Episode Reviews (13)
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Somewhere between Ghostbusters and Ghost
Another well balanced episode of Fringe. The fringe case itself was intriguing enough, something as common ( in sci-fi ) as a ghost turning out to be something else entirely. The character interactions were interesting, between Walter questioning his actions like Walternate did last week ( anyone else worried that he may already have his full brain back and slowly turn into another Walternate ? )and Peter and Olivia having a shot at happiness together ... just before those nasty writers remind us that Fauxlivia is still out there ! And of course, call me excessively romantic, but I found that the core idea of the episode, the idea of love and grief so powerful they break the limits of death and reality, was a sweet one. Not exactly like the movie Ghost ( the couple was not THAT interesting in itself, even if you can feel some sorrow for the old man at the end ), but close enough. After Marionette, it seems that Fringe writers are not bad at stories about the human heart ...moreless
Season 3, Episode 14
The last episode was not easy and it was no accident that took the number they had. 13, bad luck, bad luck, bad weather. We returned to the ghosts of the past and fears of the future. But it was not by chance that I, after all, wrote a critical light, full of faith and will.
He was right. The now 13, went home and returned to one side. The one building, an apartment, where, in a lively evening party to counter a balcony disappears causing people who were in it, alleging that neither falling rag dolls on the floor. Another magnificent start to do remember "The Happening." It is early on that we also realize that this is an episode of reconciliation. Not discovered right away is that, rather than the peace of the rest is a couple of two.
This is because the case this week was no more than a love story, bigger than any one of the two universes. An old woman, resident of this building, lost her husband some time ago, but the strength of their feelings makes him able to see the other side. On the side where things ran around and a widow cries with the same pain. The love of two has caused a rift opened up in our world and put at risk everything and everyone. For this problem there are two solutions: Amber, already familiar to us, or cause that you would break loose and eventually let her husband go in peace. He won the second and all finished well.
I loved this story. Not only for being an incurable romantic, but also because I think balanceou perfectly the next sci-fi with the dramatic side, without ever taking off from mythology. It is necessary to achieve great maturity and harmony to tell us a story well. In addition, the bridge is also intelligent mounted between the case and the players. References were clear and the speech of Peter (Joshua Jackson) at the end showed how the narratives were symmetrical. And if the other won the loneliness, not this. Finally they set aside their heads pain, fears, and assumed the relationship. All done with great taste, without ever bothering or soften. The pity is that we know the rest, pregnancy, the other. The rest unnecessary, the rest expected to enovela thing. But well, for that matter can only hope.
It was also very interesting to bring Amber back and put Walter (John Noble) in the same situation as his rival. Wonderful scene in which vents, realizing all the other reasons that led to becoming the monster it is. There is no good or bad, are all a bit gray.
Finally, one thing that makes me confused is that the gaps in another universe just happened to have time and ours not. If there is an imbalance, both should be affected. Or not?
That said, "6B" is not just a floor, is a return to the track. A fantastic episode dosing in certain doses fiction, action and romance.
The Best: The Case of the week.
The Worst: Us to know that this reconciliation is short-lived sun.moreless
This was a very unique episode and something very different from the rest of the episodes that doesn't require supernatural mutated beings of some sort. It was about two people mourning over their deceased spouse, very sad the pain they must have gone through. Their story was good enough for this episode, when it comes to Olivia and Peter there is no forgiving that needs to be said. Peter didn't do anything wrong he thought it was Olivia. After Fauxlivia left he missed those times of not being alone and having someone when you wake up beside you. He wanted that so bad with Olivia he ignore the small details that wasn't her because he was deeply in love with Olivia. Thats why Olivia let it go, writers wanted you to feel that she was scared because of the events in season 1 she lost the person she love and also betrayed her in a way. So towards the end I thought it was beautiful that she was willing to let Peter in I can see she's scared but she wants Peter as they head up the stairs.moreless
Thank you Olivia! She finally forgives Peter, and we can move on from there.
I have to admit I was terrified for this week's episode. The last few have been nothing but painful attacks on Peter's relationship with Fauxlivia and Olivia blaming him every time she gets a chance. But tonight she finally forgave him and she snuck him up to the bedroom to "forgive" him properly. Oh, and there was also a ghost plot, who turned out to be the woman's not dead "over-there" husband. So the team figured out a way to save them from ambering the place and proving, once again, our Olivia is smarter! However, Walter putting on the get busy music and making pancakes for the two in the beginning of the episode had to be my favorite Walter moment yet, he was very sneaky *cough* about it, and had all of us laughing at his antics. So all in all, a good start to fixing the Fringe team and proving that not even sleeping with her double can end a relationship. Now let's see if they can handle the kidnapping of Peter's sperm in next weeks episode!moreless
Another unique and interesting storyline in tonight's episode of Fringe. The woman, what was she up to? How were the laws of physics being defied in this building? They got you hooked, but like so many times before, once they explain what is going on, you start to lose interest. The writing is just a bit lame right now, pardon mon francais, and the show is sort of boring, as much as I hate to admit it. It is still aesthetically pleasing, it is still the best sci-fi series out there today, but it would be hard to argue against Fringe not being stale right now.moreless
Worlds collide...and the spirits move...
There are times when fiction seems to intersect with "real life" in some unusual and unexpected ways. This episode of "Fringe" is one of those moments. The treatment of "paranormal phenomena" in this episode is not only true to the "science" as it has been explored on this series, but it mirrors some of the actual theorizing that has been done by paranormal researchers I've worked with in recent years.
Far from "ghost hunting", the research has involved the hypothesis that a great deal of paranormal phenomena is due to the generation of wormholes (as theoretically defined in physics) between universes (see recent works by Brian Greene and such for discussions on that topic). In essence, based on the theory, the idea is to measure key environmental factors to determine if they change as predicted by wormhole theory in locations where apparent paranormal activity is reported or experienced.
It's still something of a hobby and a bit of a wild "fringe" concept in and of itself, but a lot of the same thinking runs at the heart of this episode. Fringe Prime and Alt-Fringe have intersected before; in the second season, Newton and Walternate were conspiring to make it happen to bring Peter across. But now it is happening without such activity, with dire implications for the "Fringe" universe as a whole.
What is most interesting is the idea that "ghosts" are, in fact, interactions with beings from a parallel universe, with the barriers between those universes breaking down as a consequence of intense sentient psychological states. Recalling that Cortexiphan was supposedly designed to tap into the hidden potentials within the human psyche, this is a logical enough extension. It also neatly ties into the traditional observation in the "real world" that there is a connection between the observer and the observed in paranormal events.
It speaks to certain aspects of quantum theory (both old and new), but the upshot is that many of the environmental factors that Walter measures to study the phenomenon in this episode are also at the top of the list for signs of potential presence of a wormhole: spontaneous emergence of electromagnetic fields, unusual gravity effects, gamma radiation bursts, and so forth. It also might help to explain the "shimmer" that occurs when the universes overlap. It could easily be a kind of particle emission that is generally below the threshold of human perception, except Olivia's Cortexiphan ability has heightened her senses under certain stress conditions.
Lest it seem like I am adding too much of my own "content" into my appreciation of this episode, I would point out that the "vortex" phenomenon that Walter is desperate to prevent is rather similar to the common popular conception of an emergent wormhole, and if material is being pulled out of one universe into another, that would be the logical mechanism. Which makes the "amber" such an intriguing concept. What kind of substance could literally defuse a wormhole?
Of course, this episode wasn't just about the technical and mythological aspects. The emotional core, the driver fueling the vortex generation, was all about human loss. It was enough to push Olivia beyond her internal issues regarding Peter and Fauxlivia and bring them together in the end. In terms of the story, it puts Olivia on roughly equal footing with Fauxlivia. Fauxlivia may be carrying Peter's child, but Olivia hasn't betrayed him and is the woman he really wanted. How those matters will counter-balance remains to be seen.moreless
Peter really must make up his mind.
And will the beginning of the end of our world really take place in Brooklyn? This was a great episode that gave us a glimpse into how the two universes may collide, unless Walter comes up with a solution. In an apartment building in Brooklyn, we see how extreme emotion, experienced at the same time, by two people, but in opposite worlds, can cause a tear in the fabric of the universe. Through this tear, our world can be sucked into the other. That's enough of the science - Olivia has decided she wants to become a "real" woman, and experience with Peter, the relationship he shared with Fauxlivia. Now my question is, will both Olivias become pregnant?moreless
Massively character centric episode this week which is a fantastic thing as far as Fringe is concerned. Olivia finally decides to take a leap of faith with Peter and allow them to have a relationship, further entangling the love triangle across universes once Peter discovers that he's going to be a father. All of this was centered around a Fringey story about love which reflected nicely upon our characters narrative and allowed them to say a few wishy-washy things that ultimately lead to the reconciliation. Perhaps equally as significant as the character development were the implications brought about with this case and the suggestion that "our" universe is beginning to unravel like the alt-verse. Considering where the viewing figures for Fringe are right now, there is significant need to worry that cancellation may be a reality, which is flat out going to suck. With a fourth season this story is set up to become one of the best pieces of network television anyone has seen over the last decade, but if this is the end for Fringe then the writers will have no choice but to punt half of the story and totally ruin what they were going for by trying to wrap it up in 22 or so episodes. This episode left us with a great scope for things to come, but sadly, we may never see them as they were intended. If you live in America, WATCH THIS SHOW!moreless
6B was a superb episode of Fringe because it had an interesting story of love and the possibility of destruction. There was a lot of character development with Peter and Olivia, though she continues to doubt and pull away. She represents what many people feel and is not the typical television stereotype. I think this show has a brilliant way of exploring the human psyche. I found this episode particularly interesting because of how the love of two people almost destroyed the universes, just like Peter may have the chance to do sort of. I look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
Flip of a coin ...
...and a whole life would follow. As six people die when the seventh floor balcony of their building ceases to exist (like its counterpart in an alternate Universe), the widow from apartment 6B is confronted by what could have been when she sees widower, Mr. Merchant, still alive in a Universe where the flip of a coin didn't seal his death.
Their connection its threatening both Universes, just like Alt-Olivia's pregnancy threatens Peter's relationship with the Olivia he's in love with. As the building starts to give in to the singularity, Mrs. and Mr. Merchant give into the guilt for their respective survival, for they flipped a coin once in a lifetime and the spouse who replaced a faulty fuse got killed. After the widow finds out he did have children the ghostly figures fade away, breaking the connection that exists between them
Back in the alternate Universe, the alternate Fringe Division leaves a distraught Mr. Merchant looking fondly at pictures of his own wife. Back in our Universe, the story leaves Peter looking fondly at his own Olivia before she starts kissing him, giving in to a connection that can't change any Universe other than their own.moreless