Fringe real time?
September 20, 2014 3:10 PM - Subscribe

Anyone interested in trying to watch a Fringe episode in real time?

Hey guys, been following the discussion on metatalk about fanfare. I just wondered if anyone out there had an appetite for picking one or two critical episodes a season we can try to watch and comment on in real time? Momentum Deferred is coming up for Fringe and I think this is the kind of game changing episode best shared. We'd have to pick a weekend day to do it because some if us are awkwardly time zoned (sorry we're metres from the prime meridian). Worth trying at least once?
posted by BAKERSFIELD! (28 comments total)
Ooh, I got your message yesterday but work was crazy. I'm game for this!

I'm GMT-8, and on a day like Saturday can be home late a night.
posted by carsonb at 8:48 AM on September 21, 2014

(I have no idea how to be helpful about the time issue. I read The Island of the Day Before at an impressionable age and it ruined my perception of time zones.)
posted by carsonb at 8:49 AM on September 21, 2014

We're GMT, in fact we live in Greenwich which makes it easy for us to remember our time zone. The 0° is marked by a green line across the sky at night, which I must walk under each evening. It appears to curve (an optical illusion achieved by bouncing light off the power station) and measured time as a general concept is extremely disconcerting.

I've looked into it using meeting scheduler on We're okay timing this with the West Coast if WE stay up late and you do an afternoon?
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 11:47 AM on September 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

If we do a Sunday then I can watch it in the morning and y'all can do the evening? Is that right? I get up early Sundays and usually have free days.
posted by carsonb at 2:14 PM on September 22, 2014

Also, sorry I've been absent SSN2 so far. Busy busy busy online and off, and srsly I watched these eps about 10 times in the past few months.
posted by carsonb at 2:15 PM on September 22, 2014

Oh, μὰ τὸν κύνα !

I'm up for it, weekends are better.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:24 PM on September 24, 2014

Sorry. We're packing up to move house, thus our slackness in not posting much recently.

I'm guessing Amazonia is in Washington state now which is fair enough. How do you feel about mid-afternoon on a Sunday?

9pm London Saturday = 2pm West Coast Sunday
10pm London = 3pm West Coast et cetera
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 3:24 PM on September 25, 2014

It's a good idea, but don't rely on my schedule. I'll join if I can.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:41 PM on September 25, 2014

2pm Sunday West Coast time works great for me!
posted by carsonb at 4:12 PM on September 25, 2014

I suppose we should probably do this over in the episode thread, right? Tomorrow?

I might maybe also perchance will have a Chat window open too.
posted by carsonb at 11:27 AM on September 27, 2014

I've been holding off the next episode in anticipation.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:37 PM on October 2, 2014

Oh shoot! There have been some backchannel negotiations and right now SonnyJim, BAKERSFIELD!, and I were planning to do the live watch on August. (The episode, not the month.) There's been some personal-life upheaval that's kept any of us from doing the usual ridiculousness in the current episode thread. Apologies TMOTAT for neglecting to update this thread.

Please, by all means, proceed!
posted by carsonb at 12:47 PM on October 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

Hi all, we have had a few distractions over the past few weeks, work and home based and are a little guilty of underestimating the impact a house move would have on our ability to watch Fringe. Still up for it if anyone else is...
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 1:44 PM on October 23, 2014

I'm still moving with the sunday/wednesday (late pst sked) as before, with adjustments based on interest. Let me know when you want to do a live watch and I'll hold off.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:32 PM on October 23, 2014

There have been some personal revelations on my end too that have kept me from re-watching the show as intensely as I was a month ago. Still interested, but I might not be as consistently verbose as I was in the past.

I do want to express gratitude to and appreciation for the man of twists and turns. Thanks! You do an awesome job writing the posts and keeping up with your own hectic Mefi posting schedule. I know the commenting silence can be deafening at times, so extra props for keeping the TV on for us despite that pesky out of doors mucking us up.
posted by carsonb at 10:15 AM on October 24, 2014 [2 favorites]

Hey! With the August thread posted, does anyone want to sit down Sunday to watch it live? I'd be TOTALLY DOWN for a viewing in my morningtime. Early!
posted by carsonb at 10:17 AM on October 24, 2014

That would be Sunday evening tomorrow in London? Yes, we'd be up for it.
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 1:31 PM on October 25, 2014

We're cool with any time before 14:00 PDT, just let us know.
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 1:34 PM on October 25, 2014

How about EARLY (for me)? 6:00PDT?

I'm trying to get out on the bike tomorrow morning, and have a lunch date.
posted by carsonb at 5:47 PM on October 25, 2014

That's fine with us! See you then!
posted by Sonny Jim at 4:25 AM on October 26, 2014

Missed this thread before - I'm used to thinking I'm behind on the Fringe re-watch and can't believe I've caught up! If you do another one let me know; just to make things complicated I'm in Australia. Though I will be travelling States-side in a month or so, so maybe that will work.
posted by Athanassiel at 5:50 AM on October 26, 2014 [2 favorites]

If you are awake and posting right now, there's no reason you can't join us! We're about to start!
posted by carsonb at 5:54 AM on October 26, 2014

Though LA/London/Australia does make coordinating a single time to sit down and watch a little harder.
posted by carsonb at 5:55 AM on October 26, 2014

Well, I thought that went really well. Enjoyed it immensely. And definitely up for another at some point.
posted by Sonny Jim at 7:11 AM on October 26, 2014

That was fun, I think that worked out. I would be up for watching Peter together when it comes up.

I think rather than asking people to hold off on making an FPP we want to share, it works if we just choose an episode to watch together and post when we're able.
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 7:13 AM on October 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, can be done at something like Sat 2pm, Sat 9pm and Sun 8am or if you're not an early bird we can stay up late in London, to 11pm (10am Sunday AEDT)
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 7:24 AM on October 26, 2014

Turns out that with the insomnia, I could have done the live re-watch. Oh well. I'm normally good with late (much better than early) so the time would have been ok, especially on a Friday or Saturday but often weeknights as well. So I'll keep an eye out for the next one and hopefully it will all work!
posted by Athanassiel at 1:58 PM on October 26, 2014

WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Fringe
If you’re like 80 percent of sci-fi fans, you’ve been meaning to get around to binge-watching Fringe for a while. The supernatural drama—about an off-the-books FBI team that investigates “fringe science” (time travel, drug-induced superpowers, alternate dimensions, etc.)—wrapped just last year but is already on track to be a cult fave. It’s had such a slow, steady rise to popularity that now the mere mention of Fringe can invoke several “Man, I still need to watch that” responses simultaneously.
There’s a reason for that. Fringe’s creators combined the best of its predecessors’ successes and built them into a bendy, windy maze of brilliant science fiction that is often woefully underrated—except by those who’ve actually seen it, of course. Fringe is basically Alias meets The X-Files with investigator Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) serving as the perfect Dana Scully/Sydney Bristow hybrid, weathering a nonstop barrage of insane murderers and superpowered zealots with a freakishly cool disposition. At her side are super-scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and between the three of them there’s enough oomph for a cornerstone sci-fi series, ripe and ready for some long-overdue absorption into your cultural lexicon.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:00 PM on October 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

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