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Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 11, Season 2, Johari Window

Posted by Karl Withakay on January 14, 2010

1-15-10 Note:  Scott’s synopsis & review over at Polite Dissent will be delayed for at least one day.

1-18-10 Note:  Scott’s review with synopsis is finally up.

Why Was This Referred to the Fringe Division?

So some state troopers are killed, and there was a disfigured child involved that the officers reported as being initially not appearing disfigured, and we scramble the FBI Fringe division?  Was it a slow day?  On the surface, that wouldn’t seem like a Fringe case to me.

FBI Fringe Division, Offering Discount, Express Autopsies Since 2008

When they arrive on scene, Broyles informed the team that they haven’t found a single print or shell casing.  Later Broyles reports back to Olivia on the autopsy results:

“We didn’t get anything from the autopsies.  Looks like the troopers were killed with 12 gauge shotgun blasts.”

I’m sure an autopsy report would contain more information than that:

-Were they shot with shot or slugs?

-If slugs, rifled or sabot?

-If not slugs and there were no shells left behind, how do you know they were 12 gauge and not 10 or 16; did they find 12 gauge wads at the scene?

-If shot, bird or buck, and what size of either?

-Was the shot plated?

-If plated, copper, nickel, or something else?

-Did they find any traces of buffer in the shot?

-Was there any powder residue on the bodies indicating if they were shot at point blank range?

I Am Not an Animal, I Am a Human Being!

Why does the Fringe team think it is OK to refer to these unfortunate people as creatures and beasts just because they are disfigured?

Expect the Unexpected

Poor Astrid hasn’t learned to brace herself before looking inside a body bag in Walter’s lab yet.  She’ll catch on sooner or later.

How do YOU Define “Abruptly”?

Quote from Walter:

“Butterfly has two stages of life.  It’s one of the few creatures with a demonstrated ability to abruptly change its body structure.”

Metamorphosis times vary by species and other factors, but my internet research shows it takes about 1-2 weeks for most species of caterpillars to emerge from their cocoons as butterflies like the Monarch.  I would hardly call that abrupt; it’s not like they’re werewolves or anything.

Oh My God, It’s Full of Stars

Quote from Walter:

“A friend of mine once wrote that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”

That was written by science fiction author and originator of the communications satellite Arthur Clarke.

Nice Red Herring, By the Way

I kind of liked the red herring with the butterfly, with the writers trying to make us think the people were actually changing form; it’s boring when the protagonists figure the answer out on the first try.

Quote of the Show

After Peter tells Walter that he’s proud of him, Walter replies with a sad, remorseful expression on his face:

“I’m glad you see me the way you do, very glad indeed.”

It was a touching moment that showed Walter isn’t proud of many of the things he’s done in his life.

Finally Some Text to Generate Search Engine Hits for People Who Think this Was Fringe, Episode 12, Season 2 or Fringe Season 2, Episode 12

Since Monday’s episode was an episode left over from season 1, Johari Window was actually episode 11, and not episode 12 of season 2 of Fringe.

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One Response to “Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 11, Season 2, Johari Window”

  1. […] This week’s Fringe cipher was: MUTATE. A list of all previous Fringe reviews is available here. Karl has much more to say. […]

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