2.04 – Momentum Deferred


2.04 Momentum Deferred

Synopsis: OLIVIA’S MURKY PAST MATERIALIZES ON “FRINGE” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, ON FOX

Recuperating from the traumatic and alarming meeting with Massive Dynamic founder Dr. William Bell (guest star Nimoy), Agent Dunham consumes a powerful “fringe” concoction that Dr. Bishop prescribes to stimulate her memory. Meanwhile, the Fringe Division investigates a series of robbery cases that are tied to shape-shifting. As clues are tracked and memories are jogged, another woman experimented on by Dr. Bishop is introduced and a flashback reveals more about Olivia’s visit to the alternate reality in the “Momentum Deferred” episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX! (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Kirk Acevedo as Charlie Francis; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth. Guest Star: Leonard Nimoy as William Bell

It’s been a mixed season so far. Mixed in terms of the type of episodes we’ve had. Out of the three, I much prefer the mythology/overarching storyline fix that was “New Day” (although Fracture was also a good episode). My hope is for more mythology, more central storyline, more Evil Charlie, more Peter progression, more Walter (seriously, where’s he been?), more from Olivia’s meeting with Bell, more Astrid, more Amy, more Nina, and less plot holes.

Now for some hype:

He was only seen in the season 1 finale, but Belly sure was mentioned a lot. Looks like all roads lead here..

[FOX Broadcasting]

The Bishop Boys tell Fox Source why tonight’s episode is one not to be missed:

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  1. says

    I noticed about 2/3 the way through the episode there was a scene with Walter sitting down in the lab. His right eye looked really weird. Does he have a glass eye? Or is it some weird trick of the camera or something deliberate?

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  2. says

    Peter is someone Bell knows, and now we know, Olivia should contacted. Bell knew that this Greek message meant something to Peter. Letting him know who he should trust, and to also relay that to Olivia. It sounds to me that Bell is either trapped where he is or he is playing games trying to win over Olivia from Walter. Walter taking Peter started this so it sounds, by the fact that Bell even mentioned Peter, like Peter may be an important facture in this so called war. Remember that the friend Walter used noticed something in Peter, a light as she looked at him. She saw something, not quite sure what, but a difference.

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    • Maria says

      Walter’s friend definately saw her “light ” around Peter, remember she said right after the psychotic drugs she can see a light around the shape shifters, she paused and he was all lit up. We think this was a pivotol piece of the action. It seems Peter may be the gate keeper that William Bell was talking about.

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  3. bigkjd says

    In wiliiam bell’s office there was a picture of jerry garcia on the wall in the other universe,pretty cosmic !!

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  4. Page 48 says

    Good to see counter-terrorist Curtis Manning back in action after Jack Bauer shooting him dead a few years back. I still think Jack could have shot him in the arm or something. Seriously, who shoots people in the neck these days?

    Now, wasn’t this episode of “Fringe” SO MUCH more interesting than so many we’ve seen simply because the writer-dudes focused on the BIG PICTURE instead of time-wasters like Chronicles of Worm-Boy? And, for us fans of Sarah Connor, it’s good to see writers Miller and Stentz spin some good yarn here on “Fringe”.

    Honestly, Bad Robot, there’s just 2 things you need to do: go serial and drop the life-draining momentum killing wheel-spinner episodes that do nothing but eat up valuable innings. If there’s 22 episodes in a season, there’s no excuse for wasting 14 of them.

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  5. Cathy904 says

    It’s great to see such enthusiastic responses, LOL!

    Yes, the publicity shot with Peter and Olivia in the alley was misleading, he wasn’t there in the episode. Fun reference for future spoiler shots, they’re not always truthful.

    John Noble has an irregular pupil in his right eye, it’s something I’ve noticed over the long haul.

    Ha, we can gripe all we want, the mythos-connected episodes generate much more excitement than the “downtime” episodes, but I’ve been told by Elliot that Bad Robot plans to do a mythos-show only one episode in four.

    I thought it was Latin, but was corrected it was the same greek phrase Olivia said when she came out of her comma. And there’s a nutty opinion going on about Peter, the scene where he’s working on the instrumentation, a miniature of the mirror Charlie used to contact the other side? I’m borrowing that idea, very intriguing.

    Whether it’s waiting for a mythos-show, or waiting to get back on FF.com, ;), that was an exciting episode! *Waves*

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    • Pedro says

      “Ha, we can gripe all we want, the mythos-connected episodes generate much more excitement than the “downtime” episodes, but I’ve been told by Elliot that Bad Robot plans to do a mythos-show only one episode in four.”

      If that is true then that is going to ruin the show for me. I really enjoyed this episode, but seeing what looks like a stand alone next week really pissed me off.

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      • Page 48 says

        I pretty much have to agree with that sentiment. If Bad Robot only wants to get it on every 4th time out, then why not just do a 5 night blockbuster miniseries (like “Torchwood: Children of Earth”), get the DVD’s out a week later, and then ‘see ya next year’ while viewers go back to Kate and Her 8 or whatever that crap is called?

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    • mlj102 says

      I believe this quote is what you’re referring to:

      “Orci also offered a secret tidbit for devotees looking to keep track of these freaky fellows, as well as the mythology running through Fox’s crazy cool alternative-universe drama. “One of the things we’re doing, which we’ve been doing since Season 1, is that every four episodes or five episodes, if you’ve been watching the show and you’re a fan, you’re gonna get bigger answers than you ever got before. If you stay tuned to the fourth show, that eighth show, that 12th show, you will start to see a continuity that begins with The Observers.””

      (source: http://www.tvguidemagazine.com/news/fringe-exclusive-the-observers-are-coming-2299.html)

      I interpret him to be saying that every four or five episodes or so we will get a lot of intense focus on the overall story arc. And like he said, that’s really not anything new. It was pretty much the same in Season 1. But that doesn’t mean that all the other episodes are “stand alone” or insignificant or not good episodes. I understand that many fans view the mythology episodes as the best ones, and I agree that Ability, More Than One of Everything and other similar episodes are my favorites. But that doesn’t mean that the other episodes are no good or don’t set the stage for the “mythology” episodes. Some of those “stand alone” episodes have some really important things that we learn from them. I think it’s kind of sad how critical some fans get about some episodes just because it wasn’t a “mythology” episode, directly connected back to Massive Dynamic and William Bell and an Alternate reality war.

      Personally, I have really enjoyed this season and the way they have included separate stories while still referring to the full story. I think it’s been really neat how each episode has been able to stand by itself, yet they’ve all been connected as well. And I think it adds realism to the story. It’s not practical to expect every case they work on to tie back into the bigger story, or that they’re going to figure out what happened to Olivia right away. I like how so far this season, we’ve seen them working on the big picture, but it’s been trial and error, and in the process, they get pulled into other side projects, as well. It makes me feel like it’s an actual journey they’re on and we’re able to see that journey both in the intense moments, as well as the in between moments as they’re trying to put the pieces together.

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      • says

        Sure sure, I see your point. But the “Nights” episode was a bit too lame for a stand-alone. If they’re going to do stand-alones, it’d be nice if they were more like “Fracture” wherein they tie in the problem of the week to the overall arc a little better. Fracture seemed to gel well with the season long arc, but looking back at it, it was really a stand-alone ep until the very end.

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  6. Page 48 says

    I understand your reluctance to consider that “Fringe” is anything but perfection in its current form, but let’s get real for a minute. If standalone, go nowhere episodes that can be watched in any order were the pinnacle of series TV, then we might as well still be watching “Gunsmoke” every week.

    Having ridden the Bad Robot train from coast to coast with great serials like “Alias” and “Lost”, I cringe at the mere thought of wasted episodes. It might be just the ticket for some, but I tune in every week hoping to see a season long build up of big story momentum, and frankly, stories like the Worm Boy Diaries are giant, slithering momo killers.

    While you may be satisfied “that Bad Robot plans to do a mythos-show only one episode in four”, I’m not on board with that kind of dilution, and I’m likely to exercise my right to whine over and above your objections.

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    • says

      T23, I shouldn’t have to say this, but if we all had the same opinion things would be pretty boring. Let others have their say.

      If you disagree on something, feel free to support your point of view. There’s no need to tell people that they don’t really watch the show, when obviously they do.

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  7. says

    Man, this episode was awesome. So glad to get some mythos-heavy action – and the return of William Bell! I was very worried the promo from last week would be a lying promo, promising us things that wouldn’t happen.

    And there are still so many questions raised. What are Peter and William’s connection? What is the deal, really, with the Observers? Who was Mr. Headless? Why can’t Bell return? Will we get to see parallel Charlie again? (not the shapeshifter, the parallel Charlie)

    Lots of cool stuff to know. I hope next week’s ep, while probably a standalone, gives us some Walter action. This week’s was good, but left me wanting more.

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  8. says

    I am curious about the mural behind the dead Charlie. It seems that one of the characters in it is Van Gogh, but there is another man who I don’t recognize. I wonder if it was painted for this series, or it just was a found location.

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  9. Cathy904 says

    Acquiring a devoted fanbase must have its positive and negative consequences.
    The positive part might be that groups of fans, like us, want to get together and enjoy the latest and greatest episode, discuss minutiae, and participate in a community.

    The negative part might be how high emotions run, how quickly folks say, “If such-and-such happens, I’ll never watch it again”.

    The production doesn’t have a limitless budget, as evidenced by their move from New York. Science fact meets science fiction. It must be expensive and challenging to deliver believable science fiction that looks like science fact every episode.

    Stand alone episodes are going to be the majority of the episodes. The producers have said that from the beginning. I’m working to accept that, enjoy the stand-alone episodes, and revel in the occasional “Ability” or “Momentum Deferred.” :)

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  10. Cathy904 says

    “Might as well be watching Gunsmoke”, Ha, ha, HA! I had to watch that show a lot as a kid with parents in the room. Fun discussion, guys!

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    • Page 48 says

      Leonard Nimoy actually appeared in 4 episodes of “Gunsmoke” (playing a different character in each appearance), making him at least the second “Fringe” actor (Clint Howard) to date all the way back to those crazy Matt Dillon days.

      I see Blair Brown as a bionic Miss Kitty.

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  11. elliiot says

    Interesting reading this comment thread from the bottom up!

    I got to this one paragraph and knew it had to be MLJ (with whom I have obviously shared consciousness!)

    “Personally, I have really enjoyed this season and the way they have included separate stories while still referring to the full story. I think it’s been really neat how each episode has been able to stand by itself, yet they’ve all been connected as well. And I think it adds realism to the story. It’s not practical to expect every case they work on to tie back into the bigger story, or that they’re going to figure out what happened to Olivia right away. I like how so far this season, we’ve seen them working on the big picture, but it’s been trial and error, and in the process, they get pulled into other side projects, as well. It makes me feel like it’s an actual journey they’re on and we’re able to see that journey both in the intense moments, as well as the in between moments as they’re trying to put the pieces together.”

    I completely agree. And I thought Momentum Deferred seamlessly blended the two story styles. It rocked both. The cinematography continues to amaze me, too. Luscious lighting! Gorgeous sound. And I hope we see Rebecca again.
    I’m hoping for more Charlie— alt-Charlie, I guess, now. Could we have him join FD? Please?

    (By the way, BR didn’t say the multiple-of-four episodes would be the only mythos carrying episodes, just that they would be mythos heavy. Both parts are interwove throughout all the episodes, in varying amounts.)

    It puzzles me that some fans are so adamant about only wanting mythology, and not the other things that Bad Robot provide us. From my summer re-watch exercise (thanks, D-roc!), I realized again how the mythology story is about all three of them, they are intertwined in their past, present and future. And that all the parts and pieces make a very entertaining whole!

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