Fringe

Season 3 Episode 11

Reciprocity

4
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2011 on FOX
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9.2
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  • Haha... Walter the Chimp!!

    10
    The scene where starts showing signs of being a chimp really was hilarious.

    His yawn like that of a chimp and his banana craving was probably the most hilarious i`v seen on fringe...

    well done walter!!

    And also Astrid for holding her laugh... :P



    and yea nice episode too :)
  • Reciprocity

    9.0
    There are some titles that are expensive. Simply reading to know that the episode will be about this or that, of one color or another. However, in the wild world of television series, lives another species name: the one who leaves for the game completely unintelligible and only reveals itself at the right time. "Reciprocity" is one of them.



    For many twists that give the head, just come to the concept of reciprocity when the mystery is revealed. When we open mouth say, but then?! Well, it looks the same as the machine reacts to Peter (Joshua Jackson), it responds to it. And not the best. The protagonist had come into contact with a small piece but this time gave the guys with the full set. Still to start, but reactive and turbulent before his presence. He bleeds from the nose and the blood seems indeed to be the only blemish. But no.



    Something changed in Peter and he begins a hunt shapeshifters using the false notes of Olivia (Anna Torv). Kill them one by one, and takes them to your hard drive in the hope that there is an answer to this bizarre relationship of mutualism. Without success. And if this criticism is the mystery revealed soon, the episode is maintained, with great mastery, in secret. Until the right time, until such time as huge questions arise in our minds, confused, confused.



    But not only is this line of "who killed" this number 11 wins. After the revelation is absolutely fantastic scene between father and son. The face puzzled Walter (John Noble) before him that Peter is not his, before a new monster that stands before him. Disoriented but always with the notion that has to help, you have to hide to save power. Noble starts another interpretation of luxury and Jackson can chill with a cold out of the ordinary. Memorable. In the field of love, was equally incredible parallelism formed between the virtues of the protagonist - expressed in the eyes of his beloved - and his new cruelty - expressed in his amazing actions.



    I would not call all this a gamechanger, but, a lot will change going forward. How is that I still do not know. Finally we had some more right to the First People in the form of revelation that William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) walked, long ago, looking for all existing copies of the infamous book. Developments are expected in the next chapters.



    Another great episode in a season without spines. Everything is in place, since the narrative up to interpretation. It is difficult to find a lot smoother and healthier than this.



    The Best: The scene between Walter and Peter.

    The worst: I thought it would reveal something more appealing about the First People.
  • Peter says "I AM ROGUE!!!!"

    9.5
    LOL peter went rogue killing and hunting down shapeshifters, that was awesome. Everyone seems worried about Peter, Walter believes the sudden change is because he was in an relationship with bolivia that she has weaponize her. I think it has something to do with that machine he looked at towards the end, could be anyone guess best thing this keep me guessing which is great. Can't wait for next episode this one was awesome. I'M ROGUE!!!
  • BEST EPISODE EVER

    10
    This us the best episode of Fringe so far. Perhaps I should explain my reasoning.

    At Massive Dynamic, Walter has a serious concern for Peter. HE SHOULD. Walternate's blueprints matched up with Peter. That triggered Thomas Newton to reunite Peter with his father so he could destroy this side in "Northwest Passage". In "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?", he is finally dead. He was the worst shape shifter of all. This episode focuses on shape shifting, too, like "A New Day in the Old Town", "Night of Desirable Objects", "Momentum Deferred", "Earthling", "Grey Matters", "The Man from the Other Side", "Northwest Passage" "Olivia", "The Box", "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?", "6955 kHz", & "Entrada". In this episode, a shape shifter is found dead in a lake. Looks like it's a shape shifter killer. But who is it? Watch Fringe to find out.

    So, you see, this is so good this episode. There could be another episode that beats it, but this is the best. So, I guess it's the right time to say "the end".
  • another thing that makes this an ubber addictive show

    9.5
    again Walter is a cracking riot inducing laugh, what an actor!!! also in other things, i love how the relationship between olivia and peter is being develop, and that "other" side of peter, plus the subsequent cover-up by walter is going to be something to watch. another question arises, what is making this WMD turn on and off, what is inside of peter that is making this machine to activate. also, would have been the DR covering up something. something that could be in the hands of nina?? questions and more questions and this show is getting better!!!! all i can say is that fringe is getting so addictive!!!
  • Ghost in the machine

    8.0
    The third season of "Fringe" has been all about embracing the mythology more and more, and this episode continues along that trend. This episode introduced a few unexpected wrinkles that ought to have some massive repercussions for the future of the team.

    Peter's reaction to proximity to the Vacuum (the big machine) is quite interesting, and not just because it builds on the suggestion that the machine itself is some kind of advanced organic technology. If the Olivia switching didn't do enough to challenge the team dynamic, Peter's personality conversion truly threatens to undermine it. For all that Peter has been trying to convince Olivia that he was really in love with her, and not her counterpart, Olivia may have to deal with a Peter that is no longer himself.

    Of course, there's also the small matter of Fauxlivia's journal. (And I am pleased to see "Fauxlivia" as canon!) The characters all make a convincing argument for reading the journal with respect to the case, but they (and we) are a lot more interested in what it can reveal about Fauxlivia, her resonance with Olivia, and what that implies for the relationships in both universes. Hopefully this source of intel will not simply disappear!

    In discussing this episode (and the previous one) with fellow fans, it occurred to me that the writers may be setting up the audience with some thrilling misdirection. The Vacuum has the power to destroy both universes, and yet, thus far, the Observers have done nothing to prevent its construction in either Fringe Prime or Alt-Fringe. Instead, while they seem dedicated to repairing the damage caused by Walter's actions in the past, they are intent on allowing (and even fostering) Peter's use of the Vacuum in Fringe Prime.

    Taking into account the speculation that the Observers are related in some way to the First People, either the Observers believe that the Vacuum is going to repair the damage done or they have far more sinister goals than previously indicated. One might even speculate that the presence of the First People in both universes, and the lack of evidence of other universes beyond Fringe Prime and Alt-Fringe, might point to the Observers trying to repair something the First People did to create both universes in the first place!

    That may be taking too much of a reductionist view on the plot elements thus far, but I would wager that the writers are doing their best to keep the series' mythology within relatively well-controlled limits at this point. As I've said before, these are the same people who worked on "Alias", and they have first-hand knowledge of how a complex mythology can get out of control.

    This is why, despite the speculation on the mythology, I started the commentary on the character implications. Because what undermined "Alias" was the growing gap between the plot and the characters. Too many character choices were dictated by plot demands. "Fringe" is using the plot to challenge and reveal aspects of the core characters, and that is why it is succeeding.
  • 1/28

    7.7
    Fringe has really taken over Friday nights. The show which had been struggling to reallly get back on track this season has found its groove in a big way with yet another strong episode here. The return of the shapeshifters is about as good as you can ask for, and we had an exhilirating thrill ride of a show to go along with. Peter is changing, and that should be fun to keep your eye on, but they let Walter be his usually insane self, and the comedy definitely helps this show.

    Great Fringe tonight. Hopefully its enough for FOX to give it a season four.
  • Chimp Walter and the unexpected serial killer

    9.0
    You can't blame the writers for not constantly trying to redefine the relations between the main characters on the show ( which is, in my opinion, one of its main components ). We've seen Walter, and then Walter and Olivia, try to keep a secret from Peter, "Olivia" try to keep a secret from Peter and Walter, and now, Walter and Peter are keeping a secret from Olivia. Repetitive ? Yes and no, and at least, the cards are shuffled again. So far, I'm digging the new, darker Peter, and I think ( I hope ) his new behavior is caused by the psychological "blows" he has suffered lately rather than the machine itself. I mean, the guy hasn't really caught a break since "Man from the other side", if you think about it ! First, you learn that you're not from here, then, that your real father wants to use you as a weapon, probably killing you in the process ... and then, the woman you fall in love with turns out to be a spy ! It's more than enough to turn anyone into a psycho ! And in hindsight, you could say he began his killing spree at the station in "Entrada", under the shock of Bolivia's betrayal, even if he was pushed by the circumstances back then. I also liked the fact that he genuinely opened up to Olivia, almost crying when she forgave him. If I have something to complain about here, it's that we haven't learned much about the machine. But there are so many threads - the machine, the First People, Walter's quest to regrow his brain, Punisher Peter - that, at least, we can expect the payoff to be huge ( no wonder the writers have said they couldn't close Fringe properly if there's no season 4 ! ).
  • Torn apart and excited at the same time...

    9.0
    It was bound to happen. This is the first episode of this fantastic ongoing season of Fringe about which my heart and my mind quietly disagree.

    My mind understands the need to move ahead, move toward the bigger picture, and can't wait to see more of the machine and its effects on Peter as well as their role in the impending doomsday scenario.
    My heart on the other hand feels for Olivia, yes Olivia and not Peter. You see, at the beginning of the Olivias-switch there was a very short period during which I was uneasy. It was short because there were two Olivias so I could comfortably dislike the other one - which I ultimately failed to do, but also the other side was so riveting that I had no choice but to like the whole arc and feel for everyone except Walternate...
    Now there is only one Peter, our Peter, and as if the switch wasn't enough, the unsuspecting Olivia might be for some time deceived by the 'affected' Peter. I will admit however that when one comes down to it, this is a brilliant twist putting her in a situation similar to Peter's a few weeks ago.

    This episode, despite having me all torn, was good. I like the way Fringe writers build up their story. You can enjoy it even when you see what's coming. Most of us guessed Peter was the one before actually seeing him in action.
    I liked how the episode moved the season arc forward as fast as a show like this can afford. Remember that Fauxlivia left our side only 3 episodes ago. I also thoroughly enjoyed how they used her notes to help Olivia in her healing process, help her see that she wasn't the only one abused. Only, now that she is almost there, they had to cruelly drive another wedge between our would-be lovers.

    You will understand why at this point, I feel like a kid about to try a roller coaster for the first time. I am somewhat scared, but the attraction is too strong. Plus deep down, I know I am going to enjoy it...
  • Reciprocity

    9.0
    Reciprocity was a really great episode of Fringe and I suspect it is more important than we know at this time. I thought this episode was interesting because there was a lot of interesting scenes, information, drama, and intrigue. I enjoyed Walter who snorted some DNA Serum from a chimp and thought Faux-Olivia's files were interesting in regards to Peter. The real Olivia was still a little quiet and reserved as she may still be dealing with her own feelings, however it was nice to see she realized she didn't think how it all affected Peter. This episode gave many answers and clues yet leaves us wondering even more. Peter and the Machine share a moment of Reciprocity and Walter suspects this has changed Peter after learning a secret. I hope we get to learn more about the first people, and the ending of this episode only opens up more mystery. I love this show and look forward to watching more!!!!!!!
  • Could somebody "disappear" true-livia - she is sooooooooooooooooo boring! She seems incapable of displaying human emotion(could she be a shape-shifter?) - no wonder Peter fell for faux-livia.

    8.0
    Sure - he didn't know she was faux (or did he?)- but she was exciting, funny, smart, and still looked like Olivia. This is the girl Peter really wants. Now about the episode - the mythology continues and is becoming more intricate. Has Peter changed for good? Or will he change back if/when the doomsday machine is destroyed. I like the personality changes - the increased aggressiveness; now he and faux-livia will make the perfect couple. I also hope "plain-old" Walter gets his brain cells back - he too can be annoying at times when he becomes befuddled and confused. I'd like to see him smarter, but not mean like Walternate. Well, I've said enough to make many people really mad - so I'll sign off, for now.
  • It must be hard being a father...

    10
    ...as it must be hard to destroy the bond between a boy and his Doomsday device, however Peter might try to, there's no use to that and yet you can't destroy the bond between a boy and his father and the construction and deconstruction of said bond that takes places tonight.

    Oddly how, after experimenting on his son for so long, it's Walter the first to object to other scientists experimenting on Peter, much like Broyles would object to any agent other than Astrid working on his findings, most of them being about Alt-Olivia's relationship with Peter than anything useful to stop the Doomsday machine.

    The Machine, however, does say something to Peter or, at least, has that effect as it "programs" him into killing shapeshifters posing as several people within Massive Dynamic and other organizations, Peter doesn't know what he's doing but he must know it's something wrong for he hid it from his family as well as from himself. By the time he takes down the last "mark", Walter has admitted defeat, his son is a living weapon and there's nothing he can do about it.

    Be that as it may, either a boy or a weapon, it must be hard being its father.
  • Suspenseful Episode. A game changer.

    9.5
    Fringe team is able to crack the encryption of Bolivia's hard drive and discover a list of names of shapeshifters embedded over here.

    Now someone is going around killing the shapeshifters and stealing their memory devices. But who could do such a thing? Is there someone in our universe working for Walternate? Must be someone on the inside because they must know that Bolivia's hard drive has been read.

    What we get is a pretty exciting episode of the team attempting to find the mole. Is it someone in the FBI or in Massive Dynamic? There are plenty of suspects and misdirection to keep you guessing and worrying until the end.

    Other things worth mentioning:
    Olivia apologizes to Peter for her recent behavior. She may be willing to forgive him.

    Brief mentions of the first people and the book.

    Massive Dynamic has appeared to have assembled the machine and it seems to respond whenever Peter is nearby.

    Nina and Astrid get plenty of screen time in this episode also.

    We find out who the mole is in the end and now we must wait and see how this will affect the characters and the story. Things are probably going to get complicated.
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Fascinating scientific topics, delicate character development, wowing investigation, unreal dark writing and Do Shapeshifters Dream of Robotic Monkeys?

    10
    The Firefly effect was intense and heavy on emotions. The bond between Walter Bishop and his son Peter seems unbreakable despite the disastrous impact his saving had on the parallel universe. However in the past episodes their relationship has been unidirectional because it seems Walter is desperate when Peter is quite confident when if he doesn't know what's happening. Even after what happened with Fauxlivia he has always managed to put one foot in from of the other. Don't look back, move forward. He has a goal in his life and won't give up for anything or anyone. Still his connection with Olivia is strong and it's sweet that the writers keep covering it while they work or investigate. It makes it even more authentic and freshen up the episodes with moving moments. However even if Peter is no Parker and definitely not a superhero it seems he has the ability to trigger a very technologically advanced device, the machine. Reciprocity was mostly about developing their interaction. Human-computer is a well known subject because we use smartphones or play video games everyday. But what's their influence on our evolution ? Do we live in symbiosis with the objects we have created ? We're probably as clueless as a clownfish dancing with sea anemones. It's the vicious circle of life and death. Will they win the war ? Could they defend themselves without studying and building the machine ? But asking questions is not enough, almost frustrating, so this installment was also about answering a few of them. The story was actually more twisted than Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?. It wasn't an other silver invasion but something entirely different in the end. It was almost like if they put two writers on the job and convinced them to compete instead of collaborating. One minor issue was made with an awkward revelation that could have been more subtle but overall it was an intriguing and puzzling tour de force ! And as often Walter was a barrel of monkeys. Wait ?!
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