Okay reading thru the thread, it looks like viewers were kinda split on this episode. I thought it was incredible. Seeing Carla pop up in Walter's lab made me gasp out loud. I thought at first she was just going to be a visual reminder to him, kind of a "You may want to pretend otherwise, but I know what kind of man you really are..." haunting presence. But then she started talking and I got a little confused, because Carla never was that angry and mean with Walter when we saw her in Peter. (Of course she hadn't died in the lab yet then, either. heh.) She didn't hesitate to confront him, sure, but the things she was saying just sounded off. But after a while I got it, she was only voicing what Walter really believes about himself. And that made me very, very sad.
I don't know if the end scene struck anyone else this way or not, but I honestly believed that Walter was going to set the lab on fire trying to burn the book and thus "accidentally" die in the same way that Carla did. I don't think I breathed from the time he lit the match until a scene from the next episode popped up on Netflix and I saw that he was still alive. And then I started shaking. (My reaction may be related to a real-life event, though. A former friend's mother died after she accidentally set her curtains on fire trying to find the source of "voices" that were taunting her. So that scene was very powerful, and painful, and frightening, to me.) It also made me think of the scene in The Order when Mara is forced to commit suicide by demons from her past that she could no longer silence, so that didn't help my state of mind.
Sad to hear that Sam Weiss is dead, though he at least died a noble death.
I totally understand why they had to get a different actor to play The Child/Michael, but I really loved the kid from before. He was able to emote with his eyes a lot better and you could really feel a tangible connection between him and Olivia. This one just comes across as flat and dead.
I kinda had to laugh at posters griping about Olivia and Peter not sharing a bed (by pushing their cots together) in the lab since they've already reconciled. Do we really expect them to just be humping like bunnies, with everything that's going on? Especially in a place that offers no privacy whatsoever?
I don't remember, was it actually established why Donald had to move Michael out of the pocket universe early? Or maybe it was that Walter didn't plan on being gone that long at all (in the real world, which would have amounted to a very short time to Michael in the pocket) and Donald had to go back for Michael after Walter was ambered. That would make more sense I guess, since Walter only left Michael with one little packet of M&Ms. I remember yelling at the TV at the time, Gee Walter, a packet of M&Ms isn't going to last him five days! Heh.