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Fringe Premiere “A New Day in the Old Town”- Recap and Review

The season premiere of Fringe opens up the sounds of shattering glass on a crowded street in Manhattan, New York.  The driver of the vehicle that wrecked runs down the street and into an apartment, where he attacks the man he encounters in an apartment hallway.  After he’s got the man dead/unconscious, he sticks a wire down his throat and into his own.  After several seconds his face is transformed into the image of the man lying on the floor.

The scene cuts to Walter and Peter shopping for groceries and talking about Peter’s upcoming birthday.  While in the store, Peter receives a phone call and is called to the scene of the wreck mentioned above.  Apparently, Agent Dunham, his partner, was one of the drivers in the accident.  When Peter arrives, there’s a slight problem:  Agent Dunham is nowhere to be found at the scene.  While Peter is arguing with the officer, Olivia flies through the windshield of the car and onto the street.

At the hospital, the doctor informs Peter and Walter that Olivia has died.  Walter refuses to accept this and storms back into the hospital room.  While in the room, he finds that Agent Dunham really is gone, and he begins to cry.  After leaving the hospital, Peter heads to a bar where he is found by Broyles.  Broyles informs him that they’re being shut down by the government for not delivering results.  Peter leaves and heads back to the hospital to give Olivia his final goodbye.  While he’s in the room, Agent Dunham opens her eyes and mutters things in a foreign language and jumps up screaming.

The office staff at the hospital begins questioning Olivia, and she begins to recount the events before the accident.  She says that someone told her something that everyone’s lives depend on.

The next day Peter heads to the FBI office, but his card is declined due to the closing of the Fringe division.  The officer from the accident (Agent Jessup) says she will take Peter where he wants to go.  While in the car, she begins to question Peter on his past and the Fringe division.  The officer from the accident takes Peter to the home of the other member of the accident, the man who transformed his face.  In his house, they find a body, which is given to Walter for testing.

The man who transformed his face enters a gun shop, where he is given a set of keys to a back room of the shop.  In the back room, he begins to type a message on an old fashioned typewriter.  He types out “Mission Accomplished.  Target killed in fatal car crash”.  The Typewriter types back “Mission Failed.  Find Target.  Interrogate Her and then Kill Her.”

Agent Francis heads to the hospital to visit Agent Dunham.  He tells her the story of the domestic disturbance that took his partners life, and almost took his.  Agent Dunham tells him that she’s so scared and shaken she can’t even load her gun that’s hidden under her pillow.

Back at the lab, Walter is continuing his tests on the body found in the home.  He can’t find anything wrong with the actual body, but he does find 3 puncture wounds in the roof of his mouth.  He shows Peter, Astrid, and Agent Jessup a video of a girl who was having tests run on her many years ago.  She talks about the man who sticks the “3 nails in the mouth” and shape-shifts.

At the D.C. hearing, the senators question Special Agent Broyles over the relevancy of the Fringe division.  The panel of senators tell him without something physical to show for the human and fiscal costs, they can’t continue funding the division.  After the hearing, Agent Broyles meets with Nina Sharp to discuss what their options are saving the Fringe division.  The two share a kiss and she says “Do like you always do Phillip.  Save the day.”  Could this be hinting past occurrences between Nina and Phillip?

The shape-shifting man enters the basement of the hospital where Olivia is staying.  He sees a nurse outside and attacks her so he can shape-shift and complete his mission of “interrogate and destroy”.  While disguised as the nurse, he asks Olivia several questions about what happened before the accident.  When it’s obvious Olivia can’t remember, the nurse/shape-shifter attacks her and attempts to kill her.  Agent Jessup arrives almost immediately and shoots the shape-shifter twice in the back.  Unphased, he/she jumps out the hospital window and into the basement of the hospital.  The agents follow it into the basement, with Agent Francis finally cornering and killing it.

Back in the hospital room, Peter tells Olivia about Walter’s hypothesis: that the nurse was a shape-shifting soldier from another planet.  Walter repeats the Greek words that Agent Dunham said when she woke up after the accident.  Peter says that his mother used to say those same words to every night, which mean “Be a better man than your father”.

Peter brings Broyles the shape-shifting device they took from the shape-shifter after he was killed.  Peter tells him that’s the physical evidence they need and that if they can fix it they can have armies of people who look like whoever they want.

In the closing scene, Agent Francis is seen throwing his own corpse into the crematorium.  Apparently, the shape-shifter was able to shift into Agent Francis before the other agents arrived, meaning he’s not dead but Agent Francis is.

Wow!  What a premiere.  It leaves so many unanswered questions.  Where did Agent Dunham go?  Will the Fringe division still be shut down?  Why did Agent Broyles kiss Nina Sharp?  Where is the shape-shifter from?  When will Agent Dunham be back on her feet?  I can’t to see where this season goes!

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Poll of the Day: Do You Think Danny Gokey Deserved to be Eliminated?

My recap of tonight’s results show episode is coming later, but until then, vote below in today’s poll of the day!  I must say, I’m happy with the results.

What did you think of this elimination?  Are you excited about the Adam/Kris finale?  Leave your comments below or e-mail us at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and subscribe to the RSS Feed and daily e-mail newsletter to get updates when something new is posted.

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American Idol Top 3 Prediction and Analysis

If you missed last night’s show, you can read the full recap of the episode here.

Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing Heartless

Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing "Heartless"

Who should go? Danny

Who will go? Danny

I have one thing to say before I begin breaking down who I think will go home and why: The show would have been better with AllisonDanny was fair/good for both of his songs, while Allison no doubt would have been great/outstanding.  Just like with Carly Smithson’s (click here to follow her on twitter) early departure last year, I’m still bitter.

Prior upsets aside, let’s get to the upset at hand; If Danny Gokey makes it to the finals in anyway, I will be upset.  And not really because he would eliminate either Kris or Adam from the finale, but because he doesn’t deserve it.  Danny is basically the second coming of Taylor Hicks, who by the way is currently playing a minor character in the production of Grease.  Last night, both Adam and Kris outsang and outperformed Danny on each of their songs.  Not only that, but Danny has next to zero commercial potential.  Sure he will sell to his fans that are supporting him on the show, but he doesn’t have the voice to receive mainstream success like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Daughty, etc.  I could see Danny taking a career path similar to Mandisa as a Christian music artist, which is certainly a great path to go down.  Hot 100 radio is just not calling Danny‘s name.

On to the results:  ultimately, I do think Danny Gokey will be leaving us tonight.  For the second week in a row Danny has been the obvious weakest link.  Last week his mysterious fan base carried him through after a wretched screaming rendition of “Dream On”, and this week he wasn’t nearly as bad.  But will they carry him through again underservingly?  My intial guess is no.  If you look back on American Idol, when performers are pulled throught to the next round after a really bad performance, the next week is usually there time to go if they don’t deliver a knockout.  Look at Brooke White last year.  Her start-and-stop dilemma pulled here through (over Carly Smithson, I might add) to the Top 5, but she was then eliminated the next week after performances that were on par to her usual.  Add with that the fact that Adam Lambert and Kris Allen outperformed him by a mile, I think the top 2 is quite clear.

Adam received numerous praise all around from the judges on both performances, and even got a little boost from Simon when he reminded everyone to vote for him because he deserves it and not just assume he will be safe.  Kris also received praise on his second performance of Kanye West’s “Heartless”, which I must say was brilliant.  I think that performance alone produced enough buzz to carry Kris through.  So when it comes down to it tonight, I feel fairly confident that Danny will be leaving us tonight.  Check back here later for a recap and reaction to tonight’s results by bookmarking The Conservative Journal or by subscribing to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter to get updates when something new is posted.

Top 3 Scoreboard

  • Kris Allen, “Heartless”-  A+ (Only one of the season)
  • Adam Lambert, “Cryin”- A-
  • Danny Gokey, “You Are So Beautiful”- B
  • Adam Lambert, “One”- B-
  • Kris Allen, “Apologize”- B-
  • Danny Gokey, “Dance Little Sister”- C

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Video of the Day: Kris Allen “Heartless” American Idol Performance of the Night

My favorite performance of the night tonight was…

“Heartless” by Kris Allen.  Here’s the video:

UPDATE: As usual, Freemantle Media (The people behind Idol) removed all the actually video of the performances, but there is still audio available for the time being.  The live audio is below.

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American Idol Top 3 Recap and Review

We’re down to the final 3 on season 8 of American Idol!  Just one more week until the big finale, where we will be reunited with the Idols from episodes past.  Can’t wait to see Carrie Underwood, Allison Iraheta, and Megan Joy again!  On tonight’s show:

Wow, according to Ryan this is the 300th episode?  That’s insane!  Most shows don’t last anywhere near that long.

In case you didn’t know the theme, it’s the judges’ choice and the contestant’s choice.  Starting off tonight’s show is..

Danny Gokey singing “Dance, Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby.  You know what I just realized?  I’ve been ragging on Lambert all year for the incessant screaming, but Gokey really deserves it more.  His screaming is more of yell or “holler”.  Like he’s got something lodged in his windpipe.  This performance is just bland and typical Danny, which is not a compliment.  Generally he gives a fair-to-good vocal, but this week is not good at all.  I think his voice is losing steam.  Randy thought it was dope, Kara didn’t like the dancing, Paula loved it (Of course, she picked the song!), and Simon thought it was vocally good, but desperate in every other way.  Next up is..

Kris Allen singing “Apologize” by OneRepublic.  With Allison gone, I’m pulling for Kris.  He’s the only one of the remaining contestants I’d listen to after the show.  I think “Apologize” suits Kris well, as long as he can get those higher notes he sometimes struggles on.  Kris is pulling out the piano for tonght’s song.  As expected a few of the falsetto notes are a little weak, but he nailed everything else!  That was a solid performance.  Randy thinks this is the kind of artist Kris can be; Kara thought it was competant but at this stage he’s got to hit it out of the park; Paula thought it was at the right place in his voice, but there was a bum note that was “loud”; Simon called Kara out for her comments since she picked the song, but said it wasn’t as good as the original.  I actually thought it was better.  Next up is..

Adam Lambert singing “One” by U2.  This is one of my favorite songs, but I don’t know that it will suit Adam’s voice.  It doesn’t really go anywhere as far as range goes, so I’m sure he’ll change it up.  Ooo, I am not a huge fan of this one.  I know I am never really a “fan” of Adam’s performances, but I think this is one of his weaker performances.  I don’t like how he changed the melody up in the middle; it just didn’t really work.  Great big note towards the end.  Randy says he’s “One of the hottest 3 in the competition”, dang Randy there are only 3 left!; Kara thought it was unbelievable; Paula thought it was superb and pretty much predicted the inevitable win of Adam; Simon thought it was a brilliant song choice.  That’s funny because he picked it.  Next up is..

An update on Idol Gives Back with Saint Carrie Underwood.  Ms. Underwood is not only a great singer, but she is a great person, which is quite rare in celebrities these days.  Carrie made a trip to Angola, Africa, to check up on a village that received insecticide treated bed nets to help prevent Malaria.  Idol Gives Back has provided Angola with over 300,000 bed nets over the past 2 years.  This made me realize how much I missed Idol Gives Back this year.  That episode was great, especially last year’s.  Next up is..

Danny Gokey singing “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker.  Interesting song choice.  The beginning wasn’t great, very gaspy sounding.  The middle got better, and towards the end it was good.  Much better than the first song.  The only problem is, this isn’t relevant at all.  Can you see this on the radio?  No.  Randy thought there were “mad vocals”, Kara thought it was stunning, Paula said they were all breathless, Simon said it was a vocal masterclass.  I guess they liked it?  Next up is..

Kris Allen singing “Heartless” by Kanye West?  Wow, what an ambitious song choice for Kris.  If Kris takes this and changes it up WELL, this could be big game changer in his benefit.  I really like this acoustic version of this song actually.  Much better than the original.  That’s probably Kris’s best performance on the show, and my favorite of the night by far.  Great performance.  This is why Kris deserves a spot in the final over Danny; THAT could be on the radio.  Randy thought it was better than the original; Kara thought it was bold, brave, and brilliant; Paula said it keeps him relevant; Simon had written him out of the competition after “Apologize”, but now that has all changed.  Glad they liked it!  Next up is..

Adam Lambert singing “Cryin'” by Aerosmith.  This is more along Adam’s comfort zone than “One”.  I’m sure this will be good, though just more of what we’re used to.  He said he’s not going to change it up as much as his other stuff because it’s already amazing.  Great vocal, but some weird facial expressions going on.  You don’t have to actually cry while singing the song.  Randy says he’s a rockstar, Kara doesn’t know how he hits those notes, Paula says we’ll be seeing him next week and for years to come, Simon warns against voter complacency, and tells everyone to be sure and vote hard for Adam.  That was a smart one Simon.  Adam gives a shoutout to Kris and Danny at the end, also a smart move.

That wraps up tonight’s top 3 peformance of American Idol.  Be sure and check back in later for my prediction of the top 2.

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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite of the American Idol Top 3?

If you missed the show, you can read the recap here or simply vote “I don’t watch”.

Who was your favorite tonight and why?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Video of the Day: Carly Smithson

This weekend I was doing my usual web surfing when I cam across some new tour videos of my all time American Idol, Carly Smithson.  Carly was the only contestant worth watching (for me at least) last season, and it was truly a crime against humanity when she was voted off.  Nevertheless, I feel very confident in saying that Carly has a big future ahead of her.  Her voice is INSANE and she has undeniable star quality and stage presence.  She is currently working on an album (Rumor has it’ll be on sale by the end of the year), which I’m sure will be incredible.  I’m quite certain that I’ll be writing several posts about the album/Carly appearances as time goes on.  Until then, however, I have the videos at the American Idol Stars Concert in Boise, courtesy of carlysangels.net.  Watch and enjoy:

This is Carly’s first single, “Let Me Fall”:

Click “keep reading” to see “Barracuda” and “Roxanne”!

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American Idol Top 8 Recap

Thanks for joining us for “No Politics Tuesday” at The Conservative Journal!  The play-by-play for American Idol’s Top 8 Recap starts right here!

Alright, so the theme is songs from the year the contestant was born.  Ryan says that’s a fan favorite?  I can think of many others I prefer to this one.  Some pictures of the judges as children are flashed across the screen, and then it’s capped off with a picture of Ryan, who was a funny looking little kid.  Then it’s right off to the start of the show with…

Danny Gokey singing “Stand By Me” by Mickey Gilley.  Well, as someone who does not Danny at all, I will admit this is good.  He isn’t yelling or anything and his esophagus doesn’t sound like it’s going to fly out of his mouth.  Sometimes when he sings I get this strange feeling he is in extreme pain.  There are a few parts in the middle that are weird and field with some bizarre kind of scatting or something.  Good performance even though I don’t like him at all.  Randy and Kara think the arrangement was weird, but thought it was great; Paula loved it; and Simon thought it was great. Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” by Don Henley.  I’ve said this many times, but I’ll say it again: Kris is the only guy on this show that I can stand (generally).  He wanted to be a taxi driver as a kid?  That’s hilarious.  Kris is singing with his guitar in the middle of the crowd, and the beginning is weird.  The words sound kind of jumbled or something?  But overall it’s good.  It definitely improves as it goes on.  Not his best, and I think he is better suited on slower songs, but it’s still good.  Kara thought it was “jazz/funk homework”?  What does that mean?  Paula thought it was good, Simon thought it was indulgent, boring, forgettable, etc, and Randy didn’t like the arrangement.  Next up is…

Lil Rounds singing “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner.  Lil’s mom reminds us several times that her name is really Lil.  Okay?  No one was arguing with you about it woman.  Lil has that “diva” package that is always present on Idol, but she’s just not as good as the one’s in the past.  The opening was extremely shakyl; almost like she was nervous.  It got a little better as it went on, but I just don’t think she’s ever going to be REALLY good.  She doesn’t have the “chops”.  Paula rattles on something but ultimately means Lil didn’t make it her own and it was karaoke; Simon says they aren’t looking for second or third rate Tina Turners; Randy reminds everyone Lil is good; and Kara says she needs to become an artist.  I’m sick of the judges saying “Alright everyone, Lil is awesome, buuuuut she sucked tonight.”  If you suck every week you are not awesome.  Next up is…

Anoop Desai singing “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.  Anoop apologizes for being a cocky jerk last week.  Oh gosh, the lats time this song was on American Idol was when Haley Scarnato butchered it a few years ago.  It’s odd that I remember that.  Anoop does a nice job on this one.  He has this pattern of being horrible and then coming back with something that’s actually pretty good.  The judges loved it, and didn’t really say anyting important.  Though Simon did agree with me and call me him a “yo-yo”.  Good job Anoop.  Next up is…

Scott MacIntyre singing “The Search Is Over” by Survivor.  Scott is singing with his guitar this week, which is nice change for him.  Scott is just not a great a singer, nor is he relevant to today’s music scene.  It sounds really pitchy to me throughout the whole song, then he goes for this big note and it’s just a big screech.  I’m not a fan of Scott as a singer, though he has a great personality.  Kara nicely tells him it was terrible; Paula gives him credit for leaving the piano; Simon tells him it was bad, Scott says it wasn’t THAT bad, Simon says “Yes, it was THAT bad.”  Next up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt.  With Megan gone (I’m still upset), Allison is by far my favorite.  She starts out really strong.  Man, she is a great singer!  I love her voice, the whole rock thing.  It really suits her.  Wow, I really like this.  That big note near the end was really strong.  One of Allison’s best so far, and my favorite of the night by a mile!  Paula thought it was “Allison” and great; Simon thought it was very good but doesn’t think she’s likeable?  What the heck Simon, Allison is awesome.; Randy thought she reminded her of Kelly Clarkson, but needs to fix her personality; and Kara thought it was great.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud singing “Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder.  Matt starts out really strongly, but then after he gets into the more upbeat part he pulls a goat vibrato/singing-on-the-washing-machine note.  If he could just make it through one song without doing that.  It get’s better after that (until this weird high-pitch-growly nonsense), but then get’s better after that.  In all seriousness though, the performance was quite good.  Only two goaty notes during the whole song; very impressive.  The judges loved it, though they are clearly being rushed.  Next up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Mad World” by Tears for Fears.  Calmer Adam is back this week (thankfully), so hopefully there won’t be any screeching or wailing.  Adam is doing a really good job.  A really really good job.  Technically speaking, he has one of the best voice I’ve ever heard.  It’s just not my thing, generally.  But this performance is really good.  I think he’s probably going to go all the way.  They’re pushed for time so all they can do it let Simon give him a standing “O”.  That’s quite an accomplishment.

Scoreboard- Top 8

  • Adam Lambert- A
  • Allison Iraheta- A
  • Danny Gokey- B+
  • Matt Giraud- B
  • Kris Allen- B-
  • Anoop Desai- B-
  • Lil Rounds- C
  • Scott MacIntyre- D

What did you think of tonight’s show?  Who was your favorite?  Who do you think will go home?  Leave your comments below and don’t forget to return to The Conservative Journal later for the American Idol poll and videos.

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Rick

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Laura Ingraham Sets the Record Straight

Laurah Ingraham cleared the air on The OReilly Factor.

Laurah Ingraham cleared the air on The O'Reilly Factor.

At the start of the live O’Reilly Factor broadcast tonight, Laura Ingraham took advantage of her guest hosting spot by setting the record straight regarding her weight comments toward Meghan McCain.  The subject of tonight’s Talking Points Memo was the word-twisting nonsense going on on the left.  In the memo, Laura took advantage of her spot by saying that she DID NOT call Meghan McCain fat.  The entire clip was played in the background and, given the full context of the comments, they didn’t sound quite as harsh.  She went on to say that she has constantly said Meghan McCain is a lovely girl and is no way fat, and that it was just another example of the left twisting conservative’s words to push their agenda.  I must say, I admire Ingraham for bringing it up on such a large platform, but I still don’t know if I’m convinced the comments weren’t slightly weight-based.  Actually, without the weight context, saying that about the “plus-sized model” really makes no sense at all.  But Laura generally means what she says and cuts the crap, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.   It was a great little segment; for those who missed it don’t forget to tune in to the next broadcast of The Factor at 10 Pm Eastern.

What do you think  of Laura’s bringing the comments up?  Do you believe she wasn’t making a weight referrence?  Leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

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