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If you’ve ever read any of my Fringe photo recaps, I think you all know what’s going to be the central theme of this recap. No, it’s not the chemistry between Slade and Shado, or the fact that Laurel’s role seems to have been reduced to nothing more than convenient legal advisor and perpetual middlewoman in various conflicts between her loved ones. No, this episode’s most important feature was the return of a very special guest star, the one and only SETH MOTHER-EFFING GABEL. You may know him from Fringe, Dirty Sexy Money, or from my dreams. Fortunately for everyone (and particularly my dignity), I’ve moved past the point where just seeing his face is enough to send me into a fit of sobs while clawing at the wall screaming, “LINCOOOOOLN!!!” but I still can’t look at him without hearing Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart” playing in my head. So yeah… Baby steps.
Seth was back this week as the super-psycho drug dealer known as “The Count,” but you might as well just call him “Unfinished Business,” since that’s what he was to Oliver, who has a personal vendetta against the Count since his dangerous club drug Vertigo almost cost Thea her life. Speaking of Thea, she was conspicuously absent this episode, which was disappointing considering it meant we didn’t get to see any of her adorable beau and his glorious torso charming personality. It’s very possible that Colton Haynes and Felicity have become my favorite parts of this show. Also, Oliver and Dig’s bromance, which was on the rocks this episode. In the end, though, they were there for each other when it mattered most—because THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS.
Anyway, back to admiring Seth Gabel’s crazy-eyes…
The 100th episode!!!! Traditionally, 100 episodes meant the series was eligible for syndication but we all know that isn’t true anymore. Just look at Veronica Mars which had 64 episodes and is now shown on SoapNet in the evenings. Firefly had THIRTEEN and is now given marathon days. Nevertheless, 100 episodes is a milestone. It’s a time to
reflect give the fans what they want and have fun doing it. And Marlowe and his gang sure had fun. They wrote the episode as a tribute to one of Hitchcock’s BEST films, Rear Window, (I may be bias here because I LOVE that film) and they managed to squeeze a Caskett cuddlefest.
Meet Lillian, a devoted Veronica Mars fan who has been tweeting her support for a movie since 2009. She is member of Neptune Rising and super excited to spend a day on the set once Rob Thomas begins filming. Find out how she was introduced to the show and her reaction to the Kickstarter campaign.
This week’s episode of Arrow was chock-full of chase scenes, broken-down doors, and unresolved family trauma. It might not have been as consistent and well put-together as last week’s gem of an episode, but it was still pretty solid. Thumbs-up: Colton Haynes’ puppy dog eyes, Laurel’s wishbone necklace, shirtless pull-ups. Thumbs-down: Laurel’s mom (even though Alex Kingston is a goddess), Moira and Frank Chen’s Double Indemnity subplot. (RIP Frank.) But back to the part about shirtless pull-ups…
This week’s episode took the spotlight away from Castle and Beckett and directed at Kevin Ryan’s backstory, which involved less suits but more swagger. We learned that before he was a homicide detective, he was an undercover cop who helped incriminate numerous mobsters. His life was like The Departed, but without the Boston backdrop and no dreamy Leonardo DiCaprio to drool over.
I want to tell you a story. It’s a story about a girl who loved stories. And this girl especially loved stories about mad scientists and unexplained phenomena. She went away to college and didn’t particularly enjoy it, so she mostly sat in her room and watched television. One day her brother told her about a new show called Fringe. She decided to give it a try, and she found that it was rather excellent. Two years later, she started writing about this show. Then she found dozens of other people who loved Fringe, and she relished in their shared excitement over this little show that was perpetually on the brink of being taken away from them. By some miracle, Fringe made it to a fifth marvelous season. Although the girl and her friends were sad to say goodbye to the beautiful characters that they had grown to love, they were grateful to have been a part of Fringe for five seasons.
A few weeks after the show ended, the girl received a message asking if she would like to interview Joel Wyman, the man who orchestrated Fringe’s final season. Of course the girl couldn’t believe it, and thought it was all just a wonderful dream. But it came true, and she got to talk to the man who helped create one of her favorite stories. The girl (who was actually really more of a young woman, but that just doesn’t sound as good when you’re telling a story) cherished her encounter with the storyteller, and she and her pet unicorn named Lincoln lived happily ever after. The end.
Okay, so it’s been two months since Fringe ended, and there’s still a Fringe-shaped hole in my soul, but just because it’s over doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to go on with our lives. And in case you hadn’t noticed, my life basically consists of lots of television. (And also cake.) After some really supportive feedback from you guys on Twitter, I decided to try my hand at photo recapping another show. So here goes… Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…my first Arrow photo recap! (Bear with me; it’s been a while since I did this…)
Several weeks ago, we contacted Mark Thompson, the administrator of Neptune Rising, to interview Veronica Mars fans for a project we are developing about TV fans. We planned to release the interviews in the coming months, however, something BIG happened on March 13, 2013. Hopefully, you heard but if you haven’t…THERE IS GOING TO BE A VERONICA MARS MOVIE!!!!!!!
On March 13, Rob Thomas (not the musician) created a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $2 million needed to make a Veronica Mars movie. Not only did he reach his goal that day, he broke Kickstarter records by reaching the $1 million mark in under five hours!! We are still crying tears of joy. The show is very special to us. We’ve participated in campaigns, wrote an unofficial movie script, and introduced friends to the show, all the while hoping that one day the cast and creator would be allowed to properly end the story. Our dream came true on March 13 when all of the Marshmallows rallied together and helped fund film. We are so proud of the fans that we have to share these interviews with the world, and celebrate their determination to never give up.
Eight and a half years ago, we fell in love with a spunky teenage detective and her rowdy group of lovably sarcastic friends. With its juxtaposition of film noir and teenage melodrama, Veronica Mars shouldn’t have worked, but thanks to a phenomenal cast and clever, original writing, it became one of the most beloved cult hits in TV history. But like most cult shows, it didn’t last for long.
I remember the day I found out Veronica Mars had been canceled. I was pretty devastated, but a part of me still believed there had to be a way to save this brilliant little show that meant so much to me. That little glimmer of hope became like a kidney stone I couldn’t pass. It just lingered inside me, growing increasingly painful and useless as the years went on. Still, I couldn’t accept that I’d seen the last of Veronica Mars.
Mary and I spent a good chunk of our time in college watching Veronica Mars, tweeting our support for a Veronica Mars movie, and even going so far as to write our own unofficial Veronica Mars movie script. As time went on, the possibility of seeing our favorite characters again seemed less and less likely. Was there a statute of limitations on wishing a show back from the dead? I’m not terribly good at letting go, so I pretty much just lived in a state of denial for several years. That’s the nice thing about the Internet: You can almost always find other people to be in denial with you. (Especially on Tumblr.)