"The Consultant" Review
But let’s get on with the review. I’m writing on “The Consultant” - the episode before last Friday’s dramatic deviation from the Fringe formula. But before watching “Letters of Transit,” I’d like to share my thoughts on “The Consultant.” This is a large episode in scope that manages to bring every character from every universe into the story. As a result, this is largely plot-driven, which is acceptable, as the writers have to get all the pieces into place in a limited amount of time. But that’s not to say there’s no characterization here.
In fact, I especially admire the characterization of Alternate Broyles. Up until this moment, I assumed he was a shapeshifter, but the reveal that Jones was simply bribing him was a nice reveal that allowed for revelations on Broyles’ character. Likewise, the scene of Broyles at home with his son, Chris was a nice slowdown and an indication of what’s at stake. These moments were reminiscent of last season’s “The Abducted,” and made me wish we saw more of Broyles at home.
It’s great how Jones’ operation essentially falls apart throughout “The Consultant.” Nearly all of his cohorts are in jail; Broyles’ surrender was a nice quiet moment, and I liked the way Alternate Nina Sharp looked on from her adjacent jail cell. One lingering question involves the fate of Broyles’ son. Will he survive without Jones’ antidote? I don’t believe this was addressed, but if so, let me know in the comments.
The ending is certainly interesting, with the reveal that Jones wants to destroy both universes. If this is the case, however, his motives are uncertain. Is he just evil? Or is there some greater motivation. The latter is the more interesting, of course, and I’m excited to see how it plays out.
I’m off to watch “Letters of Transit,” and I’ll try to post a review of it tomorrow. For now, loyal Fringe fans, we’ve earned some celebration. Best of all, we can actually enjoy the finale without fearing cancellation. Thanks to Fox and Warner Bros. for working this out!