The Story: The Fringies join the search for a missing boy who could hold the answer to a mysterious equation in his music. Walter decides to return to St. Claire to ask an old friend about the equation and ends up being thrown back in against his will. Peter’s abilities as a guardian are questioned.
Pros: Loved, loved, loved this episode! I hate to compare it to anything but this episode was incredibly similar in nature to “Alias.” The plotline involving the missing boy and his dead mother was my favorite because the writers do such a great job of making you wonder if the boy is really interacting with his dead mother. I also have to give kudos to the girl who plays the mysterious kidnapper (she isn’t listed on IMDB). She had a great creepy vibe that is usually reserved for male villains. The ending of this episode, much like all Fringe endings, is gearing up for something big and I can’t wait. John Noble got a heavy storyline this episode with being forced to go back into St. Claire at the hands of the hospital director played expertly by William Sadler. It was a plot device that really required Noble to show off his acting chops and he surpassed expectations. Hands down the best scene of the episode was him trying to convince Dashiell to finally tell about his own abduction. I’m not usually one who notices fight scenes but since this episode reminded me so much of “Alias” I loved the final fight scene with Olivia and the mysterious lady. I don’t really remember Olivia ever having such a throw down before but the girl can definitely hold her own.
Cons: Since the episode focuses so much on the missing boy and Walter that leaves Olivia and Peter stuck in the background. They do get a good chunk of screen time but I was so riveted to the bigger plot twists I didn’t really notice them until the end.
Overall: “The Equation” is probably my second favorite episode, I think I loved the pilot more, and bode well for the rest of the season. I give it a spectacular 5/5.