14 April, 2012

Review - FRINGE 4.18: 'The Consultant'


Walter goes to the alternate universe to help investigate an event that ties to both worlds.

PLOT
Flee is buried as his mother spouts off the most cliched line in the history of moving pictures.

People are literally popping up dead, as if they've been involved in a plane crash, even though they weren't on a plane. Turns out a plane crashed in the alternate universe and caused a ripple effect. Walter goes to the other side to check it out.

Through some testing, Walter posits that the plane crash was caused by some device. A scene with David Robert Jones validates this theory as he acknowledges it was a test.

Jones then shows up at Froyles' home and we discover that the colonel's traitorous ways are motivated by his love for his son and a need to see him healthy. Apparently DRJ has the ability to make that happen.

Astrid gives a happily surprised Fastrid some coffee, as the two sides investigate yet another death, and the doppelgangers act as go-between. The investigation turns up a device the teams attribute to David Robert Jones.

Froyles bonds with Walter's terrible decision making related to saving his son. This seems to motivate him to continue his traitorous ways as he meets with DRJ to take possession of a device that needs planting.

A drunk Fauxlivia discusses the mole problem at her department, that led to the death of Flee, with Walter. She appears emotionally spent. Walter comforts her with food. They spitball some ideas about who the mole could be and decide it would have to be someone high up. Walter offers up the colonel. Fauxlivia shoots him down. He counters that no one should be above suspicion. This seems to have an affect on her of some kind and leads her to go talk to the recently captured Fina. She tells her they have already arrested Froyles as the mole. Fina buys the ruse and gives him up.

At Liberty Island, Froyles seems to be carrying out his nefarious mission for Jones, with Lincoln and Fauxlivia in hot pursuit, but instead has turned himself and the device in to Broyles.

As Walter returns home, Lincoln stays behind to help Fauxlivia.

Back at Walter's lab, he tells Pacey Poof and Olivia that had Froyles successfully planted his device, Jones could collapse both universes.

QUOTABLES
Walter: It's a miracle we made it in one piece! You drive like a daredevil!
Astrid: For the eleventh time, Walter, I drive the speed limit.
Walter: Most automobile fatalities occur driving between work and home.
Astrid: Yes, so does most driving.

Fauxlivia: Do you think that someone could have caused this?
Walter: On purpose? Anything is possible, even Santa Claus.

Lincoln: You couldn't bring over a casserole but a severed hand is okay?

Fauxlivia: Can't you sleep? Was the bed too hard?
Walter: No, I was sleeping like a baby. Sadly, my bladder was not.

RATING
If I had to rate this episode, and the stench from Flee's rotting corpse demands I do, I'd give it:

84 out of 100

The episode had some good scenes between characters but the Walter and Fauxlivia sequence, in her apartment, could have used more time. I still find Lincoln to be a massive bore. And the answer to the case seemed way too obvious early on, so Walter's final words didn't have the intended impact.


23 comments:

  1. So much for the Peter season! He missed the first 4 episodes then these 2 and basically he has been a periphery figure the rest of the season. What a fucking joke to fans who actually like his character! Fringe goes for mediocrety and succeeds time and time again. What a bunch of cunts Whyman and Pinkner are, does anyone really think that any of this season will really hold considering they could just reset it again as a new reality? WANKERS!

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    1. I hope all that anger keeps you warm at night.

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    2. No angry just disappointed. I have a foul mouth and so harsh words seem like I am angry when it is just me being normal and calling out Fringe as liars and wankers when that is what they are. But they are close to the end if this season or next they are going to get theirs so who cares in the end.

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    3. Don't deny your anger. Wear it with pride.

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  2. It is a tv show there is no need to be proud of a tv show or ashamed of it, lol. When people say Cable dramas are raping Network ones...there is no arguement when this piece of shit called Fringe is on the air. On cable there generally is a consequence for the characters and the plot and what has happened has an appropriate response. On Fringe there are no such things really, I mean they just reset and reset and reset and it is total and utter bullshit tha they expect fans to tune in and well they don't because the ratings show just how people will not accept the shit they fed.

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    1. "It is a tv show there is no need to be proud of a tv show or ashamed of it"

      Dear lord, you are a needlessly argumentative fuckbag.

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    2. Urgh, the point is I am just pointing out (with a toilet mouth, I know) that Fringe sucks ass.

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  3. Actually it is quite funny, I may be indifferent but the actors always give it away when they know that they are doing something that is shit. John Noble recently said in an interview and in his Noble Intentions videos that the character he played earlier in the season was his least favourite and that basically he did not like the story or the episodes.

    Back in the day when Fedak and Schwartz fucked up in CHUCK (Season 3 to be precise) Yvonne Strahovski was giving interviews that were not as happy as season 4 or 5 and Zac Levi just threw both of them under the bus at comic con 2010. Sepinwall asked about Routh and Zac just said asked Josh, lol.

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    1. I don't think for two seconds that Zac had any problems with anything in season 3. Routh is one of his buddies. No way in hell was he trying to say he had a problem with him or his character. You are reading into it what you want to see. He was just playing to the crowd.

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  4. Did Zac not throw out "jumping the shark or shaw-arc?" you are probably right, Zac was playing to the crowd.

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  5. I thought it was better than last week's episode, but it was mostly set-up and some of the dialogs were rather poor, particularly for Walter, f.e. his line about Santa Claus. I hate it, when the writers infantilize him.

    On the other hand, I enjoyed the DRJ and Tight-T-Shirt Broyles stuff, although they didn't sell for a single second, that TTS Broyles would do as ordered.

    Next week looks interesting. All Observers all the time!

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  6. Josh Jackson just did a video interview and said that they are going to gloss over why Olivia remembers Peter but not Walter. He sai basically they are going to gloss over a lot of stuff because they have no intention of answering questions or giving any character other than Olivia a story, lol. The sign of a pathetic show when an actor actually uses the words "gloss over", I wonder if Josh Jackson actually has respect for this show anymore considering moat of his interviews he does not even both with diplomacy any more.

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    1. http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/04/fringe-season-4-joshua-jackson.html

      Oh and this episode got a 0.9. Not that ratings really matter at this point.

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    2. Thanks.

      Sounds like the season finale will be awesome!

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  7. You missed the best line of the night on your quotable section :

    Guard to Walter : "Are you on any medications?"
    Walter : "Oh yes, mostly recreational"
    Fauxlivia : "He's good !!"

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    1. I didn't miss it, I skipped it. :)

      And I don't think it is the best line of the night. Lincoln's was my favorite... even though he's a pussy.

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  8. Why was Walter so BFF with Fauxlivia this episode? When only a couple of episodes ago he called her a matihari and whatever. So like in 2 episodes he is now totally on her side? great stuff! great character buildup! lol!

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    1. That one does kind of make sense, actually. He is newly awakened to feeling love for someone again, so he essentially empathizes with her loss. Plus, he is high. :)

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  9. Well it is like Lincoln Lee's dad, I am sure last season someone said he was a really important man and this season his dad is a shop owner. What is real and what is not real? Hard to invest in characters and back story that is this inconsistent. As Josh said...it will be all glossed over....whoooo hoooo!

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    1. I meant his dad was an important man in the military or government...not that a shop keeper cannot be important but....you know what I mean.

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    2. Though, what Josh is saying is that the writers aren't focusing on that. He says "glossed over" as in that's not the story they want to tell. So yes, if you want those things touched on, apparently you will be mightily disappointed.

      I am glad he said it, though. It may help me like the upcoming episodes more now that I know they are less about what I would love to see and more about what the show runners think I want to see.

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