Original Airdate: September 17, 2009
Synopsis: Olivia returns from the alternate universe through the windshield of her car, leaving her in a coma. The rest of the team, including the newest member Amy, follow the trail of a…shape-shifting soldier from another universe who is trying to finish Olivia off.
Tidbits: The television screen in the first victims apartment (Lloyd) was a scene from ‘The X-files’, a little shout out, I suppose, to all the people that call ‘Fringe’ the new ‘X-Files’.
Last season the length of the commercial breaks were always written on the screen before the commercials started. They did not do that during this episode.
There doesn’t seem to be any lab notes for this episode. A slip up or they’re just not doing it this year?
Walter: “Peter, Peter…They said I can ride in the back with the body. Can I?”
Peter: “Sure. Of course you can. Stay out of the medications, though. Please.”
It goes without saying that this was a fantastic episode. From the opening scene with the car accident to the closing scene with Charlie…I was biting my nails.
It is good to see that Walter still has a wonderful balance of crazy and genius. His excitement over Peter’s birthday and his reaction to Olivia’s coma both left me with that familiar feeling of Walter being my favorite character for good reason. His inability to remember Astrid’s name is back, but his ability to figure out the science seems sharper than ever. I so look forward to his scenes in future episodes.
So the rumors about killing Charlie were true, but the rumors about Kirk leaving the show were not. What a conundrum we dealt with over the summer about this, and now it is all so clear. I won’t get in to how the soldier managed to make the painful transformation, redress himself and hide Charlie’s body in under 30 seconds or how there was an extra body in that scene! What I will say is ‘Holy Crap…Charlie is dead and now there is a real bad guy on the team!’
Peter really stepped it up a notch in this episode. Last year he seemed uncomfortable with the whole Fringe Division and what they were doing both in and out of the lab. Now we see him standing tall and taking charge, bringing him up a notch in my book. I hope we will get to see more of this new appreciation that he has found.
One thing that this show does so well is dangle these little mysteries that taunt and torture us. What is this secret that Olivia can’t remember? Where is what hidden? What the Fringe is that all about?
If this episode is any indication of what we have to look forward to in Season 2, then I say ‘Bring it ON!’