I watched this episode for a second time last night, and I have to say I still enjoyed it. Sure, there wasn't any big action scenes or anything like that, but we did confirm a lot of information about characters we had only suspected. We know, for a fact, that Meana and B-Royles are not shape shifters, and I think we also saw a little bit of an infactuation from Meana towards David Robert Jones. She doesn't just think DRJ considers her to be important, but I believe she thinks DRJ likes her, romantically. Of course, I doubt that DRJ feels the same way, he'll do anything to manipulate people.
There are now two hinchmen under lock and key in the Red Universe, and DRJ's plan to collapse the Bridge was ultimately foiled. Now that they know what he's trying to do, they're going to be able to put up more security at the Bridge and, hopefully, better protect it. We also know his endgame now -- to collapse the universes and use his Noah's Ark of constructs to form a new universe -- though we are still missing his reasoning behind it.
I simply loved the interaction between characters on this episode too. I was never too fond of Fauxlivia until this episode. She's actually kinda fun, and looks stunning in uniform! Astrid acts very much like the older, protective sister to Altstrid, and it was heart-warming to see how much compassion she shows for her alternate self. I've always loved Astrid from the beginning, she is my favorite character in the enitre show -- even above Walter!
It was good to see how far Walter has come since 401. He was, more or less, a prisoner in his Harvard lab when the season started out. He was kept under guard all the time, and his agoraphobia left him unwilling to venture outside for very long. He was quite insane, and not in the good way he had been the last three seasons. But look at him now! He doesn't need Astrid to walk around crime scenes with a camera stuck to her head anymore. He even ventured to the Red Universe all by himself! Okay, so Fauxlivia and Agent Lee took care of him, but still, he's grown a lot.
Agent Lee seems to be coming out of his shell a little more, he even jokes about the severed hand as though he's getting used to all of that stuff. I think spending time with Fauxlivia will do him good, some of that strength is bound to rub off onto him.
In essence, this episode wasn't full of a lot of revelations, action and suspense, but it was full of good story telling, wonderful characterization and a very pointed example of where both universes, and the characters contained within them, stand for the last few episodes.