“I’m learning to appreciate cowardice”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Johari Window
Original Air Date: January 14, 2010
Episode Number: 2×11

Episode Description

Following an unexplained attack involving hideously deformed humans, the Fringe team visits the small town in upstate New York to uncover leads surrounding the bizarre case. When it’s determined that these deformed people have managed to hide themselves for a while, they’ll do just about anything to keep it that way.

My Review

This was an okay standalone episode. Not the show’s strongest episode, but I still liked it. There wasn’t that much in the way of advancing the mythology, but we’re only halfway through the season so there’s still a lot of time left.

Not surprised that Walter was somehow involved with the case of the week. For some reason, these cases tie back to him in more ways than one. Walter was a very busy man during his heyday. When I first watched this episode, I thought that the signal was the one that was keeping the Edina people from transforming. I had forgotten that that’s not the case at all. The machine alters the perceptions of the non-Edina people and what they’re seeing when they enter the town. Cool, cool, cool.

I really liked the scene where Olivia reassures Peter that him killing the guy was okay, that if he didn’t do it, he would have been the one who would have died. Olivia sharing the story about the first time she killed someone was a nice touch, that the first times are always rough. Another thing I liked was the lead up to this scene where we see Olivia go up to Peter and we see this shot from behind and they’re both engulfed in fog and we only see their silhouettes. It’s an amazing shot and I remember using this as my desktop a few years back.

Walter remembering that Astrid loves butterflies was so sweet. It’s too bad Astrid saw a moth instead and got annoyed at Walter that if this is his idea of a joke, it’s not a very funny one, lol. And we’re back to Walter calling Astrid’s name incorrectly and I think Astrid doesn’t think there’s a point in correcting him anymore.

Why do I find it funny every time Olivia points her gun at Peter? I’m sure this has happened several times and one time she almost shot him in the head.

Nice ending there with Walter pleading with Broyles not to make this case public because these people will be humiliated and experimented on. Loved that Broyles understood this and told Walter that if there’s no machine, there’s no report to file.

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