe Recap: Neither Here Nor There

“Not from here? You mean, like, China?” -Lincoln Lee, you have much to learn

It’s that time again (finally): Fringe time!!!  The season premiere kicked off Fringe’s fourth season on Friday with the episode “Neither Here Nor There”.  This is an excellent title, as it describes my feelings on the episode and the way it dealt with the craziness that occurred in the season finale.  To briefly recap last season’s shenanigans in a language only Fringesters will understand: Walternate turned on the Machine Over Here from Over There, and Peter tried to stop the annihilation of our world by entering the Machine.  This led to his consciousness being sent forward in time to 2026, where he and Olivia are married, Walternate’s universe is destroyed (but not before he came Over Here) and our world is slowly disintegrating.  Walternate seeks his revenge for the death of his side by destroying Peter’s world – he shoots Olivia in the head and everyone is very, very sad. Our Walter then realizes who sent the pieces of the machine back in time – he did, and only Peter can stop him.  Oh goody, a paradox!  Peter’s consciousness brings him this knowledge in the present, and he changes history by bringing the two universes together, only to find himself erased from time in the process (booo!). Walter would have never crossed Over There to save Peter life as a boy/steal him away, causing the hatred from Walternate that wound up destroying Olivia.

Got all that?  Whew. 

Read on for Amy’s full recap and review!

63rd Annual Emmy Awards Reaction & Recap!

The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired last night, and while there were a few surprises and fun moments in the telecast, a lot of the winners were easy to predict.  Jane Lynch made an enthusiastic and fun host, and I enjoyed her wry joke delivery and mocking of the evening’s nominees and presenters.  One surprise came just a few minutes into the telecast, as the pre-taped opening number saw Lynch paying a visit to the “president of television” – none other than Leonard Nimoy!  That was a great nod to the scifi legend.

The entire first half hour of the telecast was dominated by Modern Family, which picked up awards for Best Supporting Actor & Actress in a Comedy (on-screen spouses Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) as well as Writing and Directing. The Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy winners were two of the night’s surprises!  None other than Jim Parsons, my beloved Sheldon Cooper, took home the statue.  He was adorably not prepared but thrilled nonetheless, as the Emmy favorite was thought to be Steve Carrell for his last season of work on The Office.  I’m not complaining, since I adore Parsons and he did win the Golden Globe earlier this year.  Three cheers for Sheldon, crown prince of the geeks!

Parsons’ award was presented by Charlie Sheen, who I was appalled to see on stage after everyone he offended in the past year.  The audience clearly felt the same, as no one applauded when he walked out. Sheen made an insincere apology to the cast of Two and a Half Men, and I stand by my statement that allowing him to present was poor taste indeed.

The best part of the evening came from the fantastic ladies nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy.  They had a clearly-planned Miss America riff, as Amy Poehler burst from her seat the moment her name was announced and frolicked up on stage.  The rest of the ladies in the category followed suit, and it was a treat to see the women in this powerhouse category rooting for one another.  Melissa McCarthy won for her work on Mike & Mollie, which I now need to start watching.  I loved her in her Gilmore Girls days, and of course she stole the show in Bridesmaids earlier this year.  She was so thrilled to win, it was great!

Read on for more of Amy’s take on the evening of Emmys!

Happy Birthday, Star Trek!

The first episode of Star Trek aired 45 years ago on this day!  I thought I would pop on the blog and wish it a happy one.  It is the longest, most joy-producing geek relationship in my life, after all!  I’ve been watching for 20 years now.  I could wax

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: An Epic Perfect Ending

Amid cheers and tears did a storytelling hallmark of my adolescence end this past Tuesday evening.  At a press screening in New York City, I saw JK Rowling’s sprawling epic come to a close in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.  I started with the books 14 years ago and this movie was a fitting finale and interpretation of one of my favorite books in the series.  While I usually stick to TV news and notes here on the Fridge, I am undoubtedly the biggest Harry fan of us all and am delighted to write this review.

Warning: this post contains spoilers for the movie – what the filmmakers included, what they didn’t, and how they did it.  Hopefully there are no actual spoilers because y’all have read Deathly Hallows a respectable number of times!

Read on for Amy’s full review!

Fringe Recap: Time-Jumping the Shark?

  Fringe, you have me worried.  And not in a good, edge-of-my-seat, how-will-they-make-it-out-of-this-one kind of way.  Friday’s episode, “The Last Sam Weiss” sounded very promising, and I was hoping for a lot of awesome revelations that raise more tantalizing questions.  Instead, I felt that we got a bit gypped.  Sam

Fringe Recap: Prelude to a Finale

Friday’s Fringe was apropos to the holiday weekend that followed, what with all the Biblical imagery (flocks of sheep! swarms of locusts!) and the activation of a machine that could bring armageddon.  The episode’s title, “6:02AM”, referred to the time when Walternate switched on the Device Over Here all the way from Over There.  Peter and Olivia got to share a brief tranquil moment in bed (after a wide-eyed and bushy-tailed Walter offered to make Olivia breakfast – naked), where Olivia tells Peter that morning, with its infinite possibility, is her favorite part of the day.  As it is in TV, particularly scifi TV, happiness is short-lived and the team is summoned to the field where we saw those previously mentioned flocks of sheep and swarms of locusts and then informed about the Device via product-placement cell phone.  It’s clearly going to be one hell of a day.   Many fringe events were happening across the country, a response to Walternate’s activation of the device.  The fabric between our universes is tearing for good, with devastating repercussions. 

This episode was a lot of set up, sliding the pieces into place for what promises to be a great finale.  But we got some truly exceptional moments, notably from a scene in Walter’s office where he and Peter share a drink and chat about life, death, and destiny – you know, light stuff.  Walter mentions the Observer’s words from a previous episode: “Give me the keys and save the girl” and how they resonate in his and Peter’s relationship. It’s time for Walter to let go and give up parental control he wasn’t able to when his Peter died all those years ago.  But Peter is no longer a child, but a man who now needs to take his fate in his own hands.  Walter actually discussing this with Peter is a step forward for him, and it shows how their relationship has grown as Walter has grown personally.  His later monologue in the hospital chapel underscores the fear he’s been expressing these last few episodes, but he is no longer trying to actively stop Peter – a big leap forward for our favorite mad scientist.     

Hit the jump for the full recap of “6:02AM”!

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth

Entertainment Weekly posted this week’s cover, and it’s gorram shiny!  Check it out:  No one is happier for Fillion than I – after reading so many articles about how he’s only just flirting with fame, his work is finally getting noticed and he’s become a household name.  I’ve had the

‘Fringe’ Recap: For Whom the Bell Tolls

The ominous “Soul Magnets” research file. Credit: Fox, S3E16, “Os.”

Friday’s episode of Fringe was very well-balanced, as much of this season has been. After last week’s excellent flashback to Olivia’s, Peter’s, and Walter’s past, it was nice to see Peter and Olivia all grown up again in this week’s episode, “Os” (short for Osmium, one of the densest and heaviest metals on Earth), which had just the right seamless blend of fringe science and Over Here/Over There mythology.  Furthering the plot toward the supposedly inevitable collision of the two worlds, our intrepid team set upon the task of discovering how a mad scientist, Dr. Crick (hi there, Alan Ruck!  You will forever be Ferris Bueller’s bff to me!), was making men float by using such a dense material. 

Despite Walter’s best efforts, he and Astrid were not able to figure what was going on, which may very well be a first for them.  Walter managed to figure out that the osmium was combined another extremely heavy element, lutetium, but still couldn’t deduce how men were flying. There was no shortage of gore on hand, as the test subjects bled from their orifices, Walter tasked Astrid with disposing of an obscene amount of blood (“I went to Quantico for this!??!” was a great line) and Crick sawed off limbs to further his research, where his test subjects were paralyzed from the waist down and thus willing to steal more material to allow them to walk and fly.

Hit the jump for the full recap and for some exciting renewal news!

Brought to you by the letter F: ‘Fringe,’ Fridays, Fireflies, and First in Ratings

Fringe returned from its winter hiatus this past Friday, winning its time slot with nearly 5 million viewers and kicking off 2011 with one helluva episode guest-starring none other than Doc Brown himself, the inimitable Christopher Lloyd. It is great to see one of the few sci-fi shows on network TV performing well and continuing to set the writing/acting bar very high indeed.

Fringe has steadily impressed me, a notorious television snob, since it debuted in 2008. It has thankfully deviated from the freak-of-the-week X-Files vibe and morphed into one of the most original shows on television. Unique elements include Walter’s boundary-pushing inventions (don’t forget his recipe for the perfect strawberry milkshake), the fun little ways Over There differs from Over Here, the badass room with the typewriter, the red vs. blue color dichotomy (Walter’s glasses this week, hello!), the glyph code every commercial break, and the appearance of The Observer in every episode (whether he has lines or not) have allowed Fringe to create a mythos of its own. This week’s episode, “The Firefly,”showcased everything that is intriguing and fun about the show while furthering the mythology and giving fans something to talk about.

NYCC 2010 Report: The Women of Battlestar Galactica

Ladies of BSG, from left to right: Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, Nicki Clyne, Michelle Forbes

Four of Battlestar Galactica‘s most iconic characters gathered at NYCC on Saturday for a panel highlighting their roles on the now-dearly-departed sci-fi series.  Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), Tricia Helfer (Number Six & other incarnations of herself), Nicki Clyne (Cally Tyrol), and Michelle Forbes (Admiral Helena Cain) sat down for a chat with the audience about motorcycles, pie, and strong women on television.

The moderator brought Katee and Tricia out first, and the two discussed their upcoming charity motorcycle ride from LA to New Orleans on behalf of the Gulf Restoration project.  They established their charity, Acting Outlaws, after an idea to make a film about the Van Buren sisters, the first women to ride across the US on motorcycles.  As Katee and Tricia pointed out, a female-driven historical film generates very little interest, so rather than have the opportunity to play them on the big screen, they will ride for charity in the spirit of the Van Burens.  Katee and Tricia are obviously very tight friends, that much was clear during their panel!  They’ve been riding motorcycles together for several years, and got started because they were tired of “riding bitch” (as Katee put it) behind their menfolk!

Read more about the panel after the jump!