Fringe

Season 3 Episode 1

Olivia

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 2010 on FOX
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Olivia, captured on "the other side," attempts to escape and return to her home world. However, the other side's Walter has other plans, and Olivia soon discovers that she must face a threat from within.

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  • Olivia

    10
    Remember? Remember how it ended? Something close to the epic, parked next to the memorial. We forgive everything, everything was back, because it was passed, there would then have to impress. Those endless hours aimlessly were then justified by one of the most driven and ambitious end of last season. And now? Will finally found the North?



    "Fringe" is actually a lot confused. Confusing in that it makes me, as they say, ah then, confused. If, on the one hand, it presents a mass of boring and unnecessary cases of the week, on the other hand, offers one of the most interesting stories based on recent science fiction. And when the main focuses of the date, do it with a brilliant narrative economy, uncovering the key points of the plot and really showing to be reached. Without mincing words. Remember how long we had to walk to see what was the central plot of "The X Files"? Years and years and years, and yet perhaps still breathe some doubts. Well, not here. In the third season as the water is clear we are at war.



    A war between two universes. Good and Evil And things are complicated, the lines were faint because there was an exchange. Olivia (Anna Torv) changed from here to there Olivia. And if there was fear, if there was fear that this perplexity was quickly resolved and there we return to the usual filling of sausage, I think we can breathe a sigh of relief. "Olivia" is a wonderful episode that takes us to a completely unexpected: the protagonist is the target of a diabolical plan, carried out by the creepy Walternate (John Noble), in order to suggest that she is the "other" in to convert to your side with the ultimate aim of understanding how the transition is made between skilled universes.



    And everything here is Olivia. She runs away, she tries to return home, she struggles with the other world and struggle with herself to keep alive old memories. Those that make it a unique and special. The way the episode is told is quite exceptional, a mixture of "Collateral" with "Dollhouse." The enclosed space taxi to mirror the prison of the mind, which leads to a dead end. Gradually kilometer kilometer, we watch the inevitable change, the transformation did not want to see. The character of the taxi driver gets automatically our confidence and the other characters, the parallels are given the ambiguity of an intricate plot (future) complicated. Yes, things are not so easy. Yes, we spend much time here.



    In the final moments returned to our universe. A small taste of the state of affairs: Peter (Joshua Jackson) in love with a Altivia with little airtime. It was perhaps the beginning of what will be the second episode, that is, on this side. It seems that this season will alternate between universes, a generic green episode, an episode generic red. If you think this really confirm that we have called the game changer and the perspective of a season utterly bombastic. Has "Fringe" finally found its place? Friends, I think so.



    And so it was ripped with a smile I saw one of the best starts of this television season. A frantic escape, full of mythology and winks of the eye - and review is necessary to drink all the juice contained in these 40 minutes - full of what we always wanted. The time is now. Here and there.



    Best: Everything, with particular attention to the way an unexpected narrative.

    The Worst: All the episodes are not so.moreless
  • N0t what I expected

    8.5
    Well it was good to see it back again. Good run episode Olivia escaping it had me going and hoping that she would find a way out of there. Everyone was out to get her only help she had was the taxi driver. Olivia been given some time of drug that put their Olivia memories in our Olivias memories it wasn't working at first but after she escaped she begin remembering the other Olivias memories. It turns out that the adrenaline help to push drug into her brain, now Olivia is lost transform into the other Olivia. This is very sad and the others don't have a clue which is very odd especially they knew there was another Olivia so they have an advantage over the other side. I guess this is going to be along one probably all season till Olivia gets back or if she every does. :/moreless
  • Huge disappointment.

    1.0
    Really?! After everything that happened in the previous season in the pilot of the third season I receive this? I am very disappointed with this episode. Basically there was nothing interesting apart from strange things happenning to Olivia. Where's Walter, where's Peter, where's "Fringe" glue that attracted me to the screen?

    The episode was dull. I had great expectations towards this episode and frankly speaking I hope that next episodes will bring something much more interesting than just some slow-paced action with no follow-up story and vague plot line.

    I have considerd "Fringe" as one of the best shows created. Everything has had its logic, has had its consequences. This episode was full of things that never really happened in "Fringe" I know. I would consider them as discontinuity and something that was made without any previous thinking that the viewer can't be so stupid believing it. And I don't think of memory repression and replacement but simple occurences that existed in "Olivia" episode.

    I am looking forward to the next episode but I have mixed feelings if what I see will satisfy me. A very bad starter bu let's have a hope that it will change only for better.moreless
  • One of my favorites!

    9.5
    Red episodes are really cool, I like being on the other side, seeing what could have been and what couldn't. I bet season 3 is going to be the best one yet. Big applaud to the actors who so amazingly change their characters for the alternate universe.

    It's scary to see what Olivia goes through in this episode, her "change" and Walternates abuse. The man is evil, can't wait to see the reason for all this. I loved the cabdriver Henry, having a big case of the Stockholm syndrome, hope to see him more. Mother Dunham was also a big treat even though Olivia went totally lost in her arms, mommypower!

    But as always a few parts didn't really make sense...

    From the season 2 finale, everything goes really fast when the "other" Olivia gets the order to switch side. I know she is a genius, but how does she know about the typewriter and small stuff like finding her way in Boston (It's amber in her world), her apartment and so on?? She didn't even know that the other side existed a few hours ago.

    I was really upset that no one (on both sides) of her friends and partners thought that she could be the wrong Olivia. When our Olivia met Lincoln at thegas station she could have said: "Don't you get it!? Theswitched us! I'm Olivia from the other universe, not your partner!" But yeh, wouldn't be a very good story then...

    Peter is being very stupid also, the guy must have a pretty big ego to think that Olivia would change so much dating him. Think with your head Peter!

    Love that they brought back Charlie and added Lincoln to the show, they are funny together! Astrid though...She seems like a very nice and caring person on our side, why make her a robot computer thing!?

    And finally something stupid...Henry must have read our Olivia like a book when he went shopping for her, he picked out the typical Olivia off work clothes and amazingly everything fits perfectly even though he never asked her about her size. Good work, I wish I could hire him as my personal shopper.

    Anyway, I loved the episode, can't wait to see how everything unfolds!moreless
  • Yes!

    9.5
    It's back, and it's starting off as good as it left off! This episode had me swearing like no other. I love the show but oh my, this has to be the biggest thing of the whole series. Olivia, our Olivia, I dare not say more for it would spoil it but darn! I like how they approach it now, there are technically two stories, one on each side. This should make for a lot of good content to come, now that we have both sides to hear from. I am just a little worried, Olivia is the main character of the whole show, I hope they don't mess things up with this new plot, I can see it running for a bit but as long as it doesn't stay this way, I will be fine.moreless
Amy Madigan

Amy Madigan

Marilyn Dunham

Guest Star

Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Henry Arliss Higgins

Guest Star

Philip Winchester

Philip Winchester

Frank Stanton

Guest Star

Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

Charlie Francis

Recurring Role

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Brandon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: The company who advertises daily trips to the Moon is called "Glatter Flug," which is German for "smooth flight." Glatter Flug is also the name of the airline in the pilot episode.

    • Trivia: The glyph code for this episode is AMBER.

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen passing behind Olivia as she looks for Nina Sharp at Massive Dynamic.

    • Alternate Earth general differences:
      - John F. Kennedy is alive and working with the Obama administration after resigning from his post as U.S. Ambassador.
      - There is a hit musical called Dogs, rather than Cats.
      - Tom Cruise is apparently a TV star (Lincoln says he was watching Cruise on TV, rather than on DVD or in a movie.)
      - There is a different eagle on the mailboxes.
      - There are old-fashioned penny-farthing bicycles, the kind with a big front wheel and a small back wheel.
      - The Olympics has a sport of marksmanship with an assault rifle.
      - There are commercial flights to the Moon on a daily basis.
      - Black Panther member Eldridge Cleaver worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and is associated with the latter's "I have a dream" speech.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lincoln: Hey, Melissa, you know how Agent Francis can tell which end the worms living inside his body are which? Tickles them in the middle and sees which end farts.

    • Walternate: (about Olivia) All around us, our world is under attack. Somehow, this girl came here. Somehow, she is equipped to move through universes. We need her to help us understand this skill because if we can do it, we can win this war. And if not, soon, there'll be nothing left to protect.

    • Henry Higgins: What about you? You got someone?
      Olivia: Sort of.
      Henry Higgins: That's an odd name--"sort of."

    • Olivia: Thanks, Charlie.
      Charlie: For what?
      Olivia: For being my friend.
      Charlie: Hey, Liv.
      Olivia: Yeah?
      Charlie: Thank you for not shooting me.
      Olivia: Awww.

    • Bolivia: You know, I haven't seen those in a while--your shoes.
      Walter: Wallabees.
      Bolivia: Are you bringing them back?
      Walter: Where did they go?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Changes seen to opening credit sequence: red shading and new fringe science list: wormholes, singularity, speciation, synesthesia, pandemic, transhumanism, neural networks, reanimation, telepathy, transcendence, retrocognition, biotechnology.

    • Injoke: The penny-farthing bicycle seen on the Other Side is a reference to the same item being used as a symbol in the British TV series The Prisoner. That series also featured several episodes where the Prisoner, Number Six, is brainwashed and reprogrammed, and where he encounters counterparts to people that he knows.

    • Blair Brown is credited but doesn't appear. Kirk Acevedo is credited as "Guest Appearance by."

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 23, 2010 on Citytv
      UK: October 5, 2010 on Sky1
      Latin America: November 2, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Australia: November 10, 2010 on GO!
      Germany: January 10, 2011 on ProSieben
      Finland: September 7, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: January 23,2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: December 17, 2012 on FANDA

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dr. Chase: Your Jedi mind tricks won't work here.
      Henry: You got my number. Jedi mind trick.
      Referencing the Star Wars series and the Jedi Knights. The Jedi Knights are the "good" protectors of the galaxy, capable of tapping into the mystic Force to gain a variety of powers such as mind control and telekinesis. They avoid strong emotion, which can lead them to the Dark Side, the "evil" side of the Force. The Jedi and the Force are first mentioned in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). House's subsequent line about droids is from the movie when Obiwan Kenobi, a Jedi, uses the Force to distract two Stormtroopers.

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