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Fringe Episode 15: Inner Child

After way too long a break, Fringe is finally back with fresh episodes to wrap up the first season.  Tonight we got an episode with everything we’ve come to expect plus a little extra.

I only had one thought when the little albino boy was revealed during the opening–Holy shit it’s The Observer as a little boy somehow.  Ultimately, I’m not sure that’s right, but this kid certainly has some special abilities, just like our favorite bald guy who loves jalapenos.  I suspected the boy was somehow reading Olivia’s emotions when he started freaking out as she got worked up in the hallway outside his hospital room.  The moment the boy shared with The Observer at the end of the episode made me think it’s not the last time we’ll see him, and that he probably has more abilities that will be revealed at a later date.  As for the abilities we saw tonight, I must admit that the upside-down writing totally freaked me out.

Just before tonight’s episode, I read this article on Ars Technica about the cracking of the code within the images at the commercial breaks.  Based on the article, I guessed the first image must be a W, and I guess I was right since the remaining images spelled out A-L-T-E-R.  I’m not exactly sure how significant these hidden words are, but I love when this kind of attention to detail is part of a show.  It certainly makes you wonder how many other hidden messages there are.

The only thing about tonight’s episode that was a bit lame to me was the serial killer’s method for tricking his first victim of the episode.  I mean this was totally pulled directly from Silence of the Lambs.  In fact, the only thing missing was the guy asking, “Would ya?” when his victim offered to help him load his windowless van.

Fortunately, no lame Silence of the Lambs reference could sink an episode that contained one of my favorite crazy Walter quotes to date: “I’m sure Agent Dunham knows what a penis looks like!  Don’t you Agent Dunham?”


April 7, 2009 Posted by | Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

House Season 5 Episode 20: Simple Explanation

I was all set to write a pretty standard post about this week’s House until about 8 minutes into the episode.


Holy shit Kutner is dead!  This took me completely by surprise.  Perhaps I need to start paying attention to the teasers for next week’s episode.

As an aside, the White House announced today that Kal Penn has accepted a position with the Obama Administration, so the departure was definitely his idea.

I wanted to believe it when House started talking murder instead of suicide, but when the very next scene included Meatloaf’s wife trying to kill herself, I saw a classic House patient/doctor parallel, and realized that Kutner definitely pulled the trigger on his own.  Later in the episode, Cuddy pulls it together nicely by pointing out that House doesn’t want to believe it was a suicide since Kutner shared so many of House’s character traits.

I think it’s a shame for Meatloaf that he ended up in this episode since the Kutner story completely overshadowed the actual case at hand.  When I look back at this episode, I’m probably more likely to remember the little drunk pageant girl than Meatloaf.

Near the end of the episode, when Taub actually grew a pair and confronted the patients, I was excited.  I thought we might see a new Taub from now on.  Then it all melted away as soon as he was alone, and we got to watch him cry like a baby as the episode ended.  However, before he wilted like a little girl, Taub did deliver the best line of the night, and he bitchslapped House in the process.  As House was obsessing about Kutner’s “murder”, he asks Taub what doesn’t seem right about it, and Taub’s response is, “A man who only pursues the rational, suddenly pursuing the irrational.”  That called out the theme of this episode–watching House, who always strives to cut emotion out of the case, allow emotion to rule his own analysis of Kutner’s death.  I guess Greg House is human after all.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments