Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Director: Jeff Pinkner
Network: Fox, airs Thursdays @ 9 p.m.
Original Telecast: Dec. 2, 2010
Is it possible to both love and hate Olivia (Anna Torv) in the same show?
Anna Torv is sure making it so with her Season Three turn in FRINGE, quite possibly the best show on TV right now (with THE WALKING DEAD and SUPERNATURAL in that same group).
And by that same token, is it possible to cheer for Broyles (Lance Reddick) in both universes? Yes. And the more we learn about “over there” the more we find out that they are not unlike “over here” more and more. Broyles is the biggest case in point.
After “over here” Olivia helped save Broyles’ son and wife as well as bring the man that abducted his boy to justice, he felt not just a kinship with her, but that he owed her one. But knowing she was from the other universe, Broyles was uneasy about how he could help her or if he was willing to, but after last week, we know he was willing to let her escape.
In “Entrada,” he took it to another level, saving her and paying the ultimate sacrifice for doing so. His parting words were something that I think will be one of the main themes of the show moving forward: “Make sure it’s worth it.” Meaning, saving Olivia will somehow help save both universes from destroying themselves. Olivia seeing the best and worst of the worlds realizes that not everyone “over there” wants to destroy the other universe, much the same way those “over here” do not. Now, what this means I don’t know. Currently, they have to stop Walternate and his cronies from building the device that will destroy “over here.” But can they do this without destroying “over there?” That’s what I assume they will fight for as well as how they can stop the two universes from merging and destroying each other – if that is indeed happening (the so-called coming war prophesized in Walter’s (John Noble) manifesto).
Now, while Broyles’ compassion and kinship is something to be admired, it is a stark contrast to Walternate (who, I heard Peter (Joshua Jackson) actually refer to him as this week – is this the first time that happened?) and his scientist workers that wanted to dissect Olivia in order to find out what made her tick and why she was able to cross over without any special crazy devices (of course she needed a healthy dose of Cortexiphan).
So “over there” is a mix of those evil and those with their hearts in the right spot. Much like we have seen “over here” as the Fringe team has battled many evil-doers in previous seasons.
As we move toward the fall finale for the show, it is better than ever and if you don’t watch the show, you are really missing out.