Jan. 30th, 2015

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The part of the plot for Subject 9 which concerns the fate of subject 9 himself, Cameron James, is deeply unsatisfying to me. We don't find out much about the Cortexiphan trials themselves. We don't learn why they were being conducted in the first place. This is the first Astrid has even heard of them. We do learn that Olivia set fire to the lab, just as she did in the other timeline. Subsequently she ran away and never went back. Is this because she'd already killed her stepfather? Or is it because she didn't meet up with Peter in the tulip field?

long entry is long )

One last question and then I'll shut up. Did the episode mean to imply that Olivia was creating the electro-magnetic fields herself and that she's responsible for pulling Peter out of limbo? This honestly never occurred to me until I read the transcript.

OLIVIA: This isn't me. I am not doing this. (inadvertently creating the anomaly with her latent Cortexiphan abilities)

Was this the fandom's consensus? If her abilities were latent until being triggered by Jones later in the season, how could she do anything with them this early?

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Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Joel Wyman, and Jeff Pinkner
Director: Joe Chappelle
Originally aired: 14 Oct 2011

Synopsis: Olivia is being pursued by an entity that turns out to be an electromagnetic field. That field was somehow being generated by Peter's disappearance and reappearance in the timeline. Also, Olivia decides Walter isn't crazy enough to send back to the mental institution. We also meet one of the Cortexiphan subjects, Cameron James.

Most Memorable Quote:
CAMERON JAMES: When I had my first experience, I thought something was coming after me, too... until I realized I was doing it to myself.
OLIVIA: You think I'm doing this... that I'm bringing this on myself?

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
Den of Geek
Ken Tucker (of EW)
Polite Dissent
Sarah Stegall

Critical opinion was divided on this one.

Fanfiction:
Double Exposure by Icepixie
Triptych by Monanotlisa

I'm sure there's more out there but there's no time! Leave suggestions in comments--especially if you wrote something. I want to read it.

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