Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fringe: Season 4 Episode 16 - Nothing as It Seems

Hello Fringe-dom!  We were treated to a quite interesting episode last night.  If it's been awhile since you've seen season 1, you may have been feeling some deja vu but not quite pinpointing that the opening clip of the episode was reshowing us something we've already seen.  Of course, since we're in a revised timeline (of sorts), things were a bit different.  But call me totally confused.  The big point I couldn't get over is that it is 3 years later, so I'm not sure how any of it could be EXACTLY the same.  But, if we can all get past that, then the other points brought up in the episode are very interesting.  Plus, the title of the episode pretty much seems to be telling us, "don't worry, it's okay to be confused."  So, I'll try not to harp on that too much in the recap.  And, I should mention that the comedy and heartfelt moments were at an all time high in this episode, making up for the questionable case.   Let's get to it!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Alcatraz: Season 1 Episode 12 - Garrett Stillman & Episode 13 - Tommy Madsen

Whew!  That was an intense 2 hours to close up hopefully only the FIRST season of Alcatraz.  All the little clues that were planted throughout the season seemed to pay off and culminate in this first exciting chapter of the show.  And the potential unveiled for season 2 seems, now, like a logical next step to take things with a couple of personal twists along the way.  Fussy baby in the house tonight, so I'm short for time.  If I miss any key things, please call me out on it in the comments and we'll discuss.  Let's dive in!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fringe: Season 4 Episode 15 - A Short Story of Love

So, what do I start with?  Oh, I think the obligatory "I KNEW IT!!" applies here!  But, we'll get to that in detail later.  What a fantastic episode of Fringe!  They did what they do best tying the case's theme to the entire Fringe saga and advancing the plot into the next phase that should bring season 4 to its logical conclusion.  Big answers were revealed, old seasons were revisited, and jaws were dropped.  Can't ask much more from a Fringe episode, and this one deserves a big WOW from me!

But on an interesting "behind the scenes" note, did anyone notice that the Twitter hashtag during the episode said #WhereYouBelong?  That little garage start-up of a Twitter campaign has reached some pretty public levels!   At the most recent Wondercon, even Joshua Jackson was sporting a pin that showed he was supporting the Twitter campaign.  And he and one of the showrunners J.H. Wyman further supported it by tweeting live during the episode last night using said hashtag.  Pretty darn impressive, and ingenious if you ask me.  Once again, this Fringe related hashtag was the top trending topic on Twitter for a few hours during the East and West coast feeds.  All of this publicity cannot be bad for its renewal chances (which keep improving as it is).

Anyway, it's time that we get into recapping this wonderful addition to the Fringe mythology!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alcatraz: Season 1 Episode 11 - Webb Porter

Hello everyone!  We're back for another Alcatraz recap.  I am enjoying this show, don't get me wrong.  But, I have to admit I'm kind of happy the finale is next week!  We got some good plot movement this week to set up the 2 hour finale, but hopefully there are some big reveals next week to keep us excited for a 2nd season (which I think chances aren't looking too good).   Anyway, it was another solid outing tonight and here comes the quick recap!

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 13 - Beside the Dying Fire

Okay, no getting around it for this one. WOW!!!  What a way to close out a season.  I feel like we earned this finale for the grueling season we had to endure to get here.  And, you all probably know how I feel by now, it was worth it!  All those emotional discussions and slow pacing led to this glorious finale of walker mayhem.  Emotions boiled over when people were abandoned, leaders' actions were questioned and their whole world was pretty much turned inside out, upside down and every which way till next zombie day.  There wasn't much need for setup or character build-up in this explosive finale because that work had all been done in the 12 preceding episodes (that also had a bit of excitement too mind you).   With all the drama behind the scenes on this show with showrunner changes and a whole lot of uncertainty and anxiety by the cast and crew, they put together a fine season of television folks!   And we're about to break it down.  Here we go!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Alcatraz - Season 1 Episode 8 - Clarence Montgomery

Hello all and welcome back to Alcatraz for a hefty helping of Auntie May's Ribs!  Decent episode tonight that was intended to precede the past 2 episodes we saw.  My DVR had it labeled as episode 10, but we all know it was episode 8 and that's what this blog will record it as!   We got a good brain dump of information on what has happened to some/all of these 63s that are showing up in the present day.  And as always, the manhunt was just as thrilling.  As always, we'll stick with a brief recap and then discuss some of the key talking points.  Here we go!

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 12 - Better Angels

WOW, that was one intense helping of drama last night!  What a great episode, even if the climactic moment may have been a bit spoiled for some people.  There definitely were lots of leaks over the past few months of our most recent fallen character.  And even the twists that circled around his death, some may have seen coming for a bit now.  (if they have read the books or just have a basic knowledge of what has happened in the books)    But damn, if they didn't execute it all brilliantly!  This whole season has been one slow burn to this episode right here.  I'm a firm believer that the payoffs of all the build-up are usually worth it.  Even crazy Carl's arc contributed to the intensity!  Anyway, call me a satisfied viewer as always and let's get into the discussion!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Alcatraz: Season 1 Episode 9 / 10 - The Ames Bros. / Sonny Burnett

Hello fellow time traveling, super blood inmates! So, lots of drama outside of the show itself with FOX scheduling and the Daytona 500.  Last week's episode did not air and will not air until next week.  So, we were treated to the 2 episodes that were meant to air together tonight on schedule.  Not sure if that will impact any mythological advancements that were learned this week.  Probably not.  But we might lose some momentum that was built tonight.  Because we got 2 pretty solid episodes with some fairly interesting tidbits about the secrets of Alcatraz!  Considering it was 2 hours and I'm on a busier schedule these days, my recap probably won't be much longer.  So, let's just get on with it!

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 11 - Judge, Jury and Executioner

WOW, now that was one emotionally draining episode!  With all of the rumors flying around about other characters, I didn't see this one coming until the final minutes of the episode.  And truthfully, I think most of us were hoping Carl would be at the other end of a gun by the end of the episode!  Anyway, I'm short for time today so let's get right into the brief recap!