A wrinkle in time on 'Fringe'
November 12th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

A wrinkle in time on 'Fringe'

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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  4. Solange

    This ep was amazing! I really hope it gets renewed for a 5th season, it's such a good show. Nothing like it on t.v. I wish it wasn't all about ratings but quality t.v

    November 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. T

    I liked the last episode and how those time bubbles erupted all over....
    Definitely one of Fringe's best episodes to remember. Glad to see Peter out of that bare bones room into a better place like the house. Will Peter figure out how to put the timeline back to where it was where people remember him or just go with the flow ? Hope this show goes another season....or two.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. yankeegman

    Fringe – like the X-files, only more so!

    November 13, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    For sheer intellectual entertainment, no show or series matches Fringe. Every plot line raises questions, some simple, some complex, for which the writers should be nominated for Emmy's. I love the challenge keeping up with the show represents and will take my viewing time elsewhere should Fox cancel the show.

    November 13, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Missy

    Fringe is one of my favorite shows. Will Peter get back to his own world, probably by season end. Love the writing on this show! @Pretty sad- what are you talking about? If I've said it once, I've said it 100 times, I don't cause trouble. Leave me the heck out of it!

    November 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pretty sad

    Mr. ed said he was leaving u guys alone and u continue. y r u ppl wanting 2 cuz so much trouble on here, starrfire, coolbrreze aka c. crack, missy?

    November 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Palshaw

    Fringe remains one of the most innovative and imaginative shows on television, and it must be great fun to sit in on a writers' meeting as they hypothesize over upcoming plot twists and turns. My only regret is that the show goes on hiatus much too often, leaving us with long gaps when no new Fringe shows are aired.

    November 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Emma

    God, CNN, if you're gonna hire an intern to do these blogs, at least hire one who pretends to watch at least 50% of the show.

    November 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mack

    I loved this episode. But this season is a poor cousin compared to last season.

    November 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. o come on

    If your going to troll mr ed u have to do better than that. Would you just stop ?

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  14. Irishgirl

    Just a clarification, but Raymond didn't create a Faraday cage. Peter stated that a Faraday cage was needed to enter the time bubble or time chamber that Raymond had created. Walter created the Faraday cage, and Peter wore it to enter the time chamber.

    November 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. not even a geek

    The machine the man built was NOT a Faraday cage. He didn't name his machine, or the field it generated. The Faraday cage is what Peter had to wear to enter it safely – like you see the presenter doing at the "lighting shows" at science museums.

    November 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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  18. zombie girrrl

    I still like Supernatural best, then Survivor, then GRIMM. Last season my fav was The Walking Dead but this season it is really dragging. All the family drama on it is getting old. Not a single good episode this season. Oh well.

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      I'm really liking Grimm as well. Eddie is by far the best part of the whole show. As long as he's in it, I'll watch.

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  19. tpixie

    Fringe is one of the best shows on TV. Keep bringing on more shows!

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