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Fringe Review: Paranormal Activity

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"Subject 9" left me with absolutely no coherent thoughts.

What Fringe did this week was subject me to so many revelations and questions that my mind was reeling. That, my friends, is what kind of a review your will be subjected to, as well. Because we're all in this together and I know you're all in a similar position.

  • Could you possibly love Walter more than when he is filming peanuts from multiple angles and welcoming another visitation from Peter because of an idea he got from fight sequences from The Matrix? Yeah, I thought not.
  • I couldn't stand that Walter thought Olivia would recommend he be sent back to the institution, but I loved that it was the driving factor to get him back into the world in an attempt to prove himself useful.
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  • Walter seeing things ahead of time and the scene in the bathroom gave me chills...it was like a well done horror movie. Even when I don't think I can be surprised by what Fringe will throw my way, I am still amazed.
  • The relationship between Olivia and Nina is more like mother and daughter now. Nina was there when Olivia was asked to the prom! Who saw that coming?
  • During this week's Round Table discussion about "Alone In The World," we mused about many of the discoveries made here. Olivia doesn't have abilities, because she ran away from the program and it was shut down a few years later.
  • We also pondered why Peter was coming to Walter and Olivia so differently. It appears his pull toward Olivia is much stronger than to Walter. I was giving more credit to Walter's and Olivia's factoring into the situation than to Peter's own desire. I was wrong.
  • The subject of the original cortexiphan trials had apparently never come up before, because Astrid wasn't aware of Walter's experimentation on children.
  • Walter and Astrid (or Claire, whatever!) don't share the same close bond they did before the universes were brought together. I find that incredibly disheartening.
  • Nina and Walter do not get along at all. It would appear they barely interact, as Walter likened her voice to razor blades in his ears. It makes me even more curious where and when in this world Nina and Olivia first met. I can't wait to find out.
  • There were some laugh out loud moments: As Walter expressed his excitement at once again smelling fresh air as cigarette smoke was blown into his face and when he went ballistic at the thought of germs in his hotel room. His reaction to the hotel room was same one I have when I travel. I need to self-medicate before I can comfortably sleep in a bed that was just occupied by someone else hours before. Icky!
  • Walter opened up to Olivia in ways he must not have in the previous three years. It was the first time he shared with her that his wife, Elizabeth, committed suicide after the loss of their Peter. Elizabeth must have taken her life sooner, rather than later.
  • I loved the root beer float scene. Olivia was so free, and enjoying Walter's company. They were stripped of those moments, because Walter never left the lab. And yet, Olivia still knew how much he would love a float.
  • It seems the Fringe division has a much wider scope of authority than than in our (the previous?) world. Could it be that Broyles reports directly to the President?
  • It was absolutely brilliant that Peter popped up at Reiden Lake. It was an afterthought to Walter that he once had a house there, and Olivia had never even heard of it. That should change soon!
  • The defining moment was when Peter came back with his full memory, claiming to know everyone, and specifically requesting Olivia Dunham. Olivia must have been aching to know why he wanted to speak to her.

And, that was it. For two weeks (promo HERE!) we must suffer, knowing Peter is in the world without learning any further answers or raising more questions. In the meantime, satisfy some of your desire by reading the quotes, because there were some good ones. Meet us back here this week for another Round Table chat in the coming days that might even question the Round Table itself. After all, it's Fringe!

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

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I really enjoy your thoughts and writing Ms Pavlica. I am with you 100%! Can't wait for the round table or the next episode of Fringe!!! A father who loved a son who would not acknowledge him as his father in the first years and now a son who craves his father's presence and a father who does not acknowledge his son's existence. This show is pure genius!!!

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To me one of the most intriguing revelations of this episode involved Elizabeth's suicide. Earlier, it was suggested that she killed herself because of what Walter did, but now it seems she simply couldn't cope with the loss of her son. So, i think that means what kept Alternate-Elizabeth alive was the hope that her son could still be alive somewhere. It clears much of old Walter's guilt, i guess.

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no! peter in their world and olivia not even knowing him? fringe, why do you upset me so?! now we're right back to the start of their relationship. how depressing

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Corny Joke #1: "You could say that Olivia and Peter had a magnetic attraction" More to come...

Fringe Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

You were always the strongest. The others recognized that. You were always the favorite.

Walter

So you're saying that your equipment somehow recorded the event before it even occurred. How is that even possible?

Astrid