Season 5 Episode 6

Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 2012 on FOX
out of 10
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223 votes

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    Fringe "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There" Review: The Upside-Down House

    This week, Walter followed another tape's instructions to a building that defied physics, but will this plan ever come to fruition?

  • Episode Summary

    The Fringe team investigates a pocket reality occupying an apartment building, and Peter learns that he has the power to stop the Observers.

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      episodes like this one is why...and i'm sooooo bummmed that the series is leaving... i will miss walter and the rest...and of course that man..all he wanted was to get out of there...even if he was nothing more than an acceptable loss...the man in the script with no last name...
    • Matrix Reloaded

      This episode was so much Matrix. Almost copy paste the scene that Neo (Peter) fought Agent Smith (observer) :D
    • perfect episode in a perfect season so far

      I'm loving season 5, too bad it's going to be the last one because the episodes are getting better and better!

      And in response to the review of rcls0053 I would like to say you're wrong. You can't just assume time is linear in the pocket universe and calculate "how much faster it's going". Because it's a place outside our universe the laws of physics and therefor also time, might behave completely different there in ways we perhaps aren't even capable of understanding. So no mistakes, just another great episode!moreless
    • Great Episode

      However I'm not too keen on the treasure hunt aspect of the season though. But they have manage to keep it a minor sub plot so we can get some more of those juicy plot twists!

      ps. where's the review!?
    • "Excuse me, miss - is that raspberry filling?"

      The best episode of Fringe since "Letters of Transit". This episode had it all. Some may be complaining about the pacing, but there were so any subtle elements to this brilliant episode that I feel a lot of my fellow Fringe-heads missed out on. From the return of an old plot element from seaon 1 that I assumed would never be answered or brought up again, to the beautifully haunting cinematography, the best Observer fight thus far in the season and the one thing everyone seems to have overlooked in this episode - the amazingly nuanced acting! We all know how good John Noble and Anna Torv are in their roles - and Joshua Jackson is perfect as the everyman character of Peter Bishop and, indeed, has had some incredible scenes of acting of his own throughout this show's run. But Jackson's best acting scenes usually come from melodramatic moments and he rarely gets to flex the subtleties of things such as body language and acting with only his eyes. That all changed in this episode. Peter flat out TERRIFIED me. His body language and dead eyed inquisitive stare in this episode went against everything he was saying in his heartfelt speeches with Olivia at the beginning of the episode and with Walter at the end of it. Jackson is doing a superb job of showing his transformation into... I honestly don't know what. Probably the first Observer? Regardless of what he's becoming, the cast and crew did a fantastic job with the ambiguity of this episode. There are signs of hope in the form of Donald and the surprise twist from season 1 - and Peter's new found abilities are a serious asset to the fight against the Observers...for now. There are also signs that this show will not end on a happy note. Walter is slipping into his old, morally compromised self from "LoT", and Peter could be our heroes' biggest threat that none of them will see coming. I am more excited for this season than I have ever been as the scales are eerily balanced right now and will eventually fall on the side of Triumph - or Disaster.

      9.7/10 and easily the best episode so far this seasonmoreless
    Zak Santiago

    Zak Santiago


    Guest Star

    Robert Hayley

    Robert Hayley

    Observer 3

    Guest Star

    Bob Phipps

    Bob Phipps


    Guest Star

    Michael Kopsa

    Michael Kopsa

    Captain Windmark

    Recurring Role

    Georgina Haig

    Georgina Haig

    Henrietta "Etta" Bishop

    Recurring Role

    Rowan Longworth

    Rowan Longworth

    Child Observer

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Betamax camcorders are not capable of playing back the tape within the camcorder. They could only record. Thus the Fringe team should not have been able to have seen or heard what was on the Betamax tape while they were away from the lab and in the pocket universe without a separate Betamax VCR and TV.

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

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Walter: This is very important. Do not, under any circumstances... is that raspberry filling?

      • Walter: Don't you see? I'm not safe. It's my mind. Ever since the pieces of my brain were reimplanted, it's been changing me. Back into the man I was before, bit by bit. I'm losing myself, Pete. I'm losing the man that you helped me become.
        Peter: Listen to me. I'm not going to let that happen. We need you. You are our only hope to defeat the Observers. And I'm going to be here with you every step of the way.
        Walter: Please, son... don't let me go.
        Pete: I won't, Dad.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Title:
        Referencing Lewis Carroll (b.1832 - d.1898), whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He is best known as the author of Alice in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). In the latter, Alice was able to go through the mirror into another world on the other side.