Fringe (2010) – Olivia, and The Box

Season three of Fringe got underway on 23 September, 2010 with the episode opener Olivia, which was written by J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner. While Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble) deal with their escape from the alternate universe and the alternate-Olivia (Anna Torv) continues her infiltration of the group, Olivia remains trapped in the alternate universe.

The titles show up in red, telling us we’re in the alternate, and the story moves at a breakneck pace as she attempts to escape from the Fringe Division headquarters where Walter-nate is having her dosed and implanted with his Olivia’s memories, for an endgame he hasn’t revealed yet.

Consequently, when Olivia escapes, she’s not sure she’s doing the right thing because her memories of her life and her alternates keep blurring until she’s not sure who she is.

Even with the help of a cab driver, Henry (Andre Royo), Olivia is unable to effect an escape before her mind is almost subsumed by the alternate memories, confusing her completely, and leading to an encounter not only with the alternate Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) but this universe’s version of her mother (Amy Madigan) who is still alive.

She returns to Fringe Division, convinced she is the alternate Olivia (or is she?) and we are left to wonder if she’s stuck there forever even as alternate Olivia seems to be not only settling into place in our reality but happily pursuing a relationship with Peter (or is that all a scam?).

Season three is definitely underway!

The Box brings us back to our universe in an episode written by Josh Singer and Graham Roland. It first aired on 30 September, 2010.

Walter is making overtures toward Peter in order to gain forgiveness for his abduction from the alternate universe as a child, when Walter gets an inheritance from the now late William Bell – Massive Dynamic.

The main thrust of the story involves a box recovered from the basement of a home that when opened seemed to kill almost everyone in immediate hearing range. Except for one person. Alternate Olivia and Newton (Sebastian Roche) have concocted an intricate plan to draw Fringe’s attention to the box, specifically Peter, who recognizes it as a piece of the machine Walter-nate was building.

it’s a weapon, and Fringe is determined to keep it out of Newton’s hands, but it may be exactly where he and the other Olivia want it.

Some initial suspicion is beginning to develop around Olivia, but Peter may be willing to chart it up to their new emotional involvement.

What’s the endgame plan? What will Walter do with Massive Dynamic? And will the alternate Olivia be discovered and is she playing everyone or is she beginning to feel something for Peter?

More next time, but boy am I loving this rewatch!

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