Fringe Review: "Immortality"

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Since the moment that Olivia stepped into William Bell’s office at the end of season one, and toward the alternate universe, the Twin Towers looming on the cityscape, I have been smitten with that alternate universe on Fringe.

Needless to say, “Immortality” definitely blew my skirt up.

I feel almost guilty saying this, but I love Fauxlivia. Her openness, ability to express emotion, laugh and feel is so much richer than Olivia’s that I can’t help but fall under her spell. As Olivia said last week, she really is (to me) a better version of herself.

Immortality Scene

I can’t help but wonder if Anna Torv auditioned for both roles. During the first season, the one thing that kept me from being head over heels in love with Fringe was how droll a character was our Olivia. The difference in the characters is so complete that they must have known just how well she could pull this off, or she would never have been cast.

With alternate Broyles lost and considered dead, Lincoln Lee is promoted in his place.

That the promotion was from within such a tight knit group brings them even closer, as if there is nothing they can’t accomplish together. I’m wondering if Lincoln was promoted because he doesn’t have an alternate in our universe, and if this promotion means we might be running into him some time soon as I would love to see what he is up to over here.

Now that I think of it, I wonder if Olivia has had any desire to look up the names of the people she met over there to see their “over here” counterparts. I would, but maybe she’s trying so hard not to be reminded of her ordeal it hasn’t crossed her mind.

The relationship between Fauxlivia and Frank is so beautiful. I love how they care for each other and interact. There is a symbiosis between them that I am truly going to miss, even given how little of them we have seen. Excitement was brimming when he asked her to marry him. Three months ago, her dreams would be coming true. She really does love him. He just wasn’t prepared for the extent she went on her assignment, and one can hardly blame him. Nobody expected things to turn out as they did.

The case of the week, a scientist trying to immortalize his time in history by creating an Avian Flu vaccine using unscrupulous methods, tied well into the ongoing storyline. He was infecting unsuspecting people with a parasite to get the serum he needed work on his vaccine.

When he infects Fauxlivia, it’s a race against time to get her to the hospital and out of harm’s way. Thankfully, Frank is with her and has an anti-parasitic formula he can inject into her before the true damage is done. While viewing movement of the parasite growing inside Fauxlivia, the technician screams to stop the injection.

This is a parasite of a completely different sort. Fauxlivia is pregnant.

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In a testament to great storytelling, although I knew the rumor, I was so intently following along with the episode that even seeing the sonogram machine Frank’s hot little hands, I was completely caught up in the moment, worried for Fauxlivia and possible infection. I completely missed any forbearance on what was about to come.

The internet has been abuzz with rumors, and we now have solid proof. Fauxlivia is carrying Peter’s baby. Walternate’s grandchild. And she IS in love with Peter. The scene between Fauxlivia and Frank, when her blank stare at his question of being in love with Peter betrayed her, was so painful to watch. I just don’t want them to end. I want Frank to be a constant in Fauxlivia’s life. And, it just may be possible.

While on a conference call with Executive Producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, they said this story will not unfold in a traditional way. Expect the unexpected.

Peter’s affair with Fauxlivia wasn’t a betrayal on equal ground, as those typically portrayed on television, because even Olivia knows that the affair was with another version of herself. A self she came to know intimately when fed Fauxlivia’s memories. Knowing that everything that comes after the reveal (once Olivia and Peter know of the pregnancy) will be uncharted territory makes the wait just a little more frustrating. But, I’m sure the payoff will be all the more delicious for the wait!

Something that I have been curious about, similar to the lack of Olivia’s inquisitive nature after returning home, is why none of Fauxlivia’s traits have been received by Olivia, unless the crying we have endured from Olivia is indicative of some bleeding between the Livs.

Before her mind meld with Fauxlivia, that kind of emotion would have been ill conceived. It’s not that I want her to become Fauxlivia, I would just like her to lose some of the baggage from her fractured life and experience the genuine delight and gratification Fauxlivia gets out of living.

Due to the abduction of Peter all those years ago, the universes have been in disharmony, and every action on one side has an equal reaction on the other, in an attempt to create a sense of harmony otherwise missing. We can expect to see the universes continue in this way as each side pushes to save their own world. But, how far is too far?

As we found out in “Immortality,” even Walternate has limits he won’t breach. I want the show to propel us into places we’ve never imagined. Pinkner and Wyman noted that a lot of their ideas come from their dreams. If they dream in the manner that I do, I know it will be impossible to constrain the direction of the Fringe universe.

In three words: Bring it on!


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I believe that in the end both universes will survive only by a merging, thus combining the audience's vested interests in all character divergences. There are hints with each iteration how even Walter is now questioning what he might do in Walternate's place give the same alternatives. The direction of the show is taking shape even if they throw us some serious and wonderful surprises along the way. Naturally we are compelled to support the relationship of the original Olivia. Now that it is revealed that the alternate Olivia isn't as soulless as one might have been led to believe, the writers are clearly setting up the audience to develop an affinity for the alternate Olivia. We like them both in completely different ways. Consequently, they both will be saved or one is sacrificed to save the other.


I hate it!!! feel so mad and betrayed. the writers didn't even give olivia and peter a chance to pursue their relationship! i've been waiting since season 1 for them to get together and when they finally admitted their feelings, the writers decided to screw it up and give peter they even made her pregnant and with peter having a lingering feelings for her.... this is really a WTF moment! after investing the viewers feeling for these two characters for more than 2 years, they will now do this.i'm starting to hate peter and losing interest in the makes me so upset!


i totally did not see it coming even though i knew the rumors!! i was so caught up with saving her..and whilst i agree fauxlivia is sexier she appears so much more devious and 'immoral' i dunno i love our olivia - baggage and all..this throws everything for a loop i can't wait for next week!!!


This was a great episode and I look forward to seeing more. Hmmm, I wonder what would happen if Peter doesn't pick either Olivias. Does that mean both worlds would survive?


Hi. In Immortality, there was a scene where Walternate was intimate with another woman, an asian. The obvious assumption is that he is cheating on his wife. So I'm curious how that parallels with the other universe. I don't remember seeing that woman character in the real Walter's universe.


Hi guys - thanks for all the great comments! I love when you point out things I missed, as my brain just can only hold so much info!
Blue: I totally forgot about the sharpshooting. That gives me hope!
HarleyGirl: Online thesaurus is my friend, except when it provides me with misinformation. Thanks for pointing out the errors!
I have since found out that we will be meeting Lincoln "over here" very soon, so I was glad that something panned out! ;-) I also heard another rumor about the Olivias and the universes that I hope is false. But, given the pregnancy rumor that came to fruition so would seem the producers are not kidding when they say we will never expect what is to come.


nooooooooooooooo it cant bee true =(
I was hoping that this rumor was a lie, now totally ruined olivia/peter. im so mad !!!
A child changes everything for peter now he clearly has feelings for fauxlivia she does have felings for him too and she is also expecting a child, unfortunately our olivia is the only leftover snif. Now it almost obviuos which will be the decision of peter Dam it!! fauxlivia didn't know that condoms existed over here too??? hate her she ruins everything i just dont wanna see when olivia find out abaut this
now oficialy HATE the writers


I totally agree about Frank and I really hope they bring him back. he's too good to lose. Maybe a Blue Frank? I loved this episode and find the alt world very compelling, almost more interesting than our world. The problem however, is that the cast and producers have said that they are striving towards making the audience feel divided and torn over which universe will survive. Thats fine for the casual viewer (and reall, does Fringe even have casual viewers?) but for the fans its nonsensical. We will never root for the alt-universe. Olivia is our girl, we've known her for 2.5 years, why would we want peter to choose BOlivia? Please, fringe, dont break my heart. Or dont make me feel guilty if he does choose ourlivia.


most of the people dislike the romance that the writers bring on the table, and demanded more science fiction and less soap opera feel on the episodes.. I think it's very smart that they combine the romance with the sci-fi because, hey it's life.. that's what makes these stories more interesting, you need emotion! I can't really predict and refuse to choose who Peter will pick, Olivia or Fauxlivia, because to be honest, I like both characters in different way and I will stay tune to Fringe to find out how the each story will unfold.. I'm sure there are more surprises along the way.. I just hope the show won't be axed and we, a die hard fans will be able to told the story til the end..


Hi, Good review, and I agree with you and the other commenters. Anna Torv is doing a fantastic job. Fauxlivia even walks in a different way than Olivia! I really miss Charlie (in this world) and Broyles (in the alternate one)... Just a small nitpick: please check the dictionary sometimes. No offense meant, but I don't think you intended to say Olivia was "droll" at first -- (Maybe you meant "dull" or "icy" or something like that.) And you said you missed any "forbearance" on what was to come -- Did you mean "foreshadowing"??? Sorry to jump on your case for just a couple of words. I'm a retired English teacher. And a fellow Fringe lover!

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