FRINGE “Subject 9? Review

FRINGE "Subject 9? Review Season 4 Episode 4 - Last week’s FRINGE ended on an insane cliffhanger when both Walter and Olivia found out that they were both seeing visions of the same person. In this episode the team investigates a mysterious energy cloud that seems to be stalking Olivia. Walter thinks it is somehow connected to the Cortexiphan trials, specifically the child Walter only remembers as "Subject 9?. When the two of them finally track down Subject 9 in New York, they find that he’s not the cause of the cloud, but could help destroy it. Walter sets a trap using Olivia as bait and when the cloud appears it takes the shape of the man she and Walter have had visions of the last few weeks. She tries to stop Subject 9 from dissipating the force but is too late. At the same time, a strange event occurs in the middle of Lake Reiden, Peter Bishop comes back.

So far this season Fringe has delivered some incredible episodes, and to be honest, this one was a little bit of a let down for most of the episode. It was still a great episode, but in a season where the show was scoring 10?s this was an 8. I think the real issue here was that there wasn’t a really strong central case this week. Instead the energy cloud seemed to be a good excuse to get Walter and Olivia on the road together and for some well done visual effects. I’m going to guess that the idea here was to not have a story that overshadowed Walter’s issues and his conversations with Olivia. If that’s the case I would say that I understand the goal but the execution left something to be desired. I think it would’ve worked a little better if they deemphasized the energy cloud story a little more, forcing the Walter-Olivia story to the forefront or maybe having Astrid and Lincoln chase down Subject 9 off screen while Olivia and Walter had it out could have been better. Read More...


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