Review: Fringe - Johari Window
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 15th 2010 4:15PM
(S02E12) "Hard artichokes rarely keep. Norwegian elephants, Singapore sleep." - Walter's song to remember the Harkness Law Library
Now that's more like it! After Monday's misplaced episode, Fringe was back to speed tonight with "Johari Window," an episode that played like a thriller movie. I love Fringe and always hate when an episode ends because I know I'll have to wait a whole week to see the next one.
While this was seemingly a stand-alone episode that didn't deal directly with the alternate universe, we did get a little tidbit from Walter at the end. One of those lines with very words and a facial expression that says so much. Oh, Walter. I feel for you when it all comes out in the open, because I have a feeling Peter won't be so forgiving.
It was one of those episodes where you had to roll the DVR back because your mind went, "Wait. The kid was normal when the cop picked him up." And sure enough, he was normal. And I had a feeling the sheriff of Edina was hiding something from the beginning. He was just too nice and helpful.
Very interesting how this episode played out. Walter remembering the elephant song when he heard the buzzing from the military base, and the fact that it wasn't that the people changed, but rather outsiders' perception of them changed. In the bigger scheme of things, it makes you wonder what else in the world is coloring our perception of things and people that we're totally unaware of.
Once again, John Noble played everything brilliantly. His worry at the beginning of being kidnapped again ("I'm learning to appreciate cowardice," he said. "The lion had a point."); his method of throwing himself into work to take his mind off whatever is bothering him ("Work heals the soul."); and his caring for Astrid enough to bring back a beautiful butterfly (which she loves, and which helped to crack the case).
And Walter's concern to Broyles that the machine not be turned off to protect the folks in Edina (and Broyles telling him if they didn't find the machine, there's nothing to report.) Still, the residents of Edina are being a bit selfish in that they're making the decision for every future generation to come. You would think that some young person would say "enough," and want to wander off and see what's out in the world.
I loved all the action and gunplay, with Olivia, Peter and Walter being run off the road, then shot at. And what a fun, B-movie scene when all the deformed people gathered outside and the sheriff told them, "Others have come before. I'm going to take care of this. I'll make it all go away." You'd think Roger Corman had a hand in this episode.
And of course, the end scene where Walter told Peter how brave Rose was to be willing to expose the secret to right a wrong, and Peter told Walter he was proud of HIM for speaking up for the people. "I'm glad you choose to see me the way you do," said Walter. "Very glad indeed." Behind those words, Walter was undoubtedly thinking he hoped Peter would still see him that way when he learns the truth about being dragged from the alternate universe.
Walter humming the theme song to Deliverance when he saw the picture of the deformed boy, and Peter reminding him that it was a movie.
"This boy bears no resemblance to a Sasquatch, or a Yeti, for that matter." - Walter to the FBI agent
"Ever get the feeling that doing this job makes you less and less normal?" - Olivia to Peter
"I'm just saying, the first time's rough." - Olivia to Peter, on killing a person
Walter's love for Devil Dogs (after finding the ancient box at the Harkness Law Library), and Astrid saying they'll get him some fresh ones.
"A friend of mine once wrote that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Walter
Walter getting all excited about heading into town to find the source of the electromagnetic pulse -- after Peter told him to go home.
Teddy letting Walter and Astrid into his house. My kids and I both said, "Stranger danger! Stranger danger!" Even holed up in the same town for years (especially!), you'd think he'd know not to let strangers into the house when his mom wasn't there!
That darn Army, expanding the scope of the test without telling Rose's father.
Your thoughts on this episode?