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When emotional intelligence meets science-fiction Who you gonna call ?, 7 April 2012
Author: igoatabase from France
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Agent Lee of course ! What would be the writers next step ? I never
expected they would develop the little chat Lincoln and Peter had in
the car. And to tell truth if I had known this episode would be Lincoln
centric I probably would have pouted. But the impossible happened,
agent Lee grew on me and Seth Gabel's character has reached a
complexity worthy of hardcore sci-fi fans. From the actor's performance
to the wowing scenes featuring both Lees it's one of these episodes
that deserve to be seen a second time. So far I had really missed the
other side, specially Fauxlivia. That's why a shapeshifter driven story
felt refreshing even if I could use a faster pace. I mean we have
already reached sublevel 17 and it's a bit like the new Lincoln had
been introduced three episodes ago.
Still let's focus on what went right because such an overwhelming installment deserves respect. First our favorite writing recipe stroke back as Lincoln's arc was brilliantly enriched by the shapeshifter's creepy, sad and inspiring story. I was specially moved by the homeless entering the gloomy room with his eyes ready to cry. Once transformed into the drug addict his speech about becoming A Better Human Being and finally feeling special was also quite interesting. You could feel, thanks to Gabel's empathic acting, that Lincoln exactly knew what he was talking about. In fact I can't help comparing the shapeshifter to Dexter Morgan. Indeed he chose to sacrifice criminals, contrary to most other freaks. Therefore he was less immoral and proved that a damaged synthetic creature isn't that different than a human with a broken heart. His Dark Passenger was David Jones and Lincoln's ability to comprehend his motivation helped him find the light. Finally his last moment with Fauxlivia seemed like a ghost whispering at a sorrowing soul. Was it real or just a dream ?
Note : This review was first posted on Kritikenstein, my weblog.
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Canaan's Land, 7 April 2012
Author: XweAponX from United States
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All the good stuff happens "Over There." Agent Lee has been moping
around like a 5th Wheel ever since Olivia got Olivia's Memories back.
We've seen the wheels rolling, during the time of "No Peter" - There
was an obvious sexual tension between Agent Lee and Olivia. How would
one of us feel, after meeting an Olivia, just to have a Peter come
along and take her away? I'd feel the same way Agent Lee feels. But our
Agent Lee, he's just too nice of a guy - Always has been, thats the
difference between Our Agent Lee and the Agent Lee from "Over There."
And So "Our" Agent Lee takes a slight vacation over on "The Other Side"
- And gets wrapped up in a Fringe case.
"Over there," the Fringe agents are Honoured Heroes. This in stark contrast to "Our" side where nobody knows the existence of Fringe Division.
Meanwhile a shapeshifter is killing crooks. Pretty Creepy Shapeshifter, what does it want? Why is it attacking Petty Crooks and taking their identities? Why is it protecting women who are being attacked by perverts? Tim Guinee plays one of the perverts who attacks a woman, the shapeshifter (Named "Caanan") takes Tim Guinee's face. Maximino Arciniega is also a petty crook/Drug dealer, who gets absorbed by Caanan after Tim Guinee. Seems like Caanan cant' keep the body as long as the other Shapeshifter 2.0's in this timeline, or even as long as the one who Occupied Agent Charlie Francis. But Caanan is not like other Shifters, he's got it... Built-In. Where as Shapeshifters 1.0 used a device, Caanan has the device "Built-In."
Why is this shifter going after Low-Lifes? The answer is related to our Agent Lee's problem - And both "guys" are looking for the same thing.
And it seemed pretty Hopeless that this hapless Shapeshifter - Who was vainly waiting for David Robert Jones to "Fix" Him - would find any usable answers at all, except to absorb more crooks. But Agent Lee, in finding an answer for himself - Finds a solution for our Shapeshifter as well.
In this episode, some real progress is made by Fringe Division "Over There" against Jones. But this victory cost way too much- I'm sure this is not the solution Lee was looking for.
Meanwhile, has Alt-Astrid figured out their Broyles is In Deep with Jones? She knows something, she has that look in her eye.
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