What to Watch Tonight: Burn Notice, Person of Interest in the Suburbs, and Last Resort


What to watch on Thursday, November 8...


The Burn Notice gang is back.


If you're anything like me, you're having a really hard time adjusting to this Daylight Savings time shift! It gets dark at like noon now! To combat the feeling of impending doom, do what I do: Close all your blinds and turn the brightness on your TV all the way up and it will be like a tropical vacation with all your favorite characters. Problem solved, and you'll get a sweet tan. Or is it cancer? I forget. Let's settle the difference and call it tancer. And there's plenty of great tancer-causing TV on tonight:


8pm, ABC
Last Resort
It's "Another Fine Navy Day" for Captain Marcus Chaplin and his band of merry seamen, and I'm pretty sure the show is being sarcastic with that episode title because in it, the crew gets attacked with an unknown weapon that makes everyone crazy and stabby. The last time all my friends freaked out on each other like that, it was a mediocre day at best. Let's all tune in and try and get this show a second season, okay?


8pm, NBC
The Voice
Take a hike, comedy! The Voice airs a special live Thursday episode to announce the results of this week's playoff rounds. Will it be that one person or that other person who makes it to the Top 12? Or will it be that OTHER person? Or that OTHER OTHER person? You get the idea. Maroon 5 also performs, which automatically makes this episode a must-watch (if you're into that sort of thing).


8:20pm Eastern / 5:20pm Pacific, NFL Network
NFL Football: Colts vs. Jaguars
This matchup between the upstart rebuilding Indianapolis Colts and the absolutely dismal Jacksonville Jaguars sounds boring, but that's why mankind invented gambling. Inaccuscore prediction: Colts 243, Jaguars 3.


9pm, USA
Burn Notice
Get double the burning sensation as the USA spy drama returns for the second of Season 6 with two episodes. Nate's still murdered and Card is now a two-timer, so how will Michael and his team get revenge for being set up? Lots of bullets and explosions, probably.


9pm, The CW
Beauty and the Beast
If you needed more evidence that being a "beauty" is way better than being a "beast," listen to what happens in "Saturn Returns": Vincent, the *ahem* "beast," stops a robbery at a convenience store only to have his horribly disfigured and high-cheekboned face plastered all over the newspapers. Meanwhile in Everything is Just Great Land, Catherine, the "beauty," has to postpone her birthday plans so her sister can throw her a surprise birthday party. How about a little positive energy for the beast, C-Dub?!?


9pm, CBS
Person of Interest
Those of you who've been petitioning for a Person of Interest and Suburgatory crossover, you'll almost get it in "The High Road," in which the computer sends John Reese to one of the most dangerous places in the world... THE SUBURBS! There he'll play house with Zoe as they pretend to be typical knee-shooting neighbors. This has corny fun written all over it. Bonus: Roy from The Office guest-stars!


9:30pm, NBC
Parks and Recreation
Mike from Breaking Bad (Jonathan Banks) guest-stars as Ben's dad, who will likely be awesomely terrifying. Need I say more? Oh, alright: Jean-Ralphio returns! And probably some cute Leslie-and-Ben-are-engaged-now stuff, too.


10:30pm, FX
The League
In "Judge MacArthur," Kevin tries his hand at becoming a judge, which lands him at a charity event with perennial fantasy football waiver-wire pickup Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills. The guys also compare something other than their penis size and their SO's cup sizes when they take intelligence tests.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


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"He is ... THE ONE."

Peterver! Peterminator! Pete-Neo! (Okay, that last one is pretty weak.) Whatever you want to call him, the precarious progression of Peter has become the most interesting aspect of this fifth and final season.

I questioned the writers sanity when they killed off Etta. I, like Peter and Olivia, questioned why they would lose her so heartbreakingly soon after having just gotten her back. I couldn't understand it from a storytelling point of view. I thought she was going to stand side by side with her parents as they brought the Observers down. I even thought she might be the key to their downfall. So when we lost her so abruptly, so tragically, I couldn't for the life of me comprehend why.

Of course, as it turned out, I needn't have worried.

It feels bizarre to write this now, but Etta dying may have been the best thing to happen for the arc of season five. Before her passing the entire storyline seemed like nothing more than a glorified scavenger hunt. Although, in true Fringe fashion, it was the most awesome, badass scavenger hunt ever. They have to save the world! But something was still lacking. I've always felt that what makes Fringe transcend the sci-fi genre is its emotionally evocative storytelling through its characters (a trait it shares with LOST). Fringe's characters are complex, nuanced and three dimensional. They have been deconstructed, reconstructed, erased and brought back. We witnessed the juxtaposition of alternate selves and the philosophical impact of how a persons identity is shaped. Over five seasons, three timelines, and two universes, we have come to intimately know Peter, Olivia, Walter and Astrid. They are as fully realized fictional characters as humanly possible. And we care about them.

That's what makes Peter's transformation into Peterver so captivating. And so frightening. He lost his little girl. Not once but twice. Character motivations that ring true are not easy to create. Peter inserting Observer tech into his neck to bring them down because they killed Etta rings true. Olivia imploring Peter to include her in his grief and anguish, wanting to understand what he is going through so they can get through it together was a painfully poignant moment. Peter is walking down a very dark path. One that he is currently walking alone. I just don't know if he will lose himself along the way.

PETER IS SEPTEMBER DEBATE:

I know many of us were furiously speculating on all the possible implications of Peter's tech upgrade. While a consensus wasn't reached, there were several commenters (myself included) who are seriously considering the theory Peter is September. Why was the episode titled, "An Origin Story"? (I mean, the letters P-E-T-E-R are in September. Coincidence?) While this theory is mindblowingly cool, there are a few discrepancies I've thought up and read on Fringe forums I'd like to share and discuss:

(The Evolution Gap):

-The Observers are posthumans that gradually evolved over 600 years after the modern era (27th Century Vs 21st Century).

-September is an Observer.

-September comes from the 27th Century.

-Peter lived in the 21st Century.

-Peter, as a human, is not the product of 600 years of evolution.



(The Timeline Progression):

-The Observers arose in a timeline predating the S1-S3 timeline.

-September's interference in 1985 is what caused the S1-S3 timeline.

-The Peter we now follow is a product of the S1-S3 timeline.

-September predates that specific Peter, whom we have followed over the span of S1-S5.



(For anyone thinking September is Peter, then rescues himself in 1985):

-There is only one timeline in effect at a time.

-When a timeline is rewritten, the previous version ceases to physically exist, being replaced by the new one.

-The S1-S3 timeline was rewritten into the S4-S5 timeline.

-The S1-S3 timeline (and all other prior iterations) no longer physically exists.

-A post-5.06 Peter cannot become September, then rescue himself in 1985, because that S1-S3 timeline no longer physically exists, and can thus not be travelled to.



(The Superficial Argument):

-Peter Bishop is played by Joshua Jackson.

-September is played by Michael Cerveris.

-Joshua Jackson looks different than Michael Cerveris.

-If Peter (Jackson) becomes September (Cerveris), why isn't September (Cerveris) played by Jackson?

Of course, anything can happen. Even with all these discrepancies, Peter can still turn out to be September. Although, I'm highly doubtful. But if he is, I would expect there to be a good reason and a plausible explanation, and with all the mental acrobatics necessary to justify this premise. The reason better be very good, and the explanation very plausible.
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I do loves me some Thursday night telly..
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and the daily show/colbert report
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How can The League not be considered one of the BEST comedies??

Its awesome!!!!



Maybe too adult for a comedy, give it to milky Modern family, or that show with the horrendous laugh track---Big Bang!!!
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that burn notice caption should read "Nobody, Fake Boobs, Nobody, Nobody."
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