One of the great pleasures of reviewing “Fringe” each week is that there’s rarely a lack of things to discuss. Writing about certain shows is akin to drawing blood from a stone every seven days, to be sure. But there’s usually a lot of ground to cover when it comes to this one. Even when I don’t like a particular episode (and both previous ones this season have given me pause), there’s hardly a time when I stare at my computer screen, blankly staring at the cursor blinking before me. Well, congratulations, “Alone in the World”: you’ve achieved the seemingly impossible.
I don’t want to make this space a weekly rehash of what I’ve called “The Peter Problem.” If you read this space after each episode (and comments lately indicate that many of you do), then you already know my issues with the narrative steps taken since Peter fused the two worlds together. Repeating these concerns won’t doing you or me any good. But “Alone in the World” married a boring case-of-the-week with a personal quandary that was well acted but still feels utterly unnecessary. If you thought anvils were dropping left and right over the first two hours of Season 4, then it was Wile E. Coyote’s worst nightmare this week. Read More...http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/monkeys-as-critics/posts/recap-fringe-alone-in-the-world