When the team goes out looking for clues to Walter's Observer-killing weapon, they meet up with people who have been keeping records of the history of humanity post-occupation. And stuff happens.
After last week's killer episode failed to really create much dialogue in the comments section about anything but Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, and the amount of screen time each get versus which is a better actor (yeah, that happened), I wonder what argument either side will make this week.
Because both received a fair amount of screen time.
Both had a fair amount of good scenes.
Both delivered pretty good performances.
Granted, Joshua Jackson is the superior actor.
Oh shit. I just started it all over again!
I kid. Well, not that Jackson is the superior actor or the one with better scenes, but that I was trying to stir up any shit. Though, having said what I said it probably comes off a bit disingenuous for me to say that. Oh well. Like it matters what I say anyway. Last week I just talked about how awesome the episode was and barely got a peep about that in the comments section.
Why the fuck am I writing about the comments section in a review about the episode? I have been effectively trolled!
So this episode wasn't brilliant but it wasn't mediocre either. It did move the story along. It did tackle some of Olivia's simmering emotional issues about abandoning her husband and his search for their daughter and her reasoning made sense.
She had given up hope. She couldn't see past her depressed outlook. All she could see was that she had lost again. All this the cause of a messed up childhood where she was used and abused by those who were meant to look after her. It is a good bit of believable writing.
Pacey Poof's moments were pretty effective too. Jackson has such a wonderful hold on his character's heart that he never fails to tap into that emotional side when he needs it. And with Olivia as the cold one, Peter needs to be the one who speaks for their relationship. Otherwise the audience would be left wondering why they ever fell for each other.
Apart from those elements, the rest of the episode had some good beats like the mole who calls the rebels to warn them of the incoming enemy; Walter just wanting to get high; Astrid the laser surgeon and VHS fixer; freaky looking kid who made graphic novels out of the legends of the Fringe unit; creepy black stuff; a sacrifice; and a montage (I love a good montage!).
For an episode that surfed the line of significance and insignificance, it worked for me.
If I had to rate this episode, and Walter's suit of armor says I do, then I'd give it:
83 out of 100
So what did you think? I mean, beside the obvious stuff of how much it sucked. Oh and see you in two-weeks!