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FRINGE: Olivia’s Message Is Heard

November 19, 2010 by  

Hey, FRINGE fans! How insane was Thursday’s episode?

Holy moly.

The case was good — although it felt like it could have been played out in either universe — but we got a new look at alt-Broyles, Walternate and Olivia finally caught a break in her attempt to return home.

Let’s talk for a minute about alt-Broyles. Am I the only one who might be liking him a little bit more than the real Broyles? When I talked with FRINGE producers Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Akiva Goldsman and I told them I found myself caring about the other side, I wasn’t thinking about alt-Broyles — I was thinking more about Charlie, alt-Astrid (who fascinates me), and the rest of the FRINGE team newbies.

But after last night’s episode, it certainly feels like we know more about him than our original copy, and I like this dude. Sure, he was knowingly keeping our Olivia here, but it wasn’t something he felt comfortable with. His interactions with his family were sweet and his reluctance to let Olivia talk to his son was understandable — all he wanted was for his son to be stress-free in whatever time he had left. Plus, once he realized Olivia knew who she truly was, he didn’t do anything to stop her or alert Walternate. Props to alt-Broyles!

Speaking of  Walternate, he was actually…nice? I found myself sympathizing with him when he told alt-Broyles, “I know what it’s like to lose a son. And even when they come back, the damage is irreparable. If you need someone to talk to Phillip, let me know.” He’s such a cold, evil character most of the time that I often forget that part of the reason he is that way is because Peter was stolen from him so many years ago. It’s always good to be reminded of that.

Of course, he undid all that good will with his cold order to “sedate her” when he caught Olivia in the tank trying to go home. Goodness, will someone give John Noble a freaking Emmy already??? I wonder if he realizes she actually made it to the other side and had an actual conversation with someone before they were able to bring her back…

However, the most important thing that happened last night? Olivia finally alerted Peter to the fact that the woman in his bed — quite literally — wasn’t her. As soon as Olivia crossed over and asked that lady for help, I had hoped the next episode would feature Peter getting a hint that Olivia was trying to reach him. But instead the episode ended with Peter taking a call from the lady, who said, “I’m calling from New York. I know this is going to sound crazy, but I just saw a woman disappear in front of my eyes…her name was Olivia, she has a message for you: she’s trapped in the other universe.”

Let’s just say that, even though I’m guessing we all figured it might be coming, once they flashed back to our side in the final minutes of the hour, my jaw still dropped and I once again was thankful that no one is there to witness me when I watch FRINGE. I don’t think any other show prompts me to talk back to my television as much as this one does.

For all the Peter-Olivia ‘shippers out there, what did you make of this exchange between Peter and the woman he thinks is his Olivia?

Fauxlivia: I thought you said it was a love story?
Peter: Well, aren’t all the best love stories tragedies?

Obviously things are going to take a tragic turn soon, but it also gives me a bad feeling for the long-term, too. Or maybe I’m reading too much into a discussion about CASABLANCA.

Anyone else hoping we can keep Andre Royo (Henry) for a bit on FRINGE? I love how he’s been Olivia’s ally over there, trusting her even when she wouldn’t tell him what’s going on, and I’d love it if we could could see him over on our side.

So what did you guys think about the episode? Are you dying for the next one?

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6 Responses to “FRINGE: Olivia’s Message Is Heard”

  1. Elisabeth on November 19th, 2010 5:26 pm

    I’m really sad to see the comments sections empty, Fringe is such an amazing show and the last episode was TRULY incredible. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  2. greenerpuddles on November 19th, 2010 6:13 pm

    I too loved the episode. Unlike a lot of genre shows (Smallville, Supernatural, Caprica, etc.) Fringe doesn’t waste a frame. These episodes are taut, beautifully acted, well written mini-movies.

    What I do hope they explore in the future is alt-religion. It was touched upon in this episode with the youth stealing priest and alt-Broyles statement that he’s a man of faith. Also, the snarky statement about a church popping up after every Fringe event implied the parasitic nature of religious fervor.

    It is Fringe’s nature to push boundaries. What if in alt-universe there’s no such thing as Christianity? What if there are Gods? What if in addition to a turf war the two universes get in a religious war?

    Maybe that can be the plot for season 6.

  3. Katie on November 20th, 2010 1:04 pm

    loved Loved LOVED this episode! I too was happy I was alone when I watched it because I seriously screamed when the woman called Peter. Such a great ending! Fringe has been one of the most consistently great shows on TV!

  4. cortexifan on November 22nd, 2010 9:11 pm

    since you’ve talked with Pinkner and crew before, I would like to hear their take on that, can you help?

  5. Kali on November 24th, 2010 3:28 pm

    What an amazing episode!!! I can relate very well to your reaction Marisa, it had me talking frantically to my notebook screen 🙂
    That must have been one of the best hours of television, not just in the Fringe universe, but ever!

    I’m very conflicted about the other side, because there are many characters there that are undeniably likeable – but that is only proof of the greatness of the writers and actors (Anna Torv blows my mind! She is truly uncredible, as are her cast members) of Fringe. I am incredibly curious to see how the conflict between the two universes will play out – up until now, it has been handled brilliantly. Of course, so much demonstrated genius puts the bar very high…but I’m positive the Fringe team will excede our expectations.

    The Casablanca reference had me a bit worried as well.
    I rhink we all know that the Bolivia and Peter romance will end tragically – and I am completely fine with that. I really can’t like Bolivia, and I am a bit mad at Peter for seeing the signs and misinterpreting them so grossly. But I also feel sorry for him, because he does deeply care about our Olivia and the truth will hurt him very much, maybe just as much as it will hurt Olivia. But I would love to see our Olivia and Peter work things out – if not at once then at least at some point. I don’t want Peter disappearing in the fog with some dude swearing everlasting friendship to each other while Olivia flies off with someone else!
    I really hope the Casablanca bit was only partly true for Peter and Olivia…

    Can’t wait for the next episode!

    Fringe must be the best tv show on my must-watch list at the moment, and has been for the past 10 episodes at least. Congratulations

  6. Alison on November 28th, 2010 4:03 pm

    This episode was SO good. The ending was awesome and I seriously cannot wait for the next episode. I mean, how pissed is Olivia going to be when she finds out Peter thought he was with her! How long are theye going to keep up the one here, one there episodes, because if the Olivias finally trade places again, will we continue to see the other side?