by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 2nd 2009 4:27AM
(S02E03) "Get my portable chemistry set ... this means bodies!" - Walter to Astrid
This episode of Fringe sort of went along without too many shocker moments -- until the last few minutes, that is. I wasn't all that surprised about the serum that turned people into human explosives, or even that it might be part of a top-secret military experiment. But I was wondering when our friend The Observer would turn up again in a big way and dump something spicy all over his plate of food.
But the fact that he had pictures of Walter in his briefcase is intriguing. I mean, we know that Walter has a relationship with The Observer -- or possibly more than one Observer -- but what exactly that relationship is, it's hard to tell for sure. Are they an army that Walter has helped to build? Are they, as the Colonel told Broyles, collecting data and making observations? "They've been planning a war," he said. "They've been passing info under our noses."
And yet more ominous: "Whatever is in those cases is going to destroy us all." And that's where we see the pictures of Walter.
The bowling alley guy is driving both me and Olivia a little crazy. ("Can you just cut the Yoda crap, and tell me what's happening to me?") I feel like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, always looking around going, "Who ARE those guys?"
Clearly, he's not just some bowling alley guy who does physical therapy on the side for Nina Sharp. He knows more than he's saying. He somehow got Olivia walking without her cane. He knows about the headaches, which must mean he knows that Olivia is having flashbacks about her time on "the other side." He knows that part of her brain is still asleep.
I wonder why she didn't want to tell Peter, though, about the headache incident at the house. By this point, you'd think that things are pretty much an open book between the Fringe group -- at least she, Walter and Peter.
- Peter's observation that Walter sings opera while doing jumping jacks naked.
- Astrid and Walter's nice moment about breaking out of their habits, eating apple fritters, and trying new things.
- Walter examining the
crystalear at the scene of the explosion, and finding it "salty."
- Walter seeing how upset Jean is and telling Peter, "If you're going to eat that cheeseburger, you could at least be a little discreet."
- The Fringe team sure gets around, don't they?
- Nice to get a little more of Peter's backstory with the guy in Baghdad.
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