Fringe

Season 5 Episode 2

In Absentia

60
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2012 on FOX
8.8
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260 votes
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  • TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY

    Fringe "In Absentia" Review: An Eye for an Eye

    A fantastic character episode teaches us that the future can learn from the past and shows us where Season 2 is going.

  • Episode Summary

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    After Walter's mind is damaged by Windmark's telepathic probe, the team goes to Walter's old Harvard lab to find the information they need to defeat the Observers.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • A morally complex and deeply moving episode!

      10
      A morally complex and deeply moving episode!



      The relationship with the loyalist taken prisoner alone is worth the price of admission.



      The development of Etta's story is even more amazing.
    • Don't know. Still good but something's missing...

      8.0
      After watching two episodes from the fifth season I see "Fringe" in a different perspective. It is hard to say if it is good or bad but for sure it is different. This feeling of looking for the Observers somehow made me more interested. This time I don't see the point in looking for them because they are everywhere. Nonetheless I am missing something and I hope that this "thing" will be soon discovered. Otherwise I will admit that they jumped the shark with the fourth season finale. Looking forward to be wrong.moreless
    • 5x02 "In Absentia"

      9.5
      I just love it when Fringe goes all dramatic and asks questions about morality. This episode was a good example of that. Now that we have a line to follow (recovering the tapes), I think it's time to just shut up and watch Fringe end with a bang.
    • Fringe-In Absentia.

      10
      Fantastic episode, I think what lengths Etta is

      willing to go through is justified. What she & the

      human race has endured under The Observers rule.

      Its about time we fought back, after all we are fighting

      for freedom here aren't we.
    • "this is war, and we're losing"

      9.0
      This was a really, really dark episode. It blurred some moral lines so much I really believed Walter would cut the guy's eye ( as we were supposed to believe ).

      Until now, I wasn't really sold on Etta, but now I am. She displayed a darker edge, and has now a clear character arc in front of her : she has, thanks to her family, to conquer her humanity back. The child we've already seen twice is gone ( I'm beginning to think her disappearance is a metaphor for her lost innocence ), but maybe Peter and Olivia can soften her ( great acting from Anna Torv this week ). This should be interesting to watch.

      Fringe has always been good at humanizing the "other side", as we've seen with seasons 3 and 4, and they're doing it again with the Loyalists here. If you thought there was black and white, think again. It doesn't harm that the actor who played the Loyalist was quite good.

      Poor Simon ! I had hoped to see him again, alive and well ! Alas ! At least it provided us with some classic Fringe madness ( once upon a time, a blinking severed head would have closed the episode's cold open ... )

      So, like last episode, not much really happened ( the "deamber this, deamber that" is getting old fast ), but it was a good episode anyway. Now let's hunt these tapes !!!moreless
    Eric Lange

    Eric Lange

    Gael Manfretti

    Guest Star

    Andrew Coghlan

    Andrew Coghlan

    Loyalist Guard 2

    Guest Star

    Jennifer Cheon

    Jennifer Cheon

    Triage Nurse

    Guest Star

    Georgina Haig

    Georgina Haig

    Henrietta "Etta" Bishop

    Recurring Role

    Abagayle Hardwick

    Abagayle Hardwick

    Young Etta

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Walter: What's wrong? Why can't we get into Harvard?
        Etta: It's been taken over by Observers, Walter.
        Walter: Well, that's not a problem for someone who's done acid.

      • Etta: You don't know my world.
        Olivia: You're right. I don't know your world. But I had hoped for you that, wherever you were, you weren't hardened by what had happened to you. And that it's not that I don't see what the Observers have wrought. I do. But what concerns me is what they've taken away.
        Etta: This is the world. It is what it is.

      • Walter: But I trust that the same will that brought you here will keep you going. It is important that you follow the tapes. You must begin this journey right away. You are humanity's only hope. Now you must retrieve the first tape.

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