Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fringe 3.15: Young Peter and Olivia

A touching, even delicately beautiful Fringe 3.15 tonight, in which we find out a little more - in fact, a whole chapter, up until now unknown - about how Peter, kidnapped by Walter from the other side, came to grow up here into the Peter we now know.

The story, up until tonight, was that Peter's serious illness - the one that killed the original Peter over here, and motivated Walter to kidnap Peter from over there to save him - that this illness short-circuited kidnapped Peter's memory to the point of making him forget that he came from other side.

That's what we thought - because we were led to think that - but it turns not to be the truth.  Instead, kidnapped Peter knows that our Walter and Elizabeth are not his parents, and vigorously resists their efforts to convince him that he really is their son, and his memory was blurred by his illness.

What changes Peter's mind?   Well, he never really does change his mind - at least, not tonight - but his encounter with Olivia and her capacity to visit the other side makes him want to stay here.  And given those circumstances, Peter is willing to play along with his faux-mother's story.

Young Olivia has seen the dirigibles in the sky - the signature characteristic of the alternate reality, along with other nice touches such as the Brooklyn Bums never left Ebbets Field.  Her moves back and forth between these two realities not only convince Peter to stay here, but give Walternate the knowledge that his Peter is in our reality, when young Olivia, not realizing she is over there, and thinking she is talking to our Walter, leaves Walternate her book of drawings which include one of her and Peter.

Impressionism and light separated from reality at its best.   But we're still left with tantalizing questions - the main one being, our Peter seemed genuinely unaware of his origin on the other side, when we met him at the beginning of the Fringe series as an adult.  So, how did he get from where he as a boy ended up tonight ... to how we first came to know Peter as an adult?

See also Fringe 3.1: The Other Olivia ... Fringe 3.2: Bad Olivia and Peter ... Fringe 3.3: Our/Their Olivia on the Other Side ... Fringe 3.5: Back from Hiatus, Back from the Amber ... Fringe 3.7: Two Universes Still Nearing Collision ... Fringe 3.8: Long Voyages Home ... Fringe 3.10: The Return of the Eternal Bald Observers ... Flowers for Fringenon in Fringe 3.11 ... Fringe 3.12: The Wrong Coffee  ... Fringe 3.13: Alternate Fringe ... Fringe 3.14: Amber Here

See also reviews of Season 2: Top Notch Return of Fringe Second Season ... Fringe 2.2 and The Mole People ... Fringe 2.3 and the Human Body as Bomb ... Fringe 2.4 Unfolds and Takes Wing ... Fringe 2.5: Peter in Alternate Reality and Wi-Fi for the Mind ... A Different Stripe of Fringe in 2.6 ... The Kid Who Changed Minds in Fringe 2.7 ... Fringe 2.8: The Eternal Bald Observers ... Fringe 2.9: Walter's Journey ... Fringe 2.10: Walter's Brain, Harry Potter, and Flowers for Algernon ...  New Fringe on Monday Night: In Alternate Universe? ... Fringe 2.12: Classic Science Fiction Chiante ... Fringe 2.13: "I Can't Let Peter Die Again" ... Fringe 2.14: Walter's Health, Books, and Father ... Fringe 2.15: I'll Take 'Manhatan' ... Fringe 2.16: Peter's Story ... Fringe 2.17: Will Olivia Tell Peter? ... Fringe 2.18: Strangeness on a Train ... Fringe 2.19: Two Plus Infinity ... Fringe the Noir Musical ... Fringe 2.21: Bring on the Alternates ... Fringe 2.22:  Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming ... Fringe Season 2 Finale: The Switch

See also reviews of Season One Fringe Begins ... Fringe 2 and 3: The Anthology Tightrope ... 4: The Eternal Bald Observer ... 7: A Bullet Can Scramble a Dead Brain's Transmission ... 8. Heroic Walter and Apple Through Steel ... 9. Razor-Tipped Butterflies of the Mind ... 10. Shattered Pieces Come Together Through Space and Times ... 11. A Traitor, a Crimimal, and a Lunatic ... 12, 13, 14: Fringe and Teleportation ... 15: Fringe is Back with Feral Child, Pheromones, and Bald Men ... 17. Fringe in New York, with Oliva as Her Suspect ... 18. Heroes and Villains across Fringe ... Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke, and Star Trek in Penultimate Fringe ... Fringe Alternate Reality Finale: Science Fiction At Its Best

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