Seth Gabel, Anna Torv and Jasika Nicole in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Wallflower" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Seth Gabel, Anna Torv and Jasika Nicole in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Wallflower" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole
Writer: Matt Pits & Justin Doble
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Network: Fox, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast: November 18, 2011

FRINGE can get strange, but with “Wallflower,” the series’ season four midseason finale, it gets downright perplexing.

It isn’t because it’s bad, but because it ends up telling a rather strange, almost tragic story that dovetails into a major mythology turning point, rather than any big reveal of the week’s mystery.

The story begins with an invisible man running around creating havoc and leaving his victims completely white – as if they died from fright.

What we learn though, is this man has a strange affliction and is using the pigment from his victims so he can be seen (he has a crush on a girl in his apartment building).

Not surprisingly Massive Dynamic experimented on this person when he was a boy, but he disappeared, so to speak, after a lab accident.

The pay-off is actually rather sweet – and wholly unexpected. It’s rare for a show like this to not have a huge pay-off after a big build-up, but I really liked how it was handled.

What’s really important though is Olivia and the headaches she’s been experiencing. She too was experimented on when she was little in this timeline, but, Massive Dynamic have been doing more than keeping tabs on her once we get to the episode’s surprise conclusion.

Not much happens with Peter (Joshua Jackson), except that he’s trying to find a way to get back to timeline that he existed in and Walter (John Noble) is practically non-existent as well.

The previews for what comes up after the break is quite exciting. The first part of Season 4 has been all over the place – especially in getting adjusted to the new dynamics of the characters. I’m excited to see what happens with Peter when he travels “Over There”  when the series resumes in January.

In a perfect world, FRINGE would be an X-FILES kind of hit, but it’s not. Maybe it’s too intelligent or perhaps it’s too weird, but many people don’t know what they’re missing. Perhaps that’s what keeps the series so strong  – it has the freedom to be what it is, as opposed to treading a very safe line as to not alienate a mass audience. I’ll take the intelligent an thoughtful story any day – but that alone won’t guarantee a Season 5 if the ratings don’t start picking up pretty soon.

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  1. What gives this show spark is the unique relationship triangle between Peter, Olivia, and Walter. As those relationships have drifted, so has the show. This is still my current favorite show, but it needs more Peter and Walter.

  2. I thought thsi one was goos because of the Olivia reference.
    Nina and Olivia was never going to be nice, we got 2 scenes of 30 seconds, they could have at least given us something more about Olivia’s past. But somehow Olivia is not allowed to have anything like that so we are stuck with endless Walter/peter scenes, not so much in this one but 4.05 and 4.06 was just another rewind and we are promised more of them.
    I want to know about Olivia, her past and childhood. And the showrunners are going to loose all Olivia fans if she turns out anything else then the Olivia we love, in both timelines.

    So how is it that so few critics ask why the showrunners abuse and damage every child on Fringe, most notably OLivia with the exception of Peter.

    Peter is being treated with gloves, has all the care there is, everyone worries about him.

    Olivia is abused and used and damaged for life, but a little more can do no harm? Once abused always abused?

    And there is the strange thing that the showrunners make a point of the stepfather being the bad guy, well I happen to think that Walter, Nina and all the other scientists are far worse, they deliberately, icecold use children and dispose of them as testtubes.

    Anna Torv once again awesome, she is playing he most difficult part, but in every lttle moment you can feel her dilemma and pain.

  3. This is the best show on television. J.J.Abrahms
    is a genius. I wouldn’t watch as much television if he didn’t make such cool shows. Fox must renew Fringe for a fifth season. It would be a sin, otherwise.Keep this show going. It’s like The X-Files,only better!

    Kevin Baer

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