Thursday, January 28, 2010

Review - Fringe Season 2 Episode 13 The Bishop Revival

Fringe seems to be in a creative rut it can't climb out of. Every script has straightforward solutions to only mildly weird situations. There are hardly any twists and those instances framed as twists can't be predicted from the very start of the episodes easily.

This week it was Nazis. Yes, the writers had to turn to the Nazis for a villain. At least they added a angle to the Final Solution. This Nazi has perfected a method to kill anyone through genetic markers. There is a bland investigation where Walter does his normal science and the FBI agents do the legwork. All in all, it was the same stuff we've seen without any deviation whatsoever. I don't know what the writers were going for, but did anyone not see that the Nazi would turn out to be very old?

There were some more interesting developments on the family side that didn't follow the normal bonding. The character development this season has kept the show afloat and made the standalone episodes much better than they should have been. We learn Peter's grandfather was a Nazi that was actually a spy for the allies which is why the Nazi targeted Walter later. After Walter learns Peter had sold his grandfather's books when Walter was in the asylum, Walter becomes very upset and is testy the entire episode. He tells Olivia family is important and he would do anything for his family. Does that include kidnapping your son in another dimension?

When all else fails, Michael Giacchino's music is the one part of the show you can turn to for excellence.

Score: 8.8/10


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