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.

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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!

Review

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Hi, great review. Just wanted to point out that Olivia has soaked up one of Fauxlivia's abilities - she's now a sharpshooter. In the last ep, she was asked "How good a shot are you?" as the shot she needed to take to take down the baddies was an extremely difficult one. She managed to shoot both guys in the neck. I think that was the writers' way of pointing out that Olivia has changed in ways that are more subtle than the emotional turmoil she's going through.

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Real Bugs, Good One...from the inside side out !

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I am waiting to see which Olivia Peter will choose. Considering one is carrying his child I think I know which one he will pick! I would like for Walternate to start cloning some of the characters. Charlie for one, and somehow interject him on this side. I also hope they make Walternate really evil and he somehow performs tests on Peter and Fauxlivia's baby showing us he will stop at nothing for science. Then our Walter (or Peter) can kidnap the baby to save it thus repeating history and our Olivia would raise it bringing out the softer side of her.
However the story unfolds, I dread those two words signifying the end of the show 'Bad Robot!', cause that means I have to wait another week for a Fringe fix! :0)

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I like your reviews. I also enjoy "over there' eps and Fauxlivia as well. You being female, I can see why you like Frank. Supposedly every gal remotely connected with the show turns up whenever that actor is on the set. I believe though, that Fauxlivia was not even imagined when they hired Anna. I like the commentary from OVER THERE PT 1 where set people kept asking, "Who's that hot new actress?" It was of course a hardly recognizable Anna. A writer added that they forgot she was actually ACTING the part of Olivia. That wasn't her nature in real life. Fauxlivia is more like the young, fun loving Aussie. Still, there's something more emotionally vulnerable about Olivia than her counterpart I like a lot. Plus she's a super hero of sorts. Just a quibble, but Anna may need to tone down the Fauxlivia smiles a little. She seems to be having a little too much fun for having morning sickness. Have to laugh at all those guys who think Anna is too plain or unsexy. They should see clips of her making out with gals on the Brit series, MISTRESSES. Also, unless one watches in HD, you don't see the cute freckles. Agreed, the genuine characters along with great story telling makes this series pop. I get the feeling though, they are building towards a Series finale that will resolve the main story arc, but leave us with another big teaser (3rd Universe?), in case FOX or someone else picks up a Season 4.

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Great review CP.. I enjoyed the banter between Fauxlivia, Charlie and Lincoln Lee.. FunTv that is, kinda makes you wanna stay on this side. Now that I think about it all alternates are much easier to watch. I too read the rumors so nothing shocking..