Originally Posted by MeowMeow
That's a little too fancy for Fringe. I mean, we are talking about a show that promotes murder by way of a virus the size of a Jack Russell Terrier (still my favorite moment). This is a show that had an airliner downed by a life-size Sonic the Hedgehog monster.
I know Fringe wants to have that big, awesome mythology that serialized shows adore. But, at its best Fringe is a really well-produced B-movie. It's better when it wants to be The Outer Limits rather than Lost.
OMG KIDDIES! -- THIS SERIES IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! -- or, outside the Earthly realm. Maybe beyond the parameters of any known reality, might be more apt.
This is to say that what is happening here is not of the world I inhabit. Let's review: demolition crew leader has a sudden inkling out of nowhere that the building he has just cleared is still occupied -- he suddenly wheels around, and lo and behold, they find an underground chamber -- actually network of tunnels. In it: a feral child!
The next thing we know, this quasi-Fed-part-FBI band-of-freaks shows up to intervene. What are they doing here? How did they get the call? What is their authority or jurisdiction? Why does this fall into their purview? Well, if we had any questions, we soon discover that the kid can impart useful information about the case the crew is working on. How? Why? Some sort of bizarre energy, which explains why this crew becomes involved -- this is their realm, after all -- but wait -- they knew nothing of this ability when they became involved, so again, there is no reason for their presence, even in the context of the series.
Let alone that this was a building demolition, held up indefinitely, Municipality involved, several corporations -- find of the century, news agencies swarm all over it one would think, no record of this architectural feature, mystery and very strange appearance of the kid -- but we get none of that...kid sits alone in a hosptal bed, NO ONE IS INTERESTED. Now that IS strange.
Well, ditzy psycho guy eventually proclaims the kid is not a psychic, but like a shark, can sense out people's feelings at long-distance -- oh, and somehow, because kid cares about the female lead, he can connect with the killer they are looking for, even though the female lead has had no contact with the killer on any level, so cannot herself provide any deeply buried connection to this killer -- they are two unrelated strangers, yet because of feral kid's connection to girl, he has one to the killer that she in turn has NO connection to herself.
Beyond this implausability, the kid provides words in English which he has had no exposure to, i.e., no exposure to English or words -- presumably he does not understand what he is transmitting, so how does this stuff come to him? Is the killer concentrating on those random cross streets that his van is parked in front of when he snatches someone? -- that is what happens here -- kid provides these street names -- killer's van is parked in vicinity, but this is not a place the killer drove to as a location address -- he is just parked there, apparently at random, so why would the killer be concentrating his mental energies on the cross streets so that the kid can pick it up? Maybe kid is sensing just the geographical locale, but is unfamiliar with the street grid or city layout or even English words, so if he was extrapolating the streets from a general sensing of the locale, how did the steet names pop into his brain?
Also, ditzy nut case decides they need a "verbal detector" machine that ditzy then gets out of mothballs, perfectly preserved where he left it twenty years earlier -- to read the kids verbal thoughts that he cannot speak. Why can't kid speak these thoughts? Because he knows no language -- not that he doesn't have vocal cords -- so what will the machine read? -- well, his verbal thoughts of course. How? by going to the verbal centers of his brain and scanning all that English he has stored up from never learning one letter or word of English or ANY language apparently.
Also, honestly, is our best romanticized interpretation of psychosis that it consists of no more than some pretty precious mental meanderings? Possibly some inappropriate but undeniably cute, if inconsistent, insensitivity to social conventions? Possibly a few precocious outbursts that embarass, thrown in? Is that it? Went to the nut ward for decades over that? While Harvard preserved his whole lab just as it was? They weren't ever interested in that speech-reading machine that they obviously funded? -- could've changed the world but they don't even care now -- good old Walter has all he needs at his disposal free of charge or accountability. What universe is this?
At a point you just have to ask, what is this series premised on? None of it makes sense, including the all-important relationships of the parties involved and their motivations. Let alone this is not how the world works on any level. FBI chick actually walks away with the kid out of the hospital -- what is her authority? Why is she even involved here? Well, maybe the hospital folks weren't looking, don't know why the media is not swarming all over this hospital, but there are no cops or social workers either -- she just walks out because she asked the kid if he wanted to go, so no one notices that weird looking bald freak is leaving with lady.
BUT THEN, BUT THEN, mind you -- a CIA operative appears who DOES have the legal authority to commandeer kid -- HOW? WHAT AUTHORITY? -- who knows? But we are assured that his claim to some child found in an abandoned building falls under CIA legal authority -- no one else is involved apparently, including Child Protective Services which he first pretended to be, and that might have made SOME sense.
The Outer Limits type intrigue and happenings I don't mind in the least, but this show needs to get a grip on its REALITY.