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).
We’ve renamed this episode Loeb Tapped That.
- I actually think Mitchell Loeb looks better with the mask on.
- Olivia is turned over on the gurney as her world is turned upside down once again.
- Olivia is good a getting out from being trapped. I wonder if she’ll fare so well against Walternate? Those who have seen the (spoiler at link) season 3 trailer may know the partial answer to that.
- Great. The arrival of Sanford Harris – and look, he’s wearing a red tie. To think that he was a mole, baby.
- I forgot how much rough treatment Olivia received in the first part of this episode. First she gets a needle stuck in her spine, then Captain Cop pelts her with a tranquiliser. (No wonder Olivia ran – she didn’t know who to trust). And to make matters worse she wakes up in bed beside agent Harr-asment. All she needs now is her sister to show up!
- For me the Olivia/Harris scene is still the standout moment from this episode. For anyone wondering why Harris is loathed by so many, you only have to watch this scene. Even if he’s innocent of those charges, his general attitude stinks.
- What is really intriguing about this confrontation is that first Olivia’s judgement is questioned, with the reveal that Harris’ charge was overturned. Then he questions her “sanity, loyalty, worthiness to serve.” Olivia is penetrated by this but holds firm, only frantically looking around for an escape route when Harris momentarily turns his back. Interesting that Harris should know exactly which buttons to push (someone has no doubt informed him), surfacing the biggest response from Olivia when he mentions John Scott’s ‘betrayal’.
- “[Walter's] out of his mind, Ms Dunham. These are the people you surround yourself with.” Harris is trying to tear Olivia down by undermining the very things (and people) that now define her. By questioning Walter’s sanity, he’s doubly questioning Olivia’s sanity. (also worth noting that Nina voiced similar opinions to Broyles in 1.02). I love Olivia’s reaction. She has a tear in her eye but gives a steely response that Harris probably wasn’t expecting, “Am I under arrest?” Eat it, Harris! Your playtime is over. The fact that he bound her to the bed speaks volumes for what they were saying about the character at this time.
- Wonderful. Harris and R@chel in the same episode. Someone has a sick sense of humor. Olivia looked pissed off when she learned that R@chel was there to see her. She had obviously forgotten that sister dearest was coming to stay, what with getting abducted and all. She soon lightened up – she’s a good actress after all. “Can I pweease have some water?” Oh Olivia, you slay me.
- “You are just a giant person!” LOL. Why is that funny?
- Interesting how Olivia unloads her questions on Walter and Peter. These are the only people she can really confide in at this time. Even more than Charlie.
- “Literally millions of organisms feed on us, reproduce within us.” I find that a fitting analogy for the alternate reality concept – “monsters in our skin.”
- Olivia or Harris. Broyles chooses Olivia. The writers had definitely made Broyles and Harris less BFF-y by this point.
- “After what happened today, I feel like nothing’s real.” My dear, you may be closer to the truth than you realize.
- Good to see R@chel couldn’t even cook for her sister after her hard day at work. I don’t buy the ‘I’m not a good cook routine’, she probably cooks badly on purpose.
- “You’ve always been the strong one.” A soon to be repeated phrase. It always makes me wonder where Olivia’s ‘strengh’ comes from. Is it innate, or did Cortexiphan make her this way? Perhaps one needs to be strong for Cortexiphan to unlock to maximum potential in a subject.
- Mitchell is either dumb or stupid, it’s a wonder he made it this far in life. Buzzing around Olivia after kidnapping her and failing to clean the giant-ass splodge from his shoe. I guess he was trying to hide in plain sight, but he might as well have come to work with his abduction mask on!
- I LOVE Samantha Loeb in her scene with Olivia. So much pretense yet they both know the that Olivia isn’t there for tea, scones or anything pleasant. Interesting how Olivia almost drops her guard as Sammy puts on the waterworks, causing Olivia to hesitate and give her an opening which almost cost Dunham her life. Perhaps she’ll put it down to her emotions, but there’s no denying the fact that she has a desire to rescue people, particularly women. That being said I don’t want Olivia to become a robot, even though I call her the Dunhamnator.
- Given that Mitchell was working for Jones, whose ambition (along with activating Olivia) was to trek over to the alternate universe to murder Bell for not appreciating him. Why was Multitask Mitchell murdering future CDC employees? Was there another bow to Jones’ plan that we never saw come to anything?
- Olivia can be heartless at times. Showing Mitchell the photo of Samantha with a bullet in her head, and then taunting him about it was cruel. He kidnapped her and injected her with something. She had every right to be furious. But her actions showed that certain situations can bring out the worst in even the best of people. I’m not sticking up for Mitchell, but you can see why Olivia was chosen to watch the gate. I’d like to explore whether having the strength needed to protect the universe requires that one lose a fair bit of their humanity, or whether the opposite can be true in Olivia’s case? Perhaps future episodes will serve as a good base for such a question.
- Mitchell’s confession about the “two sides” seems to refer to the war with the alternate universe. As I touched on earlier, did Jones have a broader goal that went beyond just getting revenge on Bell? Did he want to ‘protect’ our world against the other side? Of course, it’s interesting to watch Harris during all of this. His actions in this episode alone make it seem as though he’s working for Jones, while it also leaves the Bell possibility open.
- I love how Mitchell is the ‘insane’ one by the end of the episode, with even Walter concurring. Of course, Olivia knows better. (although he was pretty crazy to go through with the 1.07 parasite stunt). I’m still not sure how Mitchell “saved” Olivia though – unless the spinal tap would eventually enable her to handle her activation better than some of the other Cortexiphan Kids who met gooey ends. Although Olivia being ‘the strong one’ would cover that base on its own.
Sleep, Dreams and Waking
- Nice shot of Olivia as she wakes up strapped to the gurney, lights flashing past her eyes. Whatever must be going through her mind at this time? The blue ‘energy’ lights flash as if marking the transition between her sleep state and wakefulness.
- “My boy, I’m not even sure that we exist on the same plane of consciousness”
Best retrospective performer: Anna Torv
Best retrospective moment: The first Olivia v Harris face-off.
Retrospective episode rating: 7/10
Next rewatch episode – 1.12 “The No Brainer” – TBA.