I do love on demand TV, but sadly where I am I cant demand it until at least 24 hours after what I want to demand has aired. Since I have my super awesome poi classes for the next few weeks on Thursday nights, that means I need to find an alternate (walternate? ha!) way of seeing it post haste so I can be one of the cool Fringe nerds and write about it asap once it airs. Or have Fox just send me the whole darn season now which would solve the problem nicely, but they don’t seem to think so, weirdos. Luckily I have a friend who has DVR but she seems to frown on me coming over at 3am to watch my beloved eps.. I need better friends, sheesh.
So I am doing a non-review review today. Whilst looking around at what happened to our girl last night, I came across this most awesome of recaps. Why re-invent the wheel eh? This gives a great rundown of the whats and whys but not the clever quips so I still have something to look forward to when I watch it later today, awesome! The original review can be found here, written by Ryan McGee.
A lot has happened since “Fringe” aired its last episode. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, and the television landscape now has 50% less J.J. Abrams influence thanks to the cancellation of “Undercovers.” But Over There, much less time has passed for our Olivia. Only a few days have transpired from her perspective. But those have been sleepless days, haunted by a subconscious that looks an awful lot like Peter Bishop.
The duality of her existence has plagued Olivia in her short time on the other side, and that duality was reflected in this week’s case. “Amber 31422” refers to the unfortunately ubiquitous substance created by Walternate in order to contain molecular degradation that started when Walter Bishop first crossed over to aid an ailing Peter. But the amber, while effectively maintaining the structural stability of the planet, has a nasty habit of encasing anyone within the quarantine zone. Over the course of a few decades, the body count inside these amber tombs has risen, dotting the landscape with petrified reminders of the world’s fragile state.
Until now, both the audience and the population Over There assumed such encasing meant death. But as the Walternate confessed to Other Broyles, they are merely placed into suspended animation, with both body and mind trapped at the moment of encapsulation. (If you were thinking about getting a taco when trapped in amber, you think about a taco for as long as you’re inside. Mmm. Tacos. Ooops. Sorry. Got distracted.) Years ago, bank robber Joshua Rose caused Fringe Division to quarantine six areas thanks to a self-made device that created small wormholes through which he could access vaults. But on the sixth attempt, his twin brother, Matthew, got caught in the amber while trying to stop his brother’s crime spree.
The initial twist surrounding the brothers’ true identities was fun, while the subsequent “who is who” grew old quickly. The confusion largely served not to confuse the audience but agitate Olivia, still wrestling with the (admittedly hunky) voice inside her head dispatching information she herself could not possibly know. It’s that voice that unlocks the Rose switcheroo, which helps give slightly more credence to Peter’s presence on this side.
On one level, it’s a semi-cheap plot to ensure that Joshua Jackson still is on TV during these forays into the other side. But on another, Peter does represent That Which Is Not There. He’s the physical embodiment (albeit disembodied) of that old “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other” game played on “Sesame Street.” Everything on our side has a double over there. Except Peter. Therefore, he’s the perfect choice to be her Jiminy Cricket. (Although if he keeps delivering exposition on Olivia’s motivation, he’s going to turn into a walking, talking, supernatural “One to Grow On” quite quickly.)
That Walter developed the amber in the first place makes a great deal of sense. We’ve seen both version of Walter make breakthroughs that the other hasn’t; the only difference to their genius is the situations under which their inspiration must derive. The other difference? William Bell, a man who pushed each version’s genius to newer and, let’s be frank, more dangerous heights. Walternate didn’t develop Cortexiphan because the William Bell he met was already aware of the risks involved in such research, and therefore probably pushed him into areas of research as, let’s say, containment of areas of molecular degradation.
To read the rest of this most awesome review, go check out HitFix.
So for those playing along, its sexy red title land again! And back with our real Olivia and Walternate. And of course, the always cool episode glyph!
Until next time, kittens!
Kink In Motion