Feb. 20th, 2015

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If it wasn't already clear to the viewers that the Fringe writers are lost in the television plot arc wilderness, "Forced Perspective" should clue them in. Remember the early first season episode, "The Ghost Network," about the guy who was supposedly having visions of Pattern-related events? Better yet, remember The X-Files episode, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," about the psychic who can predict exactly when and how someone will die? The psychic teenager, Emily, makes drawings and hands them to the victims, hoping that it will serve as a warning. But it never works. They die anyway and she feels sad. Psychic Clyde tries to sell his clients life insurance by telling them when they're going to die. Strangely, that selling technique doesn't work so well. She hates her ability and dies at the end because it was just her time, I guess. Clyde hates his ability and takes his own life in the end. This episode is so boring and so pointless. "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" was one of the best episodes of television I've ever seen. Oh, and they ripped off some of the dialogue from "Monday"--remember the scene with the guy with the explosives strapped to his chest in the bank?

What else? We're supposed compare Olivia to Emily: both are gifted children who were studied by Massive Dynamic. Olivia's ability was induced by the Cortexiphan trials. Emily's gift is due to abnormal brain waves--or is it? Emily knows she's going to die because she's psychic. Olivia knows she's going to die because September told her so. Ugh. It's all so heavy-handed. The Fickle Finger of Fate!

During her scenes with Olivia, I kept wondering if our side's Nina Sharp has already been kidnapped and replaced by the Evil Nina Sharp.

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Writer: Ethan Gross
Director: David Solomon
Originally aired:

Synopsis: The Fringe team searches for a girl who predicted when and how a man would die, after she hands him a picture of the moment of his death: pierced through the chest with a steel beam.

Most Memorable Quote:
JIM MALLUM: Em, please. They're on their way. Can you just hold on?
EMILY MALLUM: I think you were right. Everyone has a purpose. They saved those people today. Maybe that was mine.

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Fanfiction:
Nope. My head canon: despite what Nina Sharp tells Olivia, Emily's mysterious brain condition resulted from experimentation--just not by scientists who can be connected to Massive Dynamic.

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