Fringe Round Table: "And Those We've Left Behind"

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This week in our Fringe Round Table, we dissect "And Those We've Left Behind." Time jumps, Peter and Olivia and the space time continuum... what more could we ask for?

Join yours truly - our resident Fringe critic - along with staff writers Nick McHatton and Sean McKenna as we try to decipher events clearly above our pay grade.


How do you think they will rectify the rip in the space time AWESOME continuum?

Nick: I keep thinking Peter is going to look up at the sky at some point with his flashlight and phone home. Now that you've raised your head back after looking down in embarrassment my only guess of how the timeline will be rectified is with Peter. His appearance into this timeline started it and perhaps his disappearance will fix it. Peter knows he's not in the right place, and I can't help but wonder if this timeline is a pit stop until we back to ours (in some way).

Sean: Walter will eventually find a way or someone is going to have to make a sacrifice to fix things. Isn't that how it always goes?

Carissa: I want the two time frames to come together in a way that incorporates some aspects of both, but I have absolutely no idea how it could be accomplished. When people remember Peter will a ripple of time go over them a la A Sound of Thunder? 

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What would you have done in Raymond's position?

Nick: I would've used his wife's super awesome mind to cure Alzheimer's or maybe going forward in time to get the cure.

Sean: I understand Raymond's reasons and desires, but living life is all about the moment and beyond. I think he just needed that extra push to help him truly understand it.

Carissa: It seems as if he spent four years trying to make sense of his wife's code to no avail. I don't know that I would have had the patience for that. I might have donated her work to eager students to see what they could come up with, rather than wait it out.

What did you think of the special effects of the time jumps?

Nick: All kinds of fantastic, they were done so well, and I loved how annoyed Peter was getting with them!

Sean: They were decent. Although I would say that the train sequence was probably the coolest. I wonder if there will be more in the future. I have a feeling time and Peter aren't through yet.

Carissa: I was astounded at how fun they were. Peter appearing in and out of scenes was just fabulously done. More of those as we near an answer would be desirable.

What is the significance of four years with regard to Peter and the jumps?

Nick: Peter's existence made them possible, and I think they're significant in that it will lead to so kind of resolution in regards to where Peter is headed. What that is exactly? Who knows, it's Fringe after all. I'm lucky enough that my brain hasn't vacated the premises afterwards!

Sean: Honestly, I have zero idea. There probably is some significant meaning behind it or importance to getting him back to his timeline, but I'm at a loss for words regarding an answer.

Carissa: I asked this question in the hopes one of my cohorts might know the answer. How Peter's appearance made the formula work but back to four years went right back over my head. Anyone??

How long do you think it will be before we get to see Peter and Olivia have their Perfect Day?

Nick: I'm probably in the minority, but I really enjoyed Peter and Olivia together. I liked that aspect of the show. I'm all for it happening sooner rather than later, but I don't want them together just to be together. I would rather the journey be epic and realistic.

Sean: I don't think Peter and Olivia are going to have there Perfect Day till at least closer to the end of the season. He still has a lot of work to do figuring out how, why, where, and perhaps when he came back. Although, I guess time could be all relative so you never know.

Carissa: I hate to say this, but I am worried it will be another season before they are back to their respective selves. Whether with new time built around them or where we left off. I can only pray the viewers tune in so we can be given a proper ending to this incredibly journey.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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