2.08 August


Fringe 2.08 "August"

A peculiar abduction occurs in Boston, leading the Fringe team to uncover details of the mysterious man known as The Observer. While the bizarre case takes center stage, Walter (John Noble), Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) hit the lab to analyze unusual evidence and deal with Walter’s insatiable appetite for milkshakes.

2.08 “August” Promo:

The Top 10 Things You Need To Know to Prepare for Tonight’s Episode of Fringe:

And just for fun, The Observers get the wrong pattin:

2.08 "August" Rating

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  1. alamax says

    K, so we got “watchers” with super sophisticated gadgets for communications and surveillance. But when a message is sent to “Donald” Donald pulls up a picture of the target on a super sophisticated gadget?? NO !! Donald uses a dot-matrix printer from 1980. PLOT FAIL ~ !!

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  2. Frobozz says

    No, not “plot fail.” If you’ve been paying attention, the interdimensionals like the shape-shifters and Nina Sharp/William Bell have all been using old technology to communicate. Nina had her ancient green-screen CRT, the Shape Shifters are using an old typewriter. I don’t think this is an accident. And Walter has a certain affinity to old technology. I’m just waiting for someone to pull out an old 8-track tape at this point.

    Overall not a bad episode. Reveals very little about the Observers and their mission, gives some tantalizing backstory to what may have happened between Walter and our Observer and Peter. What was the interference the Observers were talking about that they had to correct? Was it Peter and Walter’s rescue? Was it the death of Peter1 (was he “corrected” by an assassin?) Or was it the abduction of Peter2 from the altverse?

    Overall this had the same feel as “Inner Child.” Which begs the question..now that one Observer is dead, what about the kiddie Observer from “Inner Child?” Will he take his place? The second Observer looked surprised when Walter said “Don’t take my son.” Does this mean the other Observers are unaware of what our Observer did for Walter (whatever that may be)?

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    • Pedro says

      f you’ve been paying attention, the interdimensionals like the shape-shifters and Nina Sharp/William Bell have all been using old technology to communicate.

      What do you mean? Who are the shape-shifters and who is this William Bell that you speak of? Those two must not have much to do with the show since I can’t remember the last time they were the focus. Wait, isn’t there something to do with a war? I must be mistaken. My memory is not that great. But, hey, the characters must not have great memories either since no one has mentioned the war, shape-shifters, going to another universe or their dear friend Charlie who recently died.

      This season is turning into balls.

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  3. Frobozz says

    Oh and one more thing…once again we see Peter dodge a bullet! That’s twice this season he’s pulled a “Neo” and avoided being shot.

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    • Pedro says

      Oh and one more thing…once again we see Peter dodge a bullet! That’s twice this season he’s pulled a “Neo” and avoided being shot.

      When I brought this up before I was lectured about the difficulties of shooting someone in real life.

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      • Frobozz says

        Well I don’t know about real life but…Peter has dodged a head-shot twice now. Plus, they made the point of showing August doing his best “Agent Smith” grabbing a bullet out of the air (which makes me wonder why he didn’t do that to the assassin). I’m going to keep watching and see if Peter demonstrates any more preternatural speed and agility like that.

        If the prerequisite to getting the Observers to ignore you is to make yourself “important,” then you have to wonder in what way Peter is important (or rather, was “made” important by Walter).

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  4. Page 48 says

    Considering the number of meaningless episodes preceding this Observer-laden installment, it’s hard to imagine “August” could have been any more underwhelming, with its absence of shapeshifters, Bells, Sharps, Jessups, Weisses and/or coming storms.

    Now FOX, apparently thinking we need another 2 week break to catch our breath after trying to keep up with all those Observers, seems set to resume in December with the familiar formula (FOTW / let’s get the body back to the lab / let’s get Walter something to eat / Walter pees his pants / Peter knows a guy).

    Sure, one can make the argument that this episode was an improvement (if only because it broke with recent tradition of having nothing to do with anything), but was it riveting entertainment? No. Did it matter that August died or that Christine lived? Not to me. Before last night I never heard of either one of them so why would I care if they had a rough day? Maybe I had a rough day, too.

    And, BTW, doesn’t our #1 Observer feel a little cheated that the first big Observer story in a long while comes along and he’s basically riding the bench?? Not that we want him to be the one that dies, but still, he didn’t have much going on last night, while his buddy August stole the spotlight.

    “Fringe” is frustrating has hell. There is always the hint of something big just around the corner, but, for the most part, the only big thing waiting around the corner is the inevitable letdown (followed by the promise of something big just around the corner).

    Bottom line here is that I can’t believe there was so much promo and ‘viral marketing’ hyping such an unsatisfying episode. Charlie Francis didn’t miss a thing last night.

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