Saturday, September 26, 2009

'Fringe' Goes Underground

I knew that subtle, yet awesome, nod to the X-Files during last week's premiere was a good omen for the season! This week's investigation into the strange and seemingly unexplainable was straight out of the 90s cult favorite's playbook. Rural area, farm land, creepy (yet secretly brilliant) farmer who seems so helpful, and a freaky human/creature hybrid that was created when an experiment went wrong. That human/creature was so scary! And evil! I actually covered my eyes when Peter turned around and saw it sneaking up behind Liv. And then it grabbed her and pulled her into its underground lair (TM Austin Powers) and I started freaking out. Only X-Files made my skin crawl like that! Kudos to Fringe for bringing back some memories.

I'm also glad to see that this Charlie story line is panning out as well as I had hoped. The magic mirror trick was back, and it said that Fake Charlie needs to make Olivia remember who she spoke with and what he told her. Meanwhile, a clueless Liv is still confiding in Charlie and I fear that it's only a matter of time before she remembers and tells him what she learned in the alternate universe. Walter and Peter have to discover the truth -- STAT! Fake Charlie is a huge threat and he must be neutralized as soon as possible. Poor Liv. First she confides in Fake Charlie and then she becomes creature bait. And, it was her first week back on the job!

It seems that traveling to another universe leaves its mark. Let's just say that it's worse than recovering from a simple case of jet lag. Olivia keeps having bouts of superhero-strength hearing. She could hear the human/creature under the farmer's house, she could hear insects flying and landing, and in her apartment, she could hear through the walls. Of course, this could come in handy at some point. When she went to find Nina's guy, he warned her that the headaches would be starting soon. Oh joy. She's still hobbling around from being flung through the car on her return trip to this universe. Now she has to endure headaches? This is going to be a rough season for Liv!

Fringe airs Thursday nights on Fox. If you missed this week's episode, you can watch it for free at

1 comment:

John said...

I agree it was a good episode. It also doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the show’s mythology and multi-season story arc.

I know Peter used the shape-shifter gadget to force the Senate panel to keep the Fringe Project open, but he seems to have suddenly gotten a lot more power. I am not complaining about Peter doing more than looking after Walter and reacting to the weirdness, but the change in his status seems awfully abrupt.

A couple minor quibbles with the episode. First, its Canadian filmage is showing. The Canadian National Railroad doesn’t run through Lansdale, PA.

Second, with guns a misfire is when the gun doesn’t fire when you pull the trigger; it isn’t when you shoot by mistake.