Showing posts from April, 2010

FlashForward: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Well, what do you know? After a string of stinkers, FlashForward goes and pulls off a pretty decent episode. It’s far too late in the game for it to count towards longevity -- this show is still doomed -- but it raises my hopes they’ll be able to wrap up this season gracefully.

Olivia finds Baltar in her kitchen, doing his finest Howling Mad Murdoch impression. He babbles about how he’s seen her at various events all throughout her life: a Pixies concert, a wedding… He informs her that she made a mistake by marrying Mark instead of Lloyd (yeesh, no kidding. Mark is a dud). For good measure, he howls, “Don’t buy coffee today from the man who looks like Mr. Clean!”

A little freaked out, Olivia drives to work. There’s been a terrible car accident in front of the hospital, and the coffee cart vendor -- who has a bald pate like Mr. Clean -- is lying in a bloody heap. So that’s weird. You know what’s also weird? Nobody on the scene, including trained surgeon Olivia, is doing a damn …

Fringe: The Man From the Other Side

My recap of last week's Fringe is now up at

Hey, April is almost over. Are we due for a new keywords post? We might just be. I'll see what I can throw together.

FlashForward: The Garden of Forking Paths

It’s the Ides of March, 2010, the day of Demetri’s supposed murder. Zoey talks to her client, Alda Herzog, trying to get her to spill the beans about Demetri’s death. Alda demands an emergency hearing before she’ll say anything. Remember Alda’s early appearances on this show when she was spooky and interesting, what with her Sufi parables and ominous threats about dark, powerful forces beyond everyone’s comprehension? All that has been stripped away from her. Now, she’s just an irritating butthead.

We see a flashback to six months before the blackout: Alda meets with that impeccably-suited blonde Englishman who was one of Flosso’s henchmen (I think he probably died when Mark raided the warehouse and saved Lloyd and Simon, but I don’t care enough to go back and check). His name, apparently, was Hellinger. Hellinger takes Alda to meet Dyson Frost, who has black and white dominos set up in elaborate patterns inside a warehouse (Frost explains that this represents the titular gard…

Fringe: White Tulip

I got all ranty about the most recent episode of Fringe, which, despite some fine use of Gary Numan songs (no, not "Cars"), was sort of annoying. My recap is now posted at TVgasm.

FlashForward: Let No Man Put Asunder

We open with a flashback to Mark welcoming a fresh new crop of agents, including Demetri, Janis, and cute dead Al (hi, Al!), to the FBI. Marcie -- the agent who was revealed as the non-Janis mole last episode -- is there as well, in a clumsy attempt to shoehorn her into the FlashForward backstory where she didn’t exist before. Gah, I hate this sort of thing. Call it the Nikki and Paulo syndrome. Or worse, HRG’s partner Lauren on the dismal last season of Heroes, who apparently was his partner/love interest all throughout the prior seasons as well, even though we never saw her. Or heard anyone mention her, ever. It’s vaguely insulting. If Marcie was such an integral part of things, we should have seen her before last episode, period. Trying to convince us of her importance in retrospect isn’t going to work.

Present day: It’s March 12th, three days before Demetri is supposed to be shot and killed with Mark’s missing gun. Demetri and Mark grill Marcie about her motives and her em…

Fringe: Olivia. In the Lab. With a Revolver.

My recap of last week's thorougly okayish episode of Fringeis now up at

Life Beyond Thunderdome: Night of the Comet

My montly column at Forces of Geek is now up. It's a look at the totally awesome 1984 cult classic Night of the Comet, starring Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney as a couple of adorable gun-toting teens battling it out with zombies in comet-devastated Los Angeles. So, yeah, it's a documentary.

FlashForward: Queen Sacrifice

Well, ugh. This makes three Flash Forward episodes in a row I’ve sort of hated. My inclination is to take a three-strikes-it’s-out approach -- I don’t like squandering my time on TV shows that are tedious to watch and aren’t likely to improve. But we’re getting close to the end of the season -- which, barring a miracle, will also be the end of the series -- and I’ve invested enough energy that I’d prefer to see it through to the end.

I’ll start with the plotline I liked the most, which, oddly, was Keiko and Bryce. It still seems like an unnecessary diversion from the main plot, seeing as it has nothing at all to do with the causes of the blackouts or with any of the other FBI-related intrigue going on, but it worked this week, sort of, mainly because Yuko Takeuchi, who plays Keiko, is lovely and charming and fun to watch.

Keiko is still in Los Angeles. She spends her days (and nights) hanging out in the sushi restaurant she saw in her flash forward, hoping to meet Bryce. While out …

Fringe: Peter

So, Fringe. Ever wonder how, exactly, Peter died and how Walter ended up kidnapping some other Peter from a parallel universe to replace his dead kid? This episode answers all your questions.

Also: It's 1985! There are zeppelins! And Back to the Future sight gags!

My recap is up at TVgasm.

FlashForward: Better Angels

It’s kind of depressing to think how, just two weeks ago, I was optimistic about FlashForward’s return and remarking how the show finally seemed to be back on the right path. I’m not optimistic anymore. In fact, between this episode and the last, I’m now resigned to just watching the sand run out of the hourglass.

In Nicole and Bryce news: Nicole decides to go to medical school, and Bryce finally tells her about his cancer. That’s really all that happens with them. Nothing about Nicole’s flash forward of being murdered, nothing further on Bryce’s mystery dream girl from his own future vision. Really, they’re both just in this episode to remind viewers they’re still part of the show, however tangentially. I shall consider myself duly reminded. I shall also offer up my best wishes that, upon the inevitable news of cancellation, Peyton List and Zachary Knighton manage to get themselves cast in projects that give them a better chance to flourish. They’re both likeable and attractiv…