Friday, November 25, 2011

Fringe Episode 4.07 (Wallflower)- Part II

- The scene between Olivia and Nina was very insightful and definitely served to move Olivia’s story forward. Upon learning that Eugene was experimented on by Massive Dynamic, Olivia became indignant, even when Nina claimed that herself and Bell did not know about the project. This indignant Olivia reminded me of the old Olivia and I was hopeful for a moment. When Nina told Olivia that Eugene might have died if they had not experimented on him, Olivia responded by saying that he might have been better off. This goes back to the theme that was touched on in Subject 9- the idea that experimentation ruins our lives in unimaginable ways and that often, we just might be better off dead.

- The conversation between Peter and Lincoln was also very insightful. As I’ve touched on before, it is interesting that the only person that is treating Peter like a person and who is acknowledging his existence is Lincoln, the one person who has known him the least. Two important conclusions are drawn from their scene together. Firstly, Peter has concluded that the Olivia in the Amberverse is not his Olivia and therefore, he’s not jealous of Lincoln’s feelings towards her. A lot of fans had huge problems with this whole scene. Some questions that have been asked: How can Peter not even feel the slightest bit of jealously towards Lincoln because of his feelings? How can Peter not love this Olivia even a tiny bit since she looks exactly like his Olivia and she is very similar to his Olivia in personality? When Peter fell for AltOlivia in Season 3, the repercussions of that relationship were huge and his subsequent fall out with Olivia was very painful for the both of them. Such an experience has such a negative connotation in his mind and the pain that he caused Olivia is so engrained in his memory, that he is determined to separate the two Olivias in his mind and separate how he feels towards both of them. Peter has a very strong aversion towards making the same mistake again. As someone who is well aware of the fact that there is more than one of everything, the idea that this Olivia is a different Olivia requires no stretch of his imagination. If he were to realize that this Olivia is his Olivia, but is a little changed due to the fact that she never had him in her life, his feelings towards her would change in a positive way although I bet that he would probably be very cautious still towards loving her due to his past experiences with different “versions” of her. I have no problems with the relationship between Olivia and Lincoln in this timeline, as long as it is established that this Olivia is not Peter’s Olivia. I just have a problem with the fact that the relationship took on such a major part in this episode when it probably should not have. The writers have promised us that Peter and Olivia will find each other again and that we’ll appreciate it much more when it does happen because of the journey that we had to go through to get there. I just hope that they don’t pollute or taint the relationship on the way to the destination.

- The second important conclusion that was drawn from the conversation between Lincoln and Peter was the fact that Peter was going to use the machine to find his way back to his timeline. He feels that if the machine was powerful enough to snap him out of his own timeline, it should be powerful enough to snap him back into it. Peter was eliminated due to the fact that when he built a bridge to bring the two worlds together, a balance was created and anything that would contribute to its imbalance was eliminated (i.e. Peter). I don’t know if the machine itself eliminated Peter with its powers or whether the circumstances of time did it or whether the observers had a direct role in eliminating Peter (they did so indirectly by orchestrating events up to this point). We (or at least, I) still don’t know the specifics of exactly what contributed to Peter’s elimination and even less if known about how Peter was able to come back and why the timeline hasn’t reverted (or at least reacted) to his appearance. When he disappeared, I think that he was sent to “limbo-like” plane and since he wasn’t fully erased by September, Peter was able to be retrieved and brought back into existence. When he returned, he weakened the space-time continuum such that time distortions (such as the ones created by Raymond) could occur. But, nothing has been done to indicate that “time” is trying to eliminate him again, or accommodate him or threaten his existence, which I find to be very odd. I don’t know if the machine is the answer and if it is, Peter will have to probably re-organize the parts in some way so that the machine’s functions can be modified to carry out new functions. I was reading a review of the episode on Fringe Bloggers and a very interesting point was brought up. If Peter has decided that he needs to go back to his original timeline, is it possible that he could undo (or even cheapen) the sacrifice that he’s made? Has he thought about this? Is there a legitimate reason why he needs to go back to his own timeline other than the fact that he simply wants to? Even if he had selfish reasons for wanting to go back, I would understand since I would be compelled to do the same if I were in his situation. Maybe he has thought of a way to go back while keeping the bridge (and the peace) that he made intact. In addition, you could argue that it is troubling that after seeing how those he loves have changed in this timeline, he is not propelled to help them in some way. In Peter’s defense, according to him, Walter is the only one who seems to have gotten worse as a result of Peter’s absence and it is understandably difficult for Peter to do anything about that when Walter is so resistant to having anything to do with Peter. To Peter, Olivia seems to actually be better off in this timeline, but Peter doesn’t probably know the true extent to which her life is being threatened and he knows nothing about the “hole” in her life that she told Lincoln about. He doesn’t know the extent to which she needs him and if he did, there’s no doubt in my mind that he would help her. He already has been helping her, actually, by helping Lincoln woe her. He knows that he will be leaving and so he wants her to have someone in her life when he is gone. I really think that this timeline will be merged with the old one since they are taking such pains to develop these “new” characters.

- When Lincoln asked Peter whether he WAS still with Olivia in his timeline, Peter replies by saying that they ARE. He uses the present tense as a way of saying that they are still together some place and at some time.

- When Walter was doing his demonstration in the lab with the two lab rats, I kept wishing that Peter was in the scene since he always has something witty or smart to say about how ridiculous Walter and his experiments are. He probably would have brought up the subject of the invisible mouse breeding or something.

- As a Peter/Olivia shipper, I was annoyed at how there was a lot of interaction between Peter and Lincoln and between Olivia and Lincoln, but very little interaction between Peter and Olivia. It’s like they are dead set against interacting with each other. They probably don’t see the point of it since to Peter, Olivia is indifferent towards him and seems better off without him and to Olivia, Peter is determined to return to his timeline and thus, there’s no point in getting to know him since he’ll be gone and he doesn’t seem to need her help. I loved the little scene that they had near the end of the episode (the only scene that they had together!). It really represents the different paths that they are taking this season. They are on the same blue pathway in the office, but Olivia is just coming in and Peter is going out after having just talked with Lincoln. They are on the same path, but heading in different directions. For as long as we’ve known Peter and Olivia, their objectives and goals have always been the same, but in this season, their objectives are different and I hope that the writers find some way to bring them back together again, on the same page.

- When Olivia had her final conversation with Nina, she asked Nina whether the cortextiphan trials that she was apart of when she was younger had stunted her emotionally since she noticed that she doesn’t respond the way that she is “suppose” to towards the work that she does (something that she has noticed just now due to the fact that she is starting to compare her reactions to Lincoln’s) and that she doesn’t feel the need to talk to other people about it. It may be because she, like Peter, is so used to her line of work that she has become desensitized to the horror of the cases that she investigates. Even in this timeline, you can see the parallels between Peter and Olivia. Both are unfazed by the work that they do and both don’t really feel the need to talk to other people about their feelings (Olivia doesn’t feel the need to talk to other people about her work and Peter doesn’t feel the need to talk to other people regarding his current predicament). Nina tells her that she will eventually find her place in the world and that when the time in right, she will know it. This really echoes Peter’s situation since he is someone who feels perpetually displaced and only with Olivia does he feel like he belongs somewhere. I have a feeling that Peter and Olivia will once again find each other when the timelines merge and will realize that they where they belong is with each other.

- I felt bad for Lincoln at the end when he was waiting for Olivia at the diner since I knew that somehow Olivia wouldn’t show up. But, honestly, all I could think of was the fact that Olivia and Peter usually would meet up at bars, not cafes! Coffee is not strong enough for either of them! :) I thought that it was a nice callback to “Jacksonville” when they showed how Olivia was getting ready to meet up with Lincoln, getting her hair ready and everything. I couldn’t help but notice that she kept her hair up for her date with Lincoln, but put her hair down in “Jacksonville” for her date with Peter. Does this mean that she is still unsure regarding her relationship with Lincoln? This would make sense since she hasn’t known him very long and it took her much, much longer to get to that point with Peter. Hmmmm....interesting. :)

- I was surprised by the ending since it wasn’t alluded to in previous episodes or anything. Just as Olivia was ready to get going, her apartment started to fill up with smoke which knocked her unconscious. Some gentlemen came into the room and gave her an injection of Cortexiphan and erased the evidence of their presence on the camera in her apartment. Either that or they replaced the batteries on the camera, I’m not sure. When the woman overseeing this whole procedure was shown, it was revealed to be Nina and she didn’t look sorry at all or guilty. Nina is quite honestly such a confusing character because her actions are not always consistent. She was nice, encouraging and comforting to Walter in Novation and in this episode, she is reassuring to Olivia. The end begs a lot of questions regarding what is going on: Why are they injecting Olivia with Cortexiphan? Did the injections just start recently since the headaches have just started or are the two unrelated? If Cortexiphan is stunting Olivia’s emotions, how is it doing this since isn’t the drug suppose to heighten her emotions, allowing her to more readily access her emotions of fear and love so that she can cross over? Does Olivia’s plotline tie together with Peter’s situation? If so, how? Are Nina’s intentions good or evil? I’m guessing that the reason why Nina adopted Olivia and her sister is so that she could continue to experiment on Olivia with Cortexiphan. Maybe, during the trials, they saw that Olivia was the only child who showed potential, but before they could tap into that potential (as Walter ultimately did in “Subject 13”), she ran away. I’m assuming that Nina is starting the Cortexiphan (again? whose knows how many times they’ve tried to do this since Nina adopted Olivia) since the headaches just started, but why now? If she wants Olivia to cross over (does she know that the Cortexiphan will allow Olivia to do that?), what does Nina hope to gain by allowing Olivia to do that? Why can’t Nina just use the bridge to cross over if it is so important to her? Why is Olivia necessary to do this? Does Nina know what triggers Olivia’s ability? Does the start of these injections have anything to do with Peter’s reappearance? Does Nina suspect that Peter reappearance is affecting Olivia more than she lets on? Is Nina, like all of us, a frustrated Peter/Olivia shipper and she refuses to let Olivia go out with anyone other than Peter?  The last question is a joke, of course, but there are so many questions that this brings up and I hope that we get some answers when we come back from the winter hiatus.

Please leave a comment on this entry- I would love to hear your thoughts about this episode! Expect some great entries on Peter and Olivia on this blog during the winter hiatus!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fringe Episode 4.07 (Wallflower)- Part I

Review of FRINGE Episode 04.07 (Wallflower)- Part I

I want to begin by saying that the most recent episode of Fringe was a little disappointing, especially after “And Those We Left Behind,” which was a stellar episode. I think the thing that really frustrated me was the fact that there was so little Peter in it. I was really hoping that we would begin to see things from Peter’s perspective in order to learn a little bit more about him, but we learned very little about him in this episode. After “Subject 13” and after Peter returned, I assumed that the following episodes would be focused heavily on Peter and his journey to get back home (similar to how the first 8 episodes of Season 3 focused heavily on Olivia). However, in Novation, he was only featured in about half the episode and even in the parts that he was in, we didn’t get a very good perspective on his feelings about where he’s been and how he feels about being in this new timeline. Most of the episode was actually focused on the shapeshifters. We got an amazing episode after that (And Those We Left Behind) that really answered a lot of questions while raising a dozen more. And then all of the sudden, in “Wallflower,” Peter is completely dropped in favor of exploring Olivia and Lincoln’s relationship. I am not opposed to Olivia and Lincoln developing a relationship. In fact, in this timeline, they’re actually very suitable for each other in that they have a lot in common and they share many personality traits. However, I do not like how this was made a main plotline and the more important plotline with Peter was shoved aside. I don’t think that (at this point in the season) this is the time to shove the main plotline aside in favor of a minor one. With Peter’s return, viewers are expecting the momentum of the plot to increase with each episode and this episode did nothing to help with that and with the exception of the ending and the conversation between Peter and Lincoln, it really did nothing to advance the main plot.

This was probably the worst possible episode to place right before the winter hiatus. If I wasn’t such a die hard fan, I wouldn’t probably watch the rest of the season if all the episodes are going to be this poor. I really expected the writers to take this plotline with Peter to amazing heights, but so far, this season has been mediocre and it certainly didn’t help that Peter wasn’t in the first four episodes. “Wallflower” was so disappointing (to me) since after having not seen Peter for so long, I really wanted to see him more. With Season 1, 2 and 3 focusing heavily on Walter and Olivia, I feel like the character of Peter deserves to be in the spotlight a little bit more. Some comments:

- Anna Torv was wonderful as a sick Olivia and we got a really poignant image of Olivia’s displacement and misery when she looked in the mirror at the beginning of the episode. The migraines that she is having are apparently new to her and she is taking medication for them. She goes to the 24-hour pharmacy to get a refill and she sees Lincoln at the cafe on her way home. She joins him and they both discuss their disenchantment with the Fringe work that they’ve been doing. Olivia tells him that he’ll get used to it over time, although she gives the impression that she herself still hasn’t gotten used to it even after 3 years. She also brings this up with Astrid, remarking that it’s weird that she doesn’t talk to anyone about her experiences. This leads her to question whether she’s emotionally stunted since she questions whether her nonchalance towards her work is normal. Nina, of course reassures her, which I’ll discuss more later in this review. Olivia’s adjustment to her work in the Fringe division has been visited in past seasons, especially season 1 and season 2 and Peter was the one who helped her to achieve a sense of normalcy in her life even while working for the Fringe division. He was a constant source of comfort and always let her know that he was there if she ever needed to talk. I think that it definitely helped that they both joined the division at the same time and were adjusting to it in similar ways, often times having the same reaction to out-there cases.

- I really enjoyed Olivia and Lincoln’s interactions, but I just don’t feel the chemistry between the two actors. I am highly biased and therefore my opinion is not the law or anything. I just think that there is a great deal more chemistry between Olivia and Peter and I think that it has a great deal to do with the fact that they have so much history together and Peter’s sense of humor adds such a wonderful lightness to the relationship. For me, I think that for any pairing to work, both individuals need to be similar enough such that they can relate to each other, but different enough such that they can both learn new things from each other on their path towards being better people. I think that Olivia and Lincoln are too similar. Their interactions just come across as too awkward and I can’t shake the nagging feeling that the show is trying to replace Peter with Lincoln, despite the fact that it claims otherwise. As talented and as wonderful as Seth Gabel is in the role of Lincoln, I also resent a little the fact that he is getting more screentime than the actors that have been on the show since the beginning. But, again, this is all my opinion, and I most certainly would hate it if you felt that I was imposing my opinion on anyone in any way. :) The one thing that I really love about the Olivia/Lincoln pairing is the fact that it is present in every universe that doesn’t have Peter in it which makes the Peter/Olivia pairing very unique. Olivia has some fundamental draw towards Lincoln that she doesn’t have when Peter is present. Peter doesn’t exist is any other universe and some may argue that he isn’t suppose to exist period (I’m looking at you Observers!). Thus, the Peter/Olivia relationship is not suppose to exist either. It’s wonderful how the two of them overcome all odds to be together.

- The scene between Peter and Agent Tim at the convenience store wasn’t a really important scene, but I enjoyed seeing Agent Tim again who, if you recall, watched over Walter at the beginning of the season. I really love Peter’s sense of humor in this scene and is it touching regarding how readily he tries to help those around him, like the boy that was reaching for something on a higher shelf. Agent Tim, however, stops him, saying that they are exercising caution with regards to Peter and his interaction with civilians. Peter replies incredulously, saying “You honestly think that I would hurt a kid?” It must be annoying to have your every move watched and be only given $200 a week as an allowance. Another thing that frustrates me a bit about Peter this season is that we get very little emotion from him, very little confusion or worry regarding his current situation. In a sense, it is consistent with what we know about the character- he’s not a very emotional person. He is very skilled at hiding his emotions. Very often, you can look at his face and have absolutely no idea what he’s thinking. He doesn’t ask for help very often, preferring to do everything on his own (he didn’t initially tell anyone about his work on the machine near the end of Season 3). Peter is also optimistic to a fault, always believing that when there is a will, there’s a way. I also noticed that Peter is buying a lot of electronics - is this for the machine that he is going to rebuild?

- The case was very interesting and although the actor did an amazing job portraying Eugene, I wasn’t as attached to him as much as I was attached to the couple from the previous episode. Eugene had a genetic condition that was exacerbated by the experimentation that Massive Dynamic put him through. As a result, he lives much of his life being invisible and only by stealing a pigment from humans (which are killed in the process) can he hope to become visible. Obtaining a cure is not as important to him as being seen by a particular woman that he loves. In his conversation with Olivia near the end of the episode, he explains what he truly wants- he longs to see in someone’s eyes their happiness and joy at seeing him. The look that says that they love him and that they recognize him. To him, that’s what it means to exist. For someone like Gene, who is a Wallflower, having someone acknowledge your existence validates your life and proves that you matter to someone and that you have a purpose. This relates to Peter since his existence has been consistently undermined since he arrived, by complete strangers and by those that he loves. The only person who has validated his existence and who has demonstrated appreciation for his presence is Lincoln. When Lincoln visits Peter, Peter thanks him for treating him like a human being and responds in kind by buying him glasses in hopes of helping him with Olivia (I’ll talk more about this later). I thought that the scene where gene emerges from the pool at the beginning of the episode was very cool and it reminded me to when Peter returned in “Subject 9.” This was appropriate since Eugene and Peter both have genetic abnormalities and they have a fierce desire to be seen by others. I understand that they are using the cases to highlight aspects of Peter’s situation and how he is feeling, but I would appreciate it too if we could hear some feelings directly from Peter. It would be great if we could get a scene where Peter vocalizes some of the emotions that he’s been feeling since he’s arrived. But, knowing the character, this may not happen until he feels like he’s hit rock bottom. Going back to Eugene, although Olivia offered to help him, he didn’t feel like he deserved to be helped, not after everything that he’s done. Olivia warned him that if he were to poison himself one more time with pigment, he would probably run the risk of killing himself. Eugene, however, took that risk and was rewarded when the next day, the girl of his dreams acknowledged him. He ended up dying, on a most beautiful day, after his existence having been acknowledge. I thought that it was a nice touch that as he laid there dying, the elevator was ascending (like he was ascending to heaven).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fringe Episode 4.06 (And Those We Left Behind)- Part 2

"I can't balance the Equation. There's too many variables and not enough constants."

- I really love that Peter and Lincoln are not rivals since that would have been cliche. They are instead seen working very well together. In an interview with Jackson, he said that there’s no jealously (yet) between Lincoln and Peter over this Olivia since she’s not really his Olivia. I assume that he’ll feel the same way if he encounters Olivia and Lincoln in the Altverse at some point.

- I thought that it was interesting that Peter was trying to find some similarities between his dreams and Olivia’s. It was as if he was trying to find some connection to her which makes sense since at that point in the episode, he felt that he was home and that the people around him needed to be reminded of him. He asked her if she saw them both in a park with Walter on the swing set in her dreams and she responded with “What?!” He then asked her if she felt anything towards him when she saw him in her dreams and she replied “Why would I feel anything? You’re a stranger to me.” You’re killing me, Olivia. :) A part of me believed her since her surprise and confusion seemed genuine, but a small part of me also hopes that she is lying since she’s just not comfortable revealing personal details to this “stranger” just yet.

- Peter’s brown coat was atrocious in this episode! It was criminal. What more evidence do you need that Olivia doesn’t really know Peter very well in this timeline than the fact that she gave him a oversized brown coat to wear throughout the episode? The old Olivia would have known that our Peter is a peacoat kind of guy. I hope that Peter gets his Peacoats back!

- I absolutely loved John Noble’s acting when he exclaimed “Of course I know what a Faraday Cage is, a baboon would!” He is so determined to not look at Peter in the eye throughout the entire episode and refuses to call him by his name in order to impersonalize him. I was touched when he remarked how Peter’s idea for the Faraday Cage was a good one and that he was very smart. His pride is wonderful to see and reminds me of the old Walter. If this world is actually the world that Peter belongs in, then I think that Peter will win Walter back sooner than he will win Olivia back. Walter seems determined to not be invested in Peter because he (and the audience) knows that once he does, he will fall in love with his son all over again. Olivia seems curious about Peter, but seems far from being emotionally invested in him.

- I loved Peter’s and Olivia’s simultaneous response to volunteering to put the Faraday Cage on. Despite the fact that they are not really in sync with each other on numerous ocassions in this episode (for example, when Peter leans in closer when they are both in the lab, she seems annoyed and moves away), it’s nice to know that they can still have their moments where they are in sync with each other. It also reminded the audience of old times when they both shared the same desire to get the job done.

- Kate’s final message to Raymond was incredibly touching and moving: “Love me and live your life.” She is telling Raymond that although the present Kate is a shadow of who she used to be, he needs to stop trying to find ways to love the old Kate and to instead learn to love the new Kate (as she is) and to live his own life.  This provides some intense foreshadowing regarding the situation that Peter might find himself in with Olivia.  

- I think that the conversation between Peter and Olivia at the end of the episode was great in clarifying that the present Olivia is not the old one and that Peter is fully aware of the differences and is not making the same mistake that he made in season 3. I think that Peter wasn’t sad in this scene since he was optimistic that he could return to his timeline. It’s interesting that Olivia was the one that made the connection between Peter and his relationship with another version of her and that Peter wasn’t the one who brought it up initially. I really have to applaud Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson in this episode since they went from portraying their characters as lovers in the first scene, to strangers in the middle of the episode and finally to two people who have a new level of understanding about each other and themselves in the finale scene. The final image of him holding his airplane was wonderful since it harked back to Subject 13 when he found himself in a new world for the first time. His optimism is what got him through that and it will get him through this.

Some other thoughts (as if I haven’t given enough already!):

- I think that it’s beautiful that Peter is holding on to Olivia just like she held on to Peter in Season 3. I remember that when she came back in season 3, she said that holding on to him was what led her home and she asks why he didn’t hold on to her. Well, he is now and I love how the story is coming back full circle. Also, just like Peter guided her through the stormy waters, maybe Peter’s dreams of Olivia will keep him going.

- I can’t remember which review I got the following theory from. “Peter has now decided, based on the disruptions his presence is causing, that he doesn’t belong. These past couple of weeks he’s assumed that the timeline is what’s wrong, that it needs to be reset, but now he’s decided he’s in the wrong place. He needs to be removed, to get back to the world where the people he knows are surely waiting for him. I fear for Peter. He believes so strongly that he needs to go back and that that’s what he should do. But, I fear that he’ll realize that he can’t go back and that he actually does belong in this new timeline. What a huge disappointment that will be for him! Just to clarify, I do not believe this is the case, that he’s in the wrong time/space. The theory makes him feel better, less lonely. It makes him believe his Olivia, his Walter, and everyone else are missing him and would be glad to see him return. I also think he’s worried about what his continued presence in this place, somewhere that obviously doesn’t want him, will do to the people who do belong.”

- Peter is really the ultimate example of a displaced person. A person who doesn’t know exactly where or when their home is. And this will probably get even more confusing when he visits the other side in episode 4.08. To paraphrase Jackson, is home here, in this new “amber” timeline and everyone just needs to be reminded of him or is home someplace else where the people he loves are just waiting for him and miss him? Also, in the middle of the episode, Peter stated that the current problem was too difficult to solve since “there’s too many variables and not enough constants.” This is really interesting since it applies a lot to Peter’s current situation. There are multiple versions of our characters and multiple timelines, but there is only one Peter. He is the one constant that is surrounded by all the variables and his presence naturally throws things off such that the equation becomes unbalanced and cannot, possibly, be solved. It’s hard to see a happy ending for Peter since he has two choices: 1. He can go back home to the original timeline and still be the problem that he always was or 2. He can hide out in the yellow universe and live with people who do not remember or love him.

- Although I initially thought that the notion that Peter is destined to be with all Olivias (regardless of time or place) was romantic, I’m actually glad that, in fact, there is only one Olivia that he is destined to be with.

- The Glyphs for this episode spell “Living.” This can be combined with the glyphs from last week’s episode to spell “Still Living” which obviously relates to Peter. It also ties to the title of this episode in that despite leaving those we love behind, we have to keep on living.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fringe Episode 4.06 (And Those We Left Behind)- Part I

 "You're the Problem, Peter."

Since my review for this episode is quite long, I am going to post just the first half tonight and then tomorrow night (Monday), I'll post the second half. This episode seriously hurt my head and it raised a lot more questions and barely provided any answers. For this episode, more so than any other episode, "the more I see, the less I understand."  So far, this is my favorite episode of Season 4. 

- The beginning dream sequence was lovely. I really represents everything that Peter and Olivia’s relationship should be- kind, gentle, warm and loving. It is a bit inconsistent with the season 3 finale where it was revealed that they married while Walter was in jail; in Peter’s dream sequence, Walter is there which expresses Peter’s desire to have Walter be apart of his married life too. My first thought was that this was Peter dreaming about his Olivia and wanting to be with her and wanting to be married to her (just like he was in the season 3 finale). But, then his subconscious interferes and tells him what he deep down already knows and what we've known for the past 4 seasons- he is the problem. At the end of the day, no matter how you slice it, Peter will be a problem for someone, somewhere, and at sometime.  That is the inherent nature of his character.  However, after finishing the episode, a part of me believes that maybe his dream sequence was actually a time jump. Also, what does Peter mean by “it took me three years to get you?” Is he talking about the previous three years or does it foreshadow (or not if it’s a dream) that it will take him three more years to get to her? Although it was wonderful to see Walter on the swing set, a part of me wishes that Peter and Olivia were looking at their children. I WANT MY TRIBE OF BISHOPS!

- The Ring: Peter has a wedding ring on his right hand during the dream sequence (or was it the left and the scene we were shown was actually flipped in post-production?) and when he arrives at the crime scene after jumping the first time, he has the same ring on his left hand. However, within the same jump and the same scene, the ring mysteriously disappears (See Image HERE). I’ve already re-watched the first half hour of the episode, and he doesn’t have the ring on at all prior to the first time jump- sometimes I couldn’t tell since Joshua Jackson so conveniently had his hands in his pocket during most of the episode. A part of me thinks that maybe Joshua Jackson just forgot to take his ring off when filming the scene (maybe the crime scene and the dream sequence were filmed on the same day), but that would be so irresponsible of him (It’s a RING! Peter/Olivia shippers can see a ring from a mile away!) and he’s definitely not that type of person. Also, a mishap like that would probably not be seen by the casual viewer and so they might have seen the mistake and just decided to ignore it and air the scene as filmed. But, the thing with Fringe is that they control quite heavily the scenes that they film and so I don’t think that the ring was a mistake that they overlooked (but as I think about it more and more, I’m not sure). If Peter had the ring on after the first jump, then why didn’t he recognize that he had the ring on? I would recognize when a ring appears on my finger when it previously wasn’t there. Did Peter (not consciously aware) jump forward in time between when he was in the lab and when he arrived at the crime scene for the first time? Is that where he got the ring? Also, in behind the scenes photos for episode 4.08, Peter is wearing the ring still. This is not a detail that, as an actor, you would make a mistake about more than once. Hopefully, we’ll get some answers in this week’s episode. This small detail leads to so many questions, it’s ridiculous!

- The initial scene with the woman and her young daughter was really well done and made the episode’s premise already so interesting. I loved how when the woman was outside, her daughter became a five year again, which immediately allowed you to understand what was happening. The time shifts were done really well and very seamlessly. I really wish other TV shows would learn from Fringe regarding how to do CGI properly. Fringe is truly amazing when it comes to their CGI effects- they seem realistic and not at all fake.

- The car scene between Olivia and Peter was a great scene as well since you could really see how much Peter is hurt by the fact that Walter wants nothing to do with him and how little Olivia cares about his current state of mind (she doesn’t care about how he is feeling about being outside for the first time in a long time; she just wants to know how he feels about the current case). The scene also reminds me of when his mother is driving him through the fields in “Subject 13” and when he is looking at the Altverse through the windows of a helicopter in “Over There- Part I” in season 2. In all scenes, he is looking at a new world for the first time...through a window which represents that he is in that particular world, but not really apart of it.

- When they arrive at the apartment complex, I found it hilarious how Olivia was treating Peter like he was a five year old. And speaking of children, I loved Peter’s interaction with the young girl who was trying to find her elephant. The show goes out of its way to show us how wonderful Peter and Olivia are with children. Again, WHERE’S OUR TRIBE OF BISHOPS? The look that Olivia gave Peter while he interacted with the girl makes me think that she is not entirely telling the truth about not caring about him.

"He's a Fringe Event"

- So, they’re calling Peter a Fringe event now? Honestly, when I was looking at Peter lean on the door while this conversation went on, there was only one thought going through my head. He’s a very nice looking fringe event. :)

- I loved Peter’s reaction to finding out that Walter was living in the lab and I also admired how he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps and used his own intelligence to figure out the problem. I’m so used to him relying on Walter to figure something out that Peter figuring things out is new to me.

- I was pretty shocked to learn that Peter didn’t know about haunting Olivia and Walter prior to his return. I think that maybe their longing for what Peter represents to each of them was so intense, that they brought Peter into existence during the moments that they saw him briefly. This would probably be possible since Walter’s mind was so fragile during the times where he saw Peter that generating a manifestation of Peter in some form would certainly be possible. In the first four episodes of this season, Walter always seemed to see Peter at especially vulnerable times (when he was being questioned about going back to St. Claire’s by his psychiatrist and by Boyles, at night before he went to sleep, after he said goodbye to Aaron). Furthermore, Olivia saw him when her mind was relaxed and when her subconscious took over. Also, it probably means that Peter probably wasn’t reaching out to Olivia in Subject 13 and that his manifestation must have been entirely due to Olivia.

- The train sequence was very, very cool. I loved how the train was transparent and appeared in different colors. You don’t see something like that on television every day, that’s for sure.

- My favorite part of the episode was probably when Peter slipped through time not once, not twice, but three times. At first, I was a bit surprised when it happened initially, but by the time that it happened for the third time, I (like Peter) was really annoyed (pleasantly so!) with all the disruptions. It turned out to be a pretty hilarious sequence that served Peter well since he got the evidence that he needed that an outside force was responsible for these occurrences. Although everyone in this episode was slipping through time by 4 years (due to Raymond’s machine and the consequences), Peter was only slipping through time by about 30 minutes or so and he was doing so repeatedly. It was very similar to what happened to Olivia at the end of Episode 5 (Novation). Why was this only happening to Peter (in this episode) and why did it happen when it happened (at the crime scene)? Does it have something to do with the radiation that was at the crime scene? I think what is happening to Peter is different that what was happening to everyone else and thus, wasn’t connected to the time abnormalities that Raymond’s machine was causing. Peter almost seems like an observer in that he is moving through time in different ways compared to everyone else. I hope that we continue to see Peter having time slips because not only are they hilarious, but they are also really cool and fascinating. The special effects and coordination between scenes were both perfect!

- Raymond and Kate was two very interesting characters and their story was heartbreaking and had many parallels to Peter and Olivia’s story. I especially loved it when Raymond says to Kate “We’ll have all the Christmases in the world.” It’s horrible to have a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease and heartbreaking when they look at your with no recognition in their eyes and no memory of the love that they shared with you. That’s exactly what Peter is going through right now with this Olivia in front of him. When he inquires about whether or not she feel something for him in the dreams that she had of him, she replies, “Why would I? You’re a stranger.” Just like Raymond used a machine in an attempt to save his wife, Peter used the machine to change the course of the future so that his wife’s death could possibly be averted. Raymond uses the machine to return to the wife that he knows and loves. Although the present woman is not the same woman that he loves, he chooses to abandon the machine and remain with her, possibly finding new ways to love her.  In contrast, at the end of the episode, Peter decided that he is the problem in this timeline and that he needs to find his way back to the people that he knows and loves. I fear that Raymond and Kate’s story is a foreshadowing of what’s to come. I fear that Peter will realize that, contrary to what he believes, he is in the right world and that he needs to learn to love the people here, albeit in new ways since they are different people.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quotes from FRINGE Reviews: TV FANATIC

Some words from TV Fanatic on Episode 04.06 (And Those We Left Behind)

“It appears a lot of the viewing audience feels it’s time that Olivia gets her due. I feel perfectly fine giving this time to Peter. He supported Olivia as she dealt with her kidnapping, and Walter as he reintegrated into society. Even though Peter Bishop was the key to two universes, Josh Jackson was a secondary player on Fringe. It turns out he has the same powerful acting chops we’ve seen with the others. In short, he belongs with this wonderful cast.”

“That Peter was the only one on the team who was experiencing the jumps should have been telling, but it took them a while to figure out he had a connection to what was happening. The jumps were done so well - how he was in the middle of a sentence sitting in a car and finished it, hand gestures and all, walking on the street. The brilliant minds of the Fringe producers.”

The jumps were done REALLY well.  My reaction was similar to Peter’s: At first, I was amazed and surprised, but by the time the third jump came around, I was a little annoyed (pleasantly so!) by all the interruptions!  :)

Quotes from FRINGE Reviews: TV.COM

Review of Episode 04.06 (And Those We Left Behind)

“Tonight’s episode of Fringe, “And Those We’ve Left Behind,” was a Twilight Zone-ish episode, in that it blended science-fiction with philosophy and asked those impossible-to-answer questions you can spend all night answering: “Can you love a different version of the person you love? Is your love for someone built by the shared experience of your relationship, or the person?” It was old-school, and I loved it.”

“We know, as does Peter, that he’s fated to be with Olivia, but this Olivia isn’t blessed with copies of the first three season of Fringe on DVD, and doesn’t know what she missed. It raises the question of whether this Olivia will ever be able to love Peter the way she once did. Will fate push them together in a different way? Can they rebuild their relationship again by spending time together, as they did in another timeline? Or has the window on their relationship closed, forcing Peter to find his way back “home” to have a chance with Olivia? It’s an aching examination of fate, destiny, and other terms we throw around when we meet that special someone we think we’re supposed to spend the rest of our lives with.”

“I tried to put myself in both Raymond’s and Peter’s shoes, and it wasn’t pretty. Would I try to make this “new” person love me again? Would I try to figure out a way to go back to the “old” person and revive that love? Would I crumple to the ground and scream, “Why me!?” Yes, yes, and definitely yes.”

Quotes courtesy of Review

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New FRINGE Promo

I think that this promo is absolutely awesome and definitely gets me excited for the upcoming 2 episodes of Fringe that we’ll have this year.  My only worry is that we won’t see the final scene in this promo until January since this promo may be for the next three episodes, including the one that will air in January.  I know this because in the promo, there’s a scene of Peter in his black and blue checkered peacoat that he wears in Episode 04.08.

The final scene surprised me a bit when I first saw the promo and I think that it’s probably a dream sequence, but I’m not sure whose dream it is.  It could be one of Olivia's dreams, alerting her to the fact that Peter has posed as a problem to her before.  It could also be one of Peter's dreams, posing as a way for his subconscious thoughts to come to the surface- the knowledge that he is a big problem/paradox in this timeline and that his presence may be harming Olivia emotionally in some way.  This goes back to an original idea that I had which centers on the fact that Olivia is actually a lot healthier emotionally in this timeline.  Peter's presence threatens the new timeline and could possibly serve as a catalyst for the old timeline returning.  In the old timeline, Olivia seemingly is much worse off.  Thus, Peter's presence would be a problem for her.  I can't imagine how painful it will be for Peter once he realizes that Olivia is better off having never known him. 

Friday can’t come fast enough!

FRINGE Podcasts that I Listen to

I thought that I would just list a couple of FRINGE Podcasts that I listen to. 

- FRINGECAST featured on Spoiler TV

- The FRINGE Podcast

- FRINGEcasting with Wayne and Dan

- Following the Pattern: A Fringe Podcast

- ThinkHero's FRINGE Vodcast

- FRINGE FBI Podcasts on FringeTelevision

Special thanks to FRINGE Telelvision for some of the above recommendations!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

FRINGE Episode 4.05 (Novation)


This episode was a really good one for FRINGE and it was wonderful to see Peter again after all this time.  He really does bring FRINGE’s heart back and makes the previous episodes pretty bleak in comparison.  It’s a relief to see Peter on screen again since he represents something that is familiar to me since he is the same Peter from the last 3 seasons.  I love how they are using Peter to voice the audiences’ own frustrations and confusion regarding what is going on.  Some comments:

- I must admit that Joshua Jackson is looking very nice in this episode.  :)  I love the first scene in which Boyles is escorting him to the prison cell that Peter will stay in until they figure out what to do with him.  Peter scoffs at them as if to say: “Are you kidding me?”  In his interview, Joshua Jackson says that Peter feels a bit self-righteous since he just saved both universes and now that he is back from drifting aimlessly in space for an extended amount of time, they lock him up in a prison cell.

- When Peter talks with Walter for the first time, he gets an opportunity to finish the sentence that he wasn’t able to finish in the Season 3 finale since he disappeared before he could: “So that we can work together…to heal both worlds.”

- Generally, Peter’s touch has been known to be calming, but when he touches Walter, Walter panics and screams for the fringe team to let him out.  Apparently, Peter didn’t quite realize that he was dealing with a very different Walter (as he admits later).  Also, the observers haven’t made an appearance to the team so far which gives proof to the fact that they probably hung around as much as they did in the old timeline due to the fact that Peter was in it.  Peter asked in season 1 what the observers were observing.  Was it Peter?

- I really admire how calm Peter is since if it were me, I would be freaking out and scared out of my wits.  I think that it has a lot to do with what Peter’s mother told him in “Subject 13” : “Sometimes the world we have is not the world we want.  But, we have our hearts and our imaginations to make the best of it.”  It think Peter is trying to figure out the situation, but I admire the fact that he is not crying about it in a corner.  He is instead trying to work with the situation as it is.  He obviously can’t appeal to these people emotionally since they don’t know him at all and so instead, he reverts back to Season 1 Peter who dealt with people through manipulation.  I don’t see this as a bad thing: he is doing what he has to do to get what he needs in the given situation.  In exchange for helping the team with the shapeshifters, he asks to speak with Walter again.  Also, Lincoln Lee seems to recognize how calm and confident Peter is.

- I loved the conversation between Nina and Walter.  The Walter from this timeline is much more self-aware of his actions and feels the guilt of what he did to the children in his trials and to Peter as a boy.  When Nina suggests that Peter’s reappearance may be a second chance for Walter, he states that he doesn’t deserve a second chance.  It was touching when Walter pulled out Peter’s things and remembered them fondly, especially the coin.  When Nina first entered the lab, she noted that Walter was making Custard, Peter’s favorite desert.  Actually, as we’ve learned in the past, Peter hates Custard.  I think that Custard was a favorite of Walter’s Peter.  It makes you realize that Peter will have a huge obstacle that he’ll have to overcome in re-establishing his relationship with Walter- he’ll have to get Walter to accept him as his son, but to also accept that, at the same time, he is not his son.  Peter will have to compete with the intense love that Walter still has for his own Peter.

- I really love the look at Olivia and Peter share once Walter runs out of Peter’s room after their first meeting.  The look that they share with one another is that of frustration and confusion (on Peter’s end) and fear and animosity (on Olivia’s end).  Once again, the relationship between the two is broken.  You can hear Peter’s voice breaking a little bit at the end of the episode when he says how Olivia looks at him like he’s a stranger, like she’s afraid of him.  I wonder why Olivia so afraid of him.  Is she afraid of the fact that she is drawn to him for reasons that she doesn’t know?  Is she afraid of the fact that while he was once in her dreams, he’s here now in the flesh and she doesn’t know what that means?  I would really love to see what the content of her dreams were so that we can more fully understand why she reacted the way that she did.  From her dialog with Lincoln, we learn that she doesn’t understand why Peter evaded her mind and from Lincoln we learn that her conflicting emotions are so obvious that even he’s picked up on them (“You didn’t want to get him his equipment just because you had a dentist appointment”).  It’s so interesting on Olivia part why she is avoiding Peter since she’s never run away from anything- she always faces whatever it is that she’s afraid of.  I love how Fringe is going down the path of traditional science-fiction shows and portraying a romantic couple who are constantly getting separated due to supernatural phenomenons.  It really makes their love seem so epic.  It’s like their love is constantly being tested and if they remain together in the end, then they know that things were meant to be and they’re stronger for what they went through to remain together.  Plus, after going through all this, any domestic problems should be easy!

- When Peter is talking with Walter he explains what the viewer already knows: That he was erased by virtue of the fact that the observer never rescued him from the icy lake as a child.  But, nevertheless, he reappeared in the new timeline where he shouldn’t be.  He’s a paradox, a fringe event, a scientific anomaly and the one thing in this new timeline that doesn’t belong.  He’s was a few of those things in the old timeline as well.  Currently, he is in the wrong place and in the wrong time which is a lot for anyone to handle.  I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the day where Peter screams out that he is none of those things and that he instead has a purpose and was meant to live.  That would transform Peter from being a passive agent (as he’s been for most of the past 3 seasons) to an active agent, taking control of his own destiny.  When I read the review on Give Me My Remote, they proposed a crazy theory that in order for Peter to right the wrongs of this new timeline, he would have to go back in time to the 80s (which contrasts to him going forward into the future in the season 3 finale) and somehow convince the observer to save him or, better yet, do the deed himself.  In “Novation” Peter seeks other people to help him.  Maybe, in the end, Peter is the only one who can save himself and who can right the wrongs done to him.  Walter and Olivia haven’t exactly been helpful in that regard.  It would demonstrate a very powerful idea.

- Another question that I have revolves around Peter’s emergence into this new timeline.  With Peter’s appearance, why didn’t the timeline reset itself?  How will “time” reconcile this discrepancy that is Peter?  Regarding the scene between Olivia and the co-worker that handed her the files, there was a time loop/glich in effect as the scene replayed itself.  Olivia noticed the difference as she asked the co-worker why she was handing her the files again.  Was this evidence that Olivia was crossing over?  If so, where was the combination of fear and love?  I think that it occurred because of Peter and the fact that “time” is trying to right things again.  Thus, weird stuff is happening with time.  According to the previews for next week’s episode, we’ll see this happen more as small time distortions evolve to become bigger problems.  Will this ultimately lead Peter to the choice of eliminating himself again or will “time” do the job for him?

- It was great to learn about the reason why Walter hates Nina so much.  He blames her for the death of the “Over There” Peter since if she hadn’t been trying to hold him back, he would not have broken the vial containing Peter’s cure once he crossed over.  Thus, Peter would not have died once they crossed over again and the ice broke.

- The last scene between Peter and Walter was heartbreaking.  Walter saw his boy in Peter’s eyes and it gave him so much joy, but he doesn’t feel worthy of such joy.  Peter’s smile as Walter held his face was wonderful.  When Walter started to talk about how this Peter was sent as a punishment for Walter, Peter insists that’s not the case, believing that his father is being too unjustifiably hard on himself.  Peter was very confident throughout the episode, but at the end, you can really see the cracks in his armor begin to show.  I really feel bad for Peter when he says that he doesn’t know what to do about the given situation that he was dumped into.  I really felt awful when Walter told Peter that he wasn’t his son.  It mirrors how Peter said in Season 2 that Walter wasn’t his father.  More than anything, this episode cemented the fact that the father needs the son just as the son needs the father.

- I honestly wished that there was more Peter in this episode.  I would have liked to hear where Peter thought he was all this time and whether he recalls haunting Olivia and Walter.  Also, intelligent Peter is awesome Peter.  I loved how he manipulated the intercom in his cell so that he communication could go both ways while he was inside his cell.  It’s amazing how much faster the investigation on shapeshifters went once Peter was allowed to help out, a fact that I’m sure Lincoln appreciated.  Oftentimes, Peter’s intelligence is overshadowed by Walter’s intelligence and Olivia’s Heroics.  It’s great to see that he’s a capable character in his own right too.

- I was so glad that Lincoln turned down Olivia’s invitation.  I don’t think that she was trying to ask him out.  I think that she just sensed that he was troubled by this whole shapeshifter issue and that he might need something to take his mind off things.  I wonder why Lincoln turned her down though.  Did he sense that she had some unresolved issues with Peter?  Seth Gabel hinted at the fact that the Lincoln over here might have some feelings for the Olivia over here, mirroring what is going on between their “over there” counterparts.  But regarding any future Lincoln/Olivia reactions, I have this to say:  :)

- Finally, the glyphs for this episode spelled out STILL.  The title of this episode is NOVATION which, as a word, means the substitution of something old with something new.  This could refer to the fact that a new timeline is replacing the old one or the fact that Peter’s old roles (that of an object that is coveted by both Walters and Olivias) are being replaced by new ones (that of an object that is not wanted by anyone).  Regardless, Peter is STILL our old Peter and to some extent, the old characters are STILL present in their new counterparts.  The old timeline is also STILL there, it’s just inside Peter’s mind.  It gives me a little hope that things will return to the way that they were.  Whether the old timeline will return completely or partially remains to be answered.

FRINGE Episode 4.04 (Subject 9)


After watching the fourth episode of the fourth season of Fringe titled “Subject 9,” I was left with very few answers and a great number of questions.  The episode felt very different compared to other episodes since other episodes made a huge point to highlighting the importance of Peter’s absence.  With this episode, instead of talking indirectly about Peter, they showed us Peter!  There was no tension that is usually generated due to the cases of the week.  This episode, instead, focused on character development and from what I saw, it made me happy, but also uneasy (more on that later).

- At the very beginning of the episode, when the energy ball attacks Olivia, the time progresses from 5:59am to 6am and when the attack is over, the time changes again from 5:59am to 6am.  Also, when Olivia inspects her home afterwards with Astrid, Walter sees what will happen to Olivia in the bathroom before it happens.  At first, I was incredibly confused about how such distortions occurred, but then I remembered that Peter is on another plane in time and so naturally, his entrance into our time would create time distortions.  I was also confused about the energy ball’s affinity for metal objects, but I’m thinking that that is evidence that Olivia had some role in conjuring the energy ball since in the timeline with Peter, she was known to be able to manipulate objects.  Also, the time of 6am is a reference to “6:02 AM EST,” the title of a season 3 episode where crucial things happen.  It also make sense that Peter would appear at this time of the day since he knows that dawn is Olivia’s favorite time of the day.

- After hearing from Olivia what happened to her that morning, Walter suspects that “Subject 9” from his past experiments is probably behind this occurrence since he could astral project.  Throughout this episode, I highly doubted that this person was the same person that was being alluded to in the episode title.  So far, all the previous episode titles referred to Peter, and I found it hard to believe that this episode title didn’t. Even after finishing the episode, it was quite clear that “Subject 9” had nothing to do with Peter, which I think is a lost opportunity that would have made the plot much more interesting.

- I’m really glad that Nina and Olivia have a closer relationship and it appears that Nina served as a mother figure to a young Olivia.  It appears that without young Peter there to encourage her to tell someone about her stepfather’s abuse, young Olivia ended up killing her stepfather to end the abuse and ran away…to Nina (?).  Nina would have known about young Olivia since she was aware of the experiments that Bell and Walter were conducting.  Maybe it’s because of Nina’s influence that this Olivia seems so calm and well adjusted.  Many people have noticed that she wears a lot more colors now.

- I really love Olivia and Walter’s relationship and I can tell that the actors enjoy this new character growth.  I was surprised that Olivia left Walter alone in the hotel room.  I know that if it was Peter, he would have slept on the floor next to Walter’s bed to make sure that he slept okay through the night.  I loved the wonderful moment that they both had while Olivia was patching up Walter’s hands and when they were sharing root beer floats at the restaurant.  Walter stepped out of the lab for the first time in three years in order to show to Olivia that he was capable and when Olivia ultimately decided that Walter did not need further hospitalization, I cheered, but a part of me knew all along that she (like Peter) would never suggest that Walter go back to St. Claire’s.  I really love how close Olivia is to everyone in this timeline (she’s close to Walter and Nina, she’s close to Astrid and she’s close to Lincoln).  She seems calmer and more patient.  I wonder how Peter will feel about coming back to a world and seeing how good her relationships are compared to the previous timeline, where she was always worried and scared and where her relationship with Peter was the only close relationship she had.  Will he feel like he held her back or affected her life adversely?  Will he feel like it might have been better had they never met?  Of course, her feelings of being scared, worried and of being inadequate were tied to her relationship with Peter since love tends to bring that out in all of us.  I love Peter dearly and it hurts me to imagine that he might feel this way.  Imagine coming back to a world where everyone “seems” better off- you wonder if you’ve made any impact at all on their lives.  Maybe we’ll see more cracks in her seemingly perfect armor once she interacts with Peter more and begins to realize what she had been missing (I hope!)

- Seeing Olivia and Walter interact with each other makes me ache so much for some Peter and Walter interaction.  I love how close they always were and how tactile Peter was when comforting his father- hugging him or taking his face in his hands to get Walter to focus.  I don’t think that Olivia will ever be able to replace Peter when it comes to grounding Walter and giving him a sense of purpose, joy and pride.  Nothing can replace the bond between a father and son and it disheartens me that many fans are forgetting this- glorifying the new relationship between Olivia and Walter (which I repeat, is wonderful), but failing to acknowledge that what Walter really needs is his son.

- I cheered when Olivia unlocked Cameron’s door from the outside.  It definitely was something that Peter would have done if he was present in the situation.

- Walter’s outburst at the hotel was some amazing acting on John Noble’s part.  I loved the conversation that followed and how Walter spoke of his contradictions (he deals with gruesome things everyday, but cannot stand germs and thinks Toy Story is very disturbing) and how his wife Elizabeth loved that about him.  She loved him, imperfections and all.  It was heartbreaking when he was talking about how she committed suicide after Peter died, but like all of us who try to find a silver lining in a bad situation, he says that he is grateful that she isn’t here to see the mess that he is, being afraid of things that he can’t even see.  He says that he liked everything about her which was very sweet and which reminded me of Peter and how he feels about Olivia.  He seems to love everything about her and even when she was being difficult last season (justifiably so!), he was patient with her and kept fighting for the both of them to work things out.  It makes me think of a quote that I read on Sahar’s Reviews when he was reviewing “Concentrate and Ask Again”: “Olivia feels like her past ‘broke’ her, which is why, in her mind, Peter should be with the unbroken version, i.e. Altivia. Of course what we all know is that sometimes, you fall in love with a person because they are imperfect and dealing with it in a perfect way.”

- When I was watching the episode, I was trying to find some pattern regarding when the energy ball appeared.  It appears when Olivia is sleeping, it appears when she is inspecting her home with Astrid, it kind of appears when she is leaving Walter’s hotel room and heading towards her own room (or that might have just been Walter), when Olivia is talking to Walter about returning him to St. Claire’s, when they are talking to Cameron near his apartment elevators, and when they are in the field with Cameron, attempting to shatter the energy ball.  Is the energy’s ball appearance being controlled by Peter’s desires or by Olivia’s desires?  My theory is that Peter is trying to break through into their time, and Olivia’s abilities are making it easier for him to do so.  But, as far as who is more powerful, I’m not sure.

- It was interesting about how nonchalant and calm Olivia was about the experiments that were conducted on her as a child and how much more indignant Walter was about it.  In the previous timeline, their sentiments were the opposite- Olivia was indignant and Walter was nonchalant.  Also, Olivia apparently is unaware of her powers in this timeline and hasn’t meet any of the other subjects that participated in Walter’s experiments.

- When Cameron talked about his father and how he used the money acquired from Cameron’s participation in the experiments to buy drugs, he asked what kind of father would do that to his son.  A son should be ashamed to carry the name of such a father.  It reminded me about Walter and how he pretty much shattered Peter’s life by kidnapping him and taking him away from his home.  It was interesting when Cameron was talking about the experiments and how it attempted to make the children involved special.  But, he is neither special nor normal- he’s a freak due to unintended side effects.  Just like Walter intended to save Peter, it created an unintended side effect that caused damage to the fabric of time and caused Peter to be torn between two words, unsure of where he belonged.  Now that he’s back, he really is a nomad, not being able to call either universe home.

- I thought that it was cool when Olivia fired her gun to stop Cameron from dispersing, shattering and destroying the energy ball.  What was even more cool, however, was when the scene shifted to a lake, the camera traveling along the surface of the lake (you can see some blue light hovering over the surface).  Peter comes bursting through the surface of Reiden Lake, reborn from the same place where he supposedly died as a young boy in this timeline.  Reiden Lake is an interesting place since as a child, Peter thought that it was a place where the two worlds connected (much like the bridge that he created) and he nearly drowned himself in the lake in an effort to get back home after he was kidnapped.  He reemerges from the lake, into a world that is his “home.”  Ken Tucker from EW mentioned how emerging from a lake complements the idea of Peter being “born again” since people are generally baptized in water so that they may be “born again” religiously.  An observer (supposedly September) is watching as Peter calls for the help of a father and son (how appropriate!) who are fishing in a boat nearby.  September, you are in so much trouble!  :)

- It saddened me that Olivia doesn’t remember Peter, but it’s not really surprising to me considering the nature of the situation and what happened with Peter (also, I read a lot of spoilers!).  Their relationship now kind of reminds me of the lyrics for the song “Faithfully” by Journey: “Wondering where I am/Lost without you/ Being apart ain’t easy on this love affair/ Two strangers learn to find love again/ I take joy in rediscovering you.”  It would be a very beautiful story to see Peter and Olivia find and rediscover each other and their love again.  Many people have been asking whether Olivia will be able to love Peter again even though she doesn’t remember him.  I think that an equally valid question would be whether Peter can love this new Olivia.  I think that the answer to both questions is yes, but that’s just me being a hopeless romantic.  :)

Some Questions:

- Does Peter know that Walter doesn’t remember him?  The first three episodes certainly emphasize this when Peter sees that Walter doesn’t attempt to find him, but instead runs away from him.  Or does Peter not know exactly what’s going on and thus, his confusion increases when he finds that Olivia doesn’t remember him?

- Going back to who is responsible for Peter appearing as an energy ball (Peter’s determination or Olivia’s subconscious need for him), if it is Peter, why is he appearing to Olivia?  Is it because his attempt to get through to Walter have failed?

- Why does Walter hate Nina so much?  What happened between the two of them in this timeline?

- Why did Peter burn Olivia when the energy ball attacked at the beginning of the episode?  Is it because, as they say, “love burns?”

- Weren’t the Cortexikids suppose to forget what happened to them?  How does Cameron remember what happened to him?

- Why does Peter appear differently to Olivia and to Walter and is his pull on Olivia stronger than his pull on Walter since Olivia was the one that was able to bring him back?  In the TV Fanatic Round Table discussion, it was suggested that Walter is so unstable that it is quite easy for Peter to enter his thoughts while he is awake.  Olivia is so tightly wounded and so in control of her emotions (especially in this timeline) that the only way that Peter can enter her mind is when she’s asleep.  Regarding who Peter has a stronger pull on, I honestly don’t know.

Fringe Episode 4.03 (Alone in the World)


I really, really loved this episode of FRINGE titled "Alone in the World."  It certainly didn’t hurt that David Fury wrote the episode and he wrote some of my favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Some thoughts: 
- Walter completely and absolutely broke my heart during this episode.  His fears of being sent back to St. Claire’s were very legitimate and I could really understand his fear.  That scene where he was talking to Agent Broyles and Astrid when the body is first brought in is heart breaking and absolutely unbelievable.  He is clearly suffering so much as he tries to block out Peter’s voice that is calling to him.  Agent Broyles’ and Astrid’s reactions are both perfect in this scene.

- I’m not sure how I feel about all the Olivia/Lincoln bonding.  I think that they’re suitable together in the Alternative Universe, but I’m uncomfortable with them developing a closer connection in our universe.  If Lincoln Lee provides Olivia with some kind of companionship, I hope that it is temporary until Peter comes back.  Olivia belongs with Peter and if Lincoln tries to come between them, he’ll be sorry!  :)

- I appreciate Olivia checking in with Lincoln, but shouldn’t she be checking in with Walter instead?  In this timeline, Olivia seems a lot more unaware of certain things (like Walter and what he is going through), a lot less compassionate (she was willing to sacrifice the boy.  The old Olivia would have found another way), a lot less open to new ideas (she was very skeptical throughout Walter’s explanation of what the fungus actually was and it’s connection to the boy), and a lot less willing to open up to other people (she didn’t tell anyone about her dreams).

- I absolutely loved, loved the relationship between Aaron and Walter and how Aaron reminded Walter of his own little boy, Peter.  The way that the relationship was portrayed was interesting.  Walter played the role of the adult, providing reassurance and comfort for Aaron.  Normally, Peter plays the role of the reassuring parent and Walter is the child who needs comforting.  So, the episode definitely allowed me to see Walter in a new light.  There must have been so many moments in Peter’s childhood where he wished that Walter would have been there for him like Walter was there for Aaron in this episode. I loved the moment when Olivia is telling Aaron that he doesn’t need to be afraid of Walter and Walter comes prancing in with a bloody apron.  Walter has the worst timing, doesn’t he?  I also love it when Walter invites Aaron to stay with him and tells Aaron that he is a very busy man.  In the next scene, he’s making milkshakes for him and Aaron and they are both wearing tin foil hats.  Walter is never to busy for food, is he? :)

- It makes perfect sense that Peter isn’t in this timeline since he died as a boy when Walter brought him over to our Universe to cure him.  So, instead of watching his son die once (in the old timeline), in the new timeline, he had to watch his son die twice.  That’s enough to unhinge anyone.  I guess the observer must have rescued Walter, but not Peter when they both feel through the ice.

- The parallel between Boy/Gus and Peter/Machine is interesting.  Both boys have a deep connection to something that is supposedly inanimate.  However, the relationship between Gus (the fungus) and Aaron is a little different and their story is very sad.  Aaron was so lonely and his feelings of loneliness were so profound and deep, that even an organisms without a heart could feel his pain and reached out to him, forming a connection with Aaron that would help him to cope with his loneliness and that would give him a sense of belonging in the world.  I think that Peter is kind of like Gus in that, wherever or whenever he is, he senses the loneliness, pain and anguish that Walter and Olivia are feeling and is reaching out to them, desperate to make a connection with them.  These ideas are expressed best by this post HERE.  I almost cried during the scene where Walter was telling Aaron to let go and that he shouldn’t feel lonely since Walter will never leave him- they can be lonely together. When Walter told Aaron that it would be best if he let go, it saddened me since when Walter let go of Peter, he lost him forever.

- The final scene was so heart breaking when he decides to give himself a lobotomy in order to get rid of the hallucinations that he’s been having.  Walter needs Peter so much and it pains me to see him this way.  Peter was also such a calming presence for Walter, grounding him in reality and always so patient and caring.  Seeing Walter this way makes me really miss Peter.  When I watched other episodes of Fringe after watching this episode, I began to appreciate Peter’s stillness and sensibility.  He doesn’t just ground Walter, he grounds everyone.  He has a calming presence in the mist of all the craziness that I never quite appreciated until now, when we are observing a world in which he doesn’t exist.

- I love the fact that Olivia has been dreaming about Peter for the past three weeks.  I wonder about the content of her dreams with him.  My guess is that they are comforting dreams which is probably why she is able to cope a lot better than Walter is.  I imagine that the dreams look similar to when John was recalling Marjorie in the previous episode- with Peter in the sunlight and perhaps they’re in a field of tulips.

Some thoughts about Peter:
- In the promo for next week’s episode “Subject 9” it shows a mysterious force that is haunting the team and they apparently seek answers in Walter’s past.  I think that the force is Peter and he is literally pulling all the stops to get Walter and Olivia and others to remember him.

- When I imagine how difficult it must be for someone to adjust to coming back to a world where no one remembers them, I’m really glad that Peter is the character that has to do this.  I’m glad because out of all the characters, I think that Peter would manage the best with these circumstances.  All his life, he has been placed in situations that are less than ideal, usually due to no fault of his own: He had a distant father who he wished was more comforting and present, he had the love of his life reject him because she couldn’t listen to his side of the story concerning the switch of the Olivias, he had to adjust to a new world when he was abducted, and now he has to similarly adjust to a new world where no one remembers him.  In all those scenarios, Peter never once just sat there, wishing that things could be different and wishing that the world could be the world that he wants.  He instead takes situations and people for what they are and learns to adapt and to make the best of the situation.  It reminds of what his mother said to him in the season 3 episode Subject 13- “Sometimes the world we have is not always the world we want.  But, we have our hearts and our imaginations to make the best of it.”  I think that this will definitely be how Peter approaches this new world and timeline.

FRINGE Episode 4.02 (One Night in October)


This episode centers on a serial killer from the Alternative Universe who kills individuals from the inside out.  He extracts their happiest memories and by doing so, he causes their brains to freeze, thereby killing them (via Cerebral Hypothermia).  He does this since he has no happy memories of his own, which is why he became a serial killer in the first place.  In order to help with the case, the Alternative Universe asks our Fringe division for help, specifically requesting the help of a Forensic Psychologist from our Universe that happens to be the mirror image of the serial killer in the Alternative Universe. Some thoughts:

- In the beginning of the episode, Walter is covering all the objects in the lab that could give off a reflection, which I think was a great call back to the previous episode where he saw Peter’s reflection in the mirror and TV.  Peter finds another way to communicate with Walter- by appealing to his sense of hearing.  Now Walter thinks he’s going crazy- seeing things and hearing things, which is a sad thing to see.  Based on the interviews with the producers, it seems that Peter can see what is going on with Walter in a world where Peter doesn’t exist.  So, I wonder if Peter will carry this knowledge when he reappears (because he better!).  Also, does Peter know what is going on with the other characters in this new world?

- I think the name “Man in the Mirror” (which is what Walter calls Peter) is very suitable for the character Peter. Most notably, the word “Mirror” is interesting when applied to Peter.  Peter is the only character on the show who doesn’t have a double of himself.  When you look at a mirror, you see a double of yourself.  The title also alludes to the song “Man in the Mirror” by Micheal Jackson.  One of the song’s verses is the following: “I’m looking at the man in the mirror/I’m asking him to make a change/and no message could have been clearer/if you want to make the world a better place.”  Could this allude to Peter and what his purpose will be in Season 4?

- Astrid’s relationship with Olivia is closer, but her relationship with Walter is a bit more distant compared to how things were before Peter got himself erased.  When Astrid asks what is troubling Walter, he doesn’t tell her whereas he definitely would have in a world with Peter in it. Also, Astrid got the line of the night when she told Olivia: "Maybe your type doesn’t exist."

- I absolutely loved the scenes between Olivia and AltOlivia (Olivia from the Alternative Universe).  Anna Torv is a very gifted actress and the special effects were flawless- it looked so real that I started to wonder if Anna Torv secretly had a twin somewhere.

- The theme of the episode was finding light in the darkness and that even though those we love are gone or even if we don’t remember those that were important to us, we will always remember what they taught us since they leave an imprint on our hearts that can never be erased.  I really teared up when John was talking about Marjorie and when he was talking about his memories of her to AltJohn.  This quote particularly touched me: “I could never understand how someone so good could love something so dark.”  I think we’ve all had moments in our lives where we wondered about this, moments where we could only see the darkness inside of ourselves.  I can also relate to not remembering someone clearly, but recalling with absolute clarity the lessons that they’ve taught me.

I thought that this was a wonderful episode of Fringe.  I really wish more people watched Fringe.  I usually watch shows because I love the couples that are at the heart of the show- most of the time, I don’t really care about the plot, I just want to see what happens with the couple.  But, Fringe is one of the VERY FEW shows where I actually care more about the plot since it is so interesting.  Please consider watching Fringe- it’s a wonderful show that is truly UNLIKE ANYTHING  ELSE ON TELEVISION RIGHT NOW!

FRINGE Episode 4.01 (Neither Here Nor There)


- When we first see Lincoln Lee and his partner Robert in the beginning of the episode, I swear that I thought that they were a couple.  How could Peter’s disappearance change Lincoln from being a heterosexual male to being a homosexual one?  Thankfully, Robert’s wife came on the scene and this proved to not be the case.  But, it was a funny moment of confusion for me.  :)

- When Olivia meets Lincoln for the first time, he demands to speak with someone else from the Fringe team.  Olivia simply replies that “there is no one else.  There’s just me.”  That part made me feel really sad since Peter is always there with Olivia at the scene of the crime.

- When I think about how Olivia was presented throughout the course of the episode, I think my mind goes back to the pilot episode where she was equally cold and adrift.  I rewatched episode 6B from season 3 after I watched the season 4 premiere and I was so surprised by how lively and warm she was even though she was mad at Peter throughout the episode (6B).  She really gets the point across that there’s something missing.

- I loved the scene where Olivia calmed down Walter when he freaked out in the lab.  It was the closest that I came to crying in the episode since I remembered how Peter used to do that for Walter.

- When Olivia and Lincoln Lee were in the car and she started to talk about her former partner, a part of me was hoping that she meant Peter, but she ended up talking about John Scott.  It was the first time in the episode where I remember thinking: “Oh, God, she really doesn’t remember Peter, does she?”

- I don’t know why the “Over there” Olivia seemed so cocky throughout the episode.  Maybe because without Peter, she wasn’t humbled as much?  Peter made her realize that the people in both worlds were not so different from each other.  Maybe she’s overly cocky now because she never became sympathetic to the plight in our world??

- I think that Lincoln Lee is a great addition to the cast, but I hope that his presence doesn’t eclipse that of Peter’s, who is the character that really matters.  Once Peter comes back, I wonder what Lee’s role will be?

- Proving that the Observers continue to be beyond cool, I was thrilled that September didn’t push the button that would have permanently erased Peter from existence.  Maybe, like August, he became emotionally attached and invested in the loving relationship that both Bishop men shared with each other and he didn’t want to erase something so precious.

I think that this season is off to a great start and I can’t wait for the next episode.  I just hope that they won’t drag Peter’s disappearance out for too many episodes.  I want Peter back and soon.  Not having him in the episode was too distressing!