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I don't have anything much to say about this episode. The theme, that parents will do anything to save their children, even betray their country and put their entire world at risk, is not exactly ground-breaking. I was happy to see Walter making progress toward independence.

I'm bored and irritated with Agent Lee's story line. Did I mention that one of the things I wish we'd found out was why AltLivia and Frank broke up in this timeline? Without her falling for Peter (and getting pregnant with him) to put distance between the couple, I'm at a loss, except that the writers clearly wanted it to advance their AltLivia/Blu!Lincoln pairing. And an appearance from Charlie Francis would have been a nice touch, especially at Lincoln's funeral. Charlie's absence at that event is inexplicable and he could have been much more of a comfort to AltLivia than Agent Lee, whom she hardly knows. I'm just never going to give him a break, am I?

I was unconvinced by the apartment scenes between AltLivia and Walter. I know I'm supposed to but I can't believe in a friendship between those two characters.

The episode's a placeholder to me, nothing more.

R.I.P. Captain Lincoln Lee. You are missed.

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Written by: Christine Lavaf
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Air Date: 13 Apr 2012

Summary: The episode opens with Captain Lincoln Lee's funeral and ends with Colonel Broyles sitting in a jail cell, across the hall from "Meena" Sharp. Not a good year for the Redverse Fringe Division. The Good News: Walter made a trip to the Other Side and nothing terrible happened. The Bad News: It's looking more and more like Blu!Lincoln isn't ever coming home. Oh yeah, and David Robert Jones has something much worse in store, for both universes.

Most memorable quote:
Agent Lee: "You couldn't bring over a casserole, but a severed hand is okay?"

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Fanfiction: I'll try to find some this weekend. Let us know in comments if you have recs.

Date: 2015-03-30 06:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sprocket
Rewatching has been delayed by Life - and RW - but here's a few comments.

The theme, that parents will do anything to save their children, even betray their country and put their entire world at risk, is not exactly ground-breaking.

Not for Fringe, no. It's not yet a theme I'm tired of, especially after the mid-season run of True (Romantic) Love Conquers All. Give me something more complicated any day.

What I noticed on this rewatch is the cinematography. This is not my favorite examples of direction or editing ever seen on Fringe. There should be more kick in an episode with a funeral, a major character revelation, and what should have been ramping up of the red!Olivia/blue!Lincoln relationship. Nina comes off as flat. That's just not right. "The Consultant" is missing something in the timing, or a way of shooting scenes, that maintains the tension and flow in, say, "The Plateau", or "Marionette" or "One Night in October". (Or "Brave New World". I have lots of mixed feelings about BNW, and the cinemetography is usually in the "plus" category. Usually.)

Literal and metaphorical reflections all over the place: Walter, Astrid and Olivia in the conference room. Broyles as David Robert Jones departs his home. Broyles in the car, with the device, right before he turns himself in. Some unexplored red!Olivia and blue!Lincoln loss issues. Walter and Broyles, fathers with sons who have been mortally ill, in an episode where Lance Reddick gets to be more than The Boss for the first time in a while. It's nice to see him play other facets of Broyles.

The Astrid telephone game is kind of silly. It's tempting to call BS on two worlds failing to patch a trans-universe fiberoptic line or agree on a shared radio frequency is superficially implausible. But since there's real life examples of actual emergency services with incompatible equipment and codes... I call clumsy setup, rather than a worldbuilding failure. But in light of the Astrids' charming coffee-sharing moment I am willing to do a little extra work. Not to mention, the intercutting between the joint investigation of the linked crime scenes was one of my favorite parts of this episode.
Edited Date: 2015-03-30 06:15 am (UTC)


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