Fringe

Season 3 Episode 9

Marionette

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 09, 2010 on FOX
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While the Fringe team investigate the case of a man who had his heart extracted, Peter deals with the revelation of who he's been dating for the last few months.

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  • facts & feelings

    9.5
    Quite a gruesome episode, but a good one! The case reminded me a bit of . Hoffman's "Sandmann"...



    I'm glad Peter told Olivia rightaway, having him pondering about it for the next couple of episodes would've been straining; the situation is as bad as it is (and Olivia has to get out of that apartment immediately!). What a dilemma telling from the facts, you can't blame him, but one be able to tell?moreless
  • Marionette

    8.0
    It's funny this episode to have the number you have. And why? You ask. Because after the knot untied narrative that moves around the mill, was at the time whether we were still ahead or if we came back. It was time to take the proof of 9.



    The swap was undone. Our Olivia (Anna Torv) has returned home and the other did the same. The balance was then reset, everything in its place. And "Fringe" so their faces major test of the season: what to do now? What direction to take? If the questions are many (and troubling) was not all this "Marionette" that stopped the soothed or clarified. To be honest this was an episode that divided me altogether. And I usually only be one.



    On the one hand the case of the week was boring, the other had a scene more disturbing, bizarre and terrifying the whole series. The story was already an old man's reinvent Frankenstein, where a disturbed man tries to bring the dead to their passion. For that steals all his organs were donated and rebuilt it, piece by piece, until his heart beating again. Concretely speaking, summed up in this, without mystery or any other serious matter. And only this is much less than what is used in the series this season. But halfway through this trip and just slightly exciting, is that dark ballet. My goodness lady, now master of horror, love and any other pain. Macabre winner. Hand movements, the lifeless body of the puppet that contrasts with the lightness of the music, everything. It is certainly a moment that will go down in history in the history of the series.



    Then, on the one hand we no longer have the factor "fish out of water", which is as if to say "Olivia out of the box," we had a fabulous and consistent final speech. She returned, and everything seems fine. All amorna, because there are no double games and lies. Everything has to unfold as if it were a grief right: returns and has to face those particular problems, there is no escape. But this monotony can so boldly lead us in the thought of Olivia slowly cooking your hurt inside, not even stand it anymore. The case of the week crosses so very intelligently, with the main narrative and the protagonist can not assume that. Can not go back to Peter (Joshua Jackson), can not see how he did not notice. Complex and difficult to justify, so easy to understand. Love is like that.



    Thus "Marionette" is an episode which in one way or another brand. Even without announcing future guidelines can leave us a strange signing.



    The Best: The Ballet.

    The worst: It was the weakest episode so far.moreless
  • Knew this would happen

    8.5
    Great episode about a man that was stealing organs from people that got them donated to them. Pretty grossed out episode but I liked it. Ofcourse Peter and Olivia relationship is in the back burner, because Peter having a relationship with Bolivia and thought it was Olivia. Shes angry that Bolivia took everything so now doen't want to be with Peter. I knew this was going to happen when I saw the finale of season 2 when it comes to Peter and Olivia relationship its pretty predicable I think Fringe lack in that department. Most series start romances and relationships late in the series and tons of flirting throughout the series. My guess is that they don't want it to take up time of the main material of the show, nothing wrong with it. But, this show can be a little less predicable when it comes to character development, in Lost you could never predict that show that was the joy in it even though sometimes the answers weren't there. That was left for us. Lost made you think. I want this show to do that, it getting there though. Just more work on character development make the emotions believable to the audience.moreless
  • Brilliant, creepy and very, very sad ...

    10
    This episode was plain amazing! Of course I'm interested in the cases to be solved, but usually the relationship issues going on apart from that are more important for me. This time though, IMHO the story revolving around the case and the story between the main characters were equally intriguing. The story about a man harvesting organs to revive a young girl who had commited suicide led to maybe the creepiest scene ever on Fringe. The way he let her move as a ballerina was incredibly spooky and the fact that this scene was so very aestetic and in a way had so much beauty to it, made it that even more. After having seen so many episodes of Fringe, I couldn't say, that I'd remember too many single moments very clearly, but I'm sure, that I won't forget that one easily. Who ever comes up with moments like that on a tv show must be just brilliant and who ever translated it into these amazing pictures, a pure artist. This part of the story was incredibly sad already and I couldn't help myself but feeling pity for this guy who in his twisted mind (even though for selfish reasons as well, because he couldn't let go of the girl) had thought to do something good (which right now, as I read, what I had just written, reminds me a bit of Walter). The most heartbreaking part of this episode for me though was, how things evolved between Olivia and Peter. They're both victims of things gone terribly wrong and something very important has been stolen from them. Poor Olivia! After she had been held captive in the Alteruniverse, being treated like a guinea pig, deprived of much of her humanity, the only thing that had helped her to find her true self again, had been her love for Peter. That love helped her to find her way back to her own world where she had to face the truth, that her alter ego had lived her life unrecognized by the people dearest to her for such a long time, soiling the things most important. I do understand, that she did react the way she did and that she is hurt, that Peter hadn't noticed that it had been Bolivia, he had had a relationship with for such a long time and most of all maybe had found something in Bolivia he hadn't found in her. Which brings me to Peter. I actually think that deep inside, he had been suspicious all the way, but then again so very happy about his relationship with who he was eager to believe to be (a maybe changed) Olivia, that he wouldn't give in to this feeling. I think that he might be the one who has lost the most. Not only doesn't he belong anywhere, not to the universe he was born at and not to the universe he has lived in for most of his life. He has been disappointed or maybe even betrayed by so many people, his own (biological) father, Bolivia who has stolen what was supposed to be Olivia's and his and finally, Walter who had been lying to him about his origin for so many years and now Olivia -- the reason for him to come back to "Our"universe -- doesn't want to be with him anymore. So much heartache makes it even more difficult to go on a hiatus until January, 21. Can't wait to have Fringe back and to see how things are going to develop.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Enigmatic and horrific story, Peter and Olivia awkward reunion, brilliant intertwined writing, touching performances, Waltercimore

    9.0
    Surgical and disturbing. Two words to describe the aftermath of Entrada. The last time I felt so uncomfortable was after watching Dexter season 5 premiere, My Bad. The "Dexland" scene was just incredibly shocking and smart. Dark humor at its finest. Revealing what Marionette is about would definitely spoil its intrigue. Indeed until the very end you shouldn't know what the vilain of the week is up to. An other episodic investigation ? Yes and even if the script is actually based on a well known story there were plenty of things to appeal the audience. First there was something quite enigmatic about what was going on. In fact we almost discovered the facts with the characters involved. Second some scenes were shocking and disgusting but as often Walter still managed to make us smile with his twisted humor and unconventional methods. Third and not least the writers focused on Peter and Olivia. Now she's back they had to deal with what happened between him and Fauxlivia. Anna Torv's performance was conflicted and emotional. I still believe she could have done a better job but the apartment scene was almost heartbreaking. Moreover her interaction with Peter finally gave Joshua Jackson the opportunity to play out of his comfort zone. But the strongest pro was by the far the brilliant way their own story was connected to the episodic one. Many subtle references linked both arcs and unmasked the cerebral mechanics behind our beloved puppets. I also remember a touching scene between Olivia and her boss, Philip Broyles. Lance Reddick's performance was bold, as always, and after what happened in Entrada he should grow on you even more. As expected the end was the inevitable cliffhanger before the winter break but after all what happened in nine episodes I can't see anyone who could be disappointed by the outcome so far. From its chaotic machine to its characters the show has a lot to offer and if the upcoming episodes are as good as most of the ones we have seen so far then it's going to be one hell of a season !moreless
Barbara Tyson

Barbara Tyson

Mrs. Walsh

Guest Star

Michael Bean

Michael Bean

Grant Russo

Guest Star

Genevieve Buechner

Genevieve Buechner

Tabatha

Guest Star

Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris

September

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Walter: You understand better than most the pain a lie can inflict.
      Peter: Yes, I do. Which is why, even though I expect it's going to fundamentally change how she feels about me, I am going to tell Olivia everything. Okay?
      Walter: You're a good man, Peter. She knows that.

    • Peter: What was it?
      Walter: Bathroom! I'd forgotten that a couple of nights ago, I used my cauterizer to remove an uncomfortable growth between my…
      Peter: Less information, better.
      Walter: Have you spoken to Olivia?
      Peter: I did. Called her last night. She's doing better but she's still recuperating.
      Walter: I understand how difficult it is to be candid with people that you care about. Particularly when it concerns matters that are intimate in nature.
      Peter: Ready to go?
      Walter: Yes, I am. And by intimate, I mean sexual.
      Peter: Yeah, I got that.

    • Walter: Where do you suppose I could pick up quality imported pickled herring?
      Peter: No idea. Why?
      Walter: I'm thinking of Scandinavia.
      Peter: Scandinavia?
      Walter: The Blood Eagle. A Norse method of torture... breaking the ribs and spreading them out to resemble blood-stained wings.
      Peter: So we're looking for a Viking?
      Walter: Whoever did this was trained. These incisions have been made with precision. This is beautiful work. Definitely not a Viking. They were ruthless.

    • Peter: What is it?
      Olivia: You know what Barrett said? He said that he looked into her eyes, and knew that it wasn't her.
      Peter: Olivia...
      Olivia: I understand the facts. I know that she had reams of information about me and about my life and about the people that were close to me. And I understand that if she slipped up that she would have a completely reasonable explanation for it. And I guess to expect you to have seen past that is perhaps asking a bit too much. But when I was Over There, I thought about you. And you were just a figment of my imagination. But I held onto you. And it wasn't reasonable, and it wasn't logical, but I did it, so… why didn't you? She wasn't me. How could you not see that? Now she's everywhere. She's in my house, my job, my bed, and I don't want to wear my clothes anymore, and I don't want to live in my apartment, and I don't want to be with you. She's taken everything.

    • Walter: You know what I need after a day like today?
      Peter: For most people, it would be a drink, so I'm guessing...
      Walter: Strawberry milkshake...
      Peter: I can do that...
      Walter: With extra whipped cream.
      Peter: Don't push it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Injoke: The Yatsko Project is a reference to series director of photography Thomas Yatsko.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: December 9, 2010 on Citytv
      UK: December 14, 2010 on Sky1
      Latin America: January 25, 2011 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: February 25, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Netherlands: February 27, 2011 on Net 5
      Germany: March 21, 2011 on ProSieben
      Finland: November 2, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: March 19, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: February 25, 2013 on FANDA

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