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Fringe Review: "6:02 AM EST"

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"6:02 AM EST" is the exact time Walternate's doomsday machine started to devour our universe. That they used biblical references in accordance with the end times, such as a plague of locusts, leads me to ponder, yet again, the role God plays in our Fringe world. I'll touch on that more after the jump.

If the other universe knew what Walternate was attempting, I wonder whether he would have the heart of his people. Come to think of it, I don't even know what the average other universe citizen knows about the Fringe events. Do they know about the other universe? Fauxlivia and Lincoln, who once would have taken Walternate's command without question know, and they don't want him to continue.

The father of her child is over there, and she sees in Walternate in a completely new light. It's not complimentary. Fauxlivia will not be Walternate's pawn and if I had to bet, I'd bet on Fauxlivia. Walternate has already let go of the love of his own child, Fauxlivia will go to the ends of the universes for her own.

I loved that we finally saw Peter and Olivia awake in each others arms, even if their morning was interrupted with the beginning of the end. The strength emanating from her along with her newly tapped self confidence are evident. She has finally come in to her own.

In the other world, Fauxlivia, too, is changing. She's no longer a hard woman afraid to show her emotions. Having Peter's child has given her the ability to see more than just her job. There is no doubt she feels more love and compassion than she ever has in the past. She no longer thinks in this world or that, but in both. Our Olivias are becoming more alike with every new episode.

When the Fringe Division is being called down by Walternate in spite of what would normally be anomalies for them to investigate, she has had enough. I love that the person she trusts most in the world is Lincoln. I still harbor hope they will be together. Even knowing she was going to the other universe for Peter, he seemed without concern about her mission. I think that is a good sign for what has been happening with them in the background, even if they are not yet ready to awake in each others arms.

Through this strange turn of events, Fauxlivia having Peter's baby and Olivia opening herself to love with Peter, our Olivias are on the same side. I was so disappointed that Fauxlivia didn't make it to our universe (was her luck really that bad, or was she given inactive devices?) because right now there is nothing I want more than for the Olivias to meet.

Their recent changes have given them what they need to look each other in the eye and understand each other, instead of judging one another. It gives me chills to think about how great that scene could be. Anna Torv would be at her absolute best, because the more alike her characters are, the more difficult it would be for her set them apart. Still, I know she could pull it off and her performance would leave us reeling.

I loved Walter turning to God in the wake of Peter's accident. I loved the small details that made the scene so incredibly authentic. Walter being a man of science, admitted to God that he hasn't always felt proud in his presence, but that he felt he had grown over the years and perhaps atoned for his past sins.

He felt uncomfortable, and paced around the chapel, causing the floor and pews to squeak. It's an unmistakable sound and made me feel as though I was in that chapel with Walter, begging for our world to be saved.

I know bringing up references to faith within Fringe is a touchy subject for some, but I couldn't help being overcome by a feeling of faith as Olivia saw the new day dawn, just as Walter had finished his prayer to God. I'd like to believe that God was listening to Walter, and gave yet another sign he was listening to all of our characters as they fight heart and soul to save the world.



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Talk of religion was on point - I don't think the producers were espousing Christianity, but as a humble place of last resort for Walter, who feels completely responsible and helpless. However, the show does rely hugely on fate - another human invention - otherwise none of our characters makes sense, quantum mechanically speaking at least. Our characters come together random? Fate? who just happen, between them (and their alternates) to be the Part A and Part B constituents to either 1. The Doomsday Device or 2. an Epoxy that heals all universes? I didn't see Belly in Olivia, I saw NeOlivia, this new creature, who has lost her fear and yet will likely forever have some artifacts of Bell internalized, a result of their time together (my favortie Olivia moment is when she startles at Walter's nakedness, her "don't look there" face just killed me. But what really fascinated me is just how, in a few episodes they've made me really like and care for Fauxlivia. That goes to the writing, but also Anna Torv's choices for her. The awakened mother inside is nothing to be trifled with, especially when she has an earclip and one of the Blade Runner guns they shoot over there. Lincoln and Charlie to the rescue?

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place of last resort for Walter, who feels completely responsible and helpless. However, the show does rely hugely on fate - another human invention - otherwise none of our characters makes sense, quantum mechanically speaking at least. Our characters come together random? Fate? who just happen, between them (and their alternates) to be the Part A and Part B constituents to either 1. The Doomsday Device or 2. an Epoxy that heals all universes? I didn't see Belly in Olivia, I saw NeOlivia, this new creature, who has lost her fear and yet will likely forever have some artifacts of Bell internalized, a result of their time together (my favortie Olivia moment is when she startles at Walter's nakedness, her "don't look there" face just killed me. But what really fascinated me is just how, in a few episodes they've made me really like and care for Fauxlivia. That goes to the writing, but also Anna Torv's choices for her. The awakened mother inside is nothing to be trifled with, especially when she has an earclip and one of the Blade Runner guns they shoot over there. Lincoln and Charlie to the rescue?

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I'm sure there are people who don't want much religion in the show, but for me in this episode the locusts and such were kind of tacky. They could have taken those scenes out and smoothed out the church sequence a bit so it wasn't so rushed and awkward. Just IMO. The whole episode was kind of haphazard.

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For the record, only a small handful of people 'over there' in Fringe Div. and the Defense Dept. know anything about the Altverse. Same in ours. Not that it would make much difference, given that their society has given up much up their liberty for security. If Walternate is to be stopped, it has to happen from within or from our side. I'm agnostic as well and have no problem with the characters being religious or praying. 94% of Americans when surveyed say that they believe in a supreme being of some sort. Get over it. Now if God answers, that would almost be proselytizing. Religion is an undeniable fact, God is faith. .... If I understand correctly, one barrier to getting both Olivias back together could be the SPFX involved. From the description how it was done before, it sounds expensive. No specific knowledge on this, but renewal may have come with some caveat to keep costs down. There was ubiquitous product placement this last episode which has been used before for fund raising. Just sayin'. Probably would forever rule out my really evil third universe from ever happening.

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Loved the show and the review. Regarding Walters atonement for past sins, he was referring back to the white tulip episode, where he asked god for a sign of forgiveness, and the time-traveling scientist was able to give it to him. I loved that they tied in so many different episodes, and this was the first time Walter recalled that he thought God had forgiven him.

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@ katiej Exactly.
Btw I'm more Skeptic or even Agnostic than I am religious. @ Nicole and CP
Thanks was afraid it was just me. What it means ? Probably just that Anna Torv needs to shake off those W Bell cobwebs. Then again things might get a little fringy .

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@Leily just because you might not be religious doesn't mean tv shows should avoid it. it's weird you find it uncomfortable; i don't find people saying they don't think god exists upsetting. try not to let your personal believes cloud the tv show; Walter's desperation and pleading was a powerful scene, and should be viewed as that.

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Great review. Totally agree about wanting the two Olivias to meet again. This time, I think they really will connect. Was I the only one who thought Brandonate was going to try and give AltLivia Cortexiphan? Isn't it ironic that Walternate has imprisoned AltLivia in the same cell where he held Olivia? At least he's leaving the shutters open for her so she's not in pitch darkness. I guess that's Walternate's idea of a "family special".

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It seems that I might be the only one not to have enjoyed the Church scene with Walter. For those who aren't religious themselves, scenes such as that one can be awkward. Although it was an interesting insight into Walter, it was also very uncomfortable. Otherwise, I liked this episode and I'm interested to see the last two episodes of the season.

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Good Review. Good Episode.
Loved the scene with Walter in the church.

Fringe Season 3 Episode 20 Quotes

I just hit a swarm of locusts. It's like the blessed apocalypse.

Rancher

Oppenheimer saved his too. But at what cost. He couldn't bear the nightmares. Screams of all the innocents he had killed. Now I am become death. But in our case, that really is true; we destroy their world to save ours. May God have mercy on us.

Walternate