Welcome to our rewatch for Fringe episode 11 of season 1 – “Bound”. In this rewatch we break free from the shackles and gather up new perspectives, before sitting down for a nice cup of Samantha Loeb’s herbal tea. (It’d be a shame to waste it).
Synopsis: The FBI and an increasingly desperate Peter search for the abducted Olivia (who finds herself trapped inside a mysterious lab) unaware that the man heading the investigation is the one responsible for her disappearance.
Below the jump I share my new observations and perspectives, and take a quick look at the unresolved and closed mysteries from “Bound”.
I’ve received some emails asking whether or not the Observer made an appearance in last week’s “Bound” episode. He was most definitely present; as we pointed out in our Bound easteregg and clue’s round-up. Here’s the video, courtesy of Fox, for those of you who missed him:
Here’s the FB Eastereggs and clues for episode 1.11 “Bound”:
Olivia’s so Fly
A possible allusion between Walter dosing the caterpillar with LSD and Olivia being spinaltapped. Both the caterpillar and Olivia have experienced hallucinogenic states (both thanks to Walter!). Caterpillars are special because they transform into Butterflies. It’s been hinted throughout the series that Olivia is also special. Could she be about to ‘transform’ into a metaphorical ‘butterfly’ – is that why Jones had her abducted? Did they give her abilities..abilities that will “save” her the next time she experiences a mind-altering state of being? Or perhaps they gave her a flu jab?
My two favourite shows came back from their respective hiatuses last week, both great examples of why Bad Robot are so good at what they do. Now, unlike Kirk Acevedo and many others, I don’t necessarily think that the two shows share the same verse. However, I was intrigued by the ominous mention of “The Rules” in last weeks respective episodes.
The rules on “Lost” are well documented to the avid viewer – they state that the past cannot be changed no matter what; Time-travel has laws which cannot be broken, because despite the fact that destiny is a “fickle b*tch”, she’s always got her eye on the ball. Oh, except when Charles Widmore changed those rules last season, when his merc, Martin Christopher Keamy, executed Ben’s beloved daughter, Alex. Brutal.
One thing that I have realised from watching JJ. Abrams shows, is that there are rarely any coincidences. People don’t just ‘show up’ for no good reason (Paulo and Nikki aside, although JJ. had flown the nest by then). Which brings me to this interchange between Olivia and the ‘newbie’ on the scene, Sandford Harris – the man she had prosecuted for sexual abuse, years earlier.
Olivia: “Why am I cuffed to the bed?”
Harris: “Because this is the kind of authority that I have here. You see, my conviction on sexual assaults, that you so ably prosecuted, is overturned. Homeland security, for whom I consult, has assigned me to review Fringe Division.”
Olivia: “Just like that?”
*Harris nods smugly
Harris: “Which gives me the prerogative to question your sanity, your loyalty, your worthiness to serve. It seems to me the people you have surrounded yourself with have failed those tests at every turn…”
We love the slugs, parasites, teleportation and all of that fantastical stuff, but it’s the characters who are the heart of the show; because even if you’re a non-believer in some of the science seen on “Fringe”, it’s the characters who allow us to relate to the fringeverse in a believeable way. With that said, it’s time to vote for your favourite character from “Bound”! Who gets your vote – who is your 1.11 Fringe of the Week?
1.11 Bound - Fringie of the Week
Olivia Dunham (38%, 32 Votes)
Peter Bishop (25%, 21 Votes)
Mitchell Loeb (11%, 9 Votes)
Walter Bishop (10%, 8 Votes)
Samantha Loeb (5%, 4 Votes)
Charlie Francis (5%, 4 Votes)
The Observer (5%, 4 Votes)
Phillip Broyles (1%, 1 Votes)
Ella Dunham (1%, 1 Votes)
Sanford Harris (0%, 0 Votes)
Rachel Dunham (0%, 0 Votes)
Astrid Farnsworth (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 84
This poll closes just before Tuesday’s brand new episode – get your vote on!
*Standings before 1.11: Walter & Peter 5 wins each, Olivia, The Observer & Meegar’s mom 1 win each.
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?
Popular Mechanics cast a critical eye over the science portrayed in 1.11 “Bound”. In particular they question whether it’s possible for a slug to hatch inside your gut, and whether the “common cold virus” can really become a born killer.
Should you be scared of a spiny slug growing in your stomach?
Parasites were back on Fringe, after making a factually-challenged appearance in an earlier episode. In last night’s episode, “Bound,” Boston College professor Stewart Kinberg reaches the high point of a lecture about the microbial world, ruminating on how millions and millions of microorganisms like viruses and bacteria feed on us every day. Like many remarks in Fringe, the professor’s words turn out to be prophetic—he suddenly begins to struggle to speak, then breaks into a fit of choking and falls to the ground. The teacher’s assistant tries CPR to revive him, but in vain. And a moment later, the professor’s killer makes its appearance.