Sunday, October 17, 2010
Fringe, Season 3, Episode 4, "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Again, apologies for getting to this post late, as I'm out of town this weekend. So just quick bullet points about the episode and hopefully we can get into some discussion in the comments (and by the way, if you're catching up to these episodes late, please do comment on the previous episode posts -- I'm linking to them at the bottom for a reason, I'd love to keep the conversation active on those eps as well).
-- Really great episode that delved into the Shapeshifters from every angle: physiology to psychology to improbable emotional connections. Fringe has gotten pretty great at delivering stories that pack an emotional punch (the cop shapeshifter and his son was totally heartbreaking) while still, say, having a guy's mercury-smeared brain on display for half the episode. The ep went a long way towards making the Shifters actual people (for lack of a better term). Even in their pursuit of so-called evil, someone like Newton showed characteristics of duty-bound honor. (Also, is that the last we're going to see of Sebastian Roche? Because I will miss him. I know he's coming back to General Hospital soon, but those stints never last.)
-- The other major thread in this epiosde actually addressed a concern of mine from a couple weeks back -- namely, how is it that Peter isn't twigging to how different Fauxlivia is. I mean, she's doing a decent job, I guess, but the differences are pretty apparent, especially for a guy like Peter who commented on those differences back in last season's finale. Here, Peter acknowledges them, in a couple scenes that felt a little too fake-outy for my tastes, but ultimately chalks it up to Liv being changed by her trip to Alt World. A few more episodes like this and I'm going to start getting frustrated with Peter for not Getting It, but it's good to know the showrunners realize this needed addressing of some kind.
-- And related to the Fauxlivia thing, I thought the episode did well handling the obvious but still effective parallels between Fauxlivia and the Shapeshifters. Particularly in addressing her struggle to keep from forming attatchments to Our World.
-- Love that Walter seems to be thriving -- if also tripping -- inside Massive Dynamic. Nina Sharpe certainly seems to be a fan. She's quite the genius groupie, huh? Also, has Massive Dynamic always gotten its own 3-D chyron like that?
Anyway, I'll open it up to your comments -- what did you think? (And no, I haven't seen previews for next week, since I watched the ep on iTunes. What'd I miss?)
More Fringe on Low Res:
Fringe 3.1 "Olivia"
Fringe 3.2 "The Box"
Fringe 3.3 "The Plateau"