Open Caption: Fringe's Return

By C. Killian

Sep 28, 2012

This is it, you captioners, you! This is the very last Open Caption contest for a while. I will announce the winners on Monday and from there it will drift away into hiatus-status for an undisclosed amount of time. It will be back one day! And what can I say, it's been such a pleasure. Now let's do this! Here are the winners from yesterday's contest:


From StrawDog:

Chris: "LITERALLY the best swaddling I've ever had."


From Taccado:

Chris: "This is literally the softest beard I have ever felt."


From Homerman92:

Andy: "I found him in the fetal position crying about how he'll never run as fast as Usain Bolt."


Today's Image: Fringe

I'm going to take a wild guess and assume that Fringe is one of your most loved shows. And rightly so. So I hope you enjoy captioning it! Tonight's Season 5 premiere drops us off in the year 2036 as Peter and Etta search for Olivia. Simultaneously, the future Fringe team is being released from 20 years of amber and decides to join a rebellion against the Observer. Intense! In the still below, Peter (left, in the shadows), Walter (center) and Etta (right) search for Olivia in an underground black market kind of place. Post your best caption ideas in the comments!



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  • FringeFanatic Oct 09, 2012

    Dexter, it's good to see you again.

    Season 7 has gotten off to a VERY strong start. It's almost made me forget the poorly written fever dream that was season 6. What was Travis's imaginary friend's name again? Professor Goldman? Gallagher? Gillette? Godawful? Ah well, it doesn't matter anymore. That's all in the rearview mirror now.

    We've been waiting for quite a long time to see how Deb would react to the truth about Dexter. When you think about it, it's pretty amazing how long she was kept in the dark. There were several instances when she came oh so close to discovering Dexter's secret. There was even one scene when Dexter envisioned various scenarios of what would happen if Deb found out (the funniest scene in Dexter history, imho). We all knew this day would come. It was one of those inevitable plot twists that was wholly expected, but still very much anticipated. What I'm trying to say is this very scenario was always going to happen. The writers kept it in the background and a on a back-burner. Never a central focus, but constantly there, until it became like a white noise we accepted at face value. What HAS been a central focus throughout the entire show is Dexter's relationship with Deb.

    From the very first season she was a tether to the last vestiges of his humanity. Dexter's brother, Brian, urged him to abandon Harry's code and kill his sister. He was the Dark Passenger personified, purporting the replacement of nihilism to Dexter's adopted order. But he couldn't do it. He chose Deb over his own flesh and blood. Without her even knowing, she saved him from descending into the depths of true evil.

    For 6 seasons this relationship has grown and evolved, due in large part to Deborah's individual evolution as a character. The memory has faded, but I do remember a time when Deb was not viewed in the most favourable of lights. She was not liked very much amongst fans and was considered to be a one-dimensional, weak character study. Say what you will about the dips in Dexter's quality, the character of Deborah Morgan has only become better with age. She has steadily matured during the span of the show, and the complexity of her character has exponentially increased.

    An aspect of that complexity, of course, is her seriously complicated feelings towards Dexter. Last season Deb discovered she had more than just a familial love for her brother. This development led to a fair amount of outrage from fans. Many opposed it simply due to the "Eww!" factor. But many others disapproved because they felt it was completely out of the blue. The criticism was that it seemed the writers just threw it in there to create controversy, and there was no foundation in the earlier seasons to substantiate Deb's newfound feelings.

    I was in the small minority who actually thought the controversially incestuous feelings Deb ha(s)d for Dexter were not written in on a whim. As I stated above, the revelation of Deb discovering Dexter's dark dalliances was always in the cards. And I believe a foundation WAS built, however subtle it may have been, to make her LOVE love for her adopted brother structurally acceptable.

    Think of all the times she came to him for advice. All the times he helped her with a case, or bailed her out of a predicament. One of the primary reasons she's a Lieutenant is because of the direct and inadvertent help her gave her. I don't think Dexter even appreciates how much of an emotional rock he was for her during her slow climb out of insecurity.

    Then look at all of her past relationships. All the men she's gotten involved with have been emotionally unavailable to various extents, with no real future in the relationship. And she would always take her problems to Dexter. He would listen, offer simple advice, and she would invariably feel better.

    Now let's look at all that through the prism of this new and exciting season. We shouldn't forget the only reason Deb even knows about Dexter's serial killing ways in the first place is because she sought him out to tell him how she felt. I think one of the only redeeming factors of season 6 was Deb's introspection by way of her therapy sessions. They were fascinating to watch, and a perfect microcosm of how far her character has come.

    I know there are a few of you who wish the whole Deb LOVE loving Dexter would just go away. But can you honestly say this new (and admittedly weird) progression doesn't make the current situation of their relationship more interesting? The only possible way finding out your adopted brother is a serial killer can be stranger, is if you also think you might be in love with him. Now they're living together while she tries to suppress his urges. It's fucking crazy! But I've always liked crazy. Cory is absolutely correct when he wrote Dexter has always been about the demented dynamics of Dexter's family. Harry has been a guiding presence for Dexter, but he's only a manifestation of Dexter's subconscious. Through all the madness of Brian, Doakes, Lila, Miguel, Trinity, Lumen and the death of Rita, the one constant in Dexter's life has been Deb.

    The writers have said they aren't going to run from Deb's feelings for Dexter. And if you focus on a few snippets of the dialogue in this episode, they seem to be backing that up:

    Deb detailing Dexter's "rehab": "If we're gonna do this, we're gonna do it all the way. We're gonna eat together, we're gonna watch TV together, we're gonna drive to fucking work together."

    Dexter: "I hope you've got a big shower."

    Tell me that wasn't sexually insinuative. It's also curious Deb's first instinct to "cure" Dexter is to spend every waking moment with him.

    Deb: "What if dad had taught you how to quit, instead of teaching you how to live with it?He fucked up."

    Dexter: "Deb, there's a big problem with this idea. I've tried stopping before. It didn't work."

    Deb: "Well, now you have me. Someone who loves you, more than you will ever fucking know."

    Nope, it's not going away.

    I've loved the focus being set solely Dexter's only relevant characters. They are the show. Nobody else really matters. So it's been great television watching these two coming to terms with their respective realities. I also loved Deb trying to understand why Dexter does what he does. Dexter's poetic description of his dark desires brought me back to the superb writing of seasons 1&2.

    Personally, I don't think Dexter can ever quit. Not only does it go against everything we've learned about him, but it would essentially castrate the show. Dexter at its bloody core, has always been about the great debate of serial killing vs. vigilante justice. It asks the audience every week a very simple question: "Do some people deserve to be killed?" Without suavely slashing Dexter, why would we watch?

    What will this mean for Dexter and Deb? What will she do if she realizes Dexter's Dark Passenger isn't just a temporary hitchhiker? I don't know. Maybe she'll come around to Harry's philosophy. Maybe one of the killers Dexter was talking about will fall through the cracks, and Deb will realize Dexter's methods aren't as reprehensible as she once thought. Your guess is as good as mine.

    All I know for sure is that it's been a long time since I've been so excited to watch a new episode of Dexter. And that is entirely because of its two lead characters.

  • FringeFanatic Oct 09, 2012

    Dexter, it's good to see you again.

    Season 7 has gotten off to a VERY strong start. It's almost made me forget the poorly written fever dream that was season 6. What was Travis's imaginary friend's name again? Professor Goldman? Gallagher? Gillette? Godawful? Ah well, it doesn't matter anymore. That's all in the rearview mirror now.

    We've been waiting for quite a long time to see how Deb would react to the truth about Dexter. When you think about it, it's pretty amazing how long she was kept in the dark. There were several instances when she came oh so close to discovering Dexter's secret. There was even one scene when Dexter envisioned various scenarios of what would happen if Deb found out (the funniest scene in Dexter history, imho). We all knew this day would come. It was one of those inevitable plot twists that was wholly expected, but still very much anticipated. What I'm trying to say is this very scenario was always going to happen. The writers kept it in the background and a on a back-burner. Never a central focus, but constantly there, until it became like a white noise we accepted at face value. What HAS been a central focus throughout the entire show is Dexter's relationship with Deb.

    From the very first season she was a tether to the last vestiges of his humanity. Dexter's brother, Brian, urged him to abandon Harry's code and kill his sister. He was the Dark Passenger personified, purporting the replacement of nihilism to Dexter's adopted order. But he couldn't do it. He chose Deb over his own flesh and blood. Without her even knowing, she saved him from descending into the depths of true evil.

    For 6 seasons this relationship has grown and evolved, due in large part to Deborah's individual evolution as a character. The memory has faded, but I do remember a time when Deb was not viewed in the most favourable of lights. She was not liked very much amongst fans and was considered to be a one-dimensional, weak character study. Say what you will about the dips in Dexter's quality, the character of Deborah Morgan has only become better with age. She has steadily matured during the span of the show, and the complexity of her character has exponentially increased.

    An aspect of that complexity, of course, is her seriously complicated feelings towards Dexter. Last season Deb discovered she had more than just a familial love for her brother. This development led to a fair amount of outrage from fans. Many opposed it simply due to the "Eww!" factor. But many others disapproved because they felt it was completely out of the blue. The criticism was that it seemed the writers just threw it in there to create controversy, and there was no foundation in the earlier seasons to substantiate Deb's newfound feelings.

    I was in the small minority who actually thought the controversially incestuous feelings Deb ha(s)d for Dexter were not written in on a whim. As I stated above, the revelation of Deb discovering Dexter's dark dalliances was always in the cards. And I believe a foundation WAS built, however subtle it may have been, to make her LOVE love for her adopted brother structurally acceptable.

    Think of all the times she came to him for advice. All the times he helped her with a case, or bailed her out of a predicament. One of the primary reasons she's a Lieutenant is because of the direct and inadvertent help her gave her. I don't think Dexter even appreciates how much of an emotional rock he was for her during her slow climb out of insecurity.

    Then look at all of her past relationships. All the men she's gotten involved with have been emotionally unavailable to various extents, with no real future in the relationship. And she would always take her problems to Dexter. He would listen, offer simple advice, and she would invariably feel better.

    Now let's look at all that through the prism of this new and exciting season. We shouldn't forget the only reason Deb even knows about Dexter's serial killing ways in the first place is because she sought him out to tell him how she felt. I think one of the only redeeming factors of season 6 was Deb's introspection by way of her therapy sessions. They were fascinating to watch, and a perfect microcosm of how far her character has come.

    I know there are a few of you who wish the whole Deb LOVE loving Dexter would just go away. But can you honestly say this new (and admittedly weird) progression doesn't make the current situation of their relationship more interesting? The only possible way finding out your adopted brother is a serial killer can be stranger, is if you also think you might be in love with him. Now they're living together while she tries to suppress his urges. It's fucking crazy! But I've always liked crazy. Cory is absolutely correct when he wrote Dexter has always been about the demented dynamics of Dexter's family. Harry has been a guiding presence for Dexter, but he's only a manifestation of Dexter's subconscious. Through all the madness of Brian, Doakes, Lila, Miguel, Trinity, Lumen and the death of Rita, the one constant in Dexter's life has been Deb.

    The writers have said they aren't going to run from Deb's feelings for Dexter. And if you focus on a few snippets of the dialogue in this episode, they seem to be backing that up:

    Deb detailing Dexter's "rehab": "If we're gonna do this, we're gonna do it all the way. We're gonna eat together, we're gonna watch TV together, we're gonna drive to fucking work together."

    Dexter: "I hope you've got a big shower."

    Tell me that wasn't sexually insinuative. It's also curious Deb's first instinct to "cure" Dexter is to spend every waking moment with him.



    Deb: "What if dad had taught you how to quit, instead of teaching you how to live with it?He fucked up."

    Dexter: "Deb, there's a big problem with this idea. I've tried stopping before. It didn't work."

    Deb: "Well, now you have me. Someone who loves you, more than you will ever fucking know."



    I loved the parts of the premier when Deb was deconstructing Dexter's bullshit. The plastic, knives, apron and circumstances were too much for her to believe his story. I hoped the writers would have her learn the full truth early on and they didn't disappoint. She's a smart and determined cop, and anything less than a relentlessly dogged pursuit of the truth would have gone against her entire character.

    I also loved Deb trying to understand why Dexter does what he does. Dexter's poetic description of his dark desires brought me back to the superb writing of seasons 1&2.

  • bicelis Oct 01, 2012

    Walter: I hope they have liquerish in 2036.



    Etta: What's a liquerish?..

  • someone38 Sep 30, 2012

    Walter: Are these... bull horn ornaments?

    Etta: Stay still and wait until it's over, or it's gonna be worse. Trust me.

  • silencedlight Sep 29, 2012

    etta: 'We're being followed again'

    Walter: 'no, that's just peter ghosting about, he loves to pop in and out of existence.'

  • silencedlight Sep 29, 2012

    nothing says inconspicuous like a dirty van with no driver down a back alley.

  • Europass Sep 29, 2012

    Peter: I don't know why you bother so much. This world is going to end in 13 episodes, no matter what we do.

    Walter: Son, haven't you heard of alternative universes? This is Fringe, anything can happen.

  • Homerman92 Sep 29, 2012

    Most dissapointing surprise party ever.

  • qbe_64 Sep 29, 2012

    Peter: Don't look at your daughter's ass, don't look at your daughter's ass....

    Walter: Peter! Have you seen your daughter's ass? It's fantastic!

  • ToddMurray Sep 29, 2012

    Walter: Welcome to 2036. The TV.com Open Caption Contest will finally be reappearing in 3... 2... 1.... now! .... Now? .... I'm sure my calculations were correct.

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