Maybe this will I say then might look something heard from a broken record, but it is still true: "Fringe" can, in almost all its episodes, have openings spectacular views of the best currently on television, but the rest of the episode very rarely can match what we proposed at the beginning. Exposes excellently the case, but can not get the promised development.
This episode suffers from this same problem. While it can be more balanced than some of the other, it still disappointed not to go over a style to "The X Files" (perhaps for fear of comparisons) and prefer to stay within its formula. And after that, you ask, 'then, but after all, at the beginning criticized the series for being too "The X-Files" and now, criticizing it for not being "The X Files" enough? "Yes, it is true that, initially, I too like the series "The X Files", and gave this comparison a negative connotation, but simply the lack of originality and not the narrative style. In fact, if you want to do a series like this, nothing better than having as examples those who had recognized qualities. And "The X Files" is one.
I loved the virus / experience of the week. Much to her comic books. Very hulkiana. And I thought it had enormous potential. But the rest of the episode was passed around the capture of the man who produced the virus - which brought up the episode great moments of tension and the possibility of seeing for the first time Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) truly infiltrated - , and this was not exactly the way I wanted to see be taken. And do not want something else more thereof. For example, and using the new "The X Files", after an early episode like this, there could be several ways that Mulder and Scully would have pursued, would be more of a scientific or supernatural, and we never know for sure what the scenario that would be chosen. In "Fringe," no. The episode is always on the search for understanding of science and the people who are behind the phenomenon. No surprise there. We know from the outset that, as strange as the phenomenon is starting, the path is always the same: there is always someone behind the phenomenon that seems to be associated with a secret organization. Nothing is ever the natural order. Nothing is ever the supernatural order. It is always scientific. It is always the responsibility of man. There was only one episode that made us doubt the essence, "The Arrival", and no more. What, in 13 episodes is too little.
But not only the weak development of the initial idea was this episode. Another problem identified was that, in addition to the formula that repeats itself, the fact that the series is starting to repeat what already too well not usually the norm. In the beginning, back to being presented with the fascination of the people behind the series of aircraft disasters, and, later, Olivia will yet again into the tank in order to find out more about the memories of John Scott (Mark Valley .) During the visit to Massive Dynamic, we reaffirmed the death of John Scott. So this means that each time the character will appear, to say that Olivia is in the tank?
In the end, we still have time to plot clich. As alleged that the memories of John Scott Olivia has no longer even are, but are manifestations of his consciousness, we learn that, after all, the great betrayer was just infiltrate, but as was part of a top secret operation, which no one would admit that it existed, could not see his name cleared of charges of treason. Really? I've seen this type of plot in over one hundred films and more than a dozen series. Still, there'll have to suck it again. But there is not enough imagination to create different stories?
Still, and despite having been an episode that left me somewhat disappointed by what I mentioned earlier, this does not invalidate it has its merits and, as had also mentioned in the first few paragraphs of text, was notable more narrative balance compared to standard, so as well as the tension of the scenes in which the Olivia and Peter meet the bad history, turned out to be better than usual. And, without doubt, better than that "thing" last week.