Blog update!

Hello!

This is just a quick filler post update, since I haven’t written about the blog itself since it started in October last year.

Much to my surprise, people are actually reading this, and liking posts, and following the blog. So thank you, you mysterious internet-travellers, I hope you like what you read. If you do, maybe post a comment. If you don’t, maybe post a comment. I’d like to have some feedback, basically.

If you’re new to this blog, hello! Welcome! How are you? That’s great, let me show you around. If you like Doctor Who, you’ve come to the right place. The first post on this blog ever was about a show that ended up being a bit rubbish, but luckily there’s been some good stuff on, like Veep and The Wrong Mans. Incidentally, The Wrong Mans post is, for some reason, the most popular post on the blog. It’s also the shortest. COINCIDENCE? Perhaps not.

Do you like Community? It’s good! Never seen it before? No worries, here’s why you might like it and here’s its best bits. Do you like lists? Got some cracking lists for you. Best Christmas episodes,best TV of 2013, all of that goodness.

There’s not a lot on at the moment, though, so recent posts have been focused on older TV shows (E.g. the entire Rewind, Rewatch feature series – Friday Night Lights, Fringe, Fr– oh, that’s it).

Due to all of the blog posts being fairly long, I only put the first few paragraphs of each post on the front page, to avoid it being covered in one long post and pushing the others really far down the page where no-one would ever see them. To read the rest of the posts, click the ‘Read More’ link at the bottom of each post on the front page. Do it. Go on, it’ll be fun. Promise.

Coming up: House of Cards (the Netflix remake), True Detective, something British – I haven’t done many posts about British TV (British TV that isn’t Doctor Who, anyway), but that’s going to change soon. Also coming up: more old shows for the ‘Rewind, Rewatch’ feature, including the original British version of House of Cards, and other shows that don’t begin with ‘Fr’.

Thanks for reading,

Dan.

Fringe

FRINGE

This time last year, the fantastically-freaky sci-fi drama Fringe finished its fifth and final season. Despite becoming a big hit in its first season, the show suffered low viewer numbers and budget cuts in its later years, and it was on the brink of cancellation several times. Fortunately, someone high up at Fox really liked it, and it was granted a fifth season to wrap up its story and take a bow.

The show centred around an agent working for a secret division of the FBI that investigated when weird shit happened. The premise invited plenty of comparisons to The X-Files, and there were certainly similarities. Case-of-the-week episodes where bizarre events occur to innocent people, mixed with the occasional ‘mythology’ episode that shed light on a more complicated, long-term story arc going on in the background, with the female agent that wants to believe working with a sceptical sidekick.

After the first season, during which the show was hit-and-miss and still figuring out what its strengths were, it became its own thing, thanks to the introduction of – well, I don’t really want to say. It’s a key part of what makes the show stand out, and is vital to the plot of the show from the moment it’s introduced, but it’s also a bit of a spoiler – a spoiler which every summary of the show that I’ve seen mentions in the first sentence, but a spoiler nonetheless. I’ll come back to it later.

During the early episodes, when the show was alright, but nothing amazing, and when the characters were still fairly one dimensional (Olivia is cold and stern, Peter is sarcastic, etc), I thought several times about giving up. I’d watched the first twenty minutes of the pilot when it aired on Sky1 before getting bored and changing the channel. When I gave Fringe a second chance a few years later and was slowly making my way through season one, there was really only one reason I was still watching. And that reason is Walter Bishop.

Walter Bishop, one of the greatest fictional characters ever to grace the small screen with his presence. Masterfully played by John Noble (who, unbelievably, never won a single Emmy for his performance in the role. Not even a nomination!), Walter is a mad, old scientist who is released from his mental asylum cell by his son Peter to assist the FBI, specifically agent Olivia Dunham, in the FBI’s newly-formed Fringe Division, dedicated to investigating events that involve ‘fringe science’ – science that is basically a bit weird and paranormal.

Walter, at first, seems like the typical mad scientist character and nothing more, but as we learn more about him, his past mistakes, and his relationship with his son, he becomes a fascinatingly complex character. Lovably goofy eccentric, ruthless evil scientist, tragic and broken old man, he’s all of those things and more. He can make you laugh with a random, nonsensical tangent then suddenly turn into a vulnerable, weeping mess and break your heart.

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