Fringe: The Abducted   Rewatch 
April 20, 2015 6:42 PM - Season 3, Episode 7 - Subscribe

A dramatic haircut — close your eyes and count to three — breakfast with Henry — the Candyman can — growing suspicions — sucking the life out of them —plagiarising Aeschylus — previous victim — red vines? — a walk on the beach — two men or one? — abducting children for God — I'm with the FBI — Broyles won't forget — a man with a boat — teaching lessons — more suspicions — a night swim — passing on a message — Casablanca? Didn't that have Reagan in it? — still more suspicions.
posted by Athanassiel (4 comments total)
The haircutting/shaving scene freaks me right out as does the abduction scene. Walternate is such a manipulative prick in this one buddying up to bbroyles. Ugh.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 7:25 PM on April 20, 2015

I found this whole episode really creepy and well done, if sometimes difficult to watch. I think it really helped that Broyles's son is so convincing.

And I love every episode that has Henry in it. He remains one of my favouritest characters of all time.
posted by Athanassiel at 9:46 PM on April 23, 2015

Right? The character of Henry just brings a nice, basic human kindness to this show that was needed.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 10:01 PM on April 23, 2015

Yeah, everyone else seems to have some kind of agenda (or vagenda, as the case may be). Henry's just a good guy, helping out and willing to give people the benefit of the doubt even when they seem dangerously crazy, even when it's not in his interests and could seriously get him in trouble.

I'm also doing the Buffy rewatch and I think it's interesting how the episodes where they play on kid fears of monsters are some of the creepiest ones in Fringe, and are frequently some of the weakest in Buffy. Not sure why exactly that is - I guess there's an overall different dynamic in each show, but for me this episode works because it plays on all those notions of the monster in the closet/under the bed/etc, and the illusion that whatever else you're safe if you're in bed with all your arms and legs tucked in and not hanging over the edge. Fringe is overall a lot scarier than Buffy though.
posted by Athanassiel at 10:35 PM on April 23, 2015

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