Fringe: The Road Not Taken
by Jane Boursaw, posted May 6th 2009 8:31AM
(S01E19) It's an interesting premise. That we can have several different alternative realities, and if the brainwaves are hitting just right, we have the option to see more than one reality. Or in this case, more than one charred body.
I must say, Olivia handled it way better than I would have. I would have been FREAKING OUT and curled into a fetal position if the whole time-shift thing was happening before my eyes. But she took it all in stride, using it to help solve the case and find the twin sister in the lab. But oy ... what a shocker ...
... to learn that Harris was the one doing the experiments in the warehouse. Guess that didn't turn out so well for him, huh? It's not that I didn't consider that people in the agency might be involved; I just figured Harris was too much of a dolt to be involved in any significant way. And here he's the one who's got the girl strapped to a chair in a makeshift lab doing experiments on her, "activating" her.
So ... he's working for William Bell...? And I'm guessing Bell is the "he" in this statement: "He's losing patience. We need her active. Get it done."
Things are really, REALLY starting to come together in a big way, which is good, considering that the finale is fast approaching, and we really haven't even seen William Bell yet, only heard his voice in the video that Walter watched a couple weeks ago. It's like the storyline meandered a bit to get to this point, and suddenly, everything is ramped up big time.
We've got Nina Sharp back in the equation, the mysterious William Bell out "traveling" somewhere (to another dimension perhaps?), Walter revealing the old typewriter with the raised "y" and then finding the missing pages of the manuscript, Olivia confronting Walter outright about what they did to them as children ("What the hell did you people do to us?"), Walter breaking down because he can't remember, and the big topper, Walter being visited by The Observer and being told "It's time to go."
And let's not forget the awesome spontaneous combustion effects. Poof.
Nor the "weird Walter food fetish of the week": Frankenberry.
Nor the quick shot of the lightboard in the lab room where the girl was being held.
I did think the whole Spock, son-of-Sarek, Romulan-war thing with the guy from Moonlighting (at least, I think that was Curtis Armstrong) was a bit of a throw-away. I was taking notes watching it on my office TV and yelling at my son across the house, "REALLY?!" It was just too ... too ... too much, with the reveal of Leonard Nimoy fast approaching.
What did you guys think of this episode?