Archive for October 10th, 2010

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“Fringe” still going strong

October 10, 2010

Billionaire Inventor or Iconic Actor?

We’re watching the third episode of “Fringe” for this season right now. It’s a nice, subtle touch – when the action takes place in the alternate universe the main title sequence is red; when it takes place in our world, it’s blue.

SPOILERS AHEAD: A smallpox outbreak in North Texas? Bic disposable ballpoint pens virtually extinct? Places in construction zones where people need inhalers? Doesn’t sound like such a nice place to me. Although the gold-plated Statue of Liberty is pretty cool. An awful lot of things aren’t different, and that’s more of an accommodation to production expense than the intention of the writers, I’m sure.

The story was an interesting turn on the “Flowers for Algernon” idea. By the way, you should read that story, if you haven’t. The novel wasn’t as good, in my opinion. I never saw the movie, titled “Charly,” with Cliff Robertson as the man who has his intelligence artificially raised.

Back to “Fringe.” Cute point: Charlie (!) mentions a “Vulcan mind meld.” Did anybody tell William Bell when he crossed over how much he looked like Spock from “Star Trek”? Or was Spock played by someone else in the Red Universe? (Apparently Martin Landau had been considered.)

I don’t know how the two universes will come together again, but I’ve been surprised by this show since it began, and it’s still one of the most interesting things on TV.

 

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10-10-10

October 10, 2010

I just think stuff like this is cool, for some reason. It’s a day like any other, but ever since 6/6/66, when I was in 5th grade, I thought there was something special out dates like this. We still get two more before we have a long timer to wait – which is just as well, because come on, nobody wants to be around on 13-13-13, right?

Although today ought to be a day like that. I got the 36-hour flu that has been working its way through our family. It’s been unpleasant. It was hard to sleep last night but I got a little sleep on the way back home from Dayton. (I was there to judge a marching band contest Saturday night.) Debbie drove all the way home, bless her heart. She said traffic was light and it wasn’t a difficult drive. I was awake for about half of it.

Maybe 11-11-11 will be a healthier day!