Every Friday morning I do a brief writeup and review of shows I watched the night before, including FlashForward, Fringe, the Office, 30 Rock, Survivor, and Parks and Recreation. There will be spoilers about what happened, so consider yourself forewarned.
FLASHFORWARD: Another limp offering that made the mistake of rehashing someone's vision for the umpteenth time. In this case, it was Bryce, who's one of my least favorite characters so far. I did, however, like the twist involving Keiko's vision, which revealed their meeting will take place in LA, not Tokyo. I know all signs point to Demitri as the mole, but I still wonder...what if it was Gough? Finally, memo to Sonya Walger: you look stunning without makeup. Go with the natural look more often!
FRINGE: A satisfying installment that advanced the mythology substantially. I saw the whole "love" thing coming a mile away, but I still liked how they handled it, particularly the surrogate parent angle. Apparently, the Observers are not supposed to intervene, which surprises me. I had them pegged as a more activist influence on historical events. On that note, how hilarious were those photoshopped images of the Observers throughout history?
THE OFFICE: I think this may be my favorite episode of the season thus far. Jim disciplining Ryan by putting him in the closet without internet or social interaction was hilarious. And Oscar chickening out when Michael called him up to the executive suite was the show at its best. We get this big windup that primes us for some trite speech by Oscar about how to rescue the company. And then the show completely subverts that expectation by denying us the cliche in a way that was also completely in character with Oscar. Brilliant!
30 ROCK: Review forthcoming...
SURVIVOR: And the best season of Survivor in quite some time keeps getting better. Russell's discovery of a third immunity idol blew my mind. He's a brilliant player for sure but his attempts to sabotage camp are just stupid. That's a high-risk low-reward strategy if I ever saw one. Speaking of strategy, I can't decide if John's decision to change his vote made sense. On the one hand, his former tribe mates clearly signaled their willingness to sacrifice him. On the other, he'll likely do no better than sixth with Russell's crew.
PARKS AND RECREATION: Review forthcoming...
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