Season 3 Episode 3

The Plateau

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2010 on FOX
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Inconsequential acts lead to deadly consequences, and the Fringe Division investigates while Olivia deals with a sinister vision. Meanwhile, Secretary Bishop reveals his plan for Olivia to her commander, Colonel Broyles.

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  • The Plateau

    In recent horror films there is a saga that, although weak, has always stimulating and ingenious sequences. I refer to "Final Destination", where a group of people miraculously escapes death, then to be hunted by it. Of the most inventive (and gruesome) ways. Almost like a game of dominoes, where a piece falls and hits the next and so on ...

    "The Plateau" reminded me delirious scenes of these cause-effect, where a tiny object, a microscopic action can trigger a gigantic web of events, a macroscopic catastrophe. The top is a picture of that time, where a single pen makes a death occurs. The look insane, nervous fingers, and all the cameras slow down on that particular order make this opening a bang. Undoubtedly one of my favorite, the entire series.

    Then it was followed by the generic, one red, one that we like and look forward. And why? Why are we on the other side, the side we do not know any history here gets automatically double the interest. We return to Olivia (Anna Torv) of mind washed, changed sides and no idea of his real identity. She and her team, Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) and Lincoln (Seth Gabel), then investigate the strange death home, connecting it immediately with another similar event. One clue leads to another track and hunt a rhythmic come to the guilty, the genie out of control. A guy with an IQ too low, which after having been subjected to various treatments, jumped to the other pole. The brilliance and madness. It can calculate all the actions that will take place in the future and how they interact. All variables, all the tiny figures of life fit into one mind, playing well always one step ahead.

    This "case of the week" was a true spectacle. The history base is in itself very good. The whole concept of prediction, sequence, math, destination, it is fascinating and palpable. It is fiction but the fog is real, the little butterfly that flaps its wings out there and change my life, very near here. Added to this, a charismatic villain, well built, and a team Fringe far more interesting and cohesive than our world. The characters, including the two co-Olivia, have more space, more time, more presence. There is a whole different dynamic in this department and freshness.

    Along with everything we had Olivia. That which was ours is theirs, but want to come back here. And it gradually, remembering Peter (Joshua Jackson), Walter (John Noble), his true heart. All in fleeting moments and always under the watchful eye of Walternate and Charlie. Gradually, our protagonist is returning to you and how the episode managed to marry this struggle with the "case of the week" was brilliant: the fact that it is not the person thinks he is saved his life. The fact that even something you made the calculations of the villain bored and leave only those bricks amassassem the ground.

    We ended up with almost lucid. Is it? We have no certainty, even today, not next week, when we return to our world. The only thing I can guarantee is that this was another magnificent episode and "Fringe" is taking great strides to become a mighty serious matter.

    The Best: The great weekly event.

    The worst: I expected to see more differences and easter eggs on the side there.moreless
  • Better

    It's getting better, it was a good episode. We learn about the other side Fringe Division. There not so bad guys, as we we already know that. When it comes to war each side think their right, their all soldiers to try and protect their world. Olivia is starting to get visions of Peter and Walter, Peter saying you don't belong in this world. Were starting to see Olivia question her own beliefs. Basically I just miss the old team, I don't really like the seperation like this in two worlds its to much to cover and I don't see as much of any of the original cast to get a strong connection, just when I was starting to feel at home with them. They seperate. It's like relearning new things of the same character in my opinion. Just have to keep watching see how it goes.moreless
  • Amazing!

    Wow, just wow. Is it just me, or are the writers of fringe getting better as the show goes on? I am very scared about where the show is going, but at the same time I have never been so exited and on the edge of my seat. I knew Fringe was picking up steam from season 2, but my god, it's become even more amazing! We are only at episode 3 and already I am absolutely loving every second of it. The only thing bad I can say is that we have to wait for the next episode, and that's nothing new, but it feels so much longer with episodes this good.moreless
  • 303

    Finally, a good episode of Fringe tonight. We had the continued evolution of the unique Olivia and Peter relationship and we just had a nice fast-paced episode that for once was reminiscent of JJ Abrams' vision for this series. The villain of the week was very compelling and did a good job playing off of "the good guys" and creating some intense drama. Not exactly the most shocking supernatural thing, but some good action sequences is all I really need from this show.

    Good episode, but I still think that it is too little too late and this is the last year for Fringe.moreless
  • nice to see Olivia :)

    I was waiting for her, I missed her.

    the case was intresting, predicting future with math and calculating probebilities and figuring out what will happen! that guy could be very usefull.

    Olivia with her natural talent handle the case, the best one of the team. she has illusions about Peter and Dr Bishop which means she didn't forget everything. she's stil fighting with who truly she is. she had a great ability in memorizing and still know somehow she doesn't blong there. in her illusions Peter kissed her and that effects her as real.

    the secretary of defence wants to know how she was able to cross over but if they make her forget her past she won't remember how she came here. she won't be usefull for them.

    Charlie is getting suspicius about her. he can help her in future he is a good person!

    poor Olivia!moreless
Michael Eklund

Michael Eklund

Milo Stanfield

Guest Star

Seth Gabel

Seth Gabel

Lincoln Lee

Guest Star

Philip Winchester

Philip Winchester

Frank Stanton

Guest Star

Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

Charlie Francis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • If Milo can compute all the probabilities, it's not clear why he doesn't compute the likelihood of Fringe Division becoming involved because he uses the same bus-related murder method using a ballpoint pen. Varying his pattern between the two murders would have made it all but impossible for Fringe Division to realize that the murders were deliberate. Even a non-genius could realize that using the same method twice in a row would increase the likelihood of detection.

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

    • Trivia: The Observer can be seen on the bridge near Milo as Olivia notices the latter.

    • Alternate Earth general differences:
      - Ballpoint pens are rare.
      - There is an outbreak of Smallpox in the United States (specifically in Texas).
      - Avocados are rare.
      - Construction workers wear silver hardhats.
      - A homeless man has a sign saying that he was a vet of the Aruba War.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Peter: You're not from this world, Olivia. You're not her.
      Olivia: You're not real.
      Peter: Real is just a matter of perception. I am here. And I'm a part of you that you have to hold onto. You can't forget who you are, Olivia. You can't forget where you're from. You can't forget this. (kisses her)

    • Charlie: You do remember me, right?
      Olivia: Yeah. You're that tightwad who owes me $70.
      Charlie: Damn it! I was--I was hoping you'd forget about that.

    • Charlie: As hospitals go, not bad.
      Olivia: Yeah, unless it's run by an evil genius that's using accidents to kill people.

    • Alt Brandon: Do you miss it?
      Secretary Bishop: Miss what?
      Alt Brandon: Being a scientist.
      Secretary Bishop: I am still a scientist, Brandon. I just have a much larger laboratory.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Charlie: Now that you two have, uh, rediscovered your Vulcan mind meld...
      Referencing the Star Trek series, where one of the primary alien races, the Vulcans, have the ability to "mind meld" with others beings, both their own species and others. The experience is less than telepathy than a mutual and often uncontrolled sharing of thoughts between the two individuals involved.