Review: Fringe - Snakehead
by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 4th 2009 6:28AM
(S02E09) "Aren't they magnificent?" - Walter, looking at hookworms
Another creature feature! We're sort of in a "pattern," if you will, with Fringe alternating creature episodes with alternate universe episodes. It's ok, though. I probably wouldn't want all alternate universe episodes. Would you?
Wow, though. Those creatures were seriously freaky. That opening scene, among others, just made me cringe. I'm just now getting my appetite back. But this episode was more about Walter and Peter than the creatures.
Another standout performance by John Noble, who managed to display just about every emotion known to man: glee, sadness, fright, compassion, delight, you name it. That scene where he's in Chinatown and can't remember Peter's phone number, nor the fact that he had the numbers in his pocket, was just heartbreaking.
Likewise when Peter went to pick Walter up and started getting after him about not remember the numbers in his pocket, but then realized that Walter is still very much a child, despite his longing to be independent. Also loved the scene where Walter sees Astrid back at the lab and realizes what she's been through. Standout performances by all.
And how cool is it that Peter knows all these different languages? He really proved helpful on this case, offering info on the Triad gang member, noticing all the germophobe stuff in the house, trying to connect with the son over basketball and such.
But back to the creatures. What a way to traffic narcotics. I can see where the mother was coming from, though. Of course, you'd do everything in your power to help your son.
Walter liking the narcotics in his system after the creature bites him (and having Broyles walk in right at that moment).
Peter nearly getting a worm into his system via the Chinese guy.
"Oh, look. Lacquered cricket boxes." - Walter
Walter implanting a tracking device in his neck. then giving Peter the transponder, "so you can find me."
I look forward to your thoughts on this episode.