Fringe S04E16 “Nothing As It Seems” Review

This episode of Fringe was definitely interesting. Re-doing a previous case from season 1 may be deemed lazy by some, but it also rewards long-time viewers by reminding them that the writers haven’t forgotten them! Seeing how the case was altered, and also tied into Jones’ plan was also very cool to see!

The episode begins with (if I am remembering correctly) the same scene from episode 13 from season 1, “The Transformation.” A man on a plane is going through some sort of mental freak-out, and he pleads to the flight attendants to make sure he stays in the plane’s bathroom at all costs. If you remember from season 1, he breaks out, killing all of the people on the plane, and causes it to crash. But this is Fringe, so of course the story line does not play out in the same way.

I don’t want to give much away, for those who haven’t seen the episode yet, but overall it was very well done! Even when Fringe has it’s weaker episodes such as this one, they are still miles above almost everything else on television. So when I say that it was a weaker episode for Fringe, I am speaking in relative terms. Which means that I still absolutely loved it!

Six episodes left everyone! Make sure to tune in to see the amazing finale on May 11th!

Some extra things:

1. Last night, Fringe rose back up to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating! Assuming that it isn’t adjusted in the finals, that’s a 33% jump up from last week’s series low of 0.9! Great job Fringies!

2. Walter had a line in the episode in which he said “No news is good news.” The context of the story was that he was telling Lincoln that no news is good news when it comes to his being infected. However, I can’t help but wonder if the writer’s threw that in as a little side comment to mention the fact that Fox hasn’t yet given a renewal or cancellation to Fringe yet. Maybe it’s nothing, but I definitely noticed it.

3. Anyone notice the name of the magazine that Walter was reading when he came out of the bathroom? Made me laugh! Oh, Walter.

4. I didn’t notice the Observer this episode…

5. Last thing: this episode made me jump more times than not. Definitely good job with the suspense Fringe!

Make sure to tune in to Fringe on Fox, Fridays at 9!

One more thing, I just wanted to add this sequence of pictures from last week’s episode, just because it was such an awesome moment!

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Fringe S04E14 “The End of All Things”

WOW! I tend to say that about almost every episode of Fringe, but this one definitely takes the cake as one of my favorite of the series so far! Once again, like last time, I’ll try not to give much away for the people who haven’t yet seen it.

So we begin where we left off last week with Olivia and Nina being held together in a room. A terrifying torture sequence occurs, and a certain object from way back in season 1 is brought back, much to the chagrin of Olivia. While this is playing out, Peter, Walter, and Astrid are back at the lab trying to figure out what may have happened to Olivia. All of a sudden, an Observer appears, with a gunshot wound. As he is slowly dying, Walter quickly hooks Peter up to the Observer’s mind, and for the first time, we get the privilege of seeing inside the consciousness of these unexplained creatures. It’s about a 6 or 7 minute scene, and it completely blew my mind. And yes, Fringe kept its promise of giving us viewers some of the answers we desired, finally!

Who are the Observers?

Is the Olivia in this universe the old Olivia that Peter is in love with?

Another character is also brought up that I had completely forgotten about, and it definitely tugged at my heartstrings, as did the very end of the episode.

So cool!

All in all, this episode was outstanding. It rewarded long-time viewers by bringing back many elements of the story from past seasons, and helped to answer many of the questions we had (and still have). Unfortunately, we now have to wait until March 23rd for it to return, but it will give us an ample amount of time to muse over what may be.

10/10

Remember to tune in for Fringe on Fox at 9 pm on Fridays!

Fringe S04E12 “Welcome to Westfield”

Fringe’s “Welcome to Westfield” might possibly have been my favorite episode of the season so far. It was creepy, suspenseful, and even had a bit of an apocalyptic feel to it.

The episode is set up with a line of cars on a road all stopping at the same place, while the drivers watch as a plane overhead loses control of its engines, and plummets out of the sky. For me, just this set up was cool enough to get me hooked and excited for the rest of the episode.

Did you spot the Observer?

The Fringe team, of course, is called to the scene after all of the cars start up once again. Walter discovers that there is strong electromagnetic activity in the area (any Lost fans out there??) and tests the idea by throwing a wheel rim against another car, and it sticks. With an urge from Walter for rhubarb pie, the team goes into the nearby town of Westfield. They soon discover that they cannot escape, which the show portrays in a really cool sequence. And of course, in typical Fringe fashion, insanity ensues.

Insane bipolar man with two pupils?! Check.

Insane woman with two sets of teeth?! Check.

Insane man with TWO FACES?! Check.

Rifle-bearing Peter being awesome? Check.

I don’t want to give much away for those who have not watched it yet, but this episode was top-notch. It set up the story for the rest of the season, and even had a great cliffhanger of an ending.

For those who don’t want Fringe, WHO ARE YOU?! This episode was a great one for newbies to jump on the Fringe train, as it went over some of the more important back-story, and also set up what is sure to be an amazing finale in May.

Watch Fringe on Fox, Fridays at 9!

Breaking Bad! Review of “The Fly” (Season 3, Episode 10)

For my first real post, I figured I would review one of my favorite current shows. Yes, I’m still on season 3, so I have some catching up to do.

Breaking Bad's Walter White and Jesse Pinkman

Breaking Bad, for me, has always been extremely real and visceral, never failing to really involve me, the viewer, and honestly get me very stressed out by the end of each episode. The Fly was a bit different, which is why I am choosing to review it. For those who watch Breaking Bad, you know that the show not only focuses on Walt and Jesse, but also on all of the other characters present in the show. The Fly was 99% Walt and Jesse only, which I thought was a nice change of pace, and allowed viewers to really get to know the two leads even better.

In a nutshell, Walt sees a fly in the lab, and obsesses over killing it so that it does not contaminate the meth. While this may seem like a trivial storyline, it evolves into conversations between Walt and Jesse that transcend the typical banter between the two. It even harkens back to story-lines from previous seasons, thereby rewarding long-time viewers.

This episode is most definitely one of my favorite from the series, however every single episode is extraordinary. For non-viewers, I extremely recommending trying Breaking Bad out!