'Fringe' flashes back again
February 26th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

'Fringe' flashes back again

It was another trip back to the '80s on Friday night's mythology-heavy episode of "Fringe" (and those are really the best kind).

All sorts of questions were left up in the air after last season's 1985 flashback, and this one answered quite a few of them.

Of course, Peter didn't automatically accept his new parents, which planted the seeds for the strained relationship he had with Walter, and to some extent, still has.

At the same time, in Jacksonville, Walter was testing to see what it was that caused young Olivia to travel from one alternate reality to the other, and went to extremes - faking a friend's death - to find out. We also learned that Olivia was abused by her father, and this triggered her abilities.

This led to both Peter and Olivia running away and meeting each other for the first time. The universe wanted these two together, and as we've learned, the Olivia that Peter chooses will decide which reality survives.

We also got a glimpse at Walternate, and how the loss of Peter drove him to drink and took a huge toll on his marriage.

Then, briefly, Olivia found herself face-to-face with Walternate, long enough for him to see a drawing she made with Peter, and long enough for him to figure out where Peter went: the moment which set the events of the entire series in motion.

This episode alone is reason enough to bring this series back for another season. It's been a ratings roller coaster for the past few weeks, and despite the fact that the show does very well with DVR viewing, Joshua Jackson warned that the show is by no means a safe bet to return.

All that said, what is it going to take for the Emmy voters to recognize John Noble? This was yet another extraordinary performance.

Also, can I just say that Michael Giacchino and Chris Tilton are geniuses for the musical score?

Now that we know more about the history behind our three main characters, how do you think the rest of the season will play out? How badly do you want to see this show back next season? Share your view on iReport, or comment below.

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. lien tom

    Aren't they on the cover of People this week talking about their problems, their baby plans? Privacy? Silly for CNN to fall for their load of hogwash.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stelios

    I just finished watching the first two seasons of Fringe. The trouble with this show is that it's hard to pick up 'drive-by' viewers. It's excellent, but to be really understood it has to be watched from the beginning. I had caught previously an episode here and one there, and was 'Eh' about it. Now I'm totally hooked, and certainly hope they make it to a fourth season and beyond.

    As for the current episode though, we need some explanation why Peter and Olivia didn't remember meeting back then.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Victor

    They have to explain how Peter and Olivia forgot all this. I mean how on earth did they forget it, it's not like they were three or four year olds with limited memory retention.

    And Peter was so sure these people weren't his parents. How did he forget all of a sudden?

    Was it perhaps something Walter did because he realized at one point he really didn't want to return him to his universe? Let us not forget, he very explicitly told his wife he couldn't lose his boy. Perhaps he decided to be selfish and played around with Peter's brain in order to make him forget the other universe.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    I LOVE this show!!! Bring it back!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. priscilla

    This show is so good on so many levels..
    .from story writing, acting ( the Olivias...the subtlety with which Anna Torv portrays these two), the involvement and compassion you feel for pretty much all the characters,
    the underlying theme of decency and humanity, even the construction and presentation of the sets....
    to be concise, few tv shows pull the viewer in, the way that Fringe does.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ssp

      I, too think this show is exceptional ! Its only failure is to assist the uninitiated in the ongoing theme,as Lost tried so hard
      to do. And, a-la Lost, have you tried to explain it to anyone who's only watched a few episodes? Just hope it doesn't go
      the way of Twilight Zone; bet Rod Serling is watching this up there.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Vanessa

    I hope & pray it comes back next season. Fringe is one of the best shows on tv right now! But it's in trouble because sci-fi doesn't appeal to everyone. Maybe they should move it to another channel with other niche shows.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. |Dona m/ Billard

    Go Fringe! Love the show, Mr Noble is fantastic, one root beer float up. Please keep it coming, intelligence reigns over idiot Jersey Shore twits and reall(?) Housewives. Reality??? not.Science fiction opens the mind not closes it off to brainless momentaryily famous idiots with bad manners/

    February 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anna

    Brilliant cast, excellent twists and turns. And yes, quodos to John Noble. He's so wonderful at being slightly crazy, tortured, loving, brilliant and twisted. What a perfect role for him!!!

    February 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa

    did anyone else notice that it was snowing/there was a frozen lake in JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA?? REALLY? jeez

    February 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLR

      I think that was back home in Boston for that scene when he is trying to break through the ice-Dr Bishop flies to Florida for work during the week. Or was there another scene with a lake?

      February 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ in Florida

      To clarify – the lake shots and scenes where Peter tried to go home were in or around Boston, Walter's home.

      However, unless Olivia and Peter both teleported to and from Boston from and to Jacksonville, the tulips (and the snowing on the tulips, and the frozen snow on the ground at the school) where in Jacksonville.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cheri

    I love this show and am also baffled at John Noble's oversight and lack of Emmy. He's an amazing actor and able to elicit every emotion from his viewers - and all in the same episode!

    February 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Phil

    Fringe is awesome. It needs to get moved to a different time slot. It's one of the best shows on TV. Do not cancel it

    February 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sci-Fi lvr

    I first started watching Fringe on Hulu & quickly got drawn into it's twists & storyline. I felt that television was finally making a comeback with creative writers as opposed to the "Idiocracy" themed reality shows. I fear if television keeps up with all the materialistic/immoral themes it promotes, our society will become like what was portrayed in the movie "Idiocracy!" A society full of idiots watching senseless reality shows! Keep Fringe on the air!

    February 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DRR

    My whole family watches Fringe including my 7,10,12,13, and 15 yr olds. We love to discuss the plot and what will happen next. We find it much more accessible than Lost. We would be very disappointed if the show was cancelled.

    February 27, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    This is such a smart scripted show and such a relief from the excessive overly-produced reality shows and crime drams that are also overdone. Please, Please, Please….keep Fringe around, it is a fantastic show and great cast.

    February 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arielle

    I REALLY want to see the next season. I would be very upset if this didn't air another season. It's a great show! I think it's just that many people don't understand it. Plus, worse shows have aired longer. So, don't tell us that it's not safe to return!

    February 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  16. nutmeg

    I hope future episodes will show how Olivia and Peter forgot everything that happened in Friday's episode.

    February 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I *completely* agree. At the start of the episode, when Peter was getting angsty about being from another universe, I thought to myself: surely, if they do one thing in this episode, it will be to explain how Peter lost all those childhood memories. Obviously they won't fail to explain that but instead blow the plot hole even wider open?

      And of course they did just that. I do trust the producers have an explanation, but I hope it's good, and I hope this show sticks around long enough for us to see it!

      February 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. FringeFanatic

    Outstanding show. Audience has no patience and this show needs to go on for years to come. Xfiles made it for numerous seasons, why can't we give Fringe time??????

    February 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. FringeFriend

    I love this show, but I too....watch it on HULU, move it to Sunday night instead of Fridays 🙂
    Joshua Jackson has grown into an amazing actor.

    February 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

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