Fringe 3.12 "Concentrate and Ask Again" Review

In some respects, tonight’s Fringe was a bit of a return to the case-of-the-week format, but the tie-in with a former Cortexiphan kid, and the ongoing relationship issues between Olivia and Peter, definitely prevented it from being completely stand-alone. That being said, one thing that I love about Fringe is that no episode is truly stands alone: there is always some thread that ties each episode to the larger tapestry. I did like tonight’s episode overall, as it brought us back to some interesting themes that were introduced in season 1, but it wasn’t a favorite of mine.

The case was not the most outrageous that we’ve seen, although it certainly was weird to see people with no bones. The call-back to the drug company INtREPUS that was first introduced back in the S1 episode "The Cure", and referenced in S2’s "Olivia. In the Lab. With a Revolver", was a nice touch, and I do so love the attention to detail that is always evident in Fringe. As usual, the case that Fringe Division was investigating provided a vehicle to discuss what is going on in the lives of our characters. The fact that it was the soldier-fathers who were experimented on, but their children who paid the price, and that they themselves were undeniably damaged by the drug trials certainly parallels the experiences of the Cortexiphan subjects. Read More...


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