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Review: 'Fringe' - 'Jacksonville'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 5th 2010 8:00AM
Fringe: Jacksonville
(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.

Some quotes:

"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

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I have a big problem with the alternate universe thing as a whole... The idea of there is two of everything. Different choices lead to different mates. The "blight" had to kill at least one person on the other side that would have had a child on this side. That could relate to 100's of people in 1,000 years. So how old is this alternate universe? If it has been around forever that it is simply proposterous that everything that is created here is also created there, not only with people, but with animals and buildings general mass. If i go hunting and kill a rabit on this side and not on the other that rabit will have offspring that never exists here. The idea that any buildings were created as the same is crazy. Also we are building the freedom tower here in the place of the World Trade Center, there will be no freedom tower there unless the World Trade is demolished. And If it is in order to build the Freedom Tower than that means that everything on one side must happen to the other, that one side is the lead and the other is the follow. I can do this all day, Is there a simple explanation that may quiet my mind??


March 21 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When Walter is opening the lock with the combination 5-20-10 and says that he doesn't know the significance of it....could that not be the date of the season finale...and hence something Fringe-y happening on that day?

March 19 2010 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another great episode of Fringe. However, I can't help but feel a bit annoyed with the writers for not thinking through the different aspects of the two universes that they themselves have set up.

Why can Olivia see the building glimmering? It's not from the other side. Why would it glimmer just because it's about to get sucked over there?

The man that gets acquainted with his other self in a rather unfortunate way is something that is virtually impossible. The very reason for the existence of the other universe is "the path not taken". Choices create universes. What are the odds that in two seperate universes the same man makes a series of choices that lands him in the exact same place at the exact same time as his other self in another universe?

March 16 2010 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great ep!

Anyone else notice the painted hand, seahorse, frog, butterfly(that they also show before & after commercials) on the day care walls?

Love all the little details like that in this show.

February 24 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that when Walter brought Peter, well William Bell left for the other universe, that's why William Bell can't return, maybe for a short stay like when Olivia went there.
And yes I agree that now Walter X is the mad men behind the other reality attack to our reality, he got really pissed when someone (IDK if he is conscient that is other Walter) took his son, so he just wants revenge and get Peter back, that's why William Bell said to Olivia to have Peter on her side, alse do you remember the "don't be like your father" Olivia's first line in the season premier?

February 06 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to VyAinlove's comment

Yup, I think you summed this up nicely. At the end of last season I asked "what happened to the other William Bell and how angry is he?" that Peter was stolen from him. Now that we've had another half-season to think about it, I like your explanation very much. Other Walter must be pretty damn mad.

February 08 2010 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another good ep. Too bad we have to wait so long for more.

February 06 2010 at 5:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The new revelation of Peter's origin will definitely get in the way of a relationship, but I love that they're at least exploring it. I was as gleeful as Walter when he found out they were going out for drinks.

Was it a date? No, according to Peter, but when they showed Olivia fussing with her hair and releasing it from its trademark pony tail - yeah, it's a date.

I loved the newscast after the building disappeared. "Unscheduled demolition" my foot...

February 06 2010 at 2:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Excellent episode. Loved Peter & Olivia scene.

February 06 2010 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Interesting final moment with Peter "glimmering" and Walter's desperate plea to Olivia who has every reason to retaliate, guess we'll see how this plays out on the next season finale in May (because you know they're just going to do the X-Files thing till then, after it rtns Apr 1).

February 05 2010 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Holtzinger

If our Walter stole the other Walter's son, wouldn't that piss off the other Walter and isn't is plausible that the other Walter is now a angry brillant man seeking to punish the universe that stole his son.

February 05 2010 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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the dude

so....... walter is ????? in the other universe. or is that jumping to conclusions? how/why is william bell only on the other side? he isn't/wasn't here for a long time now. why is that? why is there only one william bell.

also...... work with me here...... olivia bumped into someone rushing up to the hotel door, that person's glasses fell off. what is the significance of that? why was there a prolonged view of those glasses? it must have some significance.

February 05 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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