“I’m bored. No cadavers at this crime scene. Or food.”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Of Human Action
Original Air Date: November 12, 2009
Episode Number: 2×07

Episode Description

When a kidnapping rapidly escalates into a hostage situation in New York, local authorities close in on the suspects only to discover that an unknowable force has mind-blowing consequences. The investigation intensifies and the mystery and threat deepen to unimaginable proportions when the Fringe Division identifies a link between the kidnapping and Massive Dynamic.

My Review

I love rewatching these episodes because there’s always something new that I haven’t noticed or don’t remember from when I first watched them. In this one, I’ve forgotten that Massive Dynamic cloned Tyler and are using them to experiment with mind control. 😮 That is all kinds of fucked up. Why use a kid? Oh wait, Massive Dynamic was built by the same guy who experimented on kids back in the 1980s so I shouldn’t be surprised. Still, though. This just seems like such a huge violation of everything.

Gotta love that last scene with Nina writing to Bell about what happened to their Tyler Experiment and that it had to be shut down because the Fringe Division are on to them. Sneaky Nina Sharp. Strong poker face on that one.

Poor Peter getting abducted and having to do things that he didn’t want to do. Thankfully it was nothing horrible and that the worst he did was shoot Broyles on the arm and he succeeded in aiming at his arm instead of his head which Tyler wanted him to do. Yay, Peter! Loved him and Broyles cracking up over this after the fact.

Walter getting so worried about losing Peter “again” was another red flag as to what happened when Peter was a kid. I’m really enjoying how the show has been teasing this plot throughout the first season and so far this season. They throw you a bone every now and then to keep things interesting and to get you invested and it’s just enough to whet your appetite.

I liked that we found out that it was Bell who introduced Walter and Peter’s mom at a conference in Berlin back in the day. I also liked that we got a bit of look into Walter’s headspace regarding Bell. He sounded almost jealous that Bell built Massive Dynamic without him and how successful it’s become. “He didn’t wait for me.”

As for the case of the week, I thought it was very cool how everyone thought that Tyler was kidnapped and that those two guys were the kidnappers and were doing all those horrible things to the cops. When we found it was the other way around, it was a pretty neat reveal.

Lastly, how cute was it when Walter and Astrid were wearing tinfoil hats while inside Massive Dynamic because Walter thinks that they’re trying to read his thoughts?

“You’re just an old attitude with new hair”

TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: The Waldo Moment
Original Air Date: February 25, 2013
Episode Number: 2×03

Episode Description

Meet Waldo… a CGI blue bear from a children’s educational TV show who in reality is an anarchic character on a satirical late-night topical comedy show. Behind the scenes, Waldo is voiced and controlled by failed comedian Jamie Salter. When the channel decide they would like to give Waldo his own pilot, the production company enter him into a political race against one of his victims, Conservative Liam Monroe, for a stunt. Jamie isn’t comfortable with politics – he just sees himself as a clown – but once the wheels start turning there’s no stopping the thing. So what can Jamie do?

My Review

Was not a fan of this episode probably because it veered too close to real life politics in the United States with our very own Waldo inexplicably becoming president because apparently half the people in this country are stupid, racists, misogynists, don’t care about healthcare, hate refugees…basically everything this country is supposed to stand for.

Politics is a complete joke these days and this episode perfectly captured that. Sad, really. First you had Brexit and then Orange became president, no thanks to the media taking it all as a joke and giving him the exposure that should have been given to the other candidates instead. I’m getting so pissed off so I’ll stop before this gets way too political for my taste.

One last thing, why am I not surprised it was an American who suggested to Jack that they could do even bigger things with Waldo by fucking up the political systems in other countries? I mean, damn.

“Titanium tetrachloride. You sly temptress.”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Earthling
Original Air Date: November 5, 2009
Episode Number: 2×06

Episode Description

Human beings are reduced to ash statues and Broyles realizes that the same person responsible murdered five other persons four years ago… a case that he never solved.

My Review

Not the most compelling episode of this show, but it was still very good. I thought the visual effects of the victims dissolving into ashes was super cool and the whole alien thing that came back with the cosmonaut was also cool. Maybe the fact that we didn’t get much in the way of advancing the mythology made this as one of the show’s least memorable episodes for me.

I’m glad that we got a bit of Broyles backstory out of it, though. I’m also glad that Broyles was able to solve this case and that he was able to tell his wife so that he can get some kind of closure. I was shocked when Broyles shot the brother in the head even though I’ve seen this episode before, lol. Memory is a funny thing, ain’t it? The CIA sending back the cosmonaut and that shadow back to space was unexpected, but probably the most reasonable course of action.

It was pretty adorable when Peter and Astrid were watching Walter try to decipher the formula and how Peter almost looked like he was entertained by the Walter Show.

“It’s not my fault we brain-banged”

TV Show: iZombie
Episode Title: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, part 1
Original Air Date: June 20, 2017
Episode Number: 3×12

Episode Description

When Liv consumes the brains of someone from Ravi’s past, not only does it have her wanting to sleep with every guy in Seattle, she also begins having some very intimate visions of Ravi. Meanwhile, Major is faced with a huge decision.

My Review

Goddamit, show! You kill another character that I absolutely like this season?? The first one was Vivian (although I really want her to be alive and just faked her death) and now they kill off Natalie, too? Not cool. Not cool at all. I have liked Natalie ever since her first appearance on the show and I was so happy that she’s back in this episode and is happy and living her life. And of course that goes to shit when Harley’s stupid ass bombs the zombie party killing everyone (including Natalie) except Justin and Major. RIP, Natalie. You deserved better than this. 😪

I was very confused about Liv’s behavior throughout the episode, but of course it’s brain-related. Who knew Katty was quite a manizer (or whatever the opposite is of a womanizer)? Was Ravi just another notch on her belt? I’m thinking yes, yes he was. I was not surprised that Liv slept with Chase because the attraction was definitely there (mostly from him) when they met for the first time. I admit it was hot, but I felt sorry for Justin. He doesn’t deserve to be cheated on, no matter what brains Liv was on. She should be able to control the brains she’s on and not let it dictate between right/wrong.

The two men that Liv’s involved with are now screwed. Major losing Natalie and losing his job…I mean, the guy can’t catch a break, it seems. Poor Major. And of course, Justin gets cheated on. I wonder if Liv will come clean with him or she’ll keep this a secret. Not cool, Liv!

The season-long mysteries have gotten somewhat confusing, but I think I’m following most of the twists and turns. The reveal that Katty’s investigation into the origin of the Aleutian flu virus is tracked back to the daughter of Fillmore-Graves’ publicist (is that her position in the company?) who just happens to be friends with Tatum who’s the daughter of Weckler, the guy who killed the dominatrix and who was then probably killed by Baracus putting a hit on him. Whaaaaaat?

And not to mention the role that Fillmore-Graves is playing in all of this. I think that if you look closely, they are responsible for some of the events or people in this convoluted maze. For sure it was Chase who probably had the Tuttle-Reid family killed, he orchestrated Baracus’ assassination attempt, and he turned Harley into a zombie. Son of a bitch, he’s the reason Natalie is dead. And he’s probably the reason that Vivian is also dead. I want to see his comeuppance next episode. 😠

He most likely murdered Katty, too, judging from that napkin Liv saw on his bedside table. So Chase kills Katty because she was coming close to discovering the origins of zombie-ism? She was harmless and didn’t need to be killed because she is the last person in this world who would have believed that zombies existed. Damn you, Chase!

As for the other plots, Baracus offering Peyton a position to be his chief of staff is huge and Liv made some great points. Peyton can use her position to keep tabs on Baracus and even if he’s not guilty, then she can help him downplay this whole ‘zombies are real’ thing in the media.

Liv being disgusted about seeing Ravi having sex with Katty in her visions cracked me the hell up. That was priceless. I’m amused that Ravi finds this totally hilarious and is not embarrassed or shy about what she’s seeing, lol. Also, what the fuck was he saying during sex? Turnoffs? “Dead kittens. Winston Churchill eating fried chicken. Flatulent Jabba the Hut.” I think the more apt question is “Why was he saying these things during sex?” LOL.

The first woman they interrogated was a real piece of work with her being racist. I loved Ravi’s response: “So, by ‘whoosie-whatsit’ you mean turban. By ‘Muslim’ you mean Sikh. And by ‘like me’ you mean brown.” And Ravi’s reaction when she answered “like you” as to how the man she sat next to on the plane looked like was hilarious. Rahul played that scene so well.

I was laughing so hard at Clive being careful at not catching any kind of bioterror virus or whatever when they were in the interrogation room. He was standing so far from the desk that he might as well have been in the other room, lol.

Lastly, I thought it was a nice touch to have Rose not don the usual Liv look for most of this episode because Liv’s picture was plastered on that paper. I’m sure Rose loved not having to sit in hair and makeup for hours.

“Somebody’s always stealing the game from me”

TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Episode Title: Farewell, My Lovely
Original Air Date: June 20, 2017
Episode Number: 7×19

Episode Description

Convinced they know who A.D. is, the Liars gear up for a confrontation. Spencer, Hanna, and Caleb team up to investigate and discover new information about Charlotte’s death. Meanwhile, Mary Drake returns with a gift for Spencer and Alison.

My Review

One more episode and we’ll be rid of this show forever and its inability to answer one damn thing. Okay, we did find out that Mona accidentally killed Charlotte’s unreformed ass because she was only defending herself. That was one tidbit we got, but we didn’t really get anything else, did we?

AD drove off into the sunset…don’t tell me they’re calling it quits after Mary saved the girls’ asses and confessed to Dunhill’s murder. Then again, AD has nothing to lord over the girls now (or is there?) since their other secrets won’t get them in trouble with the police (or will it?).

The girls are lucky Mary is doing this to protect Spencer because it’s probably the least she could do after being absent from most of Spencer’s life. They’re also lucky that Tanner believes that Mary’s confession is credible enough and probably even has evidence to put her in jail so she’s not going after the girls anymore.

I feel so sad and heartbroken over Mona suffering a mental break after getting involved with the game, but in her mind, it was all worth it because Hanna needed her and all she’s wanted all this time was to protect the girls even if they kept shutting her out. Oh, Mona. Why couldn’t you see that you are better off without these girls? They’re not worthy of your friendship and your help and your trust. I’m just glad that the girls are actually helping her by calling Dr. Sullivan and getting Mona much-needed help. I hope she can come back from this and then get the fuck away from Rosewood.

I did love how Hanna kept on insisting to everyone that Mona is innocent and that she’s not AD and she didn’t stop saying this. Mona/Hanna forever, you guys. Their friendship is the best out of all the other friendships on the show. Don’t deny this. Hanna apologizing to Mona got me a bit teary-eyed. If there’s an epilogue in the finale, I want to see these two staying best friends and living right next to each other.

Mona’s confrontation with Charlotte was pretty illuminating. Did we know that Charlotte came back to torture the girls again when she resurfaced back in Rosewood? I don’t remember. It really warmed my heart when Mona told Charlotte that she better not hurt and bully the girls again. Charlotte kept on being a bully until the very end. It’s unfortunate what happened to her and how her life turned out, but she is a despicable person for torturing the girls for so long.

Ezra getting mad at the other girls for shunning Aria made me want to fucking punch him in the face. You have no fucking right, you pedo. Ugh, he is the worst and I can’t believe he’s going to end up marrying Aria. Stupid Aria should dump his ass because he’s not worth it. I laughed at his boast that he knows how to get rid of a dead body because “I have a masters degree in American literature. There is nothing I can’t handle.” I’m not sure if he was being serious or if he was being sarcastic. And yes, I know that he was probably half-serious because he might have read something about burying a dead body without anyone knowing about it throughout his illustrious education. 🙄

Gotta give it up to Aria for saying that “If we wanna stop the crazy, we’ve to stop acting crazy” and declaring that they don’t have to dig up the grave because it will never end. AD will just continue torturing them and playing mind games with them. Halle-freaking-lujah!

Lastly, I thought it was cute when Caleb teased Spencer and her being the only one he knows who uses “whom.”

One more episode!

“Everyone’s got weaknesses”

TV Show: Black Mirror
Episode Title: White Bear
Original Air Date: February 18, 2013
Episode Number: 2×02

Episode Description

Victoria wakes up and cannot remember anything about her life. Everyone she encounters refuses to communicate with her and enjoys filming her discomfort on their phones. Victoria meets Jem, who explains that a signal is being transmitted that has turned most of the population into dumb voyeurs. This apathy has allowed the unaffected, the ‘hunters’, to do what they want and they are out to get people like her and Victoria. Jem and Victoria set out to destroy the transmitter, but can they manage it and will it end their torment?

My Review

I think this was my favorite episode yet of this show because it was non-stop action and suspense and a boat load of WTF-ness. Wow. I was blown away and appalled at the same time by this episode. Is Charlie Brooker okay? How does he come up with all these disturbing and sometimes sickening stories?? Kudos to him, though, because I have to admire someone who has the creativity and, dare I say, genius mind to come up with these twister stories. He must have one hell of an imagination.

This episode was disturbing on so many levels, right up there with the first episode of this show (The National Anthem). I can’t believe the torture that Victoria is put through; yes, what she and her fiance did was unconscionable and unforgivable, but no one deserves to be treated like that for other people’s enjoyment no matter how heinous the crime.

The fact that they turned her into an attraction in what is basically an amusement park is deplorable and I can’t believe people would want to pay to see this show and bring their children with them. They’re all sick in the head, too.

And here I was admiring Jem’s gung-ho and never give up attitude. Little did I know it was all an act.

Lastly, kudos to Lenora Crichlow for what must have been an exhaustive role to play, mentally and physically. Victoria did nothing but scream in pain, cry in anguish, and act scared for the entirety of the episode. I can’t even begin to imagine what her days were like while she was shooting this episode.

“Whether you admit it or not, your life is something of a nightmare”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Dream Logic
Original Air Date: October 15, 2009
Episode Number: 2×05

Episode Description

The Fringe team travels cross-country to Seattle after learning of a mysterious incident involving a man who attacked his boss because he believed he was an evil ram-horned creature. As these puzzling occurrences continue, the team tirelessly explores strange and creepy links to dreams. In pursuit of additional information, Agent Broyles has a disconcerting meeting with enigmatic Massive Dynamic executive Nina Sharp that leads the investigation in an unthinkable direction.

My Review

Oh, show, you are so cute with your little hints about Peter being from the alternate universe. 😊 That ending with Peter and Walter was very cool and if we’re not sure yet about Peter not being from here, then I think this was the biggest clue yet that we’ve gotten about what happened on that day. Walter is sitting there watching Peter while he’s sleeping and looking so worried that Peter will remember something else from his “dream” and that’s why Walter looked relieved when Peter said that’s all he remembered.

Olivia trying to work through her grief over Charlie’s death broke my heart. I liked the story she shared with Peter about her first day on assignment and what Charlie told her, that she’ll be fine, after seeing her nervous and seeming out of her element. (Also, it was a cool tidbit that she was a military prosecutor before she became an FBI agent. I don’t remember this at all so this is why rewatching shows are never a bad decision.)

Sam’s project for Olivia proved to be quite fruitful and had a great payoff. All episode we see her asking people wearing red for their business cards and when I first watched this episode, I was so confused and wondered if this was a new Olivia quirk. In the end, Sam told her to write down the first and last letters of each person’s names from the cards and to make sense of the jumbled letters, something that would come to her, something that she’s been looking for. “You’re gonna be fine.” I teared up a little. 😢

Walter saying he doesn’t like Seattle because it’s wet and reminds him too much of St. Claire’s was interesting. I don’t know if this was just a way for the writers to have Agent Cashner accompany Walter back to his lab, but I’m glad they included this. Cashner was pretty much game for anything and I kinda felt sorry for him that Walter drugged him without his consent. I cracked up when Walter called him “Agent Casper” which proves that aside from Broyles, Charlie, and Olivia, he calls other agents something else but their correct names. Astrid correcting Walter when he called “Astricks” made me go “You go, girl.”

As for the case of the week, I had a feeling it was the doctor responsible for those people exhibiting abnormal behaviors. Kinda cool that he was like a modern-day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with his evil alter ego addicted to dreams and getting high on them.

Other random observations:

– Olivia wearing her Northwestern shirt and Peter wearing his MIT shirt and Olivia commenting “Cute. Except in my case I actually graduated. I’m guessing you bought yours to impress the girls.”

– Olivia thanking Sam in the beginning of the episode and returning the velcro shoes that he gave her because now she won’t need them. Great detail.

– Walter and Peter moving in to their new apartment and Walter immediately setting up his bed in the living room because it’s only a few steps away from the kitchen made me laugh. Never change, Walter.