Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 9, Season 3, Marionette
Posted by Karl Withakay on December 9, 2010
A Blue Episode
As always, an episode synopsis can be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent.
Will There Be Any More Red Episodes?
Now that Olivia is back in our universe, I’m guessing the regular alternating pattern of blue and red episodes may be over.
Not so Fringe
The use of an umbrella to deliver the drug to knock out the first victim in the show is probably based on the murder of Georgi Markov with a pellet containing ricin toxin believed to be delivered by just such an umbrella. I really like it when Fringe uses real world concepts like this or the number stations in episode 6 of this season, 6955kHz.
I am Not A Surgeon…
So I’d have to ask someone more qualified to comment on whether or not there really would have been that much blood splattered all along the walls/ plastic drapes like that, but I do question it just a little.
I’m A Little Disappointed
It didn’t turn out to be a zombie episode; the potential certainly was there.
Just a Comment
I really like the relationship and interaction between Walter and Peter in Fringe. It’s consistently the best written and acted part of the show, in my opinion. The scene between Walter and Peter in the car in this episode was just such a gem.
Lady Fortuna Has Smiled Upon Us
Is Hanging Around the Fringe Team Making Walter Dumber?
Scar tissue on the arteries indicative of heart surgery, steroids, immunosuppressants, antifungals, and antibiotics in the medicine cabinet, and nobody, not even Walter is screaming “TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT!”? Peter was smart enough to look in the medicine cabinet, but not smart enough to put two and two together with what he found? What was he looking for, statins?
Paging Dr. Ross, Dr Alex Ross
I wonder if the name Alexandra Ross is supposed to be a wink of the eye to famed comic book talent, Alex Ross. I’m sure Scott will have something to say about that.
A Bag Full of Hammers Might Make a Keener Investigative Team
Even after learning the Doctor Ross was a surgeon, the team was still surprised to learn the victim was a transplant recipient. I think the chances of the other universe winning are better than even odds.
The Eyes Have It
As Far as I can find, eye banks do harvest whole eyes, but for cornea transplants, not whole eye transplants. Roland would be not be putting the original eyes back in Amanda’s body, just the original corneas with somebody else’s eyes. I’ll have to ask Scott is tissue compatibility is a two way street. That is, would the victim’s tissues (eyes) necessarily have been a match for Amanda if Amanda’s tissues were a match for him?
Paging Dr. West, Dr. Herbert West or Again I Am Disappointed
Walter: “…but imagine the possibilities, if this can permanently erase cell decay”
Astrid: “Milk that doesn’t go bad.”
Walter: “and cheese.”
I thought for sure Amada was going to come to life and try to kill Roland at the end. The writers dropped the ball a second time in this episode. Zombie fail.
Also, would that rot-proof milk and cheese still be digestible, even if it weren’t zombified?
There’s Product Placement, and There’s In-Show Advertising
Guess which I consider the Sprint video chat scene to be.
Creepy Roland’s marionette rig wasn’t complex enough to produce the amount of articulation that Amanda’s inert body demonstrated, such as the pointing of the toes during the ballet. And why make the rig at all if he’s going to bring her back to life, and she’ll be able to dance on her own? Really creepy.
ALWAYS Look In the Basement For the Mad Scientist’s Lab!
Come on people, it’s so simple. Perhaps you need a refresher course!
Did I Miss Something?
Or did the show not really clarify how Amanda re-died? Was Roland’s experiment a failure? Did he choose not to finish it when he decided it wasn’t really Amanda? Did she kill herself again? Is she really still reanimated but just non-responsive?