Thursday, May 28, 2009

TV: FOX's Finales: Bones, Fringe, Lie to Me, Prison Break, Terminator

Bones: I felt misled. They said that Bones and Booth getting it on would not be a dream, a fantasy, or a hallucination. But Bones writing the story of her and Booth being a married couple and owners of a bar called The Lab is just as fake as any of those other options. It's not satisfying to see them happily together if they're not even actually themselves. However, it was interesting to see pretty much every character, including all the potential interns and even Zack, involved in the plot, portraying essentially caricatures of themselves--Sweets as a bartender, because they are like psychiatrists with alcohol, and Hodgins as a fiction writer, since he has such a wild conspiracy theory imagination. OMG! I almost forgot. He wakes up from surgery with amnesia. He forgot her. Next season should be interesting, since they'll have to reform their awesome bond.

Fringe: I knew it!!! I knew that the whole idea of other dimensions would eventually explain what's so peculiar about Peter. When it was first stated that Peter had died and the creepy, bald-headed man who appears at every odd incident was the one who helped Walter save him, I knew that there had to be more to it. Then, in this episode, when they mentioned the idea of taking the place of your double by traveling to another existence, I realized that it's possible that Peter isn't from this reality, and it was confirmed when we saw his tombstone. (So creepy.)
As for Olivia going to the other dimension to meet William Bell, my interest is a little peaked. But I'm more interested in the idea of the drug that was injected into her as a child being "activated," and the effects it'll have on her. Will it make her superhuman or will it destroy her and everyone within an unsafe distance? [On a side note: I liked the nice touches of Obama still being president in this alternate universe, and the Twin Towers still existing. Perhaps this other world is a utopia.]

Lie to Me: Normally, after a full season, characters we were quickly introduced to develop into more complex individuals. By the end of this series' season, Dr. Lightman inefficiently hid his feelings for his partner Dr. Foster, while she finally realized her recovering-alcoholic husband was cheating on her. Eli, the compulsive truth-teller, lied for the first time in a long time and lost everyone's respect. And Ria pushed Lightman off the pedestal she had him perched on in her mind after he hid the fact that her boyfriend had been injured so she'd finish a case with a clear head. But while all of this was necessary and appreciated, the coolest development had to be the addition of Mekhi Phifer's character Agent Ben Reynolds. He brought just the right amount of danger, angst, and knowledge that the series needed. Everyone else is so faintly emotional, but there's no mistaking his determination and commitment.

Prison Break: L-A-M-E!! I know most of you had christened this series lame since the second season started to taper off into absurdity, but the fact that Michael dies--from a cerebal syndrome no less--was the final straw...literally. It ended with Sarah bringing their four year old, who bears his name, to his grave, where Lincoln, Sucre, and Mahone were paying their respects. They all get to live and he dies. You have got to be kidding me. What's even more surprising is that the person who clears their name for good and gives them the perfect lives they've always desired was Kellerman (Paul Adelstein), the senator's lapdog who tortured Sarah and then saved her life. Lincoln settled in some tropical place with Sofia, and LJ reluctantly attends college. Sucre lives with his wife and his beautiful little girl. Mahone is on good terms with his ex-wife, even though their son was brutally murdered by the Company, and he's dating his ex-partner, who helped him escape more than once in the past. And since C-Note was their random connection to Kellerman, we got to see that he too is living comfortably with his family. Don Self, the agent who initially double-crossed them, became a vegetable after an operative heavily drugged him. And it turns out the Scoffield's adopted Lincoln after his parents died while working for the Company, and he's not really Michael's brother. Luckily, Michael loved him more than he loved his mom, so when she tried to shoot him, it was okay that Sarah shot her dead. Lastly, T-Bag went back where he belonged, into the clink. Bittersweet, but fitting. The only loose-end that I didn't appreciate them not tying up was Gretchen. She got shot half way through the season and it was presumed that she was sent to prison in Miami, but I would've preferred that she got a happy ending, especially since Mahone and Kellerman, who became a congressman, got one. I always wanted her to end up with LJ even though there's probably a 10-year age difference between them, but she took a shine to him and he understood her pain. Ultimately, the entire series deserves a C+ for a solid effort and decent ending.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: I was really surprised by the series finale when John ended up in the future face-to-face with his father, his uncle, and what could possibly be a human Cameron. That storyline had so much potential for drama, action, and possibly even romance. Who knows, maybe they'll use it in the upcoming film trilogy.

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