That image seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? I think it was one of the first moments when the show broke free from the shackles and realised just how awesome it was. We hit a groove..I say “we” because we were all there with Dunham, sorry, “Super Dunham”, as she stared down those lights, took a huge gulp and dared to believe.
Whatever happened to Super Dunham?
Fast forward to season 2, and aside from a trip to the alterverse, a fleeting dose of super hearing, and a game of word puzzle with the mystical Sam Weiss, Olivia’s abilities have been put on the back burner. Madness, I know!
Before anyone says that Fringe doesn’t require any super heroes, hear me out. I think that we had a very intelligent portrayal of abilities last season – it was grounded through the central concept of perception and driven through characters who we had learned to care about. It was cool, credible, and added an extra layer of rich context to the world(s) constructed by the writers and producers.
Now I know they haven’t dropped the abilities storyline completely and I realise that they have to space things out a little bit so as not to become too dense, too soon, but I do wonder how conscious they are of being overly bold with regards to characters having powers? That said, Olivia’s ‘throw-away’ comment in Johari Window, about growing a “third-eye”, could suggest that things are about to pick up in that department. This fan certainly hopes so!
But what do you think, do you want more exploration into Olivia (and possibly Peter’s) ability, or are you happy with it being waaaay out in the background? Feel free to vote in our daily poll on something about Fringe that we can make into a poll.