Finales are hard work for some shows. On some levels, they are easy, in that they get to burn through story they’ve been holding back on all season long. But pacing everything in a satisfying manner can be difficult, often leading to rushed episodes that are sound and fury signifying…well, something, but something much less than potentially intended. “Fringe” is attempting to get around that conundrum by essentially staging a three-part finale, which kicked off tonight. As Act 1 of that trilogy, “6:02 AM EST” laid some satisfying groundwork for the next fortnight. But as an actual episode? It left a little something to be desired.
[Recap of Friday's (April 22) "Fringe" after the break...]
Elijah is BACK! Or, at least it seems fair to assume he is, as Elena plucked the dagger out of his chest last week. I’m also assuming that Elena hasn’t come to her senses and decided that said plucking was a CRAZY thing to do and promptly plunged that dagger right back in. I know, I know, she’s trying to save Bonnie’s life, as the dagger can be used to kill that other pesky original Klaus so that dear Bonnie doesn’t go toes up using her witchy powers to do the same thing. But that sort of overlooks the little complication that Elijah will not have a dagger in his chest during that time, and he’s SO much more agreeable when he’s sort of dead. Elena has her heart in the right place, but I fear that by the time this episode is over the rest of her organs may be in the wrong place and mostly dead.
Welcome to another Anything Can Happen Thursday (April 21) on "American Idol." Last night's recap predicted that Haley would go home, but several commenters disagreed. So who knows what might happen?
I certainly don't.
Click through for the full recap...
Eeeeee! Tonight is the bug challenge! This is both exciting and revolting at the same time, not unlike a Charlie Sheen podcast. Although part of me loves that “Top Chef Masters” comes up with some wacky challenges for our chefs, I do wonder if making them cook bugs is a bit too far, as I’m not sure it really shows whether or not they’re good chefs. I mean, I wouldn’t hold someone’s fried scorpion against them, literally or figuratively. Of course, that’s assuming I would eat the thing anyway.
[Full recap of Wednesday's "Top Chef Masters" recap after the break...]
Tuesday (April 20) night's "American Idol" theme is Songs of the 21st Century, which ought to give our Top 7 the chance to be a little bit more contemporary than our recent string of old-skewing themes.
Who benefited from going modern? Click through for my recap...
Bah, humbug. It’s elimination night, and unless you’re wildly excited to see Toby Keith perform, there’s just not a lot to be excited about. With couples flip-flopping between the top of the leader board and the bottom week to week, it’s hard to guess who would be going home tonight. However, it’s easy to assume that whoever it is, we’ll be sad to see them go. Okay, I won’t cry if Kendra gets the boot, but even she’s good for some BLEEPING laughs from time to time.
Well, after what seems like 45 years, “Glee” returned tonight to start the march towards the end of its second season. Many shows would take the time to hone scripts, rethink final arcs, and generally sharpen things up on the way to an all-too-close finale. But “Glee” isn’t most shows, so “A Night of Neglect” was a typical grab bag of plots, tones, and enough characters to fill the wide shots in an epic motion picture. Odd, since so much of the episode took place in a sparsely filled theatre.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (April 19) "Glee" after the break...]
If nothing else, “The Event” gave me my favorite moment of the series, tonight. For the most part, “Cut Off the Head” is a dull transition episode, moving from the reveal of Sophia being a genocidal maniac, to the climactic end-game battle between humans and aliens that appears to be coming. It’s not nearly as bad as much of the show has been, but it’s relatively inert (the cliffhanger is a closeup of a coffee mug!)