With all the excitement over new images from the Star Trek movie, we almost forgot to do our regular update for our adopted show being made by the Trek team. Yesterday the fifth episode of Fringe aired, see below for our review and the latest on Fringe.
Review – Fringe episode 4 – "Power Hungry"
The fifth Fringe episode settles in for another mystery of the week, but there is still some overall mythology involved. This time out we have an average Joe who seems to put everything electronic around him on the fritz which unfortunately leads to him accidentally killing an elevator full of people…oops. Speaking of mythology, if you look closely you will have spotted the new eyebrowless character ‘The Observer’ getting off that same elevator shortly before its fateful plunge. Is he going to pop up every week like Waldo?
Once again the mystery leads Walter to think back to the old days when he was a cold-war scientist and he remembers some experiment he conducted to supercharge people so they could be located by carrier pigeon. At this point the ‘I remember back when’ thing of Walter’s is starting to wear thin and it is time for the team to find a mystery that Walter actually has to crack a book or something to solve…or even better, give his son Peter a chance to knock one out of the park. While the mystery was rather predictable and run of the mill, it was at least somewhat connected to the overall mythology of the show and it did introduce a new mad scientist to the mix, the genetic engineer Dr. Jacob Fisher…who looks like he will be making a later appearance. Plus the episode did have a pretty funny moment involving Walter running a removed human heart sitting on a tray with a car battery.
What shined in this episode was the character moments, especially in the B Story involving Olivia having visions (and whole conversations) with her dead former lover John Scott. It was interesting that Olivia turned to FBI agent Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) and not Peter, when she sought advice on how to deal with her phantom. It may be that these two characters have the best chemistry in the whole show.
So this episode gets a ‘meh’ on the mystery and mythology, and a ‘yeah’ on the character development. .
Fringe science of the week:
- Humans turned into electrical dynamos (and trackable by Pigeon)
Walter line of the week:
"I am sure it had something to do with the commies, it always did back then."
John Scott is back…or is he?
Ratings – Fringe holding audience
Even though Fringe took a week off, it still held almost all of its audience, bringing in around 9.5 million total viewers. Fringe continues to trail ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and CBS’s The Mentalist in total viewers for the time slot, but it also continues to win the key 18-49 and 18-34 Demographic groups, leading TVByTheNumbers to declare both Mentalist and Fringe ‘hits.’ Fringe and House continue to help FOX win Tuesday nights in the key demographics, while coming in second in overall viewers.
Quick Fringe links
- BuddyTV looks at Where is Fringe Ultimately Headed
- Fringe is the cover story for this weekend’s TV Guide
Watch episode and extras online
If you missed it, you can watch the show online at Fox.com, in HD. Plus Fox has a full recap and also a bonus feature of ‘Walter’s lab notes.’ More at the official site.