Yes, I mean Fringe's return Friday. Saturday they had it up on Hulu. Thank you, Hulu! I've watched it three times. The whole point of the episode was that the Watchers wanted to see if Walter would sacrifice Peter or not.
Remember the whole thing really begins with Walter going over to the alternate universe. His Peter dies before he can invent a serum to save him. Then he sees the other Peter in the alternate universe and he's dying too. Walter goes over and brings him back to treat him but his wife and Walter want Peter too much. So that's how Peter ended up on this side.
He couldn't let Peter die is how it started.
When Peter finally met the alternate Walter (Walternet), we learned (and so did Peter) that Walter wanted to use Peter in some sort of bomb he was building.
So somehow or another our Walter is going to be confronted with needing to let Peter die.
In this episode, he was told that Peter would be hurt if he saved a woman's life but Peter wanted to go chase the Watcher and wanted Walter to save the woman having the attack. It played, to me, like Walter was thinking, "Peter will not listen to me. I have to let him do what he's going to do."
Olivia and Peter are getting closer and closer with less concerns about fake Olivia. Which probably means she's about to come back over to this universe again.
Astrid had some nice quiet moments. I don't think she ever gets credit for what she does. She has to underplay that role. The alternate Astrid is a commando and a different type of character, flashy and all. And she played that pretty well. But what that role really did was make me appreciate how much she does as the Astrid we know and love.
Okay. So that's Fringe.
I know what you're thinking. There's something else important that was on TV.
I know. I know.
I will cover it tomorrow night, okay?
Trust me, Chuck can wait.
Yeah, I was talking about Chuck. What else would I be talking about?
(No, I didn't watch Barack's stupid speech.)
This is from Kevin O'Hare's "Mamas and Papas' classic revisted; New Neil Young DVD" (The Republican):
One of the very best albums of the 1960s and frankly one of the best albums of all time, this 1966 debut from The Mamas and The Papas deserves every one of the accolades it has received through the years.
This high-definition vinyl reissue showcases the brilliant vision of frontman John Phillips with the many talents of his then-wife Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. Their harmonies were impeccable, their delivery inimitable and songs like “Monday, Monday,” and “California Dreamin’,” sent the album to the top of the Billboard charts.
Beyond the originals, there were some truly distinctive interpretations of the work of other songwriters, including Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector’s “Spanish Harlem,” P.F. Sloan’s “You Baby,” and a version of the oft-recorded “Do You Wanna Dance,” that still stands as the definitive take, all these years later.
Turning to hometown news, Andrew Ryan at the Boston Globe reports that councilman Chuck Turner got 3 years in prison today over a bribe:
US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock rejected an appeal for leniency by defense attorneys, who had asked that the 70-year-old civil rights crusader receive probation and be spared prison because of his more than four decades of service as a community activist and elected official.
That does seem a bit stiff for a 70 year old, if you ask me. Supposedly, he lied on the stand and that factored in. And politicians shouldn't take bribes. And when they do they should be punished. But, honestly, I keep coming back to his age. If I'd been on that jury, I wouldn't have voted to convict.
Just over the age issue and over a record that included so much good. But if he were 50 years old, I would be saying, "Throw him behind bars!" So I'm a hypocrite on this issue, I admit it, but a 70-year-old? If I were on the jury, they'd have to have killed someone for me to send them off to jail -- and it would have to be criminal, premeditated homicide.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"