1.11 “Bound” Review – The Good & The Bad

BOUND Review - The Good & The Bad

Things like this used to happen in the Lab all the time…Makes me nostalgic! – Walter Bishop, 1.11 “Bound”.

Here’s the FB review for episode 1.11 “Bound”:


  • Suspense, tension and action. There were a few moments in this episode when I could feel my heart pounding inside my chest. Olivia’s escape was predictable; but it was great to witness the sheer determination of the woman. Then there were the giant intestinal ‘slugs’, making the parasite from “The Equation” look like a weed by comparison. The Samantha/Olivia face-off was brilliant in it’s execution, and the whistling kettle really heightened tension. And what about the actual fight? Samantha may look frail but she sure can kick butt, as can Olivia, who laid the smack down like The Rock in his prime. What I loved most about that though, was the aftermath; Olivia’s little look to her left, where the bullet from Samantha’s gun narrowly missed her, serving as a chilling reminder of just how human she is. So daring is she, that sometimes I think that Olivia forgets that she’s mortal; flesh and bone. Then again, depending upon what Loeb injected into her spine, perhaps she’s not so human after all?
  • Broyles! A word for the boss man, who was excellent in this episode. Not only did he seem less ‘forced’, but he had Olivia’s back. Now any man (or woman) with eyes would have Olivia’s back, but it was really endearing seeing him put his trust in Olivia and the ‘Fringe Division’ above the dirty molester. Harris may be Phillip’s friend but I’m sensing that big Phil is wising up to those around him who are duplicitous (I’m talking about you too Loeb, John Scott!). Olivia also had his back in the episode, which was cool. I like Olivia and Peter, but I’m feeling the Olivia/Phillip vibe. You heard it here first!
  • Double Agent. Mitchell Loeb, our very own James Blond. He’s getting more interesting with each episode, if he’s not growing parasites, murdering cute redheads or abusing the laws of physics, he’s performing spinal taps – I’m surprised he’s managed to do his day job! The idea that Mitchell, Samantha and the ZFT folks were “saving” Olivia is fascinating. But what were they saving her from – an impending epidemic, or something else? I got the distinct feeling that they injected some form of immunization into her back, it would fit the theme of the episode. But more on that in another post.
  • At the end of this episode Olivia is desperate for answers regarding her abduction and Loeb’s revelation, but Peter is countering her every “why?” with a logical answer. I think this is great, as we need Peter’s resistance and cynicism towards notions that attribute fantastical meaning to some of the events that transpire. If everyone on the show was too willing to believe then it wouldn’t be a fair reflection of the human condition. What’s more, Peter’s great, he’s the voice of reason, an extension of the audience. He’s also seen some amazing things, and is neither close-minded or too open – for the audience his opinion means a lot to us, even if we disagree with him. That’s just a personal little moment that I liked.


  • We all know that Olivia needed to escape at some point, but I was surprised at how quickly it happened. Maybe it’s the “Lost” fan in me, used to seeing arcs play out over several episodes, but ‘wow’, JJ. and Co. really mean business. Not that this is a bad thing – what I think people will find jarring is the manner in which she escaped – the dude giving her a glass of water so that she could smash it over his head and begin her escape. Personally, I can live with that because I love seeing Olivia go all rambo on men twice her size. But I do wonder how she would have escaped had the guy brought her a polystyrene cup instead? Maybe she could have stuffed it down his throat and suffocated him to death? Resourceful is our Olivia.
  • Sanford Harris. I think I preferred him when he was a mere conversation. True, he did unite Olivia and Phillip, but I find him annoying. Any man who molesters someone and then calls it “chasing tail” with such pride, deserves an Olivia beat down. Still, maybe there’s hope yet for old Sanford, as he did seem to have a shred of humanity in him, allowing Olivia to continue her questioning. The jury is out though.
  • Astrid. I don’t like doing this because I think Jasika Nicole has so much more to offer. But the character was upstaged by a slug in this episode. A slug! Magnificent though it was, I’m getting worried by the increasing rate at which Astrid is being outshone by animals, fruits and viruses. What can I say, I felt bad for her when even Peter sent her for some cheese steak. Even Peter is taking her kindness for granted! What’s next – brushing Gene’s teeth? Oh, wait..
  • OK, I love Samantha Loeb (RIP) but I question her logic. Why phone Mitchell on his work phone to tell him about Olivia!?? You’d think that with all their fantastical plans and skulduggery they’d have an ’emergency cell phone’. Stupidity like calling Mitchell on his work phone (where it could be traced/tapped) is why bad guys get a bad rep. Not because they’re ‘bad’, but because they’re stoopid. Don’t get me started on Loeb’s shoes. It’s like ‘really, Loeb?’, you’ve got the woman upside down and you have gunk on your shoes! How is this the same man who executed the brilliant parasite plan?


The Observer in "Bound"

I normally watch the show once for pure enjoyment, then I watch it again to spot the Observer (if I didn’t first time round) and to absorb all of the clues. I had to look extra hard this week to spot our bald-plated friend. I’m sticking to my theory that he’s some kind of seer, changing reality through observation.


Sluggy the SlugCaterpillars, slugs and things of that ilk where definitely the theme of the week, with our heroic butterfly, Olivia Dunham, fleeing from her dank chrysalis, and slime ball Mitchell Loeb slipping and sliding his way into trouble. I know that some people had problems with a Bad Robot’s interpretation of a ‘human cold virus’, but I thought it was really quite clever – especially after contextualizing it with Walter’s Lab Notes. So basically, we have a gigantic ‘human cell’ ‘super-sized’ by the virus – just add water (or rather, stomach acid). Imagine the possibilities if such a thing were capable? We could replicate (and enhance) food, limbs, people, planes of consciousness, all through a virus, no longer bound by the slow burn of evolution.

Speaking of ‘giants’, I find it interesting that the Observer was there to see them play recently. Yikes, was this actually a ‘next episode clue’?


The Magic 8 Ball:

Magic 8 Ball“manufactured by Mattel, is a toy used for fortune-telling or seeking advice. Invented in 1946 by Abe Bookman of the Alabe Toy Company, it is a hollow, plastic sphere resembling an oversized, black and white 8-ball. Inside is a white, plastic, icosahedral die floating in a dark blue liquid. Each of the 20 faces of the die has an affirmative, negative, or non-committal statement printed on it in raised letters. There is a transparent window on the bottom of the 8-ball through which these messages can be read.

To use the ball, it must be held with the window initially facing down after shaking. After “asking the ball” a yes-or-no question, the user then turns the ball so that the window faces up, setting in motion the liquid and die inside. When the die floats to the top and one of its faces is pressed against the window, the raised letters displace the blue liquid to reveal the message as white letters on a blue background. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary (or recommended) to shake or jostle the ball before turning it, as doing so can create air bubbles that may visually distort the answer”

It’s also worth noting that earlier in the episode, Walter referred to Olivia as a “Question Machine”. That Ella gave the Magic 8 ball to Olivia, suggests that she will hold some important answers for our intrepid agent.

Episode rating: 8/10


  1. says

    D’oh! Right you are caroline. I knew watching “Fringe” and “Lost” within a day of each other would play havoc with me (Not that they look alike)..

    I’ve updated the post. Cheers for the heads-up!

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  2. Page 48 says

    Shoes are clues. Last week it was Jack Bauer spotting dude leaving the scene of the crime wearing an FBI windbreaker BUT his decidedly un-FBI-like shoes betrayed him. This week, Loeb’s blob is his undoing thanks to the observant Olivia.

    Now, my personal dress code (let’s not even discuss my chiseled features) has yet to land me on the cover of GQ type, but even I check my shoes every now and then, lest one or both should find themselves sporting a giant blob of crap, especially if the rest of my look involves a suit and tie. Apparently, Loeb is a slob at heart.

    I can’t help but remember Agent Bristow being held on that ship and operated on by mysterious people against her will in order to……..you guessed it, save her baby. Now we have Olivia operated on by mysterious people in order to……save her. Hmmmmmmm!

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  3. says

    Mitchell Loeb the slob, sounds about right. Samantha is the one who keeps tabs on the small details..except when she called him on his office phone.

    I can’t help but remember Agent Bristow being held on that ship and operated on by mysterious people against her will in order to……..you guessed it, save her baby. Now we have Olivia operated on by mysterious people in order to……save her. Hmmmmmmm!

    This is an excellent point. They’ve hinted at the idea that Olivia is pregnant with John Scott’s baby (Broyles: “are you safe, agent Dunham?” – 1.02, dream sequence). It would be a good twist if by ‘saving’ her, Loeb actually meant that they were ‘saving her baby’.

    And hey, Bad Robot aren’t exactly against resusing themes from their other shows.

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  4. Peanut says

    There were similarities between the escape in this episode & the escape in “Olivia,” 3.01.

    Loeb’s ZFT superior, David Robert Jones, valued Olivia highly as one of the few people who had been treated with Cortexiphan as a child. Jones probably would not have approved of Loeb’s plan to kill Olivia.

    It seems likely, as Roco says, that Olivia was being vaccinated while she was held prisoner—maybe against the cold slugs or other engineered plagues?

    Broyles serves as enabler for the workaholic Olivia. The same day that she rescues herself from kidnapping & gets taken by Sanford Harris, she doesn’t even get the rest of the day off; Broyles calls her in to work the cold-slug case, which later was found to be related to her kidnapping.

    Peter wants to know what the kidnappers wanted from Olivia, but her response was “who cares about me?” Peter’s response is somewhat ambiguous. He says “I care about you.” He then pauses & says that they need to determine why she was taken to figure out who will be next. The double meaning appears to be that he cares about solving the case but also about her. Two different times during the episode, Walter tells Olivia that Peter was worried about her when she was missing because of the kidnapping. Walter is quite the shipper.

    What was Olivia’s sister not telling her—another plot point that gets dropped?

    The Magic 8 Ball that Ella gives Olivia in this episode seems to be related to the future episode “Concentrate and Ask Again,” 3.12.

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