In the best possible way. After a six week hiatus, the only show I regularly watch returned to the airwaves with a wonderfully suspenseful flashback episode. I even stopped playing Farmville and moved to a room without a computer to watch it.
I had seen the previews. I feared what would happen with John Noble's makeup. How on earth would they de-age him at least 17 years? But they did. I was amazed with the results. I don't know what horrible makeup process he had to endure, but it was worth it. I will admit his curly hairdo did remind me a bit of some characters from that other wonderful show he was in, The Return of the King, but I got past it.
We saw a pre-crazy Walter, brilliant and coherent, a loving father who grieved deeply at the loss of his son. We saw the enraged Walter, the man of science who damns God even as he denies His existence. And we saw the devil-may-care-but-I-don't Walter, who will try anything because it is theoretically possible. In short, a one hour ode to Walter, chock full of terrible choices and consequences.
Only one little snag threatens to unravel this quirky quilt of sci-fi and melodrama. I hope it will be answered later, if J.J. Abrams is paying attention.
If the other Walter Bishop is just as brilliant as our Walter, and more technologically advanced, why didn't he build a dimensional portal and retrieve his son seventeen years ago?
Fairly large snag, wouldn't you agree?
Which begs the second question: if the underlying premise of the show is that multiple realities arise from every single choice and event that ever happens (or even only certain choices and events), why is there only one other universe that poses a threat? Shouldn't there be billions of possible threatening universes?
Well, here's hoping that gets answered by the head writer instead of a minion.