MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT
Following on from last week’s tragedy, this week we see the Fringe team react in different ways to Etta’s death. Olivia is barely hanging together and trying to focus on work, Peter is hell bent on revenge against the Observers, and Walter is trying to make sure that Peter and Olivia stay together through this difficult time. Meanwhile, the Observers are bringing tech back from the future that will increase their own lifespan while shortening humans. The Fringe team, as is their wont, are attempting to stop it.
However, as is often the case with Fringe, the sci-fi Fringe-y thingummybob isn’t the real focus, it’s just a backdrop for the real human drama. Watching Peter take out his anger on the captured Observer under the pretence of getting information out of him is a joy to behold. We haven’t seen a Peter like this very often, and Joshua Jackson plays it beautifully. Because we know the kind of character Peter is, I think it’s entirely believable for him to do what he does in this episode. Taking out the Observer’s tech and inserting it in his own body is unquestionably a bad idea, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested to see where it’s going.
Olivia deals with her grief in an entirely different, but still very much in-character way. She’s always been the type to conceal her emotions as she does for much of the episode, save for taking out an Observer with a pithy one liner, so it’s a very nice touch when at the end of the episode, through much convincing from Walter, she is able to watch the video of a younger Etta and let her grief pour out. And how nice was it to see the posters for the revolution featuring Etta’s face plastered everywhere? Gone but not forgotten.
I still have my problems with this new future-set Fringe. It’s not the show I fell in love with at the start, but it’s still got plenty going for it and with all the actors on top form, especially the ever reliable John Noble, there’s very little to complain about.