Fringe (2011) – Immortality, and 6B

Immortality takes us back to the other side in this episode written by David Wilcox and Ethan Gross. It first aired on 11 February, 2011.

Broyles (Lance Reddick) seems to be missing so Lincoln (Seth Gabel) is in charge of Fringe Division, just as a new and horrifying case comes along and Fauxlivia’s (Anna Torv) boyfriend, Frank (Philip Winchester) returns.

Unfortunately, Fauxlivia is still thinking about Peter (Joshua Jackson) but is trying to figure out how to proceed with Frank even as she, Charlie (Kirk Acevedo), and Lincoln investigate this strange case that sees bugs erupting out of an infected body.

Seems someone is at work on things.

Meanwhile, Walter-nate (John Noble) is continuing his research on Olivia and what they learned from her. He is looking for a way to replicate her abilities to move between worlds, and they discover that the younger the subject the more likely the chance to replicate them. But Walter-nate is adamant about not using children (something Walter wasn’t so worried about).

As the story comes to its conclusion we, and Frank, learn that Fauxlivia is pregnant, and it can’t be Frank’s because he was away. She is carrying Peter’s child.

It’s fun to get a glimpse of this alternate world and how things are slightly different. It’s also interesting seeing that Fauxlivia is dealing with the emotional fallout from her return and her feelings for Peter.

Where will all this leave things for the other side, and how will it affect those on our side? Apparently, we are not quite done with the alternate universe quite yet.

In fact, it seems the alternate universe is starting to have an effect on our side. A strange case finds its way to Olivia, Peter, Walter, and Astrid (Jasika Nicole). 6B was written by Glen Whitman and Robert Chiappetta. It first aired on 18 February, 2011.

Olivia and Peter try to work on their relationship, but things are escalating as Walter realizes he may be making some of the same decisions as Walter-nate when it comes down to saving their respective worlds.

The team is called to an old art-deco apartment building where a number of people have plunged to their deaths, and their have been reports of ghosts. As the team investigates they learn that there is a soft spot between the universes there, centering around one apartment, and the people who inhabit it.

Walter fears that if they can’t find a way to seal the breach, they may have to do what the Fringe Division on the other side does, encase it in amber. And Walter is worried that such a decision will make him increasingly like Water-nate, which causes him to snap at everyone around him.

Things end best for Peter and Olivia in this episode as she actually hears and listens to what he says about her, and what it means for him, and what they were and could be together. They’ve earned this moment.

Even the last moments of the episode which take us back to the other side ends well for all involved. Great episode!

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