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FRINGE: Peter and Olivia Take a Step Forward, Walter Gets More Than He Bargained For

October 1, 2010 by  

Things on FRINGE are changing.

Peter and the fake “Olivia” are moving forward in a relationship that he spent two years forming with the real Olivia. Walter found out what the recently deceased William Bell left him in his will. And I can’t foresee any way in which either of those storylines wouldn’t have long-lasting consequences.

First off, let’s start off with the Peter-Olivia relationship. And I’m not even talking about their romantic relationship — though it seemed apparent by the end of last season that both characters wanted to move past the platonic stage, they didn’t get the chance to take the steps Fauxlivia and Peter have. The real Olivia and Peter have been allies, friends, partners for two years and now he is clearly crossing a romantic line with her double.

If all goes right and our Olivia gets returned and Fauxlivia goes back to the other side, the Peter-Olivia relationship will forever be altered. She will never fully be able to comprehend what happened with him and her double and he won’t be able to just forget what happened between them. (Okay, it’s science-fiction, I’m sure they could devise a device to make him forget, but I don’t think the FRINGE writers would stoop to that level.)

So where does that leave our Olivia? Feeling betrayed that the man she loves couldn’t tell the difference between her and her alternate? Last season we explored a bit of Peter feeling betrayed when Olivia kept quiet about the fact that Walter kidnapped him from the other side. Are we going to see them swap betrayals each season? Will we see Peter crumble under the knowledge that he was so easily tricked by Fauxlivia and that the relationship he was building with her was a lie?

And Fauxlivia — she’s a wildcard. Because she has to live as our Olivia, she’s getting exposed to our life, seeing these people aren’t all bad. When she tried to explain to Peter that Walter couldn’t have known the damage he would cause by crossing universes to steal Peter, there was the tiniest hint of a flicker of…something. Because the more time she spends with Walter, the more she realizes they never intended to hurt her world. Not to mention the fact that Peter’s probably growing on her pretty rapidly, given the quality memories they’re making.

The people who want Olivia and Peter together are in a weird position because we’re seeing exactly that on screen. As far as Peter knows, this is his Olivia and he’s acting the way he would towards the real one. But the closer they get, the more time that passes, the further apart he’ll wind up from the real Olivia when they are reunited. Definitely a win-lose situation.

What do you guys think about the steps that Peter and Fauxlivia are taking? Good or bad?

And of course, we must talk about the fact that our dear Walter now has control over Massive Dynamic. How insane is that going to be? Personally, I almost feel like Walter is better suited for his little hole-in-the-wall lab, though I imagine he would enjoy the drugs he could obtain from MD.

By the way, it’s interesting that Bell didn’t hand his company over to Nina. Walter and Nina have always had a history mostly shrouded in mystery, so I wonder what Bell’s motivations were behind that major decision. Force them together? Give Walter power over her? The possibilities are endless.

I was actually on the FRINGE set when they were filming the next episode set in our universe (episode 4), and I can tell you that Walter’s news won’t be swept under the rug…

So what did you think of “The Box”?

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14 Responses to “FRINGE: Peter and Olivia Take a Step Forward, Walter Gets More Than He Bargained For”

  1. Stephanie P. on October 2nd, 2010 10:44 am

    I thought it was a pretty good episode. Fringe has never been one of my top favorite shows, but it’s always kept me interested enough to keep watching. However, I think this season is off to a great start and now I find myself looking forward to it each week.

  2. Revertoo on October 2nd, 2010 12:34 pm

    Good episode of fringe. Personally it kills me too see Peter invested in Fauxlivia, but I do believe he won’t be fooled for long, when he does find out though, Peter will have trust issues with almost everyone and I feel it will take a long time for Peter and Olivia to be together or if ever. On another note, its good to see Walter inherit MD, now he will have all the resources he needs to tackle his alternate counterpart.

  3. Matt on October 3rd, 2010 12:52 am

    I loved the episode. The writers are opening up new story arcs along with expanded character development. My feeling is that Broyles will be the one that cracks the Fauxlivia. But I hope they don’t have Peter fall too far for her. It would be kind of tough not to though!

    Anna Torv is just ripping it up this year. Her work is a joy to watch.

  4. asukar on October 3rd, 2010 9:18 am

    This was such a fantastic episode! I loved every minute of it. John Noble was superb as always. Joshua Jackson never fails to do some fine acting and Anna Torv has been doing a great job lately. Watch this show, pleople! It makes you feel and it makes you think.

  5. Jess on October 3rd, 2010 11:57 am

    This season has been sensational so far! I knew it was headed in a really intriguing direction at the end of last season. This was the show I was most looking forward to returning and it definitely hasn’t disappointed. These first two episodes were fabulous! Kudos to the entire cast for their diverse and gripping work. Hope it keeps up.

  6. Elliot on October 3rd, 2010 6:26 pm

    Forever altered is a bit hyperbolic, don’t you think? Peter and Olivia will get back together, and they will work it out.

  7. Pati Hall on October 5th, 2010 12:34 am

    This relationship developing with Fauxolivia and Peter, I cannot believe that Peter won’t catch on that something is off. My interpretation of Fauxolivia is that she’s pretty aggressive and abrupt in her world and how in the world did she know how to change her approach to complement Olivia’s lifestyle in just that short of time? Where our Olivia was more of a taking caution and not jumping into a relationship even though she expressed her true feeling to Peter. This is somewhat annoying me now and I love this show!

  8. WOOOO on November 25th, 2010 11:09 pm

    Wooo i am in Lovee with Peter and Olivia.. and i hope they do get together eventually… idk how peter will feel or olivia but i hope they can look past that.. i lovee this show, but i love the chemistry between them moree!! WOO HOO!! <3 Fringe

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