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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fringe - Reciprocity recap/review

Olivia, Peter, and Walter went to Massive Dynamic to check out the machine that could destroy both universes. The machine and the technology around it acted up when Peter walked into the room. Tests were done on Peter, but they came up empty. Shapeshifters started popping up, murdered, and the gang investigated that. They figured out that there had to be a mole in Massive Dynamic, and everyone with access to Fauxlivia’s journal that contained the identities of shapeshifters (hidden by a code, of course) was questioned.

Walter is still trying to grow back his brains. Astrid and Olivia went through Fauxlivia’s diary and notes to get a lead on the dead shapeshifters. In the end, it turned out that Peter was killing the shapeshifters, because they were threats and assassins, obviously. Walter figured it out and caught him just after he killed the last one. Also, as Walter hypothesized, the machine/weapon “weaponized” Peter. Because Peter came in contact with it, it altered him and made him into a killer. Peter argued that he just wanted to be proactive and get information. Walter, saddened, told Peter that this “wasn’t him” and that he had been changed. Turned to the dark side, dun dun dunnnn. Walter did not tell Olivia, but we have a feeling that the truth will come out. It is Fringe, after all.

We’re not sure how we feel about this episode or this new development in Peter’s psyche. We like Peter the way he is, but we are intrigued at the idea of a changed, more deadly Peter. Mixed emotions. But we can appreciate a curveball.

As great as this season has been, we can imagine that we would have enjoyed it more if we had waited for the DVD box and marathoned it. That might be the option we take if there is a season four, and we actually think that there will be.

Episode grade: B


  1. Funny you should say that as that was exactly what I did before starting Season 3. Being from Abrams this show's mythology requires at least two viewings before you start to "get" it.

    It's a risk taking Peter down this dark path. My gut tells me he will be redeemed, but it's hard to say who will end up paying the price; seems to me that someone important might get bumped off before the season ends.

    Still one of my favorite shows, and a solid start to this season.

  2. We hope someone important dies, but we don't want it to be Peter, Olivia, Walter, or heck, even the office assistant. None of those. Fauxlivia's death would be nice...

    The season is half over and we already think it's the best season yet. Not as good as a couple of Abram's other shows, but they are gone now, so this is the best thing out there for us.