Season 4 Episode 4

Subject 9

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 2011 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
504 votes

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    Fringe: Blue Light/Blue Heat

    In "Subject 9," a disturbance in the force haunted Olivia, and Walter headed into the Big City to prove his sanity... but what really resonated were the episode's final moments.

  • Episode Summary

    Walter is forced to leave the lab for the first time in years when he and Olivia go to Massive Dynamic to examine files that may connect one of Walter's Cortexiphan test subjects to a new series of crimes.

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    • Getting Better

      Now it's finally moving forward and questions are starting to appear in this series. The weird events that Olivia was having was answered and now Peter came back to this world but as expected no one remembers him. Walter tries to prove to Olivia that he is sane by going out into the real world for the first time in 3 years well he use to go outside when everyone knew Peter. This is all way to weird, well I'm not going to repeat what I said in my prior review what I think about the Peter thing but lets just hope the writers have a plan that will explain all these spinoffs and more stability. Overall great show I love the twists like before.moreless
    • 404

      The first good episode of the season in my opinion. We had some fun interactions with Olivia and Walter, we had some crazy special effects and don't forget about the throwback to the root beer floats for the fans who have been here since day one.

      Plus, we have Peter back so we can stop with this white noise storyline. Although I am sure they'll waste two weeks having him explain who he is before their memories finally kick in.

      Still, a strong showing from the FOX drama and it garnered a nice boost in the ratings as well. If the show can keep up the quality like this we'll all be happy.moreless
    • Of fathers, daughters, and blue lights

      Season 4 has had a rough start until now. I mean, "One night in October" was a good episode, but the other two ... not so much, in my opinion. This week, we had another well done episode. I mean, the case of the week wasn't too distracting or boring like the fungus case last week. What matters are character relationships, and "Subject 9" gives us just that. We have great scenes from Walter ( his crisis at the hotel, that's reminiscent of his "Northwest passage" breakdown - another time were Peter wasn't around, it must be noted ), and it's interesting to see a new interaction unfold between Olivia and him, who are more than ever like father and daughter. The actors convey Walter's fear to go back to Saint-Claire's and Olivia's hesitation about sending him back there very well. And the ( too ) short interaction between Walter, Astrid and Nina was priceless. I wonder what Nina did in this timeline to make Walter so angry ? And why does she seem to be much closer to Olivia than before ?

      Yes, that's ANOTHER story about a cortexiphan subject, but since not much time is devoted to the guy, I can live with it ( it's not "Concentrate and ask again" all over again ! ).

      As for the ending ... the first time I suspected the blue light could be Peter, but after that, I was caught by the red herring. So I'd say the writers did their job just fine on this one.moreless
    • the blue light...

      so the first and second times i saw the blue thing i got kind of a stalker vibe so my first thought was that it's Peter and that he's back in the show. i felt it was quite romantic for him to find a way to half materialize himself and go straight to Olivia. But the subject 9 story came up so I put it out of my mind... at least till the end. and then a thought hit me... what if she was the one pulling Peter into this world subconsciously?... well nothing points to this but it would be cool

      the story was entertaining, I'm always up for a cortexyphan children story. Walter was awesome as the man trying to face his fears to be able to escape what scares him the most, the mental institution. and the moments of interaction between him and Olivia were genuine and interesting. (but then again, I'm the type of viewer that welcomes fillers from time to time, and was happy with the first episodes of this season... throwing too much info at you might ruin the feel and the fun)

      Cameron was ok... but i find it a bit stupid that it took Olivia and Walter to tell him that he might use his powers... after decades of having powers he never got angry? anyways... maybe he was just too scared of his ability to explore its potential.

      the best part however remain the last minutes of the episode when Peter returns. he seemed really happy to see Olivia but obviously she didn't recognize him and no one knows who he is ... i'm so curious how people will handle the situation in the next episode. too bad we have to wait so much

    • The Game Changer

      Carefully based in its own mytharc, Fringe revisits the story of Nina Sharp, as re-written by Dr. William Bell and colleage Walter Bishop during their Cortexiphan trials after they failed to save a child circa 1985.

      Olivia and Walter investigate the electromagnetic presence haunting them, Dr. Bishop's theory is that this somehow relates to the collateral due to the trials themselves. Since these children's powers were never activated, for Peter wasn't there to help track down the subjects, the only collateral damage of the trials seems to be that Nina Sharp became a foster mother for one Olivia Dunham.

      And so, the episode delves in the relationships destroyed and reshaped by Peter's absence. At the same time the audience figures out how each of them fit in each other's lives, the characters figure out the real nature of "Subject 9", a mysterious form who materializes in same frozen lake he was last seen by the people who met him: Peter.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Olivia: Did I just step on a peanut?
        Astrid: You're lucky that I convinced (Walter) not to use shrimp.

      • Nina: Maybe you can ask Walter if he remembers what group the boy was in. I mean, that may help.
        Astrid: Of course. Uh, Walter, did you hear that?
        Walter: (on the earpiece) Yes. Her voice goes right into my inner ear and rattles around like razor blades. Of course I heard her. Tell her to go...
        Astrid: He said that he is not sure, but, uh, thank you for the suggestion.
        Walter: I--I did not say that.
        Nina: Walter has said many things to me over the years, but "thank you" was never one of them.

      • Walter: Claire, will you please man the cameras in my absence?
        Astrid: Really? "Claire"? That doesn't even start with an A.

      • Walter: If you don't mind, I think I should urinate before we leave. Don't worry, I've packed us sandwiches.

      • Walter: Mysophobia... I haven't had an attack in years.
        Olivia: It's curious, don't you think? The things that we see, that we investigate, and you don't bat an eye, and some harmless germs make you shake in your boots.
        Walter: I suppose it is. Elizabeth, my wife, used to say I was a man of contradictions.

      • Walter: You have the ability to gather and direct the kind of power we need.
        Cameron: How?
        Walter: Well, just like in the highway. Once when you were a boy, you--you blew up a toaster oven with your mind because of an irrational hatred of raisin toast.
        Cameron: You ever had raisin toast?

      • Walter: You acted against all reasonable agreements and expectations. You behaved irrationally, with regard to only your intuition and instincts.
        Olivia: I guess I did.
        Walter: When I do that, people say I'm crazy. I suppose I've learned that crazy is a lot more complicated than people think.

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Walter: An idea I got from the fight sequences in The Matrix.
        Referencing the 1999 movie The Matrix, which presented a computer landscape indistinguishable from real life to the unsuspecting humans trapped within it. The characters fight using wire-fu martial arts. The film is also famous for its visual effects, especially the "bullet time"-effect, achieved by using many cameras at the same time.