February 26th, 2011
11:41 AM ET
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.
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