First, I have to say I adore this week of Fringe‘s title. Forced perspective is something super fun to look at (never been able to manage it myself, as a point-and-shooter), so I figured we were in for a trip. Then I remembered it’s Fringe. Trips are the norm.
I knew we’d soon get to examine the Observer’s ominous warning to Olivia from a couple of episodes ago. I enjoyed the way this particular thing has impacted her – we got to see her being awesome as always, but also cracks in the armor. Anna Torv does a fantastic job, she really does, making Olivia Dunham someone you undoubtedly know you want on your side because she is solid, but at the same time soft and uncertain and scared.
(Also, while I didn’t think them flattering for her, I loved her glasses and covet them.)
It’s fantastic when writers can weave character exploration/paralleling in with the overall story arc for the episode and not make it like they’re dropping anvils. Fringe usually fares pretty well here. Of course Olivia sees a link between this girl and the prediction/warning she received herself. Of course that is weighing on her quite obviously – the little “what did he look like, was he bald?” question to Lincoln was just one of those little cracks we get to see, that no one around her can quite understand the depth of, or possibly not even realize they’re there. I know Broyles sees the headaches, but that’s a physical symptom. Does he see beyond that? I dunno.
The case of the week wasn’t terribly inspiring, but I liked Emily. I liked that she was a girl who knew there was nothing to be done, but she had to try anyway. I liked that she was strong enough to make her own calls and that Fringe let her (some of this, I suspect, we are supposed to reason because she knew her own fate, so defying her father wasn’t a thing with consequences any greater than, well, death). I hated that she died, but at least it was not because someone killed her, and that she died knowing that at least once she had been able to stop a horrible thing from happening.
Nina. I love to hate her. She’s diabolical and poor Olivia. The only mother she’s ever known is still conducting experiments on her and, if the Observer observing at the end there is anything to go by, might be why Olivia has been fated to die. Maybe?
Okay, I glossed over a lot. Whatcha think?