Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole
Writer: J.R. Orci and Graham Roland
Director: David Straiton
Network: Fox, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast: February 10, 2012
It’s a shame TV-goers don’t know what they’re missing with FRINGE. No show has ever come this close to the creepiness and originality factor of THE X-FILES, while also forging ahead with its own unique storytelling. FRINGE has it all.
This season has been about identity and who and what we are. It’s also dealt with the return of Peter (Joshua Jackson) from the nether-world of saving the world and plopped down in an alternate timeline where he never existed.
It’s been fun to see this play out in addition to see many of the stories happening this season feeling like stand-alones, yet all connected to this overall arc.
“Welcome to Westfield” is a fun TWILIGHT ZONE-esque tale where Peter, Olivia (Anna Torv) and Walter (John Noble) end up in a town where they never seem to be able to leave. The residents are also acting really funny – almost schizophrenic.
What Walter determines is the cause is the two universes have somehow overlapped in this one town – merging the personalities of the residents who live there in both universes.
This creates some really crazy paradoxes, and also some really fun gags where people’s DNA have merged as well (there’s also a really cool THE THING-esque double face FX).
The most important part of this event – Olivia’s “old” personality in the original universe merges and by the end, she’s now the Olivia we’ve come to know and love (though how this happened is still a mystery). There’s also the positive impact Peter is having on this universe’s Walter – breaking him out of his shell, much like he did in the old universe.
There’s some neat FX and a great end-of-the-world vibe to the town of Westfield. It’s yet another excellent episode in a wonderfully complex and satisfying year of FRINGE. I would really hate to see the series go away. It’s perfect Friday night appointment viewing and these last round of episodes should be enough proof to Fox that they should find a way to bring it back for Season 5.
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