24 March, 2012

Review - FRINGE 4.15: 'A Short Story About Love'


And so now we know for sure in what world Peter is in and it wasn't all that difficult to figure out, but if you were still not sure, FOX ran the hashtag #WhereYouBelong in the lower right hand corner of the screen the entire episode.

The case of the week? Something about a dude killing people who are deeply in love. Not important except to set up that Olivia decides to allow the memories of the "other" Olivia to take her over.

The only other truly important things that happen in this episode are:

1. Walter finds something hidden inside Peter's eye that leads him to an apartment that has Observer gear.

2. Peter uses the gear to find a beacon.

3. The beacon activates back at Peter's place and our favorite Observer, September, reveals himself.

4. September explains that he's been locked away by the other Observers but that Peter has helped him get back. Peter then asks for September to help him get back home and is told he is already home (duh, been saying this for the whole season). September explains that he believes this is due to the fact that those who love Peter, and those Peter loves, could not let go of each other, and so the universe couldn't simply erase him from existence.

So now Peter knows that this Olivia is his one and only. And Olivia has made the decision to allow herself to be taken over by someone she thinks isn't her simply because she wants to be in love with Peter.

The final scene has Peter and Olivia in a loving embrace, finally as a couple again.

Awwwww.

And it only took 15 episodes to get to the most obvious answer possible.

If I had to rate this episode, I'd give it:

80 out of 100

I am simply giving it a passing score for finally getting us to the answer that has been there all along. And maybe now, in the final seven episodes, we can stop dicking around and get to a kick ass show.

Sure, I will admit that I found that final moment to be very sweet, but it wasn't as intense as it could have been. And it wasn't as good as the moment they had in the car, in the gas station, just a couple of episodes ago. So, in the end, it was a pointless stalling tactic.


8 comments:

  1. I must admit, I too like Fringe. Yes this episode was a bit weak & could have been much more intense.
    I'm still huge #Chuck fan & does not compare to when Chuck & Sarah truly admitted their love.

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    1. Yeah, I couldn't compare the two.

      But I wouldn't mind a super romantic episode next week, like Chuck Versus the Honeymooners. ;)

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  2. You didn't think a guy being slowly desiccated in a glowing metal tube wasn't "intense"? Whatever... that was the most horrifying thing they've had on the show in a while.

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    1. I'll let you know when I give a shit about the case-of-the-week bullshit. Like what is happening to a character I have no interest in somehow affects me emotionally..... riiiiight.

      All I kept thinking was "Man, this actor sure is trying to impress someone with this effort."

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  3. This episode sucked ass and not the fun Sterling Archer Enima kind...hehehe..6 or 12, lol.

    I finally figured out why it irked me so much along with every other network drama. It is the formula that they have to have for every episode..basically once Chuck finished fans came and critics came out and admitted that they never really remembered the bad guys or the governor or the other shit that was jammed in and the stuff they wanted to see was jammed in an around the formula.

    We want to see conversations that Don and Peggy had in the Suitcase (Mad Men) or Walter and Jesse had in the Fly (Breaking Bad) or Carrie and Brody in the Weekend (Homeland), etc. We do not want a fucking shitty MOTW that makes no fucking sense and does nothing for the episode and is annoying as shit. Why do Network shows have to do this? why jam all the emotions and conversations in and around crap no one gives a shit about?

    In Chuck versus the Pink Slip I did not give a shit about the Buymore or the Bad guy or the ring or whatever. I wanted to see 42 minutes of Chuck, Sarah and Casey dealing with what they had to deal with. Man Network tv Sucks ass sometimes. I see why critics are abandoing it.

    Network Dramas suck ass.

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    1. Look at the comment above yours for the answer to why they do this.

      Someone was crazy impressed by it.

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    2. I forgot to mention the laziness that takes over a Network Drama when they think that all they have to do is crank the melodramatic music up that the audience will automatically ignore the shit storytelling and contrivances and other shit.

      The observer said that a human emotion...love is what kept Peter around...erm are the observers not human? did September just tell Peter last episode that we are you in the future?

      Nina tells Olivia that they meet up every week..that is supposed to be all important because we see it? nope! There relationship is all off screen and yet put a bit of music in and all the sudden we are supposed to be invested?

      Peter tells the Observer he has tried everything to get home, we have seen him do a couple of things with the machine and go to the other side to ask for help...that is it! that is not everything one would think! lol. What a fucking joke!

      I mentioned that a great show like Mad Men rarely uses music to drum up the drama or amp up the moment...they work fucking hard to achieve it and expect us to understand its meaning when it comes. When Don grabs Peggy's hand in the Suitcase and gives her a wonderful understated silent look to say thankyou...we do not need music...non was played....shitty dialogue that Fringe loves to use...we did not get that...flashbacks to the pilot episode...Matt Wiener trusts us to figure it out...etc, etc, etc.

      Fringe is just so pathetic and lazy and obnoxious and I can see why critics and fans are giving it such a hard time. Come on Whyman and Pinkner make a fucking effort with your show! just a little! would that kill you? Dumbasses!

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    3. **"The observer said that a human emotion...love is what kept Peter around...erm are the observers not human? did September just tell Peter last episode that we are you in the future?"**

      The Observers may be human but they are also, outside of September and another Observer we saw in season 2 or 3 (like I remember), pretty unemotional. So something has been lost to them over time. They are more scientific now.

      **"Nina tells Olivia that they meet up every week..that is supposed to be all important because we see it? nope! There relationship is all off screen and yet put a bit of music in and all the sudden we are supposed to be invested?"**

      True but doesn't that happen in virtually every show?

      **"Fringe is just so pathetic and lazy and obnoxious and I can see why critics and fans are giving it such a hard time."**

      I don't see many critics giving them a hard time, actually. I read some reviews today that were very forgiving of crappy plotting.

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