wendelah1: Charlie (Fringe) and Mulder and Scully talking together (altverse x-files-fringe)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Although I liked having the spotlight on Peter, and I always enjoy a nice trip to the forest, this episode seemed like filler to me. The only important thing that happened was the scene at the end, which surely could have been worked into the two-part season finale. Additionally, the writers didn't even try to have this story make sense as a mystery/police procedural. It may be of minor interest that "Northwest Passage" was the original name for Twin Peaks, the influential 1991 serial drama created by David Lynch. Well, I've seen Twin Peaks, and this isn't even close.

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Writer: Zack Stentz, Ashley Miller, Nora Zuckerman, Lila Zuckerman
Director: Joe Chapelle
Originally aired: May 6, 2010

Synopsis: Still angry, after checking himself out of the hospital, Peter heads to the Pacific Northwest where he becomes involved in a serial murder investigation.

Most Memorable Quote:
PETER: I don't know what to say.
ANN MATHIS: You saved Bill's life, and you tracked a killer - what else is there to say? I wish there was something I could do for you. Whatever your experiences are, whatever you can't or won't tell me about... I think you're looking for meaning in things that... have no meaning.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
Sarah Stegall
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
Post your recs in the comments, please. I'll edit them in. Weirdly, in everything I've read so far, the author wants to reunite Peter and Olivia before Waltenate arrives, thereby eliminating Fringe's best season.

I did love the little reference to Leonard Cohen's gorgeous "Anthem."

There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in. That's how the light gets in.
wendelah1: (Walter reading From Outer Space)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Nearly all the way to its powerful conclusion, "White Tulip" looks like nothing more than Fringe's obligatory scifi time travel episode. It had been years since I'd seen it, so I'd honestly forgotten the ending. I didn't see it coming the first time around. I was surprised and moved by it this time as well. But it's much more than the sum of its mostly familiar story elements.

The highlight of the episode before the big reveal is the conversation between Walter Bishop and Alister Peck. Walter does his best to talk Peck out of going back in time to try to save his fiancé. "You'll never be able to live with the consequences," Walter pleads.

But of course, despite what he says to Walter, Peck has no intention of living with the consequences. He's going back so he can tell Arlette that he loves her. He'd rather die at her side than live on without her. Deep down, he knows he didn't cause her untimely death--he merely escaped the same fate.

Even though he doesn't want Peck to time-jump, Walter frees Peck to end his life by telling him where his equations went wrong. Peck's last act before he makes his fatal time-jump is to try to give Walter what he asked for: the white tulip as a sign of forgiveness from God. Even if you don't believe as I do that God is working through Peck as he creates that drawing, his act is one of redemption and grace.

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Writer: J.H. Wyman and Jeff Vlaming
Director: Tom Yatsko
Originally aired: 15 Apr 2010

Synopsis: Fringe is called to investigate the strange deaths of a carload of passengers aboard a commuter train. The passengers appear to have died simultaneously, as though a switch was flipped and their energy was drained. Meanwhile, Peter worries about Walter, who is struggling to keep his terrible secret.

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER: Until I took my son from the other side, I had never believed in God. But it occurred to me... that my actions had betrayed him and that everything that had happened to me since was God punishing me. So now I'm looking for a sign of forgiveness. I've asked God for a sign of forgiveness. A specific one, a white tulip.
ALISTAIR PECK: Tulips don't bloom this time of year -- white or otherwise.
WALTER: But he's God. And if God can forgive me for my acts then maybe... it's in the realm of possibility that my son, possibly, may be able to forgive me too.

Links:
Transcript
IGN
A.V. Club
Sarah Stegall

Fanfiction:
With an episode this powerful, surely there must be fic? Share it in the comments, please.
wendelah1: (Classic Scully Eyeroll)
[personal profile] wendelah1
The premise could have made for an exciting episode, but it didn't. Why? The writing, of course. The setup was fine but then the entire logical premise began to unravel like a cheap sweater. The science, if you can call it that, was laughably bad this outing. If this virus was scheming for a way to infect the most people as Walter proclaimed, why didn't it have Patient Zero explode while he was still on board the plane so it could infect the passengers? Oh well, at least we edged a little closer to uncovering the mystery behind Peter.

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Writer: Jeff Vlaming
Director: Deran Sarafian
Originally aired: 21 Jan 2010

Synopsis: A man enters an office in Boston, becomes disoriented, collapses and his veins erupt and spray blood everywhere. Olivia and Peter arrive and discover that a lethal virus – with ties to something very valuable – is spreading. The CDC moves to quarantine the building and eradicate the pathogens, trapping Peter and Olivia with the exposed office employees. Walter, Broyles and Astrid frantically search for a solution to the life-threatening circumstances. (from fringepedia)

Most Memorable Quote:
ASTRID: Walter. (follows him out) Um... Inside... Upstairs... When you said, 'I can't let Peter die again...' what did you mean by that?
WALTER: Some things are meant to be left alone, Agent Farnsworth.

Links:
Transcript
(Barely) Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Because it was filmed during season one, we covered 2x11 during the season one rewatch. We've arrived now at 2x12: "Johari Window." This was a very average standalone episode, with a little Walter character development and the obligatory Wizard of Oz reference thrown in for good measure. Reviews were mixed, but I still feel like we're waiting for the real season two to begin.

Just in case you don't know what a Johari Window is, here's the test, Johari Window Test, the Wikipedia article, Johari Window, and Wendelah's Window. I did the exercise back in June of 2008, just because. Briefly, it's a technique for giving and receiving feedback, used to help people understand themselves and how others perceive them.

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Writer: Josh Singer
Director: Joe Chappelle
Originally aired: 14 Jan 2010

Synopsis:
Shortly after a runaway boy with unexplained facial deformities is taken into custody, three State Troopers are murdered and the boy disappears. The Fringe team heads to Edwina, a small town in upstate New York, where sightings of people with similar facial characteristics have been reported nearby.

Most Memorable Quote:
PETER: I understand why he's scared. But it just doesn't seem like he's able to snap out of it this time. It reminds me of how he was when we first got him out of St. Claire's. I'm worried that he's starting to go backwards.
OLIVIA: I think he's starting to appear no less normal than the rest of us. I ran into a guy from high school this morning. You should have seen the look in his eyes when I told him what I did.
PETER: Like chicks with guns turned him on?
OLIVIA: More like I was a freak. Like I had suddenly grown a third eye. (chuckles) You ever get the feeling that doing this job just makes you less and less normal?

Links:
Transcript
Polite Dissent
The Munchkyn Zone
IGN Review
Den of Geek.

Fanfiction:
If you know any--or wrote one yourself--leave it in comments.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
At least this week we got a mytharc episode, but it wasn't all it could have been, though admittedly, it was not as terrible as "Snakehead." Can we get the good writers back again, please? My spouse who is watching along with me had this to say, "I know we're in season two but it's still season one in terms of writing quality." Yep. It sure is.

Bad science, bad medicine, bad plotting. The ending was the worst. You know the writers have backed themselves into a corner when they make Broyles tell Olivia that she made the right choice. You guys just keep telling yourselves that.

Looking over the reviews, most critics and viewers liked this episode better than I did. Maybe it just seemed good in comparison to the week before?

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Writer: Jack Stenzt and Ashley Miller
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Originally aired: 10 Dec 2009

Synopsis: The Fringe team is called in to investigate when a hospitalized man with schizophrenia is mysteriously cured after part of his brain is removed during a mysterious break-in at the mental facility. After reviewing the security tapes, Olivia recognizes one of the culprits. He looks exactly like Thomas Newton, former owner of one of the frozen heads that went missing a few episodes back!

Most Memorable Quote:
PETER: Memory. The hippocampus -- memory storage. Bell told you that Newton wants to open a door to the other side, right? Well, we already know that Walter's done that. He just can't remember how. That is why he can't remember. He literally had the memories removed.
OLIVIA: No way. So then how does Newton read them?
PETER: In theory, he shouldn't be able to. But in theory, he should still be a frozen head. So in the Department of How to Make Impossible Things Possible, what would he need to do? He would need to...implant the memories into a brain that could interpret them.

Links:
Transcript
IGN Review
Polite Dissent
A.V. Club

Fanfiction:
Milk and Honey by crazylittleelf. Summary: Olivia delivers a sweater after the events of Gray Matters.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This is the one where we find out there are a team of Observers and that they've been here for a long time. Even without the benefit of hindsight, there are intimations that their mission may be sinister in intent. The good guys don't normally have a hit man on retainer, for example. I liked this episode because it was focused on the Observers, who are one of the most original elements in the Fringe mythology. Since we've known from the beginning of season one that Fringe Division has a room full of FBI agents investigating the Observers, did anyone else wonder why those agents aren't being consulted on this case? But other than a few minor issues, this was an excellent episode. This show really shines when they stay focused on their myth arc.

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Writer: J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner
Director: Dennis Smith
Originally aired: 19 Nov 2009

Synopsis: A public abduction of a young woman named Christine Hollis in Boston sends the Fringe team chasing after one of the mysterious Observers, postponing a trip to an amusement park that Olivia had planned with Ella. This observer, known as August, has broken their cardinal rule of non-interference by kidnapping Christine in order to prevent her death in a plane crash within the next twenty-four hours. Carelessly, he left behind a notebook filled with strange symbols. As more Observers gather to take action, the Fringe team heads to Massive Dynamic (!!) to talk to one of their scientists who has been studying the symbolic code the Observer used.

Most Memorable Quote:
THE OBSERVER: Who is she? Why did you save her?
AUGUST: I saw her many years ago. She was a child. Her parents had just been killed. She was crying. But she... she was brave. She crossed my mind... Somehow. She never left it. I think... it's what they call...feelings. I think...I love her. Will she be safe now?
THE OBSERVER: Yes. You made her important. She is responsible for the death of one of us.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
IGN
Dauntless Media


Fanfiction:
The Guardian by Belka (translated from Russian!)
There may be others. I am not good at using the search engines at FF.net and AO3.
wendelah1: (Walter reading From Outer Space)
[personal profile] wendelah1
That was...not very good. They basically ripped off "Space" from The X-Files, which was one of the worst episodes of the entire series--and that's saying something. "Space" at least had Mulder as an astronaut fanboy to recommend it. The best scene of "Earthling" is the teaser, which is brave in its total cruelty. I also liked watching Walter doing science with his chalk boards and his equations. Walter and Peter playing with tinker toys was fun, too. Naturally, the special effects are much better than "Space," but it is 2009.

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Writer: Joel Wyman and Jeff Vlaming
Director: Jon Casser
Originally aired: 5 November 2009

Synopsis: The Fringe Division investigates the death of a man who inexplicably disintegrated into ash. We find out why Phillip Broyles got divorced and that Fringe science isn't just an American problem.

Most Memorable Quote:
OLIVIA: So could he have been dosed by something?
WALTER: Yes, it's possible. But before we can determine cause, we need to find some way to transport Mr. Dancik's remains back to my lab. So, um... Well, Peter, I'll need a Dust Devil.
PETER: (unbelieving) A vacuum cleaner?
WALTER: Yes, you're right. Well, we'll need several.

Links:
Transcript
From the Met website, here's Luciano Pavarotti singing Una Furtiva Lagrima, from L'Elisir d'Amore by Donizetti, the aria Walter was listening to while he worked (though not the exact version, which was sung by Mario Lanza--thank you, Fringepedia).

Fanfiction:
No. But I have a sexy one for "Space." Well, never mind then.
wendelah1: Astrid and Walter from Fringe (Astrid and Walter: working)
[personal profile] wendelah1
With the Fringe plot arc in early season two, it still feels like it's one step forward and another step backward. This episode features yet another mad scientist, and borrows heavily from Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, and of course, The X-Files.

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Writer: Josh Singer
Director: Paul Edwards
Originally aired: October 15, 2010

Synopsis: The Fringe team travels to Seattle to investigate an episode of workplace violence triggered by demonic hallucinations, culminating in the perpetrator's death by exhaustion. Peter and Walter move into their new apartment and Olivia begins to come to terms with the death of Charlie Francis.

Most Memorable Quote:
SAM WEISS: You're gonna think I'm full of it, but here's the thing, Olivia, whether you admit it or not, your life is something of a nightmare.

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club
IGN
Polite Dissent
Sleepless in Seattle - Sarah Stegall

Fanfiction:
Nope.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This was a mostly excellent episode, although the Walter back story seemed pointless until almost the very end. However, the contrast in scenes between the researchers and their now adult subjects couldn't be more stark: Walter's penitence and Rebecca's forgiveness with Bell's arrogance and Olivia's anger. It's convenient that her serious universe-crossing timeslip problem seems to magically evaporate later in the season. This is also the episode where we say a tearful farewell to Kirk Acevedo until we meet Alt!Charlie in the Redverse.

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Writer: Jack Stentz and Ashley Miller
Director: Joe Chappelle
Originally aired: October 8, 2009 (MY BIRTHDAY!)

Synopsis: The Fringe Division investigates a series of robbery cases that are tied to the shape-shifting soldiers from the other universe. To help identify them, one of Dr. Bishop's former research subjects who had demonstrated this ability in the past, Rebecca Kibner, is brought back to the lab. During the experiment, Olivia unexpectedly collapses. While unconscious, she has a flashback which reveals more about her visit to the alternate reality.

Most Memorable Quote:
BROYLES: Why are shape-shifting soldiers from another universe stealing frozen heads?

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club
Can Worms Help Recover Memory: Fringe Fact vs. Fiction at Popular Mechanics
Sarah Stegall

Fanfiction:
The Long Kiss Goodnight by [archiveofourown.org profile] ziparumpazoo
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I enjoyed this episode much more than the last one. We get our first hint that those bald guys wearing the suits and funny hats might represent a real threat. Olivia meets with Yoda bowling alley owner Sam Weiss so that he can fix her. She gets so pissed off at his Zen Master act that she actually pulls her gun on him, though he doesn't lose his cool. Now that she's stopped shaking and can walk without the cane, maybe the next thing on her agenda should be...anger management?

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Writer: David Wilcox
Director: Brian Spicer
Originally aired: October 1, 2009

Synopsis: Astrid jump-starts this investigation into a mysterious explosion which leads the Fringe team to a top secret military experiment in Iraq and an AWOL colonel who engineered the explosion "to send them a message."

Most Memorable Quote:
RAYMOND GORDON: (steadfast) ...meanwhile, we go through our lives unaware. The enemy is among us and nobody's doing anything about it. We don't have any idea the end is coming. So we had to take matters into our own hands. We had to send them a message.
BROYLES: What was in the briefcase?
RAYMOND GORDON: They told you I was crazy, didn't they? The Pentagon. They said I'd had a psychiatric break. I told them what I'm telling you. That they are here. Collecting data. Making observations. That's what's in the briefcase. They've been planning for war. And they've been passing the information via courier right under our noses.
(as the interview continues, a young man in a long dark coat walks into a diner and delivers a briefcase to a seated man, then leaves)
BROYLES: Who are 'they'?
RAYMOND GORDON: We don't know who they are. But I can tell you what they want. They want to exterminate us.
(the man seated in the diner pours an entire container of black pepper over his roast beef and jalapeño sandwich, then opens the briefcase he received from the courier)
RAYMOND GORDON: So they're studying us... our culture, our technology, our science... and they plan to use it against us. One way or another. We'll find out who they are. But by then, I suppose it won't really matter.
(The Observer pulls images out of the briefcase. High-tech surveillance images of one Walter Bishop)
RAYMOND GORDON: Because whatever's in those cases is gonna destroy us all.

Links:
Transcript
Sarah Stegall
The A.V. Club
IGN
Den of Geek
Popular Mechanics: Can explosives really stick around in a body? Short answer: NO.

Fanfiction:
I'm still looking...
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