This episode begins with a gripping though rather graphic scene that establishes an X-Files-style mystery. The major characters arrive and quickly solve the case. This involves their knowledge of “fringe” “science” and their lack of personal chemistry.

In short, it’s a Fringe episode.

Title: “The Cure”

Cast and Crew

Written by Felicia D. Henderson and Brad Caleb Kane

Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham
Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop
John Noble as Dr. Walter Bishop
Lance Reddick as Philip Broyles
Jaskika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth
Chris Eigemann as David Esterbrook
Maria Dizzia as Emily Kramer
Marjan Neshat as Claire Williams
Alok Tewari as Dr. Patel
Blair Brown as Nina Sharp

Synopsis

A white cargo van dumps off a distressed woman who then microwaves diner (not a typo). This brings the Fringe Force on the scene. The mystery links to questionable science, a second kidnapping, a corrupt corporation, but (thankfully) not to one of Doctor Bishop’s experiments from the 1970s.

High Point

I’m relieved that just this once, the fringe experiment isn’t (so far as we know) a direct outgrowth of Dr. Bishop’s past research. Of course, he’s an expert on it, and can develop the necessary cure. That, however, is part of the show’s comic-book premise.

Once again, we have a mysterious, disturbing introduction that promises well for viewers with strong stomachs.

Low Point

It’s a great opening, but if you were running a highly illegal experiment and things went awry with a still-living, super-powered subject, would you just drop her off in the middle of a populated area and hope for the best?

Everything after the opening is lackluster, but more on that below.

The Scores

Originality: 3/6.

Effects: 5/6. The location-tags remain mostly unnecessary, but at least they’re slightly less obtrusive now. The special effects themselves are dramatic, if slightly gross.

Story: 3/6. The story has potential, but our heroes make key discoveries very easily, and this episode suffers from an excess of information-dumping dialogue.

Acting: 3/6. The distressed victims have been handled reasonably well. The main cast remains without chemistry. Noteworthy embarrassments in this episode: they give Anna Torv a few emotionally sensitive scenes in this episode, and she’s simply not up to them. Alok Tewari as Dr. Patel is similarly uninteresting, even when he blows his head off.

Production: 6/6.

Emotional response: 3/6. Making the scenes bigger, grosser, and overwrought does not make the show better. Good actors make a scene, however small, work.

Overall: 4/6.

“The Cure” receives twenty-seven out of forty-two.

Possible Plans

I’m thinking of alternating discussions and reviews of Heroes and Fringe until I lose interest entirely, the shows improve, or I go crazy. Discussions will continue, whether I’m watching or not, while Bureau-crats feel like discussing either show.