About Last Night: FRINGE, 90210 & THE MENTALIST - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

About Last Night: FRINGE, 90210 & THE MENTALIST

October 1, 2008 by  

About Last Night: FRINGE, 90210 & THE MENTALIST

I was a bad, bad TV watcher last night.  I got completely caught up in another world and hardly watched any TV.  I had to wake up super early (way before the sun) to try to get in just enough TV viewing so we could have something to talk about today.  But it’s going to be a team effort, so after my brief thoughts I’m going to turn it over to you.

I tried it again.  I thought I had given up but I kept TiVoing it in the hopes that the show would find its legs and I would be turned around.  I can’t say it happened with last night’s show.  I just can’t get into it.  I’m just not caring about these characters.  And what’s the sense of watching a show when you want nothing more than to fast forward and watch only the scenes with Jennie Garth?  That’s not a good sign.  But I will say this.  I had such a sense of nostalgia last night when “Dylan” called Brenda to chat with Kelly standing right next to her.  Ah, old love triangles die hard.

Am I wrong here?  Come on 90210 watchers, tell me what I’m missing?  What do you love about the show?

Finally the writers gave Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) something to do.  Granted it involved being tortured but hey it was something.  Did anyone else love Peter’s diatribe at the beginning of the episode about how there really wasn’t any point to him being there?  Are the writers reading all of our blogs and comments?  I’m glad this last mission gave Peter a reason to stick around and be invested in the work.

Two things really caught my attention last night – and neither of them involved John coming back (way to spoil that in advance Fox) or Joshua Jackson walking around in his boxers (but thanks for that). Ok, so what’s up with the bald guy and is he good or evil?  I’m intrigued as to his back story and how he’s associated with the pattern? He doesn’t age?  Is that related to the stories of the young children that was alluded to in the premiere? And just what is the deal with Peter?  Is he one of Walter’s experiments?  Was he brought back from the dead after the crash?  What is his mental connection to the bald guy? Hopefully we’re going to see more of this in the week’s to come.  I’m kinda hooked. What about you?

Not much to say here other than I caught a little (but not all) of last night’s episode and I was really liking what I saw.  So much so that I can’t wait to go home tonight and catch the rest of it.  I thought the pilot was great, but I didn’t plan on putting THE MENTALIST on my Tuesday night schedule.  Should I?  Are any of you watching it?  Talk to me.

Did you watch any of these shows?  Thoughts?  What else did you watch last night?

Filed under 90210, Fringe, The Mentalist


20 Responses to “About Last Night: FRINGE, 90210 & THE MENTALIST”

  1. SB on October 1st, 2008 11:21 am

    Okay, so I admit that I am 27 years old and kind of enjoying 90210. It’s completely vapid, trashy television, but Billy is gone in the evenings right now, and I feel like I’m too late to get into Gossip Girl, and this suffices for my shallow TV fix. Is it very good? No. Do I think about it again after I watch it? No. Do I rush right to my DVR and hit play? No. I would consider this show about on the same level for me as like … The Hills.

    Maybe they should bring back Melrose Place.

    As for Fringe … is there going to be a full recap on that or is this the place for that discussion? Because I have a lengthy comment in my head that’s ready to go!

  2. Carli on October 1st, 2008 11:30 am

    I’m 26 and kind of enjoying it 😉 But I’m addicted to all of those shows.

  3. Manda M. on October 1st, 2008 12:27 pm

    Ahhh, Fringe. I agree that Joshua Jackson in boxers was a nice sight.

    Last night’s episode was so confusing, yet I’m sensing the beginning of a major story arc with Bald Guy later on. I’m also thinking there is some major connection between Peter and Walter’s past experiments that hasn’t come out yet. I wasn’t sure what the heck was going on by the end, but I was so intrigued and addicted that I want more and I want it now.

  4. Becky on October 1st, 2008 1:01 pm

    I definitely think Fringe is getting better. I was watching half of it while I dried my hair at night, and the second half while I fed the baby the next morning. But last night, I couldn’t stop it and wait til in the morning. That has to be a good sign.

  5. Christen on October 1st, 2008 2:10 pm

    I wasn’t going to watch the Mentalist until I listened to your last podcast where you guys likened it to Psych. I LOVE Psych and a serious version of that show sounded a little interesting. I watched both of the episodes last night and really enjoyed the show. I am not sure about the connection between some of the characters. I am looking for Bones type chemistry and not seeing it yet. I am going to keep watching at this point. Simon Baker is pulling me in 🙂

  6. cam3150 on October 1st, 2008 2:41 pm

    GMMR — I love The Mentalist so far. Of course, the awesome hotness that is Simon Baker is what got me watching 🙂 But it was really good. I’m in a DVR connundrum though because both Fringe and Privileged are on at the same time and my DVR is on so talented. I can’t record 2 shows and watch another. So, I guess I’m going to have to watch it online but it’s a really good show.

    90210 — I agree here too, the only thing keeping me watching is Kelly and Brenda (who’s now gone), and the references to the original. I don’t care about Annie & Ethan ( I do actually like her with Ty, though), Dixon is totally miscast and Naomi is really distracting with her strangly proportioned face and body and that stalking walk that she has. The only one I really like is Silver, and I hate her with Dixon.

    Oh, I do also like the parents and, of course, Mr. Matthews (so, so hot!). If they’d just ditch most of the teenagers and do a show about the adults, then I’d be totally hooked!!

  7. bubblewrap on October 1st, 2008 3:21 pm

    I did enjoy Fringe last night- it’s slowly moving into my “love it” category. And I can’t believe how much I am enjoying The Mentalist! I wasn’t going to watch it at first- but changed my mind at the last minute- and I’m glad I did

  8. Lisa (aka lmr) on October 1st, 2008 3:30 pm

    Liking Fringe a lot (shielded my eyes past the Mentalist talk as it is awaiting me on the DVR, but I loved it last week). The alopecia guy on Fringe just strikes me as Twin Peaks-ish, anyone else old enough to comment?

  9. SB on October 1st, 2008 5:24 pm

    Okay, now that I finally have a spare second to write my diatribe on Fringe … Anna Torv is killing this show for me. Because I realized last night … I love Walter. I love badass Phillip Broyles. I like Astrid. I love Gene the cow. And I like Pacey, although I did comment to Billy that if I wanted to see Angry Teenage Pacey, I would’ve watched … Angry Teenage Pacey. I agree that there was an acknowledgement of his character’s problem last night and that hopefully they’ve found a way to right that, but with JJ, the problem is all the character and not the actor, whereas with AT, the problem is all the actor and not the character.

    Here’s the thing–I was sort of being an apologist that maybe it’s just her weird concentration on her (bad) accent that was causing the problem, but I am so over that now. She’s just terrible. The character is fine, like if you picture someone else saying the lines it would be okay, but she is so flat and dull and lifeless. Basically, if it would describe damaged hair in a shampoo commercial, it’s her. Just watch her terrible acting … look at her exaggerated face. It’s like a high school play. But really, what truly does it for me, is watching what she does with her hands. It’s horribly unnatural and weird. Billy made the excellent point that it’s not a good sign that he can always remember Walter and Astrid’s names (ASTRID, for crying out loud), but he can never remember Peter or Olivia’s names. We discussed how she’s a show wrecker but it’s too late to replace her, and Billy pointed out, I thought correctly, that it’s really not. Just pull some crazy-Walter-fringe-science shit and put the character in a different body (almost, but not like Dr. Who). Anything. Because I know some people are moving into the love category, but I’m moving further into the “whatever” category, and that really pisses me off because of how badly I want to like this show.

    Man! Thanks for letting me vent, y’all!

  10. Em on October 1st, 2008 9:29 pm

    I really like 90210. I am only in my mid-20s, I was forbidden by my parents to watch the original and had to make do with sneak-watching it when I could. Because of that I guess I’m able to have a happy medium in that I care about the adult characters as well as the high schoolers. I don’t LOVE it like I LOVE “The Office” or “SYTYCD”, but I am enjoying it.

    I do, btw, like Annie with Ethan and I think that their chemistry is good. I’d like to have that storyline dragged out as long as possible though, so I am happy with Ty for now. I hope that you keep covering it, GMMR.

  11. Mandi on October 2nd, 2008 6:18 pm

    I’m sad to admit it but I have given up on Fringe. It just didn’t do it for me.

    But, let me tell you who does do it for me…Mr. Simon Baker. That’s what I’m talking about. Even if he wasn’t on The Mentalist, I would still watch the show. He’s just the icing on top of the cake.

  12. Deirdre on October 3rd, 2008 5:01 pm

    I really like Fringe. I thought finally putting Peter in a position where it makes more sense for him to be there was a good thing. Did not like his torture scene though. I like the idea of fringe science and I am looking forward to watching how all this works it’s way out.

    I gave up on 90210 after episode 2 and I didn’t have an interest in a Psych redux (no time in the schedule for either).

  13. Pooshan on October 15th, 2009 4:32 pm

    Is it just me or can anyone see the connection between fringe and fast forward.

  14. Pooshan on October 15th, 2009 4:35 pm

    Oooh and also how about Peter being a clone of Walter rather than being his son?

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