September 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm #226456
Returns Friday, September 23rd at 9pm on FOXSeptember 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm #226458
Episode Title: “Neither Here Nor There”
Synopsis: In the fourth-season premiere, the Fringe team takes new shape as the impact of Peter’s heroic actions unfold.September 25, 2011 at 9:27 am #226459
Odd premiere. I enjoyed it, but it was certainly an adjustment seeing the “Fringe” world sans Peter. It’s a great concept to explore. The case with the new form of Shapeshifters was good, but not great. It felt purely expository in nature.
Hopefully this isn’t the last season. Based on the ratings, I don’t doubt that it will be, so hopefully the show has sufficent time to tie up all it’s loose ends.
Episode Grade for “Neither Here Nor There”: BSeptember 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm #226460
I am really not liking this “the universes without Peter” storyline. It’s inevitable that Peter will come back so everything that is occurring now seems like a waste of time until we get to that point. This episode did have a few things to like. Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee is a great addition to the regular cast. He was perfect as the viewpoint for the viewer and had great chemistry with Anna Torv (hopefully the writers don’t turn that into a romantic relationship). Despite not focusing much time with the over there universe, the episode also set up the ambiguous relationship between the two universes very well. I really don’t know what the over there universe is up to.
Neither Here Nor There=7/10September 30, 2011 at 7:28 am #226461
The best thing about the episode for me was Seth Gabel and Lincoln. I like him with the team much better than I ever did Joshua Jackson’s Peter. The episode was strange to me, though. A lot of things felt different, which I guess they were supposed to, but it was hard to remember if they were actually different or they just seem that way because I haven’t seen the show in four months. I’d also like to understand the impact of having erased Peter a little more. Obviously not everything he did was wiped out, because the universes are still bridged, but things are clearly not the same, as Olivia did not know who Lincoln was, even though she’s met him before.September 30, 2011 at 10:48 am #226462
Episode Title: “One Night In October”
Synopsis: As the victims of a highly intellegent serial killer “Over There” stack up, the Fringe Division “Over There” is asked to assist. As the two sides tangle and innocent people remain at risk, the suspect’s doppelganger “Over Here”, a professor who teaches Forensic Psychology, is brought into the fold and forces the team to consider the notion of sending civilians to the other side.September 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm #226463
I keep popping in and out on this show. I watched a handful of episodes when it started, tuned out because it was shaping up as nothing but an “X-Files” clone (with a really annoying performance by John Noble that, from what I hear, has improved). Then tuned back in a couple of times when it started distinguishing itself with its alternate reality storylines. It never hooked me, though. The last episode I watched was the third season premiere, and now I’ve watched the fourth season premiere, and here it is, back to being an “X-Files” clone again — with some alternate dimension stuff thrown in there for good measure.
I might tune back in for another week or so. I have no illusions about getting all caught up, and if it’s interesting enough I’ll pick up on the plot as I go along (I did the same with “Battlestar Galactica”), but this season premiere didn’t exactly blow my mind. It wasn’t even as good as last season’s premiere, after which I didn’t continue watching. I’ll take it week by week.September 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm #226464
I really enjoyed this second episode as it was certainly stronger than the season premiere. There were several nuggets of continuity to previous episodes and a few instances of how people and events in both universes have changed because of Peter never existing. Torv delivered another strong performance, playing (1) Olivia, (2) Other Universe Olivia and (3) Other Universe Olivia pretending to be Olivia. Plus, the serial killer story was downright creepy and terrifying.
The preview for next week gives me hope that Noble will finally be given some time to shine this season.October 1, 2011 at 6:33 am #226465
I really liked this episode. Anna Torv was fantastic as usual, the case of the week was a very interesting way of using the new connection between the worlds, although kind of obvious in its premise. They did manage to make it emotional without it being melodramatic, and there was a lot of subtext, obviously.
Now about that subtext, as much as it was painfully obvious and lazy in the premiere, I liked how they handled it here, except for when Astrid said something along the lines of “Maybe your type doesn’t exist”. Besides that, and maybe what Broyles said in the end, the whole case had very strong subtext about Peter which I thought was subtle.
So yeah, a good episode with a great performance by Anna Torv, and much better writing than in the premiere. They do have to solve the Peter thing pretty soon though… not that I particularly miss Peter, he was my least favorite of the Olivia/Walter/Peter trifecta, but John Noble is having much less screentime because of that, and while I appreciate Seth Gabel, I want me some John Noble action :D.October 1, 2011 at 8:14 am #226466
I also liked this episode better than the first. Anna Torv is so good at handling the various different Olivias. I could tell just by the way they were standing which one was which, yet she didn’t accomplish this in a hammy or overdone way- it felt very organic, which I think is a real tribute to her skills. I loved how Olivia told Fauxlivia, “I’d button my blazer” – and then Fauxlivia’s reaction of “yeah, that figures.”
I agree that it’d be best for them not to sustain this “Peter never existed” scenario for too long. It’s interesting to see the subtle changes in everyone, but I can see the novelty wearing off at some point. Already we see signs of Peter breaking through, and I don’t want them to milk the idea unnecessarily long. But I’ll be interested to see how it all pans out!October 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm #226467
I thought Broyles was dead?October 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm #226468
This was a huge improvement over the premiere. “Fringe” is at it’s best when it intertwines it’s case of the week stories with the overarching series mythology, and those finale few minutes were great for just that reason. It’s a shame this is most likely the show’s last season — there’s isn’t another series quite like it anywhere on television.
Episode Grade for “One Night In October”: AOctober 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm #226469
I thought Broyles was dead?
Because Peter no longer exists, the timeline of both world’s has been altered. I’m trying to pinpoint exactly how Peter figures into it, but because he’s no longer around, Broyles didn’t have to die saving Olivia.
Or at least that’s what I took from it. I read somewhere that characters we thought were dead aren’t really in this new reality.October 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm #226470
I didn’t like the first episode very much. The case was too “been there, done that” for me. And it didn’t help that it was left open ended. And I am not sure we really needed to be reminded that Walternate is a liar. The whole episode was too expository for me. And also, the dialogue was pretty bad. All this said, I enjoyed the first scene between the two Olivias. I also liked using our side’s Lincoln Lee as a stand in for the audience. And….. yeah, that was about it. Ugh.
The second episode, on the other hand, was much better. The case was much more compelling. (Continuing a trend of me thinking the Other Universe cases are more interesting.) The tie-in to the overarching story was presented much better. Of course, the dialogue continues to be heavy handed, and this is really starting to annoy me. Was Astrid saying “maybe your type doesn’t exist” really necessary? Did I need Broyles’ comment about people leaving an “indelible mark on your soul” to understand that was the entire point Fringe is making? Come on, Fringe. I get it. You don’t have to spell it out for me.
When does Peter come back? Because I am not sure how many more weeks of completely on-the-nose dialogue I can take.October 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm #226471
I actually think “One Night In October” might just be one of the best episodes of the show yet.
I know it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but the direction and writing on this really absorbed me. And Torv was great, and Ferguson (the professor/killer) is probably my favorite guest so far, he was fantastic.
Loved every scene, and the scripts are very intriguing in a more subtle way this year. This really has become on of my favorite shows.