Spoilers for last night's "Fringe" coming up just as soon as I use the word "nipple" again...
Such an awesome, awesome teaser. Such a run-of-the-mill episode after that.
That was some vintage "X-Files" stuff they had going on during the airplane sequence. Impeccably set-up, edited and scored, all leading to the half-terrifying, half-hilarious, intentionally-both glimpse of the hedgehog man bursting out of the bathroom and charging into coach class. (Yet another advantage of first class: you die last!) It followed the old Spielberg circa "Jaws" rule that the less you see of the creature, the scarier it becomes.
That teaser made me terribly excited to see the rest of the episode, which I had to wait on until I dealt with a half-a-dozen other issues last night and today. And then, unfortunately, the rest of the show didn't remotely live up to it.
I'm glad that we're apparently done with Olivia going into the "Altered States" tank. Each successive jaunt has made it seem less dangerous (she sure doesn't seem like she just took a massive dose of LSD by the time the very next scene begins) and less surreal. And I'm surprised/disappointed that they didn't follow the story to the point where John Scott's memories were starting to take up too much space (and control) in Olivia's mind.
And because I still care not one iota about Olivia herself, no matter how many cute sisters and nieces they give her, the climactic moment where Dream John gave Dream Olivia a Dream Engagement Ring did nothing for me.
Still, there were some improvements over recent episodes: no Michael Gaston running around being a moron, Blair Brown and Massive Dynamic back in the picture, and the moment (nicely-played by Kirk Aceveda) where Charlie had to listen to Olivia try to explain about the shared consciousness problem. That was a much better way to address the whole "the rest of the FBI doesn't understand or trust what Olivia is doing" issue than all the nonsense with Gaston (who, unfortunately, I don't think we're done with yet).
What did everybody else think?