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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2011
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    It is fall finale season. Justified and Fringe conclude this week and Community starts a two-part western-themed paintball extravaganza. This is exciting. I believe all fall shows are 1-3 episodes away from completion. Things might be a bit quiet around here for awhile.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2011
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    The Community fake clip show might be the greatest thing ever made.
    • CommentAuthorValente
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    I was impressed with Exile. Slow burn at the start, building to a vicious dark tale by the end. Top work from Simm & co and especially Jim Broadbent.

    Next BBC drama to watch out for would be noir-tinged The Shadow Line, starts tomorrow: cast includes Christopher Ecclestone, Chiwetel Ejifor, Stephen Rea, Lesley Sharp, Rafe Spall, Antony Sher.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    Just starting are Treme, by the same team that did The Wire.

    I, also, suggest The Borgias. If I had to describe it, I would call it a cross between Rome and The Tudors.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    The Justified finale maybe wasn't quite as action-packed as last year, but it was about as perfect a conclusion as one could have hoped. Plenty of clever resolutions, big moments and a some really interesting threads left to pull for next year.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
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    Bump for the Fringe finale. Thoughts, everyone?

    So, obviously next season is going to focus on the two universes coming together to stop the tears appearing in both worlds while, most likely, dealing with some new threat. I'm wondering if cases of the week will just completely go out the window now, as I don't really see how they could continue to make them relevant while still maintaining the pace and consequence of the main storyline.

    My immediate theory on the big what-the-fuck moment with Peter at the end is that he's essentially been the bridge all along. He existed solely to connect the two worlds, thus allowing them to both eventually reach a peaceful existence. However, this leaves two big questions:

    1) What actually happened, and what does everyone now perceive to have happened?

    2) Seeing as how they're not going to knock a main cast member off the show like that, how is Peter going to come back?
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
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    Just watched Fringe finale too. O-O

    I figured they'd do something like that, but didn't predict the Peter part. I figured He'd snap back to the story's present and they'd just kill Walternate when he showed up or that he'd combine the universes into one. I remember reading somewhere online that Oliva's evil Step Dad would play a bigger part in Season 4 (may have be a thing for Season 3 though) so perhaps he'll be the new big bad when the new season starts and they get the Walternate issues ironed out?
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    SO, Fringe...

    All sorts of theories around what happens next. The producers drop some hints here.


    Suggestion elsewhere (AV Club) that Peter has become an Observer. Not sure I'd buy that, but he'd look good in a snap-brim fedora.
    My colleague Kevin of grinding.be notes, strongly, that the ending was pretty much identical to that of the under-rated Charlie Jade.

    I loved how the Yin/Yang relationship of the worlds & Walters is explicitly mentioned - which makes Peter the Shen, the element of human consciousness which reconciles them.

    Loved it. Would have been perfect end to whole series but I'm overjoyed there's at least one more to come.
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      CommentAuthorVaehling
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011 edited
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    Well, they had a possible cancellation dangling over them at some point, didn't they? So my guess is they put everything into this finale to make it work either way. They should do this every year!

    I particularly like that they now have an explanation for the First People thing. 'Cause I've had my trouble buying that before.

    On the other hand, do they? I mean, after Peter undid the future with the time hole in it?
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011
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    Read Cat's link - it's suggested that certain things could still have happened for other reasons.
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    Thought explaining away the origin of the machine/first people arc at the end felt very tacked on and underdeveloped. Seems a lazy way out of what was becoming the main source of intrigue in the show (for me anyway). Plus, I hate closed loop time travel logic.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2011
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    it's suggested that certain things could still have happened for other reasons.


    I read some stuff recently...

    So if Peter never existed, then Faux-livia didn't get pregnant, right? And then she's still with her old boyfriend?
    Also, Seth Gabel, aka Lincoln Lee is a regular cast member now...



    and this:

    "...moving forward, that room inside the Statue of Liberty will serve as “sort of an airlock” via which VIPs can cross to and fro. “You go out one door and you’re in our universe; you go out the other door and you’re in theirs,” he explained. But despite its location within a landmark, this “bridge” won’t be getting added to any NYC tourist maps. “No,” Wyman confirms with a laugh. “It will be a well-kept secret.”


    Which honestly blows my mind, because I was wondering how that shit would work...
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2011
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    @Government Spy: The Statue of Liberty is now home to Massive Dynamic's newest corporate acquisition: Aperture Laboratories.

    Nerd jokes aside:
    I'm glad Lincoln is becoming a regular cast member. I was thrilled when he had his Universe 1 episode. Along those lines, I'd also love more Alt-Charlie Francis. The no Peter = no baby thing is something I've read about as well. I'd be fine with that, I wasn't a huge fan of that romantic plot tangle to begin with.

    The dangling thread I'm wondering most about is the gentleman with the X shirt from LSD that Olivia said was going to kill her. He seemed less like a dream-construct and more like another mindjacker.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2011
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    I miss Olivia's sister. The second they decided to hook Peter up with Olivia instead, they completely forgot about her.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2011
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    Ah well...

    NBC rejects 'Wonder Woman'
    Well that was fun (to make fun of) while it lasted. EW has learned that NBC passed on the much buzzed-about Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley and Warner Bros. TV.

    Also not making the cut: Don Johnson’s return to TV in Mann’s World, a drama about a hairstylist, and the Civil War-era Western Reconstruction and Ron Moore’s magic cops drama 17th Precinct.
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2011
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    I wish they hadn't canceled Lie to Me, it was good for expression reference. D: Now I have one less show to watch.

    @J.Brennan
    I think the guy in the X shirt is Oliva's step dad. I figure since he already knows where she lives and she hasn't Seen him in years, he's been following her, and she just hasn't noticed, but her subconscious picked up on who it was. It'd be neat if it turned out like the Observers and he was in the background the whole time, but I don't think they've done that. ono
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2011
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    @Neila
    Hmm I thought it wasn't her stepfather as he was a completely separate and overtly hostile entity in her mind. Maybe just another manifestion of him? If I'm recalling correctly, Peter mentioned him and that he was locked inside the zeppelin. He seemed distinguished enough that he seemed there was something more there.
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    Loved the Community season-ending 2-part paintballstravaganza... but did they really need Abed to bluntly say "We're moving into a Star Wars motif" after they did the full title crawl?

    Plus, no woman has ever looked lovelier in orange paint than Alison Brie.