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'Fringe' recap: 'I'm not from here, am I?'

This week’s Fringe began with science — fringe science, to be sure — and ended with great emotion. As far as I’m concerned, the series has really hit its stride: Its storytelling now surges along confidently, doling out the droll humor, the yucky alien imagery, and the deep anguish and terror of loss that resides in the heart of Fringe.

The return of Sebastian Roche’s Thomas Jerome Newton, the First Wave head from the alternate universe, early in the episode promised READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: Walter, a 'White Tulip,' and Peter Weller

Fringe is becoming ever more adroit at blending its mythology with its paranormal cases. This week’s episode, called “White Tulip,” began with guest star Peter Weller entering READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: Olivia follows the clues

First of all, remember the list that Olivia looked at toward the end of last night’s Fringe, the one containing her Jacksonville classmates? The last name on that list was “Ken T.” I hope to heaven that that’s not me, because I don’t want to find out it’s the Cortexiphan that’s READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: 'Peter' and the 'Walternate': a gas, a trip, a mind-blower

From the 1980s-style graphics and Moog-synthesizer music replacing the usual ones, to the squishy-hair wig on John Noble as a 1985 Walter Bishop, last night’s Fringe return was not just full of revelations — it was a total gas, a trip, and cheerfully dark mind-blower. The episode entitled “Peter,” which didn’t include Joshua Jackson but rather READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' winter finale recap: 'Jacksonville' glimmers

Dedicated to putting emotion, humanity, and a sense of real-world history into the fantasy-show genre, Fringe went into its winter-season finale with a tremendously moving, startling episode. The hour began by adhering to its pleasing formula: one gross-out scare before the first commercial break. In this case, a man caught in what was thought to be an earthquake-rattled building was discovered by our heroes to suddenly possess many more than four limbs, plus an extra face protruding from READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: Walter, who's your daddy?

This week’s Fringe was one of the series’ most satisfying stand-alone episodes. It had a good threat — an airborne toxin (smells like cinnamon: yum) that causes people to die “suffocated from the inside-out,” in Walter Bishop’s phrase. And it gave us a chunk of the Bishop family backstory in a manner that complemented — enhanced — the main plot.

From the moment near the start, when Olivia notices that one of the dead in a wedding party was a Holocaust survivor, the story began a subtle sub-text. The Nazi sympathizer villain (steel-rimmed round glasses, a slight accent, and grim-smiling demeanor that should have warned that barista not to serve him his requested “very hot” cup of tea) had developed something that could pinpoint specific victims based on their DNA. All it needed was, said Walter, investigating the case with Peter and Olivia while driving a car like a drunken madman, “a heat-source dispersed into the air.”

Where did the bad guy’s research come from? Much of it, it turned out, was from experiments conducted by Walter’s father. So now we have learned that Peter’s grandfather was Dr. Robert Bishoff (he changed his name when he moved to America), who worked in Germany in the World War II era and was a spy for the U.S. Walter groaned with guilt: “My father’s work is killing people.”

The hour peaked with the tensions that arose between Walter and Peter. Walter looked for his father’s research books, but Peter told him he’d sold them 10 years ago — during the time Walter was committed to St. Claire’s. Peter’s excuse was that he needed money, but it was acknowledged that there was a psychological reason behind the sale. At this point in Fringe history, it’s easy to forget that at the start of the series, Peter really resented Walter for his scattershot upbringing and Walter’s abandonment of him; selling those books was a way of getting back at Dad in a roundabout way. (I also think, based on nothing but a hunch, that at that time, Peter was probably in trouble with the law and maybe using drugs to blot up his pain, and those may have been the reasons for his money needs.)

Ultimately, it was Walter who saved the day, killing the villain in a very public place. This was a great night for John Noble, whose portrayal of Walter encompasses everything from endearing daffiness to ferocious concentration and commitment. When Walter told Olivia near the end, “Family is very important to me; there’s nothing I wouldn’t do,” that remark was heavy.

We know his words’ implications, and how they have and will continue to bear down upon the story Fringe is slowly telling of Peter and the alternate worlds Walter explored with William Bell.

Speaking of whom, it looks as though we’re going to get a rip-roaring mythology episode next week.

Can’t wait. Did you watch Fringe this week?

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