Fringe Season 2E12 “Johari Window”
When a seemingly normal boy who was running away from home gets picked up from the police and then becomes deformed in a matter of seconds, it becomes clear that this is no usual occurrence. “Johari Window” eased Fringe viewers back into the swing of things with a solid episode…nothing great, but still solid.
As the Fringe team is called in to investigate, the little town of Edina is placed in the spotlight. Through further investigation and tumultuous events such as Agent Dunham being forced off the road, the Fringe team begins to deduce that they have a case of metamorphs that are originating from Edina. After discovering a military experiment called Project Elephant that attempted to create a metamorphosis that would make soldiers appear invisible, it was slowly pieced together that this was the cause of the strange events of Edina.
Of course, as usual, the star of the episode was none other than Walter Bishop. After all, you’ve got to love Walter’s excitement at finding a who-knows-how-old box of Devil Dogs in an old hiding spot. After singing a seemingly ridiculous song over and over again, Walter and Astrid realize that this song is a mnemonic and contains more information than could be hoped for. Still struggling for certain memories, Walter finally pieces together his history with the Project Elephant and a realization that the elusive Edina pulse was the cause of the metamorphosis.
“Johari Window” was a relatively predictable episode. The twists were easy to call ahead of time, but somehow still seemed to flow and made the storyline enjoyable. The viewers who were hoping for big reveals and alternate universe development will unfortunately be greatly disappointed by this start. From the previews for next week’s episode, it appears like the alternate universe plot will still be on the back burner, but promises an infectious agent that goes after Peter. Seems pretty exciting to me…what do you think?