Fringe Review: "White Tulip"

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What an awesomely confusing yet entertaining episode! 

On "White Tulip", a man is able to time travel with the hopes of saving his dead fiancée from a car crash.  Walter also struggles internally on whether or not he should tell Peter the truth of his existence.

The episode begins with a man time traveling onto a commuter train; the only problem is that everyone on board dies.  His travels drain all the power around him, including the mitochondrial cells within our body.  His intentions are not to murder everyone around him, but that is simply the outcome.

Scene from White Tulip

An unfortunate Alister Peck is on a journey, one to save the love of his life.  He wants to change history, and one cannot do so without consequence.  His of course, is ultimately his own death. 

We later learn that Peck never intended on saving his fiancée, but just hoped to tell her he loves her one last time.  He was willing to sacrifice his own life to do so.  Pretty romantic, in a Romeo and Juliet tragic love story sort of way!

Throughout the episode, Walter also struggles with telling Peter the truth.  He carries around a letter, explaining everything to his son.  He never really tells him, but you can’t really fault him. Walter’s greatest fear is losing Peter forever.  We have a feeling that Peter will forgive his father.  What do you think?

Before his last trip time traveling, Peck sends Walter a picture of a white tulip, signifying God’s forgiveness for taking Peter.  One mad scientist helping another.  Great entertainment!

Will Walter ever explain everything to Peter?  The previews for next week’s episode make us believe so.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Here are a few of our favorite Fringe quotes to keep us entertained:

Olivia: Wow, I'm having déjà vu.
Peter: I read that déjà vu is fates way of telling you are exactly where you're supposed to be. That's why you feel like you've been there before. | permalink
Walter: If it is right, then we might have apprehended this man already, possibly several times. | permalink
Olivia: I happen to know someone who is fluent in gobbley goop. | permalink
Walter: It's not our place to adjust the universe. | permalink

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Fringe Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

I happen to know someone who is fluent in gobbley goop.


It's not our place to adjust the universe.