Fringe "In Absentia" Review: An Eye for an Eye

Fringe S05E02: "In Absentia"

Following last week's action-jammed Season 5 premiere episode, Fringe toned things down in "In Absentia." But the lack of kinetic excitement gave way to mental exercise in this thought-provoking episode that asked about the effects of war. "In Absentia" went back to the characters of Fringe and gave us a personal look inside the emotional aftermath of The Observer invasion, but, as we're used to with Fringe, did it in the most perfect of ways.

With the busy work of getting the team assembled again out of the way, the focus shifted back to finding the plan to rid the planet of bald freaks, and that meant seeing one more old friend: Walter's lab. Over the two decades that The Bishops had been in stasis, Harvard University had been turned into an Observer base while Yale giggled. But the team got in anyway through some steam tunnels with little difficulty, because apparently this big Observer lockdown isn't as dictatorial as we thought it would be.

And it's once they're in the lab that the episode really took off into something great. Walter realized that his plan to de-Observer the planet was on an old Betamax video that he ambered for preservation, and the new chore involved excavating it from the giant orange Jell-O mold. But that required getting enough power back to the lab to juice up a laser that could cut the camera out. Usually I'm not a fan of these types of chores just to fill out an hour (see: Revolution), but the events surrounding this particular task did a fantastic job of giving us insight into the characters and the state of the world. And that was all made possible by the addition of Manfretti (played by Eric Lange, Lost's Radzinski), a loyalist guard who just wanted to feed some pigeons.

Like Olivia, Peter, Walter, and Aspirin, we the audience have not been around to see what transpired between 2015 and 2036, when The Observers nosed in on us and turned the place into a parking lot, but Resistance member Etta and loyalist Manfretti have. The situation that was set up wasn't just the expected differences of opinion between two people on opposite sides of the war, because that would be too easy. Instead, we're given a third perspective through Olivia, who serves as our eyes and ears to figure out exactly how crummy things are right now. And they're so crummy, that it turned Etta into a bloodthirsty maniac.

There's a delightful cat-and-mouse game between Manfretti and Olivia (and later Manfretti and Etta) that could only be sold by Lange's ridiculously good performance. Manfretti became the key to everything; he has some knowledge of the operations at Harvard, and Etta gleefully volunteered to extract the information from him through the very scary Angel device, a Taser that ages its recipient into a landscape of grey and wrinkles. After a few decades sucked away, Manfretti relented after making a deal with Olivia to let his son know that he wasn't coming back. In that time, he convinced Olivia (and more importantly us) that the Resistance was responsible for killing one of his other children, and he joined the loyalists out of fear and to protect his family. It's a moment that makes us rethink this whole good guy / bad guy set up that played out in the last episode.

But there was no reconsidering for Etta, who we saw a different side of in "In Absentia." If there's any character that needed to get more complicated, it was her, and hooo boy did she. Her merciless torture of Manfretti was just the beginning of the end of this sweet young thing we thought we knew. Later in the episode, she's ready to blow her cover and ruin the stealth mission she was on with Peter for the self-satisfaction of killing a few Chrome Domes after seeing her old pal Simon about 175 pounds lighter (the animatronic severed head of Henry Ian Cusick), and after that, despite Olivia's protests, she couldn't wait to turn Manfretti over to the Resistance where horrible things would be forced upon him.

On one side, we had Manfretti, giving a convincing sympathetic performance as a man who joined the loyalists to protect his family, and on the other side was an angry young woman calling Manfretti a liar and itching for violent eye-for-an-eye payback. We questioned who we were supposed to believe, and Olivia was right there to question things with us. The good guys got badder, and the bad guys got gooder. And we were in the middle of a playing field not knowing who to root for anymore. It became the old freedom fighter or terrorist question all over again. I love this kind of stuff.

But Olivia and we knew that the enemy wasn't Manfretti, it was The Observers, and there's a middle ground to be reached. Olivia unknowingly played mediator, bringing the two sides together to battle the real enemy. It turned out that Manfretti was lying about his son just as Etta thought, but Olivia's determination made Manfretti realize that fighting the Observers wasn't the lost cause he thought. And Etta ended up letting him go because she saw the pity in her mom's eyes.

See? You can learn a lot from your elders. Olivia woke up from a 21-year nap to find her grown-up daughter stripped of her humanity as the pain of war chiseled away at it. But her ignorance of what happened since then had a resounding effect on both Etta and Manfretti. Here are two sides (the human Resistance and the human loyalists) so far apart that they might not even remember why they started fighting two decades ago in the first place, the hatred passed on by the person that trained them. But here comes Olivia, Walter, and Peter, fresh from the good old days to show them what's up.

Perhaps it's not the scientific wizardry of Walter, the super-intelligence of Peter, or the Cortexiphan boost of Olivia that's going to turn the tide of this war. Maybe it's their lack of the pain and suffering endured by two decades of war and suppression that is their greatest asset. In order to defeat The Observers, the natives will have to rise up together, and tonight, they made their first convert.



NOTES

– I had originally thought this season would be a little more straightforward, but there are already theories bouncing around that this Etta was grabbed from another universe. Unless the writers bring the idea of multiple universes into the narrative of this season, I think we should discount that possibility!

– How did you like that trickery with the eyeball? They totally got me... I thought Walter scooped poor Manfretti's eyeball out of his head!

– Peter looks good in loyalist gear. (I know what you're saying, ladies, Peter looks good in everything but especially good in nothing.)

– Are we going to get flashbacks at the start of every episode and let the holes regarding what happened in 2015 fill in from there? I would be okay with that.


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Sigh, two episodes down out of the last thirteen and still no sign of Broyles or Nina. For crying out loud, they haven't even been listed in the opening credits. (Sure, I get that they can't really appear unless it's in furtherance of the story. I'm just expressing my annoyance at not having seen them at all so far.)

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Also, am I the only one with the feeling that the initial flashback, in the park, when the Observers arrive, feels like TWO flashbacks? Like, after a glimpse of Peter reaching for Etta, Olivia wakes and is another memory. One where an explosion happened and all the conversations say nothing about invaders, only explosion and injured people (the dialogue between Peter and nurse. And Etta was not mentioned by name)



Maybe Olivia is remembering things from TWO universes/timelines?
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Flashbacks? Explanatory video from the past of a scientist giving out tasks? A view from the bottom of a hatch of to people standing on the top? The guy playing Radzinski?

How much "Lost" did this episode was?



Oh, and Tim...they super intelligent and progressed Observers don't know about CCTV? Because the whole plot with the eye took a leap of faith from the audience: We were to believe that there weren't cameras in the Observers' facility, and the guards couldn't see it was Peter with a fake eye and not Manfretti.

For someone complaining when shows "overlook" such things, you sure gave Fringe a "pass" this week
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I would like to add one more theory to the mix about the missing 9 months from Atta's memory. I Think that William bell took her and did some cortexiphan experiments on her for those few months, probably thinking that she might be the only weapon against the observers (Which is what walter might find out in his quest for 'the plan'). And that's why she is somehow immuned to observer's 'Mind Play'.



And the scene where Walter asked for another eye, I almost believed that he has infact gone bad because of the brain implant that he got in season 4, although the writers completely ignored that fact in the season premiere.
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OH MY GOD! It was so good to see Fringe getting into that making-me-think-stuff again. It was a really terrific episode. And they some twists I honestly did not see coming, (which is so rare these days), like the fact that Manfretti was actually lying to Olivia.

And I really saw that pity in Olivia's eyes, when she saw how 21 years of war and Observers changed humanity. But the most emotional thing of this episode was the fact that through our team that didn't live in this world, it was possible to change the hardened, damaged people of this terrible world into someone softer and more caring. It felt kind of...well, like our world was slowly but surely healing. And isn't that hope it gives us and them the most important part of freeing our world?

Can't wait for the next episode! Fringe, you're freaking awesome!!!
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I really really need to understand why neither the series or anyone here is talking about Olivia's powers....................... she was the reason a new universe could be created, was shot and came back to life, she stopped super fast bullets with her hand...... amongst other things. So where are these powers now??????? Shouldn't she at least be practising??? I mean...... if I was up against the Observers, I want everything I could use.

I really like the new twist to the Fringe story, but we have 11 episodes left and we have not even began to explore this side of things, that was such a major part of the end of series 4.

Would you not at least consider using your 'universe switching' talents to see if the same thing happened there, and if not, perhaps they could get help?

My worry here is, as much as I love this show, that too much of the old story is going to get forgotten. You can't start a process of showing a persons extraordinary powers, then just leave it as if it never happened............................. Even Fringe won't get away with that.
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She needs Cortexiphan in her system for that.



The reason she was able to do all that stuff in season 4 is because Bell was dosing her with it. That is why nobody is talking about it, because it isn't a relevant point.
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What Michael said.

Watch last season's finale again, specifically the last 10 minutes. Walter said something along the lines that the events of the last 24-hours (including healing the bullet wound) more that likely used up the last bit of cortexiphan in her system. When Peter asked if her powers were gone for good, he got a non-commital answer from Walter. Something like: they're gone for now, but in the future something weak may manifest again.
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You both make good points there.

But the potential is still there. Faced with what they are facing, I would have thought such possible powers could be a key part of the story. I guess I assumed the whole point of Bell / Jones making her discover her powers was so that they are used for something. So far, other than a few instances, they've had no greater purpose in the fight for good in this story.
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Yeh, they were used for something. Ignoring all of the S1/S2 backstory, last season it was to act as the battery for Bell's little Doomsday device. Which is why Walter had to shoot her: to disconnect the battery and stop his doomsday device.

Acting as a battery and then healing herself used up most of the rest of the Cortexiphan.

Will they come back? Perhaps. But I think Etta being a cortexiphan Baby will probably take center stage for the whole "powers" thing.
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Forgot to add - great review, Tim :)
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A perfect episode! How they managed to tell us so much by staying in one place is beyond me. They showed how the war affected people, how two different sides - the loyalists and the resistance fighters - reacted and felt about the war, they showed in that very short but powerful scene where Etta and Peter walked down the super creepy corridor how horrible the Observers were. Jesus Christ... I forgot to breath for a minute when I saw Simon's head floating in that container..

Olivia being understanding and patient was also very very well written and perfectly acted. Etta's part as well. Quite a fresh actress, but I enjoyed her immensely and I'll surely be following her after Fringe ends.

But as much good as Olivia or Etta were, the guest actor Eric Lange stole the episode. First of all bravo for the writers for creating such a compelling character in 40 minutes but the guest actor deserves a friggin' Emmy. He was simply amazing. He was very good, Parker Posey on Louie good. I truly did not expect to see such a tremendous guest performance so soon since Posey's appearance on Louie.
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It was just me or that scene with the tape of Walter talking to the camera looked a lot like Lost? The tapes from the past that explained how the stations worked and everything. I couldn't stop thinking about that when I saw the tape that Walter did.

Great episode! I felt sorry for Olivia. It's not easy when you wake up from a 20 years nap and find out that your daugther is so good torturing people.
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I do think the eyeball bit was smart. It's different from the typical approach.
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I asked my parents to shut up, don't call out to me and let me in peace for 40 minutes so that I could watch this masterpiece of a show. That needs my full attention.



I love how Olivia has taken a step back: she's taking it all in, trying to figure out that world. You can see the wheels turning inside her head and it's subtle and beautiful.



And yes, Joshua Jackson looks good in anything. Even in Dawson's Creek.
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I know what you mean. When my brother walked into the room during one of the scenes of Manfretti and Olivia I silently said "You are risking your life". He closed the door and walked away.
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A great episode recap! thanks :)

I like the brooding, emotive episodes- this was great. I really believed him (the Loyalist) especially as he showed that he wasn't a complete convert by the fact he came over to feed the birds.

Someone brought up the severed head and pondered the fact he may have been a robot. I think they were just walking through an experimental section and they were extracting information from him ala Walter in the first season- keeping the brain alive to get intel.

Anyways- loved it. Was good to catch a glimpse of humanity at the end. And to the person who said the video was contrived and she prob shot him afterward- No. At least I hope not!!

I saw it as a softening of her character and yes, I think she wanted to show her mum that she had taken her feelings on board. Especially as she had just said to the guy that she had been affected by what she saw in Olivia's eyes too.

One thing I hoped tho was that Olivia would use her Cortexiphan skills to reverse the machine's ageing process like she helped the Red-headed girl (who turned out to be bad) the other season. Tho to be honest I'm muddled as to the lengths of Olivia's capabilities in this current iteration what with all the resets and stuff! I'd welcome enlightenment on that please!!
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It was a good episode but not fantastic . Wish to see more clever plots .



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Maybe I think just a little bit too hard or too easily find the bad in people, but doesn't anybody think it was weird that Etta sent a video of the guy being released to Olivia? It almost seemed like a bit too "here mummy, look how good I am - I did the RIGHT thing"....which has me thinking...perhaps she just shot the video, sent it to Olivia and then shot him anyway - it's not as if we saw the body, and we already know how cold she can be after the torture scene
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LOVED IT! ....

What? Were you expecting more?
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Time for a fan site, FringeFanatic. You have lots of fans.Tap that ass. Peeaace. la la la la la I never wrote the post above la la la la I can't hear you la la la la I have my ears closed and my eyes shut la la la la
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Um, yeah! One of the reasons I come to these articles is to read your comments. I need my FF fix!
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This episode was ok but I didn't quite get is agent Foster dead or did the head we saw means he some kind of robot (like a shape shifter) ?

This lead me to suspect Anna is possible a robot also ???

This season there are certain thing that bother me which are not really explained or aat least not explored more deeply

Why are the Observers here ? How is life in 2036 for regular people ? are the Observers really hurt regular people on a daily basis ??? is the universe still have rifts ??? what happen to the red universe was it destroyed ???? why do we need amber since are the Observers are so advance couldnt they just fix the rift ???
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I don't think that Foster is robot. I was simply that the Observers were experimenting on him, as part of that experiment they managed to separate his head from his body, but keep him alive (sort of)



I might be wrong but I find it increasingly hard to believe that the Observers are actually us from the future. By coming back and messing with the timeline they risk the possibility of wiping themselves from existence and they are smart enough to know that. I can;t help but think there is something else going on there. I know there is always the possibility their going back in time is one of those 'fixed point in time' things that creates a paradox that allows them to exist in the first place but I'm not sure if that wil be the case. To be fair that only way that we know that they are 'us from the future' is because they told us they are. hmmmm....

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Oh and I have say I really enjoyed the guard performance excellent acting :)
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Etta is hardcore. And something is still extremely mysterious about her. Note the nightmare Olivia had. One second she and Peter are running for toddler Etta, the next they are in a triage station being told they were caught in 'the blast'. What blast? Something timey whimey seems to have happened there.

Eyeball gag caught me, too.

Peter looks good dressed like an adult. Dressed like an alpha male in that uniform was a step above that. Almost hot, even.

Don't know. What I want to know is if Jean is in the amber in the lab!
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I considered rather strongly not letting Fringe end. It would be simple enough to simply not watch them but save them for later like a hundred year old bottle of Scotch. But it turns out I can't do that, I gots ta know. And the problem is, it's like watching your mom die of cancer before your very eyes. The world is a mystery and we wonder things like, why has the novel Fifty Shades of Grey surpassed Harry Potter as the best selling novel of all time when it's clearly not worthy. And why Fringe has to go when it clearly is worthy. Perhaps Lost could have solved these mysteries for us instead of the one mystery it did - What happens to us when we die? I will enjoy this last season of Fringe and then I'll move on. What else can you do?
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The eye thing really took me off guard. When Walter said "Oh, no, we need another one," I really thought they had plucked one eye out of Manfretti and were going to definitely blind the man this time.
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I cringed at the eyeball tricky & debated turning off the DVR, those sneaky little writers got me.:-)



After 4 season of gross you would think I'd be tougher, go Walter.



Can Walter reattach Simon's head PLEASE LOL
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Eyeball: I confess that I did turn it off at that point, but came back about an hour later and finished watching it.

I think the actor who played Simon (and whatever character on Scandal) is rather cute so seeing him beheaded made me want to pull my weapon and go medieval on some a**es, too.
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Thoughts:

-This episode didn't kill me. Maybe it's because my expectations were set too high after that premiere. My heart's still racing from that one.

-I don't think there's anything funky up with Henrietta. A lot of people seem to be thinking that she's a double agent or something, which I suppose could be possible since she was kidnapped by Observers, but I really don't think so. How heartbreaking would it be if their daughter turned out to be evil!? They would have to do something to fix it. Maybe the end of the season, after the Observers are defeated, causes yet another reset and Peter and Olivia get to raise Henrietta and experience all that lost time? Other than that, I can't see them turning her evil.

-I have mixed feelings about that bullet. There's an upcoming episode titled "The Bullet That Saved the World." I have always assumed that the bullet is the one that shot Olivia and saved the world from Bell, but is that too straightforward for Fringe? Expecting major twistage.

-Why on God's decimated 2036 earth was Gene NOT IN THE AMBER?
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Fantastic as always!!!!
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Great episode, but great eps is what I have come to expect from Fringe. Man, my life is going to feel empty when it's gone :(



And how convincing is Etta as Peter and Olivia's daughter? Did they put their photos in one of those stupid "how will your kids look" websites and then search for a actress who looks exactly like that?
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And on top of that, she acts really well too... I don't think enough people recognize how much room for mistakes there was here and Fringe didn't do any. She's looks like them and is both written and acted as a child of Peter and Olivia. Simply brilliant.
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I see Peter in her eyes, a lot. And get Olivia's demeanor. They did a damn good job on the casting for sure.
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Maybe, but when I look at her all I see is Amanda Seyfried.
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Great, now I can't unsee that.
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Another great episode of Fringe. Not action-packed like last week, but very emotionally charged. Fringe handled it very well. I was very sure Etta was gonna shoot Manfretti in the field, but thought of Olivia and thought for the better of it. Personally, I would've offed him, but that's just me. The SOB lied about his son big time, just like Etta predicted, so I was more than pissed off at him about that. I was on his side for a while there. I really love how Fringe can make me feel this way for both sides, yet have one of the main characters play the perfect innovator. Well done!!!!
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Did they explain what happened to Broyles yet? Or Nina?
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They showed them in last season's Letter of Transit. But they will surely be back.
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I am quite sad that Agent Foster is dead (I guess he is, right? In this series you never now) He seemed quite interesting in the episode of season 4 where we met him, a great actor that is. The funny thing about Fringe is that you always have to count some crazy possible alternatives... we could see dead people again through new alternative universes and I wonder if to restore the world from the observers mean just to destroy or expel them or if Walter's plan is erase the invasion ( a similar way to "Peter doesn't exist--> The world is changed") Maybe the latter is a too happy ending because it would mean that Olivia and Peter would have the opportunity to see her daughter grow and the suffer wouldn't have been really lived.

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On the last few scenes, when Etta released Manfretti (he was holding his hands high), he got up to his feet and slowly walked near Etta. But what was he doing with his hands/fingers? Could he be the genius who lost his mind from the red universe or is just a coincidence?
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I don't know how many episodes there are for this season, I just hope there's enough time in it to tell the story as best they can given that it's the last, (which sucks ass btw.) I mean there's Bell to consider and there's the guy with the plus sign on his T-shirt who is supposed to kill Olivia and what of the next gen shape shifters? Did they die off with that ginger fella (I forget his name) If not are they friend or foe. Not to mention Bells twisted menagerie. I can only expect most of these questions to go unanswered. We'll just have to wait to see I guess and as a fan keep the faith in the writers masterful storytelling.
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That eyeball scene was awesome.
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enjoyed this ep. although, i think it's a little quick to assume manfretti was lying about his son to olivia and telling the truth to etta. we know someone or something significant is at that address he gave olivia.



i gotta say i'm enjoying these LOST throwbacks: finding old recordings of mad scientists, desmond (kinda), radzinski redeeming himself (kinda), that Giacchino-esque theme at the end. yes, LOST season 6 sucked, and no matter how well Fringe ends or how many throwbacks they throw in there will make up for it, but i do miss LOST and am heartened to at least see them showing it some love.
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-1. I think Etta is what we assume she is : Peter and Olivia's daughter. Of course, there's a big hole in her past, but I don't think the Red universe factors into it . I'm not even sure we'll see the Red universe again ( which is sad, but the contrary would cheapen "Worlds apart" )

-2. Totally got me ! Nice red herring writers !

- 3. Of course he does !

- 4. Given that an upcoming episode is titled "An origin story" ( September's ? Etta's ? ) , I'd say more flashbacks are in the cards.
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I'm still not sold on the whole "Dictators vs rebellion" storyline we've seen oh so many times, but this episode did tell me what I needed to know: that Fringe is still going to be thought-provoking and full of heart.



However, it also showed us that things like ageing devices, that would've been so important in previous seasons of Fringe are now standard equipment and nothing to be surprised about. And that's one of Fringe's biggest problems this season. How can they surprise us with Fringe events, if the story is set in a future where anything could've easily been invented?
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This one he called her Astral lol.
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I really liked the comparison among the two worlds: that of Olivia and Peter that they have seen the origin of everything and that of Etta that is due to grow in contact with this world and this has forged her in a completely different way. More merciless, the empathy, typical of her mother, is not seen. She has the destructive wish of the Bishops that, ahead of a serious emotional crisis, can't think at all and they can go all the way (far away from their limits). She's a Bishop :D



Beautiful and interesting the contrast between mother and daughter (the first of the series after the great Peter/Walter exchanges), great the close examination on the loyalists and on how much this world is so difficult to understand, also for the one who lives in it. Lovely the introduction of this "hunt".



p.s.: why Simon?!? WHY?!? :'(
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The first thing I thought when I saw the amber in the lab was, "Gene might still be alive!" That would be cool for the last episode. Resistance wins, the world is hurt but on it's way to recovery, and Walter goes back to work in the lab, with Gene there by his side.
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Haha.... yes Gene was the first thing I though of as well!
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who DIDN'T expect to see Gene ?
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I loved this episode, because of what you said, it was mainly to get us into Etta's head and emotions. and to set up the rest of the season (tapes) while catching us up a little bit on the resistance/loyalist thing.



But i do gotta say though, I'm waiting for that WTF moment/episode that these first two haven't provided yet
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Henrietta couldn't have been brought back from other universe because the other Olivia had a BOY over there. Too bad the writers didn't explore more of that story line. Or maybe, just maybe, if they revisit the other universe plot, we could get Henrietta versus Altlivia's kid (don't remember the name).
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his name was Henry, and as cool as this storyline would be, there's no possible way seeing as how Henry was erased when Peter was at the end of Season 3. Gotta remember, this is still the re-written timeline. Only Peter and Olivia remember the First 3 Seasons happening the way we do. Everyone else had different occurrences
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LOL about calling astrid (aspirin) nice one tim.

also i would like to get a whole episode of flashbacks to tell us what happend i think that would be better
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Considering how ruthless fully brained Walter is and how ruthless Peter got with those shapeshifters he killed it's not surprising Etta shares the Bishop ruthless ness trait. Plus Faulivia wasn't above torture and murder so we know deep down under different circumstances our Olivia has it in her too.



Part of me wonders if Etta crossed universes when she disappeared. Maybe she got some of Olivia's cortexiphan as a fetus and the shock of the invasion made her jump.
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I'm sorry, I love this show, but this episode took a turn for the absolutely horrible when they set up the rest of the season as a standard World of Warcraft collector quest with a counter set at 1 of X betamax tapes collected. All I could thing was UGH. Just UGH. If they don't wrap that shit up in the next episode, this'll be worse than the last season of Lost. UGH!
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I actually disagree. Normally, I would be against the "Go to point A, get object X, proceed to point B for next clue" but I believe this season has such a strong, prominent overarching plot arc that the show will avoid becoming boring weekly case of the week.
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i disagree, i think the easter egg hunt could turn out to be entertaining if its handled well.....but i do agree the last season of lost sucked lol
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I reluctantly agree with you osmosis. At first I was bummed by what seems to be a predictable story telling device, but given this is Fringe, maybe it will have some mind-bending twists and turns that will keep it above low expectations.
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Darn Walter fooled me completely. I was like "Please don't show him in the process of scooping out the eyeball after commercial break," and we came back with the eyeball already out and I was all "Oh geez, he actually did it!" But nope, total fake out! *shakes fist*



Overall, I enjoyed the pacing of this episode. It just got darker and darker. I'm a little hesitant about them finding all the tapes though, because I don't remember Walter saying how many there are. Are there like 3 or 11 more? I doubt it's one tape per episode, but so long as each episode brings something more with it (like this one did), I guess I'll be fine :)
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great ep. struck the perfect balance between moving the main story forward and great character moments. walters contingency in case he died sets up a cool easter egg hunt for the team, which should be highly entertaining. Manfretti, Etta and Olivia's scenes were really great showing us the stark contrast between cynicism and hope that these characters had...and guessing whether Manfretti was lying or not proved to be entertaining...also i loved the swerve with Walter and the eye, and the many Walter-ims we got....and i didn enjoy the small flashbacks but wud like 2 see an entire episode dedicated to a flashback so we can see fully what happened, similar to the eps. "Peter" and "Subject 13"
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