Hello fellow TV Addicts! As you may have read, I was out of town for a few days and am a little late on providing my weekly feedback on some regular shows. This may become a more regular occurrence in the new year with the newborn around, but we'll see how things go! For now, I have returned and have some commentary to get to! These obviously won't be full fledged recaps as I need to cover 3 shows. Plus, I'm going to throw a little bonus in with Sons of Anarchy! I had caught up this summer just in time for season 4's start. And I have to say, I couldn't have caught up at a better time. If you haven't watched this show, sign up for netflix streaming and get on it right now. Season 4 has to be the best yet and some major *$#& is about to go down (and already has!). Anyway, after the jump we'll get into some quick commentary on the latest eps of Fringe, The Walking Dead, Terra Nova and Sons of Anarchy. Hope you enjoy!
WOW, probably the best season 4 episode yet and maybe high on the list of fantastic Fringe episodes! Figures that the World Series would impact my recapping of it! I did watch this one when I was out of town and may have been a little sleepy too. So forgive me if I start saying things that don't add up. I may owe this one a rewatch.
Basically, the time distortion that we have been seeing over a few episodes now came to a head in this episode. It turned out to be Milton trying to go back in time and get that Red Swingline Stapler from Lumberg once and for all! Well, no. He was trying to bring his wife from 4 years ago into the present day to finish the work she had done on finding a cure for alzheimers. The current day version of herself was very much gone to the disease. Anyway, this machine that "Raymond" (I miss Milton) built would temporarily create a time bubble around their house and transport them back to 4 years ago or bring them into the present....I dunno! This bubble was creating residual effects in the surrounding area which is why we have been seeing the effects for a few episodes now. (is this the first time that a case of the week started showing effects several episodes before?) The best part of this storyline was showing Peter's various time slippages where he'd be in one place and then jump to several minutes, hours later when they were doing something else. I love when he had figured something out and then explained it after a time jump. Lincoln asked why he didnt' just tell them when they were at the crime scene. Good times. Anyway, the case did end up getting resolved in the end as Peter volunteered to be sent in with a Faraday Cage (Which Walter ended up having to admit was a good idea). The 4 years ago wife found out what her future husband was doing and worked on finishing her work. Raymond was under the impression that if he turned off the machine, he'd have immunity and her wife would also be cured due to her finishing the formula or whatever. But, the wife's thoughts were different than his and she crossed out all of her work when she returned to her normal time. It kinda look like the current day wife knew exactly what was going on and gave a little smirk. The machine being turned off, in turn, saved a tunnel full of people that were about to be drowned out by a non existant underwater tunnel from 4 years ago.
While the case was pretty awesome, we finally had some progress on the Peter front too. Judging by some early comments on the hiatus blog, I think there may be some various theories on how this thing is going to play out. By the end, Peter, Olivia and crew are all pretty convinced that Peter is in a different universe than his own. And to some extent, that is true. We've known since season 1, that this show is all about showing how one different decision can change the course of a timeline thus creating an alternate universe. So, if the Observer didn't save Peter, then obviously the course of events has changed and Peter has now been inserted in a different universe. Perhaps he created this 3rd universe from the machine? I dunno. It was one of our theories of what that machine with the power to destroy or CREATE would do. But something tells me that it's not that simple. I still have this nagging feeling that Peter is in his OWN universe and there has to be some kind of a twist that's going to clear this up.
Why do I think this? All of the focus on these shared dreams of Olivia and Peter. Why would this Olivia be dreaming about Peter? Why would Walter be seeing Peter from the beyond? Why no one else? Also, why doesn't Peter remember communicating with Walter? What is THAT about? Does he remember how he got in that lake? I just think these little tidbits seem to suggest something else is going on. Besides, we still haven't figured out how in THIS timeline those 2 universes are joined and who operated that machine. Perhaps it's because it still WAS Peter? I dunno, Just throwing things out there.
I'll cover everything else in our favorite section below!
- Gylph Code: LIVING - Nope, not a clue on this one. But yes, they're all living I hope. We've already been down the non-living road on another show! (which I totally loved btw)
- Observer Spotted! - He was walking outside that apartment building that had the time lapse fire.
- Basically anything involving Walter being annoyed at Peter being involved in the investigation was great. "I'd be happy to join you as soon as my lab is available to me again." He seemed to be coming around by the end after the whole Faraday Cage thing. He realized his "non-existant" son is very bright.
- Food of the Week
- Bologna Sandwich
- And of course - Red Licorice!
- Differences in a Peterless Universe
- Basically everything that was brought up was revisiting stuff we pointed out from other episodes this season.
- Peter did get temporary housing in the house that he and Walter stay at in the normal timeline. So, I guess this would be revisiting the whole thing about Walter living in the lab (which was also brought up by Peter in this episode)
- Other Observations
- Song playing in Walter's lab this week was "No Time" by The Guess Who. Pretty fitting!
- Loved that we saw Walter reading up on the Red Universe's technology and that they were trying to spray and look for tears in the universes as a cause for the time distortion. I'm sure more of those stories are coming with both universes.
Another great episode of The Walking Dead! So many intense moments. One thing that stood out to me the most would have to have been the whole Daryl storyline with his hallucinational brother Merle guiding him back up a cliff. I didn't think they'd be able to kill off the guy so early in the show's run since he's such an awesome character. But, watching him fall down that cliff (twice), get stabbed by an arrow, almost eaten by walkers, and then shot in the head by Andrea? WOW, I don't know who else survives that! And what is up with Andrea? That girl is crazy! They all told her to not fire her weapon at the suppsed walker and she did anyway. Oh boy. Of course, in the end, Daryl made the most progress on figuring out where Sophia has gone. He found her stuffed bear so maybe there's hope? There has to be at this point if they're going to spend all season looking for her! (or at least the first half) Also, awesome to see Merle again, just wish he was real! I'm sure he'll be showing up sooner or later.
Shane and Rick had a pretty big storyline. Shane wanting to move on and survive. Rick trying to be more humane. Lori seems to side with Rick at this point but she's also carrying that whole "I'm pregnant and don't know who the dad is" secret still. She forced Glenn to keep that secret. And Glenn is busy still wooing the farmer's daughter which turns out to be quite the issue by the end.
We all knew Hershel was keeping some kind of secret. And he isn't thrilled with how his new visitors are taking over the farm. Cooking dinner as thanks, volunteering to go off on hunts with our survivors, Maggie developing feelings for "the Asian man". He had another sit down with Rick telling him to watch over his people and he'll watch over his. Something tells me things are going to change a bit after Glenn's planned rendezvous with Maggie at the barn. When Maggie saw the location of their meeting, she ran like the wind to stop him. But Glenn stumbled upon Hershel's little secret. Yep, a barn full of walkers!! WHAAA?? We definitely assumed that Hershel may be keeping some of these walkers around, but we still don't know why. I'm guessing it's probably members of their farm/family that they don't want to kill. Maybe he thinks he'll find a cure. Maybe he's breeding a Zombie Army and Rick and crew are in danger. Well, obviously they're in danger. They wouldn't be on a TV show if they weren't!
Anyway, more to come on this show. 2 more episodes before this show goes on hiatus as well until next year.
Terra Nova actually put together another decent episode. While it did put the Shannon kids in the center spotlight, they were still able to make progress on the more interesting aspects of the show. Maggie was trying to unveil some famed archeologist/paleontologist/otherkindaologist that she idolized as a fraud. In the end she was proven right. Apparently, the real OLOGIST's assistant killed off his mentor to win his ticket to Terra Nova and turn bad apples good once again! (literally) So, that took a majority of the episode and took Jim's help to save his daughter's life in the last minute. It was pretty funny to see Malcolm have such despise for this guy that he'd help Maggie try to catch him as a fraud.
We also had Jim and Taylor off on a fishing trip when they stumbled upon ex-terra novian Cullen's campsite. Taylor stayed out there to pay Cullen a visit and save his life from a Dinobot or something. (remember Grimlock anyone? When is he gonna make it into the Transformers Movie Franchise?) Taylor seemed to be making up for lost time with his son by giving this guy a 2nd chance. Of course, not without a price. As suspected, Cullen is going to infiltrate the Sixers but as a spy for Taylor. They need to find out who the bug is. I still don't know how it's not Boylan, but I'm guessing it will have to be someone else if they are spending so much time building it up.
And of course we had Josh trying to get Kara to Terra Nova. Mira finally made her request and they need a certain kind of drug to stop an outbreak amongst her people. Naturally, this pits Josh against his mother. But after seeing proof of Kara coming on the next pligrimage, he was on board. Yes, Mira CAN communicate with the future and in the goofiest way possible! So Josh makes a fake ID that ends up not working (not even to open a door. Really? Broken window!?!) so he shoots his way to the meds, feels guilty about it in the end and steals one back. Boylan tries to cover for the whole operation by planting an idiot as the culprit, but it backfires. In the end, Josh confesses that Boylan got him into this whole mess, so he's in deep doo doo. But all seems forgiven against Josh and Jim finds it more interesting on the revelation that Mira can communicate with the future. Taylor assumes this was his son Lucas's doing but that he can't possibly still be alive. Why? Well it would seem to be implied that Taylor killed his son. But as we saw last week, Lucas is very much alive. So we'll see I guess!
Cheesy Lines/Moments of the Week
- Wendy showing up in Tara's room freaked me out. Why? Because Wendy is nuts, that's why! But apparently she's turned a new leaf. Still doesn't make anyone trust her. And of course, her wanting to see her birthson throws Tara on a tantrum messing up her hand even more. Yikes!
- Gemma finds out that Jax and Tara are planning to skip town with the kids. She's absolutely beside herself. Throw on top of that that she's been almost beaten to death by Clay and things are quite a disaster right now. She was planning on taking care of the Clay hit all by herself, but enter Unser!
- Unser has had it with Clay's antics and brought his animosity right to Clay himself, threatening to kill him if he lays another hand on Gemma.
- Tig turned in his stripes to Clay after what he did to Gemma! He no longer has the man's back. WOW!
- Sutter errr Otto is going to rat out Bobby in exchange for glasses and an earlier execution! Meanwhile Bobby finished his unfinished business by offing Tom Arnold! Oh boy...
- Then what about the whole Call of Duty battle in the middle of the episode and how quickly they offed Kozik by a land mine? I was kinda sad by this as it made me remember of the whole reason Tig wouldn't let him into the group in the first place. It was all over a dog!! Good times, RIP Kozik.
- Then there was the whole JAX/Ope scene. Ope saying that he didn't come back to the club for Jax. He did it because it was the only way of life he knew. And it would be the same for Jax too. Tara even hinted at this to Jax. There is no way out. Even if Jax will keep thinking there is.
- There was that great moment of Gemma and Clay closing their respective doors and seeing a tear on Clay's face. There's definitely more story to be told there, perhaps to justify his actions (not that you can really FULLY justify them).
- But the final moments are what really got our blood pumping. Opie grabbed the keys to his chopper and headed out to pick up his father at the cabin. Unser followed him there knowing what he'd find. Naturally, Opie was a mess and assumed Unser was behind/involved in it when he showed up. But Unser came totally clean on what was going on here. He told the absolute truth which was hard for him to swallow. Then, they even tied it into season 1 by Unser telling Opie that Clay has caused so much drama for him. Clay put the hit on him and ended up killing his wife, and now he has killed his father to avoid some dirty secrets from coming out. "Clay has got to go....."
- Can't wait to see what's coming next. And I still can't imagine the fallout of what is going to happen. But, I also can't imagine Clay is going to be offed this season either. But it certainly would provide some interesting storylines for next season if he was. Turning the club around (or trying to), maybe Jax runs into the same hurdles that Clay always did justifying his actions in the long run. But if Sutter wants 3 more seasons, I just can't imagine that many without Clay. I guess we'll see!
So that's all my commentary for now! I should be back to full capacity for this weekend's new episodes! I still need to catch up on the other shows I missed over the past week, but I'll get there! Feel free to discuss any of them in the comments and I'll get to the comments when I can. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you soon!
- Zoe's fascination with this Scientist guy being a vampire. It was so ridiculous!
- The whoe fishing trip with Jim and Taylor was pretty classic. And totally random! But Jim debating about what he'd tell everyone about the size of the fish he caught (or didn't catch) was pretty darn amusing.