Fringe: "White Tulip" Review Season 2, Episode 18

Okay, I'll admit it. This episode surprised the hell out of me. I was expecting it to be a little bit of filler with an appearance by RoboCop himself,, Peter Weller to help raise interest. But I was pleasantly proven wrong, and this story turned out to be one of the best of the series.

The first part of the story is a good mix of Walter dealing with telling Peter his secret, and the team investigating an odd incident on the train involving a fellow we later learn is Dr. Alistair Peck, played by Weller - who by the way is also an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse when he's not hosting Engineering an Empire. Initially I thought this would be another "crisis of the week" story, with a high likelihood of an intriguing but ultimately unimportant story about some thing related to The Pattern - you know, the kind of stuff that the first half of this season gave us. But the writers really did a good job of integrating the overall mythology into a standalone story that is actually damn good. Especially when the motive of Dr. Peck's actions, his dead wife, ties into Walter's own motivations for developing crazy tech to save someone he loved. It's brilliant storytelling.

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