Season 1 Episode 8

The Equation

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 18, 2008 on FOX

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  • A mysterious woman kidnaps a child music prodigy.

    Where Fringe is successful is in capturing the essence of the first season of Lost. Throughout the episode you find yourself on the edge of the seat while asking just what the hell is going on? In that area the show is a success. Where Fringe struggles is with the concept of planning out episodes. For some reason they insist on lengthy run-times nearing 50 minutes, when the major storyline of each could easily be handled in the normal 42.

    Until programs like Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who return Fringe is still the best source of science fiction excitement on television. It is still an incredibly well-written program and this episode was no different, but the storylines are starting to get repetitive. We already had the mad scientist who tried to milk information out of subjects done on this show.

    There's a whole world of craziness out there. Explore some of it and Fringe will become even better but if they stick to the same 3-4 concepts the show will lose all of its momentum very shortly.
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