November 12th, 2011
10:59 AM ET
Peter Bishop is back, but that doesn't mean that all is right with the world now. On the contrary, in fact.
Friday night's episode of "Fringe" seemed to explain all of the time paradoxes we have been seeing this season, both before and after Peter's sudden arrival in this new timeline.
An engineer named Raymond had created a time bubble, which had time repeating over and over again in a small area around his house. This way, he could keep his professor wife, Kate, the way she was before she suffered from Alzheimer's. The result was that it was constantly the same day in 2007 in their home (in fact, it was the day after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series).
Not unlike Desmond in "Lost," Raymond had to constantly monitor a computer to keep the time loop going.
It was another extraordinary (I would even say Emmy-worthy) performance by Stephen Root ("Office Space," "NewsRadio," "True Blood"), not to mention his real life wife, Romy Rosemont ("Glee").
When one FBI agent tried to enter the time bubble, he turned into (as Walter described it) "confetti." But thankfully, Walter had a harness that would keep Peter safe going in ("a baboon" knew what a time bubble was, a cranky Walter – still reeling from his son's unexpected return – said).
Not only was Raymond having to, in a way, say goodbye to his wife a heartbreaking scene, it also led Olivia to ask Peter what the alternate universe version of her meant to him.
And it shed some light on the fact that Peter may have been the ultimate cause of the time paradoxes after all.
So the question is, with Peter back, does this mean that the fabric of the universe is doomed? The Observers would certainly seem to feel that way.
This season of "Fringe" has not been my favorite, but even so I'm definitely interested to see where the rest of it goes (and relieved to hear that Fox is apparently committed to airing this season in full, no matter what happens with the ratings, which thankfully were on the upswing last week).
What did you think of this week's episode, and the season so far? Are you curious to see what Peter's return means for the long term? Post your iReport or comment below.
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