Michael Massee in FRINGE - Season 4 - "A Short Story About Love" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Michael Massee in FRINGE - Season 4 - "A Short Story About Love" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole
Writer: J.H. Wyman & Graham Roland
Director: J.H. Wyman
Network: Fox, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast: March 24, 2012

It’s time for more big revelations in the first FRINGE episode after a month long hiatus. “A Short Story About Love” shores up the relationship between Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) in surprising (and not so surprising ways).

The focal point of the investigative story is a man named Anson Carr (Michael Massee). His face is severely burned, yet he has the desire to be loved. He’s been experimenting with pheromones from those that are in love but the results always end in murder.

As the Fringe teams tries to track down Carr and figure out his patterns, we also get a glimpse into Olivia’s own turmoil. The previous Olivia that Peter knew is starting to take control over her – and she likes it. She’s falling for Peter all over again and she goes back and forth throughout the episode whether this is a good or bad thing.

Meanwhile, Peter discovers that an Observer has left a special message for him in his eye. This takes him to the place where the Observer lived and then to a field where where he finds a strange capsule. Once activated, the Observer is released. Peter gets some answers though – there is no other world that Peter used to live in. There’s no place to get back to. This is his world. Now he’s going to have to find a way to live in it and live with the changes that have happened since he sacrificed himself.

The latter revelation that this is indeed his world is not a surprise. There have been hints about this for some time now.

The drama in this episode is quite good too. The moment with Nina (Blair Brown) and Olivia realizing that their experiences they’ve had while Peter didn’t exist may go away once Olivia gives in to her old self is quite good. While Olivia listening to a wife who realizes her marriage was of convenience and not of love is also quite affecting. Torv gets some great scenes to play this episode, and it comes full circle at the end when both Peter and Olivia decide that they need to be together.

While the Anson Carr subplot is essential in many ways, it’s also the least interesting thing about the episode. Still, co-writer and director J.H. Wyman brings a nice spooky sheen to those scenes with him. There’s also some really subtle moments that I loved about this episode that yet again proves what a great show FRINGE is.

Ratings for FRINGE continue to decline, and it’s still a mystery as to why. This is a great series and it continues to surprise and amaze. Maybe the show is airing “Over There” and doing AMERICAN IDOL-type numbers.

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