Sunday, December 12, 2010
Fringe, Season 3, Episode 9: "Marionette"
I appreciate your patience in waiting through the weekend for me to catch up. I wanted to talk about the episode itself, then the season to date, and then the upcoming move to (GASP! FRET!) Fridays.
As for"Marionette," it might have presented my favorite monster storyline of the season so far (which is saying a lot, as I think the season has been awfully strong when it comes to the freaks of the week). That moment where the organ thief is making his prospective Frankenstein dance with the assistance of pulleys and levers? Horrifying, sure, but also deeply sad. And kind of beautiful. Fringe manages to pull off that particular convergence of moods more often than it gets credit for.
I also really dig that the development of Broyles's alt-world doppelganger (R.I.P.) has now been extended to our world's Broyles. Knowing how his mirror self sacrificed himself -- and also his family-man status -- looks like it's going to have an effect on Broyles going forward.
As for the Peter/Olivia stuff ... I know the A.V. Club really liked it, and it did give Anna Torv a lot of room to show once again that she's been damned excellent this season. But I don't know, I have to admit I don't have much patience for this hand-wringing over Peter sleeping with Fauxlivia. I understand why Olivia is bothered by it, and I understand why Peter's not in the wrong. It's emotionally complex and fraught, but I really have so little interest in seeing them go through these motions.
But overall, definite thumbs up for "Marionette."
As for Season 3 thus far: this is the first season where I've watched them episode-to-episode. I used to save them all up on the DVR and then watch in chunks. I expected watching the season unfold one hour at a time would be frustrating, but thus far I've been pretty well riveted. If you've been reading along with these recaps, you should know that the biggest triumph of the season, in my eyes, has been the establishment of Alt World as a place that's worth our care and concern. Fringe Team Red has won my heart, and I am incredibly anxious to get back to them at some point. When this whole Doomsday Device thing comes to a head, I expect that our collected affection for Alt World is going to pay off in a serious way.
Also, as I've mentioned, the care with which a character like Alt Broyles has been written has rubbed off on Our Broyles, who up until this season has been the one major character who I didn't much care about one way or the other.
My guess is that the red world is going to be set on a back burner to simmer while we deal with the Observers and our world for a while, but it's all going to come together by season's end, and damn it, I'll be ready!
Which brings me to the move to Fridays, starting January 21st. Yes, it returns with an episode called "Firefly." Yes, crazy internet people are taking this as a bad omen, since we're all the post-traumatic children of the one Joss Whedon show not to make it to a second season. Look ... by the time this show comes back on the air, we're going to be in 2011. Friday nights need not be the no-man's-land we once feared. Think about it: Dollhouse got two seasons on Friday nights, and NO ONE WATCHED THAT SHOW. I can certainly see Fringe setting up camp on Fridays for a couple more seasons with its core audience. All I want is one more season past this one, anyway. This isn't a season that needs to go seven or eight seasons. Anyway, my point is this: stop freaking out, you guys. You're embarrassing us.
Your thoughts on the episode? Season? Fridays?
More Fringe on Low Res:
Fringe 3.1 "Olivia"
Fringe 3.2 "The Box"
Fringe 3.3 "The Plateau".
Fringe 3.4 "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Fringe 3.5, "Amber 31422"
Fringe 3.6, "6995 kHz"
Fringe 3.7, "The Abducted"
Fringe 3.8, "Entrada"