Fringe (2010) – The Plateau, and Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?

Plateau puts us back alongside Olivia (Anna Torv) in the alternate universe. Written by Alison Schapker and Monica Owusu-Breen, it first aired on 7 October, 2010.

Walter-nate (John Noble) as secretary of defense is keeping a special eye on Olivia who has taken up Other Olivia’s role in Fringe Division. He’s convinced that the memories they’ve injected into her will make her believe, soon enough, that she is that universe’s Olivia and then they plan to interrogate her about the defenses of the Other Side.

In the interim, she, Charlie (Kirk Acevedo), and Lincoln (Seth Gabel) find themselves investigating a series of odd deaths with the only real clue initially linking them is the presence of a ballpoint pen. As the trio investigates they find Milo (Michael Eklund) who has been exposed to a series of treatments which has allowed him to make predictions about events in the immediate future simply by being aware of behavioral models and probabilities.

As they search for him, Olivia begins to be haunted by visions of Peter (Joshua Jackson) who reminds her that she’s not really part of this universe at all.

Will Olivia be able to hold on? will she be able to find a way back to our reality? will our side realize that Other Olivia is an imposter?

There really is a lot going on in these episodes, and it’s also a lot of fun to see the actors getting to take on their alternate selves. But in the end, there can be only one… right?

Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep? was penned by David Wilcox and Michael Pitts. It was first broadcast on 14 October, 2010.

Other Olivia’s position seems in a bit of trouble when a shapeshifter in a position of authority is accidentally struck in a traffic accident and Newton (Sebastian Roche) shows up to kill him before the Fringe team can get their hands on him.

Walter thinks there’s a way to rouse the shapeshifter and discover the information he’s obtained, which makes Olivia very nervous even as she moves forward with her relationship with Peter in an effort to exert some emotional control over him.

Newton’s efforts pay off, and keeps the shapeshifter from revealing anything. He uses another shapeshifter, who never expected Newton to come knocking on his door and consequently has a family… something that will have to be eliminated when he goes on his mission.

But things don’t go to plan for Other Olivia and Newton, and to maintain her cover, and to make sure that everything goes to her plans, Olivia ups her involvement with Peter, and removes Newton completely.

Where will this lead the team? Does Peter suspect anything, or is he just happy that Olivia and he are involved?

It was also a lot of fun to see Walter settling in as the new owner of Massive Dynmaic.

More next time as I explore more of Fringe…

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