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Re: Fringe

Postby tweetics » Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:57 pm UTC

I think there has been this vaccum since X-Files went off the air for something like Fringe to fill. It isn't a bad way to spend a Tuesday night, but I am curious if the show USA(or maybe SciFi/SyFy) is going to be putting on (which is basically X-Files in a warehouse...forgot the name of it) will do it better or just fall flat.

I am also hoping that one day Anna Torv will actually have the opportunity to show a diverse range of emotions other than meloncholy.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Yubtzock » Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:22 pm UTC

I feel same as most of ppl described - plot a bit to mixed and filled with holes to be considered as very good, but the lack of X-Files makes a place for a show with pseudoscience in it.

The show was shortened from 22 to 20 episodes. Pity, because I felt this lack of "place" and suppose creators too, as e.x. the story about Peter's debts was totally omitted.

I am also hoping that one day Anna Torv will actually have the opportunity to show a diverse range of emotions other than meloncholy.
I hope you are not suggesting she's bad actress. i find her skills quite standing out in comparison to the rest of actors in the show.

Also: much disappointment since there was no more Futurama reference. Or did I omit Astrid saying "good news everyone!" somewhere?
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Re: Fringe

Postby tweetics » Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:52 pm UTC

Yubtzock wrote:
I am also hoping that one day Anna Torv will actually have the opportunity to show a diverse range of emotions other than meloncholy.
I hope you are not suggesting she's bad actress. i find her skills quite standing out in comparison to the rest of actors in the show.


Actually I believe she has a lot to show, what I am hoping for is that they give her a little more to work with. Making her the POV character is great and everything but i am hoping she will have a bit more to work with this next season.
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Re: Fringe

Postby OmenPigeon » Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:06 pm UTC

So Fringe is back, and that's exciting and all, but it occurred to me while watching this episode that the cow in the lab must be so sad! It has to stand around in the basement all the time waiting to be tested on and have blood samples taken. And it never gets to go outside. What a sad cow.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:39 pm UTC

I'm sure it's got an exciting and fascinating internet life.

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Re: Fringe

Postby OmenPigeon » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:51 am UTC

But cows do not have fingers! How would it be able to operate a keyboard so that it could talk on the internet with other basement science cows? Maybe there is a spinoff series here waiting to be born. Adventures of Basement Cow on THE INTERNET!
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Re: Fringe

Postby tropetastic » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:17 pm UTC

Alright I'm reviving the Fringe thread because holy crap so much stuff has happened in the past few episodes. (Also I'm surprised not many people here watch it, John Noble is absolutely fantastic.)

Anyway, I enjoyed last night's
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noir musical
episode. Not much in terms of overall arc development, but it was pretty fun. Also, Astrid is an awesome singer. As for next week, I think
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Peter will be back with some sort of awkward reunion, leading to a happy but slightly crestfallen Denethor Walter. Peter will probably be pretty mad at Olivia for not telling him as well, but all of it will be breezed through in the first fifteen minutes and all three of them will probably be on speaking terms by the end of the episode.


I don't think it will be majorly arc related, maybe not even pattern related (I think they kind of dropped the ball on that conspiracy, but oh well), especially since the last two episodes are linked... and there's a third season in the works...

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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:11 pm UTC

It feels like second season is a long experiment in what to do with the show now that the shock factor of the first season's face melty horror has worn off and gotten repetitive.
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Re: Fringe

Postby headprogrammingczar » Sat May 01, 2010 12:31 am UTC

I like where it has gone this past season. Walter Bishop got an incredible character arc.
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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun May 02, 2010 1:12 am UTC

headprogrammingczar wrote:I like where it has gone this past season. Walter Bishop got an incredible character arc.


It's amazing what you can accomplish with good actors.



YSN's post, supplemental:

The latest episode felt like an x-files throwback. Quite well done, too.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Malice » Mon May 17, 2010 12:11 am UTC

Fringe has gotten amazing.

The first season of the show had potential, but was ultimately barely watchable given its lack of meaningful character development and over-reliance on a tired X-Files retread of a formula--monster of the week plots, usually without even the Buffy-style thematic connection between each episode's plots and its main cast that makes other episodic shows rewarding.

But now it's become something so much more. Since "Jacksonville" (the last episode before the break in season 2), it is now actually telling a coherent story involving dramatic conflicts on a personal scale which resonate with the overarching plot. And since "Peter" (Fringe, 1980s edition), the show has taken the idea of multiple universes and given us a story filtered through multiple genres, narrative perspectives, and dramatic styles, from a period piece to a time-loop narrative to a noir-influenced fable and now to a sci-fi thriller. In this way it has clarified and intensified its ideas and emotions, like a sound in an echo chamber, and at the same time asked fundamental questions about how one presents a story--what changes based on context, style, and genre trappings, and what remains the same--the truth of the tale and those who live it. This show's recent kaleidoscopic nature suggests that what Peter fails to realize is that it doesn't matter where you come from, only what you choose to do with the choices you are given.
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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri May 21, 2010 10:46 pm UTC

Thought on the latest episode:
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The DOD headquarters on Liberty Island felt quite UNATCO-esque.
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Re: Fringe

Postby mrnotcrazy » Tue May 25, 2010 2:38 am UTC

last ep was good, umm theory's?
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Re: Fringe

Postby stolid » Thu May 27, 2010 4:21 am UTC

I always liked Fringe, and I agree it's definitely at its best. I've loved every episode involving crossing dimensions, even back when we didn't know quite what was being dealt with.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Chen » Mon May 31, 2010 4:37 pm UTC

About the season finale

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How did fake Olivia get them back to their own dimension? The device William Bell used was only supposed to hold the crack open so that once real Olivia opened it they could get back. It certainly didn't seem like fake Olivia had powers or even if she DID have the powers, it didn't seem to me like she'd know about them.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Malice » Mon May 31, 2010 10:32 pm UTC

Chen wrote:About the season finale

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How did fake Olivia get them back to their own dimension? The device William Bell used was only supposed to hold the crack open so that once real Olivia opened it they could get back. It certainly didn't seem like fake Olivia had powers or even if she DID have the powers, it didn't seem to me like she'd know about them.

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It was kinda confusing, but I think they decided Olivia was "drained" and wouldn't be able to open the door; so instead, the combination of the "doorstop" machine and William Bell blowing himself up is what opened the door.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Chen » Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:40 pm UTC

Malice wrote:
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It was kinda confusing, but I think they decided Olivia was "drained" and wouldn't be able to open the door; so instead, the combination of the "doorstop" machine and William Bell blowing himself up is what opened the door.


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Thats not what they said though, unless I MAJORLY mis-interpreted things. Walter said something like Olivia will open the crack and then they'll use the machine to hold it open. BUT when they were at Harvard, Walter said that the device wouldn't have enough power to keep the crack big enough or something. Then Bell said he'd take care of it (foreshadowing the whole blowing himself up). His blowing himself up was still just supposed to be used to power the doorstop not actually make the door.
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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:54 pm UTC

That's how I interpreted it as well. Oh well, chalk it up to fridge logic?
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Re: Fringe

Postby Midnight » Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:31 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:That's how I interpreted it as well. Oh well, chalk it up to fridge logic?

or FRINGE LOGIC. BUUAHAHAAA


anyways, I'm glad the show finally has a solid plot. it messed around being x-files, then sort of dropped it and retconned stuff and made it all work out.. but now.. this Current Development... it's gonna be interesting.

Also, that job is an actor's dreammmmm. They must've had so much fun.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Winter Man » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:41 pm UTC

Just watched episode 13 of season 2 with the intelligent virus deely that makes them spray blood. When they ran a simulation of the infection spreading the virus covered the entire world in two weeks. Everywhere was infected. Except Madagascar.

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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:55 pm UTC

I don't really know what I think about this new season. This whole
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parallel universe
-stuff hasn't really done the show any favors. With
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each actor playing multiple identical-looking characters
it's very easy to loose track of what's going on.

Though I like how the latest episode
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kinda returned to the old monster-of-the-week recipe. Arc stories are all good and well, but the story isn't good enough for Fringe to survive on them alone.


Also, Walter Bishop is made of awesome as usual.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Brother Maynard » Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:49 am UTC

Clearly Walter alone is enough to make this show worth watching. The rest is just (strawberry) icing on the cake.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Malice » Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:04 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:I don't really know what I think about this new season. This whole
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parallel universe
-stuff hasn't really done the show any favors. With
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each actor playing multiple identical-looking characters
it's very easy to loose track of what's going on.


Not really.
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Because the show (for now) is going back and forth between one universe and the other, you only actually need to keep track of one set of characters at a time. Otherwise it would be really confusing. So on the one hand you have crazy Walter, Peter, Broyles, Astrid, and Fauxlivia pretending to be Olivia; on the other, you have evil Walternate, Broyles, Charlie, that other guy on the team whose name I forget, Olivia who thinks she's Fauxlivia, and Fauxlivia's boyfriend.


Okay, maybe it's a little confusing. But still awesome.
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Re: Fringe

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:17 am UTC

I was gonna say "I missed the Season 3 premiere, but it still makes sense to me..." Walter is still batshit, Walternate is like a senile Gestapo grandpa. Olivia is batshit, and Bolivia is slowly realizing that maybe this universe isn't that bad, in the usual overly-simplistic prime-time TV fashion, but still handled with a little bit of class. Also, Aspirin continues to be the shining underdog of the show.
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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:30 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Also, Aspirin continues to be the shining underdog of the show.


Indeed. If it wasn't for the genius who casted Walter and Asterisk, I sincerely doubt this show would have seen a season 2.
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Re: Fringe

Postby lemmings » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:40 pm UTC

Brother Maynard wrote:Clearly Walter alone is enough to make this show worth watching. The rest is just (strawberry) icing on the cake.

Just make sure Walter doesn't mix up the spoons when making the icing.
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Re: Fringe

Postby PeterCai » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:41 am UTC

in the new episode they kept mentioning differential equation, i think they meant magic
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Re: Fringe

Postby headprogrammingczar » Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:29 pm UTC

Is there a difference? :P
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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:09 pm UTC

Apparently not. Though it's still better than Lost. "Electromagnetism" my ass.
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Re: Fringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:21 pm UTC

In case anyone didn't know, this is relevant to the latest episode: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgi_Markov#Murder
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Re: Fringe

Postby legopelle » Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:25 pm UTC

Oh my god, the last episode was creepy. I will not sleep ever again. Very steam punk though, which is nice.
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Re: Fringe

Postby PeterCai » Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:41 am UTC

at the start of the last ep, i thought they were doing a dexter crossover...so many visual references.
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Re: Cringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:00 am UTC

I liked the
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Twin Peaks reference (Jacoby's glasses)

in the latest episode.
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Re: Cringe

Postby legopelle » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:22 pm UTC

It's back! Finally.

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This must be the most ridiculous episode pseudo-science-wise. Goggles for seeing aura? Use aura to determine hypnotic depth? What the hell?


Only the musician saved it by being cool. My piano teacher looks just like him when he played.
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Re: Cringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:41 pm UTC

That didn't really bother me. That sort of 1970s hokum is very much in character with Walter.


As for the new latest episode, I like the way the show is developing. It's so unpredictable.
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Re: Cringe

Postby Link » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:35 am UTC

So, after finding out about this show only a few weeks ago, I've become totally addicted. Sure, the writing can be a bit sloppy at times, but that has been the case for virtually every action, mystery and science fiction series of the past decade or so. The overarching storyline has kept it from jumping the shark (or just collapsing without jumping at all) so far, and unlike many shows, I find it every bit as captivating 50 episodes in as I did at the very beginning.

Walter is just such a brilliant character.
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I mean, you know he's responsible for some Mengele-esque experiments, and yet he's still more lovable than any other character.
Astro Aspirin Astringent Astrid is pretty damn cool too; shame she's pushed so far to the background most of the time.

I also like Fringe's way of
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(barely) subverting the tired old "male and female lead get it on, hurr-di-durr" trope. I mean, it'll probably happen "for real" eventually, but the Fauxlivia/Peter dynamic made everything a lot more interesting.
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Re: Cringe

Postby legopelle » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:22 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:That didn't really bother me. That sort of 1970s hokum is very much in character with Walter.


As for the new latest episode, I like the way the show is developing. It's so unpredictable.

I understand the rationale, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. I don't know why.

Peter:
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It was a little unnerving seeing him go assasin-mode out of nowhere. His empathy harshly fell.
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Re: Cringe

Postby You, sir, name? » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:28 am UTC

legopelle wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:That didn't really bother me. That sort of 1970s hokum is very much in character with Walter.


As for the new latest episode, I like the way the show is developing. It's so unpredictable.

I understand the rationale, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. I don't know why.


He was wearing Jacoby's glasses. I can't be made upset by someone who does that.
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Re: Cringe

Postby Link » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:32 am UTC

legopelle wrote:Peter:
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It was a little unnerving seeing him go assasin-mode out of nowhere. His empathy harshly fell.

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I figured something must have set him off his rocker the moment they showed it was Peter who had been a-slaying. It's so unlike what we've seen of him so far. My first thought was that he had been replaced by a shapeshifter himself, but that would be pretty ridiculous. Then I figured it was probably related to the machine - and lo and behold, Walter agrees. :)

I wouldn't be surprised if this change in behaviour ends up being the thing that makes Walter understand the machine.
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Re: Cringe

Postby KeyserSoze » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:05 pm UTC

I love the fact that Massive Dynamic
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decided "oh, there's a machine that when powered on could quite possibly destroy a Universe...

LET'S BUILD IT!!"


Seriously. Did no-one stand up in that board meeting and say "no, hang on guys. Let's think this one through a bit"
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