Remember all the fear that this season was too slow and didn't contain the characters we had grown to love? "Forced Perspective" changed yours a bit, didn't it?
Walter was back making silly quips and playing in the lab, something we haven't really experienced for a long time. Everything started falling into place for this to be Peter's world. It was difficult to remember that during the fall when baseball and a myriad of other things kept the momentum down. Not any more.
When she first drew the picture of the skewered man, I thought it would be kind of cool to have such a gift. That was until she spoke with her dad and she asked him why God made her that way. Their entire family was constantly uprooted to hide her secret. I suppose it wasn't such a gift after all. It was admirable that she tried to find each victim and warn them. What a great responsibility for a teenage girl.
Was anyone else taken by surprise to find they were on the run from Massive Dynamic? When we first encountered the giant corporation years ago, our first thought was that it was unscrupulous. Now it appears the company is exactly who we thought it was in this Peter-less world. Olivia's relationship with Nina gave her the power to talk to her without restraint. How refreshing! Unfortunately, we all know she's still abusing Olivia. God help her when Liv finds out.
How great was it to see Peter and Walter together again? Walter didn't seem lost when he was working with the man who could be his son. Yes, I still believe Peter is his son. Fringe will try to prove me wrong, I am well aware of that, but my Magic 8 ball says the signs point to yes.
Slowly, each member of Fringe Division is gaining trust in Peter, just as they did when he was first found in the Middle East, except now he actually has knowledge they can use. Personality, maturity, charisma and expertise will be a combination that is difficult to dismiss.
"Forced Perspective" was a detour off of the much-wanted beeline to the heart of where in the heck Peter is right now, but it actually did a lot to move the story forward. Seeing the team and its natural fit was very important to a lot of skeptical viewers who want Peter to get back to his people.
If that doesn't happen, I think this will help in the acceptance of what could be one of many possible outcomes. If there is one thing that we learned during the hour, there is no definitive answer to anything.
The one thing I'm finding annoying is that Olivia never stopped to realize she could be over thinking the whole premonition of her death. Instead of weaving her way around the straight line, just follow it. We're all going to die. Then again, I wasn't raised by Nina.
I noted in our recent Round Table that I thought she might be giving migraines to Olivia to gain her trust to give her a medication that might change her to shapeshifter. To end the episode with her off the cuff remark about sending over a new medication didn't give me the warm fuzzies.
Once again, the conclusion only made me wish time would speed up so I can get to the next episode. Isn't that exactly what every program wants? Share your thoughts of the episode and the questions raised in the comments!
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