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 51 Wicked 223, Sat, 7th Nov '09 3:18:48 PM from Death Star in the forest
Just watched "Dream Logic."

Remember when this show had a plot, guys?
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 52 GG Crono, Sun, 8th Nov '09 9:04:29 AM from Waterbury, Connecticut
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Was the Secret Word Beta? That isn't enough letters. Pretty sure I missed a couple.

It was BETRAY.
"Honesty is the best policy but insanity is a better defense."
 53 Janitor, Mon, 9th Nov '09 11:39:39 PM from Berne, Switzerland
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Thanks, GG!

You know, I don't think the people doing the secret words are on the writing staff. Just a suspicion.
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 54 alliterator, Mon, 23rd Nov '09 12:39:12 AM from Southern California
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I just finished watching the entire first season on DVD. It started slow, but then...wow. Starting with "The Arrival" and then "Safe" and "Bound, " it just kicked into high gear and was awesome.

I'm having the reverse X-Files effect though: while watching The X-Files, I loved most of the Monster of the Week episodes and disliked the Myth Arc episodes (which never answered anything), but with Fringe, the episodes I dislike are mostly MOTW episodes and I love the Myth Arc episodes ("There Is More Than One Of Everything" was awesome, even though I knew The Reveal already).
 55 K*SPAM, Mon, 7th Dec '09 8:03:22 AM from Control Room
Snakehead. Two words: Tentacle Fanfic. Out there, somewhere, it is being written.

 56 presidentevil 133, Mon, 7th Dec '09 4:46:42 PM from The Space For This
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Those squid things scared the shit out of me.

Y'know, I think Fringe is actually like a horror series to me - sometimes I end up watching just to see what horrifying CGI they've cooked up this week.
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So, apparently you go insane if you get the parts of Walter's brain that keep him sane. What does that mean? Did the brain-storers become "super-sane" due to having Walter's sane parts and go to the other side of sanity, Bursar-style?

It feels like they waste Leonard Nimoy, considering how few episodes he signs on for. But now I'm really not sure who's side he's on. I would guess that Newton is some sort of Bell rebel, but they already did that with Jones last season. So does that mean he is working for Bell? Or maybe the hypothetical Walternate, my new favorite Fan Nickname, is the one who knew about the brain-stealing.

It seems that with all the psychics running around on this show, they could find a better way to remove memories. I guess the psychics were still kids when they did the lobotomy?

Olivia regained some badass from taking out the van in one shot when I thought it would get away. But I really want her to become a telekinetic supersoldier soon! Her potential Psychic Powers are the only thing that ties her into the plot, so she should embrace them.
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 58 alliterator, Sat, 12th Dec '09 12:03:56 AM from Southern California
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I think they said that if you put anybody's brain into someone else's brain, that would turn them inside; this time, it just happened to be Walter's memories of the door to another universe.

I liked badass Olivia (she shot that one guy in the head!). I like how it was Bell who took the brain matter out of Walter's head (which seems like it would be a good thing, until you remember that it then drove three people insane).
 59 GG Crono, Wed, 16th Dec '09 8:44:43 AM from Waterbury, Connecticut
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Isn't Thomas Jerome Newton the name of David Bowie's character in The Man Who Fell To Earth?

I'm not sure what to make of that.
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 60 Neep, Wed, 16th Dec '09 9:50:21 PM from Booooooooomblastandruin
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I've been busy with finals and catching up on the series via Hulu, and I must say "August noooooooooooo!"

Also:
  • they've been around through all of human history, huh?
  • It doesn't occur to Massive Dynamic geek (who may or may not have been given a name but nobody cares) that the sharp upswing in Observer sightings might be due to the improvement in technology enabling images to be recorded, spread, and examined much more?
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Those squid things scared the shit out of me.
I wouldn't be so bothered by them if they didn't make that whine constantly.
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 62 Neep, Fri, 15th Jan '10 5:55:13 PM from Booooooooomblastandruin
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Regarding 2x11 "Unearthed"

I am pretty sure Charlie Francis was killed and replaced by a shapeshifter, who was then also killed. WHY THE FUCKING HELL IS HE SUDDENLY BACK. Without so much as a word of explanation from anywhere.
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 63 presidentevil 133, Fri, 15th Jan '10 8:48:57 PM from The Space For This
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Unearthed is actually an unaired episode from season 1.
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 64 Neep, Fri, 15th Jan '10 10:01:45 PM from Booooooooomblastandruin
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MY CAPSLOCKED RAGE IGNORES YOUR REASONABLE EXPLANATION. And also there was nothing in the episode that really showed where it fit in chronology.
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 65 K*SPAM, Sat, 16th Jan '10 8:05:51 AM from Control Room
Newest episode. Town with a Dark Secret indeed. Entertaining, but it lacked Fringe's usual style. WHERE'S THE FLYING LASER BEARS?!

edited 16th Jan '10 8:06:01 AM by K*SPAM

 66 Tangent 128, Sun, 24th Jan '10 3:16:54 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Currently watching "What Lies Below"

Loving Walter's science lecture.
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 67 Neep, Wed, 27th Jan '10 7:31:07 PM from Booooooooomblastandruin
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Man, Walter is a great educator for children. Kinda wish I'd had him as a grade school teacher.

EDIT after finishing the episode:

Normally I can forgive Fringe's copious handwaving, but since biology is something I've studied a bit more than other areas this is particularly jarring.
  • Viruses living in rock samples 10 miles down. For 75, 000 years. Really? I know chemotrophic bacteria have been found around 5 miles of depth, but again those were autotrophs, not virii (which need a host to live and reproduce).
  • Viruses causing a (sub)conscious compulsion in the host to infect others. Yes, viruses and infectious bacteria can induce behaviors that make them more likely to spread, but not that complicated or calculating.

edited 27th Jan '10 8:29:10 PM by Neep

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This week on Fringe: Bishop family secrets! Immortal Nazis! Modern art! Oh, and suffocating gases! And Walter killed a guy!

Thoughts?
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 69 Tangent 128, Fri, 29th Jan '10 10:34:41 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Creepy...

And the finale's looking interesting. So Olivia's Psychic Powers are actually going to be mentioned again?
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 70 Tangent 128, Thu, 4th Feb '10 7:01:02 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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I'm sure everybody saw that ending coming...
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So who's with me in thinking that the alternate universes version of Walter will end up being the real Big Bad? Since he's likely to be pissed off at this universe's version of Walter for kidnapping the alternate universe Peter as child after this universe's version of Peter died.After all, our universe's Walter is clearly a different (and probably much nicer) man due to his brain being tampered with and spending 17 years in a mental institution than he once was.

Gah. I never even thought about the possibility of an Alt!Walter. Shame on me.
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 73 Tangent 128, Fri, 5th Feb '10 6:57:34 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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People have theorized that alt!Walter may have appeared in the Red-Green episode.

(Incidently, why has Fringe Division not weaponized that flash sequence yet? They actually know how it works, it's easily replicated, and doesn't seem to cause permanent damage.)

edited 5th Feb '10 6:57:42 PM by Tangent128

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Do they know how it works? I thought they just knew that it did work. I thought it had another component to it they couldn't replicate. I'm probably wrong.

Coincidentally, has anyone else noticed those lights turning up in other episodes? There on the bad guy's hat in 'The Arrival', I think.
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 75 Tangent 128, Tue, 23rd Mar '10 8:14:52 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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They zoned out Peter in an in-lab demonstration, so yeah, they have the red-green pattern worked out.
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