Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 19, Season 2, Brown Betty
Posted by Karl Withakay on April 29, 2010
As usual, an episode synopsis can be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent.
A Doubly So-So Episode
This was a pretty meh episode from a Deconstruction viewpoint due to the nature of the episode. Regardless of whether you liked the episode itself or not, it was also kind of a throw away episode that didn’t do much of anything for the show’s story arc/plot either.
Rachel Dunham, Mother of the Year
OK, let’s assume that Rachel had a really good reason for needing to go to Chicago for the weekend. Was it really a good idea to leave her daughter in the care of her single, FBI field agent sister who wasn’t on vacation? How was this any better than just taking Ella with her to Chicago? Did she know that Olivia could just pawn Ella off to Astrid for daycare, or did she think Olivia was just going to bring Ella along on cases?
Did Astrid run over the FBI director’s dog at some point in her past?
How badly do you have to screw up in the FBI to not just be assigned to the Fringe division, but to be assigned as the lab assistant/ gofer/ baby sitter for the rest of the Fringe unit? If Olivia’s not usually the sharpest tack in the junk drawer (the previous two episodes notwithstanding), what does that say for Astrid as Olivia’s lackey?
Story Walter’s Lab is Cooler than Real Walter’s
I know it was just a story being told to a child, but Fringe has usually done a commendable job on continuity in the past, in that scars and bruises persist from one episode to another. It was a little disappointing to see story Olivia’s chest scar disappear in the next scene after Esther treated it.
Get Your Sci-Fi Straight
I Always Carry a Nice, Warm Blanket in My Zodiac
You know, just in case I happen to find a woman trapped in a leaky wooden coffin out at sea. I wouldn’t want her to suffer from hypothermia or anything.