Fringe

Season 1 Episode 11

Bound

10
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 20, 2009 on FOX
9.1
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After undergoing a strange medical procedure, Olivia escapes her abductors only to discover she's the target of investigation by a vengeful Homeland Security consultant assigned to monitor the Fringe Division. Meanwhile, Olivia's sister Rachel comes to visit, and the team investigates the case of an epidemiologist who was killed by a giant cold virus.moreless

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  • great

    9.5
    can't stop
  • Bound

    8.5
    Perhaps one that is the best way we know how much we like a lot is that we miss even the same, the degree of fault that makes for a certain period. And this month (more days, fewer days) that "Fringe" was stopped, I can say that never once remembered the series, its characters, its stories. Still, when I began to see the first few minutes of the latest episode, I found myself thinking that had actually missed some of Olivia (Anna Torv) and company.



    And I think that this belief is expressed in part for good reason: because the first 15 minutes of the episode were quite breathtaking. The other has not, but still managed to maintain a high pace of intrigue and, above all, managed to keep the plot interesting enough that I did not feel cheated in some way, something that several other episodes I had already been felt.



    And why the first 15 minutes? For this period we had Olivia arrested a kind of operating table but still with a sense of humor enough to make a joke, someone had masked and with a drop of white paint on the shoes you to inject a liquid in the spinal cord, one of raptors to be stupid enough to give you a glass of water (glass) and you loosen the hands, the show that was masked Mitchell Loeb (Chance Kelly), the escape from it; the search by the FBI, the return of someone from his past to investigate the ability of the team; his arrest without first having hidden evidence that brought the site where she had been captive, the appearance of his sister and niece, who knows for what purpose, and the strange death of a university professor who, chance of accidents, turns out to be related to the captors of Olivia and subsequently kidnapping her.



    From there, the episode cools a bit, with Olivia to go investigate the death of the professor (who is an epidemiologist at CDC invited to co-manage a team of investigators whose sole responsibility would be to respond promptly in case of epidemics), then shortly after leaving the hospital. This is because the one who is investigating the efficiency of the team, Sanford Harris (Michael Gaston), forbade trying to find out who kidnapped her. Luckily, the case turns out to be related to her abduction.



    Some conversation later, another death like the first and the discovery of what is killing epidemiologists is a single cell of influenza virus but giant, the episode back to show up tensely interesting when you notice that the Olivia Mitchel Loeb brings shod with shoes that have just drips of paint that she saw when she was kidnapped. This leads to a confrontation Olivia / Samantha Loeb (Trini Alvarado), with the first to kill the second. Shortly after, they can set a trap to Loeb, capture him and discover he is an Other. Of course, this statement is false, but let's look at his final statement: "do not understand the rules?", "What are the two sides?", "We had a plan, a chance and you blew it," "kidnap you? We saved you "," you have no idea what you did. " No, no. Recall that these phrases were not spoken by Benjamin Linus, but by Mitchel Loeb.



    Yes, the return of "Fringe" had mystery, pace, intensity, moments of fright sufficient to keep us stuck to the plot during the nearly fifty minutes, but clearly the series still continues to demonstrate need to iron out various aspects edges. And someone who arranges a cup of coffee with Anna Torv, as she spends the whole episode with the face of someone who just woke up.moreless
  • When the writers' credit for a single episode contains no less than four names, you know you're in for a bit of a cluster ****.

    7.5
    When the writers' credit for a single episode contains no less than four names, you know you're in for a bit of a cluster ****. 'Bound' feels like a decidedly disjointed effort, perhaps reflecting the method of its composition. It certainly isn't much of a stretch to determine that a couple of folks worked on the investigation, one handled the (somewhat unwelcome) character drama and the other, namely J.J. Abrams, focused on the elements pertaining to the show's on-going mythology which, it must be said, were frustratingly obtuse and maddeningly minuscule. Within the space of the first seven minutes, the episode puts to bed the highly dramatic cliffhanger that we ended 'Safe' on, and this feels rather like a cop out. After giving us a month's build, thirty days of pondering just what happened to Olivia and how she and her fellow Fringe Division compadres are going to handle it, she's out of her kidnappers' hands quicker than you can say 'postulated'? And with a trick as completely obvious as asking for a glass of water? Oh come on. Are you telling me these people have been living in a cave all their lives? That they aren't aware that it's Kidnapping 101 not to let your victim do or so anything? Jesus tap dancing Christ. So anyway, with this pesky cliffhanger out of the way, 'Bound' gets down to the apparently important stuff: introducing two utterly pointless, and thoroughly annoying, peripheral characters into the mix in an effort to create, ooo, 'conflict' and, aaah, 'emotional resonance'. Pah. The introduction of the FBI agent who just happened to be the guy that Olivia put away for sexual assault is completely and utterly contrived and, rather than create enticing tension, is simply going to royally piss viewers off. This tool? Hampering all of the investigations? Sticking his nose in where it really, really isn't wanted? It's not interesting guys, it's just annoying. And as for the sister... well, the jury's out I suppose as she didn't really do anything but then, that's possibly the point. It seems she is going to be used to give the writers an excuse to have Olivia reflect on the complex nature of her life every once in a while. Which would be fine if we actually cared. But frankly, what with all the crazy spinal taps, super size common colds and matter penetration that's going on around Ms Dunham, there are other things we'd rather spend our time with, thanks. The investigation narrative is actually quite entertaining, if only because the idea is a novel one, and at least we get to see the duplicitous Mitchell Loeb again and he gives a couple of intriguing lines, particularly relating to the idea that they are trying to 'save' Olivia rather than cause her any harm. Still, it would be nice if we could have a little more of this and a little less irritating character 'drama'. Reading this back, I have perhaps been a little unfair to 'Bound': it certainly isn't a bad episode; in fact, it's quite an enjoyable one. It's just, after the grandiose events of 'Safe', I was really expecting something more. I mean, we didn't even get to see Mr. Jones. Meh.moreless
  • Best episode yet!

    10
    Well the episodes have continually gotten better as this season has gone along, and now this latest episode is the best in my opinion. It was full of tense and action packed moments along with nice less exciting side moments such as time with Olivia's sister and the conversations between Walter and Peter. While there was another individualized case involving a strange scientific cause, a larger plot continued to be developed and it added another dimension to the way the series works. This was the most well-written and exciting episode of Fringe yet, and I hope that the quality of this series can continues to hold up because it has become an awesome show.moreless
  • Great Return.

    8.0
    Picking up where we left off, Olivia is kidnapped off the streets. She taken and they attempt to run some sort of tests on her when she breaks free. Broyles and the team work towards finding her, she alerts them to the address to where she was held. But once there everything is empty. Olivia takes several vials with her and Walter discovers a connection to a past experiment and a Professor's suffocation due to a gigantic slimy slug. They are also dealing with being investigated by Harris, who has a vendetta against Olivia. It's revealed that one of the bad guys behind some of the recent "patterns" works with Olivia and the team at the FBI. Peter shows he definitely has his uses. They still have no idea why Olivia was taken with the exception of simply saving her. But from what?moreless
Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Peter Bishop

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Phillip Broyles

Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

Charlie Francis

Jasika Nicole

Jasika Nicole

Astrid Farnsworth

John Noble

John Noble

Dr. Walter Bishop

Anna Torv

Anna Torv

Olivia Dunham

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Sanford Harris

Guest Star

Chance Kelly

Chance Kelly

Mitchell Loeb

Guest Star

Trini Alvarado

Trini Alvarado

Samantha Loeb

Guest Star

Ari Graynor

Ari Graynor

Rachel Dunham

Recurring Role

Lily Pilblad

Lily Pilblad

Ella

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Walter: (as he examines the overgrown cold virus) Spirited, isn't it?
      Peter: Well, have you considered, oh, I don't know, killing it?
      Walter: We can always kill it, son. We can't always bring it back.
      Astrid: You... probably could.
      Walter: That is... true.

    • Peter: (to Olivia) You're talking about a man who infects people with giant viruses. If you hadn't escaped, who knows what they would have done to you. Listen to me, you just told him that you killed his wife. He said that to you to try to get a reaction out of you. To get to you. Let it go. You got his confession. Go home.
      Walter: I was worried too. When you were taken.
      Olivia: Thank you, Walter.
      Walter: (looking at Peter) Not as much as him, of course.

    • Charlie: Olivia may have a lead on who abducted her. Only she can't pursue it without some help. I can't help her.
      Peter: Why not?
      Charlie: Suffice it to say, that sometimes the problem with being in law-enforcement is that you got to obey the law yourself.
      Peter: And you think I'm the guy to break the law for you.
      Charlie: I'm sorry, I didn't...
      Peter: No, look, you're right. I am the guy to break the law for you.

    • Peter: Is that LSD?
      Walter: LSD? Why would I...? It's a decongestant. She is a giant cold virus, after all.
      Peter: Right.

    • Rachel: Hard day?
      Olivia: I honestly wouldn't know what to tell you. And if I did, it would be a felony.
      Rachel: You have a crazy job.

    • Peter: Walter, what are you doing?
      Walter: I'm dosing a caterpillar.
      Peter: Dosing? As in LSD?
      Walter: It's a special blend.
      Peter: I see. Hey, guess what just happened? Finding out that my father gives drugs to bugs, somehow just became a typical moment in my life.
      Walter: Wonderful, isn't it?

    • Olivia: And bring your father. I think we'll need him.
      Peter: Do I have to?

    • Olivia: Why would they do that? I mean, what would they want with me? What were they doing? Who could they be?
      Walter: You're like a question machine.

    • Walter: Internal hemorrhaging, rapid cell deterioration. It appears that he suffocated from within.
      Peter: Well, maybe that's because a giant, slimy, spiky slug came out of his mouth.
      Walter: Yes. And I have a theory as to what it might have been.
      Peter: I'm sure you do. Care to share?
      Walter: Eventually.

    • Walter: At least he died teaching, a righteous profession.

    • Walter: Look. Simian hemorrhagic fever. The infected cells have a definitive spiderweb look. Makes HIV look like a common cold by comparison.
      Peter: Walter…
      Walter: (enthusiastically) Ebola. First the headaches and then the skin turns to rice pudding.
      Peter: Walter, please!

    • Walter: Do you know what I could go for?
      Astrid: Don't say food.
      Walter: A cheese steak.
      Astrid: Uggh. How can he even think about eating?
      Peter: I know, it's disgusting, right? And yet…
      Astrid: Ha. You want one too?
      Peter: Extra provolone, please.
      Astrid: Like father, like son.
      Peter: Oh, come on, don't say that.

    • Peter: Are you sure?
      Walter: My boy, I'm not even sure that we exist on the same plane of consciousness, but yes, I believe so.

    • Olivia: Can I come in?
      Broyles: I hate that. Knocking and asking while you come in.

    • Peter: They supersized the common cold, which as it turns out, is disgusting.
      Olivia: Obviously somebody's playing with us.
      Peter: Yeah, they're showing off. Killing epidemiologists with the common cold.

    • Walter: (as Olivia leaves) She is beautiful, isn't she?
      Peter: Who?
      Walter: The slug.

    • Peter: The man's insane, Olivia.
      Walter: I concur, and in the category of takes one to know one… that man did seem disturbed.

    • (Walter puts trash can over a parasite)
      Walter: Things like this used to happen in the lab all the time. Makes me nostalgic.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 15, 2009 on TVN
      Finland: March 16, 2009 on MTV3
      United Kingdom: March 22, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Germany: June 1, 2009 on ProSieben
      Sweden: June 11, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Belgium: July 2, 2009 on RTBF2
      France: July 15, 2009 on TF1
      Australia: October 21, 2009 on GO!
      The Netherlands: November 15, 2009 on Net5
      Poland: November 20, 2009 on TVN
      Slovakia: December 13, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: March 12, 2010 on Nova Cinema

    • Music: Just Like Heaven (Cure cover by The Watson Twins)

    • The opening title did not appear until 15 minutes into the show.

    • Blair Brown and Mark Valley are credited but don't appear.

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