TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: The Recordist
Original Air Date: October 10, 2012
Episode Number: 5×03
As the rogue Fringe team continues to fight off the oppressive Observers’ invasion, unforeseen events lead them into a forest where they encounter a strange subculture of people devoted to recording human history.
Oh dear. I hate to say it, but this was such a boring episode. Not much happened and everything was just boring. I hope Astrid is able to find all those tapes and the team gets to acquire whatever they need to acquire in one episode because if the rest of the season goes like this, no wonder I wasn’t a fan of this season when I watched it for the first time.
Yes, they got the minerals or stones that the Walter on video said they would need to make a power source. Yes, we got a very good Olivia scene with her feeling that it was her punishment when Etta got taken away/disappeared because she never felt assured that she was capable of being a mother or that she just wasn’t suited to be a mother. Because of these feelings, she believes that Etta disappearing is her punishment. Yes, we also got a nice character moment for Edwin sacrificing himself to help the team even though it would lead his son, River, an orphan. But add all of these up and the whole episode just wasn’t satisfactory to me and unlike any Fringe episode. At least it’s a shorter season so if the rest of the episodes are like this one, there are only 10 episodes left.
Other random thoughts and observations:
– “Walter, we’re fugitives. we can’t stop every five minutes to keep you limber.”
– Olivia reciting the coordinates verbatim and Etta asking her if she’s sure and Peter responds “She’s sure” was a cute family moment.
– Etta telling Olivia that “you’re more than I imagined was sweet as was their last scene when Olivia squeezed Etta’s leg in the car and Etta wrapped her hand on her mother’s hand.
– The comics drawn by River were cool. He made Olivia out to be a total badass, which of course she is.