“No more learning from my mistakes, eh?”

TV Show: Game Of Thrones
Episode Title: The Queen’s Justice
Original Air Date: July 30, 2017
Episode Number: 7×03

Episode Description

Daenerys holds court; Cersei returns a gift; Jamie learns from his mistakes.

My Review

Jon and Daenerys finally meet and it was a bit anticlimactic, I thought. Maybe my expectations were sky high, but I guess their meeting was just that: a meeting, with very little fanfare. I laughed SO HARD when Missandei rattled off all of Daenerys’ titles and then cut to Jon and Davos looking unsure what to say or do. And then Davos says “This is Jon Snow. He’s King in the North.” And then cut to Tyrion’s reaction with this look of bemusement on his face. That was too fucking hilarious.

Good for Jon for not bending the knee (at least for now) and insisting that there’s no time for this pomp and circumstance and that children should neither be punished for their parents’ sins nor should children be beholden to their parents’ oaths. At least he’s consistent in that regard. I think Daenerys will eventually come around and believe that the White Walkers are real and that the army of the dead will come down from the north and then she’ll ally herself with Jon.

Jon is successful in his mission to start mining for dragonglass thanks to Tyrion convincing Daenerys. How soon until he gets back north? Will he stay in Dragonstone for the duration of this season? Really liked his scenes with Tyrion especially their first scene together when Tyrion asked him if Sansa misses him terribly. I know it was a terrible joke, but I laughed nonetheless.

Cersei is 2 for 2 with beating the Dornish army and the Greyjoy fleets. She might have lost Casterly Rock, but as Jaime said, it’s not that important as a stronghold for now. The Unsullied are stuck there since Euron’s fleet were seen destroying the Unsullied ships. Yikes.

Daenerys is 0 for 3. What will she do next? She really needs a war adviser because she’s getting completely decimated in battle. Good thing Ser Jorah no longer has greyscale (it’s a miracle) so we should expect to see him at Dragonstone soon.

Sam curing Jorah really was a miracle. How did Jorah’s skin look like that already after the greyscale was peeled off of him? How many days/weeks have passed since then? I laughed at Sam’s reaction when Ebrose the archmaester told him that he has to copying all those worn and tattled manuscripts/works. “What? You were expecting a reward?”

Anyone else dislike the actor playing Euron? He definitely is chewing the scenery, but instead of it being enjoyable, I just find it very annoying and it distracts from the plot. His preening and smiling and whatever else he was doing during that procession made me roll my eyes so hard. Someone needs to kill this idiot and do it soon.

Cersei killing Tyene, Ellaria’s last daughter, by kissing him with poison was cruel, but expected. There was no way she wouldn’t kill Tyene right in front of her own mother. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. I shudder to think what Cersei will do to Ellaria. Will she give her to the Mountain just like she did with that nun last season (or was it the previous season)?

I think I enjoyed the Bran/Sansa reunion more than the Jon/Daenerys reunion. Not gonna lie, I got choked up when it was revealed that it was Bran at the gates and then when Sansa hugged him. It’s too bad Bran ruined the reunion right away by not returning the hug and then later on by recounting what happened during Sansa’s wedding. What the fuck was that? Jeez, Bran! Just because you’re the Three-Eyed Raven now, doesn’t mean you can’t have some manners.

Sansa giving out smart orders and wise counsel to his advisers was fantastic to see. She is a natural at leading. Now if only she would give Littlefinger something else to do to keep him preoccupied and away from her, that would be very nice.

Lastly, Lady Olenna died the same way she lived: like a badass motherfucker. This is actually very reminiscent of what happened in the last episode of Orphan Black (episode 5×08). Loved that Olenna revealed she was the one who poisoned Joffrey. Jaime’s reaction was priceless and I can’t wait until Cersei finds out. Pity that Jaime is back to being Cersei’s lapdog and that he’s nothing but that. Olenna is right. His love for Cersei will most likely his downfall.

Quote of the episode: “I’ve brought ice and fire together” by Melisandre. Would have been interesting to see her hang around and to see Jon and Davos’ reaction to seeing her again. That’s why she hid when they arrived. They would have most likely killed her. Wonder where she’ll end up going now.

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“Hello, old friend”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Brave New World, Part 1
Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
Episode Number: 4×21

Episode Description

A mysterious Fringe event, causing people to spontaneously combust, forces Walter to revisit his painful past while the Fringe team faces off against David Robert Jones to save the world – or worlds.

My Review

Astrid better not be dead! Why did Walter have to go snooping even after Astrid tells him the guy had a gun? It looked like a gut shot so I’m hoping no organs were fatally damaged and that the bullet went through. Walter is right there so here’s hoping he will perform a miracle and save Astrid. No way he won’t do everything in his power to save his Astro/Alex/Astricks/Aphid/Aspirin/Asterisk/Asteroid/Ostrich/Ascot/Astral…projection/Claire. (Why, yes, I wrote all of Walter’s nicknames for Astrid.)

So in this altered timeline, William Bell is alive and well (nice to see Leonard Nimoy come out of retirement) and is the one behind the plan to collapse two universes and to create a new universe where he’s the master and creator. That bastard! Such a contrast from the Bell in the original timeline that we saw in seasons one through three where he sacrificed himself to help Walter, Peter, and Fauxlivia cross back to our universe.

Jones is dead, halle-freaking-lujah. He will be missed, though. He really was the best villain the show has had. Why did he disintegrate there in the end? What was he sacrificing himself for?

SO COOL TO SEE OLIVIA DUNHAM SUPERHERO. More of this, please! Her absorbing the heat from Jessica Holt (hi, Rebecca Mader!) or more precisely slowing down the nanites in Jessica’s blood stream so that she doesn’t combust was so cool to see. Olivia even made the electricity turn off for a few seconds in the process. And she made the security guards drop their gun! And she made Peter fight Jones and set his dislocated shoulder! TOO FUCKING COOL. She’s my superhero. 😍

Peter and Olivia talking about having a kid and bringing them up in this world now was interesting. Olivia is hesitant because she’s not sure what’s going on with her body and why she has these powers, but Peter reassures her that they will figure this out together. Olivia saying “Is that a personal guarantee?” made me smile so hard. They are so cute. Also cute was their first scene together and apartment-hunting.

Loved Olivia’s scenes with Jessica and I thought both actresses had great chemistry together. I was watching this with my gay goggles on and hell if Torv doesn’t have chemistry with everyone she shares scenes with – and this includes her alternate versions, lol.

There were two bits of casting trivia for this episode:

1) Rebecca Mader is an avowed Fringe fan and I do believe that her appearance here was specifically written in just so she can be on the show.

2) The administrator at St. Claire’s was played by John Noble’s daughter.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– “Why must you always mother hen me?” – Walter asking Astrid this as she fusses with his coat. She replies that he should humor her because “Maybe I like doing it.” Aww.

– “I’m human. What are you? Is this some sort of alien invasion?”

– “The discomfort will only be momentary.”
“That’s what you all men say.” 😅

– “Don’t confuse a winning move with a winning game.”

– “So peace out.”

– “I was the bishop.” – Jones’ dying last words.

“I think I shall miss them more than I imagined”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: World Apart
Original Air Date: April 27, 2012
Episode Number: 4×20

Episode Description

The Fringe teams on both sides fight for a common cause as the Cortexiphan children surface with some shocking new developments.

My Review

This episode seemed like a placeholder until the writers could start writing the finale episodes, but it was still good. It was actually a lot quieter and slower than most Fringe episodes which allows the viewers to take a breather before the action surely picks up again in the next two episodes to close out this season.

If this is the last we’ll see of the other universe, I’m going to be sad. It would be kinda like saying goodbye to another show that you love. I would love to see AltLivia, Walternate, Lincoln, AltAstrid, and the other alternates again in future episodes. If this is the end for these characters, then at least it was a nice sendoff.

I liked how we got to see most of the characters say goodbye to each other with the two Walters’ goodbye scene being the most emotional. Walter telling Walternate that he’s scared that Peter might disappear again when the machine is shut down with tears streaming down his face was heartbreaking. And after the bridge was shut down, he walks right away to Peter to make sure and touch him that he’s really there.

My second favorite goodbye scene was between the two Olivias and how they both complimented each other by saying how there are things about each other that they both admire. Olivia telling AltLivia to keep looking up after it rains. Excuse me, I just have something in my eye. I swear I’m not crying. What a great message of hope, if there ever was one. I liked that this hearkened back to their conversation earlier:

“The truth is I like coming over here. Especially after it rains. When my world started to break down the conditions in the atmosphere changed. And the light doesn’t reflect through moisture the way it used to. We haven’t seen a rainbow in over 20 years. As our world started to repair itself I began to imagine that the people from my side would start to see them again. You know, something so beautiful. So perfect. I still find myself looking up after it rains.”

Beautiful scene and dialogue.

I also liked AltAstrid waving goodbye to Astrid. It was so cute. Lincoln staying behind to live in the alternate universe was not a surprise. Him telling Peter that he’s finally found a home made me smile and Peter calling him friend made me smile even more. How I wish we got a goodbye scene between Lincoln and Olivia and between AltLivia and Walter.

It was good to see Nick Lane (and his alternate) again, but I had a feeling he was lying to Olivia and the FBI regarding Jones’ location. Now that the bridge is closed, what is Jones’ plan now? Will the earthquakes still happening if that connection is no longer there? Is Walter’s theory correct?

I have to give kudos to the show for the callback to season one and using the Cortexiphan kids and the fact that they were being prepared and trained when they were little to become soldiers. Jones is using this knowledge to his advantage and is lying to the subjects to help him with his nefarious plan.

I do have one quibble about the episode. If they all knew that Westfield was the one place that will not be affected by the two universes collapsing, then why didn’t anyone go there to check if Jones already happened to set up shop in that place? Plot hole?

Kinda sick that Jones’ plan is to collapse both universes so he can start creating a new universe where he gets to play scientist and god by building and creating new species of men and plants and animals. Not exactly sure how he would pull this off, but there you go.

“So to my galaxy of women, thank you for the nurture”

TV Show: Orphan Black
Episode Title: Guillotines Decide
Original Air Date: July 29, 2017
Episode Number: 5×08

Episode Description

Mrs. S instructs the sisters to take an evening break from snooping to celebrate the opening of Felix’s art exhibition. While Felix tries to impress a famous gallerist with the help of his sisters, Sarah still has the feeling that S is hiding something.

My Review

Tatiana spoiled this episode for me thanks to her Instagram post about S which I didn’t even get a good look at, but I did see the caption because I didn’t scroll fast enough. So in that way, this episode didn’t have much of an impact if I didn’t get spoiled. Thanks a lot, Tatiana. 🙁

Then again, all throughout the episode, you got a sense of foreboding that something was going to happen to Siobhan with the way the episode started with her sitting in the dark fiddling with her gun and her disappearing mysteriously and also the scene with her and her “chickens” celebrating. Sarah’s constant worry about what Siobhan was doing and where she is also kept up the tension and never really stopped until the last scene.

Siobhan definitely died the way she lived: badass until the very end. Hell, getting shot to the heart didn’t stop her from putting a bullet through Ferdinand’s throat. Great aim, too. I loved that she had a gun tucked under the sofa for cases like this and it totally explains why she went straight and laid there instead of where she got shot. I thought it was weird at first that she would walk over there, but now it makes complete sense.

She really was the glue that kept everyone in line and was always the voice of reason. Without her, I don’t think the sestras and everyone else involved would have come so far in bringing Neolution and Dyad down. I’m glad that she was able to celebrate and be with her kids before she died. She was also able to finally put a stop to Neolution and Dyad owning the Ledas by getting the files to expose them. She did everything she could and more to protect, save, and give a better to the people she loved. Cheers to you, Siobhan Sadler. You were one of a kind.

It’s going to break Sarah and Felix when they hear about Siobhan’s death, but this will give them and the rest of the team even more motivation to go after Neolution for taking Helena. Shit is about to get real in the last two episodes and I can’t wait for everything to unfold.

Rachel seeing the light and working with Siobhan and giving her the info instead of Ferdinand was quite glorious. Really hope Rachel has turned over a new leaf and will no longer want to have anything to do with PT, Neolution, Dyad. I want her to officially team up with the rest of the team to help take down PT. If she volunteers to take down PT and Coady personally, all the better.

Gracie lying to Mark was a pleasant surprise and I was sad to see her die. Engler shooting Gracie in front of Helena was a mistake. Helena will kill her with her bare hands when she can, that is, unless Art gets to Engler first.

I really liked how Felix’s art show incorporated three of the sestras to be part of the show. It was very smart. I loved seeing all of the paintings (kudos to the original artist) and I especially loved, loved, LOVED seeing the painting of Beth and when Art and Sarah are seen admiring it. If we can’t have Beth show up again, this was a nice sendoff. I also loved that Felix used Greek goddesses’ names to introduce Alison (Hestia, Goddess of Hearth and Home); Cosima (Metis, Goddess of Wisdom); and Sarah (Athena, Goddess of War (among others)).

It was great to see Felix back after being gone for so many episodes and that this episode was sort of his episode. I frowned at Sarah when she wouldn’t stop asking about Siobhan and it seemed as if she was going to ruin Felix’s party (bless her). Just glad it didn’t go that way and that Felix was at least able to celebrate himself and his art before hearing about Siobhan’s death.

The scene with Cosima and Delphine sending the information out into the world was very touching and satisfying. These two have been through so much and it warmed my heart that they were able to do that together and that hopefully this is just the first step into making the Ledas’ lives better. Cosima breaking down afterward was heartbreaking. Tears of joy!

Other random thoughts and observations:

– Siobhan’s last word being “Chickens” was hilariously perfect.

– “She just wasn’t that into you.” – Siobhan to Ferdinand. One last dig at Ferdinand before her demise. Love it.

– “We’re gonna take a day off from crazy.”

– I want Alison 1.0 back. This new version ain’t cutting it. I hope Donnie keeps on needling her so that the original Alison breaks through the facade.

“20 years? No wonder I’m so hungry.”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Letters Of Transit
Original Air Date: April 20, 2012
Episode Number: 4×19

Episode Description

The Fringe tradition of a mind-bending 19th episode continues as the Fringe team goes back to the future. Jumping ahead to 2036, the Fringe team and the Observers engage in a game-changing battle.

My Review

Wow. They did that. They really did that. For an episode without Torv, I absolutely loved this. Of course I missed her, but watching Georgina Haig (who I just found out is also Australian!) as Etta was kinda like watching Olivia because she definitely reminded me of Olivia with the blonde hair and just the general demeanor. I actually think the casting of Georgina is spot on because I could definitely see how she could be Olivia and Peter’s daughter. Well done, Fringe casting team.

I think what really elevated this episode for me was the reunion between Etta and Peter. It was beautifully done, it wasn’t cheesy or melodramatic, it was just perfect. The simple “Hi, dad” fucking broke me and I was so surprised when actual tears started rolling down my face. They got me with that scene. I’m still so emotional!

Fringe always tries to go big for episode 19 in every season and they hit a home run with this episode. The glimpse into the future was mindblowing and so amazing. So many details that my brain can’t fathom just yet. It looked like Olivia ended up dead in this future timeline because if she was in the amber with Peter and Astrid, they would have rescued her, too. And it sounded like Bell had something to do with her death judging from Walter’s comment to Astrid about not feeling bad leaving Bell there “after what he did to Olivia.” I refuse to accept that Olivia is gone from this timeline. 😔

Loved seeing the older versions of Broyles and Nina. Broyles is begrudgingly working with the Observers to keep peace between the Natives and the Observers and I think I saw a hint of a smile when he saw the licorice at Massive Dynamic that Walter left behind. Nina helping Etta and Simon was great and I’m glad that her suggestion to put Walter’s brain matter back inside him worked. Walter is suddenly a lot less like the Walter that we know from previous seasons.

So in this future timeline, the Observers are evil. In 2609, they finally ruined the planet by poisoning the air and water and when it became uninhabitable, they went back to 2015 to take the earth by force from humans, even killing them in the process. What kind of fuckery is this? Did September and the rest of the Observers in earlier seasons knew this was going to happen? Was it only September who cared enough to warn Walter?

Absolutely loved seeing Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond Hume from Lost and Marcus Kane from The 100 – yet ANOTHER actor from The 100!) as Simon Foster. Kudos to the writers and to Henry for imbuing the character with such a good and emotional backstory and with such warmth in such a short time. His story about his parents sending him away to protect him was very touching as was his sacrifice to free Peter from the amber.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– The new gray credits were SO COOL. The last thing I saw was FREEDOM. Apparently that’s no longer a reality in this world.

– Coffee is consumed via chewy candy in this universe.

– Loved Etta being snarky and a smartass with Simon. Really enjoyed their dynamic.

– I want to know more about Etta’s ability to block the Observers from reading her mind when she needs to. Did she inherit her mother’s powers?

– Seeing Central Park so gray and with nary a green spot was disconcerting.

– “Did you forget to disable the internal alarms? What are you people? Idiots?”

– Walter greeting Astrid with “Hello, Astro.” All is right with the world.

– Why was Bell in amber? Was he alive in this version of the universe back in 2015? This show has so many universes and timelines that it’s getting a bit hard to keep track of.

– Loved the red and green lights on Simon’s ambering device. This show does love its callbacks.

– “How is it that you always manage to come at my lunch hour?”

– “I love LSD.” Never change, Walter.

“I don’t do nervous”

TV Show: Killjoys
Episode Title: Attack The Rack
Original Air Date: July 28, 2017
Episode Number: 3×05

Episode Description

The Killjoy rebels take drastic measures to clean house with a secret attack against the Rack.

My Review

Aneela and Delle Seyah sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G. I was spoiled for this kiss (thanks, Tumblr), but it was still great actually seeing it in the episode. I have always enjoyed the chemistry between both actresses so I’m glad the show sees it, too, and has both of them kissing and having affection (as much as Hullens can) for each other. I liked that Aneela backed away for a second, hesitated, and met Delle Seyah’s lips. That was a good kiss.

Aneela really has it in for Dutch, doesn’t she? I mean, if it’s not already obvious. She obliterates the RAC ships of the three commanders/captains that Team Awesome Force (TAF) just convinced that there are Hullens living among them and leaving them with even less men to join their cause. And thanks to McAvoy’s betrayal, Pukes died. Only Zeph is left of the nerds that were recruited.

It sucks that Banyon is dead because she would have been a great ally for TAF. Why didn’t Dutch make sure at first that Banyon was a human before gutting her? Granted, Banyon was making Dutch’s life difficult so there was no reason for Dutch to not suspect she’s Hullen…but then Banyon really was only doing her job. Ugh, I’m disappointed she’s dead.

I really hope that torture device didn’t mess with Johnny’s brain too much. I laughed when he couldn’t come up with the word ‘banana’ and later remembered it. Maybe the effects don’t last long. Here’s hoping.

Turin had the eradication device that was used to kill a large swath of the Nine Families last season just stored in the armory and not being locked up in a safer place? That seems awfully dangerous, but at least it got TAF out of the RAC ship safely and rescue D’avin just in time.

Fancy doubting himself and feeling like an outcast is not going to end well for anyone. I do hope he doesn’t trust any of the bullshit that that woman told him and that Turin will prove to him that he is a trusted member of the team. Fancy can’t still be a Hullen. He’s already cleansed when the green goo was poisoned.

I know it probably was total fanservice to have Dutch strip down to the basics, but I don’t care. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, and Dutch has IT. And it gave Johnny a chance to give his jacket (offscreen) for Dutch to wear. Shipper moment: before activating the eradication device, Johnny stops Dutch and Dutch grabs Johnny’s hand kisses it and says “I know.” Hmm.

Gander and Delle Seyah bickering like kids for Aneela’s attention is so damn entertaining. More of that, please.

D’avin popping that guy’s head with his brain was pretty gross especially when the guy’s eyes started to bulge.

Lastly, I’m ending this with my favorite lines from the episode:

“My ears need a shower. And counseling.”

“What are you doing?”
“Tipping her. She did all the work.”

“Now to seduce life support with some sweet, sultry hacking.”

“They’re an alien bug who will kill you and wear your body like a sweater.”

“Are you planning a trip to the beach?”

“The asshole corner only has room for one.”

“And I suggest you remove your lips from her ass.”

“Ah, my escort is here. And by ‘escort’ I don’t mean prostitute.”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: The Consultant
Original Air Date: April 13, 2012
Episode Number: 4×18

Episode Description

Walter travels to the Alternate Universe to assist in the investigation of a Fringe event with ties to both worlds. Meanwhile, David Robert Jones reveals his next target.

My Review

I thought this was a very strong episode. I noticed that the writer was someone whose name I didn’t recognize so I was worried that this episode wouldn’t measure up to other Fringe episodes, but I’m glad I was proven wrong. The writer had a pretty good grasp of the characters and I wouldn’t mind seeing them write more episodes.

AltBroyles really was stuck between a rock and a hard place, but I just wish that he had a choice in finding AltChris a cure so that he didn’t have to be blackmailed into helping Jones. He could have easily reached out to Walternate (or Walter for that matter) to help find a cure for AltChris’ blindness and I’m sure neither men would have refused to help him. Now he’s cell buddies with AltNina, who just might be another pawn in Jones’ master plan, despite what she says.

It was admirable that AltBroyles contacted Broyles to turn himself in and hand over the device that Jones gave him to sabotage the bridge. AltLincoln’s death probably what prompted him to stop being a pawn and to not sabotage the bridge between the two universes which has started to help heal his universe. That’s really the least he could do.

I actually got emotional when AltBroyles turned around and said to AltLivia “I’m sorry.” That was a genuine apology. He’s sorry that AltLincoln died because of him and that AltLivia lost his partner. And he’s sorry to have been a disappointment to AltLivia. I wonder who’s going to be in charge of Fringe Division now. AltLivia is the next high-ranking officer, no?

Jones killing people willy-nilly on both sides of the universe was pretty fucking bold. Having said that, I thought it was a cool concept for someone in one universe to have the same thing occur to their alternate in the other universe. Also, we got the callback to the red and green lights again when the briefcase was activated in the cab.

AltLivia and Lincoln made for a great team (along with Walter, AltAstrid, and the other Fringe team on our side) during this case. Lincoln telling AltLivia his reason for saying seems valid enough, but I have a feeling he really wants to stay because he likes being around AltLivia.

Walter and AltLivia were such a trip and I adore their relationship, perhaps even more than the Walter and Olivia relationship. Walter was the one who posited that AltBroyles could be the mole and cracked the case open. Thank God for late night breakfast conversations. It was such a hoot seeing him wearing AltLivia’s robe and him cooking her scrambled eggs to cure her hangover.

So AltLivia is still not a drinker in this altered timeline, but she only drank the alcohol because Frank left it behind and she was trying to get some liquid courage to talk to AltLincoln’s parents. Unfortunately, all it did was make her sick. AltLivia definitely cannot hold her alcohol unlike our Olivia.

Walter’s goodbye to AltLivia was so sweet! “Keep an eye on this universe, will you? I’ve grown quite fond of it.” Loved AltLivia’s eyebrow going up after Walter says this. They are too adorable, I tell you. We did have a cute Olivia/Walter scene in the beginning of the episode when Walter linked his arm with Olivia as they were on the bridge to cross over to the alternate universe. It was a very intimately affectionate gesture.

We still don’t know what Jones’ MO is but maybe it has something to do with collapsing both universes? After all, that’s what Walter thinks the device Jones gave to AltBroyles was supposed to do if it was activated. If that’s the case, wouldn’t Jones and his people also be destroyed? Or have they found a spot in one universe where they wouldn’t be affected?

Other random thoughts and observations:

– I don’t think Walter has called Astrid by her correct name this season so far. I laughed at him calling her “Ascot.” Guess any word that starts with A applies.

– Why didn’t Astrid bat an eye when Walter called Peter “my son” when he said “It’s my son and his girlfriend”? Have they all just accepted the fact that this really is Peter and that he won’t be going back to his timeline at all?

– Astrid and AltAstrid meeting again and Astrid bringing her a can of coffee was an adorable scene. AltAstrid’s reaction was priceless.

– “Anything’s possible, even Santa Claus.”

– “You can’t bring over a casserole, but a severed hand is okay?”

– “I will refrain from sleeping naked.” “Well, that is good to know.”

– “No evidence is evidence in and of itself.”

– Apparently in this timeline, black boxes, memory foam, and Sherlock Holmes don’t exist. Of these three, I’m bummed the alternate universe doesn’t have Holmes. What a loss.