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Fringe 4.22, “Brave New World” (part 2 of 2)

We open on a prehistoric-looking landscape. Bell watches it with Walter, chattering away about this great new world he’s been creating. The image – a holograph –winks out, and we see they’re in Bell’s quarters on the freak freighter. Bell can’t wait for Walter to see the real thing. He says he couldn’t stop it now […]

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Recap: Fringe 4.21, “Brave New World” (part 1 of 2)

In Boston, a man named Neil buys a café mocha inside the Clane Center before getting on the escalator and heading outside. He drops his drink, clutches his stomach and drops to his knees. A woman passing by asks if he’s okay. Probably not: smoke starts pouring off of him and coming from his mouth, […]

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Fringe 4.20, “Worlds Apart”

The good news: Fringe has been renewed for one more season! I wish we’d gotten the full eight of the writers reportedly planned, but at least this way we’ll get things wrapped up for real. The bad news: this episode’s title, which is driving me mad. Is there supposed to be an apostrophe in “worlds”? […]

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Fringe 4.19, “Letters of Transit”

We’re jumping ahead to the year 2036 this week. But first, we get some back story, courtesy of scrolling text. In 2015, the Observers took over. The humans who survived were called Natives. Some Native factions became Loyalists and were marked by the Observers. Fringe was defeated, and a reduced force kept around to keep […]

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Fringe 4.18, “The Consultant”

We open on Otherlee’s funeral. It seems a bit disrespectful to call him Otherlee now, but what are you going to do? Lincoln and Altstrid sit in a car, watching the procession. Altstrid says she doesn’t like funerals. Otherlee’s parents, Col. Broyles, and Fauxlivia are standing under umbrellas in the rain. Fauxlivia promises to find […]

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Recap: Fringe, Episode 4.17, “Everything In Its Right Place”

This week’s episode is Lincoln-centric. I try to suppress a groan of boredom. Oh, but it’s mostly taking place in the other universe, so that might be okay. Anyway, Lincoln (the one from this universe) arrives at the Harvard lab ready to work, only to find everyone prepping Gene for “grazing day.” Poor girl’s suffering […]

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Recap: Fringe, Episode 4.16, “Nothing As It Seems”

This week, we open on a plane. Marshall Bowman – we’ve seen him before, way back in Season One – is writing something about technology being too good to be true. His nose starts bleeding, so he heads to the bathroom. He pulls out a little zippered kit, swabs his mouth, and swishes the swab […]

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Fringe 4.15, “A Short Story About Love”

And we’re back!

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This Just In: Blackface Totally Okay Again

I must have missed the memo, but at some point blackface apparently became okay again. I thought we’d called a moratorium on it, but no, there’s Billy Crystal doing an impression of Sammy Davis, Jr. at the Academy Awards. Even more telling is a look at all the comments pouring in trying to excuse the […]

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Fringe 4.14, “The End of All Things”

The “previouslies” are all about David Robert Jones, so get ready for an episode full of the guy.

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Recap: Fringe, Episode 4.13, “A Better Human Being”

This episode picks up right where “Welcome to Westfield” left off. I heartily approve. This is how you handle a cliffhanger. Olivia tells Peter she kissed him because it “felt normal.” He’s worried about her health and wants Walter to check her out. She’s embarrassed and insists she just needs to rest, alone. Oh, and […]

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Recap: Fringe, Episode 4.12, “Welcome to Westfield”

So. Um. Peter and Olivia are having sex. Right down to business, then. It’s unclear whether this is a memory or a dream. Olivia’s damn phone rings/buzzes just as they’re getting to the I-love-yous. It’s Peter. He and Walter have reached a breakthrough in their research, but they need Olivia’s help.

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Fringe 4.11, “Making Angels”

We open this week on a man named Chet, sitting in his doctor’s office. He’s just learned he has malignant cancer. The doctor is very optimistic, telling Chet there is a 95% survival rate. After leaving the doctor, Chet sits down at a bus stop. A stranger sits down next to him and starts telling […]

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Recap: Fringe, Episode 4.10, “Forced Perspective”

This week Olivia and Broyles are examining surveillance photos of the Observers. Broyles says they’ve been tracking the Observers for three years. Nice to know you’re on top of things, FBI. Olivia relays the Observer’s message about her inevitable death. She says Astrid’s blood test found no DNA match, but did find antibodies for the […]

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Recap: Fringe, Episode 4.09, “Enemy of My Enemy”

Fringe Division, New York. Col. Broyles views security cam footage of Fauxlivia and Otherlee sneaking Lincoln into the building. He figures out where they stashed him and fills a syringe with something yellow. Luckily for Lincoln, Walternate stops Col. Broyles (with Peter in tow) to tell Broyles about the infiltrating shape-shifters. Murphy – or the […]