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The whole time I was watching "In Absentia," I kept thinking, there's just half a season left to finish off the series, and this is what they decided to film? My husband reminded me that we got some some good world-building, as well as Bishop Family drama, The Next Generation. I did like how Olivia's dream gave us her side of what happened the day the Observers arrived and Etta disappeared without having to do an actual flashback.

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What did we learn? The post-invasion world has Loyalists and Resistance fighters. It's like a Fringe AU of Casablanca. I guess that was foreshadowed back in season four by "Letters of Transit."

The Loyalists get tattoos and wear badges and have access codes. They even dress kind of like the French police in Casablanca, with their brown uniforms and brimmed hats. The Observers use their prisoners for human experimentation, just like the Nazis. The Loyalists torture their prisoners for information and then kill them and the Resistance does the same thing. It's a world without mercy.

Unfortunately, it's not a world I wanted to spend the next eleven episodes watching, but it wasn't my decision. "This is The World. It is what it is."

Writer: David Fury, Joel Wyman
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Originally aired: 05 Oct 12

The search for Walter's plan to defeat the Observers leads them back to his lab at Harvard, which is under Observer control. They gain access through underground tunnels. Olivia and Etta have a family meeting about whether or not it's okay to torture your prisoners. Long story short, by the end of the episode, they unearth a video tape and a Betamax player. Astrid was right--Walter did record his plan--just not on paper. It's on a series of videotapes. To gain access to the plan, first they'll need to find all of the tapes.

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER: Right beneath us, two and a quarter miles of tunnels that house the steam pipes that heat Harvard. They stretch from the Cambridge Electric Company plant on Western Avenue, to Soldiers Field, to the Law School, to the science labs. They made sure the entrances were well-hidden. Few have seen the mysterious passageways. (steps and hears a hollow metallic sound under the soil and overgrowth) Peter. (after clearing the debris, lifts and opens the access door to find a metal ladder down to the tunnels) Yahtzee.

Yep. He really said that.

A.V. Club
Den of Geek
Entertainment Weekly
Polite Dissent

By this time, I was already too depressed to read fic. Leave your recs in the comments.

I'm sorry this post is so late. The next couple will be as well, I'm afraid. If there is anyone who wants to take on an episode or two, please let me know.

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