Fringe, I love you, I have been loyal to you and supported you and you have repaid me with the perhaps your most beautiful episode to date. Just like a fine wine, or a gourmet food I had to keep going back to the last five minutes and re-watching, savoring each moment of the most beautiful reunion in TV history.
Last night’s episode was filled with so many beautiful moments, the imagery (white tulips), Walter‘s hilarity (“beaver hunting”), Lincoln Lee‘s heart quietly breaking it made the case of the week more palatable. It would be very easy to say that the writers showed us the agony and the ecstasy of love in very black and white terms, but long time viewers of Fringe know it is not that easy.
We also know that when we get something as good as, “she is your Olivia”, they are going to break out hearts again by seasons end. Bastards.
The COW follows Anson Carr ( Michael Massee) a badly scarred (looks like burns) serial killer who kills the male half of loving couples through dehydration, think sun dried prunes. Anson extracts their pheromones, which he combines with castoreum, he uses this mixture to seduce their wives immediately following their funerals. After the kiss, he wraps their heads in plastic wrap and smothers them. Why does he do this? He wants to distill the essence of whatever it is that makes people fall in love with each other, so that the whole world can share the kind of in-it-until-the-end-of-time romance that Anson himself has never known. Last night’s episode was truly icky, the best or worst of the ickiness, watching Carr clean out the dehydration chamber.
Peter is about to leave town on a bus headed for New York, Walter calls him back when he realizes the Observers did something to him when they took September out of the lab after the performed the mind meld. The implanted something in his eye, that would eventually seep into his subconscious. I another cringe worthy moment, we watch as Walter removes the disc from Peter’s eyeball with tweezers. Its an address, Peter sets off on his quest.
When Peter finds the address, it is the Observer’s apartment. He finds a briefcase containing the tolls we have seen the Observer use of the previous scenes. One device is a GPS locator that keeps beeping, he follows it to a giant drill bit is sticking out of the ground. Peter takes back to his house, (cause that is what I would do, it could explode, but oh well) It turns out be a beaso which brings The Observer back to this plane of existence. The Observer gets to finish telling Peter what he didn’t in last weeks episode.
And this is the big moment, Peter is already home, ( a lot of people in the forums already guessed this) he was restored to this universe because the attachment between him and his family and friends was too strong. “I believe you call it… love,” The Observer says, very Wizzard of Oz, but I love it anyway.
The bigger moment, Peter and Oliva run into each other’s arms at the end of the episode, complete with big smoochy kiss and handheld camera circling them. I know my happiness won’t last for long, but I will bask in the glow of the moment.
A couple of other moments worth mentioning
- Scooby Doo on the TV behind Walter while he is working in the lab
- the idea that Walter has a hidden nanny cam in a Teddy Bear in the lab to spy on the cleaning crew
- Peter munching on snacks while he works on the drill bit just like Walter
- Walter tells Peter, “You’re a better man, than I”, Peter remarks this is a something he has heard before
- Nina tells Oliva MD just go a patent on speeding up time ( has this show done a time jump yet)
Next week it looks like we are dealing with some freaky experiment Dr. Jones created. There are 8 episodes left until the end of the season and possibly the end of the series. I really don’t think Fox is going to cancel this show, it will give it a fifth and final season.