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We're past the half-way point and I have to say, even the second time through, this is still a disappointment. Who these Observers are, compared to who they were, or least who they appeared to be, still doesn't add up for me. I feel like there must have been some intermediate steps that got missed/left out because of the abbreviated season and end of the series. Despite having a limited number of episodes, the storytelling is flabby. There are too many scenes of people having important emotions and talking about their feelings, and not enough action, which is true for the entire season, imho. The world-building is more about how it looks for the camera than about creating a coherent post-apocalyptic world. So far, Olivia hasn't been given much of anything to do except stand around and react to things. I don't like that. I don't like any of it.

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Writer: Graham Roland
Director: Eagle Eglisson
Originally aired: 16 Nov 12

Synopsis: Walter worries that he's going to turn back into his old self because the missing pieces of his brain were restored. In his quest to avenge Etta, Peter is becoming that which he means to destroy: an Observer. Olivia worries that she's losing Peter again. Peter is losing his hair! Meanwhile, the team continues to assemble the pieces to Walter's plan to save humanity.

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER: My Bowie... he stole it. It's not enough that he institutionalized me, betrayed our friendship, but he pilfered my record collection as well!

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club
IGN
Den of Geek
Entertainment Weekly

Fanfiction: None that I could find. Leave suggestions in the comments.

Date: 2015-05-10 09:58 pm (UTC)
sprocket: The trusted assistant at work (Astrid Fringe)
From: [personal profile] sprocket
My reactions boil down to 30% OH PETER NO and 70% "okay, setup, themes, got it. Let's have some action!"

The fifth season really struggles with pacing, I think. It knows what it wants to do in "An Enemy of Fate", but can't manage to get Etta's arc, Peter's revenge arc, Walter's personality conflicts, and The Plan To Destroy The Observers (tm) moving at complementary paces. Throwing more plot at pacing problems usually doesn't help, but episodes like "Five-Twenty-Ten" are just so depressing. Forward progress is made in tiny steps, through boggy discussions of loss, loss, and more loss. On the one hand, I can see where Fringe is going, trying to set up emotional, plot, and thematic dominoes to cascade from "The Boy Must Live" through "An Enemy of Fate", but the midseason effect is a feeling there's a lot of static. Maybe letting Olivia and Astrid carry more of the thematic weight would have helped with this? As much as I like to think of Fringe as an Olivia story, the fifth season suggests the writers have other ideas.

Blast from the past: Observers killed by the flesh-melting toxin from the pilot. It's still impressively gross.

As usual, Blair Brown sells Nina's reactions. Her tremulous joy when Nina is reunited with Olivia is wonderful, as are her conversations with Walter.

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