Fringe

Season 3 Episode 15

Subject 13

5
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2011 on FOX
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  • Subject 13...

    8.5
    The first thing that came to mind when watching Subject 13 is that the people that cast Fringe really know what they're doing. I can't honestly think of a time that I've seen two child actors do quite so good a job at delivering pretty heavy emotional scenes this convincingly. Add on to that the most of the episode centered around John Noble and you've basically got everything you need for fantastic television. The entire episode deals with the emotional aftermath of Peter's disappearance from the Alt-verse 6 months previously and everything down the intro titles brings that 80's theme to it. Peter's distrust of his surroundings with the lingering feeling that he isn't where he is supposed to be was particularly compelling to watch, again, in part due to the kid playing him actually being able to act. Seeing more the testing on the Cortexiphan kids and Walternate's downward spiral was great as well and really makes you feel for both Walter and Walternate. If this season is Fringe's last outing then an episode like this might actually have been a bit of a waste of 40 minutes that could have been used to propel the current plot further, however if a fourth season is granted then this is a perfect piece of television. Layering in backstory with 80's memorabilia and great acting really isn't the easiest thing to pull off, but the Fringe writers did it well. Let us all just pray that more and more people watch Fringe and get the ratings up!
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