Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 8 Season 4, Back to Where You’ve Never Been
Posted by Karl Withakay on January 13, 2012
A Gold/Yellow Episode
As always, an episode synopsis will be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent
No Fringe Event Science to Deconstruct
This post is going to be somewhat short as I didn’t find very much worthy of Deconstruction. It was a good episode, but there really wasn’t much fringe science to deconstruct and the episode focused mainly on laying the groundwork for the rest of the season.
Is There a Picture of Peter in the Dictionary Next to the Word Selfish?
Wow, not only does Peter not care whatsoever about the cold war between the two universe’s in this timeline (“not my fight”), but he’s willing to use the machine and risk destroying both universes, and killing about 12 billion people on the two Earth’s combined (depending on how many in the alterverse have lost their lives in Fringe events) in addition to whatever civilizations on other worlds might be wiped out, just to get back to his native timeline, assuming it still exists (which he can’t be sure of).
Here it is, Item 317, Destroyer of Worlds: Aisle 5, Top Shelf, Next to the Printer Paper
If the use of Walter’s portal device was the cause of all the Fringe events in the first place, why would Olivia ever consider using it to recon the other side (or help Peter), especially now that both sides have been stabilized? Wouldn’t it be kept under very tight security, and not just kept “in storage”?
We Have a New Automotive Sponsor
Remember the days when product placement was just a product being used in a show, but not necessarily in an obviously, in you face kind of way? Neither does Nissan.
Quote of the Show/ But was it Just to Watch Him Die?
“Just out of curiousity, if this thing closes while I’m still crossing through, what happens?”
“It’ll cut you in half. I killed a guy like that once. Eh, Don’t worry, he was a bad guy.”
This Was Not Among the Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men.
Apparently the Fringe team needs to employ an eight year old child to let them know when they’ve come up with an incredibly bad plan. Their plan to have NerdLee pass for Lincoln Lee and escort Peter to Walternate had more holes in it than Swiss cheese.
-What if Lincoln Lee had been at Liberty Island at the time?
-What if they needed a password or code (Shapeshifters are in play after all.)
-What if handprints were not identical across universes, just like they are not identical between identical twins? (Maybe that was previous established, and I’m forgetting. Even still, Lincoln could still have a scar on his palm that NerdLee dosen’t)
-What if they required the Show Me? (Shapeshifters are in play after all.) Not having a plan for dealing with the universally required Show Me was a total non-starter, end of story; go back and start over and tell me when you have a real plan.
I could go on, but you seem my point
It Wasn’t a Problem This Time, but…
Neither Olivia nor Fauxlivia have yet figured out not to separate from their partner. In addition to all the things that tend to go wrong when that happens, WE’RE DEALING WITH SHAPESHIFTERS THESE DAYS! There should be protocols in place for what to do if you ever lose sight of your partner. Admittedly, the Alterverse Fringe team members are just starting to realize the shapeshifter threat to their universe, but it’s still a bad idea to abandon your wingman and be without backup.