Fringe is a really frustrating show. Every well done story line is nearly always wrapped in a lazily written and cliched plot.
I thought the Walter/scientist dynamic and the scientist himself were great. I would have liked to have seen more of the ZFT guy just to give Walter some opportunity to be intellectually matched.
But did the world really need another female alien/monster hunting in nightclubs and seducing men to feed? That's the best they could come up with? Listing the shows and movies that have featured that plot would take longer than writing this episode ... Species, The Hidden, Angel, Sliders ...
They have an ultraviolent crazy mutant to transport so they decide the best option would not be chained to the floor of the tactical van (which was next to were they captured her!) but lying on the back seat of the SUV with nobody watching her.
Then throw in some horrible predictability such as:
"I'll tell you everything you need to know if you get my wife back"
= dead by episode end
"She'll be out for hours"
= due to wake up in a few seconds
Besides watching out for The Observer next week we should probably start to look out for redshirts who are actually wearing red shirts. And not in a knowing, self-aware way.
I'm just glad this episode kept Evil Seductress Monster out of the way for the most part and concentrated on the ZFT guy.
This show has the potential to be so much better but the writers are not really pushing themselves to be original or surprising. Which is probably why it's getting 10 million viewers. The public don't take well to originality.