Fringe "The Recordist" Review: Time to Get Proactiv

Fringe S05E03: "The Recordist"

I was talking to a friend the other day about how I've been missing the case-of-the-week portion of Fringe in Season 5. The "mythalone" structures of Season 3 and Season 4 were fantastic television, but with only 13 episodes in Season 5 and a series to wrap up, there doesn't appear to be much room for anything but going on a hidden-tape scavenger hunt to rebuild Walter's master plan to rid the Earth of Observers (you know, it sounds a bit goofy when you actually say it).

Friday's episode of Fringe, "The Recordist," was the closest we've seen to a case-of-the-week episode in Season 5, and even though I asked for more case-of-the-week stuff, I wish the writers hadn't listened. Dull, predictable, and bloated with unnecessary details, "The Recordist" was everything we're not used to from Fringe. It hurts my heart to say it, but this was one of the worst episodes of Fringe ever and a scary omen that Season 5 might be in danger of ending things on a sour note. Please don't, Fringe. Please!

There's a lot of purposefully withheld information written into the backbone of Season 5 via Walter's fragmented system of Betamax tapes that each contain a step of his plan to blast the Observers back to their own future crusty rock. That doesn't make for the most interesting television; we're essentially watching a team whose plan is to rebuild a plan as they discover knowledge that one of them (pre-amnesia* Walter) already knew. It feels kind of like accompanying the team on a trip to the grocery store to get the things they need for a recipe they downloaded form the internet rather than actual freedom-fighter work. It's passive rather than proactive, and heroic journeys are always more interesting when they're not retracing someone else's steps, but rather blazing their own trails.

(*Yes, it's not actually amnesia, but the scrambling of brain parts may as well be. And amnesia is television's go-to plot device when things get dragging.)

This week the tape, out of order due to a constantly baked Walter dispersing the plan while also battling munchies and the urge to watch Tom & Jerry, led the group to a camp of scabby refugees in rural Pennsylvania. Edwin Massey was the leader of the group and kept records of human history on glass data cubes in a complex underground digital diary because his father told him the Observers would eventually get around to wiping out any reference to the old days when humans roamed the Earth. Massey was the future Human Preservation Society who just so happened to live right where Walter needed to be. Walter and company didn't know why they were where they were because the tape made by 2015 Walter was scrambled in just the right places so as to reveal the coordinates of where they needed to be but not what they were looking for. It wasn't until Astrid, held back at ex-Harvard, blew on the tape to unscramble it that they discovered their mission: Go into a mine. And it wasn't until they figured out they were supposed to go into the mine that Edwin pulled up an old record of someone getting taken away by Observers because he was going after rocks. So Walter deduced they were supposed to get those rocks. Why those rocks? We still don't know. All we know is Step A led them to Step B and further down the alphabet until rocks.

It was that sort of plodding plot progression that made "The Recordist" such a grind to get through, but it was the threats that made it disappointing. The super-acne affecting the camp was bound to spread onto our heroes, too, and it eventually did before simply being plucked off. The problem was that the closer one got to the mine, the more dangerous the super-acne was, and of course that's where the mysterious rocks were. So Walter set forth with making a suit that would be resistant to the super-acne, but that required copper, and only a nearby camp populated with dangerous people had access to copper and yeah the situation was full-on silly at that point. But it got sillier. There was an effort to tell a story of sacrifice and heroism through Edwin and his comic-obsessed son, but it fell flat because—and this will sound bad—Edwin tried too hard to impress his son by giving his life to get the rocks. There were other ways to get the rocks, but Edwin decided it was more important to prove himself (I don't think that was the writers' intention, but that's how it came off). Edwin deked us by refusing to go to the other camp to get copper because his plan all along was to go into the mine himself and pulley up the rocks for Walter while his backne became bodyne and he suffocated in a hard casing of crusty skin. All this could have been avoided with a bathtub full of Proactiv. And I'm still trying to figure out the point of the other camp.

And if that wasn't enough, "The Recordist" added a second ticking clock (the spreading of super-acne being the first) by sending a group of loyalists after our Fringe team. Except the loyalists had to drive all the way from Boston, so it was going to take a while. Instead of feeling like imminent danger, it felt more like, "Oh no! They're coming! They'll be here in... about 14 hours." With that threat almost a time zone away and the glacial spread of the super-acne, the episode had all the tension of waiting for an elevator.

In the end, Walter got his rocks, the super-acne was just forgotten about (apparently it's not a problem if you aren't near the mine) and no cure was offered to the campers, and the Fringe team avoided the loyalist threat by switching cars. Everything wrapped up not because the story arrived at an end, everything wrapped up because it had to: The episode's 44 minutes were up and it was time for the credits.

Bogged down with empty threats and unexplained goals, "The Recordist" was not what I would call a shining moment for Fringe. The idea of using tapes to kickstart a case-of-the-week structure works, but the execution just wasn't there this week. If the rest of this season's episodes involve the team watching a tape to get pieces of information and then going off-site, Astrid filling in the blanks, and seeing lots of things out of context, we're in trouble.



NOTES

– The only interesting thing to come out of the episode was Olivia's chat with Peter, where she revealed that she didn't think she was "programmed" to be a mother when Etta was born, and that Etta's disappearance was punishment for having those feelings. Olivia won't be winning any "#1 Mother" mugs anytime soon. I guess Edwin's talk with his son somewhat mirrors Olivia's situation with Etta, and there was a nice moment at the end when Olivia made sure Etta was doing okay.

– So the scabby people all stay there and threaten their health so that they can jot notes down on data cubes? Reallllly? Are they the 2036 equivalent of the AD 79 residents of Pompeii? Pick up and move, guys, or none of your kids will get dates to the prom.

– Walter's "mine" and "mime" mix-up... funny or not funny? I'm voting not funny. However, Walter taking bong rips on camera is always good with me.

– I did like the look of the camp, especially the underground digital diary with the floating touchscreens and Siri functions.

– Do you think that Donald, the mysterious man who went into the mines five weeks after the invasion but was taken away by Observers, will make a reappearance?

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most of you are way off.

Watch from the beginning. It all there since the begining, what the observers are doing, and it is mentioned several times that, most notably Season ONE episode 19 "The Road Not Taken", Clint Howard directly tells what is going on and that William Bell founded MD to experiment with impunity to prepare for "the coming war" and create super soldiers to fight with renegade's from the future who have come back to change the timeline.

Don't bitch if you don't know what you're talking about. Go back and watch the actual show. You people are so myopic that you comment about how "this season is different" of this episode is "not part" of larger narrative when really youre just too short sighted and in need of momentary stimulation to even grasp how much awesome is happening in front of your eyes. later you'll see the reveals. Sometimes it feels like you people arent event watching the same show am i the only one with all the episodes or what?
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If you really think they would waste an episode your not a good fan or very trusting of these writers that have proven themselves great. The developement and easter eggs here just aren't obvious yet. I'm willing to bet, later it will hold more signifigance4 to you whining fanboys. Let the story develop. I get the writer of review has job to do and his job is to voice opinion. But like the Prometheus nuts bashing the movie for it not having answers and action, you all are saying the writers arent giving you "something". Seriously. STFU and enjoy the ride and not pic apart an episode as if it's not part of a larger narrative. as most of the non-asshole have stated, there were answers for many of the questions you've brought up and most of you are complaining about some lack of action or monumental reveal. cut that out. It's like you expect every episode to be this action packed, tear jerking, secret revealing mind blower.
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Was anyone able to get any interesting info when Edwin first showed Walter how the cube library worked? I got an article about Fringe division with Broyles' face on it but the rest, I couldn't read
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From what I've glimpsed, nothing we didn't already know ( original Fringe team goes missing, Fringe division assigned to police the "Natives" ... ) Didn't catch anything else.
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I agree, this episode was kind of disappointing. I understand that they only have 13 episodes to wrap up the series, but the direction they are taking this season just seems somewhat disconnected to the rest of the series. The alternate universe timeline was one of the highlights of the show, and instead of incorporating that into the final season it is now all about saving the world from the Observers? It just seems tacked on. There is no Broyles, no Nina, no alt characters to appreciate. I'm always glad for more time with Walter Bishop, but I just don't love the way they chose to end the series.
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That's what I've been thinking. The way Season 4 ended but more importantly the way Season 5 has started kind of annoys me because it makes season 1,2,3 and maybe 1st half of 4 seem - if not obsolete - less important. They way Season 5 is moving, when the show ends, one could start over for the quality of some episodes but I'm missing this "oh, I have to start from the beginning again because now that I know the end some things will make more sense" feeling
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You are way off. watch from the beginning. it become obvious what the observers are doing and it is mentioned several times that most notably Season ONE episode 19 "The Road Not Taken", Clint Howard directly tells what is going on and that William Bell founded MD to experiment and to prepare for "the coming war" wtih renegade(romulans lol) from the future who have come back to change the timeline.

Dont bitch if you dont know what youre talking about. Go back and watch the actual show
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not at all as bad as you wrote...we all know that in the end history is written by the winers so to have data base that records the other side's version too is important... the people stayed there getting eaten by that fungus because that was the safest place for them - that very thing that was getting them sick was keeping them (and the data) safe from everything and everyone. my silly patriotic hear bled for them and their weak attempt to a passive rebellion in face of the all powerful observers (hey...my heart is stupid that way)

anyway, i liked the episode, just need to say it

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Honestly, I miss the "old" Fringe, the case-of-the-week Fringe. These three episodes so far have been quite good, in my opinion, but far from what I expected. I'm not really fond of this whole idea of the Observers taking over and all that stuff of finding the tapes to uncover Walter's plan... I also liked the other Universe and how it related to ours.

It's still Fringe and it's still worth it, of course, but I believe that with only 10 episodes left to wrap up the story, they ought to make the best of it and they sure can do better.
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You are way off. watch from the beginning. it become obvious what the observers are doing and it is mentioned several times that most notably Season ONE episode 19 "The Road Not Taken", Clint Howard directly tells what is going on and that William Bell founded MD to experiment and to prepare for "the coming war" wtih renegade(romulans lol) from the future who have come back to change the timeline.

Dont bitch if you dont know what youre talking about. Go back and watch the actual show
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I actually enjoyed the episode for a while, I really tougth they would go in for a "Where No Man Has Gone Before" kind of type episode, but then it was really boring, I know Fringe could explore more and go where no season has gone before. I wish all the luck for the writers...seriusly. PS - Are they really going to use the Lab as a HQ?! Wheres the Cow?! It's not the same...
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Also the best thing about this episode? Seeing Gene in Amber while Astrid figures out the scrambled tape
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who is Gene ?
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Gene is Walter's pet cow he kept in the lab
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Wait, what? How did I miss that.
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Yeah you can see him while she's figuring out he says MINE. (i believe thats when it was) very special to fans from the begininng
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Tim, I think you're being a bit too negative. The episode was really good. Not amazing as previous two, but still very good. I think the most negative reaction comes from knowing that there's now only 10 episodes left and thus "wasting time" with semi-standalone episodes feels painful.

I liked the sacrifice motive of the episode. The camp didn't have copper so it was nice touch by the camp leader to sacrifice himself in order to be a hero to his son and make some history instead of just recording it.

Also it was explained why they can't go away. They can't risk being found by the observers, they can't really mingle with other folks since they don't look so good. Preserving history is really important, and in the event that the future looks not well, knowing how things really went down may be a catalyst for another uprising, for keeping up the fight. How is that not important?

In conclusion, I liked the episode a lot. It feels worse than previous ones, but not bad in general. Pacing is what's different here. Previous two episodes where suspenseful. The second had moral and psychological suspense rather than action, but still. In this one, it was slower.
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I thought the observers could just teleport?? So why send the idot squad after them? Especially, if they're miles & miles away???
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i think that was before settling in out world... they could jump into out timeline then jump back then forth again (maybe with the help of some machine). now that they are here they don't seem to have a way back to their own world or maybe they don't want to go back... at least I think
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Yea the whole Observers teleport thing is quite unclear. Why do they walk anywhere anyway? I think it's not so simple as just teleporting on demand
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Btw, food for thought-



Supernatural- quest to find the tablet to rid the world of demons.

Fringe- quest to find the tapes to rid the world of observers.

Revolution- quest to find the 12 lockets (or whatever) to turn the power back on...



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I was waiting for your review Tim. I needed to see what you & others thought about this episode, cuz IMO it was boooooring. It reminded me of the L-word. Lost.... I'm not gonna go off the deep end after 1 bad episode, but in a final season that's been reduced to 13, it worries me that an episode has been wasted like this. Hopefully the rest of the season is stellar.
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average episode,but enjoyed it because of Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion)
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Well, you sumed up about everything that went wrong with that episode. As for your notes ...

- Agreed. These scenes were the only redeeming qualities of the episode.

- The episode ended suggesting they weren't THAT important ... which is a shame, there was a good story here somewhere about preserving history, but it got lost in the boring black disease case.

- Totally NOT funny !

- Agreed. I hoped the articles on Fringe division would be easter eggs offering new information on the 2015-2036 era, but it seems they don't.

- Donald's probably important.
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I think you can tell a reviewers' mood by how he writes week in week out. This week you've been overly critical of Homeland, and now Fringe. Both shows' episodes were not as bad as you made them out to be, at least in my opinion anyway.



This episode wasn't at all different than what Fringe has done in the past. I thought it was interesting to see a group of people who were working to not lose humanity's history, whilst also sacrificing themselves in the process. Pretensions? yes, but cool nonetheless. And that guy wasn't doing the mine thing to impress his kid, he was doing it because for a good long while he was fascinated with other people's impact on human history, whilst all he could do was watch, read or otherwise remember other people's feats. All he wanted to do was to have some impact himself, and so selfishly so, that he put a historic feat in front of his child. Also the effects on their faces looked cool. If you ask me I'm more bothered about the tape gimmick throughout the season than anything else, but Fringe will be Fringe. Often-cheesy dialogue, still uses some old TV plot-line tricks, but overall great sci-fi, and that's how we like it.



Now Tim, do lighten up the mood eh? Your reviews aren't as good when your grumpy. With all due respect.
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I must admit, although this episode wasn't all that GREAT, it was still an average episode of Fringe which did provide (me with) a solid case of the week that contributes to the bigger story of getting rid of the Observers. I loved Peter and Olivia's chat about the diner, I loved Etta in this episode, and loved the end where the father sacrificed himself to help save mankind's future while helping his son's heroes the Fringe Division.



I do agree with you on the fact that it's a bit weird for them to be working out of Harvard, seeing as how The Observers should definitely be tracking them down there, and also that The Loyalists dont seem like THAT big a threat to our heroes.



But this episode still gets an 8/10 from me. I thought it was better than say, Season 4's Premiere Episode. But not up to par with the previous 2 episodes or the final bunch of episodes from Season 4. Time to kick it into high gear, Fringe.
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True, this episode doesn't really contribute much to this final season given with only 13 episodes. But the writers are smart enough to able to put all they got in a single episodes much like "Letter of Transit". So no worries here. Just so happy to see Paul McGillion from Stargate Atlantis.
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Thought this episode was good, though not great. We were in for a more subdued episode after the last 2 great ones. No need for overreactions, kiddos.
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Am I the only one that's bothered by the fact that they are still happily working away at Harvard? Shouldn't they be a little bit more cautious? That just doesn't make any sense to me.

Anyway, the episode was not up to its usual standards ... I wish for more Olivia - Peter conversations. Those were the only highlights.
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My thoughts exactly. I kept fearing Astrid would be discovered and kidnapped by an Observer patrol.

( But if the writers deamber Gene to keep her company, I may tolerate this glaring plothole. )
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hahaha .. good point. I would love to see Gene back :)
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Ah, it wasn't THAT bad. Very predictable, to be sure, but still nice to watch.
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Bored now. Not really feeling Etta. Sure, it was heartbreaking when she and Peter reunited, but now....meh. I'm hoping that she's actually alt-Etta/secret loyalist.

Yes Tim, the mine/mime joke was unfunny. Donald is either going to be a vital lynchpin for the season, or he'll never be mentioned again. Like a new Mr. X.

I miss Fauxlivia. And Lincoln.
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I get that the Fringe team needs something really special to save the world, but this thing with the tapes is really boring. I hope they move on soon...
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I also struggled to watch this episode, took me 3 goes, wasn't feeling it at all.



If you haven't watched it yet, you can easily miss this episode.
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Unearthed. THAT was the worst episode of Fringe- completely boring from start to finish. So bad they cut it from the first season and included it as a 'bonus' episode in season 2.
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Yes, this was a step down from the previous episodes, and not really the best episode of the show, but I actually don't think it was as bad as people are making it out to be. I will say, though, that I completely disagree about missing the stand-alone stories. At best, those were good reflections of the themes of the characters' stories, and I'd be lying if I said there weren't any stand-alone stories that I loved because of that (see "White Tulip"). But I honestly feel that those stories (outside of the stand-out stories) have pretty consistently been the weakest part of the show. And that's the worst thing I can say about this episode. Before the season started, the writers were saying that they'd be cutting out that side of the series, so that they could focus on the main story arcs, and yet they had time to include one last (fingers crossed) stand-alone story, which takes away from the more important elements. Even so, I didn't think it was a terrible episode, and had some elements that I really liked, most notably Olivia's guilt over the past. I will share the sentiment that hopefully future episodes will be better, but unlike you, I actually expect that to be the case. While I may be wrong about this being the last stand-alone story, it's perfectly understandable for a show to have slower episodes which don't quite measure up to the rest of them. Hell, season 4 had a couple of those (see "Wallflower"), and that was my favorite season so far.
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Pretty bad episode. But to freak out that it'll set the tone for the rest of the series after two great opening episodes is a bit extreme.
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I'm getting confused with IS that really Olivia/Peter Daughter or is she from another universe?

I hate those video tapes they are getting annoying. And of course they are out of order Its walter after all! You would think he would of gave Peter the knowledge before Ambering himself.
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I'm curious to hear what FringeFantatic has to say about it. But I for one am still liking it! I wasn't bored at all with any of these episodes yet. But I will admit that I miss the old status quo. Also, I was actually starting to like Kennedy last season.
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Definitely a snooze fest. I also was seriously bored with this ep, even when there was tension. This is exactly why I was disappointed in the treasure hunt angle of this season. I thought the writers were supposed to be experts and better at entertainment than us lowly viewers.

Responses to your bulletted items/questions:

Getting some back story on how Peter ended up in Boston and Olivia in NY was good to know. Too bad that was only 3 minutes or so of the 7 or 8 minutes worth watching in this ep.

I get the impression that the scabby historians were a bit of a fanatical cult. They will let their children die to preserve history. Ends before the means taken to a dumb extreme.

Not funny. Timing of this gag was all wrong. It made him sound like a jerk.

Is that what Siri looks like? Kewl! Yes, we are on the same page with this. The special effects were pretty damned special - albeit a bit Star Trek.

Nope. That would be like the old Fringe. I don't think there is much more to this ep than the filler you called.
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Yep, completely agree this was a pretty bad Fringe episode. Can't believe they wasted one with just 13 eps. this season.
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I have to agree that this episode was definitely dragging, with the team cooped up at the camp nothing much happened, most of them were there just waiting for Walter to build the suit and so on, so there wasn't much action (the highlight of the episode being Olivia's and Pete's exchange). I think this episode had an interesting premise (the idea that there are moments to record history and there are moments to MAKE history) but it wasn't developed appropriately. I don't think this episode is a sample of what we'll get from this final season, or at least I hope it isn't. I'd hope to see more episodes in the style of "In absentia". *cross my fingers*
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definitely not the show's best. with olivia and peter past the honeymoon phase and into old-couple mode, the emotional punch of the show is falling a little flat (other than the simon reveal last episode..that was awesome). hopefully they can get to answering some questions and have some fight scenes in the next few episodes to get things exciting.





thought the scab-tribe wasn't a great story, i wouldnt say it was as bad as you did. as someone said below, the scabby people wanted to be hidden. if they moved, they would be noticed. and though the guys sacrifice wasnt the best we've seen, since there was no copper, it was necessary. considering the observers would be there...in a few hours lol.



i have faith that the writers to bounce back from this one.
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Etta smiled a lot! Being sick of her normally dower face I enjoyed that she smiled or kept it straight pretty much the entire episode.

I laugh at you people not enjoying it. this is what you claim to have liked; some over-arching something plot-wise and now you have it. it's really to late to say you miss cases of the week. you're like two seasons too late. I miss broyles.
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the first thing I've read on this page that sounds , like, how I feal
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Worst episode ever - what was that?

Hasted and unnecessary, this episode was a waste considering we are just some few hours away from ... I can't bring myself to type it in ...
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Agree. Season four, especially with all the shit going down at the end, was so strong, that I expected the last season to ride that wave all the way to the end. I thought the final 13 would be a massive push to resolve all the questions. And then an episode like this? This was weak. Kind of a smudge on what will hopefully be a shiny season five. No more episodes like this, please.

And then the tapes. Are they all "hidden" in the amber in the lab? Because having all of them stored in the same place is not really the greatest plan, is it? Less of a secure hiding place, more of just an inconvenience. Anyone, human or observer, can get them out of there.

Ah, and finally we have "Donald". Another mystery character. There is one person I would like to see revealed more than Donald (and I've said this many times before): Mr. X. How could they just tease us with a character like that and leave it completely out of season four? Mr. X was significant! Olivia even recognized that he was going to kill her! And then; nothing. I'm divided on this issue. If they reveal who Mr. X is during this season, it will be a massive bomb. I will applaud that episode for one hour straight, because that will tell us that the writers remembered this tidbit of information from season three. But if they don't reveal his identity, it means they forgot a character which was clearly intended to be important. And that's bad.
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Apparently, "Mr X" was a representation of the X-shaped nanites boosting Olivia's powers and turning her into a bomb in the season 4 finale ( leading to her - temporary - death ). So, in a sense, they did answer ... but it was rushed, and only people freeze-framing on the shot of the nanites could figure it out. And it doesn't explain how exactly Olivia could know these X Nanites would "kill" her. Sure, it was a disappointing payoff, but I've read the writers consider the case closed.
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They didn't really have any other way to get the rocks out of the mine. They needed copper, they had no copper, the Loyalists were on their way.



They also explained that the bark people couldn't leave the camp, because they'd be too easily spotted out in the real world.
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Sure, now they'd be easily spotted; but why didn't their idiot parents/grandparents move decades ago before they got that afflicted?
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The trouble is, we've got too used to Fringe quality. This was still probably one of the best shows on last week, but the bar is set so high on Fringe that a non-brilliant episode seems bad.

However, it wasn't bad, not at all. It showed character progression for Olivia. Not enough seemed to happen overall to justify 1 episode of the 13, but still, it was a good show.

It evidently suffered from over-editing..... this is how it looked to me. The whole 'suit' thing, the other camp, loyalists on the trail.......... Probably this was a great 2 hour show, but whoever edited it left in some of the wrong bits.



What we do need is some movement forwards. And where is Broyles?
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The worst episode in the worst season of the show.I really could not stay awake to see this episode because itt was so boring.The only good thing about this episode is that they finally made Astrid (the useless character on the show) do something on the show.
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Come on!! Only 13 episodes in this 5th season... and they have to waste one in this???!!!

I agreee, the only remarcable moment was the conversation between Olivia and Peter (only 2 minuts!!!!)
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one of the worst eps. of Fringe? i think that's quite an exaggeration. I do agree this week's episode was a bit too slow and lacked intensity or excitement (unlike last week which struck the perfect balance between tension/excitement and character moments). still the character moments we got were great, especially Peter/Olivia; and i enjoyed edwins story a lot (and the parallels of being a hero or a coward). the big issue i had is that the Loyalists are morons and seem to be no threat to the FRINGE team whatsoever so it never feels like they're in danger at any point in this ep. -- hopefully this changes ASAP. and second, the fact that it felt too case of the week FRINGE to me, which i don't want in this final 13 eps and which takes away 2 much from the main story arc. Lastly, i was hoping the hunt for these parts of walter's plan wud be more exciting, but this just wasn't...hopefully this changes 2. id give it a 7.8/10, i still enjoyed it.
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i love fringe, i really do so that's why when i came across the whole "we have to find the tapes and save the world" i was expecting it to be more eh...fast? or multitask? well i hope that the writers know what they are doing...

and i do get some nice pieces of information in this chapter:

1. the rebellion has some double agents or moles? well the loyalist who has the hots for etta... that was interesting and useful.

2. the rebellion has a call center? that's how it looked like to me

3. so the rocks are like batteries for some grand machine? like a death ray?

4. walter wasn't alone in his master plan...he had donald and other guys? please? that could speed up things.

5. peter and olivia are getting honest with each other so that means more lovey-dovey moments?...come on, they deserve it!

and well that would be it... waiting for the next chapter!
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I found myself almost falling to sleep for the first time, so i was about to go to agree with you with this episode being the worst of the series until i remembered brown betty. Brown betty was worst in my opinion.
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You too? Dude I fell asleep at least 4 times watching this episode. I had to keep going back to catch what I missed. I figured it was because I was super exhausted. My mind had yet to register that I was watching the least entertaining Fringe episode in its entire run thus far. Lol





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I was around for the Beta VHS revolution and the Beta was a better machine, conditionally, better quality but oh so fragile. Walter would have had to acquire it before he was originally institutionalized and had it in storage somewhere unless he Ebayed it after for some ridiculous reason. The Betamax did not do storage well and the problems they're having with it are the 'at best' scenario, and Walter is, of course, not an idiot. So in 2015 most likely he would not have made the rather stupid decision to produce his master plan on such an archaic and unreliable system if it even still worked, which is possible but doubtful. It's 2012 now and good video is plentiful and cheap - AND EASY. This premise may be cute and Walterlike but it stinks and is a reachout to Lost fans - remember Lost, the people who totally screwed up their final season and finale?







That said, your review of The Recordist was right on the money. The only thing that could have made it worse was if the guy used Beta tapes to record history - which thankfully he didn't.







Don't get me wrong but I'm truly enjoying the final season of Fringe. And I'm not getting that annoying vibe that I did with Lost's final season. The Beta thing is in and we're stuck with it but that doesn't mean they're going to blow it as Lost did. Not a great episode, this, but I remain optimistic

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Great review, Tim, I felt the same way. Also, isn't it weird that they've established Walter's ex-lab as a base camp? In last week's episode, they were so worried about someone finding out they were there that they din't even dare turning the lights on when they got the power back, and now they seem to be installed in the lab,just as in the old times.

I miss your Supernatural reviews as well, any chance you come back?
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Yeah, they're just chilling there now..it's weird!
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Ihopenextepisodeisbetter,it'ssupposedtobeagamechanger
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That long flat key on the bottom row of your keyboard is the space key. Introduce yourself.
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