Fringe: Black Blotter
by Ashley Binion
After last week’s phenomenal episode, this week served up Fringe’s second trippy episode of the season. Of course, this time it actually was Walter on an acid trip. It felt like a sequel to “Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There.”
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The radio that was found in “Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There” finally began to receive a signal and was the main focus of the episode, along with Walter’s inner conflict. This new development led the team on a hunt to find from where the signal was being broadcasted.
Olivia and Peter went searching together while Walter continued on his “trip,” and Astrid babysat. They followed the signal to a mobile home with many corpses scattered around. Hey! How did Walt and Jesse’s meth mobile from Breaking Bad end up in Fringe?
There was a nice reference to Sam Weiss, who was the corpse they found driving the trailer. Walter had no idea who he was, a reminder that we’re in an alternate timeline (since Olivia and Peter are from the original timeline). Peter figured out that the signal originated in another place, which they went off to find.
After a short-lived encounter with Loyalist soldiers, they arrived at a house in the middle of nowhere. There, they found the Observer boy from “Inner Child” that Walter hid in the pocket universe. The team took the boy back to the old Harvard lab, where he revealed he remembered Olivia from the season one episode.
From what the boy’s adopted parents told the former Fringe team, Donald died. It seems as if Donald is a lot like Jacob in Lost, a mysterious being that continues to elude the audience. But in Lost, we eventually met him and he became an integral part in the final season. Maybe the mysterious Donald isn’t dead after all.
Last episode was largely focused on Olivia, and the one before was largely focused on Peter. This time, it was Walter’s turn. Once he dropped acid, his old lab assistant Carla appeared as the devil on one shoulder, urging him to become what he once was, while Nina appeared to be the angel on the other, trying to hold onto his humanity and his current self. He continued to question himself and gave into Carla on a couple occasions. That doesn’t bode well for future episodes.
On a side note: the scene that turned into a weird animated daydream went completely over my head. However, I did notice that there was a seahorse and a frog, both of which are glyph images.
I was thrilled to see that there was much-needed movement in the scavenger hunt-style storyline. As far as the theme of the episode, the audience already knew Walter was having this struggle about holding onto his new self or letting the old take over. So I didn’t see the need for so much of the episode to be focused on it.
The glyph code for this episode was, “guilt.”
What did you think of the topsy-turvy episode? Do you think Donald is still alive? And what part does the Observer boy play in Walter’s plan?
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars