Jan. 19th, 2015

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For the fourth season, the Fringe showrunners made the fateful decision to reboot the series. They've imagined an alternative universe where September didn't save Peter Bishop from drowning. As the season progresses, I'll be cataloging the resulting changes. This is what I've noticed so far. In this universe/timeline/whatever, Walter Bishop is more emotionally fragile, volatile, and fearful. After being released from the mental hospital to work for Fringe, Walter took up residence in his old lab at Harvard, working and even sleeping there. Instead of Peter and Walter, Astrid works closely with Olivia and takes a more active role in their investigations. This Olivia Dunham seems different, too. She's colder, more socially isolated, more analytic and less empathetic.

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Writer: J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner
Director: Joe Chapelle
Originally aired: September 23, 2011

Synopsis: Agent Lincoln Lee comes to work for Fringe division because in the course of an unrelated investigation, his FBI partner Robert is murdered by a new kind of shapeshifter. Peter Bishop may not be quite as absent from this timeline as the Observers had once thought.

Most Memorable Quote:
Lincoln: You understand what you're saying? Those families are going to spend the rest of their lives wondering what happened to their loved ones. Looking for answers. Can you imagine what that would be like? To have that -- that hole in your life.
Walter: People die. It happens. Sometimes they even die twice.


Reviews and Recaps:
The A.V. Club
Polite Dissent
Den of Geek
Entertainment Weekly
And then there's this: Why Is Olivia Such a Jerk? by Charlie Jane Anders on iO9.

I admit I had some issues with "Neither Here Nor There," too. As we re-watched the episode, my husband remarked, "Did they get Chris Carter (creator of The X-Files) to write this?" Suddenly it came to me. They're hiding the truth from the American people to avoid drawing attention to the Fringe division. They're telling lies to the families of the victims, while Walter gleefully harvests tissue for experimentation from the bodies of their loved ones. They believe anything they do can be justified: after all, they're saving the planet. The Fringe Division has been turned into the moral equivalent of The X-Files Consortium.

Title: Inspired by True Events.
Author: Wendelah1
Summary: For a top secret division, they were pretty easy to find once he had the camera feeds in hand. The fic goes AU somewhere around scene five.

Title: Both Here and There
Author: Kerithwyn
Summary: Olivia thinks about one Lincoln and encounters another.

Add your suggestions in the comments and I'll edit them into the post.


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