12 October, 2012

Review - FRINGE 5.03: 'The Recordist'


When the team goes out looking for clues to Walter's Observer-killing weapon, they meet up with people who have been keeping records of the history of humanity post-occupation. And stuff happens.

After last week's killer episode failed to really create much dialogue in the comments section about anything but Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, and the amount of screen time each get versus which is a better actor (yeah, that happened), I wonder what argument either side will make this week.

Because both received a fair amount of screen time.

Both had a fair amount of good scenes.

Both delivered pretty good performances.

Granted, Joshua Jackson is the superior actor.

Oh shit. I just started it all over again!

I kid.  Well, not that Jackson is the superior actor or the one with better scenes, but that I was trying to stir up any shit.  Though, having said what I said it probably comes off a bit disingenuous for me to say that. Oh well.  Like it matters what I say anyway. Last week I just talked about how awesome the episode was and barely got a peep about that in the comments section.

Why the fuck am I writing about the comments section in a review about the episode?  I have been effectively trolled!

So this episode wasn't brilliant but it wasn't mediocre either.  It did move the story along. It did tackle some of Olivia's simmering emotional issues about abandoning her husband and his search for their daughter and her reasoning made sense. 

She had given up hope.  She couldn't see past her depressed outlook.  All she could see was that she had lost again.  All this the cause of a messed up childhood where she was used and abused by those who were meant to look after her. It is a good bit of believable writing.

Pacey Poof's moments were pretty effective too. Jackson has such a wonderful hold on his character's heart that he never fails to tap into that emotional side when he needs it. And with Olivia as the cold one, Peter needs to be the one who speaks for their relationship.  Otherwise the audience would be left wondering why they ever fell for each other.

Apart from those elements, the rest of the episode had some good beats like the mole who calls the rebels to warn them of the incoming enemy; Walter just wanting to get high; Astrid the laser surgeon and VHS fixer; freaky looking kid who made graphic novels out of the legends of the Fringe unit; creepy black stuff; a sacrifice; and a montage (I love a good montage!).

For an episode that surfed the line of significance and insignificance, it worked for me.

If I had to rate this episode, and Walter's suit of armor says I do, then I'd give it:

83 out of 100

So what did you think?  I mean, beside the obvious stuff of how much it sucked. Oh and see you in two-weeks!

100 comments:

  1. What was that electromagnetic wall for? It was a cool effect, but I don't know why it was there.

    It was an alright episode, nothing to be excited about.

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    1. I wondered about that too. If they explained its purpose, I missed it.

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    2. They didn't. It was just to be cool. You know Fringe likes to do that. That's what the science fiction part of the show is there for, make cool stuff to counter balance the drama. But let's go out on a imagination trip and say it's supposed keep a record of everyone who ever goes in there. You know sometimes it's cool when they don't tell you everything and you fill in the gaps.

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  2. The thing that pisses me off is why the writers aren't delving Into PETERS emotional side of being a father and why are olivia and Etta getting all the emotional moments together? Why is it I go to tumblr and people keep bragging about Olivia being a mother, Olivia and Etta and just Ignore the fact Peter is a damn father? Granted I haven't seen any of the episodes (I might see episode 4 if Peter actually does something flashy and people actually TALK ABOUT IT) but come on, I havent seen Peter and Etta being talked about AT ALL. But you know, peters relationships are not that important thanks to miss perfect Olivia.

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    1. I haven't seen any of the episodes (I might see episode 4 if Peter actually does something flashy and people actually TALK ABOUT IT)


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      did you see the promo for episode 504? Like always full of promises for the peter character.

      all wishfull thinking!

      i say: fuck this shit and fuck the olivia character.

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  3. I also thinks its pretty damn sickening that instead of father/daughter scenes, Peter spent 3 damn episodes telling Olivia how fucking special she is. I suppose Peter was a plot device just so Olivia can become a mother and get all the big emotional moments with Etta. 10 more episodes until Josh is free of this bullshit.

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    1. Yes, that's exactly that. Haven't you realized that yet? Olivia is the lead, the show is about her. Everybody else is just a plot device. The show never claimed to be anything else and whenever it decided to leave her aside and focus on Peter or the procedural stuff, it sucked, IMO. The show you should be watching is Dawson's Creek, oh wait, that was all about Joey. Try The Mighty Ducks.

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    2. go to hell, you shitty excuse for an Olivia fan. I hate all Olivia fans. You make me fucking sick.

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    3. Oh and FUCK YOU. get rid of josh, John, Jasika and everyone else on this fucking show if Olivia only fucking matters you fucking COCKSUCKING bitch. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you!!

      Oh and fuck you ANNA TORV!!!!

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    4. @carlinha

      the moment anna torv put her red wig on and became fauxlivia, the show started to lose ratings! OUCH!

      season 3 was all about anna and the ratings were awful.
      season 4? joshua jackson was not very present in it, even when he came back from "existence".
      what did joshua jackson do? He said fuck this shit and went to film a movie during season 4.

      but the reviews were awful for season 4, and what do this bitchy anna torv do to cover anna ass, they blame it on josh.


      newsflash: everything in fringe was about/involved peter, but it didnt mean that the peter character was ever proactive.

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    5. Season 3 was great, mind you. Anna Torv was pretty great in season 3 too. But then so was Joshua Jackson.

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    6. Still doesn't change the fact that the show is about Olivia. I could care less about the ratings. I'm sure Jersey Shore ratings are great, and it doesn't say anything for the quality of the show. What I know is that I really like the first arch of season three regardless of what you or anybody else thinks. Taste is taste, however, the fact is that Olivia is the leading lady and the show is about her. If that is a good thing or a bad thing, now that is a matter of personal preference and point of view.

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  4. i gave up any hope on joshua ever getting some decent material to work with on fringe.

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  5. at this moment, i honetsly would rather that joshua wouldnt get any great scenes (anymore?) because:

    1/ if he does, he gets bashed by anna torv fans (fringebloggers/seriable are peter haters number 1)

    2/ it's too late. the writers didnt invest in his character at all. so to give him suddenly a big story, it's not believable.

    3/or even if he gets his big scene, anna torv fans aka "give her an emmy even if she just blinks her eyes", totally ignore his scene.


    so i say let the olivia show continue. People love it!
    oh wait.....no they don't!, look at the poor ratings!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL!

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  6. maybe anna torv can ask her uncle to give...... i mean to audition for another tv-show.

    But first anna has to film those 2 movie deals uncle-FOX gave her!

    don't you LOVE nepotisme!

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    1. I am deleting the content of this comment because it is a personal attack on the actor's look by someone who is posting anonymously. The second part of your comment is interesting but it is too bad you felt the need to be a total douche in the first part.

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  8. It's not the olivia show anymore, more the walter and etta show. But i like it.

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  9. There is an incredibly inappropriate level of chemistry between Joshua Jackson and Georgina Haig

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    1. I can see how someone would think that. But I think it has more to do with the fact that they are both attractive people and she could easily be playing his love interest. Usually you would have an older actor play the father of someone that young... obviously in this case Peter is supposed to be close to her age and therefor we have what can appear to some as romantic chemistry.

      Not to mention the fact that Olivia is the ice queen.

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  10. Anna Torv. Where do I begin with her? I hate to praise someone almost like a repeating recording machine, but she brought a unique depth to the story this week. She finds the way of balancing opposites such as confidence and doubt, determination and fear, through the slightest of gestures, emphasis on certain words and most notably, her signature eye expressions.

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    1. True. Josh did an excellent job too. The subtlety of his acting usually goes unnoticed and under appreciated. He has grown as an actor through the seasons so much that I almost admire his acting more than the others because he actually evolved from playing himself to playing a character.

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    2. Since when you do care about josh does on this show? He is a fucking plot device remember?

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    3. What a stupid statement, Carlinha. Josh never played himself. Anyone who has ever watched an interview with him cannot say that with a straight face, whether you like him or not. What you saw was character development. He has had outstanding moments depending on the episode and so has everyone else.

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    4. Yeah. Peter is not much like Joshua Jackson.

      But fans like to say things like that as if it means something just to say it.

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    5. That's a matter of perception, I believe. I'm a fan of Josh since he was in Dawson's Creek. I have been following his career and watched every single one of his movies. I started watching Fringe because of Josh. Unlike some fans, I can separate the character from the actor. 45, I do care a lot about what Josh does in the show but I always understood that his character is secondary to Anna's character. That was the whole point of my post. It wasn't to attack you or him. Newton, the way I see it pilot Peter is a lot like Josh. If you watch pilot Peter and watch an interview with Josh you'll see a bunch of little mannerism that are the same, the way he scratches his chin, his sardonic way of speaking, the way he uses his hands. Of course he's not EXACTLY the same, now that would be stupid, but what I mean is that there wasn't a lot of difference. Now the character has developed and so has Josh's acting. The way I see it there is a lot more depth in it and layers. That's the way I feel anyway. Regardless, I'm super proud of him and of what he has done with the character through the years.

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    6. Of course, he has some of the same mannerisms, that's unavoidable. The same can be said about Anna Torv and the rest of the cast. Olivia gesticulates a lot and so does Altlivia and so does Anna, Olivia runs her hand through her hair exactly like Anna, and they have the same general stillness. The only difference between Olivia and Anna is that Anna sometimes smiles more. So what? That doesn't mean they're playing themselves. The only one that doesn't seem to play himself is John Noble judging by the interviews, but you know what? That's not really true either, because the cast (including John Noble) have said he's more like Walter than we can imagine. My favorite actor (not anyone on Fringe) shares many common mannerisms throughout his many roles and at no point has he ever played himself.

      As for Peter's sarcasm, Josh doesn't write the scripts, if they write Peter as sarcastic, Josh has to play him like that. Whether you like or hate Josh is neither here nor there, that's not my problem with your statement. If Josh acted against the script, then I might have to reconsider my position, but he doesn't. I haven't seen him in that many roles, just a few of awful movies and a few of good ones and I have yet to see his bubbly happy hyperactive personality take over.

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    7. @Newton

      You're right about them all playing themselves. If you read what I wrote carefully you'll see that I never said they didn't or that Josh was the only one who did. It might have gotten lost in all the hate, but I was actually complimenting him. I said he was the only one whose character evolved during the show.

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  11. I love that each episode this season has focused on the revelations and development of a certain character (Episode 1: Walter. Episode 2: Etta. Episode 3: Anna), and can I just ask if anyone give Jasika a deeper story, because she really deserves one.

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  12. AND WHAT ABOUT PETER? DOES HE FUCKING MATTER?

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    1. NO HE FUCKING DOESNT!

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    2. olivia doesnt fucking matter anymore either. She has like 10 lines per episode.


      gone are the days were olivia was the lead.....












      YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. you sit on your ass and criticize all day. cant handle a little criticism directed at you, huh? go ahead and delete this one too.

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    1. Actually, I deleted it because what you said was bigoted toward a group of people. You can criticize me all day. Anonymous comments just make me laugh and are material for the podcast. :)

      Granted, I have no clue what you are so upset about since you haven't qualified which nutjob fan I've offended. Anna Torv? Joshua Jackson? Or is this a new segment of the FRINGE fandom I haven't met yet?

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    2. oh, he deleted my response to you, too. and believe me i didnt hold back.

      and fringebloggers and seriable deletes comments all the times too.
      if you dare to say something positive about peter or start to defend him, your account gets deleted.

      HYPOCRITE!!!!

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    3. I deleted two comments today.

      1. A personal attack on Anna Torv.

      2. An attack on Joshua Jackson fans that was bigoted.

      Clearly I am biased?

      As long as you guys don't make personal attacks on the actors (attacking their acting talent is fine since that is their craft) and keep it to the characters; AND don't use racist or bigoted language, then your post will not be deleted. Simple.

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    4. fine then. stop using the fringe hashtag on twitter for your so called reviews because you clearly cant write one without being objective and im tired of seeing them. no matter how much you want to deny it you are almost as bad as patty.

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    5. I will be using the #FRINGE hashtag even more now than ever.

      Also "you clearly cant write one without being objective"? Ummm. Thank you?

      Do you have any idea what you just said?

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    6. lol you clearly cant write one without being objective? lol

      you idiot you just said he writes objective reviews! lol typical

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    7. That is definitely going into the next podcast.

      Hey, genius, can you give me a name to use for you? I can't just call you "anonymous nutbag #3." That would be inappropriate.

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    8. so sorry i didnt proof read my comment on your precious blog before hitting publish. meant to say nonobjective and you know it.

      no need to be a jerk about everything. you can continue going about your delusional ways. im out.

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    9. Please don't go... you are my favorite of the Anonymous.

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    10. @ anonymous

      and you are as bad as that CRAZYanna torv fan.
      He can use the fringe hastag all he wants,
      who the fuck to you think you are?

      and dont start with the 'objective review', you HYPOCRITE.


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  14. love how you think you're writing reviews when really you just run a fucking anna torv hate blog. asshole.

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    1. Woohoo! We've found the Anna Torv crazies!

      Yes, I clearly run a Anna Torv "hate blog" even though I wrote a review of season 3 where I called her a "revelation" and gushed about her range.

      Since then, especially in season 4, that range has been suppressed.

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  15. hey, you are the asshole. You just want him to kiss anna torv fan.

    AGAIN: go to fringebloggers or seriable and go run a love anna torv blog and while you at it, start with the joshua jackson hate blog.....oh wait, you guys already started it!

    GO.FUCK.YOURSELF.

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  16. anna torv will for always be the only actress EVER who didnt have chemistry with joshua jackson.

    I'm a big fan of josh and i've seen all his movies and tv-show and he ALWAYS had chemistry with EVERYBODY.

    He had chemistry with seth gabel,john noble, georgina haig.

    anna torv? hardly! it makes you wonder, right.

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    1. Joshua Jackson had chemistry with Fauxlivia in season 3 when he was banging her.

      It is more about the character than Anna Torv. For whatever reason, she made an acting choice that is this overly plugged up emotional ice queen. I think she went too far with it. You still need to have passion.

      Like Sarah Walker on CHUCK... another Australian actor as well.

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    2. oh yeah, YVONNE!! now that's an actress i love. A really great actress. i always wondered if she had been cast on fringe instead of chuck.

      i know one thing she is a much better actress than anna torv. Yvonne can do drama, comedie, fight scenes, dancing,...

      yvonne would have had so much chemistry with joshua jackson, that's for sure.

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    3. Speaking of Yvonne... she appears on DEXTER tomorrow night!

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    4. Olivia is not that cold; she had a very good chemistry with John Scott and That her German boyfriend of In Which We Meet Mr. Jones. It must be something personal between actors Josh never liked the relationship and P / O his behavior in interviews with the cast and very weird. He feels uncomfortable on her side

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    5. Nah. Joshua Jackson is a pro. He would never allow his personal feelings for a fellow actor come into play. He is playing a character. So is Anna. And like I said, there were no such issues with Fauxlivia. It is Olivia, not Anna.

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    6. Season one Olivia had nothing if not chemistry with Peter.

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  17. anna torv, what happened to you?

    You were always mediocre at best, but now your acting sucks!!

    georgina haig and joshua jackson are killing it this season!! (and of course, john noble)



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  18. The moment with Peter and Olivia at the van was one of the best yet, Peter's reaction to her confession is now one of my favourite Peter moments.
    The subtly in Joshua Jackson's acting is always remarkable to see.

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    1. I thought it was a great scene for both actors.

      Should be their Emmy clip.

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  19. Something funny happened at comic con 2011, when Joshua Jackson was asked how he felt about missing parts of season 3 and 4 one of his responses was that he still got a pay check in the mail every week plus he got longer vacations and he got to shoot other projects. For him
    Missing fringe he got 2 pay checks, more experience/ exposure and got to spend more time with his family...so in the end of the day he seemed to be content that he made the best out of an unfortunate situation. He said he would like more and did not appreciate being a macguffin but he learned to live with it.....why can the haters not?

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    1. Actually, joshua was the luckiest one

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    2. Except the fact that people bash Joshua Jackson's acting for the lack of scenes, for being a plot device and for not having 5 people to play cause if he had the same amount of scenes and storylines that John and Anna were given, josh would be nominated for saturn awards, critic choice awards but he isn't.

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    3. @45

      totally agree, the problem is the anna tov fandom. Anna is new to the fandom, but joshua is not. He has never been hated during his career until he met bitchy anna torv fans.

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    4. the fans don't hate josh and don't there is hateful comments on him on the Fringe blogger

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    5. @45

      i say to all the joshua jackson fans: It's almost over. 10 episodes to go and joshua and his fans are at last free. Free from the hate from the anna torv fans.
      Joshua will move on and so will his fans.


      the anna torv fans will find somebody else to hate, but that's not our problem anymore.



      good riddance

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    6. I've never seen in fringe fandom hate on him

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    7. It's not so much hate, it's the constant need to criticize EVERY SINGLE THING he does while Olivia gets no criticism for anything she does. Olivia can hide secrets from Peter but Peter is the bad guy for getting mad at her and Walter or criticize Peter for not comforting Olivia but don't bother complaining when Peter was crying and Olivia did not ever comfort her. It's funny how Peter gets hurt and Olivia NEVER comforts Peter, she makes it all about her poor feelings or how peter is not a strong character because he isn't as dynamic as Olivia is ( granted Olivia had 5 versions of herself) or how peter is a plot device or how Olivia is the lead and Peter is nothing but plot device for her.

      It's one thing to criticize a characters actions, it's another to pick on just ONE persons actions while falling in love with another characters actions even if they are COMPLETELY WRONG. I'm willing to bet that when people didn't like Olivia choosing her blue!memories over amber!memories, it was because of Peter. If it had been Ella, Rachel or dare I say it, Lincoln, nobody would be upset.

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    8. josh has two fans 45 ak Patty and anonymous aka patty and 45

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    9. yeah, it was like her fans can't just be happy with the olivia character and leave the rest alone.
      no, they have to criticize everybody on their way.
      It was always anna or nothing.

      but this is almost history.

      bye, bye, anna torv fans. i wish i never met you. You will not be missed.

      i wonder who their next victim will be. Which actor or actress will they hate, the next time around?


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    10. patty when you will leave Anna alone and stop following her

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    11. When people leave josh alone then I will.

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    12. I don't hate josh, he just isn't my favorite actor. I like john and Anna better I'm not following him everywhere to speak anything about him, because I don't care about him , and wanted you to do the same with anna

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    13. Yeah don't think so, sorry.

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  20. Oh and about Yvonne and the possibility she had more chemistry than Torv...that cannot be proved. To no fault of Yvonne's her and Routh never worked but with Levi it was insane. She may or may not have it with Jackson but it is futile doing these comparisons because it is all conjecture. I hope she does well on Dexter...good luck. Oh and good luck Zach on Thor and your growing company.

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    1. Like I said, it is about an acting choice with Olivia. Since Fauxlivia had no such issues with Peter. They were totally hot for each other.

      Like how Sarah was super hot for Cole. Meow.

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    2. i still believe yvonne would have had chemistry with joshua.
      Yvonne is such a easy going girl (see the bloopers of chuck), where as anna torv is more like her character olivia in real life.
      Anna is hardly in the bloopers and when she appears, her parts are lame.

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    3. I would like Ian somerhalder in fringe he more beautiful and better than Josh and would have a tremendous chemistry with Anna

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    4. @HGF

      In real life as soon as someone like Cole offered to run off to an island then Sarah would have gone. Only on TV would Chuck or someone like Chuck win, lol.

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    5. She would have just mounted his cock right there and then, and they would have been locked in that position until the following year.

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    6. YVONNE STRAHOVSKY is a babe! WOW!

      and with joshua jackson? YES, YES, YES!!!!!!

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    7. Yvona is a good actress but she has never had so many positive reviews and was on the list of deserving of Emmy as anna,in addition to olivia is a character much more complex than sara

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    8. But then again the show did a disservice to Chuck, come the end of season 3 he did look more the part, lol.

      It always amazed me how they took a man who was twice voted in the top 25 hottest men in the world and made him look that bad, lol.

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    9. King of Queens - hot wife not so hot husband.

      Everybody loves Raymond - ditto

      HIMYM - anyone Ted dates hot, Ted not

      Chuck - Ditto

      How come this happens so much where in tv hot chicks actually can fall for average Joes? Lol

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  21. Yvonne is such a bad-ass. She is the femme fatale for sure.

    her character had so much depth. The critics were praising her, especially during 2011.

    She really deserved that emmy during 2011. Best australian actress on tv.

    i hope she gets an emmy nod for her role in dexter.

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  22. i love the chemistry between joshua and georgina.
    i watched the promo for 504 and it looks like peter found his true partner to work with: etta!

    I adore Georgina Haig, what an talented actress.
    i hope to see her doing a lot more tv or movies in the future.

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  23. Well, at least the comment thread was longer and more entertaining this week- good job stirring things up HGF!. I liked the episode; the scene between Peter and Olivia at the van was very good and gave some good exposition to Olivia's emotional state which I was happy about. The comic books were cool too, loved the drawings of the Fringe team and mad-scientist-esque looking Walter with his welding goggles! And everything ended on a nice note with the Bishop family road trip.

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    1. That's why they pay me the big bucks.

      And by "big bucks" I obviously mean they don't pay me.

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  24. Fringe is brilliant. Mainly because of Joshua Jackson. He's so fit I'm practically licking the screen.

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    1. Don't go all the way and lick it. Think about all those bacteria living happily on its surface.

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  25. I'm the 95th Comment!!!

    Wow, these Fringe comments sections are entertaining. Beats the old Chuck days by a mile.

    Can I say that I want more Walter and Astrid and less Pacey and Olivia?

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  26. hgf succeeded in his motive i think

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