Fringe Rewatch: 2.16 From Childhood

Welcome to the rewatch for episode 16 of Fringe season 2 – “Olivia. In The Lab. With The Revolver”. In this rewatch we search for new perspectives ahead of the final leg of our rewatch journey.

We have renamed this episode: From Childhood.

Newly Observed Perspectives

  • On a base level, James Heath‘s act of draining energy from fellow Cortexiphan subjects reinforces the message that they’re all connected. This energy that runs through them, and maybe all humans on a smaller level, interconnects them.

“I see you’re still not sleeping.”

  • Indeed, Mr. Fantasy.

“When you’ve been up all night, time is just a matter of semantics.”

  • We’ve said a lot about this quote already, but I’ll mention it here since I think the character will be quite important in season 3:

I’m older than I look. I barely remember my childhood. I’m also taller than I appear.”

  • And the question that brought about that answer:

“What made you the way you are?”

  • I still enjoyed the following quote from Nina. It examines the motivations at the root of our hero. It doesn’t necessarily tarnish Olivia (although the secret does), but makes her more human:

“I recognize the look in your eyes. I know that working closely together with someone can bring about..feelings. I’m fairly certain that you’re not prepared to lose him. You didn’t come here to day to ask me about a list that you already knew I didn’t have. And you didn’t come here to announce that you were going to tell Peter who he really is. You came have me talk you out of it.”

Best retrospective performer: Anna Torv.

Best retrospective moment: Olivia telling Walter that she thinks they should keep the truth from Peter, revealing her own self-motivated interests.

Retrospective episode rating: 6/10

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Next rewatch episode – 2.17 “White Tulip” – TBA.


  1. Alex says

    I liked Sam’s conversation with her over Cleudo in this episode, especially how he concludes from her black and grey clothes that “It’s more than a job to you”. I hope we get more insight into her father, if he did indeed “make her the way she is” (to paraphrase)

    I have mixed feelings about Sam…I really think he’s a cool guy and everything, but that hint in the finale (a demons twist rusts)…? I dunno, man. Something fishy goin on, methinks.

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  2. number six says

    “On how Olivia lets everyone psychoanalyze her”, I think I like this title better. After “Peter”, this one is a clunker. I only liked Olivia’s scenes with Nina and Peter, how she rationalized her decision not to tell the truth and Walter creating happy moments for Peter (blue taffy), the rest was forgettable.

    Sam Weiss letting us know, that Olivia is a good person, in case we had missed that fact during almost 2 seasons was just awful.

    Olivia had her gun on her, when she saw Cancer Man outside her apartment. Why didn’t she use it then? And then Cancer Man blaming the truth for his murders was just pathetic.

    Just a 5/10, but from now on, the rest of the episodes are all fantastic.

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  3. QuoteGirl says

    I think this is one of the most cleverly named episodes, even if I can recall nearly nothing about the actual content. I was so excited for it just based on what it was called, then kinda disappointed. I don’t dislike it as much as you all seem to, but it just isn’t that memorable. Nina and Olivia scenes are always fantastic and this was probably the best they’ve shared. I also loved that one line at the end – about Peter being number 3 on Olivia’s speed-dial or something? Really lightened up the dark mood that most of the episodes following “Jacksonville” and “Peter” had. Gotta have some humor.

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