And a Cathode-Ray Tube Please: S on Fringe’s Season 4 Premiere “Neither Here Nor There”

Lincoln Lee and Olivia Dunham Neither Here Nor There

What struck me most about “Neither Here Nor There” was how seamlessly the show slipped back into the everyday without Peter. This is not to say that his absence didn’t leave a mark, because it did. Interestingly, the absence of Peter left subtle changes in the world due to his lack of influence on those around him. It was the choices to handle the absence with subtlety rather than having his disappearance leave a profound change in the worlds that I found most compelling. Continue reading

Must See TV Trailers & Previews Released at Comic Con 2011

Previously Published by Sara (that’s me) at G33KPRON

Nerds from around the world gathered in San Diego this past weekend for Comic Con. Amid all the madness, our favourite television shows had their panels and released juicy tidbits, trailers, previews and spoofs for their upcoming (and current) seasons. I’ve gathered videos from the most important shows all together in once place. Click more for video from The Walking Dead, Chuck, Fringe, True Blood, The Ringer, Dexter and more. Continue reading

Top 5(ish) Father’s Day Edition: Our Fave TV Dads

For Father’s Day we’re celebrating by putting together a list of our favourite small-screen Dads! Funny, Brave, Badass or all of the above, you’ll find him here.

Did we leave out your favourite TV Dad? Let us know in the comments.

Wilf Mott, Donna’s Granddad, Doctor Who
(Bernard Cribbins)

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Bernard Cribbins as Wilf Mott with the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) in the Tardis

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Top 5 Mother’s Day Edition: TV’s Awesome Moms

In honour of Mother’s Day, we at The Viewing Party have put together a special Top 5 list of some favourite TV moms.  Whether annoying, comical, or just plain sweet, these ladies all embrace unique interpretations of motherhood.  Enjoy!

Lwaxana Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation

She’s the Betazoid mother of Counsellor Troi that Captain Picard loves to hate.  What happens when you combine a hilariously overbearing personality with telepathic abilities?

Jackie Tyler from Doctor Who

Rose’s mum who shows up periodically throughout the first three seasons of (new) Doctor Who is perhaps a bit of a floozy, but she’s always there when Rose needs her.  Plus she adds to the great comedy of the show!

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Peter & The Machine – S Recaps Fringe 3×20 “6:02 AM EST”

I’ve felt a bit up and down on Fringe lately, this is mostly because I hold Fringe up to crazy high standards so if I’m not spending the entire hour at the edge of my seat I feel let down. After being pretty disappointed with “Stowaway” it took a little bump to get me back into the Fringe zone.

Since then I have been falling back in love with this show and am certain that this week’s ep (“6:02 AM EST”) has served as an amazing set up to what I’m sure will be a fantastic penultimate episode in “The Last Sam Weiss” and an agonizing wait until the finale the week after that.

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Top 5: Walterisms

Watching Fringe this season, we’re constantly reminded that resident mad scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop, is near solely responsible for all the fringe events our team has encountered to date, thanks to his meddling with the veil between the two universes. Before Walter had pieces of his brain cut out, caused the accidental death of his lab assistant, and was incarcerated in a mental institution for 17 years, he had little qualms with experimenting on human subjects, conducting illegal drug trials on children, and generally pushing science beyond all recognizable ethical boundaries simply to prove that he could.

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Love will Tear us Apart…or can Walter bring us Together? – S on Fringe 3×14 “6B”

H did a great job covering 6B in her recap here so much so that I don’t have a whole lot to add. I absolutely agree that feelings are so much at the heart of this show. They fuel the complex relationships, and fearlessness with which Olivia approaches her job that make this show great. H, you are so spot on when you describe Peter and Olivia’s relationship as about being there for each other, and agree that Peter & Altlivia have far more chemistry and that it would be far more confusing if not for the amazing actors that fill these roles.

I loved the way Fringe incorporated the theme of Valentine’s Day in the perfect Fringetastic way – of course it’s love that will tear the universe apart. [Which also resulted in this song being stuck in my head all week]. I did really like this week’s episode, it was wacky, weird and emotionally poignent, and as the TV announcer said in the previews “Peter and Olivia made progress”.

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It’s All About Feelings – H on A Very Fringe-y Valentines’ “6B”

Right before the apex of this episode—when the universes seem to be on the verge of collapsing—Broyles asks the question, “you think all this is because of feelings?” In a word, Phil? Yes.

If you think back (waaaaaaay back) to the first season of Fringe, Olivia gives a sceptical Broyles a fantastic speech about how her feelings are one of her greatest assets for the job that she has to do.

I understand that you think I acted too emotionally. And putting aside the fact that men always say that about women they work with, I’ll get straight to the point. I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It’s what motivates me. It helps me to get into the headspace of our victims… See what they’ve seen. Even if I don’t want to, even if it horrifies me. And I think it makes me a better agent. If you have a problem with that, sorry.”

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Denial and Acceptance – H on the stages of life in Fringe’s “Immortality”

If you’re anything like me, gentle viewers, the “big reveal” from last night’s episode was not so much what you could call a surprise. The rumour has been circling the net for weeks now, and everyone from the show’s producers to lowly bloggers have been teasing and sidestepping and playing on viewing’s anxieties about the issue with that gleeful sort of sadism unique to the entertainment world.

I know a lot of us have all ready gone through our stages of denial, to fearing this would turn our beloved show into a schlocky soap opera, to acceptance, and now finally to the stage where we are once again choosing to put our trust in the writers to tell the best story they can.

Because once again, Fringe writers, you have yet to let me down.

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The Importance of Our Olivia – S on Fringe 3×12 “Concentrate and Try Again”

The thing I love about Fringe is that it never fails to disappoint, week after week the show continues to gather momentum, building an intricate universe where worlds collide yet the story never feels too confusing or convoluted. I know that every week I will be impressed. I’m going to throw a few thoughts on the page and then leave the heavy lifting to H – our resident Fringe expert.

H – I know that as exciting as the Fringe in Formal wear previews were last week you were concerned that having Olivia in a dress (looking drop dead gorgeous I might add) would take away from the traditionally masculine role she embodies. Her ability to play this more masculine role and still own her femininity without spike heels and make up is what makes the character of Olivia so precious and unique that we don’t want her to change.

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