Fringe: Season 1, Episode 8

The Equation (18 Nov. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A young musical genius is kidnapped and Walter recalls a patient at St Clair's who might have been kidnapped by the same people and forced to try and figure out the solution to an equation.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Sharp (credit only)
John Scott (credit only)
Dashiell Kim
Adam Grupper ...
Andrew Stockton


A young musical genius is kidnapped and Walter recalls a patient at St Clair's who might have been kidnapped by the same people and forced to try and figure out the solution to an equation.

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A Dungeon in a Red Castle with Green and Red Christmas Lights
25 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Several interesting Arcs are generated in this 'sode - The Mitchell Leob arc continues, along with a story regarding a gifted child — who is obsessed with one particular piece of Music-A beaten Mathematician, a woman with hypnotic powers able to cause "Missing Time" Phenomena: A Woman who is Dead...

The Child is writing a piece of Music: a Piece of Music which is linked relationally to a mathematical formula which Walter knew about from one of his former inmates at "St Claire's Mental Institution - Where I spent 17 years of my life" as Walter is always reminding us, lest we forget. This former inmates' name is "Dashiell Kim" played by Randall Duk Kim, and it is up to Walter to brave his former abode and Doctor (Played by the great William Sadler) to get more information from Dashiell. But the problem with that, is how does one mentally unbound man dredge any usable information from another unhinged individual? In a great performance by John Noble, Walter does just that - He Succeeds Honourably, impressing not just us as viewers, but his own son Peter.

This is a great Episode, and has a lot going on - The interesting thing, is that it is all connected. I was amused to discover that Peter is a gifted Piano Player, able to translate mathematical Formulas to Music, which is the connection between the Child and the Mathematician-They were both working on the same thing: The woman Joanne Ostler is the agent sent by ZFT to get the solution to the music and the formula, her reward for doing just that was too severe. But these people, Ostler, Leob, in the long run they both believed they were doing a greater work. I cannot judge these individuals, because the circumstances are not exactly black on white: Not even with David Robert Jones.

And this episode reveals more about the fact that "The Pattern" is wholly related to Walter. We are being fed bits and pieces of the whole, it is a joy to revisit all of these season 1 eps, just to see how the pieces are laid out.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes of all these up front situations of these episodes, the John Scott and Olivia story, which began in the Pilot episode, is continuing - He is appearing to her, is telling her something. He even begins directing her to solutions of the cases she is being handed by Broyles. Is he really there?

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