TV Talk: The Walking Dead Episode 211 ‘Judge, Jury, Executioner’

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

The Walking Dead Episode 211 ‘Judge, Jury, Executioner’

This is the Rick I know. These past few episodes TV Rick has really been aligning with the Comic Rick, and I love it. But I do admit, it’s scary to see Rick make these critical decisions and they’ve only had a taste of the horrors that the humans and zombies will bring. I mean, they haven’t even met the governor yet!

Now let’s talk about the moment of the night, Dale’s death. I was completely shocked by his (very gross) death. I think the comics tainted my view of characters longevity in the tv show. Dale’s death wasn’t just the death of his character, it was the death of everything he stood for.

In this episode he’s the only one trying to save Randall’s life. He’s clinging to how life used to be and wants to remain ignorant on how much the world has changed. He was mostly likely going to be the only one to urge the group to hang on to their fleeting humanity in this now inhumane world. I’m interested to see how much that will affect the groups future decisions.

Random reflections:

  • – I sensed a bit of foretelling when Dale told Rick, “You think about your son… The message you’re giving him.” Just sayin’!
  • – And can we all take a moment to reflect on how cute the scene was between Hershel and Glenn.
  • – Was T-Dog even in this episode?
  • – Carl is 10 going on 35. That’s what happens to kids when the world has gone to shit. He ended up indirectly saving Randalls life (at least for this episode) and getting Dale killed.
  • – Also Carl, didn’t your mom ever tell you not to throw rocks at zombies?
  • – I saw someone tweet that Daryl went from the Sawyer of the group to Sayid (from Lost), and I agree.

Overall I really enjoyed this episode. They did a fantastic job highlighting the new world these characters are living in and the choices and responsibilities that come with it.

TV Talk: Fringe- The End of All Things

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

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Fringe- Season 4 Episode 14 “The End of All Things”

Following the “Holy Shit” ending from last week, I expected this dramatically titled episode “The End of All Things” to blow my mind. But it didn’t. I enjoyed it, for the most part, but allow me to explain.

After many years, we finally find out who the observers are. I should be more excited about this than actually I am. But their big reveal was a bit predictable, or dare I say, safe.

The observers are super-evolved humans from a (possible) future timeline. Which I think was the most common and reasonable theory that has been adopted by many Cortexifans since season one. But that was pretty much the only “new” news that September told us. Even Peter gets frustrated and tells him, “Walter already told me this.”

Peter finds out he is a daddy, well, he was a daddy. Baby Henry wasn’t supposed to happen, or at least not with Fauxlivia, and that’s why Peter and Henry had to be erased. But like most people in Fringe, no one stays erased (or dead) forever.

I’m pretty sure Henry will come back. Even though I don’t believe Peter is projecting his thoughts onto Olivia like Walter and Lincoln believe, if we go with that theory then perhaps baby Henry will magically reappear into existence because Peter wants him back. Or maybe the right Olivia will get pregnant?

I felt like this scene would have been the perfect time to tell us how exactly Peter was able to return. Where was he when he “didn’t exist”? What was up with all those flashes of Peter that Walter was seeing in the beginning of the season? Hopefully we’ll find out those answers this season. I felt like the Peter/September mind-meld should have been one of the highlights of the season, but it fell short or to quote a friend, it was “blunted”.

Despite my feelings on the observer reveal. I did enjoy this episode. The pacing was fast, especially forFringe. Of course, in typical Bad Robot style we get one question answered, only to have several more questions emerge. Which Nina is working with Jones? Is it original Nina, Alt-Nina, shape-shifter Nina, or something completely different?

One of my favorite scenes was when Olivia goes all Jean Gray meets Carrie and used her powers to free herself from DRJ and save Peter. I did my best to ignore Olivia’s sorry excuse of a seizure (and by ignore I mean yell at my TV). We get yet another surprise, Jones can’t die, or at least easily. Pretty cool. But why didn’t Liv shoot the portal generator instead of DRJ? She could have either sliced and diced him (again) or trapped him. But then I guess we wouldn’t know that a bullet to his throat is harmless.

I wanted to strangle Peter when he tells Olivia for the umpteenth time, “You are not my Olivia”. And then it “suddenly” begins to rain…

TV Talk: Fringe- A Better Human Being

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

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Oh my, where to start. ‘A Better Human Being’ had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I felt the first half of season was very up and down. We would only get little doses of the major story arch, but mostly they focused on the case of the week.

The last few episodes are finally discussing what we really care about. Will everyone be drinking boxed wine in the future?! And also, who the observers are, is Peter where he’s supposed to be, and what’s up with Nina drugging Olivia with cortexiphan?

Peter has annoyed me with his whole, “I need to go back to my timeline” thing. My theory is, I think he is in his timeline, it’s just that Olivia and everyone elses’ memory hasn’t snapped back yet. So this episode Olivia is finally starts getting major flashbacks, and my emotions are all over the place! I’m so excited she’s starting to remember, but poor Peter is too scared to accept it. He doesn’t want another Fauxlivia baby mama drama on his hands (and neither do I). When they held hands, my poor heart just couldn’t take it. I think that scene expressed more than when they kissed in the car.

Poor Walter is jealous that Olivia is getting flashbacks about Peter and he isn’t. And I can’t be mad at him for that. He also finds out about Olivia and the cortexiphan in her body and goes with Lincoln (yay he’s back!) to talk to Nina. The bomb is dropped and they find out Nina was lying. Then they drop another bomb and not only is Olivia kidnapped, Nina is kidnapped too! What the what?!

So is the Nina kidnapped in the basement “our Nina”? Is the bad Nina a shape-shifter or a FuaxNina from the red ‘verse? Maybe they perfected shape-shifters so they don’t have to kill them and identical genetically. They must be keeping Nina alive for some important reason. Is AltBroyles a baddie too? Does Olivia really have to die? Can she rewrite fate? When will we find out about who the observers are? What is Phase 2? What is Jones master plan? Why was the glyph of the episode “HENRY” the cab driver from the red ‘verse? So many questions!