After seeing Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part One, Jenny & I went to The Double Windsor to get some supper & some drinks. I had the catfish sandwich with fries & some hush puppies, Jenny had a burger & a beet salad. The plan was originally "burgers & beer" but after having burgers that Kira made the night before, I went another direction. & here is something you should know about me: hush puppies. There was a fried food joint in The Wasteland with an X-wing parked out front, & I would go there & get a meal that would come with two sides. I would pick hush puppies for both sides. & want more hush puppies. Another thing? Mini corn dogs. If you want to get down on fried bar food, you have two paths you can take. One, fancy tapas. Two, hush puppies & mini corndogs. Anyhow, it was a nice time; I started with a He'Brew Jewbelation Fifteen, a super busy beer brewed with a slew of oddities that was really boozy, dried fruit, & molasses. Jenny ordered the Saint Bernardus Christmas Ale, a creamy fruity brew that was spiced to the season. I liked the Jewbelation a lot, but the Barnardus suffered in comparison. After that we split a Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, which was what Jenny should have gotten to begin with, I think-- a dark Belgian that was almost tart enough to be mistaken for a Gueuze. & speak of the devil, but what should we finish off dinner with but a Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l'Ancienne. Really odd smell; almost bread yeast, funky fruits. I liked it, but Jenny was really quite taken by it.
Then we came home, opened a bottle of wine, & put on Fringe. We were on the cusp of the finale when last we'd left off, & I was eager to take a few swings at it. "The Day We Died" is the finale itself, starting with a neat grey opening sequence. It is a dystopian future episode, & I liked it quite a bit. They did a great job of making Peter look older, but they didn't try too hard with everyone else, which is fine with me. It is the same for flashbacks (with their own neat retro opening sequence) where they don't lose their heads trying to make Walter look twenty years younger. Throw him in a Jheri curl, we get it! I like it when shows understand dramatic conventions; we are along for the ride, we've suspended our disbelief, get on with the narrative! I knew a spoiler about this episode, but now that it is past I am back to tabula rasa-- except of course I have my own theories. Earth-3, of course! Then we watched "Neither Here Nor There," the first episode of the new season, with a amber opening sequence. Double the Olivia, double the fun! Also, Lincoln Lee as a main cast member, which I had hoped for. I wondered "why an orange title sequence?" until I saw someone call it the "amber sequence," which makes much more sense. & of course, I say again, Earth-3. Jenny wanted to push for another episode-- I was tired! But I decided to press on, with the aid of Brother Whiskey. "One Night in October" is an interesting twist on the tired old tale of the serial killer, a good "double Olivia" episode, & had a well framed "Observer as Slender Man" shot.