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Another very light week of TV–most of what we watched, we didn’t actually watch (NCIS, Hart of Dixie, Ringer, Unforgettable). It was on, but no one paid attention. Blythe spent most of her time reading “Generation Kill” slash and I spent most of my time on the floor with Gordon, who has been excessively belligerent this week. When I wasn’t suffering his belligeration, I was playing “Muffin Knight.” I only need eight points to get up to 100% on all levels!

Rick inspects a corpse--zombie!?

Andrea on a RV watching for walkers!

What this leaves is “Fringe” and “The Walking Dead.” With respect to the former, we found out that the observers are future-humans who have developed time-travelling technology and they are obsessed with origins. Apparently the important origin insofar as “Fringe” is concerned is not Walter or Peter, but Peter’s as of yet non-existent son, Henry, who will be born to Olivia. There seems to be an obvious problem with the story. The Observer–who wanted to witness Walternet’s invention of the cure for baby-Peter–accidentally reveals himself to Walternet who then misses the cure. Apparently The Observer is “allowed” to disrupt events by popping up, but he isn’t allowed to say, “Hey, asshat, you just cured the disease but were staring at me! Repeat the experiment, dumbfuck.” As a result, Walter must find the cure and cross-over to save Peter. This, it would seem, results in the universes falling apart and changes the sequence of time. Obviously, a problem. Now, this is where it gets plain stupid: The Observers had to make it such that Peter never existed in order to prevent the birth of Henry to Fauxlivia. Note: Peter, in the series, knocks-up Fauxlivia (i.e., the Olivia from his universe). But this pairing is impossible says The Observers: Peter is supposed to knock-up Olivia (i.e., the Olivia from the other side; that is, the Olivia on “our” side). Obviously, what this means is that regardless of how it came to be, it was absolutely necessary that Peter cross over at some point–and wouldn’t this cause the universes to fall apart bringing us, more or less, to precisely where we are now? I realize holding a convoluted story can be difficult, but this is just stupid.

Rick Threatening to Kill Shane--"You fuck us and I'll smile killing you!"

Screwby! Pacey and The Observer Get Some Alone Time!

On “The Walking Dead,” I was excited that it seemed that Rick had finally put Shane “in his place.” Rick asserted his authority and Shane, being a cowardly bully, backed down. I was okay with Shane attacking Rick because, obviously, Rick would win through that one trait he has that Shane doesn’t have: Rick is the good guy. And then Shane would realize that his mutiny had failed and would stop grumbling. But, NO!, this is not the case: preview for next week’s episode has Shane once again grumbling about Rick and planning to take him out. For those not counting, that’d be the plot of the previous eighteen episodes.

Pacey and His Miracle Baby, Henry!

Miracle Baby Henry Just Made A Stinky!

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March 1, 2012 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays

5 Comments

  1. The term “moustache ride” used to be obtuse to me. Jonah Lotan (as Doc Bryan) has cured me of this ignorance.

    Comment by Blythe | March 1, 2012

  2. I don’t understand what you are saying. Hard copy?

    Comment by Craig | March 1, 2012

  3. Your description of Fringe makes me cringe at the fact that my wife realized they were showing new episodes again and started DVRing it again.

    Comment by mattintoledo | March 2, 2012

  4. Justified is excellent. Season 1 was good entertainment — stories about dumb, venal criminals in the Elmore Leonard fashion, with relatively few procedural elements (there’s no mystery, the show follows the criminals and the law equally). Season 2 is electric from the moment that Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett takes the screen. It’s an incredible performance.

    The two most recent episodes we watched were good object lessons in episode construction. Episode 10, “Debts and Accounts”, is purely interstitial — there’s no overarching goal for the episode, it’s all setup for the serial plot. Episode 11, “Full Commitment”, takes advantage of the strands that have been set up in the previous episode to create a tight, high-stakes, clear goals, spatially unified hour of TV.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | March 2, 2012

  5. I was worried about season 3 of Justified, since it couldn’t possibly live up to the brilliance of season 2, but it’s been pretty strong so far. I kind of wish they didn’t have to find something for Boyd to do in every episode, though.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 3, 2012


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