Just watched the episode for the first time so what is here are my first impressions. I'll watch it again tomorrow night.
I seeded other pieces analyzing the show.
First a disclaimer, caveat and reminder
I have given up on the idea of recapping this series. Instead I'll link to one of the many sites that DOES do a summary/recap (in this case you can find recaps and "Walter's Notes" here
Instead, I'll share a few thoughts and open it for others to do the same. Make sense? Good. Let's get started
Review in a nutshell
This was, in my opinion, a good episode.. I think it was especially geared for people just coming on board to the show as the new season starts. Having us/them get familiar with the situation via the new character (Jessup) was an interesting way to do that.
There was some interesting developments which I'll touch on below.
Likes about this episode:
Loved it when Dunham woke back up after we thought she was dead. (The "truth" being way more complicated)
The shape shifter character
The communication with the typewriter.
I'm not a big fan of heavy exposition and so that got old.
The custard stuff and him checking on his son when sleeping.
So let me ask a few questions about this episode and then you share some of your thoughts
What's going on with Charlie?
What's with this new shape shifter?
What do you think of the new FBI character?
I'll leave you with this from the L.A. Times interview with John Noble, who plays Walter:
And did you have to cast a new Gene the Cow?
Oh, don't say that. You can't tell people it's a different Gene. We've had three Genes now, and they've all had quite distinct personalities. But all of them are stars. They seem to know when the camera's on them. I don't know what that is about cows. They can be sitting around, pooping and carrying on, and when the camera's on, they look up with their big brown eyes and moo on cue. I don't know how they do that, but I love it.
What a great choice.
Isn't that part of the genius of J.J. Abrams? Who else would think of that? Having such a cumbersome, difficult animal as a lab pet. And everyone always loves it when she comes in and steals the show.