2.11 Johari Window


Following an unexplained attack involving hideously deformed humans, the Fringe team visits the small town in upstate New York to uncover leads surrounding the bizarre case. When it’s determined that these deformed people have managed to hide themselves for a while and they’ll do just about anything to keep it that way, the investigation takes an unexpected turn in the all-new “Johari Window” episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FRINGE-211) (TV-14; L, V) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

Fringe is back from its pre-mid season Lowatus with a brand spanking new episode, tonight, on FOX! To be fair, the show returned on Monday with the previously unaired episode from season 1 – Unearthed, but I think we can all agree that the real Fringe resumes in earnest tonight.

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  1. Frobozz says

    I agree–for once, a stand-alone episode actually worked for me this season. One of the few. I did enjoy this one a lot.

    For a while I was thinking this might have had something to do with the alt-universe shape-changers (the one from S2,E1 looked rather “deformed” between shape-shifts).

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  2. Elaine says

    I found the subtext of perception underlying the episode really made it work for me. Walter’s guilt is becoming more and more difficult for him to mask. It’s interesting to see how much he needs for Peter to see him as a better man, one who is trying to make amends for his past deeds. Walter’s plead to Broyles not to go public on that small town, although he wasn’t directly responsible for what had transpired was especially touching. Although I’m so very nervous every time they step out of the lab together, the growing bond between Walter and Astrid has become a highlight for me this season. Nice job by the writers utilizing their friendship to get to the heart of the episode in Astrid’s perception of the butterfly as opposed to the disliked moth, and her reaction to seeing the little boys real face. Her reaction was horried initially, but at the end, she simply saw him as a yound, scared and embarrassed little boy.

    I also found Olivia struggling to reassure Peter that he did the right thing in killing that man interesting because it dawned on me that they are still trying to sort out their new found partnership. Olivia whom Peter has pointed out is the one that carries the gun between them, yet he finds himself in a position where he has to protect them both as well as Walter. The fact that it resulted in a kill obviously troubled him.

    For me, these character moments really are the heartbeat of the show. Yes, I love the mythology, and I’m excited to see what answers and stories they tell us in explaining the alternate universe, William Bell, Shapeshifters, Observers, cortexiphan abilities and so forth, but not at the expense of great character moments like we got in this episode. I say kick back, have some patience, and enjoy the entire journey the writers and actors are taking us on.

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    • says

      I like the character moments too. Is good for us to remember that, besides having a rogue life, Peter didn´t have any training like Olivia and Charlie and now he´s her partner, having the responsabilities she used to have. Not easy for him.

      And Astrid and Walter really makes me laugh, not as much as Peter and Walter used to, but I think she´ll be the only one really on Walter´s side when they drop the bomb

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  4. hal says

    To those who are unable to get past the fringe-fan collective attitude that stand-alones are bad, ****ing get over it.

    It’s been made clear already that a mythos-only formula would be nice for the creators, they never really intended it to be that way either. Basically, they can’t please everyone. With that in mind, is it so hard to just let go and enjoy these things now for what they are?

    This episode was really enjoyable for me. Yes, the underlying thing about perception really was cool. Totally fringey. This is what the shows about..

    And there WAS mythos continuity, even if it is walter’s lingering fear of the shapeshifter.. would you rather him be like nothing happened?

    I’m liking where this is going now.. I can be proud to say this was time WELL wasted

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    • Page 48 says

      “To those who are unable to get past the fringe-fan collective attitude that stand-alones are bad, ****ing get over it.”

      So I think what you’re saying is “why strive for a career .350 batting average when you can make a decent living batting .275 and not have to be bothered with that pesky Hall of Fame speech after you retire?”

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      • says

        No, Page 48, what (I think) hal is trying to say is that the writers already said that they are trying to do a different thing with Fringe that they did with Alias or Lost, and shouting about myths all the time won´t do you any good. Write Bad Robot and tell them that for season 3 you would like a more balanced standalone-myth formula, wait and enjoy the ride. Even without the myths, Fringe is a great show.

        And Bad Robot don´t rely only on Fringe to go to the Hall of Fame, let alone it´s second season.

        Really, people, calm down, FOX is happy with it´s rating, Fringe is losing on the current time slot but FOX never had such good rates at thursdays, the show doesn´t seem at risk. PLEASE lets go back to the good, inteligent analysis, observations and criticism that everyone here use to have.

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        • Page 48 says

          Even without the myths, Fringe is a great show.

          Luana, those rose-coloured glasses look great on you. “Fringe” is often an exercise in repetitive mediocrity, especially when it shelves its important storyline (not to mention it’s key players) for weeks on end.

          If you think it rocks now, just imagine how much you’d love it if it really did manage to flirt with greatness more than 3 or 4 times a year. But no worries in that department, for apparently the groundbreaking Bad Robot of a decade ago has gone all soft in the middle (see “Undercovers” if you need further proof).

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  5. Mike says

    I enjoyed this episode, but I didn’t understand Astrid’s reactions to Walter in the lab about the butterfly/moth. She lashed out in barely suppressed anger which seemed totally out of character for her. It was out of place, especially since she so obviously cares for Walter.

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  6. Kel says

    I feel that Fringe should not be about stand alone episodes; it is a 21st century series where every episode should build up. However I suspect every stand alone episode will in some way feature in a massive turn for the series – especially the technology from this one.

    How many others have been using this type of technology to mask activity in the Fringe universe? How will this knowledge play into the battle against the other universe?

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    • says

      It´s a good thought, Kel, I´m not betting my money on it (because i have no idea what goes on the writer´s minds), but it would be great if, in the heat of the multiverse battle, they use the fringe thecnology they´ve been learning in these cases.

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  7. Pedro says

    I liked this stand alone episode, and I usually don’t. It reminded me of a short story I read as a kid, can’t remember the name.

    I liked that they carried over Walters neck scar and the fact that he was scared of being grabbed again.

    What I didn’t like was that I thought Walter should’ve been equally scared when he found out that these things could change. That should’ve put the shape-shifters back in his mind for a bit. Not a huge deal, but a missed opportunity.

    I liked it though which is surprising because I rarely like stand-alones.

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  8. Pedro says

    One of the reasons that I think I enjoy the show a little more is because I don’t waste time with it on Thursdays anymore. My family decided to DVR it and watch it on our time.

    I don’t like the direction the show is going with all of the stand-alones, so I’ll just watch it when I have time or on Hulu. I still have hope for the show and I still enjoy it to some degree, but not enough to anxiously anticipate it.

    I also figure I can get the DVDs when the show is cancelled or ends. Then I can watch the 10 or 12 mythology episodes back to back and understand the entire show.

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