Review: 'Fringe' - 'Jacksonville'
by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 5th 2010 8:00AM
(S02E15) "We're standing in two buildings, one of which comes from the alternate universe." - Walter
Well, we asked for it, and we got it. A few big reveals -- or not -- about the alternate universe and Olivia's part in it. Big episode of 'Fringe' tonight, with lots of things coming together. This is the winter finale, and the next episode airs April 1, 2010.
First, how cute was the little girl who played Olive, Olivia's childhood self. According to the 'Fringe' Wiki, that's Ada Breker. What a cool scene when Olivia saw her in the forest and tried to comfort her. And then confronted Walter about the abuse he inflicted on children during his experiments. As we've said in previous reviews -- and he said himself tonight -- he was a very different person back then. He must have been very different, because it's hard to imagine the present day Walter doing such a thing. He's such a kind soul now.
Let's talk about the guy who ended up with his alternate universe body embedded in his present day body. I'm with Astrid -- that kind of thing would make me queasy. And Walter understood that and sent her off to look in his box.
As usual, brilliant of Walter to ask the guy which buildings were attacked on Sept. 11. When I got the press kit for season two, there was a faux newspaper with a story about the White House's renovations after the attack. I believe that was in one of the episodes along the way, too; the one where Olivia visits William Bell in the alternate universe. So that whole bit of info came back around full circle here.
I guess it's conceivable that the Jacksonville facility would still be intact, if William Bell bought it after founding Massive Dynamic, and then shut it down. But the fact that Olivia doesn't remember a single thing is interesting, and also doesn't feel fear anymore and was thus unable to access her alternate-universe-seeing powers.
I just knew there was something brewing between Peter and Olivia, and was practically gleeful when he almost kissed her, but, oh snap, they were interrupted by her revelation. What do you think will happen now that Olivia knows Peter is from the other universe? Both she and Peter had their lives severely altered by Walter's machinations, and I can see them possibly turning against him en masse.
"I already know how this happened. Two universes colliding - this is what William Bell warned me about." - Olivia
"Richard Nixon on a silver dollar." - Astrid
"That's disturbing." - Walter
"So as far as his wife will ever know, he just disappeared ... that is so sad." - Astrid, on the alternate universe guy being launched into this universe. Kinda makes you wonder about all the people who go missing and are never found.
"A double-decker car ... does this mean they drive them over there?" - Astrid
"I suppose so." - Walter
"Objects from the other side have an energy. In the moments before the event, the building on this side will begin to take on that glimmer." - Walter
"I have a freakishly good memory. I remember everything, but not this. There's just nothing that's familiar.' - Olivia to Peter, about the Jacksonville facility
"In my bag, Peter. The pretzels." - Walter, eating pretzels in the middle of Olivia's experiment
"Please, I don't want to do this anymore." - Olive
"You don't have to do anything that you don't want to do." - Olivia
"What the hell is wrong with you? You did this to little children?" - Olivia
"We should get to work." - Walter
"Now what? Should we find some more kids to scare?" - Olivia, after the experiment fails to work
"You abused us, Walter. Me and those other children." - Olivia
"No, we were trying to help you ... I was a different man then." - Walter
"I was a defenseless child." - Olivia
"... an unscheduled, controlled demolition at the Brayson Hotel." - news report
"The conspiracy nuts are going to have a field day." - Olivia
"You'd be surprised at what the general population will believe." - Broyles
"We're going out for drinks. Apparently, that's what normal people do. They go out for drinks." - Peter to Walter, on his date with Olivia
"Olivia, please don't tell him." - Walter to Olivia, on her knowing Peter's alternate-universe history