Brief Recap: The mission to retrieve Peter goes awry the moment Walter, Olivia and three of the Cortexiphan subjects arrived in the alternate universe. One Cortexiphan subject died upon arrival while the other two died using themselves as a distraction to prevent Olivia and Walter from being caught by the alternative Fringe team. By the eleventh hour, Olivia was captured. Fauxlivia took her place as she joined Peter, Walter back to our universe and William Bell disappeared in a massive bright light.
Spoiler Alert for those who haven't seen it.
Out of the Facility and into the world of "Over There"
I thought it was fascinating and terrifying at the same time that Walternate and his team were able to distill memories in a form of an IV drop.
Executive producers J. H Wyman and Jeff Pinkner took the writing helm and sent the brainwash procedure to the next level in this episode. I didn’t see that coming and I thought it was fresh take on brainwashing a person. I can’t wait what else they’ve cooked for this episode.
Olivia’s quick-thinking and photographic memory served her well again as she raced for freedom from the
Liberty Island facility. I thought it sufficed to end the scene with Olivia jumping into the waters than have a scene with her swimming across the watery expanse. It added the solitariness and gave the audience the feeling of determination coming from Olivia that she will take on the challenge to get off the island and marshal her wits in the next best safe place she can find. The scene moved the story swiftly too.
Director Joe Chappelle took care of the meeting with Olivia and Henry. He gave each character several close shots on their reactions. Despite the seemingly chance meeting and being in the wrong place and the wrong time, and at one time held at gun point, Andre gave Henry a sliver of sympathy to Olivia’s circumstances. He even offered to look up Massive Dynamic again because the building wasn’t supposed to be where it should be. I'm left to wonder why Henry became mysterious all of the sudden as he waited at a corner block away after he drove Olivia to the Terrytown address, spying a black sedan swerving away with Olivia inside? Was he finally believing her?
No Massive Dynamic = No Nina?
A Dash of Fauxlivia
Fauxlivia's Significant Other
Amy Madigan portrayed as Marilyn Dunham, Fauxlivia's mom. With their brief screen together (Torv and Madigan), I didn't feel the connection between mother and daughter through Chappelle's direction yet and I hope there will be some more when these actors share screen time again.
Fauxlivia and Walter
Fauxlivia and Peter
"No, Peter!" I think a lot of the fans of the show screamed at their TV sets when this happened and subsequent closeness that I also made everyone's skin crawl. Yup, the story indeed gripped everyone.
Sure, she doesn't know these people yet and infiltrating into the personal lives of the team maybe be challenging than she thought.
I was also having trouble accepting Peter wasn't at least bit suspicious of the apparent 180 degrees change of "Olivia" after returning to our universe. He has been shown as someone with street smarts, quick on his feet, highly intelligent, a gadget tinkerer, and observant. Maybe the trip to the alternate universe dislodged him more than he anticipated. I think his attention was very divided from digesting his own experiences after meeting his own father (Walternate) and his very much alive if a shade grayer dear mother then the weapon Walternate wanted him to operate, and lastly our Walter's reason for taking him. I don't think Peter has really ruminated that thoroughly too and his feelings for the real Olivia that made him return to our universe. A lot of issues. Lolz
Yeah, those could be the reasons why he wasn't aware of "Olivia's change" and agreed with Fauxlivia's own explanation of her change after seeing "my double made me re-arrange my priorities."
I find dealing with alternate universes still as intriguing from Sliders (which I think was the ultimate playground for alternate Earths) Star Trek, TNG, Smallville and this time Fringe takes on the interpretation.
Next Episode thoughts on The Box.