Thoughts on Fringe 1×11, “Bound”   

Olivia (Anna Torv) searches an abandonded warehouse on FRINGE  ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Craig Blankenhron/FOXFringetastic!

Ok, that’s definitely overstating matters a bit, but I’m tired of people ragging on this show. You know what, if you’ve given up on it? Then give up already and move along. Geez.

I’m not saying the show is great. In fact, in accordance with a goal to drop shows that I’m no longer enjoying from my schedule, I wasn’t really sure where Fringe fit until I watched last night’s episode. It wasn’t the best effort the show has put out but, dammit, I still enjoyed it. The show itself isn’t as mind-blowingly good as I had hoped after I feel in love with the pilot script. But I think it has a chance to get there and it’s definitely entertaining enough to stick around while it tries. So, yeah, I’m kind of over the whinging about how it’s no Lost. Whatever. Watch Lost then and leave Fringe for the rest of us. And hopefully that “rest of us” is slightly larger now that the show’s benefited from its American Idol lead-in.

And, now, on to some thoughts about last night’s episode:

  • “Hey, guess what just happened?” “Hmm?” “Finding out that my father’s giving drugs to bugs? Somehow just became a typical moment in my life.” Giving drugs to bugs. Possibly my new favorite thing to say.
  • Olivia (Anna Torv) finds herself trapped in a mysterious lab on FRINGE. ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Craig Blankenhorn/FOXOlivia the bad ass! Dude. She takes down multiple guys after getting a spinal tap!! That’s Sydney Bristol kind of bad-assery right there! In one episode Olivia not only starts kicking some major butt, she also gets a sister and niece thus instantly making her a hundred times more interesting than she’s been the rest of the season… with the possible exclusion of the pilot and her birthday episode.
  • Apparently I should have caught up on those “essential” episodes Fox was re-airing because I totally forgot about the FBI dude and his wife. Also that other dude. I’d question how he got assigned to investigate the Fringe Division but his exchange with Olivia implied it wasn’t happenstance so I’m willing to go with the idea he had some help getting some control over Olivia.
  • The recap. It’s not easy to work a recap into any show without it feeling like just that, a recap. I thought they did a decent job with it and it was a good way to catch new viewers up quickly.
  • Nitpick: Olivia tells Peter to meet her outside with his father but she doesn’t tell them to bring anything specific. How’d they know what to bring? It’s not like they show up with just one of Walter’s cases in tow.
  • Walter: “You’re like a question machine!” Oh, Walter, I do love you.
  • The FX on the slug coming out of the professor’s mouth? Kind of laughable. I saw others tweeting about not eating while watching Fringe but the effects amused me more than invoked my gag reflex. The blood exploding out of the second victim, Dr. Simon’s, mouth was more disgusting to me than the slug.
  • This exchange cracked me up…
         WALTER: Spirited, isn’t it?
         PETER: Well, have you considered, I don’t know, killing it?!
         WALTER: You can always kill it, son. You can’t always bring it back.
         ASTRID: You probably could.
         WALTER: That is… true.
  • Peter’s reaction to Astrid’s, “Like father, like son.” Too funny. I adore Walter and Peter.
  • I have a coat very similar to Olivia’s. You wanted to know that, right?
  • “I know you will.” Anna Torv’s reading of that line was just all kinds of weird. I think it was supposed to be smug confidence but it came out kind of giggly. I wouldn’t mention it but it’s bugged me both times I’ve watched the episode. Since I like Olivia in just about every scene except that one, I felt it was worth noting.
  • Olivia and Peter. I approve. Wholeheartedly. Loved his, “I care about you.” Of course, the exchange that followed didn’t hurt: “She is beautiful, isn’t she?” “Who?” “The slug.” Also, later with Walter telling Olivia Peter was very worried about her. I kinda dig Walter as a matchmaker between these two.
  • Ari Graynor (L) guest-stars as Rachel, Olivia's (Anna Torv, R) sister on FRINGE.  ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Barbara Nitke/FOXWhat’s up with the sister and the weird stuff in the kitchen? On that topic, though, they did a good job at casting the sister. Sure their shades of blonde don’t match but, other than that, she looked like she could really be Anna Torv’s sister. Anyway, I just felt like we were missing a scene somewhere. I’m sure we’ll eventually find out more information but it played out weird here instead of intriguing.
  • How did I not catch the name Loeb before? Shout out to Jeph Loeb!
  • I loved Charlie coming to Peter for help and Peter reaching out to his buddies. I’m very happy to see that they’re continuing to tap into (heh) Peter’s particular skills. As we all know, I hated it when Peter was nothing but a glorified baby sitter in those early episodes. Love that he actually has something to do now. Especially when it involves him shouting, “Get out of the house!” I don’t know why that part thrills but there ya are.
  • Also, Olivia is a good shot. I don’t want her pointing a gun at me any time soon. Future kidnappers should take note.
  • I don’t know what to think about the stuff Mitchell told Olivia. I like the introduction of some elements of a larger arc though. People keep talking about how they think this episode had too many network mandated changes but wouldn’t that go against creating this kind of “bigger” story? I dunno. I guess I just didn’t feel like I saw the networks’ interference here. I liked the deepening of the mystery around Olivia.
  • And, finally, was there any special significance to that last scene sleeping on the couch with her niece? I can’t decide if it was just to show us that Olivia does have someone she feels comfortable sleeping around or maybe to make a statement about innoncence or just to show us a softer side of Olivia.

Did you watch? What’d you think?

3 Responses to “Thoughts on Fringe 1×11, “Bound””

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    afrocurl says:

    I haven’t watched the final version (which I should do later, but Buffy is more entertaining to me right now), but I did like it.

    The point you made about the recap is what made me enjoy it. I thought it was a good way to get people up to speed who haven’t watched and yet not bore everyone else to death.

    Walter playing with drugs never gets old. I would be happy for it to be a troupe in the rest of the season, and next.

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    Polter-Cow says:

    Walter: “You’re like a question machine!” Oh, Walter, I do love you.
    I loved that bit too! So funny. The delivery was perfect.

    The recap. It’s not easy to work a recap into any show without it feeling like just that, a recap.
    I have to disagree with you on this one. It was painful and brought the episode to a grinding halt. I was really afraid the rest of the episode would be filled with that shit, and I was glad it wasn’t.

    This exchange cracked me up…
    WALTER: Spirited, isn’t it?
    PETER: Well, have you considered, I don’t know, killing it?!
    WALTER: You can always kill it, son. You can’t always bring it back.
    ASTRID: You probably could.
    WALTER: That is… true.

    Hee.

    Especially when it involves him shouting, “Get out of the house!” I don’t know why that part thrills but there ya are.
    I loved that he said that immediately after she picked up. No “Hi, hello,” just, “Get out of the house!” That is the smartest way to begin your conversation. Also smart? Burying that evidence Olivia took. I had the thought before she did it, and I was surprised she actually did it. Because we’re so used to characters making stupid choices for plot convenience, you know?

    And, finally, was there any special significance to that last scene sleeping on the couch with her niece? I can’t decide if it was just to show us that Olivia does have someone she feels comfortable sleeping around or maybe to make a statement about innoncence or just to show us a softer side of Olivia.
    I don’t know, that was weird.

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    Harper47 says:

    We so completely agree about Fringe. Ack – apocalypse coming. We never agree. I truly love this show and enjoyed this episode very much and word to everything you posted. And I’m completely on the Olivia/Peter train too.