"Fracture" featured one of my favorite reoccurring themes of Fringe: the human body as a weapon. The engaging opening scene featured a human bomb; and I don't mean a person strapped with a bomb, but a human acting as the bomb itself. Unfortunately, outside of a few scenes of Olivia meeting with the quirky and amusing Sam Weiss, this episode brought too little imagination to the table.
Was it just me or did this episode feel like some of the earlier episodes of Fringe? Cool and weird, with occasional bright spots of humor and character development, but oddly uninvolving. That's not to say it was an all out bust, but I didn't find myself truly caring what happened in this episode's "freak-of-the-week" storyline. Let's discuss it a little bit, shall we? This week's freak brought back memories of the human porcupine from "The Transformation" or the human fireball from "The Road Not Taken;" the victim's body is somehow altered and used as a weapon. This time it's used as human shrapnel, which was illustrated to wonderfully grotesque effect when the team picks through the remains of the train station bombing. (I am consistently surprised and delighted by the amount of gore this show is able to get away with on network television.) However, it felt like it took the team a long time and way too much effort to figure out what was going on.
I thought the storyline was taking a turn for the better when it became necessary for Peter and Olivia to travel to Iraq to unveil the secrets behind Project Tin Man. We got hints of Peter having a troubled past in the first season and I was hoping this episode would delve deeper into those troubles but, alas, it did not. It's obvious that he made some dubious choices in Iraq and that there was most likely collateral damage from those choices (for example Ahmed's burnt face) but it all felt extremely anti-climactic. I don't know if this is because the creators have a bigger plan for parceling out Peter's back-story or because they just used Peter's time in Iraq as a crutch for the team to get information in this episode.
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