Fringe

Season 3 Episode 15

Subject 13

5
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

In a look at the past, the six months after Young Peter was saved from the lake are examined, and secrets of Olivia's past are revealed.

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  • Terrible, Silly, Implausible

    6.5
    I love this show like everyone else but this episode was tragically awful! I mean it was the only episode of the entire series so far that I didn't even want to watch - I just sorta left it playing in the background after about twenty minutes..



    And I didn't buy the laughable notion that Olivia and Peter somehow knew each other before. It's just catering to shippers. Ick.
  • Subject 13

    9.5
    The previous season with the episode gave us this number to know Jacksonville, where Walter (John Noble) made all those experiences with your group of children. After a pause, he returned with "Peter" a fantastic story about the origins of the conflict. Well, a season after a year and returned not only to local but also to the precise spot where the last story left off.



    And a large fall back. It's amazing how a prequel episode, where presumably much of our information is already known and where the fate of the characters already outlined, can transmit both again. "Subject 13" begins shortly after Peter (Chandler Canterbury) have been kidnapped and is with him that we are introduced to the snow, to the despair of a child who wants to go home. I always had the idea that the passage of the protagonist, from one side to the other, had been peaceful and that he had not assimilated well the event. But no, and rightly so, because the logic level really makes sense to a kid his age to understand the world around you and feel that something is wrong.



    So, no way out, tries to kill the ice that brought you here, being saved by a mother in conflict. Initially wanted to stay with the "son", but now, due to their suffering or take him to his original universe. It is supposedly because of this that Walter starts those tests in Jacksonville. It was a great joy to see the facilities and operate the old and new tapes to record, remind us immediately of "Lost", the Dharma, there longing. We also know little Olivia (Karley Scott Collins) and his awful stepfather. This, and its climate of fear and violence, the little protagonist who awakens feelings that are able to jump between universes.



    There are so clear on two fronts this side: a mother who is no mother and no longer knows what else they can do and the father is not the father who tries by Olivia find their way back to the other side. These two tracks collide in the legendary meeting between the two children in a field of white tulips, very well represented by these young actors. He tells her to not be afraid to trust the old scientist, adopting speech for you, deciding to forget and assume that it was all a strange dream of his. The moment he embraces his mother and this eventually decides to stay with him is fantastic. Orla Brady is excellent.



    On the other hand have seen a couple together, which breaks up slowly, the pain of a son who disappeared. This was another of the mysteries of the episode: how Walternate discovered the whereabouts of his son? We see the desperation, the assumptions made in time and time again, and here we see a man come to the conclusion that more certain that there is good side and bad side. They are parents to protect what they love most in life, not that this will have to make decisions morally unacceptable.



    Now comes the best scene of the episode, perhaps the best all season. Young Olivia decides to tell Walter that the stepfather and the harms against everything and everyone goes into this office. Vents all that holds it, and in the end, we realized she was on the other hand, tell you all Walternate. They rarely catch me off guard but here I fell like a duck, and it was great. I went behind the scene - no longer returned from an episode behind, there is, "Lost" - to confirm, to read better, to find out how I cheated. And that's okay, all done with great intelligence and insight. It's really amazing, like a scene as simple, with zero effect, so can arouse in the spectator.



    "Subject 13" is not only the most sentimental episode of the season and played well, as one of the best episodes that "Fringe" ever offered us.



    The Best: The final scene with Olivia and the two Walters.

    The worst: I hoped to learn more about Olivia's stepfather.moreless
  • Best episode of season 3

    10
    This episode explains why they "made the switch" when they were headed back to the opera house in "over there part 2"... Walternate had known since '85 where his son was, and he knew that Olivia had "Universe-hopping" skills. If William Bell was in this episode it would have been the best episode ever, but oh well.
  • Whole Story of the past

    9.5
    This is great to see 2 different moms of Peter. I think they both have unique characteristics, for me I see the same in the two Walters noting really different just small details. It was very nice to see what happen right after Walter took Peter from the other side, and how Peter and Olivia met when they were little. A fascinating episode about two families torn all for the future that is here now.moreless
  • 2/25

    7.0
    Okay, I think we can all agree that the 1985 version of the Fringe theme song is awesome. Where I differ with most of my tv.com community is in the rest of the episode.



    This was good, but I have to admit a little tedious at points. John Noble still looks like he is 70 during the flashbacks and Peter and his mom are too annoying to empathize with. They could have accomplished the main point of this in a flashback during a regular episode. I have to question the motives behind dedicating an hour to it.



    It was a fun episode though. It definitely felt like a television broadcast from the 1980's, like the second incarnation of The Twilight Zone or something, but not one of this season's best.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: The periodic chart on Walter's wall contains the elements Osmium and Lutetium. This is a clue toward the next episode, "Os."

    • When Walter enters his Jacksonville office, at 9"40, the periodic table of elements is visible behind him, and there seem to be 117 elements on it - but elements 110 through 117 were not discovered until 2004-2009, though the scene takes place in 1985.

    • Alternate Earth general differences:
      - The Dodgers are still in Brooklyn, having never moved to Los Angeles.
      - Airplanes were never invented or are not in common use (note Peter's fascination with them).
      - There are no peanut M&Ms.
      - Americans use 24-hour military time and not 12-hour AM/PM time.
      -The space program is based out of Jacksonville, Florida, not Cape Canaveral.

    • In the scene where Elizabeth talks to young Peter in the kitchen for the second time, as she says "Listen to me," you can see the shadow of the boom microphone moving on the black kitchen counter top next to the pile of towels.

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen inside Bishop Dynamic as Walternate passes by him in the main entrance lobby.

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

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Elizabeth: He is in such distress. He-he looks at me, and he doesn't trust me. I'm his mother, but no matter what I say, he...
      Walter: Elizabeth, Elizabeth, you are not his mother. He's a little boy very much like our son... and we saved his life.
      Elizabeth: No, you...you-you saved his life. I'm just trying to keep him alive.

    • Elizabeth: You know, tulips don't usually grow in areas like this.
      Young Peter: Well, then what are they doing here?
      Elizabeth: A professor who was working here missed them, so he imagined a tulip that would grow in this climate and he invented them. He used his brain and his imagination to turn the world into what he wanted it to be. How would you change the world if you could, Peter? What would you wish for?
      Young Peter: I wouldn't make stupid flowers grow.
      Elizabeth: What would you do?
      Young Peter: I'd go home.

    • Walter: Don't you see what I've done? I crept over in the night, and I stole their child. If we don't return him, they'll figure it out, and they'll come after him, after us. I know because that's what I would do.
      Elizabeth: So you would sacrifice one for the other... this little girl Olivia for Peter?
      Walter: No. But for thousands of others, or millions... it would have to be considered.

    • Elizabeth: You know what? Maybe it was plastic surgery. Or an alien able to take on any shape he wanted. We've considered all your theories, Walter, and none of them have brought our son back. It happened. It just happened, and it's inexplicable.
      Walter: Nothing is inexplicable, Elizabeth. Science seems like magic to primitives. Something happened in this house and we have to go over it, and over it, until we find out what we're missing!

    • Elizabeth: Listen to me. Sometimes the world we have is not the world we want. But we have our hearts and our imaginations to make the best of it. I will promise you this. I will be the best mother I possibly can be to you. I'll take care of you, I'll protect you, and I'll never let anyone take you away from me. No one. Not ever.

  • NOTES (4)

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

    • Injoke: The tower puzzle that Olivia attempts to solve is the same one used to test a young Sydney Bristow in the J.J. Abrams' produced Alias, in the episode "The Indicator".

    • The opening credits are done in the same retro style as the season 2 episode "Peter."

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 25, 2011 on Citytv
      Australia: March 2, 2011 on GO!
      Latin America: April 5, 2011 on Warner Channel
      UK: April 27, 2011 on Sky1
      Sweden: July 22, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Finland: December 14, 2011 on MTV3
      Poland: May 7, 2012 on TVN
      Czech Republic: April 8, 2013 on FANDA

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