So the weight of the wait is upon us as we arrive at our first Fringe-less Thursday until April 1st. But worry not, Jacksonville left us with a heap of intriguing plot pieces which we will not doubt go over during the break.
But if you think we have it bad with what must be the 47th Lowatus of the season, spare a thought for poor Olivia. There she was, hair firmly DOWN, and all ready for a night out with Peter – then she finds out that he’s from the alterverse. Total Mood Kill!
As a fan, my enjoyment of Olivia’s realisation is in the questions it poses for our characters going forward. Namely:
Should Olivia tell Peter the truth?
I don’t know about you, but I am deeply conflicted by this one. On the one hand I think Olivia owes it to Peter to tell him what she knows – after all, she saw him with HER own two eyes and this gives her a degree of ownership over the knowledge that he’s from the alternate universe. Screw Walter and his self-interested lies! Olivia needs to do the right thing, or Peter will never trust her again if he finds out that she withheld the truth. There’s just no reason to lie for Walter – she’s already done so much for him and William against her will – now it’s time to reclaim her ability as her own, and not Walter’s.
On the other hand, the situation is not so simple, both for personal and professional reasons. Olivia doesn’t want to hurt Peter, and she must know what the truth will do to him. Olivia is used to ‘being the strong one’, so perhaps she might consider shouldering this burden until Walter decides that the time is right? Then there’s the fact that she needs Peter..and Walter, if she’s to be able to ‘watch the gate’. Telling Peter the truth at this stage could sever the entire team, and then where will she be? Where will the world be?
As Broyles said, sometimes the only choices are bad ones.
But what do you think? Should Olivia be the one to tell Peter the truth, or should she keep it secret? Before you vote, feel free take a look at the clip above and put yourselves in Olivia’s super-powered red slippers.
Whatever Olivia decides, it will be a real test of her her ability to use her powers responsibly. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a test filled with ironic symmetry – the outcome of which will give us an indication of where her loyalties lie. The results of this poll should be interesting to revisit once we know the outcome.