Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Fringe Season 3, Episode 18: "Bloodline"
So here's where I apologize. Despite Fringe's move to Fridays ultimately being a good thing for the show -- it's been a ratings success and got a (fairly early) renewal for a fourth season just like I predicted it would -- it's been a terrible thing for my commitment to blog about the show on a week-to-week basis. I may overwork myself during the week, but I do enjoy my weekends (plus I feel as if we're not all here to discuss whenever I put anything up on Saturdays; better to wait til school's back in session).
But after finally catching up on Friday's episode (the last until the final four episodes of the season blaze through May sweeps), I had to get up on here, because people: THAT WAS SOME STUFF!
I'm not even sure about where I should begin, except maybe to say that between last week's Leonard Nimoy impersonation (brilliantly tiptoeing the line between hilarious send-up and blatant parody) and this wee's Easy-Bake Pregnancy, Anna Torv best be getting some hazard pay. She's been at the absolute top of her game all season, but none more so than in these last two insane weeks.
Point #2 (sorry, guys, but I feel like bullet points are all I have in me): This episode made me feel like the penultimate season of Lost, where in the span of merely one episode, I completely fell head-over-heels onto the Sawyer-and-Juliet bandwagon. Because that's pretty much where I am right now about Lincoln and Olivia. You guys! That birthing scene was so emotionally intense. Seth Gabel has been doing a great job all season (again, loved him last week as his Our World double), but he really put it into another gear this week.
Point #3: I know I say this every time there's an Alt World episode, but how can I not talk about it this week too? The way this reality has imprinted itself onto the fandom (I...can't be the only one, right?) with less than half the episodes to do so is just remarkable. Even this week, with pretty much all the cool shit happening in Our World, Team Red was able to pull the interest back to their side of the divide with a combination of massively sympathetic leads (Lincoln and Charlie), ace side characters (Liv's mom, Henry the cabbie), and a freakout of a central plot (that wonderful sped-up pregnancy). And so now we're left with the same dilemma as our heroes: how do we solve the inter-dimensional rift without destroying one of these two worlds we love so much??
Point #4: Mentat Astrid is fantastic.
Point #5: Is it just because Amy Madigan should have more to do in general that I kept waiting for her to be revealed as behind the entire kidnapping plot. I mean, I'm glad she wasn't (this situation doesn't call for a SpyMommy), but I was expecting it.
What am I missing, y'all? Talk to me about this one. What a goodamn corker.
More Fringe on Low Res:
Fringe 3.1 "Olivia"
Fringe 3.2 "The Box"
Fringe 3.3 "The Plateau".
Fringe 3.4 "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Fringe 3.5, "Amber 31422"
Fringe 3.6, "6995 kHz"
Fringe 3.7, "The Abducted"
Fringe 3.8, "Entrada"
Fringe 3.9, "Marionette"
Fringe 3.10, "The Firefly"