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'Fringe' recap: Jellyfish and lipstick

Filled with clues, jokes, poignancy, and lipstick, “Concentrate and Ask Again,” this week’s episode of Fringe, can be viewed as completing a trilogy of episodes that bring together a lot of the show’s mythology. “The Firefly” brought the Observers back; “Reciprocity” was a fairly massive Massive Dynamic info-dump; and this week we learned more about Nina Sharp and the Cortexiphan drug trials. What tied them all these together? The doomsday device, and Peter and Olivia’s connections to it. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: Peter gets 'weaponized'

This week’s Fringe, an episode titled “Reciprocity,” was about breaking codes and breaking down defenses. It began on a rather light note, when it was revealed that our heroes had cracked the encryption code on the alternate-world-Olivia’s case files. (In deference to Walter, who this week started using the widely-employed fan term “Fauxlivia,” that’s what I’ll call her here.) What was the key to the code? READ FULL STORY

The return of 'Fringe' recap: 'The Firefly' glowed with love, loss, and Christopher Lloyd

Fringe returned in its new time period on Friday night with “The Firefly,” an exemplary episode designed to bring joy, deep satisfaction, and uneasy fears to the hearts of its fans. I’ll deal with the joys and satisfactions first. READ FULL STORY

10 TV events to look forward to in 2011

Happy new year! And a new year of TV means premieres, specials, returns of favorites, and risky business. Here are 10 TV events to look forward to. Bookmark this list and watch for their start-dates. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' refuses to accept death on Fridays: New video here

It looks as though the folks over at Fringe are preparing to deal with their Jan. 21 move to Fridays with anything but denial, anger, bargaining, depression, or acceptance. Well, maybe READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes TV nominations: 'The Walking Dead'! 'Boardwalk Empire'! Other surprises and disappointments!

The Golden Globes TV nominations found room for zombies and bootleggers this year, as The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire were among the new names on the television list. The biggest loser: Lost.

In keeping with a tradition of rewarding HBO shows, Boardwalk Empire‘s nominations included Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald as well as the show itself. More surprising was the inclusion of The Walking Dead, which despite its late-in-the-year premiere and a mere half-dozen episodes managed to impress the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Other newcomers included READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: A 'Marionette' and a strawberry milk shake with extra whipped cream

Knowing that this was the first Fringe after the alternating alternate-universe arc and the last before a winter break placed quite a burden on this week’s episode, entitled “Marionette.” But by now, the series is so sure of its tone, its surging story-telling power, that it more than met its challenges. The fringe-science case was a resonant dilly: A man is harvesting the donated organs of a dead woman he loved/loves, hoping to put her together, Franken-style, and reanimate her. In the same way as this harvester, Fringe has become exhilaratingly fearless about READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: 'Entrada' and exits, lives saved and lost

With its first-time-ever blue- and red-tinged opening credits, we knew from the start that this week’s Fringe, titled “Entrada,” was going to be the universe-melding adventure we’d been awaiting. The question was, how were the two Olivias going to get switched back to their rightful universes? The bigger questions — for the season, for the series, for us — were, Who can people trust, and how can people maintain hope in the face of seemingly inevitable disaster? (And I’m not talking about Fringe‘s imminent move to Friday nights.)

The hour picked up right where last week’s ended, with READ FULL STORY

Four TV things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving weekend: Taylor Swift, 'Fringe,' Bristol Palin, and 'The Walking Dead'

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are a few things TV watchers can be thankful for:

1. Tonight’s TV special, Taylor Swift: Speak Now. Sure, it’s mostly a promotional hour plugging her new album, but like everything else Taylor Swift does, it’s both commercial and charming, shrewd and clever. It includes everything from musical performances to taking trips with Taylor to a Target store to buy her own album (added bonus: no Kristen Wiig guest appearance as an annoying Target check-out line employee):

2. A new Fringe episode. Yeah, okay, it’s not until next Thursday, but you can watch the past three episodes on Hulu now, this weekend, to prepare for Dec. 2’s big, climactic, things-really-change episode, “Entrada,” in which the two Olivias will make desperation moves, a character will die, and READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: In 'The Abducted,' who can take a child? The Candyman can.

The greatest themes in Fringe are The Missing Child and The Missing Father. Walter’s abduction of the alternate-universe Peter to replace his own dead son was such a profound violation of the universe(s) — a cataclysmic sin, to use a religious value that Fringe usually does not traffick in — that it caused both a massive and very specific rift, inter-dimensional and interpersonal.

To take just another quick example: In season one, before things became more complicated, Fringe was fundamentally about a son (Peter) who led a purposeless existence because of the absence of a father (the Walter committed to an asylum; the Walternate in another dimension).

This week’s Fringe elaborated on these themes and extended them to other key characters. The hour commenced with a fright: A little boy on the show’s Other Side, Max, eight years old, is afraid of noises in his bedroom. The pre-credit sequence played out initially as such scenes do in most TV shows and movies — Mom comes in and comforts him, kid settles down to sleep. But then READ FULL STORY

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