Welcome to the rewatch for episode 1 of Fringe season 2 – “A New Day In The Old Town”. Join us as we return through the gates after scouring the other side for new perspectives and William Bell.
We have renamed this episode: Point Of Old Return.
Newly Observed Perspectives
- Introducing the lovely Agent Jessup. What a shame she had to go steal that password and get sucked into an alternate reality. Her and Olivia could have formed a great team, solving crimes and kicking ass in half the time and twice the pretty. I’ll forgive Jessup if you will, TPTB.
- Olivia’s Super Dunham assault on the windshield gets better and better with each viewing. What helps sell the moment is Jessup’s Dunhamesque lookey-over-the-shoulder technique, before the momentary silence, and then, BOOM! Even the universe cannot contain Dunham. Wonderful stuff.
- The whole Dunham RIP thing wasn’t quite as convincing though. I mean, seriously, I doubt even Dunham herself thought she was going to die. It was just an excuse for Peter to do his thing. And Peter’s reaction to Olivia’s potential death? “Ah, come on!” No, you come on, Peter! I expect tears and possibly some screaming. Heck, even kick something if you want. If you’re going do it, put some feeling into it.
- Jessup: “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of..” Peter cuts the eager agent off and probably foreshadows her existence. Maybe she was just a dream and we all imagined her? Shared dreamstate.
- Staying on the dream/sleep-tracker for a moment, here’s a reference from Peter: “[Walter] also likes to check that I’m still breathing, when he thinks that I’m asleep, which is a little creepy.” If only he knew.
- Walter’s old test subject Rebecca Kibner developed the ability to see people from the alternate universe. Back in the day she identified shapeshifters from the other side. Does this mean that back then Walternate (or someone) had discovered how to create shapeshifters and send them over? Does this in any way help explain Newton and how long his head was frozen for?
- And now for one of my favorite quotes: “He’s from another Universe, man!” Thanks Becca, your job here is done.
- I’m not even going to mention the Charlie: Furnace Of Death hiccup. It was bad. Obviously they really wanted to do the whole Charlie-switcheroo thing, but it unless the shapeshifters have Speedy Gonzalesesque moves that we don’t yet know about, then I still don’t see how he could have pulled off the switch so quickly, and retrieved the nurses body, and changed clothes, etc. And after finding the shifting device, neither Peter nor Jessup considered the possibility that the Real Charlie Francis had been killed? Oops, looks like I mentioned it. Oh well, RIP Charlie (again), may the flames preserve your memory in the folds of time, and may your wife never know that she was sleeping with an embryo for six weeks.
Best retrospective performer: Anna Torv.
Best retrospective moment: Olivia smashing through the windshield.
Retrospective episode rating: 8/10
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- Original “A New Day In The Old Town” Review
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Next rewatch episode – 2.01 “Night Of Desirable Objects” – TBA.