Fringe

Season 3 Episode 16

Os

5
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2011 on FOX
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While Walter attempts to figure out a way to stop the spread of vortexes on This Side, the team investigate a series of thefts committed by criminals who can defy gravity.

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  • Fringe: 316 Os

    8.0
    Before the episode had no idea. He read the two letters but did not leave anything in fact leave the associations poor sorcerer, not that of the, but of Oz. And so was the side that almost went to the other side. With just two little letters to then write the chemical symbol of osmium, a very dense metal transition.



    It associated with another one, also high density, forms an element lighter than air. This is what the mad scientist of the week (Alan Ruck) found. By chance. Now use that sort to try again offer the floor to his paraplegic son. To this end injects the mixture into several boys with the same disability and they float, fly and die. Until a cure is perfect.



    That's how you start one more oddity, who mixed the pain of solitary "White Tulip" and harm universal "6B". However, he could not have the genius of the first nor the second sobriety. While they managed to cleverly disguise if the factor of the week, "Os" drags a bit in the requirement of passing, running, to show. And the premise was strong, could have been used several mechanisms, different devices to fill the eye. But no: the action scenes were weak and the reasons for the formation of the lightest element that was inserted into the air hammer. When you do not know, blame the anomalies between the two universes. Enough is enough.



    Nothing much to say about an episode that was a huge launching pad for the final twist: the fact that Bell (Leonard Nimoy) incarnated in the body of Olivia (Anna Torv). Yes, this was not even waiting for! Jawed face and weird at the time of her strange accent, greets Peter (Joshua Jackson). He, who had just opened the game for his beloved. This opens up a whole crazy surprise field of possibilities, reminding those more relaxed and destrambelhados episodes of "The X Files". I like it, "Fringe" needs to show that it is elastic enough to offer everything. And now that little bell on the end of the season wins a whole other meaning.



    The Best: The end, of course.

    The Worse Case of the week just grabbed everything else.moreless
  • Mind of the Imagination

    9.5
    Fringe keeps getting more creative in their episodes which is amazing. I never seen nothing like this and to put science behind it that causes this stuff is incredible. Peter and Olivia looks great together their starting to open more and more towards each other which is great. Walter is hilarious in this episode especially when he rings the bell expecting dr. bell to be Nina lol. Great episode and turn of events especially at then. The part where Walter and Jorge Garcia formally from Lost now in Alcatraz smoking weed from the bong watching security monitors was pretty cool.moreless
  • It should never have worked.

    9.5
    But then why did it? That's one of the many questions during this entertaining hour of Fringe science. Let's review.

    First, Walter and Hurley equals high-larious (please excuse the corny pun). When those two are smoking marijuana, you are due to get some plentiful laughs. As well as our LOST guest star, this episode also featured a lot of Nina, which is always good. We haven't seen her for a while.

    Now lets get to the case-of-the-week. There was some interesting camera work into play as we see two thieves climbing up a building. Or so it seems. Using some upside-down trippy Walter vision, the thieves are actually climbing down so they don't get sucked into the air because they can, after all, float. A security guard shows up, and one of the thieves escapes, but one gets left behind. The security guard shoots him, and he goes floating into the air, only stopped by his rope that's tied to the ground. And then the Fringe team shows up.

    The Observer was very hard to spot this week. I didn't catch him the first time around (but of course, I never do) and even when I looked at a screen cap on the Internet, I still had trouble finding him. Don't be shy, baldie! Show yourself!

    Since they've gotten over their relationship problems in "6B", Peter and Olivia are now a happy, giddy couple. I understand them, but it is some seriously creepy stuff. I haven't seen Olivia this happy since she was with John Scott in the pilot. And the conversation about back massages…uggh. I hope this doesn't last long. During this episode, I found it hard to believe Alan Ruck playing something other than Cameron Frye. I felt that we were watching Ferris Bueller 2, where Cameron goes bad and kills people or something. But he did do a great job at portraying this week's villain.

    There was a nice action sequence in the museum, although we knew that guy was never going to float away. And he didn't, thanks to a sweet dive made by Peter. With them hitting and shattering that glass display, Peter is going to be needing a wheelchair next.

    There were some great scenes with Walter and Nina. When she said "Because you can't," when Walter questioned about if he would fail or not, I swear I thought they were going to kiss. That would be creepy. And the ending...I figured with all the talk about William Bell in this episode that he would probably appear, but did anyone expect him to appear like that? Wow.

    Overall, this was one of the more interesting case-of-the-week episodes. It had a storyline that I particularly was interested in. And there was plenty of character development embedded into the case. It was another filler, although it didn't seem like it.moreless
  • A move that could make or break the season

    7.0
    Just when it felt like the third season of "Fringe" could do no wrong, they toss us an episode that not only feels like a step backwards, but also introduces a plot element that leaves me uncertain in my opinion. Yet in the end, I'm left wanting to see how it all pans out, so I suppose the writers have done what they intended to do.



    First, the majority of the episode, which felt like a step back into all-too-familiar first season territory. The case itself really didn't have much to do with current events, it seems, and so it felt more connected to The Pattern than the war between universes. If anything, it felt like an episode inspired by "Inception" and its gravity-defying effects. Granted, there was some actual science hidden in the plot, wrapped in the usual fringe concepts, but it just didn't seem all that involving.



    The subplot with Walter and Nina was a lot more interesting, and it was good to see Walter's deeper connection to Massive Dynamic mined for more plot gold. There are aspects to the Nina character that still beg for exploration, and this seems like a natural way to keep her in the story. It's so natural that it felt like a great way to bring some of William Bell's knowledge and theory into the plot without the need for William Bell.



    Of course, that's not how it panned out. I was wondering how they would counter-balance Peter's desire to be with Olivia now that they are together, and this is apparently how it will happen. If I were Peter, I wouldn't want to be in a relationship with a woman possessed by William Bell either. The voice alone is creepy. It's like Olivia is trying to be Batman. I suspect this is a way to get Bell back into the story for some necessary exposition without bringing Leonard Nimoy into the picture for an extended period of time as well, but this could be pushing things to the very brink.



    Let's set aside the contradiction of Walter exploring the notion of "soul magnets" and Bell's survival after physical death, when a couple episodes ago, ghosts were out of the question in his mind. (After all, everything in "6B" should have served to reinforce his feelings on the matter.) I just don't think this is a good plot twist. I'm not sure they can pull it off without it being ridiculously silly in execution. And that's the last thing "Fringe" needs right now.



    It all comes down to the next episode, where we will apparently see a lot more of the Bell-possessed Olivia. Anna Torv has been asked to pull off some subtle and amazing performances this season, but this is going to be the most challenging.moreless
  • The "mythology" of this series is becoming very dense; you have to pay close attention to, often simultaneous occurrences, one which furthers the mystery of colliding universes, and the other, a standalone mystery.moreless

    7.5
    This episode was illustrative of this; Walter trying desperately to stop the widening vortex, and feeling that he is not capable, while offering assistance into a fringe mystery. The mystery involves an aeronautical engineer, experimenting with dense metals, to find a way for his crippled son to walk again. This was less interesting than the seemingly simple things Walter kept trying, in order to communicate with Bell. It was wonderful that in the end it was a simple ringing of "the bell", that brings back Bell's spirit. And once again it is the stalwart, Olivia, who has to transform, in the service of the Fringe division.moreless
Alan Ruck

Alan Ruck

Dr. Krick

Guest Star

Jorge Garcia (I)

Jorge Garcia (I)

Kevin the Security Guard

Guest Star

D. Harlan Cutshall

D. Harlan Cutshall

FBI Tactical Agent

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Walter: It was Belly's intellect that made the company great. All I've managed to do with its vast resources is to create a new flavor of cupcake frosting. Bacon-berry.

    • Peter: What exactly am I looking for here, Walter?
      Walter: Anything related to gravity. I remember seeing a file on floaters in there. It would have been from a period when Belly was in search of the perfect bowel movement.
      Astrid: Charming.
      Walter: Everybody poops, dear.

    • Peter: What's up?
      Walter: Nothing. When your mother and I were courting, we used to take long walks in the park. But I can see for your generation that a drive to a warehouse would be just as enchanting.

    • Nina: Walter, it was never your intellect that made you exceptional. You're brilliant, of course, but it was your imagination, your boundless creativity. Yes, you're not quite whole, Walter, but the best parts of you remain, so focus on that.
      Walter: What if I fail?
      Nina: You won't fail, Walter.
      Walter: How can you be so sure?
      Nina: Because you can't.

    • Olivia: So Walter, whereabouts in Boston would he be able to acquire lutetium?
      Walter: It's mainly found in meteorites. Do you think the perpetrator's from outer space?
      Olivia: Erm, probably not.

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