Did “The Consultant” serve as a satisfying bridge to David Robert Jones’ endgame? Read our take..
- The death of Captain Lee felt rather insignificant in the previous episode, but witnessing his funeral gave his arc better closure.
- The continuation of the David Robert Jones *swoon* story arc was good to see, providing further insight into his relationship with Broylante, and his endgame.
- The episode touched on some heartfelt themes that allowed me to overlook some of the more awkward moments.
- Some of the dialogue and exposition felt a bit too on the nose.
- Walter’s motivation for going over to the other side wasn’t as solid as I would have liked.
- Some of the plotting and pacing felt a bit awkward, particularly the dissolution of the Broylnate/DRJ axis.
- We begin the episode by bidding farewell to Captain Lee. I poured a glass for him last time out, but it was good to see the show find room for his burial.
- I had some problems with the forced dialog from his ‘mother’, over-telegraphing Broylnate’s motivation for working with Jones.
- I liked the predominantly steely nature of Ninate in her interrogation scene. Given what Jones has planned, she’s already detached herself from the world she’s in:
“It’s your world you ought to be concerned about. Because as bad as you think things are now, things are gonna get much worse.”
- Walter is finally willing to lend a helping hand over there, such is his concern for Olivia and Peter getting some alone time. As opposed to, I don’t know, the fate of 16 billion lives! This remains one of my biggest hurdles when it comes to our protagonists — they barely care about the bigger picture.
- By contrast, DRJ (and to a lesser extent these days, Walternate) are deeply committed to their cause. This is partly why these characters rarely disappoint. The Dunhamnator was an unstoppable force when she had this kind of commitment.
- One of the most interesting lines of the episode saw Walter comment on DRJ’s ambition and vision:
“If Jones caused this, he’s conceived of something Bellie and I never did.”
- While this might also say something about the morality of DRJ in comparison to Bishop and Bell (themselves, no saints), it plays into DRJ’s “specialness” — a theme that has underlined his arc since he was introduced way back in Season 1.
- Interesting to see Jones taking his time throughout the episode, soaking up the days he has left before he and his follows depart this world, or perhaps more specifically, create a new one from the ashes.
- Jones has never been one to stay in any one place for too long. If he’s not beaming up like hotty, he’s crossing universes — all in aid of his master plan.
- I still maintain that Walter is the show’s ultimate villain, with Peter skewing dangerously close in the apathy stakes (better man, perhaps, but beyond the fuzzy framing, his actions are brutally selfish in the cold light of day).
- The key difference is that Jones has committed callous acts with absolute intent and scant remorse. His love, from what I can see, is science above all else, even though it may be filtered through his own lens as the best path for our continued existence.
- DRJ is another representation of man playing god. It seems he’s prepared to spare billions of lives for perceived evolution. But Peter essentially killed billions (reset or otherwise) for the love of one woman, and Walter because he loved his son.
- Even before it was verbalized, Fringe always asked the question: “How far would you go for someone you love?” Tellingly, Jones notes that “love makes us vulnerable..but also human, I suppose.”
- While we got further insight into Jones’ view of humanity, it was interesting to examine how far Broylante was prepared to go for his son Chris.
- Like every human-being, the gaps in Broylnate’s morality armor were there to be exploited — as hinted in Season 3’s “The Abducted.”
- As we’ve noted before, it has a lot to do with the conditions that our heroes find themselves in. A sentiment echoed by Walter, when acknowledging his role in creating the rift.
- His act left two universes and everyone in it vulnerable, and while Peter’s creation of the Bridge has initiated restoration, his act has changed the circumstances that Broylnate finds himself in, while expressing the personal vs macro themes in play.
- I find it quite fitting that the Machine that made this timeline possible is now being pursued by Jones, and that it is also configured to exploit the vulnerabilities of the human heart.
- I found myself flinching at Walter’s admission that now, after meeting a living version of Peter, he’d likely do the same thing again. I appreciate his honesty, though there’s a sense of regression from the progress he’d made.
- But it’s important to bear in mind that the Walter of “the Day We Died” is still buried in the palimpsest. He hasn’t consciously experienced the realizations that the previous Walter did — at least not under the same conditions.
- At any rate, this helped bring out the best in Broylnate. I like to think his internalization was similar to Sayid’s in the final season of LOST, where he reflected on how his actions would be viewed by the loved one he was doing them for.
- While the BBM lives another day on the line between the two universes, Jones’ endgame looms. Hopefully the threat of both sides collapsing will rouse our HEROES to invest every sinew to the cause.
- Altstrid and Lincoln watched Lincalnate’s funeral from the car. For the former, this is a nod to “Making Angels”.
- Nice to see Altrid’s beaming smile at the sight of coffee.
- “Broylnate’s “I’m sorry” – heartfelt.
- Broylante is not a human shapeshifter. He worked for DRJ in return for his son’s treatment.
- It seems Jones’ endgame involves using the BBM to collapse the two universes.
- Will Jones really come for Ninate, or is she a “broken puppet”?
Best Moment: Walter telling Altlivia to keep an eye on her universe.
Best Performer: Lance Reddick
Best Quotable: “Don’t judge him. No-one can be certain, exactly, what they’re capable of. How far they’ll go to save the ones they love. I know this more than most..” (Walter to Red)
8/10 Seriable Stars