Fringe 5.03 'The Recordist' Review


Last night’s Fringe episode "The Recordist" had, to me, a feel very much like some of the "classic" episodes of previous seasons. Our team, with the addition of Etta, found themselves in a settlement reminiscent of Edina in "Johari Window". Walter, Peter, Olivia, and Etta ventured to an isolated area of Pennsylvania at the instruction of clues left in one of the tapes that Walter had hidden 21 years ago, which – in pure Walter fashion – he apparently hid out of order. The team was to retrieve a component of Walter and September’s plan to defeat the Observers which turned out to be a mineral, a crystallized form of quartz, which will serve as an energy source.

Each episode this season serves to answer questions about this future, even as it creates new ones. I find it quite fascinating that this group of people, and apparently they aren’t the only ones, has managed to remain hidden from the Observers. It makes one wonder how many other enclaves there are of people who’ve managed to hide. Even though the members of the Resistance are the ones fighting openly, it is unquestionably an act of defiance that this group of forest-dwellers has taken upon themselves. In seeking to preserve the history of the human race, they imply that one day the world will be free of the invaders, that people will one day want to know what really happened to mankind during the time they were oppressed as a race. Read More...


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