27 October, 2012

Review - FRINGE 5.04: 'The Bullet That Saved the World'


Toward the end of any show-with-diminished-viewer-support's life-cycle many of those left tend to dig just about anything, even when it is pedestrian, contrived, clumsy, or melodramatic. I imagine a lot of those people loved this episode.

I didn't.

Why?

Exposition + contrivance / (melodrama * slow-speaking dimwitted evil Observers) = DUMB ^3

Not to mention that the death of any seemingly important character on this show that is this important to the main characters can't possibly be the end of that character. Therefor I felt no actual emotional loss when Etta "died". Immediately I figured this was some storyline ruse meant to illicit an emotional response that would be pulled back in several episodes when we time travel or go to an alternate universe or something.

But the biggest reason for my lack of emotional investment in the episode could easily be blamed on the overall construction, delivery, and execution of the end product. Something felt off. Pacing? Directing? Writing? Acting? Too much exposition? Too much Observer slow-speak and stupidity?

I don't really care why it didn't move me much. Though, I should care more since Etta is by far the most interesting character this season, but I don't.

The only thing I liked about it is that the death of his daughter should motivate Pacey Poof to go fuckin' badass on his enemies. I look forward to that.

Bring on "OMG THIS WAS THE BEST EPISODE OF THE SERIES OMG U R SO FUKIN CRAY!!!!!!1111one"

55 out of 100

35 comments:

  1. You are a complete fucking idiot. Go back to jerking off in your parent's basement fucktard

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    1. I will definitely continue to do that. It feels so good.

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    2. Beej is mentally ill. Nevermind him.

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    3. It's cool. I took it as good advice. After all, the writers of this show jerked off all over this episode.

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  2. Yes! You are the only sane person on the internet. I hated it but every review I read about how great it was I thought I was going crazy. Etta died and I felt nothing. maybe everyone wants it to be a great episode because a great character died but she deserved better than this.

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  3. Meh. It was as meh as "In Absentia". Yes, you were wrong on that one.

    *running away before you can beat me with a stick*

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    1. YOU ARE A COMPLETE FUCKIN' IDIOT! GO JERK OFF IN YOUR PARENTS' BASEMENT!

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    2. I'll try to do it to the best of my ability!

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  4. The score is too harsh. Its more like 70 out of 100. I otherwise agree something felt off the whole episode.

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  5. My Little Pony BoyOctober 27, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    So much potential but way too much jerking off in their parents basement by the writers.

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  6. lots of jerkng of this week at least noone is complaining about josh jackson or anna torv. because josh rocked anna so hard.

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    1. representatives of fringebloggers and seriable:

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! TAKE THAT BACK!!!!

      anna torv is the best actress in the world. Don't believe us? Check the comments on our websites. They all love anna torv, so she must be good!


      *cries*

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    2. You guys give her way too much credit. But as I have said before, it is how they are writing the character. I know Torv can act.

      Last night was probably the worst Olivia yet. Did she even whimper out a note of giving a shit about her daughter's death?

      Terrible.

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    3. fringebloggers, you mean annatorvbloggers. Oh yes, i know that site,

      Don't take those over the top positive comments about anna torv acting too serious, because the emmy voters sure don't!

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    4. @HGF

      don't give anna torv too much credit. It's her, not the writing!

      Even lance redick cried in the scene with anna torv.

      Anna was her wooden self, in the scene with lance and even when etta died.

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    5. HGF, she said "I love you so much" in the flattest tone possible. ARE YOU NEVER SATISFIED?

      - Etta: I wanted to feel close to you BLAH BLAH BLAH

      - Olivia: *smiles beatifically and lets her daughter do all the work in the relationship*

      Olivia didn't earn that "I love you", but Etta deserved to hear it. That poor girl.

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    6. I AM NEVER SATISFIED WITH BELOW MEDIOCRITY!

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  7. Olivia pulled a Kirsten Stewart and not show any emotion by her daughter`s death

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    1. I have no idea what that means since I have seen Stewart act with more emotion than what Torv gave to Olivia in that moment.

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  8. anna torv was wooden when the show started and still is.
    But when the writers gave her fauxlivia (= wearing a wig and smiling constant like an idiot); the viewers were so suprised that they confused it with good acting.

    Now that anna lost her fauxlivia character, it's obvious that olivia is the most boring, wooden leading character on tv. Even her fans complain about the powers that olivia had and lost, because they find her too flat and bland without it.

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  9. I actually cried especially when peter lost it. Damn Josh for giving me those feels. Ace acting on his part.

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    1. I didn't cry. I mostly just rolled my eyes the entire episode. But at least Joshua made an effort. I will give you that.

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  10. Georgina Haig did a wonderful job in a tough role, and will be missed as Fringe comes to an end this season

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    1. Sad, sad, sad. I liked Georgina Haig.
      I think she will be seen again in a new show sometime soon.

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  11. I can wait to see the pissed off 'Punisher' version of Peter next week. He's about to get medieval on the Observers.

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  12. I agree with you that this death most likely will be reversed before the series is out. I mean this show has reset itself quite a few times so investment becomes difficult.

    But then again I am the same idiot who loved Chuck for 5 years and they reset one of the 3 leads in the last 2 episodes, so.....are tv shows with loyal but some nutty fans causing show runners to write big fuck you's in their stories? Are they taking all the shit and abuse and personally? Do the few nutbags who shit on the show runners on twitter and the comment sections of the web cause these terrible and contrived and bullshit stories near the end? Are show runners this stupid to actually believe any of this is a good idea?

    Hmmmmmmmmm...............

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  13. They're trying to blow up Joshua Jackson!! This is not acceptable. He is amazingly attractive and must not be blown up!!

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  14. i agree with this review wholeheartedly except etta didnt do much for me as a character. didnt like her and i will not miss her.

    as for olivia not giving a damn about her daughter's death, it looks like she will make up for the lack of tears next week. actors merely do what is required of them so i guess torv didnt cry because olivia was not meant to cry. im not surprised since olivia isnt a character who easily sheds tears anyway. thats just who she is *shrugs*

    josh killed me with his acting when olivia died in season 4 finale. etta's death scene was not his best. even john noble didnt impress me here.

    stupid critics with their stupid hype.

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    1. So anna didnt cry, because she was required to act like this as an actress, BUT did you ever think that maybe, just maybe that josh and john had also been required to act like this?

      you say that olivia is not somebody who sheds tears easily? WOW, even when her daughter dies she can't?
      ANd when did olvia EVER really cry on fringe.

      What's stupid is those anna torv fans who justifie every (awful) acting scene of anna torv.

      Even broyles who also isnt a character who easily shows his emotions, shed some tears when he reunited with olvia. But once again did olvia? NOPE, she just stood there, just like when etta died.


      the hype around anna torv is stupid.

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    2. why are you making such a big deal out of this? all i said was maybe olivia wasnt supposed to cry. peter and walter WERE crying because they were supposed to. so what is your point about josh and john being required to "act like this"? torv wasnt instructed to cry. john and josh were. thats all i said. i was also pointing out that they cried way harder when olivia died. i was just comparing the two death scenes in terms of performance.

      you answered your own question btw. yes, WHEN DID olivia ever really cry? she doesnt. so we are we surprised if she didnt cry when her daughter died? as it is no one was crying buckets at the end of the episode. they were all in a state of shock and the loss is really going to hit them in the next episode. maybe if you werent so obsessed with anna torv you would have noticed that too.

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    3. and if your head wasnt so deap in torv's ass, you might actually get what i'm trying to say.

      You had no problem with olivia during the etta death, but somehow peter and walter were not good.
      At least they tried to show something, but yeah let's forget about that. let's just go with olivia. She can do no wrong for her fans, every single scene of hers is justified.

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    4. do you think im interested in what you're trying to say?

      "john and josh were so amazing in that scene they deserve emmys. specially josh". there. will you shut up now?

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  15. I loved the coiled intensity between Joshua Jackson and the weirdo who plays the Observer here. Jackson does some amazing back-ting, keeping the tense scene together even when he’s facing away from the camera

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  16. Head Geek Furious - Wonder if you feel any different about this episode now that you've seen 505? Heard from many that hated this episode (primarily due to Etta dying), that they feel differently about 504 (better since seeing 505). Realize it would drive Peter forward in the way it did.

    Just curious about Furious.

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