Deconstruction Review of Fringe, Episode 4, Season 3, Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?
Posted by Karl Withakay on October 14, 2010
(A Blue Episode)
As always, an episode synopsis can be found over at Scott’s Polite Dissent.
Sometimes It’s OK To Be a Dick
The title of this episode is a reference to the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick upon which the movie Blade Runner was based, which is arguably the greatest science fiction movie of all time.
The Writers Seem to Be Telegraphing It In For Us Lately
Peter to Fauxlivia:
“We draw our moral lines in the sand, and unless you can put yourself in another man’s shoes, I don’t think you can really judge their actions.”
Ignoring the fact that Peter is mixing genders between masculine and plural/gender neutral indefinite singular here (“another man’s shoes…judge his actions” or “another person’s shoes…judge their actions”), the entire scene seemed poorly contrived to supply us with the dialog to strongly hint that Peter will eventually come to some sort of acceptance of what Walter did. Either that or they just want us to think Peter is an oblivious hypocrite.
Quote of the Show
“Don’t you see that the brain is consciousness? The mind is God.”
Mad As a Hatter
Did He At Least Have To Sign For Them?
Don’t Tell Lies That Can Easily Be Uncovered
When Newton calls Fauxlivia on her cell phone, she tells Peter that it is her sister Rachel calling. Rachel visits semi-regularly, and she and Peter occasionally speak together without Olivia present. It seems that lie could easily be accidentally exposed several different ways. A Better lie would have been for her to say it was her cell phone company trying to sell her extra services. I would have bought it as my cell phone company does that almost every month.
Clsd Craptioning for the hrg !pred
I’d just like to point out for everyone that doesn’t use closed captioning (I use it for Fringe to make it easier to write down quotes), that tonight’s captions appear to have been prepared by a partially deaf, arthritic person with two fingers missing on each hand on a computer with several keys missing. Thanks, Captionmax!
Did Newton kill the shapeshifter cop’s family after killing him?
Do They Have to Make the Product Placement So Obvious?
It sure seemed natural for the camera to pan down to and center on the Taurus badge on the trunk of Fauxlivia’s car (or is it more proper to call it Olivia’s car that Fauxlivia was driving?) before it took off in pursuit of Newton, didn’t it? It looked like a shot right out a Ford brochure.
I suppose locating the data storage unit at the base of the spine could offer it better protection from damage than locating it in the brain would. By the way, it’s only a theory (really just a speculation) that the stegosaurus had a second brain in the hip region of its spinal cord.
Who’s In Charge of Designing the Security Protocols, anyway?
So, you have a high value, dangerous shape shifter that can somehow move between parallel universes in your custody, and you don’t have him under constant, 24 hour video and audio surveillance? WTF?
Something Just Occurred to Me…
While watching the previews for next week’s episode, the following thought occurred to me: In the other universe, are they going to secretly dye Olivia’s hair in her sleep every once in a while? Sooner or later, her blond roots are going to show, and that would likely trigger a breakdown of the imprinting of the Fauxlivia personality. (I suppose one could also ask if the carpet matches the drapes, but that would be a little crude.) Perhaps they have a method of permanently altering hair color in the other universe.