Fringe Review: "6B"

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There are times when I feel so blessed and privileged to review, for so many readers, a show as fabulous as Fringe. There are other times when I wish I could just snuggle in and think about what I just saw, absorb and deliver to you something so insightful it will blow your minds.

This was the latter. "6B" is an episode so full of subtle nuances that only someone with a deep understanding of quantum theory should be attempting to bring sense to the writer's intent.

Turns out you're going to get my take, that comes with my limited understanding of physics, but hopefully more understanding of, as Walter calls them, quantum entanglements.

From 6B

The entirety of "6B" was to show us how integral to the universes are the lives and loves inside them. We have learned so little in these years about what makes these universes unique. Who knows if we will ever understand how just remarkably similar they seem to be. We do know that the love of a father after the death of his son was what made Walter cross universes to save Walternate's son from the same fate.

Love and interpersonal alliances are intrinsic between the universes. Whether this is because of what happened when Walter took Peter, or if it was always the case, is another unknown.

It's similar to the chicken and egg scenario. What happened, happened, and how or whether it had an effect that would have otherwise never have occurred will remain concealed.

So here we are, suffering with all of our protagonists. Olivia struggling to let go of her visions of Peter and Olivia; she wants what he wants.

She has always wanted him, but when she gives in to a kiss, Peter glimmers. Peter is tormented by the fact the life he thought he had finally found with the woman he wanted was played out with another lead. I can't even imagine what Fauxlivia must be feeling at this point, literally a universe away from the quagmire, with only Walternate to talk to. Our Olivia came to life tonight, if only for minutes, before her glimmering kiss with Peter. She smiled, laughed, admitted to enjoying Barry White. Olivia thinks she is incapable of being vulnerable, that she can't fix what she has become and that being terrified she will not be able to get past this heartache.
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In 6B lives a woman who has recently lost her husband. His projection from the other side is coming to her in the form of a ghost. Olivia speculates that they both lost their lifelong loves in the same manner, and their deep grief is causing a soft spot between the universes. She and Peter have to try to convince her that the man is not her husband. Can you imagine telling an old woman that the man, looking exactly like her deceased husband is not a ghost, but a double from an alternate universe? Thankfully, her "husband" says their girls miss her, and she realizes it is true, as they never had children.

In a very convoluted and yet somehow ridiculously simple way, watching this woman come to terms with her loss and her ability to understand the concept of alternative universes, heals a part of Olivia. If someone with as much knowledge and experience as she has with the situation cannot come to terms with it and let it go as something that she cannot change, even if she so dearly wants to, then it really is her stopping her own progression with Peter.

Before Olivia was trapped in the alternate universe, she and Peter had never shared a romantic moment. They thought about it, everyone thought it would happen, but until Fauxlivia took the reins, it was simply a supposition. Tonight, Olivia puts her fears aside, and takes advantage of Fauxlivia making the first, most difficult moves. It almost makes it easier for her to jump right into the conflict that has become her connection to Peter. Olivia tosses her anxiety aside and shows up with a bottle to visit Peter. They barely manage a drink before Olivia grabs Peter's hand and walks him upstairs. She is ready, and by next week need not feel so left behind. She and Peter have accessed the same plane that he visited with Fauxlivia but, this time, he is with the woman he always thought he had been.

This brings an exciting new dimension to their threesome, and if the actions on our side have immediate and relevant reactions on the other side, we are in for some very interesting developments to come.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (73 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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    Loved this episode. My 3rd favorite so far. I'm going to enjoy Peter's and Olivia's happiness while it lasts because I'm sure it will not last very long. Many more seasons please. And I cannot wait until tomorrow.

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    I loved it. It was perfect. We cannot forget that Olivia and Peter had been sharing many experiences and have longed to be together for about 2 years, do you really think that 2 months with Faxlivia can beat that? And when you think that Faxlivia pretended to be Olivia because of a job assignment and didn´t have the guts to tell the truth to Peter when she started to have real feelings for him? Well guys, for me our Olivia is the one that deserves to be with Peter, it was meant to be!

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    I love the Peter and our universes Olivia FINALLY got together. I firmly beleive they will end up together in the end, but until then I guess we have to sweat it out and see how it all unfolds. One thing I'm not really clear on is WHY THE HELL IS FAUXLIVIA STILL WORKING? Now don't get me wrong I have no problem with women working when they are pregnant up until they literally can't work, but come on her job is extremely high risk, she should be riding a desk considering nearly every episode she gets shot at or falls or something threatens her existence. I absolutely LOVE this show and can't wait to see how things play out, they better get a season 4!

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    I'm happy that our Olivia is with Peter, but big Drama is coming up with fauxlivia..

    It was a good episode, but I expected more emotion coming out of Olivia at the end.. but overall it was sweet how Olivia took Peter by the hand.. :)

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    You now what would be weird? If Peter got our Olivia pregnant too. Its obvious that when they went upstairs it was to do the deed *lol* and maybe thats what the producers mean when they keep saying that Fauxlivia's pregnancy won't be a normal one.

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    @Roberto, I kind of agree with you. Like I said, I had to really struggle to figure out what they were trying to accomplish in this episode. The case was ridiculously simple, but I think it was supposed to be. If I had my way with the story, Faux would win. I've made no secret of that. But, give Olivia's past, I'm willing to give her a chance to "catch up." We will meet Lincoln on our side very soon, according to the producers, and I sure as hell hope we meet Frank.

    I read that the show thinks of the other universe as similar to dealing with issues as we did during WWII. Dark humor, a willingness to get in there and just do what has to be done. Faux and our gang are intentionally spunky. I love that about them.

    Unfortunately for us, things got frakked up and Faux read what should have been happening when she was acting as Olivia, having no idea it hadn't yet reached that point. She moved it along at a fiery pace. So, like I said, I'm willing to give Olivia some time to catch up, and I don't think she will spiral out of control when she hears of the pregnancy. I'm hoping 6B gave her a better understanding of her own two worlds.

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    This may be posted elsewhere, so apologies if repetitive. Especially when critical of an episode. FRINGE has established a rather high bar to beat.

    I love your usual enthusiasm. BUT....
    6B to me was a let down, and I like the emotional stuff too. The long awaited hook up just didn't have the resonance it should have. There's been all kinds of moments in the series where, comforting each other's pain, physical and otherwise, they could have naturally fallen into each others arms. But when it happens, what, they're both tipsy? Where's the passion? The romance? Hard to describe, but something really lacking to the 'let's get it over with' scene. You know Jackson's not going to add much and this time, Anna seemed off her game. If I didn't know better, I'd almost say this is their way of showing our Liv and Peter really DON'T belong together, setting up his leaving to be with Faux and child. But next ep, it's all about how they were meant to be together. If only Liv had the other love interests here like her counterpart does. Lincoln A where are you? How about Frank comes wandering in as a sometimes Fringe consultant. There you go. Time for Faux to be jealous.

    Of course the writers LOVE to torture poor Liv. How short a time does she have before a shape shifter brings the news to Peter and turns it all upside down again? Not that it's always a bad thing.

    Sometimes it's a long way to go for a joke. In this case, the plot was a long way to go to set up our couple's disappointing sleep over. These kind of story problems sometimes occur when one comes up with a destination and then tries to force a path to get there. We find out yet one more way to open up the other universe.... true love. Should we be putting up a toll gate soon?

    Kudos to casting for coming up with the amazing Phyllis Somerville. (Liv's more an 'old lady' than her character was.) They're on quite a roll of late with Joan Chen and Julie McNiven (Bug Girl). But even wonderful character acting couldn't quite pull off saving this awkward saccharine story line. Sorry, a forgettable C+

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    Amazing review! Plus the episode was full of emotions, i simply love the character of olivia, a woman strong & fearless but with a sensitive side.

    Jeffreykirkpatrick

    Great review Carissa! That Olivia...she takes a lickin and somehow keeps on tickin. She really is the new Sydney Bristow...or Timex.

    I'm dreading Peter getting the news of Fauxlivia's pregnancy. Olivia's already been hurt so much, now that she's opened up her heart a little bit, I don't want to see her get crushed. She already thinks Fauxilvia is a better version than herself and I can see her withdrawing from Peter again not wanting to interfere with his new family.

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    But i thought Peter or Olivia would simply shot old lady to prevent openning the vortex.




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