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Fringe S04E09: I love you, Mrs.Bishop, but what you did to Walter was... I wanted to say ethically dubious, but then I laughed. In the Fringe scale of ethically dubious things, appealing to a man when you know you are the cross-universe alternate of his dead wife doesn't even scale. And I love you, Peter, but you're going to need to be a bit more sneakier and less Chosen One-y if you want to get out of this. And I love you, Nina, but what the hell? Note that this being Fringe, the fact that she's secretly experimenting on Olivia and collaborating with Jones doesn't preclude the possibility of her doing something roughly moral in some larger, arguable sense. Not that I didn't enjoy the ep.

Leverage S03E17 and 18: I love you, Leverage writers, but it'd have been nice to have the Backup Team prove less trustworthy. I enjoyed the family/trust/team focus on the main team, but I think it's even more valuable in a context of general untrustworthiness. And I love you, Sophie, but you have to be extremely literal-minded not to have seen that Nate just killed two men. That he didn't pull the trigger was secondary. Not that I didn't enjoy the eps!



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Jan. 22nd, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
The only reason I can think of (in the fictional universe, that is, not because of sloppy writing) for the Backup Team to be so trustworthy is that the Leverage team made it about pride in their work.
Jan. 22nd, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
*nods* I agree; money + "I need you" is a powerful combination of incentives.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Given that Sophie spent a lifetime thinking her cons only affected her targets, with absolutely no fallout, it's safe to say she has blinders.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
That's an interesting point. I guess professional conpeople have to develop (or start with) mental attitudes analogous to those of, say, soldiers or doctors; without the blindspots (hmm, I think this is Watt's Blindsight v 0.000001), the emotional overhead is too much sustained performance becomes impossible.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Or they're Elliot.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
True. Elliot is zen-like in that way.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Good point about Elizabeth; I bet she's constantly reminding Walternate about the "more flies with honey" approach.

re Nina: oh, she thinks it's COMPLETELY moral to shoot Olivia up with Cortexiphan--fate of the world at stake, and all.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)

Nimoy is no longer working, but I'd have given a lot to see a Fringe prequel series about different versions of the Nina/William/Walter gang back in the day.

With the right writer, that'd be a great comic.
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