Fringe Returns (again)

Fringe returns April first with a a special episode that explores the back story of Walter and Peter Bishop and the alternate universe.

If you recall from recent episodes, Olivia regained an innate ability to identify objects in our world which have come from “the other side”. Because she was a subject in experiments with the drug cortexifan as a child; Olivia perceives objects from the other universe as having a strange kind of “flicker”. While this ability allowed fringe division to save many lives when a building from our universe was pulled to the other side, unfortunately it also allowed her so see that peter was from the alternate universe.

Its about time I got some new episodes of Fringe. These mid-season breaks really annoy me. Thankfully, it was recently announced that Fringe has officially been picked up for a third season.

True Blood returns to HBO for third season

With the recent or impending demise of some of my favorite television programs (Lost, BSG, Nip/Tuck); its re-assuring to know that one series I enjoy will be returning this summer. HBO recently made the official announcement that True Blood will be returning for a third season beginning June 13 2010.

Fans will be waiting  eagerly for the season premiere. The The season two cliff-hanger seems like forever ago. If you’ve been living in a cave and somehow managed to miss the first and second seasons of this incredible series, the summer premiere date leaves you a little time to catch up with the series on DVD.

True Blood is based on the “Southern Vampire” series of novels by Charlaine Harris and follows the all too often supernatural life of Sookie Stackhouse in the vampire infested parish of Bon Temps Louisiana. Thankfully True Blood stands apart from the sudden resurgence of young adult or teen oriented, Twilight inspired vampire dramas. There’s plenty of steamy sex scenes and just enough  gore to keep True Blood firmly in the realm of “obviously for adults”. The first season of True Blood premiered during a period of intense hype surrounding the release of the first Twilight film. Several networks attempted to ride the wave of renewed interest in vampires generated by that films anticipated success. You can catch up with some spoilers and photos over at http://true-blood.net/ or HBO’s own true blood site.

Time Traveler’s wife – a good adaptation even if condensed

“The Time Traveler’s Wife”, the movie based on the much loved novel by Audrey Niffenegger, is now available on DVD. I can’t believe I forgot to post an entry about seeing this film in theaters.

The Time Travelers Wife stars Eric Bana as the chronologically displaced  Henry Detamble and  Rachel McAdams as His wife Claire. The endearing but sometimes complicated relationship between Clair and Henry translates reasonably well to the big screen. However, the overall plot is somewhat hurried, with some events seeming to be out of context or poorly explained, but that’s to be expected from any film adaptation of a novel. Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones) said that there is no such thing as a perfect adaptation. Time Traveler’s Wife is ‘close enough’.

If you are a fan of the novel you will no doubt feel that some of the ‘magic’ is missing from the film version, but all things considered I recommend this as a good ‘date night’ dvd.

If you like Audrey Niffenegger’s writing, you may also enjoy Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel.