Fringe Review: 3.16 Os


Welcome to our Fringe review for chapter 3.16 – “Os”.

In this review we provide completely honest opinions on the good and the bad aspects of the episode. We identify the answers that were provided and the mysteries that remain locked away. We take an in-depth look at other aspects of the episode that made an impression on us, before rounding off with our final thoughts and episode rating.

THE GOOD

  • Os was an engaging blend of mythology and standalone fare. While I wouldn’t say this was the strongest “mythalone”, I thought the supporting story functioned well on its own merit while connecting with the main arc on several levels.
  • Visual Effects. Fantastic visuals with the floating men. The camera work and effects didn’t just tell the story, they were part of it. Inception eat your heart out.
  • The continued exploration of the soul. One of the story’s most interesting themes extended through Walter’s quest to make himself whole by bringing back his old friend, William Bell.
  • Nina and Walter. These two are wonderful together. They really hit those home runs, delivering genuine heart to proceedings. Special mention goes to Nina, her character is gradually be fleshed out, and not a moment too soon. She’s still the dubious Cheshire Cat, but she brings a certain warmth to go with her guile.
  • The cliffhanger was a good one. That Bellie returned through Olivia brings with it so many interesting possibilities. Personally, I can’t wait to ring William’s shiny Bell once more. I have questions galore.

THE BAD

  • The Olivia/Peter goo-fest takes up too much focus. While it was better integrated into the mythology in this one, it’s still too prevalent for my taste. Of the two, I’m finding Olivia’s character to be suffering the most. She’s not as authentic as she once was; it’s all too forced and gooey.
  • The “soul magnets” require more explanation than they were given here. I’m fine with Bellie’s consciousness returning, and I reckon we’ve already seen how he delivered them into Olivia’s system (more in the Observations), but hopefully the SMs themselves will be fleshed out.
  • Disappointing that Peter’s prejudiced slaughter of shapeshifters should be brushed under the carpet. It was only right that his morality should come under scrutiny with Olivia being the one to least question his actions. But as soon as she finds out, she goes all William Bell. Which is great, but it’s also a bit of a cheat. This is a show that deals in consequences, so I’ll hold out hope that we do come back to this at some point. I refuse to simply brush it away.
  • Though I enjoyed the cliffhanger, I could have done without knowing that Bellie would return through Olivia. It must be hard to get the balance right, especially in today’s ‘now culture’. But some plot developments, like Bellie’s return, would have carried a lot more weight for me had it been more of a surprise.

BIG MYSTERIES

  • Where is Olivia’s consciousness while Bell’s has inhabited her body? Has it simply been repressed for the time-being?
  • What other constants of the universe are changing due to Walter’s actions?
  • What information is on the shapeshifters memory disks?

BIG ANSWERS

  • Peter has been unable to read the shapeshifter encryption disks.
  • Dr. Floaty targeted people with muscular dystrophy – those with a desire to walk again – to help him perfect a cure which he intended to give to his son.
  • William Bell’s consciousness has returned through Olivia.
  • William Bell has the decoder key for the shapeshifters encryption disks. This seemingly removes any lingering doubt that he designed the shapeshifters.

FRINGE THOUGHTS

  • After the high of Subject 13, there’s nothing like a mythalone to bring you back down to Earth. Though in truth, Os was actually one of the stronger mythalones and I thought it played pretty well.
  • The opening scene was high-leer-ious. Walter recounting found memories of Yoko Ono with Hurley, or, should I say, “Kevin”. It was a nice way to widen the spectrum of Massive Dynamic, giving the otherwise cold place some warmth, while affording Walter the odd meta-analogy. I don’t think we’ll see Kev again (he’s off to Alcatraz), but it was a cool scene.
  • It was also an effective way to introduce the episode’s major idea – Walter’s frustration at ‘not being whole’ and his quest to bring Bellie back from the great beyond. Kevin telling Walter that he’s a better boss than Bell made him laugh, but it also led him to Bellie’s office where he found his research on “Soul Magnets”.
  • Good to see Nina still digging into the First People books after her discussion with Sam Weiss. I take it that Sam didn’t tell her everything after the screen faded to black, so it’s natural for her to continue her own research. You’d think she’d find a more comfortable office to do her reading though.
  • I love the idea that Bellie was working on a “morality detector”. I’m tempted to say that Walter might want to look into that once he’s done with the soul magnets.
  • Odd that Nina would ask Walter why he was going through Bellie’s old research files. Of course, it gave Walter the chance to deliver some exposition, but you’d think she’d see the value Bell’s notes.
  • That said, someone had to act as the counterweight in Walter’s quest. Nina should be more open to bringing Bellie back but perhaps she found it painful? And to be fair to her, she had no real reason to believe that Bellie could be brought back. Apart from the fact that she’s seen the ‘impossible’ happen on numerous occasions.

  • It was interesting to get a little look inside Walter’s psyche here:

Walter: “If Bellie were here he wouldn’t let everyone down”.

  • That’s the kind of pressure Walter is dealing with. Not only is he struggling to be the equal of his equal, but he’s feeling the weight of expectation. People look up to him, they expect him to come up with answers. Fascinating, though, that Walter should continue to compare himself unfavorably to his old friend. This coming off the back of Walter and Nina’s touching scene in “6B”:

Walter: “William would have worked out what the Boom-Boom-Machine does and how it relates to Peter. And to make matters worse, for the first time since we’ve been reunited, Peter is truly happy.”

  • He began so well too. It’s pleasing to see him actively trying to solve the problem. However, his primary motivation still seems to be Peter. That’s to be expected, but whether or not Peter is “truly happy” shouldn’t dictate his level of motivation in finding answers. He can’t allow that to blur his thinking because two universes need saving here.
  • Nina’s reaction to discovering that Olivia and Peter are “a couple now” was amusing. Of course, we know how pleasing this information is to her – she’s clearly taking Sam’s words at face-value, or at least she’s not willing to simply hope that there might be “another way”.
  • But I do find her general attitude somewhat disconcerting. Why is she so dismissive of the alternate universe’s right to ‘survive’? I’d like to think that someone in her position would be more concerned about any world being destroyed, regardless of which side it was.
  • Perhaps in the quiet of the night she exudes more concern about the consequences for both sides, but it’s not been shown. While this is a essentially a war, unless we get more context on why she’s being so smug at the thought of ‘her side’ surviving then it will continue to be an issue. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic, perhaps only one side can survive. But even if that were the case, I like to think I’d be a bit less gleeful about it. Love you Ninakins, but that’s how I feel.
  • Going back to Walter, he says that Peter’s happiness “is a constant reminder of the price of my failure, of what will be lost if I don’t succeed.” This line better illustrates why I’m still concerned at Walter’s ability to do the right thing for the common good. It’s all Peter, Peter, Peter.

  • I admire Walter’s determination though. His appreciation of Bellie, and how good they were “together” brings another dimension to his search for ‘wholeness’. It’s not just the missing memories that are affecting his current feeling of inadequacy, but the memories of  how good he and his old friend were as a team. It’s about balance – of the mind and soul.
  • It was a bit forced, but it works for me within the confines of a person so close to something that’s just out of reach. The sense of this proximity, coupled with a desperate need, bringing Walter’s emotions to the surface.

“..maybe I can think the way I used to, the way we used to. When there were no limitations. Back when anything was possible”

  • Of course, all of this is underscored by Walter’s reason for asking Bellie to remove sections of his memory in the first place. Like I’ve said before though, to go back sometimes a few lines need to be crossed.
  • I like the sentiment in that idea – “when anything was possible“. It says something about what he is fighting against; the limitations that have since erected because of the possibilities that were sought and taken without a second thought. There’s always a price to pay.
  • The introduction to the crime of the week was interesting. I appreciated the perspective tilting camera work, even though my bearings didn’t fail me. In fact, this entire storyline was pretty predictable, but that didn’t detract from my level of intrigue. Some good acting, visual effects, and neat storytelling saw to that.

  • Ah, how nice to get invited to Peter’s off site Treasure Trove of Mythology Porn (TTMP). I still haven’t forgiven him for murdering those shapeshifters, and I find it a bit weird that there hasn’t been more on-screen research into his connection with the BBM. There may not have been space for it, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a bit of a disconnect. That said, I’m happy to see some exposition in this instance, letting us know that Peter has been continuing his own private research, even if we haven’t seen it.
  • The portrayal of Olivia and Peter’s relationship is problematic for reasons I’ve already been over. I appreciate that Olivia’s happiness is making her seem more like her double, but it feels too forced. Altlivia, though interesting, is not the most authentic of characters. So this incarnation of Olivia suffers from the same problems, if not worse.
  • Like the great John Locke before her, Olivia is not someone you give up on lightly, but there’s no doubt in my mind that she is suffering from one of the weaker moves in the Fringe storytelling.
  • I love Broyles. He makes me laugh when he’s not trying to be funny (which is, like, all the time): “They used their………ability, to get up there”. Talk about a pregnant pause – I almost gave birth!
  • Dr. Floaty calls his subjects “pioneers”. In one sense he’s right, but there’s no doubt he took advantage of their desperation to walk again. He displayed some remorse but it came down to it he was OK with the pile up of dead bodies.
  • Dr. Floaty’s new subject says that he stopped believing in miracles a long time ago. It’s interesting that Dr. Floaty should open his eyes to the possibilities, and that such ‘miracles’ should be rooted in science. A science made possible because of Walter rupturing the fabric of the universe when he stole Peter. There’s some nice entanglement in that.
  • Olivia and Peter holding hands was a bit much. What does Broyles think about their lack of professionalism while on the job? All of this is just so the house of cards can come crashing down when they find out about the baby. I don’t find this kind of ticking time-bomb as compelling as Walter’s secret about Peter being from another universe.
  • I hate to say it but Olivia’s reaction to Nina seeing them holding hands was probably the most cringe-inducing Olivia moment in the entire series.
  • Good to see Nina out of Massive Dynamic though. She’s clearly happy with Peter’s current choice of Dunham.

  • Walter’s little moment with the mint and cola was actually pretty funny – Astrid’s shriek was priceless.
  • The soul exploration was fantastic. It’s my cup of tea, I have to say. I like the idea that Bellie prepared a way to return from the dead by planting ‘soul magnets’ inside Olivia. There are a few questions attached to this, as noted above, but I believe the explanations are there.
  • Sure, I may be somewhat biased because it’s one of the themes I wanted to see explored since the shapeshifters were introduced, but it’s good to see the writers going further with it and tying it into Bellie’s story.
  • I like Walter grappling with his deficiencies, it makes him a far more complex character than the one who larks about while the world is crumbling around him. Having him doubt his “capability” is interesting and very specific. As is often the case, Nina provides him with a very useful response. She tells him:

“It was never your intellect that made your exceptional..it was your imagination, your boundless creativity.”

  • Interesting that she should see his true genius stemming from his ability to imagine, to create. Again, very specific words that take on even greater significance in the wake of the excellent Subject 13. I like what the writers are doing with this aspect of the story.

Nina: “You’re not quite whole, Walter. But the best parts of you remain, so focus on that”

Walter: “What if I fail?”

Nina: “You wont fail, Walter”

Walter: “How can you be so sure?”

Nina: “Because you can’t”

  • It’s such an authentic moment. One that speaks to the history they’ve shared – one being reformed in this new era where they gradually reconnecting. Nina is always great in these one-on-one moments with Walter. She gives him the confidence he needs, the unwavering belief in his ability to always find a way. Much like Walternate, he responds to this kind of energy, it stimulates him.
  • This helps illustrate why Walter needs specific people in his life – Peter, Olivia, Astrid, Nina, Broyles – they each play different key roles, and it’s perfectly acceptable to believe that Bellie does too.
  • Beautifully played by both actors. Now, this is the heart of Fringe, this is the kind of romance in which the show excels. I wouldn’t swap Olivia and Peter meeting as children, as there’s meaning in that, but I don’t believe the adult incarnations carry the level of authenticity that some of the other relationships do.
  • It was useful to see Floaty with his son, Michael – who clearly wasn’t an unhappy person.
  • What a shame he had to see Michael’s handicap as an imperfection, as something that needed fixing. And, of course, his son unknowingly gives him the spur he needs to continue by remarking on how he never fails.
  • I thought it was a bit weird that Dr Floaty should shout “let’s go” at Subject Floats as he ran away from the scene of the crime. Obviously the poor kid couldn’t run with him. It was as though he was so guilty that he felt the need to shout something, even though it made little sense.
  • Did he expect Subject Floats to untether himself and escape by floating away? Well, that’s what happened, until Peter..lord bless this guy..performed his superhero move to prevent Subject Floats from going all ‘red balloon’.

  • After all, every super should have a trademark move. I’m calling it The Wonder Leap (TWL). That’s Peter for you – to serve and project. Love the expression on Broyles face, counting the cost of all that broken glass.
  • While Dr. Floaty isn’t an entirely unsympathetic character (Alan Ruck played him well), his treatment of the test subjects was disgusting. He used and discarded them like cardboard, and saw his son’s inability to walk as a problem that needed fixing. Did he ever ask Michael if he wanted to walk this way?
  • How immensely sad was it when Michael looked at him in horrified disbelief, and said: “Is that how you see me, as something you need to fix?” In that moment he saw his father and their relationship in a different light. Dr. Floaty tries to reassure his son, instinctively touching the boy’s leg:

Dr. Floaty: “I just wanted you to be happy”

Michael: “I was happy. I went to bed at night knowing I had a father who loved me”

  • This is Fringe winning right there. It’s easy to see how this applies to the Bishops, but I’m glad they didn’t milk it too much. We’ve been on similar ground many times before, so all that was needed was some nice camera work, while Floaty and his son provided the narrative. We can extrapolate our own interpretations.
  • Indeed, I’ve often speculated whether Walter’s love for Peter is as genuine as people generally accept it to be. After all, this is a man who essentially replaced his biological son with one he stole from another universe.
  • How does Walter really see Peter? What are his real feelings towards him? While I have no doubt that he loves him, it’s clear to me that his devotion is built on the ruins of the past. On his guilt. On his impression of how things ‘should be’. On his own personal need not to fail.
  • Walter’s situation is unique, but it also reflects the truth in that love is not always one thing. It’s driven by many complex needs, some more authentic than others. Similar questions could be asked of Walternate.
  • And this isn’t a criticism of Walter – like I said, it’s a reflection of a truth. What’s important for him as a character on Redemption Road is that he learns from all these cautionary tales that are manifesting up in front of him. As I’ve said before, Walter is encountering these specific problems for a reason. They are his tests. Don’t let trying to save Peter cloud the bigger picture, Walter.

  • Dr. Floaty tells Walter how he defied the laws of physics:

“I combined two of the densest elements on Earth and somehow the result was a new molecule. A molecule lighter than air. It should never have worked. It was an accident. A miracle.”

  • He really did believe it to be a miracle, perhaps affording him an extra smidgen of sympathy - how could he not pursue such an opportunity? One might ask. Though the real weight comes from Walter discovering that it was his act of crossing universes that made this possible – he changed the laws of physics, and this was further proof.
  • The problems in Walter’s world are of his own doing. Again, there’s a certain entanglement manifesting these ‘chance’ encounters. It’s no wonder that the answers to the problems our heroes have lie close to home.
  • Interesting that there should be a ‘scientific’ explanation behind such a miracle. But when you’re dealing with physics at this level, reason and miracles all kind of blur into one. It’s worth asking why the ‘illusion’ is there in the first place. Questions I hope the show explores further because the cement has certainly been mixed.
  • It may take him longer to wipe the mercury blood from his hands, but I’m glad Peter finally came clean to Olivia. He’s good at brushing dubious acts under the carpet, but well done to him, it looks like he’s gotten away with it.
  • It’s interesting that Bellie implanted the soul magnets in Olivia. “Momentum Deferred” needs to be re-examined (as I recently speculated), as do those time-slips. Anyone for tea?
  • The second coming of Bell was well delivered, it has to be said:

Bellivia: “Hello Peter, it’s nice to see you again”

  • Now that’s how to end an episode.

FINAL THOUGHT

Os is a strong fusion of mythology and stand alone. The heartfelt elements are provided through Nina and Walter, and even the villain-of-the-week has his moments. While the return of Bell, along with the continued shift in the structure of their universe, stand as worthy progression points to make this a good episode of Fringe.

Best Performer: Blair Brown

Best Line: “You’re not quite whole, Walter. But the best parts of you remain, so focus on that” – Nina to Walter.

Best Moment: Bell’s consciousness returning through Olivia

Episode Rating: 8/10

You can find all of our Fringe reviews here, while our Episode Observations can be discovered here.

Comments

  1. BB37 says

    “I appreciate that Olivia’s happiness is making her seem more like her double, but it feels too forced. Altlivia, though interesting, is not the most authentic of characters. So this incarnation of Olivia suffers from the same problems, if not worse. ”

    Although I love reading your reviews, Rocco, I have to respectfuly disagree with this observation. I think we are seeing an Olivia that we saw in the pilot, until the seemingly betrayal and death of John Scott. The only thing, rightfully so, that seems like her double, is her happiness that love has brought out. Just that it did not seem forced to me……more like, back to how she felt back in the pilot.

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    • says

      No doubt there are shades of that Olivia (although the Altlivia comparison is, for me, intentional), but that’s not the point I’m making when I say it feels “forced”.

      Just my opinion, mind.

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    • Dylan says

      I disagree.

      The Olivia we saw in the pilot seemed like an adult in a relationship, whereas the Olivia we see now looks like a teenager in a relationship – all holding hands, giggling, smiling all the time, daring to make out in front of teenagers (the weirdest thing I heard her say in the episode). She sounds more like a giddy teenage girl who thinks she’s in love.

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      • AnTo says

        I agree, Olivia in the pilot was happy, also noticed by Charlie, but in a mature way, what you also would expect from her right now. The same you could tell from the brief interaction between Olivia and Lucas.

        If they want to present Olivia and Peter, getting to know each other, how about discovering each others taste via literature, music, art.
        And they should have waited much longer, give Olivia a fling first.
        And everything has to come from Anna, whether Olivia and peter or Fauxlivia and Peter.

        Wyman has over and over repeated this sentence: Imagine what it will do to you(Olivia) if the man you love, loves the better version of yourself.
        That is how he, or the writers still seem to see/write it: Olivia is less then Fauxlivia, and has in the back of her mind the knowledge that he has still feelings for her. So she is second choice. Thus this behaviour. Only it does not fit the character. And Fauxlivia would not have accepted Peter, so they are not making Olivia look like Fauxlivia at all, who by the way is a rounded character if you want to see it, only her behaviour around peter was fake.

        Writers: Olivia is not a needy woman, she has been taking care of herself and her sister since she was 14.

        Olivia has been made a fool of, she has the most awful lines, since episode 11.
        Anna Torvs brilliance saves her. Anna must be relieved that she gets to be Bellivia, at least some different lines and scenes.

        Hopefully after episode 17, Olivia will be so angry at all the men that have abuse/violated and lied to her, Walter, Walternate, Bell and Peter, that she has enough of them, and starts saving both universes.

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        • real1 says

          Not agree with all your words but some of it had a point , Olivia was used from Walter and Bell while she was a child , her stepfather abused her and her mother , then Scott used her to continue his Jonavagenda , then the shapshifter fooled her about Charli , Lucas did betray her , Harres was against her , Wlaternate agreed to kill her , Brandonate was going to cut her body while she is still alive , and .. finally .. Peter didn’t notice that she wasn’t her and then he was lying to her and fooling her about the other Olivia just to build his cover about killing the shapshifter . and ….. Bell again used her now to take over her body ! ..

          Fauxlivia was taking her all life .. and for now Bell is taking herself her body , …. at least she did live some happiness a true one with Peter even if he was holding his secrets .. but at least we did see her happy for a while , am for one I don’t think that she will be ok with Peter again :( … and she will remember her promise to Alt-Broyles … and Peter will work hard hard to win her back all over again .. but wait .. he didn’t do anything yet to prove his true feelings …. ahhhhhh and the bumpy thingi is still in the horizontal !!!!

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  2. Solis says

    great review ROCO
    but I think you overlooked the peter perspective/coming clean part
    I think it’s interesting to analyse what he said about being the center of the war and that every thing is related especially to him ,it’s the first time we’re having such a speech after the one he had with altrivia in the box and which was overlooked because of the tension that scene had ,also the way peter sees walter (too protective) which I think is his respending to what walter tried to say all over the ep about him doing everything to save peter and to preserve his “truly happiness”
    I also wondered , as the episode’s them was “sons protection/saving by fathers” and as you said , if walter truly does love this peter or his original one, and would appreciate a scene where dead peter is back and is confronting walter who will most likely pic up his original peter, it would be weird heartbreaking, but it’ll definitly give us the answer, LOL ! I’m just trying to invent evil ways :D

    For the olivia / peter , I m not gonna deny that I truuuly enjoyed the happy scenes and I think Nina nailed it when saying that they both need to be happy.
    but still missing old olivia , and I’m totally with you about the awkward smile/reaction she gave Nina . and she seemed a bit like altrivia this ep.
    In short : this season >> much anna torv (wonderful) LESS OLIVIA (horrible)

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  3. ApplesBananasRhinoceros says

    “Goofest” might be a bit of an exaggeration, Roco! :P

    Thanks for the quick review!!

    I also thought Olivia’s goo-iness seemed forced because she IS going against her nature and is trying desperately to be that happy something that Peter had with Faux. But I thought it was all in character, her nature is to close up the hatches and she is trying to keep them open.

    And the quick look that passed over her face when she realized Peter killed those shapeshifters… he better not be close by when she comes back to her “full senses”…

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  4. Grace says

    Excellent review, Roco! I find that I’m in agreement with your view on almost every point. EXCEPT I don’t feel that disconnect you find in Olivia’s character vis-a-vis her new relationship with Peter. Granted, it’s NOT the Olivia we’ve seen for two seasons. But it’s certainly NOT out of character with the giddy Olivia we saw in the Pilot and the subsequent steamy little snapshots we got of her love affair with John Scott.

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    • Annette says

      It does seem like Olivia’s smiles are a bit forced. She has stated that she feels inferior to AltLiv because of her broken emotions, e.g., Cortexiphan trials, mother dying, etc. She wants to be happy. As for Peter’s confession, I’m not sure how she may feel. Will she understand how he feels? Will her FBI code prevent her from rationalizing his reasons? Personally, the shapeshifters are a threat that needed to be dealt with. It would have been preferable to capture them “alive,” but I can understand Peter’s need to take care of business.

      Nina did not look comfortable at all when Walter told her about Peter and Olivia getting together. And her little “you deserve to be happy” speech felt forced. However, her little chat with Olivia about not making the same mistake she did in regards to her relationship with Bell was sincere. Oh… these characters. What’s going on in that head of yours Nina? Surely you know about Bell creating the shape shifters, and surely you have some culpability in war between the crumbling verses.

      Was Walter complicit in Bellie’s schemes and had his brain parts removed from remorse, or did Bellie remove Walters brain parts to keep Walter from interfering with his plans?

      Walter seemed to be doing well, I was a bit surprised that he his fell so quickly and deeply into the depths of despair. Walter had mentioned the soul magnets in a prior episode, so I wasn’t surprised that he would follow up on some point. But why hadn’t Walter been shown Bells office when he inherited the company? Nina…

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  5. Arun says

    I thought Bell’s presumed way of delivering the magnets was brilliant, after seeing the promo and knowing he wouldn’t come back through Nina, my mind instantly went back to Olivia and Bells first meeting when Walter mentioned it could be delivered by injection or a cup of tea. c:
    I can’t believe the writers thought to put that in so early!

    Also, Olivia crossed over when she was 9(?) and again when she was investigating the Pratt/Lewis case, and there weren’t any time slips then, so could they have been manufactured by Bell to ensure he implanted the magnets and cause her temporary memory loss?

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  6. real1 says

    “”The portrayal of Olivia and Peter’s relationship is problematic for reasons I’ve already been over. I appreciate that Olivia’s happiness is making her seem more like her double, but it feels too forced. Altlivia, though interesting, is not the most authentic of characters. So this incarnation of Olivia suffers from the same problems, if not worse.””

    I disagree Roco ! i mean , Olivia is Olivia maybe in the Pizza scene where she said i can eat is somehow she was reacting as Fauxlivia , but all in all it’s Olivia , Olivia was opening up to Peter and even talked about the rubs , which in my opinion that Peter was dealing with her as how he was with Fauxlivia , and maybe in the ‘Dear diary” Fauxlivia did mention something about the rubs so Olivia didn’t like the idea of it , because Peter reaction was : really ? I had no idea !!! from where he has a idea in the first place about the rubs thingi if not from his reading the “dear diary ‘ ????

    I enjoyed every bit of this episode , and Peter wasn’t honest enough with Olivia , which made Olivia full angry about his “full disclosure” .. and Bell found the weakness in her body to enter into it .

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  7. Page 48 says

    “I still haven’t forgiven him for murdering those shapeshifters”

    Murder? We’re talking about Olivia’s boyfriend here, mister. Those shapeshifters were “decommissioned”. And, except for that last one, they weren’t even tortured first.

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    • Dylan says

      They were machines with consciousness, very similar to people – except they were manufactured.

      You can use all the synonyms imaginable but it’s still murder, principally.

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      • Page 48 says

        I was kidding, of course, but, to address your point, I think it’s pretty murky territory.

        I think as viewers, we see Peter’s actions as murderous and that raises some questions about what really lurks in the heart of PB. On the other hand, although “they were machines with consciousness”, the shapeshifters weren’t exactly machines with “conscience”.

        They were pretty ruthless killers themselves and although they seemed capable of forming genuine attachments and integrating very well in society, were they ever more than sophisticated products running some pretty cool software? And, if they were products tasked with working toward our destruction, then shouldn’t they be neutralized before they can do any more damage?

        I don’t mourn the death of the shapeshifters, but Peter’s actions say something about him as a person. The death of shapeshifters affect the people who believe them to be their loved ones. We can argue that their loved ones are already dead, but who’s going to explain that to the widows and orphans and patients left behind by Peter’s shooting spree?

        Murder is a legal term that only applies to the killing of humans, so what he did speaks more to the darkness in his heart than whether or not “killing” shapeshifters is okay. You can’t kill Commander Data, either, but I’m not sure I’d want my daughter dating the guy who pumps his gold-plated head full of lead.

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        • emily says

          I got the impression from the episode where Peter is killing the shapeshifters, that the whole “I’m in that machine, with fire coming out my ears” thing, has slowly started to consume him. You know when someone becomes so fixated on something, that it literally takes over there mind and soul. I thought this episode really brought that point home. Especially when Peter said he was sick of not getting any answers. (That’s paraphrasing, but you get the idea).

          It started in the finale at the end of season 2, where he was asked to do research with the parts by Walternate. He mentioned it to Bolivia in their conversation in either episode 2 and 4, about it being his destiny etc.

          The writers have planted seeds in certain episodes leading up to episode 11. However, I think it has been poorly done, because when it came to episode 11, they get Walter to say he has been weaponised. So, confusing viewers even more. It’s sort of always been a background story, which they bring to the front now and again.

          Peter was very distracted this episode and that started with his first conversation with Olivia in the lab. This episode was mainly about Peter coming clean about his research with the machine and the shapeshifters. A few of their scenes pushed this theme along as well as the Father/son story which was also about Peter realising that he has to tell Olivia everything.

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        • g33k says

          Page 48 – lol at the Commander Data bit!

          I think its important to remember that what the closest thing the Fringe team has seen of the shapeshifters being emotive and human is when Mr Nearly-Dead-Not-Senator guy started rattling off numbers and hotels. I don’t think it would have been convincing to me of their emotional attachments after I’ve seen them kill a partner (Charlie) and be complicit in the deaths of a bunch of innocent people over and over. So I can see it from Peter’s side.

          In DSDOES I think the writers were successful in making us like them with the whole Max’s daddy storyline.

          I think Olivia is going to freak on Peter about it because she doesn’t want his actions to start/escalate the war with the other side. She promised alt-Broyles.

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  8. Owl says

    I have to admit, I was SO disappointed that he didn’t come back via Nina. I think there’s more to her arm and I really was hoping it was a device for something. I must have missed the part about the tea.
    On the Peter/Olivia note, it was kind of difficult to watch because she is such a different person with him, like someone above said, just trying so hard to be that happy person she would like to be. It did seem different to how she acted with John Scott, which I completely bought. I guess I get frustrated because I don’t think she has to be different. She is so dynamic, that the whole relationship could be dynamic, and it’s just kind of normal. Ho-hum.
    So many of the stories in Fringe have the recurring theme of not just fathers doing crazy, scientific things to save their sons, but of scientists doing things over the line “for the greater good” like with the sheep bug vaccine story, or to correct a “mistake” like the girl-as-ballerina-puppet story. They are getting predictable in that you know they aren’t going to stop until they’ve crossed the line and people have suffered. It’s all an echo of Walter’s choice, and I feel a little bit beat over the head by it.
    I love, love, love any of the story that moves the mythology along and hope to have more episodes with Nina and Sam Weiss, and more insights into Olivia’s background, as well as more information about Elizabeth (either side, but especially what happened that caused her suicide, if it was a suicide) and the fire that ended with Walter in St. Clare’s. I guess I want more backstory on everyone, including Bellie, Nina and Olivia’s family.
    So hard to be patient.

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  9. Dylan says

    The show needs to be careful – we can’t have Olivia and Fauxlivia become too alike, otherwise it’ll will take away from how effective, in terms of identifying, development, and narrative, that difference is.

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    • real1 says

      Olivia is not Fauxlivia , yes the memories of Fauxlivia is in Olivia’s mind but still she is not her , Olivia would like to take every thing that Fauxlivia stole , she would like to be happy to change because Olivia was searching the true love which she found in Peter , Olivia did choose to trust Peter’s words that all his feelings for Fauxilivia wasn’t for her it was for Olivia , so Olivia is opening up now for Peter her true love , so why not to be happy with him why not to do what ever she can to be happy honest and in love …, and to add I think Olivia is changing what she is liking just to let Peter seeing that she is not her … example the rubs , Olivia isn’t a stupid woman and it will depend on the one in front her if he will be honest or not ,,,,, maybe because we are informed about the machine and about what Peter was doing so we are not seeing the moment as it is , Peter should be came clean since ep 6B , but how you can drive the story line to where it is now ?

      I think the writers did a great job here , and the story is really blowing our minds , and i think Peter will

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      • Annette says

        Real, that’s a good point. I wonder how much (if any) of FauxLivia’s memories may running around in Olivia’s subconscious.

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  10. mlj102 says

    I guess it should come as no surprise that I disagree with your reaction to the portrayal of the Peter/Olivia relationship in this episode. I do agree that it’s still more of a focus than I would choose for it to be, but in general, I don’t mind the way they are handling that particular plot. I liked the underlying theme of trust and how it came full circle by Peter choosing to help develop that trust by telling Olivia the truth. That was pretty big and I don’t think you gave it as much credit as it deserved (though, to be fair, I do agree that it was a bit of a cheat to allow him to escape the consequences of his shapeshifter killing spree by having that be the moment Olivia became Bell).

    And I like seeing Olivia happy. I don’t see the comparison with alternate Olivia that everyone else seems to be pointing out. They’re two very different kinds of happy, in my opinion. I can still clearly see the difference between our Olivia and alternate Olivia. Just because Olivia is smiling doesn’t make her a duplicate alternate Olivia. She is happy, but she’s still our Olivia. And I like seeing her happy. I don’t see why people are so opposed to seeing her smile and enjoy life. Just because she’s typically serious and burdened and committed to her job doesn’t mean it’s out of character for her to be happy. It doesn’t mean she can’t be playful without making her alternate Olivia or cheapening her character. We have seen this side of Olivia before. The only difference is that in this instance it’s more lasting, which makes sense because of the relationship she’s in.

    That said, it will be interesting to see how she reacts to once again being the victim of a Walter/William experiment. She has suffered a great deal because of them. And this is yet one more instance of her being used for their purposes. She’s forced to retreat in the background of her mind and put her own life on hold so that William can come back from the dead. Hasn’t she been through enough? I am anxious to see what kind of fallout there will be from this. There are so many questions I have regarding this development: Where is Olivia while Bell is there? Is she aware of what is going on? How will they get her back? What will she say when she is back? I hope they take full advantage of this. And I hope she isn’t gone for too long.

    As for Walter, I’ll admit that they have been doing a better job with his character over the last couple of episodes, but I’m still not as fond of what they’re doing with his character as you seem to be. It’s understandable that he should be feeling the weight of what he’s expected to be able to do. But that’s really no different than Peter or Olivia and the burden they are faced with, and you don’t see them going around moping and fretting about it. Yes, they’re concerned and it has affected them, but they’re not obnoxious about it. It’s the whole self-pity thing that bothers me. He’s constantly going on about his own lot in life being so difficult. And it’s getting rather old for me. It seemed odd to me that in this episode he was so concerned about his ability to solve the case and his ability to figure out the weapon. And all that only led to him becoming more flustered. I don’t understand why all of a sudden he’s convinced that he can’t do anything without Bell. For three seasons we saw him solving case after case while Bell was nowhere in sight. Why is he suddenly so adamant that he needs Bell in order to meet his full potential and be able to save the day?

    It was a good episode with fun moments, compelling themes, and interesting developments — all the things I have come to expect from Fringe. I liked it, though for whatever reason I wasn’t as invested in the events taking place as I usually am. Just an average episode for me… which is still good, but not spectacular.

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  11. Gustavo Lacerda says

    Was I the only one that thought that Bellivia’s voice was creepy/funny/weird ??
    hahaha

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  12. T says

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned (unless I missed it) Bellivia’s voice. Why did they change it from Olivia’s voice?! It sounds sooooo corny!!! I think the cliff hanger would have been a lot better if Bell’s appearance involved Olivia’s normal voice instead of a fake sounding accent.

    So if they put Bell into the cow as joked about in the next episode, will the cow moo with an accent? :)

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    • charliefan19 says

      I was creeped out with the voice, speech pattern that anna Torv used to mimic Bell, but was rather relieved that Leonard nimoy’s voice didn’t come out. That would have freaked me right out!!

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    • William Bishop says

      Well, everybody speaks in a different way than another person, even if they are from the same place, or from the same family and that’s a part of our personality, so when the Soul Magnet was activated Bell’s way of speaking (speed, gaps between words, accent, etc.) came with his memories.

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      • William Bishop says

        PS: Sorry if I wasn’t able to explain this right and charliefan19, each person has different voice tonalities and vocal cords, so Nimoy’s voice comming out would be a huge scientific error for a show that explore new and very unknown concepts.

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  13. megan says

    I feel the same as you do Roco, about Peter and Olivia. In half the scenes they were in I was rolling my eyes! It seems so forced. Also I’m not sure how I feel about Bell’s soul returning and using Olivia. I thought it was kinda corny lol

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    • Page 48 says

      I’m with you re: Peter and Liv. Much eye rolling, bordering on lunch-losing. I liked them both better when they were single and miserable. And that “full disclosure game” they were playing in the car??? I had the barf-bucket at the ready.

      I propose a compromise…”implied intimacy” rather than onscreen “goofest”

      BTW, I wonder if Altlivia hated Peter’s burrowing massage thingy, too. I know I don’t want him trying that crap on me.

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      • says

        This is Good: “I propose a compromise…”implied intimacy” rather than onscreen “goofest” “.

        I like your term “implied intimacy”. We get it at this point, Olivia and Peter are where Altlivia and Peter left off. Enough, move on! Subtlety is an art and more can be said about the DEPTH of their affection by their “non-verbal” communication (glances, stares, body language, etc.) then all the exposition and obviousness. As with you (Page48) there was much eye rolling and gag worthy scenes from Peter and Olivia this week.

        [In my best Broyles voice] Let’s TRY and focus on the work…and the fact that 2 universes are tearing apart at the seams!

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        • nathan says

          I don’t mind their relationship. It does feel somewhat forced…I am hoping she is just trying too hard…it certainly feels that way.

          The accent threw me at first, however having watched the previews now – I get it… ;D

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  14. Roberto says

    Some good this week, but a little disappointed after the wait.
    I also thought something was off with the PDA. Mostly the too cute script, but the pressure’s always on Anna to carry the load. It’s a pas de deux, or supposed to be. I’m sorry, I know fans love him, but Josh is so limited expressing emotion. Not helping him was Peter obviously being preoccupied with other matters. For whatever reason, it didn’t work and they need to fix it. Even the episode before when she led him upstairs, I thought gave more creedence why they SHOULDN’T be together.

    I actually think this episode lacked enough heart. There was the usual conflicted scientist script, but they didn’t fully establish the moral dilemma he was dealing with. Ruck was unimpressive, IMHO. Usually these minor roles ring much more genuine, but didn’t seem to be fleshed out this time.

    All this sincere, but sometimes minutiae deconstruction works only with VERY disciplined story telling. Imagination needs to be harnessed to the story. When they veer off path, for no apparent reason, it just looks as if trying to be outrageous. I don’t want to see all the logical progression established so far drift off into LOST territory.

    To be sure FRINGE is the best thing on TV, but to me, this particular episode didn’t rise to the lofty heights already established. Something was missing. There were some engaging, humorous moments, but not enough to offset the tired scientist formula, the off acting, the saccharine sentiment, and going perhaps too far off reservation. I rate it an average 6/10.

    The good news is the week off didn’t erode ratings. As long as they hold a 1.5 number in the live ratings, I think we’ll be all right.

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    • emily says

      I find that Peter in general is a very closed off person/character emotionwise. Especially, since the whole “he was with the wrong Olivia thing”. That has really affected him, and I got the feeling that a part of him shut down after he found out that he was used and duped by Bolivia.

      He has definitely started to open up to Olivia abit, but I think there is a part of him that is still very guarded and unopen.

      Peter was very distracted this episode and he stayed like that because they were showing how he had the machine on his mind and how he knew he had to tell Olivia but hadn’t plucked up the courage to do so. That was what the story in this episode was all about. In contrast, I thought the writers wrote Olivia too over the top. Some of her lines were abit distracting and not ones I thought she would say. These particular writers, certainly didn’t do a good job with them..

      Having seen Josh Jackson in other work because of Fringe. He has no trouble expressing emotion with his characters. As stated, Peter is a character that doesn’t express alot of emotion. However, I think Peter has taken alot of hits since finding out that he is from the altuniverse and for him they have been coming one after the other, after the other. This season it is all about seeing things through the Olivias, and we really haven’t had much look into how Peter is faring, other than a few scenes here and there with Olivia and episode 11. Nina was very observant in episode 11, because she saw that Peter wasn’t coping and keeping it all to himself, emotionwise. Unfortunately, in this episode it showed that he is still doing that.

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    • Outcome says

      I desagree with you roberto I thing along the show josh was doing a smart, and extreemly hard job trying to project peter’s character as a -not really sensitive -one. and playing with less amout of emotional stuff is even harder than trying to act emotionally which would only need some facial expressions from the actor but yet has lot of effects on viewers . and for some josh’s emotional scenes I think there are many movies he played in , where there is nothing but emotions, if you wanna judge by yourself , but I still think his character in fringe is winning, because preserving emotional expressions makes me somehow appreciate the character as a deeper,complex person who resembles as much as possible to reality , and also because it’s technically a tough one to play.

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  15. KLA says

    Hey Rocco- great review as always, so THANKS!!!!!!

    Now onto the show. I agree with some of the above comments that Peter and Olivia’s relationship was kind of forced. It also did not seem natural or to flow, but hey, that is me.

    The best part of the eposide was the internations between Nina and Walter. It completely worked for me, and it was believable. As Rocco also pointed out, I agree that Nina is holding something back, and perhaps even a lot, and not just what Sam Weiss said. For a while I have been thinking that she is on the side of this universe, but now I am back to where I was with her in seasons 1 and part of 2 where she was mysterisous and sly. There is more to that red hair than meets the eyes folks– don’t be fooled. She may even be a shapshifter for all we know.

    The Observer sighting when by so fast that I almost missed it, but he was most definately there. And, the special effects were great. I mean I almost felt like flying through that museum!!!

    Well, next week looks very promising, and I wonder what they will find when they get the key and unlock the shapeshifter disks. Good for you Peter for fessing up, but I have a feeling that Olivia and Broyles are going to ream you for playing hit man.

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  16. says

    oh and taking in concern the other comments: you alle seem to dislike the goofy olivia. but i feel it’s a great choice! she is uncomfortable with her feelings and under the pressure of boliva she decided to embrace her touchey side. for me it looks exactly like that! a person uncomfortable withe feelings trying hard – for someone else – to open up.

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  17. becca says

    Excellent review as always. I find Olivia’s demeanour to be offputting just as you do but something I could at least cope with and write off with a slight sigh and eyeroll as I waited for something more enjoyable to arrive if not for the fact I’m completely at sea with regard to Peter. I am honestly completely confused about what I’m supposed to think of him, and therefore why Olivia is supposed to like him. It goes beyond a lack of authenticity (which I agree exists) to genuine confusion and, honestly, something that’s starting to border on the sinister.

    I am hopeful that given Olivia’s heartbroken face when she finds out about the murders, this will not simply be glossed over when she regains her faculties, but I hope it will cause genuine fallout. Not only because I’m disturbed at the way some of the reactions I’ve seen across the web seem to think that Peter genuinely did nothing wrong on a moral level, when I strongly felt the show was trying to imply otherwise and will be quite disturbed by what it’s saying if that turns out not to be the case, but even setting aside the morality issue, Peter betrayed the team on a level of professional ethics and that should have repercussions too.

    What it comes down to, is that I’m glad Peter told Olivia, but I don’t know what he was expecting or looking for from her. At first it seems like the issue of trusting her judgement over Walter’s might be relevant – does he want to know if he’s gone off the rails? But then when Olivia realises that he murdered the shapeshifters, what are we supposed to infer from his silence? Is it guilt and does he keep talking without offering an explanation for his behaviour because he doesn’t want to offer excuses and is trying to accept her anger? Or is he trying to talk himself out of the situation, as if by behaving as though it were not an admission of severely disturbed behaviour, Olivia might decide to believe that version of events?

    To go back to their discussion in the car, there’s a distasteful element to Peter’s assertion that the “full disclosure” game is supposed to be about how they feel about each other rather than honesty in general terms; I’m not sure how to read that other than as an attempt to justify the fact he’s keeping secrets from Olivia. I’m not sure why that line would be in the episode if it wasn’t supposed to make the audience think about the secrets Peter is keeping from her.

    In turn this reminds me of his line about how he knows Olivia has trust issues and he never wanted to be one of the reasons for them. And yet, he’s happy to embark on a relationship with a woman he knows has these issues, and knows is taking a huge emotional risk by loving him (regardless of my personal feelings on how that was handled), and he’s still lying to her. And worse, trying to justify it to himself.

    He frames his admission of his pet project to her in terms of, “Look how much I trust you,” rather than, “I’m really sorry I lied.” I don’t necessarily think Peter is doing this on purpose, consciously, but it has the same hallmarks of reframing and avoidance as a lot of his responses to Olivia in recent episodes.

    I have no idea how much is the machine’s influence and how much of this the show intends me to see. But whereas before I thought Peter was a guy who loved an idea of Olivia more than the real version and didn’t know her as well as he thought, I’m now starting to struggle not to see him as actively selfish when it comes to her, and I really don’t want to see him this way.

    Especially since most of the other fans I’ve seen around seem to think he’s adorable and thank goodness Olivia’s stopped being so mean to him about buying her the wrong coffee. I really feel I must be missing something, and I wish I weren’t. But I have absolutely no idea what the show is trying to tell me about him anymore and it’s starting to disturb me.

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    • Michelle says

      I really enjoyed your post, Becca. Peter seems to be revealing his less desireable character traits. He’s showing that he can be as myopic as his father. He’s so focused on trying to get answers that he hasn’t even considered the fall-out of his actions.

      And has his distrust of the FBI always been there? I thought that comment was a bit strange.

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    • mlj102 says

      I was very impressed with your comment, becca. It was well thought out and expressed very clearly and I find that I agree with a lot of what you said. Thanks for sharing!

      While many people seem to dislike the portrayal of the relationship between Peter and Olivia because it seems over the top, or it has changed Olivia, I really don’t see that so much. My problem with the relationship is that it feels like it moved forward without really addressing some of the things that have happened. Yes, they talked about it in pretty much every episode since she got back, but they never seemed to make much progress with that. I always said that, after Olivia came back Over Here and learned the truth, Peter would have to work to regain her trust. But while there was a lot of talk, but he didn’t really do a lot to SHOW her why she should trust him and be comfortable entering into a relationship with him. I can understand Olivia’s actions, because clearly she cares a great deal for him and she deeply wanted that relationship to work, despite how much it scared her. But it bothers me that they moved forward with the relationship when I don’t think Peter really earned that. Like you, I’m not completely convinced by all of Peter’s talk. I would probably go a bit easier on him if not for the events in Reciprocity, what with his Shapeshifter killing spree, followed by keeping it a secret from Olivia. But his actions don’t show that he’s investing himself in that relationship to the same extent that Olivia is. I had just hoped for more from him.

      “He frames his admission of his pet project to her in terms of, “Look how much I trust you,” rather than, “I’m really sorry I lied.””

      I really like how you pointed this out, because I hadn’t thought of it like that, but now that you mention it, I can definitely see that. However, to be fair, his explanation prior to that, about how it is something personal to him because of his role in the whole thing, did help me to see things from his perspective. And while I still think it was uncalled for to suddenly start killing all of the shapeshifters the way he did, I can understand why he did it. He needed to be actively pursuing answers and they just weren’t getting them going about it in conventional ways.

      I share your frustrations with trying to make sense of Peter’s character at the moment. He seems rather inconsistent, from one episode to the next, as well as from what he says vs. what he does. And that kind of bothers me. I’m hoping this is all leading up to something and I’m willing to wait and see what happens. I hope it will become a bit more clear in the next few episodes…

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    • Lenaig says

      Thank you so much, Becca. My thoughts are exactly the same but you summerized it so beautifuly.

      Peter`s becoming more and more like Walter used to be. His searching for the answers lead him too far. He`s falling down.

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  18. Celticnorse says

    A lot of the comments here are either in support of the Peter/Olivia relationship or against it. I like the development of a relationship between these two characters but I don’t really like the way it played out in this episode. I don’t mind Olivia smiling and holding hands with Peter at all. I think if they acted just like they were back in S1 and just “went upstairs” now and again that would be strange. I think showing some happiness on the part of Olivia is a good thing.

    The big issue for me was the presumed time warp between the the end of 6B and the opening to Os. The last two minutes of 6B were an admission by Olivia that, despite all the weird obstacles, she wanted to pursue a relationship with Peter and proceed directly upstairs! Os opened as if weeks had gone by and they’ve been dating for a while. That was an abrupt transition for me and made everything feel a bit off. After 6B I imagined there would be some awkwardness and getting used to the new “situation” on both their parts. The “full disclosure” game in the car was weird only because we’d never seen them together as a couple. Never seen them sitting at home watching TV together in a normal way just before the phone rang. We saw that stuff with fauxlivia so we could buy it a bit more.

    My guess is that if you don’t like the Poliva idea then the sudden “were an old couple” thing might bug you even more.

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  19. Matt-ernate says

    I think in terms of Olivia being forced, and – I’m not really focusing this at you, Roco but am putting it through the general observations that have been given, I can see how people are a bit frustrated with the GooGooFest.

    However, I am okay with it and this is why. I think Olivia is a very broken person, and rightfully so. What karmic disaster did she do to bring upon a life like hers? It’s pretty rough. She’s dealt with a lot. She shot her dad as a child. You don’t simply slip back into childhood after that. That’s a trauma that grows with you and changes who you are. So she effectively missed her childhood by growing up so fast. Even more so with an absent mother who wasn’t around enough to stop the Step-Dad from beating Olivia to the point of being shot. Also, the trials took their toll and since those memories were repressed somehow through Walter (speculative but hinting at that. Wasn’t it Nick Lane who said “We weren’t supposed to remember”?), so what else went with it? What else got repressed/suppressed by whatever Walter did to erase the trials?

    This then brings us to adult hood. Olivia, all her life, strove to be what she became. She wanted to fight crime, work to better the world she was placed in. She found someone she could trust, she could love – only to be (seemingly) betrayed in the end.

    She then joins Fringe team and slowly finds a family. A family she eventually betrays herself by keeping a rather big secret. Olivia had to absolutely feel like she betrayed Peter by not telling him. She works so hard to get him back, only to be trapped and a double take her place and her man. So now she feels betrayed. Peter should have noticed. He didn’t. But he forgave her, and is actively trying to be with her still. Olivia remembers she betrayed Peter (or blames herself for doing so. She blames herself a bit so it only seems natural that she would take that situation and blame herself). She needs some semblance of normalcy.

    I think it feels forced, and I hope the writers take it to this point or hint at it, because she NEEDS it. Or she thinks she does. She needs to have some kind normal life outside this crazy Fringe life. She really does want to be with Peter and vice-versa (i believe that Peter does want to be with Olivia regardless of whatever feelings are left for Altlivia). She wants to hold onto Peter in this moment though, and so she goes overboard a bit. Not totally knowing how to be in a relationship, especially after all of that, but trying to find that normalcy in a rather chaotic life.

    Also @Dylan, the Olivia/John Scott we saw in the Pilot was a relationship that was developed and matured. We have no idea what she was like, in the beginnings of their relationship and the fact that they were still sneaking to hotel rooms to be together doesn’t tell me that the relationship was THAT matured. So I can find a semblance of childishness in Olivia being in a relationship. And why not? She essentially did not have a childhood. As adult as she may be, childhood behavior will manifest itself in some way due to the suppression of it. Hers comes out in relationships. She also wants to show that she can be fun, and witty, and spontaneous. So she over does it a bit. But it still makes sense to me that she would.

    So that’s my take. I wrote to much. My bad. As for the episode itself, I enjoyed it. William Bell coming back through Olivia was a little hokey but I’m excited to see what they can do with it and how this is going to affect Olivia in the long run. Is data going to remain in her brain after the soul magnets wear off? Are secrets going to be implanted through this dual-consciousness? Is Olivia still in there while Bell is in possession? Are soul-magnets just a much creepier form of Peeping-Tom…or Peeping-Bell, I suppose?

    Great review, as usual, Roco.

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  20. g33k says

    I’m surprised no-one has noticed that Peter is in a pickle here with Bell taking over Olivia at exactly the moment is baring all his secrets to her? Now Bell knows all of Peter’s little behind the scenes moves and agenda. Pete’s got problems! I wonder if Bell would blackmail him to stay in Olivia’s body longer. That would be horrible.

    Or perhaps great, since the show seems to be at its best when we have a more obvious bad guy pulling the strings that we can see more regularly. For instance Newton and Jones and Massive Dynamic in this universe – as opposed to the more shades of grey Walternate we have now who is in the other.

    I’m kind of excited to see if Bell turns out to be more of a manipulative bad guy rather than a good old buddy of Nina and Walter’s the characters assume him to be. Can’t wait for next week!!!

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  21. says

    ” Dr. Floaty targeted people with muscular dystrophy – those with a desire to walk again – to help him perfect a cure which he intended to give to his son”

    In big, Floaty has made like Walter, he wanted save his son :)

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  22. Tash says

    what i find hard to believe is that you would walk (well roll) off with some randomer and let him inject stuff in your arm
    Its a bit dodgy

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