‘Fringe’ Episode 2.11 Recap: ‘Unearthed’

Episode Title: “Unearthed”

Written By: Josh Singer

Synopsis: A teenage girl is taken off of life support after being declared brain dead, only to awaken in the midst of surgery spouting out an alphanumeric code and showcasing a newfound fluency in Russian. When it becomes apparent that the girl is sharing knowledge with a missing soldier, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) investigate the mystery while Walter Bishop (John Noble) posits his own theories.

Blast From The Past: As expected, “Unearthed” was a bizarre and unnecessary episode rooted in the first season’s continuity where Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo) is still alive, the alternate world is hardly known and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) once again has nothing to do. For those that aren’t aware, “Unearthed” was filmed during season one but somehow got lost in the shuffle, so here it is now. Like I said, bizarre.

The Reality of Resurrection: The episode focuses on a young girl channeling the energies of the recently deceased, which is why she was kickstarted back to life in the first place. “Fringe” has gone through weirder territory in the past, so it was only a matter of time before resurrection got the spotlight. Still, hearing the actress’ impression of a male ghost was absolutely awkward and awful, so much so that I think “Fringe” would have been better off leaving this plot line dead and buried.

The Men Behind The Curtain: This doesn’t have much to do with “Fringe,” but I still thought I’d point out that this episode was a miniature “Oz” reunion. The combined forces of Lance Reddick (still alive and well on the show), the miraculously revived Acevedo, and the guest appearances by Sean Dugan as the dumb priest and Scott William Winters as one of the episode’s villains brought me back to Emerald City. Random tangent? Sure, but no less random than this entire episode.

Conclusions: As far as standard installments of “Fringe” go, “Unearthed” ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack, but the quality diminishes due to its awkward placement in the middle of season two. Luckily, there’s a brand new episode this Thursday night, so no need to get too frustrated.

Next Case: Car crashes, dueling banjos and some truly hairy situations await our heroes in Thursday’s all-new episode titled “Johari Window.”

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