Cast: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Kirk Acevedo
Director: Brad Anderson
Writers: David Wilcox, Ethan Gross
Airs: Fridays on Fox
Original Telecast: February 11, 2011
Bugs. I don’t think anyone really likes them other than those that have something invested scientifically. Even if you don’t mind them, you can’t really say you enjoy their presence.
So having them hatch and explode from inside of you isn’t a pleasant thought at all and gives me specifically the heebie jeebies. Of course, it was FRINGE that decided to capitalize on this very subject in “Immortality” where a mad scientist on the other side was trying to bring back a beetle long extinct as it primarily lived in sheep, an extinct species “over there” as a result of Walter’s (John Noble) first trip to the alternate universe.
I really enjoy that we traveled to the other side again this week as I was wondering what was happening after the events we last saw with the alternate universe’s Broyles (Lance Reddick) being killed after helping our Olivia (Anna Torv) return to the proper universe. A lot has changed. Lincoln (Seth Gabel), the dude that was burned severely in the season finale of Season Two, is now in charge of Fringe division and Faux-livia is back in the grind of her work along side alt-Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) and alt-Astrid (Jasika Nicole).
But Faux-livia is also back in her relationship with Frank, something that becomes quite convoluted when he asks her to marry him. At first, she says “yes” but as the episode develops we learn that she is pregnant with Peter’s (Joshua Jackson) baby after the events of her being in our universe. That is a strong bone of contention for him as he knew nothing about this. That also bodes very badly for our universe as Peter will be the one that decides which one he will save and which one he will use the doomsday machine to eliminate. It all boils down to which Olivia he would rather be with. Since he still has feelings for Faux-livia anyway, having a child with her just gives him more reason to choose her and their universe.
I also enjoyed getting a bit more into the mind of Walter-nate and his choice not to experiment on children, obviously something our Walter did in spades. While Walter-nate is happy to kill, maim, torture those from our universe and unlucky saps that he puts experiments on, he draws the line at doing things to children and that’s something that is very interesting given all that we have learned about our Walter – despite how innocent and fun he is in his current state.
I know this won’t be the last we see of the alternate universe, but I really hope we get some exclusive episodes dedicated to those over there as they are highly enjoyable and really have a fun aspect to seeing all our favorite characters in such different circumstances.
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