“Science is patience”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Night Of Desirable Objects
Original Air Date: September 24, 2009
Episode Number: 2×02

Episode Description

A series of strange disappearances in Pennsylvania attracts the attention of the Fringe team and leads them underground. Walter also tries to recreate Olivia’s accident using frogs and Charlie tries to find out how much she remembers.

My Review

That monster is as scary as I remembered it was. When Olivia turned around and you could see the monster in the background creeping up behind her and then dragged into the hole was scary as hell. Stuff of nightmares, I swear. It’s crazy what the writers come up with when it comes to the monsters of the week. This one reminded me of that episode where that baby grew to an old man in less than 24 hours and that episode where that guy was killing women to take their pituitary glands so he can stay alive/young. Creepy!

I know I’ve warned viewers not to eat anything while watching this show and of course I didn’t follow my advice so when the monster killed that poor construction worker, I was in the middle of taking a forkful of salad to eat and I had to put it down, lol. This will teach me never to eat while watching this show. Why must I be so stubborn?

Olivia having super-hearing is one of the side effects of traveling to the alternate universe, I’m guessing. It’s a pretty cool “superpower” to have in the meantime so I hope she can figure out how to control it. It’s useful to have in her line of work and it even helped in them cracking the case.

Sam Weiss, yay! He’s one of my favorite Fringe characters so I’m excited to see him start his arc in this episode. He and Olivia will have a very interesting dynamic and that’s all I’ll have to say about that. No spoilers here. I do want to know how he helped Nina when she was recovering from getting the news about having cancer. I can imagine the two of them interacting and talking in that roundabout way that Nina usually talks and I’m laughing my ass off. They must have gotten along massively well. Also, if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, you probably got a kick out of Sam Weiss’ name. 😃

Walter trying to figure out what really happened to Olivia during her accident was a fun experiment with him and Astrid using plastic frogs and toy cars to simulate the accident. Fun times. Can’t believe they’ve been at it for four hours. Poor Astrid.

Agent Jessup makes an appearance again, but didn’t really do much except rifle through the Bible and glance at a crucifix at Hughes’ place and we’re shown a small statue of the Virgin Mary. Seriously, I’m still not sure why they needed to introduce this character at all. She seems a bit redundant..

Oh, Charlie. It’s going to break Olivia if/when she finds out that her Charlie is no longer the real Charlie and that he has a mission to kill her (but not before helping her remember her meeting with Bell).

How sweet was that last Peter and Walter scene? Walter being oblivious that Peter was talking about him was so endearing. Astrid and Peter laughing at this was cute.

Lastly, did anyone else laugh at Peter’s SUPER-PISSED reaction when Olivia almost shot him in the head?! LOL.

“Is this gonna make her head explode or something?”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: A New Day In The Old Town
Original Air Date: September 17, 2009
Episode Number: 2×01

Episode Description

Season two opens with Olivia’s shocking return from the perplexing alternate reality, while Peter is unknowingly in a race against time with an ominous mobile force pursuing information about Olivia’s visit. Walter reenters the lab to cook up some fringe science and of course, some custard for Peter’s birthday.

My Review

Here I go, resuming my rewatch of this show now that most of the shows I watch are going on summer hiatus.

This was a strong episode to start off season two and I maintain that that shot of Olivia bursting through the car windshield is one of the coolest things I’ve seen on this show or on any show/movie. Just the whole sequence is amazing: the car starts up by itself and then a few seconds later you have Olivia flying out of it. I mean, come on. How can you not be impressed/amazed by that?

Another cool scene is the one where the shapeshifter is communicating with the other side via typewriter and we can see the other side typing their response. Such a cool concept.

I have forgotten that Olivia came thisclose to dying in this episode. I loved that Walter immediately shut down the doctor’s prognosis and refused to listen to anything he had to say. I do wonder if Olivia didn’t wake up, what would Walter have done to revive her?

How freaky was Olivia’s waking up scene? She bolts out of head muttering Greek and then she seems to be fine aside from some memory loss. She doesn’t remember anything about crossing over to the other side and the meeting with Bell, but it’ll be a matter of time before she does and I can’t wait.

Those shapeshifter soldiers are efficient and the way they shapeshift is gross and a bit shocking. That is some serious tech right there. Here’s hoping that Peter’s quick-thinking to offer the device to Broyles to show to the committee will be enough to keep them open and working.

I didn’t remember Charlie being replaced with a shapeshifter this early in the show, but I do remember being so upset about it. Olivia doesn’t have that many people she can fully trust and now she’s going to lose her partner because for whatever reason, the other side doesn’t want her to remember anything about her meeting (I wonder what their agenda is). I just feel sorry for Olivia. I really liked Charlie’s story about being shot and appearing strong for his wife and that Olivia is doing the same so that Charlie won’t worry too much about her.

New character alert: Agent Jessup. I’m still not sure what her purpose is on the show and why she was introduced. I guess she was there for a bit of exposition for new viewers who weren’t familiar with the show? Her looking at old case files and referencing Bible verses next to them was interesting. Will this amount to anything? We’ll see. (Fun fact: the actress playing Jessup is Meghan Markle, current girlfriend/possible fiancee of Prince Harry.)

How cute that Walter and Astrid baked a custard for Peter’s birthday. I probably would not eat it because who knows what kind of organisms or whatever else are in that thing. Walter was about to dip his gloved finger soaked with blood in the bowl and I also noticed that he was eating a red vine in the same scene with his gloves all bloody. Ewww.

This rewatch is turning me into somewhat of a Polivia shipper. I thought their last scene at the hospital was very cute with Peter almost flirting with Olivia by saying “It’s good to see you again, Agent Dunham” and gazing at her and smiling while Olivia does the same thing.

The less we speak of the Nina/Broyles kiss, the better, lol. That was so out of left field and a complete shock to probably everyone. There was no indication beforehand that they had a romantic past so, yeah, this was just odd.

“Do you want me to bounce this off your fucking head?”

TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: The Entire History of You
Original Air Date: December 18, 2011
Episode Number: 1×03

Episode Description

Set in an alternative reality where everyone has access to a system which records everything they do, see or hear. You need never forget a face, a holiday or a night out again… but is that always a good thing

My Review

As tempting as it sounds, having the ability to replay your entire life and have access to memories and your own history with a touch of a button is not conducive for a healthy life. On the surface it might be a good idea, but if you really look further, it presents a lot of problems. In this world you can’t lie because people will just replay their memories of that particular conversation and call you out on your lie. This is where Fi made her mistake. By lying to Liam and keeping it from him, this essentially led to the downfall of their marriage.

How Liam went about in finding out the truth about what happened between Jonas and Fi is the wrong way to go about it, but since he was drunk and wasn’t thinking clearly and was jealous and probably paranoid, it all led to him assaulting Jonas and Fi to tell him the truth and to comply with his demands. I really can’t blame him for breaking apart like that. With one suspicion at a dinner party, his whole life just came tumbling down.

There are definitely good benefits to having a Grain installed in your head, but I wouldn’t volunteer to have one implanted in me. Kudos to that one woman who had hers taken out. I wonder if in this world, everyone born is immediately implanted a Grain. Liam and Fi’s baby already had one. Thinking about it, we probably aren’t far off from this becoming a reality. Kids these days use iPads/iPhones as early as two years old and they sort of know how to use them that we might as well be born with chips implanted in us. It’s amazing how fast technology has advanced since 2000.

It was cool to see Tom Cullen playing Jonas. I know him as Tatiana Maslany’s boyfriend.

“You have the magnetism of a towel”

TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: 15 Million Merits
Original Air Date: December 11, 2011
Episode Number: 1×02

Episode Description

Set in a sarcastic version of a future reality, 15 Million Merits is a satire on entertainment shows and our insatiable thirst for distraction. In this world, everyone is confined to a life of strange physical drudgery. The only way to escape this life is to enter the ‘Hot Shot’ talent show and just pray you can impress the judges.

My Review

Boy, this episode was a lot. I was so offended by the judges and the audience pressuring Abi into a life of being porn star because it was either that or be subjected to a life of drudgery and pedaling her days on a stationary bike. So fucked up. Bing unable to help her in that instance really fucked him up because he was the one who pressured her to go and perform for the judges in the first place.

Good thing he got out of his funk, but only to become part of the system that he despises. This was a very good commentary about talent shows and being so involved with it and also our constant need to always be plugged in and be entertained either by our phones, TVs, or laptops instead of enjoying life. Hey, I’m not one to cast a stone since I’m guilty of this, too, and I’m disappointed to say that I don’t foresee myself cutting down on spending my time always being plugged in.

How cool to have everything be that accessible to you, though? Then again, I would probably lose my damn mind if I was one of those drones so it’s not worth it.

I did get a laugh out of Bing unable to skip ads without being penalized and losing points. Even in the future, there is no way of escaping ads, lol.

I had a feeling that was Rupert Everett playing Judge Hope. He looked slightly different. I noticed that Dutch from Killjoys was on here playing Selma, the famous singer. She has a good voice!

Kudos to the actor who played Bing. I was riveted by his performance and couldn’t tear my eyes away from him. That was terrific work. I wonder how many times they had to shoot that scene. Must have been exhausting for him if he had to do it more than once.