Last fall, I noted some issues I had with the storylines on Fringe.
In true Fringe fashion, the writers managed to make me tolerate the Faux!livia storyline quite a bit more than I feared. At the end of the day, the issues I raised still bother me even as I’m clued in to the hows and whys. As we watched our Olivia come back to her own universe though, I could only be happy with how they handled it.
Here was Olivia, clearly traumatized but trying to carry on with her life again. The cracks were there, but she tried so hard to be okay with the fact that some other woman had taken over her life and no one (Peter) noticed. I thought they did it all beautifully, and Anna Torv did a fabulous job keeping Olivia that strong woman we all know her to be, for all outward appearances, but showing those hesitations and those reactions to everything that had happened on our side when she was over there, trapped. It was so her, to put on a brave face in public and be so broken in private.
There’s more, of course, and this post simply glosses over what is truly a layered representation of someone recovering from, well, a form of rape. Lest anyone think it’s over with this one scene, it will continue to bleed over into some other resolution as we learn what exactly is going on with Peter, which may or may not have played into his willingness to believe Faux!livia was Olivia, and we revisit the alt storyline later. Just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there is a phrase especially true for a show like this.
I can’t wait, myself. What about you? How do you feel the show is doing with all this?