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Before the rewatch began last year, I'd wondered if I'd still hate all of the things I hated about season four the first time around or if the passage of time would ease the feeling of betrayal. Long story short, it didn't, and I do. Hate all of the same things.

"That's just the way you are, babe," said [personal profile] idunnoh, my husband and fellow Fringe fan.

"Brave New World" gives us one more Mad Scientist episode to finish out the season. At least they're consistent? William Bell's explanation that Walter might have been playing God, but that Bell himself is God--that's pretty much a textbook definition for insanity.

In a two-part episode filled with Big Moments, the biggest reveal was that William Bell was behind everything. I have to admit, I really did not see that one coming, though in my defense, Bell was supposed to be dead. What is this, The X-Files? Walter's explanation for how he knew that William Bell, rather than David Robert Jones, was the architect of the nanites is beyond my comprehension.

Other things: Olivia and Peter are pregnant. That was telegraphed a few episodes back, and then again when Olivia mentions in part one that she wants their new house to have a nursery.

ASTRID GOT SHOT! I was scared. I was so afraid they'd decided to kill her off instead of renewing her contract.

And then there's the ending:
WALTER: I don't suppose you're here for a sandwich.
THE OBSERVER: We have to warn the others. They are coming.
WALTER: Who's coming?

Especially now that Leonard Nimoy is gone, it's nice to have his last performance as William Bell to look back on. He's a convincing megalomaniac.

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Writer: Jeff Pinkner, Akiva Goldsman, Joel Wyman
Director: Joe Chapelle
Originally aired: 11 May 2012

Synopsis: Olivia has been turned into a universe-collapsing machine by a combination of cortexiphan saturation and emotional overload. Weirdly, she looks exactly the same on the outside even while she is busy destroying the universe with her special powers. It's all because William Bell has lost his mind and decided he's God. Walter saves the day by killing Olivia, which makes everything go back to what passes for normal in the Fringe universe. Walter then brings her back to life by removing the bullet from her brain, which then heals itself because of the cortexiphan. It doesn't make sense. None of it, not one word.
Most Memorable Quote:
WILLIAM BELL: Walter, this was all your idea. Peter died -- twice. You hated God. "What kind of God would cause so much suffering?" That's what you said. So much pain. You decided to create a universe that would operate by your rules. And then, when you realized that you were smart enough to do it, you got scared. You asked me to cut out a portion of your brain.
WALTER: No.
WILLIAM BELL: Yes, Walter. We cut those ideas out of your head to literally put 'the Genie' back into the bottle. Then I grew older. I grew cynical. I grew cancer. Then I realized that dosing myself with Cortexiphan would slow it down. But slowing is not stopping. For me, it's just a matter of time. The clock is ticking. Tick, tick, tick, tick. And that's when it occurred to me. You were right, Walter. Walter, you were right, right, right. Every rant you ever went on made perfect sense. Suddenly, I understood not just you - but everything. (profound reflection) God made us in his image. If that is so, if we are capable of being Gods, then it is our destiny to do so.

Links:
Transcript: Part 1 | Part 2
EW: Part 1 | Part 2
Pop Culture Nexus
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction: Yes, quite a bit--for this fandom. Here's a not-quite-random sampling. Please let me know if you have a rec or a self-rec to add to the list.
World of Never-Ending Happiness by tilden
Summary:Peter's off balance, figuratively and literally.
Loose Tonight by beautyofsorrow
Summary: post-Brave New World and demons haunt the air. There's lots to sort out.
Grace by Monanotlisa
Summary: "Or maybe it's not only his doing alone, although following a chain of causality means leaving the realms of logic to enter the realms of ethics. And there, Walter is a stranger and always has been."

So that's it for season four. I guess we'll start up again with season five (which is looking better by comparison). As soon as we figure out a schedule, I'll post it.
wendelah1: (Olivia)
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In "Letters of Transit," Fringe gives fair warning about its final season, a warning I chose to ignore at the time. But now we know that it sets up the events of season five, and belongs more to that season than the season it aired in. I have no idea why the writers do these things.

We meet Peter and Olivia's daughter, we find out what the Observers are really up to, and we find out why Walter Bishop had those bits of his brain excised. What an arrogant asshole he must have been back in the day!

The title is a reference to the movie Casablanca. We get it, writers. The Observers are the bad guys now. The giant floating text scrolling by at the very beginning giving us the background info is a reference to Star Wars Episode Four. Damn it. WE KNOW! The Observers=The Evil Empire. Good grief.

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Writer: Akiva Goldsman, J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner
Director: Joe Chappelle
Originally aired: April 20, 2012

Synopsis: It's 2036. The Observers have taken over the world. Though nominally working for Philip Broyles who heads the police force charged with containing the native population, Agent Etta Bishop is secretly a member of the Resistance. For years, she has been searching for the original Fringe team and as the episode opens, she finds Walter Bishop and with the help of Simon,another member of the resistance, manages to free him from the Amber. Before her source can lead her to the other members, he's killed. Walter is brain damaged and can't help. Etta and her colleague Simon decide to travel into the city and break into the old headquarters of Massive Dynamic to retrieve the missing pieces of Walter's brain in the hope that replacing it will regenerate his damaged brain tissue. It works. He gets really smart again, and really mean. Eventually, we find Astrid, Peter, Walter and Etta reunited, and Simon sacrificed for the cause. But where's Olivia? Oh, and Etta has a special power: she can shield her mind from being read by the Observers.

Most Memorable Quote:
"They weren't all bad, you know. One of them even tried to help us. He was called September. What happened to him was... well, unexpected. He told me that, in the year 2609 A.D., they finally ruined the planet. They poisoned it -- the air, the water. And when it was fundamentally uninhabitable, then they traveled back through time, and took our planet from us." - Walter (to Henrietta and Simon, providing pivotal knowledge that explains the invasion strategy)

Links:
Transcript
Entertainment Weekly
The A.V. Club
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
Anyone? I didn't read much fanfic for this, or Season Five for that matter.
EDITED TO ADD: Into Your Hideout by CorwinofAmber.
wendelah1: (Alt! Team)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I don't have anything much to say about this episode. The theme, that parents will do anything to save their children, even betray their country and put their entire world at risk, is not exactly ground-breaking. I was happy to see Walter making progress toward independence.

I'm bored and irritated with Agent Lee's story line. Did I mention that one of the things I wish we'd found out was why AltLivia and Frank broke up in this timeline? Without her falling for Peter (and getting pregnant with him) to put distance between the couple, I'm at a loss, except that the writers clearly wanted it to advance their AltLivia/Blu!Lincoln pairing. And an appearance from Charlie Francis would have been a nice touch, especially at Lincoln's funeral. Charlie's absence at that event is inexplicable and he could have been much more of a comfort to AltLivia than Agent Lee, whom she hardly knows. I'm just never going to give him a break, am I?

I was unconvinced by the apartment scenes between AltLivia and Walter. I know I'm supposed to but I can't believe in a friendship between those two characters.

The episode's a placeholder to me, nothing more.

R.I.P. Captain Lincoln Lee. You are missed.

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Written by: Christine Lavaf
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Air Date: 13 Apr 2012

Summary: The episode opens with Captain Lincoln Lee's funeral and ends with Colonel Broyles sitting in a jail cell, across the hall from "Meena" Sharp. Not a good year for the Redverse Fringe Division. The Good News: Walter made a trip to the Other Side and nothing terrible happened. The Bad News: It's looking more and more like Blu!Lincoln isn't ever coming home. Oh yeah, and David Robert Jones has something much worse in store, for both universes.

Most memorable quote:
Agent Lee: "You couldn't bring over a casserole, but a severed hand is okay?"

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
IGN
Entertainment Weekly
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction: I'll try to find some this weekend. Let us know in comments if you have recs.
wendelah1: A bird on a branch plus my user name, Wendelah (Wendy Bird)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Time does not heal all wounds. I'm the moderator and I couldn't make myself rewatch this turd—that's how much I hated this episode. I couldn't even make myself look at the goddamned screen caps. I despise the title, with its implicit meaning--that they'd created my favorite character and made me love him, all along intending to kill him off so they could pair up the remaining characters.

Fuckers.

I've never felt the same about this show since this episode aired. Just thinking about it puts me in a bad space and I can't have that right now. Sorry for the lateness and the personal melodrama. I wish I could have done better.

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Fucktards responsible for this piece of crap:
Written by: J.R. Orci (story & teleplay); Matthew Pitts (story); David Fury (teleplay)
Directed by: David Moxness
Original air date: 06 Apr 12

Summary: I don't remember anything except that Captain Lee is killed in the line of duty, which clears the way for Agent Lee to stay on the other side for awhile to "help out." I don't want to begrudge the man his chance for happiness--but I kind of do anyway. Does the episode tie in with the rest of the season or clear up any loose plot threads or do anything useful? You'll have to tell me.

Links:
Transcript
IGN review
Den of Geek
HitFix
Entertainment Weekly
io9

Fanfiction:
Understandably, there was some very fine fanfic written for this episode, by all of the usual suspects.
Most recent fic that I've read: Run This Town by Sprocket was written for last year's [community profile] fringe_exchange. It's a very well-conceived and well-written casefile.
wendelah1: (Alt! Team)
[personal profile] wendelah1
The great thing about rebooting your series timeline is that you can go back and recycle some of your old episodes. All you have to do is tweak the plots a bit. You can even save a little money and reuse some of your old footage from season one. Yeah, okay, so it might be tough to get your audience to believe that the exact same crew is working for the same airline on the same flight four years later. It's going to be even harder for us to swallow that the virus that was being marketed as a bio-weapon to terrorists in the original timeline is now being sold as the opportunity of a lifetime to young couples.

"We'll be like Adam and Eve! We'll be born anew--as hideous, fat-craving, winged human/porcupine hybrids who no longer possess the power of language!"

What? What?

Yep. Just when you thought this season couldn't get any worse, it does. Thanks, guys.

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Writer: Jeff Pinkner, Akiva Goldsman
Director: Frederick E. O. Toye
Originally aired: 30 Mar 12

Synopsis:
While Olivia is deemed unfit for FBI duty due to her memories being out of alignment with reality, Agent Lee and Peter investigate the mysterious aftermath of VertusAir Flt 718. Peter's half-recollection and Olivia's memories of a similar case from four years earlier send the Fringe Task Force after a cult whose goal is to direct human evolution--and control our future.

Most Memorable Quote:
EDWARD MARKHAM: Yep, I was right. Here it is. I remember reading it means "renewal" or "rebirth." There's been some rumblings lately about a group out there—a cult, really.
OLIVIA: Okay, whereabouts were these rumblings?
EDWARD MARKHAM: You know, the usual places. Obscure corners of the Internet, conspiracy boards, sub-subterranean chat rooms. Far as I can see, they're just whack jobs. They're obsessed with the guided evolution of man. They want to create a new species...a better species...mutation by design.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
Entertainment Weekly Recap
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
Here's one from the Fringe Kinkmeme:
The Thoughts Your Actions Entertain by Monanotlisa.
Summary: A fix-it for 4x16 "Nothing As It Seems". Goes AU before 4x17. Basically? This is a love song to Lincoln Lee, Blueverse boy (who shouldn't be so blue).

Since I don't ship these pairings or the OT3, it doesn't fix it for me--but it's a popular story by an excellent writer. If there's anything else, let me know, I'll edit it in...
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
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I think of "The End of All Things" as the end of any pretense that the Fringe myth arc is coherent and internally consistent. The myth arc was already looking pretty frayed around the edges when Peter disappeared and came back with no explanation given. But September's speech in this scene makes it clear that the writers have lost track of where they've been and where they're headed as well.

THE OBSERVER: (1985 version) Forgive me, Doctor Bishop. I did not mean to disturb you. I am an admirer. (to Peter in the current timeline) Your father found the cure, but in my desire to witness the moment, I inadvertently distracted him from discovering it.
PETER: I already know all that. Walter told me, but what were you doing there?

Everyone following along already knows this, too. But the answer to the question should give us new and important information, right?
THE OBSERVER: (1985 version to Bishop) I'm sorry for disturbing you. (to Peter in the current timeline) It was important. You are important. (having returned to the spatial viewing platform) It was why I could not allow you to drown at the bottom of Reiden Lake, why it was necessary to allow the other Doctor Bishop to cure you instead. Despite my efforts to set things right, these actions only culminated in further corruption of the timeline. The war between the two universes drastically altered destinies and brought about a child that was not meant to be.
PETER: What child?
THE OBSERVER: Your son... Henry.
PETER: My what?
THE OBSERVER: He was born to the wrong Olivia Dunham due to a series of circumstances that never should have happened. This event... would have irrevocably altered everything that was to come.
PETER: (looks at an image of an infant manifested outside of the viewing platform) Henry. I have a son.
THE OBSERVER: Had. When you made the sacrifice to step into that machine, you were not the only one who ceased to exist. So would he. I believed at the time that would be the end of it. I cannot explain, but it is clear that I was wrong. You have managed to return in physical form. I suspect... this will provide an opportunity for you to put things right. She is the one... the Olivia Dunham from whom your shared future was meant to spring. This must be, and everything will be as it was intended. You must find a way... (alarmed) they are coming.

But...but... The war between the universes only occurred because of September's mistake. That is a given. September never explains why Peter is important--i.e. why September was in Walternate's lab in the first place--or why Henry's continued existence would have changed...anything, let alone everything.

In the original timeline, where Peter is cured by Walternate rather than Walter, Peter never would have met the Olivia Dunham of the Blueverse because he would have lived out his life in the Redverse. So why does September proclaim that the Amberverse Olivia (who according to September is really Blueverse Olivia) is the Olivia with whom Peter was meant to share a future? Meant by whom? Meant by God? Fate? September himself? Blueverse Peter died in childhood. Redverse Peter was never supposed to live in the Blueverse so how could Peter have been meant to be with Blueverse Olivia! THIS MAKES NO SENSE, SEPTEMBER Fringe writers.

September doesn't have a clue why Peter reappeared after the machine erased him. Nor do we. (Nor do the writers, apparently.) But this seems to imply that the true purpose of the machine was to eliminate Peter, but that he somehow got it to build the bridge before he was erased.

But hey, Peter and Olivia are back together again, so it's all good. September said it, so it must be true.

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Writer: David Fury
Director: Jeff Hunt
Originally aired: 24 Feb 2012

Synopsis:
Olivia has been kidnapped by David Robert Jones, who forces her to watch him torture Nina Sharp in an effort to activate her powers. Except now Olivia barely remembers Nina Sharp because she's losing the memories of her present life. She tells David Robert Jones that without Peter at her side, she can't use her powers. Peter gets kidnapped and brought to her. Olivia proceeds to fry one of Jones's minions. Jones, Nina Sharp--who it turns out is in cahoots with Jones--and his remaining minion attempt to flee. Strangely, there is another Nina Sharp in FBI custody. Also, Walter is still blaming Peter for Olivia's memory issues. No, Walter. Don't blame poor Peter for this mess. It's those damn writers again.

Most Memorable Quote:
See above.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
EW recap
LA Times Showtracker
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
Coda by Kerithwyn
Summary: Olivia, immediately after "The End of All Things."
Through the Night and Down the Hills by Monanotlisa
Summary: Amber!verse post-ep for 4x14 The End of All Things.
Family Business by yours truly, Wendelah1.
Summary: pre-series fic. "It's very good of you to take on raising two young girls, especially now, given your other obligations."
Failure of Success by cat_77
Summary: Peter really just wants to go home, or at least the closest thing he can get to it.
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[personal profile] wendelah1
"How about a non-mad scientist who was trying to do good and had something go wrong?" - Wendelah complaining about the plethora of episodes about mad scientists on Fringe.

The moral is clear: be careful what you wish for. This week's episode is a creepy take on that theme featuring a scientist whose attempt at creating a better human being results in a brood of hive-minded murderers. I'd say something went wrong all right. Very wrong.

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Writer: Robert Chiappetta (story), Glen Whitman (story), Monica Owusu-Breen (teleplay), Alison Schapker (teleplay)
Director: Joe Chappelle
Originally aired: 17 February 2012

Synopsis: When an institutionalized schizophrenic patient describes a recent murder in detail, the Fringe team investigates. Olivia now remembers her three year relationship with Peter in vivid detail—except she's really only known him three months, so what's up with that, Fringe writers? Peter now believes she's his Olivia, too, which is convenient for all. Meanwhile, Walter and Agent Lee discover that the Cortexiphan stored at Massive Dynamic is missing—and that Olivia has recently been dosed with the drug.

Most Memorable Quote:
OWEN FRANK: (regarding his attempt to create a better human being) Can you imagine that? The hubris of trying to improve upon God?

Well, yeah, because it's a major theme of the series. This episode foreshadows the upcoming William Bell arc.

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club
EW Recap
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
Worlds on Fire by kerithwyn
wendelah1: (Olivia in glasses)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Olivia is remembering experiences she's never had and having dreams she shouldn't be dreaming. The two universes are colliding in rural Vermont. Are these two bizarre phenomena related--or aren't they? Stay tuned.

Now, I'm not a physicist, but doesn't it stand to reason that if two universes were to collide, the result would not be this wishy-washy, on-off, halfway stuff. At best, these people would be dead; at worst their matter would explode. As in KA-BOOM! Besides, a man with two irises couldn't see straight. A woman with two sets of teeth in one jaw couldn't talk right. And a man who sprouted a second head would not be stumbling around like a zombie!

Aside from the crazy-ass physics, there is much medical fail in this episode. For one thing, Walter might have been able to do a direct transfusion from person to person but unless there was heparin in that IV bag, his blood would clot before it reached the victim. For another, how is it that in no time at all, Walter was able find double the usual number of chromosomes in the woman's blood? That's quite some laboratory set-up for a little rural high school.

I can keep doing this all night because this episode made no-sense-at-all. But it didn't need to, did it? Its plot is designed to foreshadow the eventual disappearance of this timeline's Olivia Dunham.

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Writer: Graham Roland, J.R. Orsi
Director: David Straiton
Originally aired: 10 February, 2012

Synopsis:
The Fringe team investigates a commercial plane crash in rural Vermont that features bizarre electro-magnetic disturbances. In service of the plot, Walter, Peter and Olivia drive to the small town of Westfield, Vermont--and find they can't leave. They discover to their horror that the town's residents have nearly all died or gone crazy or both. Using some very questionable science, Walter deduces that the Westfield in this universe has merged with the Westfield in the other universe, with catastrophic consequences.

Most Memorable Quote:
OLIVIA: No becau...(slurred) Oh, Peter, I don't know how to explain it, but that feels like there was somebody else in my, uh -- in my head. Here... take this. (relinquishes her weapon) I – I - I'm scared that -- that what's happening to the other people in this town is happening to me.

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club
EW recap
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
There's probably plenty of shippy Peter/Olivia post-eps. I haven't read them.
wendelah1: (Astrid reading)
[personal profile] wendelah1
"Making Angels" is notable for finally creating an episode in which Jasika Nicole gets to showcase her talent. Other than that, it's a particularly stupid variant of the Fringe mad scientist run amuck scenario.

I enjoyed it. Astrid was sadly underutilized during the course of the series. Unfortunately, this episode did not signal a course correction.

Yeah, I've got nothing. Edit: except fic recs! And I'm late with the post, too.

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Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Joel Wyman, Jeff Pinkner
Director: Charles Beeson
Originally aired: 03 Feb 2012

Synopsis:
After the death of her father, the Other Side's Agent Farnsworth visits Astrid in this universe to talk about family issues. A former MIT professor, turned TSA Agent, uses his intellect, and an Observer device left behind by September at Reiden Lake, to play God with the lives of others. The Observers finally notice that September didn't follow orders. Peter isn't erased from existence. Whoops. I guess they've been busy mucking around in the future.

Most Memorable Quote:
ASTRID: Olivia told me about you. But it's nice to meet you personally in the flesh.
AGENT FARNSWORTH: (deadpan) All personal meetings are in the flesh.
ASTRID: Yes, I - I suppose they are.

Links:
transcript
A.V. Club
Polite Dissent

Fanfiction:
1. Not exactly a post-ep, but an AU Astrid-centric fic that I wish had been longer. I think it was written for a comment ficathon.
The Air There Breaks by ALC Punk. Summary: Astrid is magic and gets to save the universe.

2. Also not a post-ep but it's Alternate Astrid-centric. It features a rare pairing I happen to love.
Fraternization by kalisgirl. Summary: Astrid has always been different, but that doesn't mean she can't have what everyone else has.

3. A Yuletide fic from way back in 2010.
everything in its right place. How about that title, folks? This is Redverse Astrid. Summary: In the alternate universe, Astrid notices some changes in Agent Dunham.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
If it wasn't already clear to the viewers that the Fringe writers are lost in the television plot arc wilderness, "Forced Perspective" should clue them in. Remember the early first season episode, "The Ghost Network," about the guy who was supposedly having visions of Pattern-related events? Better yet, remember The X-Files episode, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," about the psychic who can predict exactly when and how someone will die? The psychic teenager, Emily, makes drawings and hands them to the victims, hoping that it will serve as a warning. But it never works. They die anyway and she feels sad. Psychic Clyde tries to sell his clients life insurance by telling them when they're going to die. Strangely, that selling technique doesn't work so well. She hates her ability and dies at the end because it was just her time, I guess. Clyde hates his ability and takes his own life in the end. This episode is so boring and so pointless. "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" was one of the best episodes of television I've ever seen. Oh, and they ripped off some of the dialogue from "Monday"--remember the scene with the guy with the explosives strapped to his chest in the bank?

What else? We're supposed compare Olivia to Emily: both are gifted children who were studied by Massive Dynamic. Olivia's ability was induced by the Cortexiphan trials. Emily's gift is due to abnormal brain waves--or is it? Emily knows she's going to die because she's psychic. Olivia knows she's going to die because September told her so. Ugh. It's all so heavy-handed. The Fickle Finger of Fate!

During her scenes with Olivia, I kept wondering if our side's Nina Sharp has already been kidnapped and replaced by the Evil Nina Sharp.

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Writer: Ethan Gross
Director: David Solomon
Originally aired:

Synopsis: The Fringe team searches for a girl who predicted when and how a man would die, after she hands him a picture of the moment of his death: pierced through the chest with a steel beam.

Most Memorable Quote:
JIM MALLUM: Em, please. They're on their way. Can you just hold on?
EMILY MALLUM: I think you were right. Everyone has a purpose. They saved those people today. Maybe that was mine.

Links:
Transcript
A.V. Club
Den of Geek
Polite Dissent
Pop Culture Nexus

Fanfiction:
Nope. My head canon: despite what Nina Sharp tells Olivia, Emily's mysterious brain condition resulted from experimentation--just not by scientists who can be connected to Massive Dynamic.
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[personal profile] wendelah1
I'd forgotten how plot-heavy the episode is, chock full of significant meetings and partial reveals. Peter sees his parents again for the first time. Agent Lee has his first, inauspicious meeting with Alt!Livia. "Who the hell are you?" she asks Peter, the father of her child in the other timeline. The face-to-face meeting of the two Lincolns is a fan favorite.

More timeline differences surface: Colonel Broyles is compromised and working for David Robert Jones, but Walternate isn't as bad a guy as Peter had originally thought. Both governments are being infiltrated by the new alien/human hybrids human/shape-shifter hybrids; moreover, Walternate isn't the genius behind them this time around. Charlie is still nowhere to be found--is he still on his honeymoon? There's no hint that the Other Side's Lincoln has feelings for their Olivia, but the one on this side is already mooning over ours. Well, we know how that turned out. Olivia has never tried to crossover to the other universe and as far as we know, she can't.

If you've found other changes in the timeline, please leave them in the comments.

There's one other meeting worth a mention: Olivia's fateful encounter with September. See most memorable quote.

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Writer: David Fury and Graham Roland
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Originally aired: 13 Jan 2012

Synopsis:
After being given the brushoff by Walter, Peter asks for Olivia's help to visit the Other Side. Peter wants Walternate's help to get back to his own universe. Olivia and Agent Lee put in a requisition to get Walter's quantum mirror out of storage at Massive Dynamic to use for an unauthorized reconnaissance mission/Peter's visit with his father. Worst idea ever, people. Doesn't our Fringe division know about the Show-Mes in this timeline? Doesn't Peter? You can't take a taxi or use public transportation without swiping your I.D. first.

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that the same device that was responsible for damaging two universes when Walter used it? What possible reason could they put on the req to Massive Dynamic that wouldn't put up a massive red flag?

Most Memorable Quote:
THE OBSERVER: (strained) I have come to tell you something... Olivia.
OLIVIA: How did you know my name? How do you know my -- (holsters weapon. looks at his chest) you've been shot?
THE OBSERVER: I came to tell you... I have looked at all possible futures... and in every one, the result is the same. You have to die.

Links:
transcript
More links coming in the morning.

Fanfiction:
About that. Use the search engine and put in Lincoln Lee/Alternative Lincoln Lee.
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[personal profile] wendelah1
In the original version of The Invisible Man, the novel by H.G. Wells, the scientist turns invisible after he experiments on himself; however, "Wallflower" is a Fringe episode, so naturally the test subject is a child, in this case, a terminally ill infant. Shortly after his supposed death from an unknown genetic disorder, infant Eugene was kidnapped by a subsidiary of Massive Dynamic, and turned into a captive, human guinea pig. Eventually, he manages to escape and is presumed dead in a laboratory fire.

He makes a home for himself that resembles the laboratory he grew up in. He starts experimenting on himself, attempting to reverse what was done to him to become visible again. To get the skin pigment he needs for this process, he resorts to murder.

Almost from the day he was born, Eugene was treated as less than human. It comes as no surprise that he is willing to use other people, treating them as he was treated, seeing them as nothing more than a means to an end.

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Writer: Matt Pitts and Justin Doble
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Originally aired: November 18, 2011

Synopsis: Olivia is suffering from migraines, Agent Lee is having insomnia, Peter is trying to get back to where he's from, and Astrid is seeing a therapist to cope with job stress. Oh, and an invisible entity is killing people and turning them white in the process. Fringe Division investigates.

Also, is Nina Sharp evil in this timeline? That last plot twist was a corker!

Most Memorable Quote:
OLIVIA: Do we have a name?
ASTRID: Uh-huh. Baby Boy Bryant. According to this, the blood sample we found at the crime scene belonged to a baby born on July 26, 1989, at Parkview Hospital in New York. And he died four days later -- July 30, 1989.
WALTER: Well, that's quite a quandary. Perhaps we're looking for a ghost after all.

Links:
Transcript
Entertainment Weekly
Polite Dissent
A.V. Club

Fanfiction:
Not that I'm aware of. Here's my headcanon/plot bunny: Eugene wasn't just kidnapped and experimented on by Evil Scientists, his "unknown genetic disorder" was engineered by those same scientists to turn him into their ideal test subject.
wendelah1: (Walter reading From Outer Space)
[personal profile] wendelah1
"And Those We've Left Behind," is the inevitable time loop episode, with a Fringe-y twist. The best known example of this science fiction trope is "Groundhog Day," but the concept dates back to science fiction stories from the forties. The X-Files episode "Monday" is another well-known example. The Fringe plot is a reworking of an old episode of Stargate SG-1, "Window of Opportunity," in which a scientist creates a time machine to see his dead wife. In the process, the scientist inadvertently traps the inhabitants of 14 different planets in his temporal loop. Raymond Green, the engineer in "And Those We've Left Behind," has a similar motive: his wife, Kate, was a brilliant theoretical physicist who is dying of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Raymond uses her ideas and his knowledge of electrical engineering to build a machine to return them to the time before she became ill.

This episode works well when it's focused on the plight of the Greens. Raymond has no idea of the damage he is doing to the world. He just wants his wife back. Even when confronted with the evidence, Raymond is too consumed with grief and guilt to do the right thing. Fortunately, Kate understands what is happening, to the world and to Raymond. To prevent her husband from moving house and rebuilding the machine, she erases all evidence of her scientific breakthrough, leaving behind only this note: "Raymond, I love you. How you repay me... Just love me and live your life."

This is a compelling, gut-wrenching scenario, and I was moved by how the writers worked out the Raymonds' fate. Their story certainly fits into the Fringe thematic continuum: Walter crossing universe to save Peter, Olivia crossing universes to save Peter, etc. But I don't see how the romance of Peter and Olivia is in any way comparable to the suffering of this ordinary, middle-aged couple. It's almost like Peter and Olivia haven't earned it yet. Don't get me wrong--I like Peter and Olivia just fine, as a pairing and as individuals--but so far, I can't see them as an epic romance, let alone one that literally transcends time and space.

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Writer: Robert Chiappetta and Glen Whitman
Director: Brad Anderson
Originally aired: 11 Nov 2011

Synopsis: The Fringe team investigates multiple time anomalies that are causing destruction and panic in the greater Boston area.

Most Memorable Quote:
RAYMOND GREEN: I can't go on without you. I don't want this for us. Kate, when you got sick, it happened so fast. And all the things that you were for me and all the things that you did for me... I didn't have a chance to be that for you. I thought we'd have more time.

KATE GREEN: This isn't living, Raymond. Living is what's beyond this room, beyond this house, out there in the world where you're supposed to be.

Links:
transcript
EW Fringe Recap: Bursting Bubbles
Polite Disent

Fanfiction:
Leave suggestions in the comments.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This isn't a bad episode and it certainly has a lot going for it. "Novation" brings back Agent Lee to continue the plot arc begun in the season opener about the shape-shifter responsible for killing his partner. We discover that they are human-shapeshifter hybrids, an idea borrowed from The X-Files and given a Fringe-y twist. Peter uses his shifter expertise from the other timeline to strike a bargain with Fringe Division: his knowledge for a chance to plead his case with Walter Bishop.

We still don't know much about these shape-shifters, except that they're new to everyone, including Peter. And we don't know any more about how Peter reappeared in this timeline, despite being erased from it by the Observers. This episode continues Peter's journey to find out where he belongs, and Lincoln's quest to find out who's responsible for the death of Robert (which mirrors Olivia's first season investigation into the death of John Scott). And, of course, it's still very much about the redemption of Walter Bishop. What this season is not about is Olivia Dunham. To me, she feels very much at the periphery of this season so far, and that is a shame, especially since it didn't have to be that way.

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Writer: Graham Roland and J.R. Orci
Director: Paul Holahan
Originally aired: 04 Nov 2011

Synopsis: Nadine Park, the defective shape-shifter who got away in the season opener, makes her comeback appearance. To no one's surprise, she's looking for a former employee of the Ninth Circle of Hell Massive Dynamic, one Dr. Malcolm Truss, whose research involved tissue regeneration. She finds him and abducts him at gunpoint. In one of the series' less credible sequences, after Nadine twists his arm--and breaks it--Truss goes ahead and fixes her, even though he knows she murdered his wife. During the investigation, Peter succeeds in making himself useful to the Fringe Division, but they put him back in his cell anyway. Better luck next episode, Peter.

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER: Every day... for the past twenty-five years... I've tried to imagine what you would look like as a man... my son. But I don't deserve this. I don't deserve you. I realize now this was my punishment. You were sent to tempt me, to see if I would repeat the mistakes of the past. You shouldn't be here.
PETER: Walter, no.
WALTER: Wherever you came from, however you got here, it doesn't matter. I can't help you.

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
Den of Geek
hitfix
EW: Joshua Jackson on his big return

Fanfiction:
Leave suggestions in the comments!
wendelah1: (Olivia and Lincoln)
[personal profile] wendelah1
The part of the plot for Subject 9 which concerns the fate of subject 9 himself, Cameron James, is deeply unsatisfying to me. We don't find out much about the Cortexiphan trials themselves. We don't learn why they were being conducted in the first place. This is the first Astrid has even heard of them. We do learn that Olivia set fire to the lab, just as she did in the other timeline. Subsequently she ran away and never went back. Is this because she'd already killed her stepfather? Or is it because she didn't meet up with Peter in the tulip field?

long entry is long )

One last question and then I'll shut up. Did the episode mean to imply that Olivia was creating the electro-magnetic fields herself and that she's responsible for pulling Peter out of limbo? This honestly never occurred to me until I read the transcript.

OLIVIA: This isn't me. I am not doing this. (inadvertently creating the anomaly with her latent Cortexiphan abilities)

Was this the fandom's consensus? If her abilities were latent until being triggered by Jones later in the season, how could she do anything with them this early?

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Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Joel Wyman, and Jeff Pinkner
Director: Joe Chappelle
Originally aired: 14 Oct 2011

Synopsis: Olivia is being pursued by an entity that turns out to be an electromagnetic field. That field was somehow being generated by Peter's disappearance and reappearance in the timeline. Also, Olivia decides Walter isn't crazy enough to send back to the mental institution. We also meet one of the Cortexiphan subjects, Cameron James.

Most Memorable Quote:
CAMERON JAMES: When I had my first experience, I thought something was coming after me, too... until I realized I was doing it to myself.
OLIVIA: You think I'm doing this... that I'm bringing this on myself?

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
Den of Geek
Ken Tucker (of EW)
Polite Dissent
Sarah Stegall

Critical opinion was divided on this one.

Fanfiction:
Double Exposure by Icepixie
Triptych by Monanotlisa

I'm sure there's more out there but there's no time! Leave suggestions in comments--especially if you wrote something. I want to read it.
wendelah1: (Olivia and Lincoln)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This episode features a killing sentient fungus, which Walter posits is a new, rapidly evolving life-form. Inexplicably, it has become psychically bonded to a lonely young boy, who wandered into its tunnel habitat. The plot reminds me of two old X-Files episodes, "Schizogeny," with its murderous old orchard trees, and "Fire Walker," the season two episode with the deadly, exploding fungal spores. The Fringe science being done here isn't scientific in the least. By the end, I was half-expecting Agent Mulder to show up, flashlight in hand, protesting the extermination of the new life form. "We need to study it, Broyles!"

The only memorable scene comes at the very end when Walter Bishop confesses to Olivia that he's been having hallucinations. She counters by showing him a drawing of Peter, who has been making appearances in her dreams.

WALTER: Who is he?
OLIVIA: I don't know. I've been running facial recognition through inter-agency databases, including Interpol, but nothing's shown up.
WALTER: (motivated) A shared vision like this... He must be real! And if he's real... We have to find him.

Don't worry, you will.

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Writer: David Fury
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Originally aired: October 7, 2011

Synopsis: When Sentient Fungus Attacks! Also, Walter continues to be plagued with what he thinks are hallucinations, but which are in actuality visions of Peter Bishop, bleeding through into this timeline.

Most Memorable B-Movie Quote:
BROYLES: I just got word from one of our teams. The fungus has reached a subway platform in Midtown. We can't contain this thing. We have to move on it now.
OLIVIA: You gave Walter two hours. There's still time.
BROYLES: I'm sorry, but you know as well as I do we can't sacrifice countless other lives to save one boy.

Am I the only one who started laughing at this?

Links:
Transcript
The A.V. Club
The Fungus Among Us Entertainment Weekly.
The Non-Science of Fringe: Alone in the World - Weak Interactions.
A Sense of Isolation by Sarah Stegall. Her website is back!

Fanfiction:
Distant Early Warning by kerithwyn.
Please leave other suggestions in the comments.
wendelah1: (Olivia and Lincoln)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I suppose I should make a confession. I started this rewatch because I needed to research the series for a long crossover fic, which is set during season four, post-"One Night in October." I still haven't written past the opening chapter but now that we've reached this point, maybe that will get me writing again.

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The episode fits well into the overarching themes of Fringe. Because they are working the same case, we get to compare and contrast the two Olivias. We find out another divergence from the original timeline: this Olivia Dunham didn't just shoot her stepfather, she killed him. This timeline's Olivia was kidnapped and replaced by the Other Side's Olivia but now I'm wondering if she was experimented on, or if she was, was it in the same way. On rewatch, it's not clear to me if she has a prior history with their Fringe division. Maybe she wasn't brainwashed into thinking she was their Olivia and was simply imprisoned the entire time? Please, discuss. Help me out here, folks.

Since Sarah Stegall's website is offline, I'm just going to use the quote from her SFScope review that's in Wikipedia.
In what may well be the best-written episode of the entire show, Fringe brilliantly exploits its own alternate-world structure to show us the transformative power of love, a power so strong it can redeem the dark impulses that drive a fiend. And it does so with verve and heart, without sappy sentimentality. There is madness and love and tragedy and horror here, all seasoned by some fine performances and top notch writing.

What she said.

Writer: Alison Schapker and Monica Owusu-Breen
Director: Brad Anderson
Originally aired: September 30, 2011

Synopsis: The Other Side asks for the assistance of Fringe Division to catch a serial killer by bringing over his double--who happens to be a college professor and criminal profiler--to their universe, in the hope he'll provide new insight into the psyche of the murderer. All does not go as planned...

Most Memorable Quote:
PROFESSOR MCCLENNAN: (to Olivia) You know what they say. That even when it's the darkest, we can step into the light.
OLIVIA: (privately. walking the corridors) He knows what she taught him, but he can't remember who she is. How is that possible?
BROYLES: At the risk of sounding sentimental... I've always thought there were people who leave an indelible mark on your soul. An imprint that can never be erased.

Like Peter, perhaps? Subtle writers are subtle.

Links:
Transcript
LA Times Recap
Entertainment Weekly
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 2.0—Fringe's "One Night in October". Sarah Stegall.
Thank God for the Wayback Machine.

Fanfiction:
Intersection by Kerwithyn. Two Olivias in one place is a lot for Lincoln to cope with. This is part of a series.
Threat Assessment by yours truly. Crossover with The X-Files. Hired as a consultant, Mulder meets with Special Agent Olivia Dunham to get some answers about John McClennan.
put your quarter down on me by monanotlisa. This-our- Olivia may play her cards close to the chest. But know this: she does play.

Please leave other suggestions and I'll edit them into the post.
wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I hope you've all enjoyed your holidays and are caught up and ready for season four. One of our moderators is sitting out this round so if there is anyone in the community who would like to step up and post an episode or two (or however many you'd like to take on), please PM me. So far, [profile] wikiaddicted and I have January 20, 23, February 6, 13, 17, and March 10 covered but everything else is up for grabs.

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