Fringe

Season 3 Episode 13

Immortality

4
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Over There, a scientist conducts human experiments involving beetles that eat their way out of their host bodies. Meanwhile, Bolivia reunites with her boyfriend, and Walternate discovers that there are some lines he won't cross.

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  • Immortality

    7.0
    Can not pass by anything that happens outside. On Fridays, the hearings the cancellation. A series in limbo is always a series in limbo: no space for error, no time to experiment. Thus, any error is always taken amplified, increased crucified.



    Yes, "Immortality" is the weakest episode this season and more like the forgotten past of the series. Yes, it is a pretext for an order that appears at the end and that (almost) everyone knew or foresaw. But no, it does not take any merit to the marathon brilliant "Fringe" has done and said that it is not more or less spectators. This is not what dictates the ax.



    And saying this, but back there: the other Olivia (Anna Torv) is pregnant. 13 And this episode was completely dedicated to her. From start to finish. Generic red, and bang, we're over there. At the airport, where the protagonist gets back her boyfriend. The same place where a stranger defile another stranger that oddly dies expelling beetles. Many beetles. Nothing pointing to a beginning balance so that the narrative must always known with the new oddity.



    Then, despite some interesting elements like the new head of Lincoln (Seth Gabel) or entomloga geek to seduce Charlie (Kirk Acevedo), the plot rolled on autopilot without much fire or intensity. The interpretation of Torv is blameless, but was attached to the sole purpose of making known their pregnancy. Hook a triangle that complicates the already very complicated. Although I tolerate well the history of choosing between the two Olivias - like the fact that they are two to three but it is complex, strange, difficult - can not fail to mention that this addition to the plot is hank something that not too much needed to be wound up.



    There are other ways to maintain in the other game world, for example, a villain common to both worlds. Or something like that. Something we do not take the path of predictability: time that Walter (John Noble) uses this child to bring Peter (Joshua Jackson) back - ever - and Peter will discover that being a parent at a time will already be well with our Olivia - to see in the near future. Or so this is not anything we are waiting, is a great move that we do not anticipate and we'll all be very surprised. Who knows.



    It is too early to conclude whatever. We knew that once untied the knot of the exchange would have to be chosen a new direction and while this does not seem as exciting and interesting as its predecessor. But "Fringe" is an incredible series, as a huge mythology, and that will be able to prevail.



    The Best: Anna Torv.

    The worst: "Anatomy of Fringe" is not.moreless
  • WHAT!?!?

    8.0
    This is getting weird and weird. The situation was going on Fauxliva, Walternate turning into to Mr. Morals. What is this, what would they make Peter have feeling for someone he just met what a little while. I don't know and the way I'm feeling It seems we know what side Peter will choose. It feels like their redoing the quest so they can switch personalities lol. I gave it a high rating because I liked the case about the bugs it was very different and gross and it was good to see Charlie again. Already tired of Fauxliva. My 2 cents is that they create Fauxlivia b/c they can't give Peter and Olivia a real relationship so they'll make a fake one with a fake Olivia. Other than that good episode.moreless
  • It must be hard NOT being a father...

    9.5
    In the emotional rollercoaster ride that has become Alt-Olivia's life, the causalites keep filling up as the Alt-Fringe Division deals with their latest case.



    The most obvious victim, Colonel Broyles, has already been replaced with emotional victim number 1 Agent Lincoln Lee, as uncapable to deal with Frank's secret as he is with his crush on Olivia and the impending proposal that might take away the only part of Olivia he can share with.



    Emotional victim number 2, Charlie, is unaware of the changes in his long time partner but the worst hit its on emotional victim number 3, Olivia's would be fiance Frank, who dumps her by the end of the episode when he finds out the emotional victim yet to come turns out to be none other than Peter's baby: the child Alt-Olivia has been expecting for the past 6 weeks.moreless
  • If it wasn't for the last five minutes of the episode, this could have been a great pretender for the worse "Fringe" episode ever.

    4.0
    If it wasn't for the last five minutes of the episode, this could have been a great pretender for the worse "Fringe" episode ever. First of all it was dull as hell. No real action. All we had seen was extremely predictable. The storyline was completely out of place. The bugs idea was the most trivial way to show some of Bolivia's bowel movement indicating she might have been pregnant.

    I didn't like this episode at all. The information given at the end could be easily presented in more convinient, unpredictable way. This was just stupid and hilarious.

    I came to the conclusion that episodes showing the alternative view of the world are completely "not so Fringe". Sometimes I have a feeling of watching different show which is so weak.moreless
  • 2/11

    7.5
    Round four for Fringe on Friday nights and it was another good episode, but right now, it is not as great as it once was, and the show really needs greatness to evade cancellation at this stage. This is not a Floyd Mayweather fight where you are guaranteed 12 rounds either, Fringe could have the plug pulled on it, but I doubt FOX would do that.



    They had an interesting plot here with the skelter beetles. A very eerie thing to think about, especially for me as bugs always freak me out, but I think they dropped the ball by making it not nearly as dramatic as it could have been.



    I actually did not mind the episode being entirely in the other world. Usually I don't care for that dimension, but I did not mind it here. What I did mind was Faux-livia being pregnant. Come on JJ Abrams, you're one of the most creative minds in Hollywood and you pull a stunt like this for ratings?moreless
Philip Winchester

Philip Winchester

Frank Stanton

Guest Star

Julie McNiven

Julie McNiven

Mona Foster

Guest Star

Donovan Cerminara

Donovan Cerminara

EMT

Guest Star

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Alt Brandon

Recurring Role

Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

Charles Francis

Recurring Role

Seth Gabel

Seth Gabel

Lincoln Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Bolivia: Ugh, you know how I feel about bugs.
      Lincoln: Not Charlie. Charlie loves bugs.
      Charlie: Look lively, people. New boss is here.
      Lincoln: How is it that when you say "boss," it sounds like insubordination?
      Charlie: You see, that's my tone. Maybe that's why I didn't get the promotion.
      Lincoln: Yeah, maybe, or else I'm better than you.

    • Mona: I'm Foster... Mona Foster.
      Charlie: We, uh--we--we met before?
      Mona: I treated you for your arachnid infestation. I'm not surprised you don't remember me. You were in a lot of pain.So how are the spiders?
      Charlie: Uh, they're good. They--they--sometimes they just itch a little bit.
      Mona: Maybe you just need somebody to scratch it.

    • Bolivia: Bug girl's got a crush on Charlie.
      Charlie: Bug girl has a crush on the fact that I got spiders in my blood, kiddo.
      Bolivia: Come on, everybody's looking for someone that's gonna like them for who they are inside, right?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Injoke: The Skelter Beetles, and their Latin name, Mansohnium Boogliosus, is a joke on Charles Manson and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi. "Skelter" refers to Helter Skelter, the book that Bugliosi wrote chronicling Manson's trial, and Manson liked the music of The Beatles.

    • Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, and Blair Brown are credited but don't appear.

    • Kirk Acevedo is credited as Guest Appearance By.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 11, 2011 on Citytv
      Australia: February 23, 2011 on GO!
      Latin America: March 22, 2011 on Warner Channel
      UK: April 13, 2011 on Sky1
      Sweden: July 8, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Finland: November 30, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: April 23, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: March 25, 2013 on FANDA

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