A Week in TV / A Week in TV - April 2012

A Week in TV (9th April – 15th)

It’s been fairly quiet in TV land this week. Many shows were absent once again and others made a return (SVU) after a long time away. It’s for this reason that this post will be fairly shorter than usual this week. Once again, my review/recap of episode two of Game of Thrones can be found elsewhere on this blog so I won’t mention it in this post as everything I need to say about it can be read there.

Bones – The Bump in the Road

Mediocrity. That’s the best word to describe this week’s outing of Bones. One nonsensical, actually quite ridiculous, murder to solve and a focus on Cam’s daughter’s love-life, something which is of absolutely no interest to me and I doubt to anyone else, either. Two lifeless plots do not a good episode make, that’s for sure.

This week’s grisly murder to solve involves a woman splashed in pieces all over a long stretch of road, something which the people who find her don’t take to that lightly when the females start to scream at the top of their lungs. I’m not sure if I’m just hardened inside but screaming at such a high decibel frequency seems an over-reaction to me. Granted, the discovery of a body is a gruesome event which would probably warrant some degree of disgust, but the people in this show couldn’t scream any louder than if they were the one to receive a horrifying death.

Regardless, it’s soon deduced that the dead woman is a serial hoarder of shopping coupons and belonged to a club of equally deranged/habitual coupon collectors that trade said items like dealers trade cocaine in the back alleys of nightclubs. This is where I consider things to get ridiculous. I’m unaware if people like this exist in the real world, whereby they would actually ‘disappear for days at a time’, as quoted in the episode, but if they do, I still find it to be preposterous. Then again, I do suppose the absurdity of some people is not restricted to just TV.

Besides a ludicrous murder plot to unravel, with the killer being almost completely obvious as usual, we have the added tedium of Cam and her disliking for who her daughter chooses to spend time with. I don’t dislike Cam as a character but her love-life, her daughter’s love-life and actually anything that focuses on her life outside of the lab is not worth watching. I would rather sit and watch one of the lifeless corpses not move for an entire hour. Her daughter and the new intern she is spending time with, Finn, have zero chemistry together which obviously doesn’t help with things. There’s not much more I can say about this part of the episode than BORING.

Bones is a show that frequently hops from the average to the mediocre and unfortunately, this week was of the latter. The only saving grace were the scenes with Brennan and her new baby, which were both sweet and somewhat believable for a new mother. Otherwise, there wasn’t much else worth watching this week. Highly disappointing.

Also, did anyone else find it a little strange that Brennan and Cam were fawning over baby photos whilst scooping intestines off of the floor? Is it just me that considers these things rather outrageous? Hmm…

Fringe – The Consultant

A board meeting is in place with a highly aggressive boss chastising his employees for various things when he’s suddenly lifted from his chair, as though gravity itself had reversed, and thrust against the ceiling, before being slammed back to Earth with as much force as if he’d been in a plane crash. As it transpires, his alternate universe self had in fact been involved in a plane crash, which had in turn caused the death of his other universe counterpart. An explanation? David Robert Jones.

This week’s mysterious Fringe event to unravel involves the above; people from both universes are being linked and if one dies, the other dies in the exact same way regardless of their position. Amongst other things, David Robert Jones is using these murders as a means to test his device, which he plans to get Colonel. Broyles to install on the machine for him – the same machine that created the bridge between universes and is slowly, but steadily, healing the ostensibly irreparable damage to the alternate universe. Walter decides to take a trip over there to assist with the investigation, which allows for two things: one, to interact with their alternate universe characters and two, to allow us to see ‘over there’ once more. Personally, the other universe is often a more enticing one than the regular universe so any opportunity to see it again will not go down badly with me.

Firstly, there are a lot of great moments in this episode that spring to mind: Walter inadvertently calling Altlivia a prostitute, promising Altlivia that he will refrain from sleeping naked whilst staying at her apartment, Astrid giving her counterpart a jar of coffee  (a rare commodity over there) and her surprise at receiving it, Altlivia not knowing who Sherlock Holmes is, the almost father-and-daughter relationship Walter and Altlivia have (the scene between them in the apartment was incredibly sweet) and probably more that I have forgotten. The differences between the two universes have always been glaring but it’s at times like these that they become even more apparent. The more time goes on, the more I become even more convinced that the inclusion of an alternate reality was one of the best things Fringe could have done for itself, especially for creativity in storylines and for making moments such as the above possible.

Besides a film reel of highlights, ‘The Consultant’ also served to finally unmask Colonel. Broyles as the mole within Fringe division, indirectly responsible for the murder of Alt. Lincoln last week. Not only that, it seems to have become clear that David Robert Jones’ end-game is to have both universes collapse into destruction, as would have happened if Broyles had installed Jones’ device into the machine as instructed. Again, it’s not clear where the rest of this season is heading but I’m beginning to think that it might be possible that one universe will get wiped out of existence entirely, which I sincerely hopes does not happen – ever. Otherwise, I’m clueless, and that’s always a good thing.

There’s a lot of chatter that Fringe may be heading for a fifth, and final season, renewal any time, albeit at a shorter episode count than normal. I’m game with it. We were incredibly lucky to receive a fourth season, given the fact that the ratings were already falling in season three, so to get a final order of episodes to provide a proper conclusion to this wonderful show is good enough. It’s a shame that the audience for Fringe isn’t as high as it definitely deserves but that doesn’t stop it from being an absolute joy to watch.

Next week’s offering of TV should be better, with the return of The Good Wife for the final three episodes of season three, as well as others that have been on a short hiatus. Plus, I will continue to write about each episode of Game of Thrones instead of limiting my words in these posts. For this post though, that will be all!

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