This is another great episode on this roller-coaster of Fringe episodes as we near the incredible season finale! This time, we are returning to the topic of Cortexiphan subjects as we meet a new one – James Heath, and we are joined by Marianne this week as we discuss this episode so obviously inspired by the board game and film Clue! We discuss the references to Clue as well as the amazing performances in this episode, especially from Anna Torv who we all seem to agree is the MVP of this episode. We also share our enthusiasm around Sam Weiss and how happy we are to see him again, while also lamenting that his enigmatic lines in this episode about his origins are never satisfactorily explained.
We are so excited to finally be talking about this phenomenal episode of Fringe – the highly anticipated episode in which we finally get the story of how and why Peter was abducted from the Redverse. When last we left our heroes, Olivia’s “glimmer” ability kicked in just before she and Peter went on their very first date, leading her to realize that Peter is originally from the Redverse. Walter pleads with Olivia to not tell him, and in this episode (which features a fun, synthy ‘80s rendition of the theme music), we are taken back to 1985 as Walter sits down with Olivia to tell her the story.
We have finally arrived where Fringe is arguably at its absolute best, a block of episodes that even the showrunners referred to as a “rollercoaster.” Olivia’s Cortexiphan ability comes back into play in this episode when she travels to the titular Jacksonville, Florida where the Cortexiphan trials took place. She must confront fear on so many levels, ultimately temporarily saving the day but making a horrifying discovery.
Join us this week for our discussion of “The Bishop Revival” as we unpack a little bit of the Bishop family history in this very purple episode about a Nazi scientist who somehow has not aged since the 1940s and is carrying out deadly experiments to advance the Nazi agenda. It’s an episode with a fascinating fringe science behind it, and we dive into the colors that we see in this episode as well as the several lines of dialogue that are so multilayered on rewatch. We also share some truly awesome feedback from several listeners.
We are rediscovering what lies below this week on the show, which includes a seemingly sentient virus that comes from ten miles underground, the feelings that are obviously blooming between Olivia and Peter, and Walter’s long buried secret. We discuss dialogue that we may or may not have caught the significance of back in 2010 and our thoughts about whether this standalone episode has any staying power. (Spoiler alert – yes, it does, especially because of that intense final scene!)
Join us as we journey to the fictional small town of Edina, New York and look through its Johari Window! Joining us this week is special guest Robert who co-hosts Entering the Fifth Dimension (a podcast about The Twilight Zone) with Darrell, who shares how the theme of this episode and its title resonate with him. You’ll also hear from regular feedback contributors ShelkyBean, Eric, Geoff (xforce11), and Rory!
We are finally back to the main season 2 storyline in “Grey Matters,” an episode that gives us quite a lot to think about when it comes to Walter, so we are not only excited to be talking about this episode but are also very excited to have Mark joining us as a co-host! This episode (properly) introduces us to Thomas Jerome Newton, arguably the big bad of season 2, and we share some of our thoughts on him, such as how his politeness reminds us a bit of David Robert Jones. We also touch upon our favorite moments from this episode and the wonderful character dynamics that we get, as well as touch upon the color palette of the episode.
“Snakehead” ended up calling for a lot of discussion around the overarching themes and messages of Fringe, discussion that we probably hadn’t been expecting, and we are so excited to bring this conversation to you! Listen as we nerd out over this stand-alone but very beautifully written episode. We share enthusiasm around the gross-out factor of the episode and how beautiful Walter’s growth is in this episode, and we also, as always, share your thoughts on the show, too!
“August” is undoubtedly a favorite amongst the Fringe fandom, and it’s no wonder why. It’s a beautiful episode with a powerful message about love and how it makes each of us important. It also offers up so many clues regarding Peter’s past while still, in traditional Fringe fashion, asking new questions. Join us as we reflect back on this episode, sharing our favorite moments and discussing why this has gone down as such a memorable episode.
This episode is kind of a special one for us because of how much we love Cameron Monaghan’s work on Gotham, so we are so excited to share this discussion with you! Tune in as we share our favorite moments from this “myth-alone” episode and our memories of whether or not we picked up on the twist before it was revealed. We also share how, even though we really enjoy this episode, we wish that it had come back into play later in the series.