Seth Gabel and Anna Torv in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Alone in the World" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Seth Gabel and Anna Torv in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Alone in the World" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole
Writer: David Fury
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Network: Fox, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast: October 7, 2011

Even though Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) has been wiped from the FRINGE timeline due to events at the end of Season 3, “Alone in the World” continues the Season 4 thread that not all of his presence has been properly eliminated.

Walter (John Noble), his father, is starting to see the adult version of Peter pop up in mirrors and reflections in TV screens. He thinks he’s going crazy – and has no idea that it is indeed the son he thinks died (twice) when he was a child. Once in this world, the second time when he tried to bring him back from “over there.”

Meanwhile, the corpses of two twelve-year old boys bring the Fringe team in to figure out what’s going on. What they learn is these kids rapidly decomposed when the were trying to attack another kid. Turns out the attack was caused by some kind of spore with growing intelligence that has a link with the surviving kid.

The episode deals with loss in many ways – and Walter’s dealing with the young boy who could die if he can’t find a way to extract the symbiotic relationship he has with the spore. It parallels Walter’s own struggle with failing to save Peter. It’s major emotional stuff.

Meanwhile, Olivia confides in Walter that she’s been dreaming of a strange man – and she’s drawn a picture of him (it’s Peter). The two of them – still unaware it’s adult Peter – have decided to find out who it is and track him down.

Super cool.

“Alone in the World” showcases what FRINGE does best – it take s a kernel of its mythology (in this case “missing Peter”) and hinges a creepy story on top of it to hit home the various themes. It works well – with the mystery providing a really creepy and unsettling story about being “alone.”

Noble is fantastic giving a great performance as always – but the nuances that are there with his own guilt for not being able to save his own son adds to the dramatic angst.

It’s also commendable that the FRINGE writers haven’t taken the easy way out and resisted bringing back Peter full time right away. It looks like next week, episode 4 of the season, we’ll start to get some resolution in terms of his potential return – but they’ve let this play out longer than most TV series would. It feels more natural this way and it adds even more to the storylines they’re telling.

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  1. Awesome episode. This is an eexlelcnt show. I wish I jumped on board sooner. I’ve got a lot to say so I’ll keep it brief.I did like that they resolved my biggest complaint about the S2 finale, which was that it made the other world feel like a bad and evil place as opposed to another world fighting for it’s own survival. Introducing the Taxi Driver for the episode, having Charlie and Lincoln go to help who they think is thier friend. Those little things added up. It still hasn’t rid the vibe that they are the villains but they’ll get there if they keep adding those human touches. But what I really love. It’s answered things, it’s set up things but they’ve made it very clear that there’s no resolution yet. This story is still going and there will be a few twists and turns on the way. The most immediate comparison I want to make is probably with Smallville which not as strong in some aspects but it does do over arching stories with the moster of the week idea. And as much as I groan and moan about it I do think it does build up rather well. Resolution is where that fails.But that isn’t happening with Fringe right now. The S2 cliffhanger. Olivia stuck there.The start of this episode, some time has passed. Olivia is stuck there.The end of this episode. Olivia has been brainwashed and is still stuck there.And it won’t be a stretch to think in a few episodes time. Olivia will still be stuck there. It’s actually refreshing that there’s no Deus Ex Machina resolve this soon. Anna Torv was fantastic in this episode. In a single episode she has made me feel sad and hopeless for Olivia, panic when she was brain washed and rage when Bolivia just appeared on screen. That’s brilliant stuff. Yeah I also hope that they don’t do a long set up on Bolivia. But I kind of hope they don’t do the predictable and cliched thing and have Walter realise that Bolivia isn’t their Olivia only for no one else to believe him for some time. The one thing I’ve heard that Joshua Jackson said he’d like to happen. He’d like for Peter to choose Bolivia only to realise that he chose wrong. I like that idea a lot.

  2. Great review. I liked the episode but it felt like the First Act of a three act story and it stopped in midstep. So it does not stand on its own. Need to see the other two episodes before I can give this one a true mark. Interesting that the breakdown on our side results in sheep going missing which we know no longer exist in the RedVerse. Also found the fact that baby’s blood is being used to power a device that could destroy an entire universe very symbolic. Finally the fact that after all this season long buildup, the Machine rejecting Peter totally blew me away. Having Peter going to the Machine now instead of in the final episode, and having Walternate starting up the other Machine unfortunately given away in last week’s promo, were great twists. Still think Peter will be going back to the Machine again before season’s end. Love your review, understand your Inception remarks which did not detract from my enjoyment of LSD IMO, a great episode, and keep on Fringing!


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