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Sci-Guys Podcast 098

May 15th, 2012

Come for the “Dark Shadows” and The “Fringe” season finale, but stay for the “Brick House”, and William Van Winkle’s “Short Shorts”.

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By Sci-Guy-Jim

4 Responses to “Sci-Guys Podcast 098”

  1. Martin

    I largely checked out out of Fringe for most of this year – and the main reason for that was that I was sure the writers would take the optimistic approach instead of just going out on their own terms.

    Anyway, started again towards the end (around the time that Lance Reddick referred to the ‘alternate ending’ – or that final scene as it transpired) and largely enjoyed it (and had no trouble picking things up, which suggests some wheel-spinning with the narrative), though the last two episodes were quite sloppy and would have been really unsatisfactory as a series finale. I really liked Jim’s suggestion for the episode set in the future to be aired last – a few minor tweaks to that and dramatically that works as a better setup for next year.

  2. Sci-Guy-Jim

    I think Mike disliked the end of Fringe more than I did. But it was probably due to the fact that his pain was protracted out over several weeks, and I just jamed through the end of the season back to back to back to back… well you get the idea.

    I think they could have a really good end to the show, but if what we saw was the wrap up of the “core questions” then I wouldn’t be shocked at all if next year felt tacked on. And that is a hard place to make compelling shows from.

  3. Martin

    Of course I’m speaking as someone who has missed a bunch of episodes, but to me, this last episode didn’t feel like the core questions were answered. The central theme of the show has become* the co-operation of the two universes for the greater good, so in that sense closing (or being forced to close) the Bridge put a better full stop on the series, even if that would have ended it on a sad note. When has was cast as the villain, Walternate’s motivations were always clear and well-defined, Bell’s here are just a little opaque for me; especially when introduced so late in the day.

    Having said that, I’m really looking forward to what they do next year with the Observers.

  4. lore

    I liked Dark Shadows, but I think most Burton fans just…get him. And it’s not that anyone’s cooler than anyone else for getting him, it’s just a vibrational thing. I think your criticism of the marketing is spot-on, but I definitely found the “Burton” in it, and a laughed and was thrilled. Not constantly in any direction, but enough to make me like it. Not love, but like.

    I kind of agree with you all on Fringe, but I’m going to be back for the final season with bells on because I think it has the potential to be *tight* in all the good ways.

    <3!

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