Take Nina Sharp for example. She was always suspicious, mysterious, maybe-evil. But finally it was revealed, that she wasn't the enemy, at least not for now and that made her character much richer and deeper. She is still mysterious and a step ahead of everyone, but she isn't just a plain villian. If we now witness a timeline, where she actually is the enemy ( we don't know that yet ), the villian, that's a nice twist, but it is hardly deepening her characterisation.
It's not that i don't like the new versions of the characters, some of the new insights are great, especially Walter at the beginnig of the season or the new dimensions of Olivia. But there are these new plotlines inolved in all this, new background-stories that just don't feel like the real deal to me. As a fan-pleaser, an alternate version they are great, but i don't want all of this to stay. I can't appreciate that the whole rich and complex history of our characters could be erased for a "lighter" one.
omg! what a wonderful episode! The Astrids are the sweetest things! Can hardly wait for Friday again.
Great review Carissa! Keep up the excellent work!
Always right on the money with your thoughts!
It was amazing to see more personality of all of the characters. I have always liked Altlivia, but now I really like her a lot. It was fun to see both Olivias talking about Peter. The way they looked at him made me think that maybe Olivia could fall for him in this timeline. Then what would happen? It's really fun to watch and try to figure out, but without reading other people's comments, I think I would be lost, and I have never missed an episode. I'm afraid if you haven't watched Fringe before you would not understand anything, so I am going to have to loan out my DVDs to my friends to get new viewers. Still the best show on TV. Can't wait to see future character developments.
Part 2 (read below first) The Olivia "rescue mission" and subsequent kidnapping/replacement makes no sense without Peter. And how is it alt-Broyles is still alive? Nor do changes before Peter make sense, like Wm. Bell, the cortexaphan experiments, or Olivia not shooting her step father. The less they refer to that period, the better off they are, because it hasn't been all that thought out. The Observer device used this ep was not in any other. Why they couldn't just take it from the perp, I dunno. And how is it September kept his 'secret' so long? Astrid's father may have resembled the one alt-Astrid lost, but the "much like" comparison ended there. Obviously, Astrid lied to her opposite about what her own father was like, so alt would stop feeling guilty for being unloved. The last two episodes were not only precog orientated, but also about anticipating one's own death. Metaphor for the series? Good character centric episode.
True. Some of the endearing Season 4 events may not have happened had Peter not disappeared, but there could have been even better moments and relationships otherwise as well that grew out of the previous events. Some of these characters may be "lighter"; Walter, alt-Broyles, and Nina certainly are not. To some extent the writers wrote themselves into a corner with the Fauxlivia pregnancy, vengeful Walternate, and the full bloom romance of Olivia/Peter. That didn't leave much room to grow. The reset was a convenient way out, but left engaged fans somewhat abused and abandoned. Gradually, the show is moving back to where they had been before in terms of relationships and personalities. But the damage is done in lost time and audience. As satisfying as that movement is, there's a sense of 'been there, done that' that colors it.
Thanks to AltAstrid and especially Fauxlivia the PoorWalter was only here when AltAstrid had to talk about the son, how did she know?
But AltAstrid is motly what she says she is, and the Asperger is a tool, only in this episode seems gone most of the time.
So Jasika Nicole as two Astrids are lovely, and they are may be second in the double, but is mostly in what they say, not how they act.
High very high above that on the very top spot are the two Olivia's.
We know nothing of this Alt/Fauxlivia but she is completelt rounded character, love or hate her ( great courage to dare to play someone not easy to like) and like Olivia basd on virtually no backgroundinfo.
What Anna Torv does with all these versions, truly awesome.
In two parts:
The episode I liked it but had some flaws especially concerning Alt?fauxlivia Over here and Olivia being kidnapped.
We were told that Olivia was kidnapped for two weeks, how , why, what, never came, chance tonight, still nothing.
Fauxlivia was two weeks in the lab with Walter, 4.02, he knew who she was, he needed all the drugs in the world to cope, so Astrdi knew as well, and the FBI folks, How, why? Nothing.
And OLivia back does not blame a person, only Walternate and mostly Fauxlivia.
Writers, Walter has told us his Sad losing his son and wife story this season alone at least 10 times, to much to have Olivia talk about her kidnaptime once?
The two Astrids lost their mother young, like Olivia, big chance to finally have Olivia talk about her mother, with Astrid, nothing.
AltAstrid OverThere does everything via computer calculating, and now in a strange world she knows everything without any help?
What about the heart-breaking reveal that Astrid lied to her alternate about not being close to here dad to spare her feelings? Great ending to the episode I thought.
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