Last week Fringe went out with a bang as universes collided, revelations unfolded and a drinks date was dramatically canceled. (well, it was, wasn’t it?). The mythology-heavy, character driven “Jacksonville” is definitely one of our highlights of the season so far, making the 2 month Lowatus even harder.
After the jump, Fringe executive producers and writers, Jeff Pinkner and J.H Wyman, offer their interpretation of the episode in the latest “Fringe Secrets” video. Plus, we have the ratings news and the Popular Mechanics view on the science of Jacksonville’s ‘mass for mass’ plot device.
(mild spoiler warning: Personally I don’t find the information in this video too spoilery, although the producers do offer one or two interpretations which may not have been clear in the episode, so continue at your own discretion).
Among the topics they discuss are; the balance between universes, Newton’s plan, “5-20-10″, Activating Olivia, the future of Olivia & Peter and the glimmer.
Ratings for Jacksonville were down on the previous week, scoring 7.395 million viewers and a 2.6 rating, although this time we were up against a full broadcast, making it more impressive in comparison to some of the pre-2010 numbers:
The ratings situation certainly isn’t perfect, but I think we can take some comfort in how things have improved over the past few weeks. Hopefully “Jacksonville” will give viewers food for thought when deciding what to watch on Thursday nights – as I suspect “Grey Matters” did before the previous Lowatus.
Popular Mechanics take a look at the science of Fringe‘s alternate reality:
In [last] week’s “Jacksonville,” a building damaged by one of a series of tremors occurring in Manhattan has more than just a few cracked ceiling panels. The Fringe team arrives in the city just in time to discover that something has scrambled the atoms of the building along with everything and everyone inside.
It’s a gruesome scene with bodies strewn about, but it’s the fact that the dead have literally been fused together that really makes the case bizarre. What would provide a source of energy so powerful that it could alter the state of the atoms in the room?
According to Walter Bishop, a rip between the barriers of two parallel universes could do just that. Everyone is stunned (aside from Olivia Dunham, who as a child was experimented on by Walter and partner Dr. William Bell). During her tests, Olivia was the only child able to identify objects from “the other side.” And though the team races to repeat experiments that caused Olivia’s childhood “seeing” ability, somewhere, another building in Manhattan is set to disappear to the other side.
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Fringe returns with the remainder of season 2 from April 1st, after its winter Lowatus. In the meantime, you can catch the most recent Fringe episodes on Hulu for free. (US restriction)