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Published on March 31st, 2012 | by Melody Simpson


‘Fringe’ Season 4 Episode 16 Review: Nothing as It Seems

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Whenever an episode of a J.J. Abram’s show begins on a plane, you know it’s going to be good. Last night, we were given a monster and we haven’t seen a monster in a very long time. But if we’re in for deja vu moments until everyone’s memories catch up to Peter’s and Olivia’s… well, it had better be as enthralling as this week. Still, we’re getting back on track with the present and preparing for the future with the final handful of season four episodes and what a delight it has been to get back to our time line, especially with so many season one references. Great work!

Peter was in for quite a surprise when he learned of the case the Fringe division was taking on this week, as it was a different version of a case from his time line… which he is already in. But it wasn’t the case that was the most fascinating aspect of tonight. While it’s great to see more familiarity with the original time line through cases, getting our Walter back has been an even greater treat. Where is John Noble’s Emmy already? Watching Walter show Peter all of the birthday gifts he bought for Peter over all of those missed years was bittersweet. That troubled and brokenhearted piece of Walter has been missing for awhile. Our hearts sank for those lost years and yet they were full since Walter is with Peter now and their relationship continues to grow each and everyday. Then there’s the wacky Walter that we all love as he amazes us each week with a new concoction that viewers may try at their own risk… peanut butter and bacon sandwich for one?

Meanwhile, Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) can try as he might but he will never be with Olivia. Give it up Lee, she is not the one for you. Especially since the time line is returning to normal… and since Peter and Olivia were made for each other. While it has been lovely to see more of Lee lately, love with Olivia is not in the cards in this universe. Why bother showing us what we all know will never be? Incorporate Lee more in the cases than a love triangle and give him some depth without Olivia in the picture. It can and will go a long way. As for Olivia, there was never a doubt in my mind that the Fringe division would keep her on board. Broyles’s positive words to her reinforced the obvious. Really, there should never have been any doubt in Olivia. No matter the time line, she is still a kick butt FBI agent. They let Peter in (with a bit of a fight, but still), so keeping Olivia on board was only right. Even if she were fired, she could always work for Walter, no?

As for the case… did anyone else think that the porcupine creature and his girlfriend were trying to create their own utopia after she made the Adam & Eve comment? Right on track with being your own God, as Astrid made us all aware of with her findings. It looks like this is not the end of the creature story line which is awfully refreshing since most cases are resolved within one episode. Getting to see the writers take a second chance and deliver us a story from season one, when the show was finding its ground, in a new way three seasons later… his may be seen as a treat to some viewers. And with only six epsiodes left of the season and David Robert Jones behind the “project,” this could be what leads us into next season/the comic book series if the show is not picked up for another season. We still have no idea what exactly David Robert Jones’s agenda is. Next week, we finally pay a visit to the alt-world. It has been far too long since we’ve been over there. So there’s no telling what answers will be revealed, especially if there’s a casualty or two. “Nothing as It Seems” definitely tugged at our emotions but the recycled case was hit or miss. By the looks of the promo for next week, we’ll have plenty more action, answers, originality to look forward to. Be sure to stay tuned for an all new episode this Friday night as we return to the alt-universe!

Watch Fringe Fridays at 9/8c on Fox.

*Photo Credit: Liane Hentscher/FOX

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