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FRINGE: Olivia Learns ‘We Will Never Forget’

November 5, 2010 by  

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so happy FRINGE is back. Sure, we’ve survived longer hiatuses, but this one felt especially torturous. It’s easily one of the best shows on television and this week’s episode proved why.

So let’s talk about some of last night’s highlights, shall we?

The most important revelation from “Amber 31422”? Olivia knows who she is!

Peter kept popping up in Olivia’s mind at the most inopportune times, but when she listened to him to help solve the case she was working on, she had to admit that maybe everything he’s been saying about her not being from that side is true.

He reminds Olivia about all of the differences on the other side, things she would have only known if she was from there: the Twin Towers have fallen, her sister is alive and moved to Chicago with her husband — um, that’s new information, right? — and that it’s her niece Ella’s birthday today.

Since Walternate has been testing Olivia and her ability to go to the other side, she makes a second visit to us and sees postcards saying “We will never forget” across the Twin Towers. She looks out the window to see the towers are gone. Olivia is starting to believe she’s not just crazy. She picks up the phone and calls her niece, who knew Aunt Liv wouldn’t forget her birthday, but she’s transported back to the other universe. When she comes back to the other side, she tells Walternate it didn’t work and the look on her face was pure “our” Olivia. Oh yes, she’s back.

As I’ve lamented in the past, we now have to wait two weeks to find out what our Olivia does with this information. No way she lets this slide.

A few other thoughts…

  • So glad we got to see Olivia’s mother again. Props to her for realizing something is off with her “daughter.” I know she’s signed on for a couple more episodes, so is it too much to ask that we get to watch her confront her real daughter when Fauxlivia returns?
  • Is it me, or does Olivia get dunked in water/goo/etc. more than any other character on television?
  • I love that Peter is the thing that is pushing Olivia to accept the reality and unreality of her situation. It’s seemed obvious for a bit that Peter cares deeply for her, but we didn’t get any solid indication that she felt similarly until the second season finale. The soon-to-be-explosion when she finds out he moved on with Fauxlivia is going to be crushing.
  • As much as I adore John Noble, I have very, very mixed feelings about Walternate. I think I preferred when we didn’t see him that much, because it’s easier to get lost in the alternate universe if you can almost pretend it’s a different show. Obviously Olivia is the same, but she’s our connection. Seeing Walternate — and having him play a big part in an episode — just makes me miss Walter and our side.

Next week, we’ll be back there. Cannot wait.

What did you guys think of “Amber 31422”? Was it worth the wait?

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6 Responses to “FRINGE: Olivia Learns ‘We Will Never Forget’”

  1. Vika on November 5th, 2010 2:55 pm

    I really liked this episode.
    The first tank scene was very beautiful, oh, and cool tank! However, I like the one on our side better – more personality. 😀
    Seeing Altlivia’s mother was great; she knows something’s wrong!
    And hallucination!Peter was awesome! I love that he’s that element that still connects Olivia to our side.
    When I see Walternate on screen, I don’t see John Noble. It’s gotta be someone else, right? So different!

  2. ForensicMama on November 5th, 2010 3:57 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I am just popping on here to say I’M GLAD FRINGE IS BACK!!!

  3. workaholic888 on November 5th, 2010 8:29 pm

    The tank was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool!! What I would give to get medical treatment when I’m sick/hurt on the other side as well!!

    I cannot begin to say how happy the ending made me!! There’s hope! Oh and by the way, whoever came up with the idea of “Peter-the-hallucination-that-is-pushing-Olivia-to-remember-who-she-is” is a freakin’ genius!!! Thank you!!! Ha!

    Walternate acting friendly to manipulate Olivia freaks me out a bit. I really wanted to believe him when he said he was trying to bring “balance” to the two worlds. But then why did he want to build that “Peter-machine”?? Maybe I’m wrong or maybe he’s lying.

    Did you say two weeks??? NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! 🙁

  4. Alex on November 7th, 2010 12:35 am

    I really like the odd numbered episodes, the family unit over in our world is not the same without Olivia. This episode was a little filler-ish but the reveal was totally epic! I really can’t wait for the next one.
    On another note, why would Olivia have in her memory that Rachel and Ella are living in Chicago with Greg? I thought the last time Olivia saw them was in Over-There Part 1; they were still living with her when she gave Ella her necklace…

  5. FRINGIE on November 8th, 2010 3:15 am


  6. TVaddict77 on November 8th, 2010 2:20 pm

    This episode was amazing. I, like previous posters, love how the writers are making use of Peter to tie our Olivia back to “our” side (this also ensures we have Joshua Jackson in more episodes since there’s only one Peter now).

    While I prefer the “over there” episodes because it’s just too hard to watch Peter having a relationship with Faux-Livia, I must say, Anna Torv and John Noble are doing an amazing job of playing two similar and yet very different characters in the two worlds.