I think Astrid might officially be the best thing about Fringe. She’s always ranked pretty high, and that she’s been used slightly less this year has been disappointing. I know there’s Big Stuff going on, but I love the touches of calm Astrid always brings. She tempers Walter well, even in this version of the world where she’s his eyes and ears out in the real world.
I’m not sure how I feel about the mysterious, all-knowing Asian mercy killer. How do others feel?
Sooo, that guy is a brilliant mathematician and he’s got all these formulas and stuff on the wall, but he’s also a devout-to-the-point-of-woo-woo religious person who thinks he’s doing God’s work. Okay, I can get that. Those things are not mutually exclusive. But what did all the scribblings on the wall have to do with it when the reason he had this precognitive ability was because the Observer (September) lost his little doohickey and that was what enabled the fortune telling? Did I miss something? I might have. I often do.
The last bit about the main case: soooo, Peter and Olivia know from the spinal injury guy that Nick (that was his name, right?) had a little doohickey, but when they don’t find it/look for it at the cabin and find him at his/his mother’s home, they just shoot the guy and then don’t look for it again? I … what? They want to know how he did that thing he did, but not enough to follow through. I hate writing holes like this, Fringe. I know it was so we could have the Observer chat session at the end with … who was that, March and December? They all look like Powder to me.
Poor Alt!Astrid. What a sweetheart she is, and as I alluded to above, she and regular Astrid made this episode really shine. Alt!A’s interactions with everyone were very touching, especially with her other self. I wanted to give them both huge hugs, especially regular Astrid, when we found out that she fibbed about her relationship with her father to Alt!A to make her feel better. Because she was right: if Alt!A’s father didn’t love her “enough”, it was not her. It was him.
Alt!Astrid putting it to Walter that he might be mad at Peter because he loves him was astute and sad, as was her saying that it might be better if Walter pretend Peter is his, so that he can be happy. Oh, Alt!A. (((hug))) Watching Walter snap and treat Peter like an annoyance was both amusing and heartbreaking. Peter seemed to take it in stride, though.
Faux!Livia is amusing and so cheery it almost feels like she’s trying too hard. I don’t know what I mean by that. I loved her little war with Walter, and the tentative truce at the end.