TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Unearthed
Original Air Date: January 11, 2010
Episode Number: 2×23*
*(This is a season 1 un-aired episode which aired before the show came back for its S2 winter hiatus.)
After a teenage girl is pronounced brain dead, her mother takes her off life support, but when doctors operate quickly to remove her organs, the deceased girl shockingly awakens screaming an alphanumeric code. Equally as perplexing as her resurrection is that she is now somehow able to speak Russian and possesses classified information only a high-ranking soldier would know. While the girl’s mind-bending condition intensifies, Walter dusts off some old lab videos and hypothesizes the unthinkable, sending Olivia and Peter to investigate the bewildering case in an original.
Not surprised this didn’t get aired during season one of the show because this is as standalone as a Fringe episode can get. There are no ties to any mytharc storylines or any hints of who the regular characters are and no hints of what they’re like. Thankfully the writers of this episode (Andrew Kreisberg [Arrow and The Flash showrunner] is one of them along with David Goodman didn’t write any more episodes). The episode is fine enough, but if this is the writers’ style of writing a Fringe episode, no thanks! I would rather have continuity and references to what make these characters tick and also have the mytharc advance a little. One good thing they did do is put in an Observer sighting (he walked behind Olivia as she was talking to Lisa’s mom in front of the church).
So this Andrew Rusk’s soul is just going to keep on jumping from one dead body to the next until it accomplishes its goal of killing the wife? Lame ending. The fact that the Fringe team never heard about the case in NY makes me laugh because clearly whoever wrote the episode after this one didn’t care enough to continue this storyline. Not a good ending, I would say.
The only thing I enjoyed during this episode was gazing at Olivia’s green eyes all throughout the episode. Those closeups of Olivia’s face and the clear view of her eyes…I was in heaven. Watching Anna Torv in HD is a sight to behold. 😍
Lisa asking Peter if Olivia was his girlfriend had me laughing especially how he replied to her: “No, she’s like a friend who’s a girl. And who carries a gun.” I rolled my eyes at Lisa telling Olivia in the end “I’ll be 18 in a year, don’t wait too long to make your move.” Girl, please. As if Peter will even entertain a relationship with a teenager. Do not delude yourself, dear Lisa.