Hello Fringe fanatics and history buffs! We're here to discuss episode 3 of our final Fringe season. I have to say, I'm not getting very excited to recap this episode. It was quite a bizarre episode and with the exception of some great Walter quotes, it felt very un-"Fringe"-like to me. I'm willing to give them a mulligan though. They've told some pretty consistent quality stories for 3 straight seasons and change. I'm definitely feeling a change of pace to this season with going for straight mythology episodes for the entire season. And, I'm sure what they achieved by the end of the episode will no doubt be important but it was a tad painful getting there. We'll, see what I can come up with in the recap below!
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- Walter finding a bag of weed, taking a big sniff and opting to not go on the drive to PA. Classic!
- Walter smoking up on Video #3 before giving his instructions. "I had a prescription It was medicinal" Priceless!
- Walter complaining of a blood clot for not being able to stretch his legs in Scranton on the road trip. (Sidenote: at least they referred to the long drive this week!)
- Walter citing a 1923 mine collapse in Peru where the trapped people had to start eating the dead to survive.
- Grape Licorice again!
- Apple Pills - yum!
- We got some updates on what happened to the Fringe division and the world through article headlines in the Cube Room. And hey, look at that. Broyles is still on this show! Fringe team sanctioned to police natives. Special Division of FBI (i.e. Fringe) called up to fight invaders, Oxygen levels reaching new lows, thousands of libraries burned to the ground. And of course, "Original Fringe Team Presumed Dead". We learn from this episode that the Fringe team sort of hit the mainstream once the Observers came to town in full force. River even created comics of the Fringe team.
- We get some more background on the rift between Peter and Olivia, spawned by the apple pills. Peter recalled some Apple Pie they had while searching for Etta. We were reminded of Olivia's photographic memory in this episode but she kept telling Peter she couldn't remember the name of the place where they got it. The reason was because she was trying to forget it. That was the day she chose to give up on Etta and decide to fight the Observers. She assumed she was dead and always felt that she was destined to do something other than raise a child, even though that is what she always wanted. She blamed it possibly on the cortexiphan trials. (wait a sec, I thought in this rebooted timeline, she didn't get dosed with cortexiphan until 2012 when Meana/Bell/Jones were injecting her with it? Sure, she has memories of the trials since she remembers the original timeline but...oh whatever, if they want to pretend season 4's timeline never happened, more power to them!) Anyway, Peter tried to encourage Olivia and tell her she's not a bad parent. And that he can tell how much she loved/loves her daughter. He talked about how they were given a second chance here. More to come on this conflict.
- Still no Nina and only a still shot in a newspaper archive of Broyles. I know it's only been three episodes, but I thought surely we'd see them by now. Maybe it's too much time in hair and make-up to get them dolled up for every episode of this future Fringe-land! (you know, since they've aged)
- So, who is Donald? I have no idea, but it seems like someone we're going to run into or learn more about at some point. We should just keep our ears and eyes open for that name!