Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fringe Episode 4.09 (Enemy of My Enemy)- Part II

- At the headquarters, AltAstrid states that they retrieved geographical maps from the hard drive that Bradonate had which means that David Robert Jones probably was searching for something that could be found underground. Peter, relying on the knowledge that he gained regarding Jones’ activities in season 1, states that Jones is probably looking for amphilicite (spelling?), an inert substance that if processed right, could create some serious damage. I really liked how AltAstrid expressed her disappointment at having overlooked the significance of the mineral and how Peter, laying a hand on her shoulder, stated that on its own, the mineral had no significance. Only when Peter’s special knowledge of the substance was factored in, did it acquire significance. It seems that AltAstrid has a little crush on Peter based on the fact that she looked at him straight in the eye when she spoke with him and was a little in awe upon realizing that he’s from another timeline. I loved their interactions and I hope to see more of them in the upcoming Astrid-centric episode.  I thought that Jasika Nicole was great in portraying both Astrids.  The Astrid in the prime universe is very in tune with the emotions of others and the Astrid in the alternative universe is very logical and perhaps a bit autistic (this has actually been confirmed by Ms. Nicole).  She makes decisions based on calculating the probabilities of possible outcomes.  If a factor is abstract (like an emotion) or unknown (like Peter's unique  knowledge of Jones' motives; or Olivia's unique knowledge of where the serial killer would be based on a picture she saw in his home)), she doesn't account for it.  She doesn't see that there are possibilities beyond the numbers and that sometimes, even with all the mathematics that we have available to us, we cannot possibility anticipate how things will play out.  Her approach to things is imperfect and very interesting.  She is also blunt and lacks social etiquette, which, in the upcoming Astrid-centric episode, will probably allow the writers to have her say things that the other character can't necessarily say. Altastrid is a very interesting character to me and I look forward to how Jasika Nicole will continue to play her.  Astrid is a truly wonderful character and, more than any other character, deserves to be fleshed out.  I wonder what AltAstrid will say about a possible hook-up between Peter and Olivia.  Considering that they both are slated to die, she'll probably say something like "the odds are astronomically small such as to be non-existent." :)

- The Fringe team in the alternative universe arrives at the appropriate quarry where they think Jones will be. In a great twist, Peter realizes that Jones is indeed at the quarry, but in the other universe. “Wrong Universe” indeed. When Jones arrives back to our universe that has the quarry that he needs, he remarks that the air here is sweeter. This alludes to the saying “Home, Sweet Home” and it also alludes to the fact that the air is indeed cleaner in this universe compared to the alternative universe that has been decaying at a much faster rate.

- Gene, where have you been? You can tell that in this timeline, even Gene the cow has changed. She has fewer spots and seems quieter.  :)  Joking aside, this scene between Walter and Elizabeth was extremely touching and probably amongst my most favorite scenes in Fringe. Every line was just absolute perfection- the strong writing in this episode was especially evident in this scene. Elizabeth appears to Walter in the lab and she has some lights above her, giving her an almost heavenly appearance. Walter remarks that she has come a long way to see him and Elizabeth recalls how Walter once crossed universes to save a boy; she has now come to him to do the same. A version of their son has brought them together once again. Apparently, in this timeline, Walter never received a sign of forgiveness for his actions (a white tulip) and he uses his guilt as proof that he should not help this version of Peter. Elizabeth then says something that I feel was the highlight of their conversation: She tells him that if she can forgive him, God can too. If a mother can forgive you for kidnapping her only child, then anything is possible. When Walter says that he is afraid, Elizabeth gently cups his face and tells him that Peter is also afraid and deserves to go back to the people who love him. Part of what annoys me the most about Walter is that he lacks the ability to step into the role of a parent and realize that a version of his son is looking to him for help and guidance. Peter is scared and he is looking to this Walter (a version of his father) to be a father for once and help him. I’m glad that Elizabeth knocked some sense into him.

- I absolutely loved the scene where the entire team was at the quarry fighting off the shape shifters. When Olivia went off in the car to chase after Jones, you could see the panic in Peter’s eyes and tone of voice. Based on his experiences in season 1, Peter knew that if a person passed through the portal while it was closing, the person would be split in half. He urged Olivia to stop her car and to trust him. Although initially indecisive, Olivia pushed on the brakes in the nick of time. Her front car ended up being chopped off. You could see how frightened Peter was as he was waiting for Olivia to respond and when she did, his voice dropped lower as he inquired as to whether she was okay. Having experienced the death of Olivia in the future, it was only natural that her near death experience presently would frightened him. Is this how the plotline surrounding Olivia’s death is going to work out? Will Peter be using his unique knowledge to save her from every near death experience? If her possible death in this scene scared him that much, I can only imagine how scared he’ll be when he learns about September’s chilling prophecy. Once he finds out, will he strive to find a way to save her?

- The meeting between the Alternates was amazing and I felt like the characters were being very proactive in what they were saying. I felt like the plot was moving forward and that something monumental was in the process of happening. I really liked Walternate’s speech below:

“Seems only hours ago that I asked Peter to be my emissary. I knew that, despite the accord, that there remained a great deal of... distrust and trepidation between our sides -- much of it directed towards me. I also know the truth -- that a new breed of shape-shifter had infiltrated both our worlds. And the only way to defeat them meant working together, fully combining our resources and our talents. I thought that if you heard this from someone more impartial.... you'd see the imperative. That message is no longer necessary. We know who our enemy is now. And that, in itself is a distinct step forward.”

This is a great speech. They have identified a common enemy and this common enemy may be the key to bringing both universes together. I also really loved Peter’s speech. Always the messenger of hope, he says that HE is the one thing that Jones didn’t account for, the one variable in the picture that Jones might not be able to control in this plan of his that he has probably being planning for some time. They stopped him somewhere before, there’s no reason why they can’t stop him again.

- I’m a bit shallow, but one of my favorite parts of the episode was when Olivia and Peter were talking after getting out of the conference room. It was refreshing to see so much of the color blue around them and their surroundings really complimented their conversation since it reminded me of the Peter and Olivia that I’ve know for the last 3 years in the Blueverse. I love her hesitance in thanking Peter and how Peter automatically knew what she was trying to say. I feel like this scene serves as a bit of a turning point in their relationship. There’s a bit more trust and sympathy now than there was before. Their smiles were so beautiful and genuine and when Olivia was walking away, Peter kept looking at her, an almost wistful look in his eyes. She clearly reminded him of his Olivia and I wonder if there will come a point where the delineation between the two Olivias will become blurry for him and whether his longing for Olivia will overtake his logical reasoning that this Olivia is not his Olivia.

- The scene between Peter and Olivia signified a shift in their relationship and allowed us to sympathize with Olivia more since she seemed a lot more like our old Olivia in that scene. The same can be said for Walter in his scene with Peter. What particularly stuck out for me was his line where he said “I thought that I was an expert on loss. I guess there are still some things that I need to learn.” Peter responds that he was surprised that Walternate was not the man that he thought he was, but he is not surprised to learn that Walter is exactly the man that he thought he was. It was a nice way of using roughly the same line to convey how Peter feels about both Walters.

- At the end of the episode, we learn that Nina is working with Jones and, by extension, AltBroyles. Is this our Nina or AltNina? There’s general agreement that “her” refers to Olivia, but what are they preparing her for? In season 1, the cortexiphan trials were done to prepare children to be soldiers in some kind of upcoming battle. Is there a battle that lies ahead that Olivia needs to be prepared for? Are their actions meant to help Olivia, not harm her? If you recall, Jones had a bit of a soft spot for Olivia in season 1, helping her to bring out her abilities. Is his motives towards Olivia altruistic?

- “Back to Where You’ve Never Been” and “Enemy of my Enemy” don’t really answer very many of the questions that were proposed in the first couple of episodes this season, but they push the season in an exciting direction that promises to answer our burning questions. In the first couple of episodes this season, there wasn’t very much direction and I couldn’t really see where they were taking the characters, particularly Olivia and Peter. After these two episode, we see that much of Olivia’s arch this season will be about coming to terms with the prophecy she was given or finding a way to overcome it and avert it’s outcome. Peter underwent a significant change during these two episodes and the change didn’t seem rushed or drawn out- the pacing of it was perfect and was justified by the appearance of a grave threat, Jones. He went from “this is not my fight” to “I will help you.” For him to set aside his own objectives in favor of helping these people (that he has no connection to) defeat a common enemy is a pretty big deal. He understands that there is a bigger picture and I appreciate that. A lot of people have been theorizing that perhaps Peter is in the machine this entire time and that his work in this timeline is helping to build a bridge between the two worlds. In addition to building a literal bridge, maybe he has to build a metaphorical bridge as well and that once he does, he can step out of the machine and return to the people that he loves. I don’t necessarily think that’s going to be the case, but it’s an interesting theory.  These past two episodes also made me sympathize with this Walter and Olivia a great deal more such that if we were stuck in this timeline forever, I would actually be okay with that.  I feel like the next few episodes promise to be very exciting and I can hardly wait to see how everything unfolds!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fringe Episode 4.09 (Enemy of My Enemy)- Part I

“Enemy of My Enemy” was probably one of the best episodes this season. The pacing was perfect, the suspense was invigorating and I finally have some ideas regarding the direction in which this season is heading in. It also brought both universes together in a really great way, re-introduced an amazing villan, and served as a turning point for this season, especially with regards to Peter and his objectives.  After a lackluster string of episodes that characterized the beginning of this season, this episode (along with the episode that came before it- Back to Where You've Never Been) kicked the season into high gear, reminding us all of how great a show Fringe is.  

- By inspecting the security camera footage, Broyles finds out that AltOlivia and AltLincoln have hid Lincoln in a closet. He places some solution in a syringe and is just about to go down to the closet to give the solution to Lincoln when Walternate stops him to tell him to release Lincoln so that he and Peter can return home. The number one rule that every Fringe fan has to know and understand is that nothing is as it seems. In other words, you can never claim to know a character’s motivations and whether or not they are good or evil- generally, in the end, you’ll be wrong or the show will deliver a twist that you didn’t see coming. I think that AltBroyles is truthfully a good guy. He didn’t seem happy about helping David Robert Jones. Based on the looks that he gave David Robert Jones, he seemed to appear to question some of the things that David Robert Jones said during the interrogation. I think David Robert Jones is forcing Broyles to help him (maybe threatening to hurt his family if he didn’t help him; the ring on his finger in the beginning was pretty obvious). Perhaps Broyles knows that Lincoln is a shapeshifter and was actually trying to kill him; thus, proving that he's a good guy. All I know is that in the old timeline, AltBroyles was a good person, helping Olivia to escape and sacrificing himself in the process. It’s not possible for him to go 180 degrees in the opposite direction in this new timeline.  In the old timeline, Olivia told him that there is hope that the two universes can co-exist together peacefully.  Maybe Olivia didn't give him that message in this timeline and as a result, he is seeking hope elsewhere.  Maybe Jones promised him that his help would serve the greater good somehow.

- AltOlivia thinks that Lincoln might on to something with his claim that there might be a traitor in their mist. I thought that the conversation between AltOlivia and AltLincoln was cute, especially when she was playfully criticizing Lincoln’s hair. AltOlivia and AltLincoln are very similar, happy people which is why they fit very well together whereas the Lincoln and Olivia in our universe don’t really jive well together, in my opinion. I think that this difference is a testament to the fantastic acting by Anna Torv and Seth Gabel. Seriously, there is no show like Fringe that makes such good use of the actors that they have.

- I cannot tell you how happy I am to see David Robert Jones. Jared Harris plays him so incredibly well. I found it interesting how he described his creations with such love and adoration. The woman that he was looking at had been an accountant before her transformation and Jones states that she was dead before and now, as a shapeshifter, she’s alive again and is special and perfect. This scene reminds me the experiments that were done on Olivia and how they were done in an attempt to make these kids special. It’s also interesting how he says “I suppose this is what it’s like to have a love as a parent does.” He says this in front of AltOlivia who we know had a child in the previous timeline. There is no indication that she took his statement and internalized it in any way and so I assume that Henry didn’t bleed through much like how Peter bled through for Walter and Olivia. After this conversation, Jones says so wonderfully, “take me to your leader.”  Just as in the old timeline, he willingly turns himself in.  There are reasons for why he does this, reasons that I'll go into later. 

- The confrontation between Lincoln and Peter is interesting in many ways. I sympathize with Lincoln and his need to get answers to avenge his partners death, but I also sympathize with Peter. I’m glad that he finally spoke up and told Lincoln that he’s scared and that he urgently needs to get home since he fears that with every second that he spends here, those he loves drift farther and farther away from him. Although Lincoln lost a partner, Peter lost a universe. All throughout this episode, Lincoln seemed a little bit on the edge in this episode and wanting to poke his nose in everything. Even Peter tells him that if he wants to ensure peace between both sides, the last thing that he should do is stick around for the interrogation and tell Walternate how to do his job. Peter seems to have a good understanding of the level of authority that exists in the Fringe division while Lincoln does not. While interrogating Peter during the episode Novation, if you remember, he spoke over Broyles about what needs to get done and here, he is speaking over AltBroyles and Walternate when they are discussing their plans to let Jones go. While Peter is calm and collected, Lincoln has some nervous energy about him and seems very paranoid. I also found it strange that Lincoln (a non-fringe agent) is figuring certain things out (there might be a traitor in their mist and that Jones must have known the frequency of the tracer that they used) that the other, more experienced, fringe agents haven't noticed.  Does he know more than he is letting on?  Going back to his scene with Peter, I just thought that there was a nice contrast between the two men. Joshua Jackson played this scene very well. It always amazes me how Peter can confess to being scared, but at the same time, still look so strong and capable. You always see only the surface of what he is feeling. He controls his emotions so well that you never really see how deep they go. But since he is actually voicing his fear (which is rare for him), you can guess that his fear must be enormous.

- Olivia gave Astrid a sample of blood. I initially assumed that it was her own blood, but after rewatching the episode, it’s most likely the observer’s blood since she asked Astrid to let her know if anything cames up, like “a name or genetic marker.” So, did the observer leave some of his blood behind on the chair that he was sitting on?  This scene was a cause of great excitement for me since it means that we'll be hopefully learning more about the observers this season (as the creators promised).  Also, the fact that this scene came right after a scene with Walternate really allowed me to see how different the two men are and to really appreciate John Noble’s acting.

- David Robert Jones does not look good. He has scars all over his face, his eyes are different colors and it seems to be a struggle for him to breathe. The actor was amazing in this interrogation scene. I especially loved it when he requested the retrieval of Brandonate’s disc, saying that sources have assured him that, via helicopter, the disc can be retrieved with 10 minutes with 2 minutes to spare. He also asks AltBroyles for some tea (my thoughts: “You heard the man, give him some tea!”). In one review that I read, the reviewer mentioned that Jones could have just sent a shapeshifter to retrieve the disc, but instead he wanted to communicate directly with the fringe team and mock and tease them a bit. We see him continue in this tactic throughout the episode. But, the one thing he didn’t count on during the interrogation was Peter. I enjoyed the scene between David Robert Jones and Peter. It’s always nice to see Peter interrogating someone since he’s so good at it which I assume is because, prior to joining the fringe division, he must have been on the other side of the table quiet a lot. I thought that it was hilarious how Peter came in with a cup of tea and when Jones inquires whether it was for him, Peter takes a sip out of it. Ouch, Burn!  Jones is subtly unsettled by the questions and comments that Peter throws his way and it’s interesting that his pulse begins to rise once Peter brings up his scars. The last time that we saw Jones was at the end of season 1, where after having crossed over only a couple of times, he was already bandaging himself up since he was on the brink of falling apart. In this timeline, he’s had a lot more time to cross over and has probably crossed over many more times compared to the old timeline. Yet, he appears much more intact. Peter inquires as to why this is. Could it be that Jones is using his shapeshifter technology on himself to keep himself together? Upon hearing from Peter about what happened to the old timeline version of Jones, Jones’ eyebrows go way up as if he is intrigued by what Peter is saying. And before, Peter can interrogate him further, he states that Peter is running out of time.  Is he referencing something else?  Jared Harris, the actor who plays Jones, has said in interviews that he is really interested in what crossing over does to the soul since it was alluded to in season 1 that crossing over damages the person in a way that is much worse than death.  I look forward to exploring this concept further.  I’m unsure regarding whether or not Jones truly knows Peter in this timeline and whether this is indeed a different version of him. Maybe he has the power to transcend timelines and he came to this timeline since his plans would be more easy to achieve (and maybe Olivia’s powers are more accessible to him in this timeline).  Jones is definitely one of those characters where not everything is as it seems.

- The scene at the hospital was very well done and I thought it was cool how when asked whether or not to give a girl a tetanus shot, the nurse said that it would be pointless since the girl wouldn’t make it (or something along those lines). The writing on this episode was absolutely fantastic and just sparkled.  The hand on the window was creepy and having the fringe team listen to the patients’ cries was another example of how Jones wants to tease and torture the fringe team. Using the threat of unleashing more terrorist attacks, the Fringe team had no choice but to release Jones. But, AltLincoln was smart and placed a tracker in Jones’ tea. When keeping watch on Jones, I thought that it was weird that Peter didn’t accompany them, but I guess that this is consistent with his desire to meddle as little as possible. This contrasts to Lincoln who wants to be at the forefront of every development. I thought that Jones’ plan to spread the tracker on the money that he distributed to the public as a way to confuse the Fringe team was weird. It was weird to me since I’ve never seen criminals use this kind of method to fool their opponents and quite frankly, if a scary man with scars on his face offered me money, I would be highly suspicious and I wouldn’t take it. And if you see that Jones is near the fountain and separated from the crowd of people, go there and look around. You just might find him even though you can’t track him anymore. The whole getaway wasn’t as clever as I thought it should have been. What was interesting was the fact that Broyles just stood by and let Jones get away, further confirming that he is in league with Jones. I just want to take this moment to say how pleased I am that Broyles has something to do this season since in the past, he’s been pretty flat and even the actor himself said that that from season 2 and onward, he lost a lot of the mystery that his character had in season 1. I hope that season 4 gives all the actors (especially the secondary characters) their time to shine.

- I thought that it was strange that Lincoln was asking AltOlivia about her relationship with AltLincoln. Does he hope to gather some clues as to whether or not a relationship with the Olivia that he knows is possible? He seems to be very genuine about his feelings for Olivia and so if this timeline is indeed Peter’s home and WHEN (NOT IF) Peter and Olivia get back together, Lincoln might get hurt and there will be a big mess that the show will have to clean up.  This definitely worries me.

- Walternate and Elizabeth’s interactions were wonderful to see. With the death of their son, they were probably able to achieve a sense of closure that wasn’t possible in the old timeline. But, I wonder how they found out that their Peter died after the event happened. Did Walter immediately cross over after Peter died and tell them? My guess would be no since after Peter’s death, the last thing he would want to do would be to cross over again. Thus, my guess would be that they were informed once the bridge was created. Then they must have lived 26 years wondering what happened to their son as opposed to knowing what happened and not being able to do anything about it (as in the old timeline). I would expect that either way, their marriage might have suffered some damage. It’s a big inconsistency, but I’m willing to push it aside for the moment in favor of appreciating how strong their marriage is in this timeline. Walternate says that he has looked at the blueprints, but he is unable to find a way in which the machine can be reconfigured to perform a different task (like what Peter said). This makes sense because he lacks the madness that the other Walter has, a madness that enables Walter to see things in different ways.

Part II coming soon!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fringe Episode 4.08 (Back to Where You've Never Been)

Fringe came back with an amazing episode that should have been the Fall Finale. It served well, though, as the Winter premiere and in some ways, it might be better that it aired in January instead of November since I know that I would not have been able to wait two months to see what happens next! Episode 4.08 is in a lot of ways the sister to Episode 4.06. Both episodes highlight similar ideas, begin in similar ways, and focus heavily on Peter. I feel really bad for Episode 4.07 (Wallflower) since it is sandwiched between two of the best episodes this season. Wallflower may just become forgotten, just like a...well...wallflower.

- I’m really enjoying the dream sequences that are at the beginning of each episode that involve Peter heavily. They really help us to get into Peter’s state of mind and always set the stage nicely for the rest of the hour. It’s sad to see how joyful Peter’s dreams are when his reality is so different. Peter is a man that doesn’t show his anxiety on his face and who is not exactly comfortable talking with other people about his worries and concerns. Giving us access to his subconscious is a great way to appreciate the character’s current plight. The dream is also very heavy with symbolism. Both Walter and Olivia are convinced that Peter wants waffles for breakfast, but Peter says that it’s okay; as long as they are together, the alternative, pancakes, will do just fine. If he can’t return to the people that he loves, will he learn to love the people that he’s with currently? Such ideas were initially proposed in episode 4.06 and it’s nice that 4.08 makes a call back to such ideas. When Walter remarks about the “infernal machine” that the waffle-maker is and how he just needs to fix it, Peter snaps out of his dream. The waffle-maker is analogous to the machine that Peter is trying to adjust, but just like in the dream, Walter is the only one who can fix it to suit Peter’s needs. A small side note- if my subconscious was as helpful as Peter’s is being, I would be in a much better place than I am right now. :) It’s interesting that Peter’s first dream proposed a problem and that this dream proposed an answer. It’s also interesting that Olivia is wearing a blue shirt representing the fact that in the dream, she’s from the Blueverse. Does this represent what Peter desires and what he can’t have?

- Walter remarks that the pinwheel with metallic qualities is unexpectedly spinning against the flow of air. I wonder if this means anything in particular. Is he alluding to the fact that things in this timeline are not exactly what you expect them to be? The scene between Walter and Peter was very well done by both actors and it was heartbreaking to hear Walter explain how Elizabeth committed suicide after the death of their only child. Although Walter’s motives frustrate me, I do understand where he’s coming from. He already caused so much damage by meddling too much and helping another Peter, that he certainly doesn’t want to repeat his mistakes and help this Peter. As a result of never having loved the adult Peter, Walter is able to exercise a lot more restraint when it comes to Peter. In Season 3, he found it impossible to let Peter go and so his actions in this scene are a great contrast to that. Many people asked why Peter didn’t tell Walter what he told Walternate- that if he wants to get rid of Peter so badly, all he has to do is help him. I think that deep down, Peter knows that that is not the right way to motivate Walter since as said before, in the old timeline, Walter found it nearly impossible to let Peter go and held on to Peter very tightly. Maybe the Amberverse Walter is not so different from the Walter of the old timeline and he, in fact, wants Peter to stay and not leave. Telling Walter to help him as a way to get rid of him might actually cause Walter to resist Peter even more.

- I was thrilled that they managed to fit in a Peter and Olivia scene and it was interesting to see how stiff their interactions are with each other. I found it odd that Olivia was taking leave from work due to a migraine since the Olivia that we know returned to work immediately after being kidnapped (season 1), waking up from a coma (season 2), and being tortured in a parallel universe (season 3). She also seems to shrugged off her migraines when Peter asks her repeatedly if she’s okay. Everyone seems to believe that Walternate is behind the shapeshifters, including Olivia. I wasn’t surprised that Olivia didn’t know that she had the potential to cross over. David Robert Jones was the one that initially tested her powers, allowing her to discover them and Peter was the one who activated her ability to cross over (Jacksonville). Now that both individuals are back in the picture, she just might discover what she is truly capable of. I found it weird that Peter didn’t try to explain how she could cross over, but I imagine that such a subject is not a priority for him at the moment.

- I found it a bit convenient that Olivia had a requisition form that would allow her to acquire Walter’s device from Massive Dynamic, but then again, she has a very close connection with Nina and so I would imagine that she would be able to acquire it quite easily. One of the biggest problems that I had with the episode was the fact that they used Walter’s machine so casually. One of the biggest plot points in Fringe is the fact that Walter kidnapped Peter from the other side and by crossing over, he violated the laws of nature and initiated the slow and gradual destruction of both worlds. Shouldn’t the machine be treated more as a taboo and as a huge security risk? I would understand if Olivia and Lincoln didn’t know this, but Peter should know better. Maybe he feels like the ends justify the means. Or maybe because the two worlds are now connected, the effects of using the device are not as profound. Either way, using the device in this episode strips the device of the significant role that it has played in the show’s mythology thus far and I thought that it was very lazy of the writers to not acknowledge this or at least give us some idea of why, in this timeline, its use is appropriate.

- Peter is adamant about his desire to go home and he ends up being at odds with Olivia and Lincoln who wish to use this opportunity to get information about the other side and whether or not they are behind the shapeshifters. I found it distressing that both Peter and Olivia don’t sympathize with what the other person is interested in. Generally, they are on the same page and so it’s distressing to see that they are not that way in this timeline. Both of them have agendas that seem equally important.

- Peter’s desire to go home draws strong parallels to Dorothy’s desire to do the same in the Wizard of Oz. There are even noticeable references to the Wizard of Oz when Peter calls Lincoln a scarecrow and tells his to snap out of his daze since the Flying Monkeys (those that are after them) will be along soon. Seeing the twin towers again was a wonderful and emotional shot.

- The bridge that was formed by Peter at the end of the season 3 finale has seemed to stop the destruction that was occurring in both worlds. Thus, the alternative universe doesn’t seem to be as damaged as it did in the old timeline. The attitude that both sides have towards each other also seems to be different in the sense that they don’t fear or despise each other for personal reasons. They just seem to view the other world as different and the understanding that existed between the two Olivias is obviously absent. By the end of season 3, the two Olivias separately came to a better understanding of each other, realizing the similarities between the two of them that allowed them to fall for the same man. Without Peter in the picture, such an understanding didn’t occur. Nevertheless, the similarities between the two of them are still being drawn as when Lincoln mentions how paranoid both of them seem.

- Peter’s interactions with Elizabeth are beautiful. It’s touching that she was able to recognize him immediately, a recognition that Peter craved and that validated his existence. When a mother loses her child, it is only natural that she thinks about her child every day, imaging what they would be like if they had been given the opportunity to grown up into an adult. This version of Elizabeth is much stronger, her strength having been derived from her faith that somewhere and sometime, Peter would live happily. It is obvious where Peter gets his boundless sense of optimism- he gets it from his mother. I think that Orla Brady and John Noble are both perfect for their roles as Peter’s parents since the actor Joshua Jackson greatly resembles them both in appearance.

- In the old timeline, Peter served as a neutral party, believing that both worlds deserved to live and in this timeline he is neutral too, but for very different reasons. When I first watched the episode, I was very put off by the fact that Peter was so adamant about not getting involved in the conflict between the two words. “This is not my fight” he kept saying. But as I thought about it more, I realized that he is right to not intervene. This really isn’t his world and it isn’t his fight. If he truly believes that he doesn’t belong in this timeline, then any actions that he takes to intervene in this timeline could have bad consequences. He was enough of a problem in his own timeline and now he sees that he’s becoming a problem in this timeline too. Naturally, he feels the need to step back. This world has existed without him and it should be able to sustain itself without him intervening. Also, the more connections that he makes in this new timeline, the more he will stray from his goal of going back to the people who really need him. I thought that it was a little harsh how he told his parents that he is not their son, but it was necessary for him to be straight and honest with them. It would have been easy for Peter to manipulate his parents emotionally in order to get them to help him. I respect him for loving them enough to not do this.

- I loved the first interaction between Walternate and Peter and when Walternate was assembling the gun in front of Peter, I honestly thought that he was going to use it on Peter. There is obviously a huge chasm between the two of them. Peter seems very bitter by the fact that when they first met, Walternate was using Peter in an plan to ultimately destroy Peter’s adoptive world and when they last met, Walternate was just about to kill his wife. During the season 3 finale, Peter was willing to set their differences aside to help establish peace between the two worlds, but in this episode, he’s cold and indifferent to Walternate. This may be due to the fact that establishing peace between the two worlds is not his priority in this timeline. When Walternate invited Brandonate into the office, I was stunned when he shot Brandonate after Brandonate had vouched for him, claiming that Walternate was not involved with the shapeshifters. Did he know that Brandonate was a shapeshifter because he wasn’t telling the truth (the truth being that Walternate was involved with the shapeshifters)?

- “At the end of the day, she’s a good person.” I appreciated how Peter said this about AltOlivia since although she deceived him, she did so for the sole purpose of protecting her world and I think Peter knew that she genuinely loved him. It took him time to see this and I’m glad that he came around and was able to appreciate the fact that on some level, she’s a good person. How can she not? She’s a version of his Olivia. At their core, all the different versions of Olivia are good people. The things about ourselves that are essential to who we are are true no matter which universe we’re in or what timeline we’re in.

- I absolutely loved the second conversation between Walternate and Peter as well. The review on Fringe Blogger mentioned the fact that in the old timeline, Walternate couldn’t help but be the person that he was. Walternate’s anger in the old timeline was justified. Compared to Walter, Walternate lost so much more and he was the one who truly had to pay the price for Walter’s actions. He was forced into the position of being the enemy, his actions being interpreted as horrible actions when in fact they were done to protect his world or out of anger that he was justified in having. Due to Peter’s choice at the end of season 3, Peter ended up dying as a child and thus, Walternate was perhaps able to achieve some closure and develop into the person that he was meant to be, without the anger dragging him down. Peter’s line that is addressed to Walternate represents his understanding of this fact. When Walternate asks Peter to go to the other side and vouch for him, Peter hesitates, but ultimately says that he will in exchange for Walternate helping him get home. Walternate reflects that this is consistent with the kind of man that he thought Peter would be- someone who could see Walternate for who he really is, is willing to admit and overcome his prejudices, and who is ultimately wiling to set aside personal goals to address the larger conflict, even if such a conflict exists in a world that he is not apart of. Any resolve that Peter had to stay out of this conflict is thrown out the window. This promise between these two men definitely ensures Peter’s continued presence in this new timeline, at least until the conflict is resolved.

- This leads directly to the last scene of the episode, where September visits Olivia to deliver to her a dire premonition: He has explored all the different possible futures and in every one of them, Olivia dies. Is September referring to Amberverse Olivia, Redverse Olivia (Bolivia) or Blueverse Olivia? Do all of them have to die or is the premonition just referring to one of them? You can read some of my detailed thoughts on this relevation in a separate post HERE. Also, who shot September? I didn’t think that the observer could get shot. Did he try to go to the future and save Olivia, but she ended up getting shot anyway and because he intervened, he got shot as well? Why is September so invested in Peter and Olivia? Do they both have a higher purpose? I’m confused as to what exactly is Peter destiny. Is his destiny to die (as the rest of the observers feel) or to survive (as September insists)? Why Does Olivia need to die and How does she die? How is her purpose tied to Peter’s? This scene raises a lot of questions, but it beautifully raises the stakes as we dive into the rest of the season.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Theory In Response to Episode 4.08

While I'm busy writing up the review for episode 4.08, here's a theory to occupy your mind.  In the final scene of episode 4.08, the observer visits Olivia and gives her a dire premonition: He has explored every possible future and in all of them, Olivia has to die. The following theory belongs largely to SERIESOTP (on Tumblr) who proposed it in the first place.

Olivia can’t die because Peter will always try to do something to avert her death like what he did in the season 3 finale when he used the machine to go back in time and make another choice. In a recent interview, Joshua Jackson even said that once Peter finds out about Olivia’s premonition, he will do what he can to make sure it doesn’t happen. In turn, Peter can’t die either because Olivia and her abilities will always be able to rely on her love for him to bring him back (as shown in Subject 9). In order for Peter to properly fulfill his destiny (Death), he cannot have a connection to Olivia and cannot have known her which is probably the reason why fate has intervened time and time again to keep them apart (and maybe even the reason why they don’t remember their meeting as children, knowledge of which would only strengthen their present bond). Thus, three scenarios are possible:

1. One dies and other lives- In order for this to happen, their connection to each other needs to be forgotten or broken. This is probably where Lincoln comes in and why Lincoln and Olivia are “fated” to be together as opposed to Olivia and Peter (a pairing that beautifully defies fate, you could say). Peter could also sacrifice himself (again) and do something to severe the ties between himself and Olivia such that he dies, but she lives. I’m genuinely terrified that this is what is going to happen in the season (not series!) 4 finale. On the other hand, Peter’s actions could also ensure Olivia’s death in the form of a self-fulfilling prophecy- in trying to avoid her death, he may just cause it.

2. Both die- If both are unwilling to let go of each other, in order for Peter to be non-existent (dead) permanently, Olivia needs to die so that there is nothing powerful enough to literally tether Peter to this world. If no one intervenes, this is most likely the end result. It’s unfortunate since it means (as WRIGHTROAD on Tumblr said) that their love for each other and the fact that they “hold on” to each other will ultimately kill them both.

3. Both live- Right now, they are both co-existing, but it’s only a matter of time before the observers set their plans in motion and one or both of them die. But, something or someone could intervene to ensure that Peter and Olivia’s connection is not fatal and that they are both meant to live. Maybe that’s how September got wounded. I’m almost sure that he got shot while he was trying to save Olivia since that’s the only way to save Peter (which goes back to what September was trying to do in the season 4 premiere- for some reason, unlike the other observers, he believes Peter needs to live). It would be a really cool twist if it was the future Olivia or Peter that shot him (either intentionally or accidentally).

I would love to hear your feedback on this theory. Of course, I could be completely wrong (I probably am!).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Watch Fringe- Reason #7

Every day up to the showing of Fringe’s winter premiere episode, I’ll be highlighting one reason why people should watch Fringe. This will ultimately add up to seven reasons. These reasons are in no particular order.

7. Fringe isn’t afraid to CROSS THE LINE

Many shows on television (especially network television) try to always play it safe. Very rarely do they incorporate plot lines that truly change the entire show in profound ways. Fringe is not afraid to pursue plot lines that will put the writers in a tough corner. In fact, sometimes I think that the writers of fringe do this on purpose since they love the challenge of thinking of ways to get themselves out of a tough spot. Television shows shouldn’t just be thinking of new ways to spin old formulas. They should constantly strive to push themselves to find new ways to illuminate the human condition.

At the end of season 3, Fringe provided a shocker of a season finale when it erased from existence one of its primary characters, Peter Bishop. Everyone (fans, non-fans, critics, etc…) was left wondering exactly what had happened and how the show would ever get itself out of the corner that it had placed itself in. Erasing Peter from time changed the entire course of the show and the characters that had come to rely on him. Season 4 starts off in another timeline where our principle characters have lived their lives without Peter. They are significantly changed and many events from the preceding 3 seasons did not happened in this timeline. Most shows would have fumbled with the monumental task of creating this new timeline and of dealing with the ramifications of Peter’s non-existence, but Fringe, so far, has dealt with the task very well, slowly revealing to viewers the differences in this timeline and gradually raising the stakes every episode, creating new external and internal threats for our characters that are alarming and very real. Fringe is using this new timeline as a way to explore the theme of love and it’s absence and the impact that we have on the lives of those around us.

What is unfolding right now is a beautiful and truly unique story that is unlike anything on television right now. I hope that these posts have convinced you to watch Fringe. I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Watch Fringe LIVE Friday, January 13th at 9pm on Fox!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Watch Fringe- Reasons #5 and #6

Every day up to the showing of Fringe’s winter premiere episode, I’ll be highlighting one reason why people should watch Fringe. This will ultimately add up to seven reasons. These reasons are in no particular order.

5. By exploring the parallel universe, Fringe very cleverly explores the idea of the “Road Not Taken” and the concept of fate and destiny.

The universe that is primarily shown is the universe that we live in and that our heroes live in (it’s called the “Blueverse”). There is another universe that is discovered that is called the “Redverse” and in this universe, everyone looks the same, but their lives are a bit different because different choices have been made and thus, they’ve lived in different circumstances. For example, the Olivia in our universe is a strong, but broken woman. She’s suffered abuse at the hands of her father, her only saving grace, her mother, died when she was young and she was experimented on as a child. Thus, she’s strong, sensitive, cautious, broken, and feels the need to protect everyone, carrying the weight of the world. The Olivia in the Redverse (the writers call her Bolivia, but some people call her AltOlivia) was never experimented on as a child and was raised by her loving mother. Thus, she is much more carefree, fun and confident and is occasionally even arrogant and cocky. AltOlivia’s life path represents “The Road Not Taken” for Olivia, the path that Olivia’s life didn’t take because the circumstances were different. When Olivia comes face to face with AltOlivia, she sees the person that she could have been and initially feels imperfect when compared to AltOlivia. In reality, Olivia’s hardships have given her a strength and perspective that AltOlivia will never have. Exploring the alternative universe allows our characters to explore themselves more fully and to understand and appreciate themselves in a way that would otherwise not be possible.

Olivia and AltOlivia are both members of the Fringe division and so you can argue that Olivia is fated to be an FBI Agent for the Fringe division since no matter what universe she’s in, that’s her profession. The show uses the alternative universe to explore what parts of our lives are due to fate and destiny and what part of our lives are a consequence of our unique choices. The war between the two universes serves as an elaborate stage on which the plot of season 3 plays out. Fringe stays as far away as possible from cliches in this regard too. It would easy to paint the alternative universe as bad (and that it needs to be destroyed) and our universe as good (and as the universe that needs to be saved), but Fringe never takes the easy road. Much of season 3 is devoted to showing us that the alternative universe is full of people whose lives are just as important and whose strength of character is just as admirable. Their struggles are real and we sympathize with their motives. If only one universe could survive, we are left wondering which universe it should be since both deserve to survive. Fringe does not believe in painting the world as black and white- the world is full of shades of gray and part of the joy of watching Fringe is watching our characters struggle with that idea. The alternative universe is a brilliant creation and it shows that compared to other shows on TV, Fringe is daring and bold, taking the plots and characters to new and exciting places.

6. Fringe explores strong themes

Fringe is a wonderful show that explores very strong themes that allow it to transcend the stereotypes of the Sci-Fri genre to become something else entirely. I love how season 4 is taking some really serious themes that have been developed in past seasons and magnifying them even more for further exploration.

Being special: Olivia was experimented on as a child and this experience shapes who she is in the present. Having suffered an injustice as a child, she longs to correct the injustices done to other people. The experiments were done in an effort to tap into her unique abilities as a child and to make her special. But, Olivia feels anything but special. She feels violated, traumatized, burdened, and most important, different and out of synch with everyone else. She will never be normal and sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes it’s not. She feels like the experiments made her “wrong” in some way and how can you make relationships and function every day feeling like that? In season 4, we discover that Olivia is still being experimented on as an adult, without her knowledge and consent. Whereas the experiments done to her as a child were before a distant (though prevalent) memory, in season 4, the horrors of her past are playing themselves out again in the present. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds for her and how the current experiments strength or destroy her.

The Idea of home: Peter was originally from the alternative universe (“Redverse”), but he was kidnapped as a child by Walter and brought over to the “Blueverse” when Walter’s own Peter died. Prior to the start of the show, Peter has never felt like he truly belonged anywhere. He assumed a nomadic lifestyle, going from place and place and never staying in one place too long. Upon learning that he is a child of two worlds (born in one and raised in the other), his world is turned upside down. Questions of belonging become even more complicated. He doesn’t truly belong to Walter since he is simply a replacement for the son that he lost and he doesn’t truly belong to Walternate (the Walter in the alternative universe who is Peter’s biological father) since Walternate doesn’t even know Peter as a man. He feels an emotional bond with Walter and Olivia in the Blueverse, but feels an obligation to his biological family in the Redverse. Season 4 complicates this even further since now it’s not just a question of where Peter belongs, but also when (which timeline).

Running away from the past: As a younger man, Walter experimented on Olivia as a child and kidnapped Peter from his home. He is reminded of his past actions every day when he sees the two of them. When he was younger and while he was committing these actions, Walter was at the height of his intelligence and that intelligence was lost as a result of both the brain surgery that he asked Bell to perform and the mental trauma he endured at St. Claires for 17 years. He took science to places that others dared not to go and defied the laws of nature. But he was also turning into someone dangerous, someone who crossed lines that they had no right to cross. He is constantly burdened by the guilt from his past actions and is always reminded of how sub-par his present intelligence is compared to what it was before. In season 4, the reemergence of his presumably dead son Peter is a reminder of his actions that, in this timeline, caused the death of both Peters. In the old timeline, Peter also served as a reminder, but he was a calming and loving representation of it. In this timeline, Peter is seen as a temptation, a threat to his sanity and a danger to love. Walter has lost the one thing that had, before, made the guilt bearable.

The impact we have on those we love: I’m just going to let the writers of the show handle this one: “We’re really, really interested in the concept that life is valued by the connections that you make and the impact you have on others and what impact do they have on us: How do they make us better people? How do we make other people better for knowing us? We just think that’s really something worthy of writing about.”

Watch Fringe’s Winter Premiere LIVE on Friday, January 13th at 9pm on FOX!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top SEVEN Reasons Why You Should Watch Fringe- Reason #3 and #4

Every day up to the showing of Fringe’s winter premiere episode, I’ll be highlighting one reason why people should watch Fringe. This will ultimately add up to seven reasons. These reasons are in no particular order. The first reason that was posted can be read HERE and the second reason can be read HERE. I’m sorry about the delay with posting the third reason (which was suppose to be posted yesterday). I’m sick this week and I just needed yesterday to rest. I’m literally dragging myself through this week and the only light in my tunnel is Fringe this Friday!

3. Fringe is not just a Sci-Fi Show

I firmly believe that Fringe is more like a family drama than it is a Science Fiction show. Although Fringe does has its cases of the week that require the team to explore phenomenon that exist at the edge of what is possible in science, the cases always serve to illuminate the plight of one of our main three characters. At the heart of Fringe, there is so much exploration of guilt, sadness, trauma, joy, and most importantly, love. Fringe is first and foremost a love story- it explores how far we will go for love and what it means to love the people in our lives. In the pilot, these three people (Olivia Dunham, Walter Bishop and Peter Bishop) find themselves thrown together in surprising circumstances and they all have the same question on their minds- how the hell is this arrangement suppose to work? They are three people who are very much used to isolating themselves from the rest of the world, lost in their own way. Yet, somehow they find a way to connect to each other, forming bonds of love that didn’t exist there before. In short, they become a family.

What I love about Fringe is that it is not one of those really serious dramas that don’t know how to crack a joke every now and then. People nowerdays really underestimate the power that light comedy has to increase the likability of a show. The character of Walter Bishop, in particular, is hugely funny and often times he (or his son, Peter Bishop) is the character to break the tension in an episode whether it be by proposing one of his so-insane-but-it-could-work ideas, commenting on his favorite foods or being just plain crazy. The funny moments are also not awkwardly incorporated into the script- they feel natural and organic. Which leads to my fourth reason…

4. The writing is mature and more profound than anything you will find on television

Some Examples:

Olivia (“Marionette”): I understand the facts. I know that she had loads of information about me and about my life and about the people that were close to me. And I understand that if she slipped up that she would have a completely reasonable explanation for it. And I guess to expect you to have seen past that is perhaps asking a little bit too much. But when I was over there, I thought about you. And you were just a figment of my imagination. But I held onto you, and it wasn’t reasonable, and it wasn’t logical, but I did it, so… why didn’t you? She wasn’t me…How could you not see that? Now she’s everywhere. She’s in my house, my job, my bed, and I don’t want to wear my clothes anymore, and I don’t want to live in my apartment…and I don’t want to be with you! She’s taken everything.

Walter (“Alone in the World”): You matter to me. I care, and I… And I don’t want to lose you. I can’t lose you. (somber) Not again. Aaron… I know how hard it is to make connections. I know what it is to be lonely. It takes courage to be the one to take someone else’s hand, to trust that they won’t leave you. (upbeat) I won’t leave you, Aaron. And I’m begging you not to leave me. Please. Let it go. Let it go. Please. Let it go, son.

Peter (“The Day We Died”): When we first met, I was a nomad, moving from place-to-place, job-to-job. She gave me a purpose. She taught me to believe in something bigger than myself. She taught me to fight to keep our world safe, and more recently, to keep it from dying. The truth is –- we’re all dying. From the moment we’re born, we are all dying, and the universe is unspeakably cruel. Our one hope is that we can find some purpose, some meaning before that last day comes. Some happiness… and love. Olivia was all of that to me. There was no one like her. While I will not cease to fight, now that she’s gone, I’m afraid I’m already lost. That we are all lost. The world is a darker place without her.

Very rarely, while watching Fringe, do I think that the dialog is cheesy or out of place. The writers on Fringe are extremely gifted and I could provide many, many other quotes from the show to prove this point.

Watch Fringe’s Winter Premiere LIVE on Friday, January 13th at 9pm on FOX!

Episode Caps are courtesy of Fringe Files

Quotes are courtesy of Fringepedia

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Top SEVEN Reasons Why You Should Watch FRINGE- Reason #2

Every day up to the showing of Fringe’s winter premiere episode, I’ll be highlighting one reason why people should watch Fringe. This will ultimately add up to seven reasons. These reasons are in no particular order. The first reason that was posted can be read HERE.

2. The Amazing Relationship Between Olivia and Peter

One of the things that frustrates me the most about couples on television is that an eternity passes before they even kiss or admit their love for each other and along the way, efforts are made to keep them from admitting their feelings for each other in ways that seem contrived or cliche (= things that have already been done before thousands of time in most rom-coms or dramas). I'm left feeling like I've been cheated and that the show is insulting my intelligence since I know that, in real-life, two very compatible people would never take as much time to get together as such couples do on television. I'm also left feeling like I've wasted so much of my life rooting for a couple who won't get together until the series finale. Angst is great, but too much really pushes the audience's patience and devotion to the show.

Peter and Olivia meet for the first time (apparently) when Olivia sought his help while he was in Afghanistan. She needed him to authorize the release of his father (Walter) from the mental institution that he had been in for the last 17 years. Her current partner and lover (Agent John Scott) had been severely injured and only Walter could help him. Although Peter was very against working with Olivia initially (since it would put him in close proximity to Walter), they eventually establish an easy rhythm with each other, an ease that is so subtle that one notices immediately when it is absent (Season 4). Peter comes around in episode 4 of the first season, promising to stick around until he can make sense of the weird things happening around him. When he tells Olivia that he is not going anywhere until he can make sense of everything, it always strikes me just how similar he sounds to Olivia in that scene- they both are strong and dedicated to finding answers, no matter what the cost.

The show doesn't spend an eternity getting them together.  Their relationship starts off as something similar to the relationships you would find among family members, even though some romantic tension is always present in small amounts.  They have each other's backs like no one else does and with the death of Olivia's mentor Charlie Francis, Peter is the only one in Olivia's life that she can rely on and unofficially becomes her partner.  Season 2 is also when we learn a lot more about the trauma inflicted on the both of them by Walter when they were both children.  Peter was kidnapped when he was younger by Walter and Olivia was experimented on by Walter.  Their shared trauma enables them to connect with each other on an even deeper level and what was initially feelings of friendship becomes something more romantic.  With neither of them really feeling like they belong anywhere, they find comfort in each other, finding a place of belonging.

Remember how I was talking about how romantic couples are usually subjected to obstacles that are contrived and so frustratingly cliche? The obstacles that Peter and Olivia have to endure are anything but cliche and contrived. The obstacles don't just serve to separate them; they always serve the wider plot and guarantee a change in the rules of the game. At the end of season 2, Olivia travels to the other universe (the redverse, we call it) to save Peter when he crosses over with his biological father to escape Walter, his adoptive father. Peter agrees to go back to his adoptive home to be with Olivia, but Olivia ends up not coming back with him. Olivia and Bolivia (her twin in the redverse) switch places so that Bolivia goes back with Peter and Olivia stays in the redverse, trapped and experimented on. Peter engages in an affair with Bolivia, believing that she is his Olivia. Thus, Fringe puts a spin on the traditional love triangle, by creating a scenario in which a man in engaged in a relationship with the woman he truly loves and with her twin who he believes to be her. Fringe always so wonderfully puts its own twist on traditional romantic elements important to any love story. The switch becomes integral to the plot in the first half of the third season and its implications reverberate in the plot line that dominates the second half of the third season and in the choices that are made in the season finale. It also provides some truly amazing character development for both Olivias. The fallout from Peter's actions with Bolivia is resolved over the course of several episodes and demonstrates very mature writing and character development that is rarely seen on television.

During the season 3 finale, another obstacle is set up for the pair. Due to Peter's actions, he is erased from existence. I'm pretty sure that an obstacle like that has never really been done. :) Fringe believes that the love story between Peter and Olivia is a very serious one and treats it as such, giving them epic obstacles to overcome to prove how strong and unique their characters are. Due to the fact that Peter was erased from existence, our beloved characters are changed since they have lived their lives without Peter. When Peter comes back, we as an audience are comforted with some very serious questions regarding the nature of love: Is it possible for Peter to love this new Peter-less version of Olivia? Is our love for someone else limited to specific aspects of that person or can our love adapt and change when that person changes? Is their love so great that Olivia remembers Peter on a subconscious level even though she doesn't remember him consciously? How far will Peter go to reunite with the Olivia that he knows and loves? By using this obstacle to keep the two lovers apart, Fringe provides us with an opportunity to explore their love on a different level and in a different set of circumstances.

It doesn't hurt that the creators of Fringe have said time and time again that they are fated to be together. They met when they were children and for some reason, neither of them remembers the encounter. After Walter crossed over to the other universe to kidnap Peter, he experimented on children with Cortexiphan in order to hopefully find a child who, with the aid of Cortexiphan, could cross over and help to take Peter back home. Olivia was such a child and she meet Peter when Peter and his mother were visiting Walter. They meet during a time when they were both going through traumatic experiences that would leave lasting impressions on them as adults. Olivia was being abused by her father and was being experimented on and Peter was being lied to by both of his "parents" and was desperately searching for a way back to his true home. They found solace and understanding in each other.  Olivia helping Peter to get back home is explained on a literal level, but it also has significance on a metaphorical level: Olivia (along with Walter) will always be Peter’s way home.

Peter and Olivia are both very mature people that share many things in common: they both are strong, determined and caring of those around them and they both have traumatic pasts that they are constantly trying to escape.  For both of them, loneliness is an integral part of who they are and they both have a fierce independent spirit.  Being together doesn't change any of that.  They struggle with trust issues and letting people in.  When they are together, it is really "beautiful."  Season 4 completely changed the nature of their relationship and I can't wait to see how they find their way to each other again.  I await that "perfect day" when they're together again.  :)

Watch Fringe’s Winter Premiere LIVE on Friday, January 13th at 9pm on FOX!

Episode Caps are courtesy of Fringe Files

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Top SEVEN Reasons Why You Should Watch Fringe- Reason #1

Every day up to the showing of Fringe’s winter premiere episode, I’ll be highlighting one reason why people should watch Fringe. This will ultimately add up to seven reasons. These reasons are in no particular order.

1. The wonderful father-son relationship

Normally on TV, the focus is generally on the younger generation and the parents occasionally visit as guest stars. Or, if the focus is on the parent, the relationship to their much younger child is explored. What is rarely explored is the relationship between a father and his grown son since the assumption is that when the child is a grown-up, their parents crease to be interesting and thus, are often out of the picture (as dictated by the world of Television). What is even more rarely explored is when that relationship is reversed and the son is the father and the father is the son. As someone who has a very close relationship to their parents, such a close emotional bond is refreshing to see on television, especially when it is done so wonderfully, as is the case with Fringe.