Fringe: Season 5, Episode 2

In Absentia (5 Oct. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Episode complete credited cast:
Gael Manfretti
Loyalist Guard #2
Jennifer Cheon ...
Abagayle Hardwick ...
Robin Jung ...
Bronwyne Sloley ...
Woman With Shaved Head
Troy Anthony Young ...
Loyalist Guard #1 (as Troy Young)


Harvard is now a secret observer installation. But Walter remembers a secret entrance that will give him access to his lab and perhaps a way to recover his plan to rid the world of the Observers. Olivia gets a distasteful look at Observer interrogation methods as Etta questions a loyalist security guard in hopes of finding a way to restore power to the lab. As Olivia and Etta disagree on how to dispose of their captive they gain a greater appreciation of each others character. Written by David Foss

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The last words that Walter says in swedish is "Jag har ont" which means, "I am in pain". See more »


The end of Tape One shows Walter firing the amber device at the camera. Problem is, that would mean the camera is still recording, and the tape still threaded through the recording heads of the machine, when it's released from the amber. But the tape ejects just fine when they release it from the machine. See more »


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This is your Destiny
6 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Thought Unifier still is not dredging "The Plan" out of Walter's Scrambled Egg Mind. He is still as sharp as he was after having his mind fixed by Agent Foster, but after his encounter with Windmark, the plan is just not accessible that way. But is there, "Another Way?"

Walter needs to go to his lab at Harvard, but The Observers have taken over the whole campus in a 4-mile radius. But it is no trouble for a guy who's done LSD, Walter finds a way in without attracting attention. This is our first look at the lab in this time, everything is pretty much were he left it, except for a conspicuous amount of Amber.

A lone loyalist security guard comes in, too bad for him. First he meets Etta: Who does not offer him a pleasant experience. Then he meets Olivia, who has another way of doing things.

There is something in the Amber that Walter needs to get, but he needs electrical power to do it. Peter and Etta go on a mission to turn on the power, and Etta finds out the fate of Foster. Walter and 'Afro' work on a gadget, while Olivia keeps the guard company. Walter needs something from the guard in order to get into the Science Lab where the power relays are, and is his way of getting it better than the other alternative, in a Pig's Eye? For the guard, Yes.

It is still our little Fringe family. Even with all of the permutations of Fringe Division, from a small "rogue" division working out of Walter's Lab, to the huge agency in the Red 'Verse, and then to the Statue of Liberty where "The Machine" was housed. And now back full circle to Harvard, Fringe is basically the original four, plus Etta. Fringe "Division" is a gestalt organism, each member of Fringe serves a purpose: Walter the Brain, Astrid the left hand, Peter the Right hand, and Olivia who coordinated everything, who now has to defer to Etta for guidance in this strange world. Olivia, stripped of the authority of being an FBI Agent, is still Olivia and shows that she does not need the Badge to command Authority.

They function together as well as they ever had, and they get it done. Now they have a direction: but they must "Follow the Yellow Brick Video Tapes"

And judging from the scenes from the next episode, flying monkeys are the least of their worries.

Still no rating ability: 10/10 -- Also posted

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