One friday – Three big TV events. I’m not a regular Supernatural fan but I’m DYING to see tonight’s Meta-sode, both Ackles and Padalecki are skilled comedians and word is new showrunner Sera Gamble lampoons herself pretty good. On Fringe, we go back in time to 1985 in a follow up to “Peter”, which is likely Fringe’s best episode. Those and the finale of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, are our recommendations for tonight, Friday February 25, 2011.
Fringe “Subject 13 (FKA 6 Months Laker)” 9:00 on FOX
In what will likely be one of the best episodes of 2011, Fringe takes us back to when Olivia was a child and a subject (the 13th to be precise) of Walter’s Cortexiphan trials. It’s also 6 months after Peter was taken from the Red-universe, and has a little trouble fitting in in his new home. Every critic who’s seen an advanced copy of tonight’s episode says it’s a big one. Check the promo with beautiful guest star; Orla Brady.
Supernatural “The French Mistake” 9:00 on The CW
The press release so says: SAM AND DEAN ARE TRANSPORTED TO AN ALTERNATE REALITY – Raphael (guest star Lanette Ware) launches an attack on Castiel (Misha Collins) and his allies, sending a particularly frightening angelic hitman (guest star Carlos Sanz) after Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche), Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). In an effort to protect the brothers, Balthazar sends them to an alternate universe where they are the stars of a TV show called “Supernatural” and they are actors named “Jensen Ackles” and “Jared Padalecki.” The brothers are confused when Castiel appears to be a tweet-happy actor named Misha Collins and Sam is married to Ruby (Genevieve Cortese). Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Ben Edlund. Sounds Amazing, and Ben Edlund is one pretty amazing TV writer. The promo is a hot one.
Season Finale Alert!
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena “The Bitter End” 10:00 on STARZ
If season one’s finale, “Kill Them All” is any indication, tonight’s prequel finale will be one engrossing hour. I don’t think I was the only one who was surprised to see Melitta’s (Marisa Ramirez) death was an accident and not murder, and with a few more characters set to likely bite the dust tonight we are looking at a likely bloody episode as the fates of Gannicus (Dustin Clare) Tullius (Steven Lovatt), Vettius (Gareth Williams) are left unknown, tonight also hopefully throws some light on how Crixus (Manu Bennett) cripples Ashur (Nick E. Tarabay) and it’s also Lesley Ann Brandt’s last appearance as Naevia.
Camelot “Pilot Sneak Preview” 11:00 on STARZ
STARZ’s new series documenting Arthurian legends borrowing from The Once and Future King among other popular tales is previewing it’s pilot episode tonight after the finale of Spartacus. It has a killer cast; Claire Forlani (CSI NY, Mallrats), Eva Green (Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale) as Morgan La Fey, Joseph Fiennes (Flash Forward and Shakespeare in Love) as Merlin, Philip Winchester (Crusoe and Fauxlivia’s boyfriend, Frank) and Jamie Campbell Bower (His version of Johnanna was about the only thing I liked in 2008’s Sweeney Todd) as Arthur himself.
Defenders 8:00 on CBS – Better than According to Jim, so throw Belushi a frikkin’ bone.
CSI:NY 9:00 on CBS – Meh.
The Soup 10:00 on E! – McHale tonight, McHale last night (Community) and McHale tomorrow (hosting ISA’s)
ONN 10:00 on IFC – Smart people comedy.
Portlandia 10:30 on IFC – Fred Armisen’s (pictured above) little seen but very funny hipster show is ending its first season tonight. It already received a second order. Hipsters rejoice!
WATCH FRINGE NERDS!