Fringe

Season 3 Episode 8

Entrada

5
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2010 on FOX
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Olivia tries to find an ally to help her, while a device allowing communication between the two worlds is uncovered. Meanwhile, Peter tries to deal with recent revelations about the world-destroying device and Bolivia's true identity.

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  • Entrada

    8.5
    Since the days of "Lost" that my anxiety levels by an episode did not reach values as high. The nervous waiting, the nails to pay the minutes and the chair to dance restless. The expectation was high and all that we saw only increased, more and more. All because "Input" was hyped as the output.



    The development of this superb node that has delighted fans and manufactured others. It is time to undo the change, to remake the balance, to bring the right place. And if "The Abducted" was a forgivable bluff, this successor was sincere from beginning to end. Top that sticks immediately where we had stayed at the call of the cleaning lady, the bombastic message for Peter (Joshua Jackson). Amazing scene, especially when the call ends and he looks at impostor who was sleeping beside her. A simple expression that translates all the panic and pain that the character felt at that moment, all masked by the coldness of a clever double game. Which unfortunately did not last long and a final test - to the Greek phrase - all his worst fears were then confirmed. She does not kill you - because there is, need it - it just hangs and we stuck, we see her writing: disguise was discovered, extraction required. And the episode starts with a generic bicolor, a sign of duality coming.



    And this was the great enemy number two "Input". We were used from the beginning of the season, only one universe. The cases solid and effective attacking the bodies of the characters. There density, strength and thickness. The narrative has always rested on a personal evolution, intrinsic to who was speaking and fighting. Here, and because a reversal of this size should probably have been told in two blocks of 40 minutes, felt the lack of time. The need for such a venture in a single segment abolished the intimacy that the other episodes had had with the viewer. Also lacked any rhythm juggling, for jumps between universal, felt a little relaxation and connectivity. Finally, another element that continues to cause me some itching is 0 number of ways to jump between universes. It is a highly complex process, sometimes even just a few injections, sometimes a tank is not effective, then the other is already. I wish I had a little more defined rules.



    With all this I wish to say only one thing: this was a great episode, it was not the excellent episode I was waiting. We were right: great action moments, like the scene in the season, with the small twist of the shapeshifter, a shocking death, not only because the other Broyles (Lance Reddick) to have sacrificed for their values, peace and well, but also by how her body appeared perfectly cut to balance the weight of Altivia (Anna Torv), a delusional taken from Walter (John Noble), yes, vagenda, and the lord of typewriters, the return which seems to be one part of the so-called machine, then recovering your floor.



    Olivia is here on this side. Safely. Ended one of the most exciting narrative arcs of recent television history. And now? What the future holds the best series of the day? No idea, I do not even have the faintest idea. And if on one hand it fascinates me, on the other scares me a lot.



    Best: Any Distress Peter, constantly (and brilliantly) portrayed in your face.

    The worst: The duality ultimately work against the entertainment itself.moreless
  • Very Good

    9.5
    Very good episode, It had everything action, romance, mystery and suspense. And all of it wasn't overwhelming, the writers really made it flow in the episode. Bolivia returned back to her world, and Olivia returned to hers which is great. Before she left she gave the the piece of the machine to be delivered to this one man I wonder who he is thats another mystery. I hope we get some answers but good pace and work on this episode.moreless
  • entrada

    7.5
    This was a good episode of Fringe tonight. This show is probably going to end this year and it is probably going to get Dollhouse like numbers when it moves to Fridays in 2011, but for what we got here, this was an enjoyable episode of television. A nice wrap-up to Olivia being in the other world, and a nice science fiction episode to boot. Fringe can still be a good show when it wants to be, but more often than not it has not been.



    Can we just stop with the two worlds though? Does anyone actually like this?moreless
  • Excellent episode...

    9.5
    Alt-Olivia's cover was blown at the end of the previous episode in a way that had most viewers more eager than usual to watch the next.

    "Entrada" picked up where "The Abducted" left off, in Olivia's bedroom. The show had the decency to replay the conversation with the janitor from New York before diving into the highly anticipated awkward moments.



    The Good

    Having both Olivias running for their lives and achieving crossover in the same episode was brilliant. Even considering the many fillers in season 2, I generally find Fringe very good at advancing the season arc. Keeping alt-Olivia over-here at this point would have been a waste of time, so I am looking forward to more of her with Lincoln and alt-Charlie.



    The Sweet

    The regular cast of Fringe is excellent, but I have very early on been biased towards Noble and Torv. In this episode however, when alt-Astrid draws the attention of the Fringe division agents to the fact that Colonel Broyles is missing, she somehow makes a tragic and bitter moment sort of sweet(?) and takes ownership of that scene. It got me thinking that despite typically having less screen-time in an episode than Astrid would, I find alt-Astrid manages to convey a better idea on what sort of person she is.



    The Interesting

    I am among those who thought Olivia and Peter were doing just fine and didn't need what happened in "Over There 2". Right from the opening scene of this episode where he learned of alt-Olivia duplicity to the very last sequence where he apologized to Olivia, Peter seemed tortured. I guess it's because he kept asking himself why he didn't listen to those voices telling him how different Olivia was from before. I think his behavior affected some of the scenes over-here which seemed to be moving at a slower pace than they actually were. In contrast, everything over there seemed just right, as usual...



    The Questionable

    Alt-Olivia has been consistently used for plot devices while Olivia drives the plot. This is a pity, because it makes it easier for our Olivia to emerge as a more consistent and likable character. Don't get me wrong: Olivia has been for a while now my favorite character on TV. No, it is more because I thought the writers wanted to show us an alternative to our universe, not a less deserving one.

    In this episode, even admitting her feelings to Peter didn't help: We saw that coming, and not in a nice way. Where to start? Switching from Franck (she is still technically living with!) to Peter was too fast, too easy. Plus, her new found feelings didn't make her waver from the mission which entailed killing quite a number of innocent people. And if you still had some doubts, the final sequence of the fourth episode with the hauntingly beautiful score playing when she was 'talking' to Peter and Newton was committing assisted-suicide should have sealed it. There is more, she spent 8 weeks over-here, and being far from stupid, she should have seen Walternate's war is pretty much a one-sided affair, but she conveniently turned a blind eye to accommodate the plot.

    Oh and Franck, the one thing about alt-Olivia that could have tarnished Olivia-prime, was conveniently sent away to smallpox so that the latter doesn't share his bed. That made Olivia absolutely blameless even though in her case - with the wrong memory and all, it would have been more understandable than in Peter's.

    Despite all that, I can't bring myself to really dislike alt-Olivia. I still hope the writers will use her better. There is clearly a lot of Olivia in her. And while they are at it, they should maybe start by getting rid of the Franck fellow and work with Lincoln...



    The Highly Suspicious

    I don't want to delve into how much safer Walternate's crossover methods are compared to Water's, but I would very much like to know how Colonel Broyles' body ended up being used for the exchange, him being at Harvard and all...



    The Weak

    After receiving the phone call, Peter could have done a better job at exposing alt-Olivia. I somehow found it the weakest moment of this excellent episode.



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    Favorite quotes

    Walter: "And I too fell prey. She used my stomach to get through to my heart..."moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Realistic character development, twisted format, breathless story, numerous jaw dropping scenes

    9.0
    Entrada, the parallel invasion. A brilliant historical reference to Spanish conquistadors. However Fringe's space cowboys and indians are not all good or evil. As Walternate explained in Amber 31422 nature is not all black or white, it's about balance and imbalance. Therefore most characters are broken and seemed almost extracted from a Picasso painting. It's specially true for Fauxlivia as the shapeshifter told her she would fail because of her human emotions. She cares about Peter, so she can't get the job done. This 8th installment took place right after The Abducted's "Good night sleep" cliffhanger. How would you respond to such a call ? Your partner is someone else. To tell the truth I didn't really like the writers approach, revealing who Fauxlivia is instead of letting Peter and the others find it all by themselves. But in a way it makes sense because it's easy to get blinded by our heart. With such a wicked event I was really wondering how they would develop the parallel arc. An other episodic story ? Far from it ! Entrada's format was quite similar to Lost's The Last Recruit. Fauxlivia and Olivia were both featured and their respective sides were developed in parallel. However the difference is that their universes are linked so their arcs could only collide. The constant switches between both worlds were well rendered and the action never confusing. One minute it's blue, the next it's red. How refreshing and exciting ! The episode was also filled with intense and twisted scenes. One should also shock you and Marionette, the next installment, should decelerate our heartbeat but definitely shaken our minds. Fringe has found its equilibrium. War or peace ? It's coming.moreless
Primo Allon

Primo Allon

Alt. Bartender

Guest Star

Stefan Arngrim

Stefan Arngrim

Equipment Store Owner

Guest Star

Julie Brar

Julie Brar

FBI EMT

Guest Star

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Alt Brandon

Recurring Role

Seth Gabel

Seth Gabel

Lincoln Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bolivia: You gonna come after me? You gonna kill me?
      Peter: No, I'm gonna get answers. And if I find out that you did anything to Olivia, then I'm going to kill you.

    • Bolivia: You have a lot of questions. I understand. But you can understand that I can't give you the answers.
      Peter: This from the woman standing in front of me in pajamas who just shared the same bed with me. I guess answers is where you draw the line.

    • Walter: in the 70s, I innocently wandered into the wrong home, and it was three days before I realized my mistake. And unlike Olivia, the woman with whom I was sharing a bed didn't look like my wife at all.

    • Walter: I'm a fraud. A failure. Four hours of intense meditation augmented by a precise two-gram dose of Brown Betty and I've got nothing.

    • Walter: And I have no idea how to bring our Olivia back. It's all because of that temptress. She tricked my son with her carnal manipulations and he fell right into her vagenda.
      Astrid: "Vagenda"?
      Walter: Like Mata Hari using her feminine wiles to accomplish her evil ends. And I too fell prey. She used my stomach to get through to my heart.

    • Colonel Broyles: I have a decision to make.
      Diane Broyles: Okay.
      Colonel Broyles: Remember when I joined Fringe Division?
      Diane Broyles: Mm-hmm.
      Colonel Broyles: Two weeks into the job, we had that vortex in the East River. A hundred and sixty-five people swallowed up, half of them kids. But now we may actually have a chance to put our world back together. Fix it. Only thing is, to do that, we're gonna have to go to war. A lot of lives will be lost. An unimaginable number. And I don't know if I can live with that. There may be another option. But it could put everything at risk. Either way, who am I to play God with other people's lives? Who am I to make that choice?
      Diane Broyles: Twenty years ago, I knew that you were the right man to protect our world. After all those years, I've never stopped believing that. I think this world is in as much pain as it can stand. We need to restore hope.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: December 2, 2010 on Citytv
      UK: December 7, 2010 on Sky1
      Latin America: January 18, 2011 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: February 18, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Germany: March 14, 2011 on ProSieben
      Finland: October 26, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: March 12, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2013 on FANDA

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