wendelah1: (Fringe Rewatch)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This is my third complete rewatch of season three and I still believe this is where the series peaked. The dramatic tension gets ratcheted up so high in this episode that it's nearly unbearable. The romantic Peter and Olivia scene at the beginning of the episode was lovely, if short-lived. And then the writers have to go and ruin everything in season four. There are so many great dramatic moments, too: Walter's plea to God, AltLivia's confrontation with Walternate, AltLivia's poignant good-bye to Lincoln and Henry as she heads off to try to save our world. There was even a welcome bit of humor when Olivia wakes up in Peter's bed on Naked Tuesday. "Your father is walking around naked!" One nit-pick: I'm irritated at how the writers dumbed down our Olivia. As she headed off to Massive Dynamic, she had to have known that Peter was planning to get into the machine.

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Writer: David Wilcox, Josh Singer, Graham Roland
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Originally aired: April 22, 2011

Synopsis: Walternate and his minions power up the Machine on their side using Peter's DNA, which they have obtained from newborn Henry. Their plan is to sacrifice our world to save theirs. AltLivia is unsuccessful in her attempt to thwart the Secretary's plan and is caught and placed in a holding cell on Liberty Island. Likewise, Peter is unsuccessful at entering the machine to try to turn it off.

Most Memorable Quote: This was a tough one. But I finally picked Walter's scene in the chapel.
"I don't know my way around here. Other people, I suppose, find comfort being in chapels, speaking to you. I have no other place to turn. I asked you for a sign, and you sent it to me. A white tulip. And I was so grateful. Since then, in moments of deep despair, I have found solace in believing that you had forgiven me. I was willing to let him go. I was willing to let Peter die. I've changed. That should matter. God, I know my crimes are unforgivable. So punish me. Do what you want to me. But I beg you, spare our world." - Walter Bishop.

Links:
Transcript
Sarah Stegall
A.V. Club

Fanfiction:
Surprise! I have recs! All gen, however.
History Repeats Itself by Vehemently.
Summary: What is it: I just followed that thread all the way to the end of it.
Tagline: The FBI's security protocols absolutely suck on the other side. The agent on the phone acted like she recognized me.
Skeins also by Vehemently.
Summary: Now imagine what Ravelry is like, in that universe.
Where the rift is, the break is by yours truly.
Summary: Set in the Red!verse, before things changed. Missing scene for "6:02 AM EST." Lincoln and Henry wait for Olivia to return.
wendelah1: Astrid and Walter from Fringe (Astrid and Walter: working)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I didn't dislike this episode as much as I did first couple of viewings. The thing is, for what was—or perhaps I should say should have been—an Olivia-centric episode, we don't get to see much of Olivia or Anna Torv. We do find out that her father was an important man and that he was still alive when she was three years old. Was he the person responsible for her entering the Cortexiphan trials?

Downloading a person's consciousness into a computer? That tired cliché is the best your team of overpaid writers could come up with? "Tell Walter I knew the dog wouldn't hunt." Understatement of the season. And why would our Olivia have zeppelins floating around in her unconscious mind? Forgive me, but that doesn't compute.

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Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Joel Wyman
Director: Joe Chapelle
Originally aired: 5 April 2011

Synopsis: Resolution of the cliff-hanger from "Stowaway." Walter and William Bell decide that if Olivia is too frightened to come to them, they'll have to go rescue her via the use of psychotropic drugs and some truly scary-looking metal hardware. Reluctantly, Peter goes, too. Astrid has to stay behind to babysit everyone, including Broyles who accidentally takes some LSD while trying to help Astrid clean up.

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER: Belly... why are you a cartoon? (steps into the room and turns him and Peter into animation)
WILLIAM BELL: I'd ask yourselves the same question.

Links:
Transcript
Polite Dissent
Den of Geek
A.V. Club
Sarah Stegall. I'm going to miss her reviews when she quits on us the middle of next season.

Fanfiction:
Please leave suggestions in the comments. Or write some!
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wendelah1: (Alt!Olivia)
[personal profile] wendelah1
It's several weeks after Fauxlivia has returned to the other universe. Following her traumatic reentry, Olivia is finally beginning to move forward, which is the good news. However, the not-so-good news is that Peter has crossed over to the dark side of the force. Here is Peter's best imitation of Anakin Skywalker.

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Writer: Josh Singer
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Originally aired: 28 January 2011

Synopsis:
With the help of Massive Dynamic and the US military, we get our first look at the Machine, which has been assembled at a remote Top Secret airbase. The scientists have been unable to find the on switch, let alone determine its power source. During the Fringe team's visit to the base, the Machine gets switched on at the same moment that Peter gets a nosebleed. Afterwards, he goes to Massive Dynamic to get tests done to determine what's going on. This turn of events makes Walter anxious enough to dose himself with chimpanzee DNA in a vain attempt to get his brain cells to regenerate so he can help Peter. While the FBI is still trying to make sense of Fauxlivia's computer files, someone who has accessed her data begins hunting down shape-shifters, killing them, and removing their storage discs. Here's the twist: the killer turns out to be Peter.

I have to admit, I did not see that one coming.

Most Memorable Quote:
WALTER: I think I know what's happening to you. Every relationship is reciprocal, Peter. When you touch something, it touches you. You're changing, son. When you touched the machine, it changed you. It weaponized you.
PETER: So what do we do now, Walter?
WALTER: I don't know.

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

Fanfiction: It seems every fandom has a fanfic called "Reciprocity" so searching is futile. If you've had better luck, leave your recs in the comments.
wendelah1: Charlie (Fringe) and Mulder and Scully talking together (altverse x-files-fringe)
[personal profile] wendelah1
There are aspects of this episode that bothered me. The idea of a doctor turned minister who abducts little children and steals their youth for the "greater good"? Really, Fringe? But overall I liked it just because I like watching Olivia do her thing. We don't get to see Altlivia be a Fringe agent because she's too busy pretending to be Olivia in order to carry out her nefarious schemes. But other than trying to survive and get home, Olivia doesn't have a secret agenda so she carries on and works the cases. In the process of catching the bad guys and saving lives, including the life of Colonel Broyles's son, Christopher, Olivia earns the respect and trust of Broyles, who will soon prove an invaluable ally.

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Writer: Graham Roland and David Wilcox
Director: Chuck Russell
Originally aired: 18 November 2010

Synopsis:
When the Candy Man, a serial child kidnapper, resurfaces and takes another victim, Colonel Broyles assigns Olivia, Charlie and Lincoln to the investigation. Convinced she is no longer safe, Olivia contacts Henry and devises a plan to return to her universe.

Most Memorable Quote:
COLONEL BROYLES: Dunham...the FBI ceased to exist over a decade ago...at least on this side it did. You know who you are, don't you?
OLIVIA: What happens now?
COLONEL BROYLES: (pauses) Now...I'm going home.

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

Fanfiction:
Please leave links in comments!
wendelah1: Charlie (Fringe) and Mulder and Scully talking together (altverse x-files-fringe)
[personal profile] wendelah1
There are so many things I enjoyed about this episode but getting more background about Amber 31422 has to top the list for me. I love that they got real twins to play Joshua and Matthew Rose, and love the actors, too: Shawn and Aaron Ashmore.

The scenes between Colonel Broyles and Olivia are important because you can watch as he begins to trust her, and realize that she's an asset to his team rather than a potential liability. Very soon, his change of heart ends up saving Olivia's life, and costs Philip his own.

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Writer: Josh Singer and Ethan Gross
Director: David Straiton
Originally aired: November 4, 2010

Synopsis:
The Redverse Fringe team investigates the disappearance of a man they believe to be Joshua Rose, who had been trapped in an Amber quarantine while breaking into a bank vault in 2006. Meanwhile, Secretary Bishop and his science team begin a series of experiments on Olivia to discover how she is able to cross universes.

Most Memorable Quote:
AGENT FRANCIS: My first partner got caught in an amber quarantine in Boston. His little girl just turned six last week. If I get ambered... just leave me in there.

I know. It's just the most memorable quote to me. How about this one?

JOSHUA ROSE: You know, just because we look alike, it doesn't mean we have anything in common.
Wink wink, nod nod!

Links:
Amber 31422 transcript
Polite Dissent
Sara Stegall
Ken Tucker (EW)

Fanfiction:
Stories at AO3 that reference this episode, including one by me, and three(!) by mod [personal profile] kerithwyn.

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