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Fringe Recap: Episode 3, "The Ghost Network"

Fringe Rundown: Episode 3, "The Ghost Network"

The third episode of Fringe delivered a new mystery while nudging the overall story arc forward just a bit. I'm starting to get a handle on the basic structure of the show, and I'm not sure it's going to work for me long-term — it seems like in their efforts to deliver a less-confusing show, JJ Abrams and company might have made things too simple. Then again, maybe I'm just being lulled into a false sense of understanding so that three episodes from now, some major world-changing event can come along and shake things up. Who knows?

Anyway, to chat about the case, the revelations, and the ever-changing place of Massive Dynamic on the good vs. evil scales, just


  • So much of this episode can be summed up by Peter's line to Olivia about who manufactures the technology they needed to crack the case: "I'll give you six guesses, and the first five don't count." The answer, of course, is Massive Dynamic, as it always has been so far on this show. And what leads them to Massive Dynamic is, once again, an experiment Walter did more than 20 years ago. Aha!
  • That said, I did find the whole idea of the "ghost network" compelling. It's pretty easy to believe in government conspiracy theories these days, and the concept of chatter going on across invisible frequencies isn't actually all that hard to believe.
  • I was also relieved to have a case that was a little less disgusting. Especially after watching an inordinate amount of blood/brain surgery on House immediately before, it was nice to deal with "mosquitos trapped in amber" rather than dissolving flesh and the miracle birth of alien babies.
  • I'm not surprised at all that Broyles gave the mystery chip to Nina; I'm also not surprised that Massive Dynamic is still doing something-or-other to Agent Scott's body, since that was pretty well established at the end of the pilot. And yet, I still want to know why the two of them are in cahoots and how Scott fits into all of it. I'm a sucker, I know.
  • I was hoping we'd get a little more action this week on the issue of Peter's medical history/possible non-human-ness, but no such luck. However, we did get a look at another side of Peter, the one that makes him a prime target for spying photographers who tell him he was supposed to "check in" before coming home. I'm hoping we can get more into his story soon, because as much as I love him being the wisecracking guy, he doesn't have much of a to be around (other than, apparently, his wide-ranging knowledge of poker psychology).
  • I wrote down a bunch of Walter quotes last night, and they all look ridiculous typed out, but John Noble is really selling the whole "crazy, drugged-up, brilliant, ethically questionable doctor" thing. "Am I required to keep him alive?" "That would probably be best."
  • But, um, for real, he can also do brain surgery?
  • I like that Walter's lab assistant character is getting some lines, but seriously, even I knew that was the Latin word for "hour," and I've never taken Latin!

How is this week's episode sitting with you? Do you like that most storylines are wrapped up within the hour, or do you wish the show kept you guessing? And what was your favorite Walter-ism of the week?

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