Fringe (2011) – Novation, and And Those We’ve Left Behind

While the shapeshifter, Nadine Park (Michelle Krusiec) hunts down Massive Dynamic scientists in an attempt to stop her translucence. Peter (Joshua Jackson) is trying to figure out why no one knows him, while Fringe Division tries to figure out he knows so much.

Novation was written by J.R. Orci and Graham Roland and first debuted on 4 November, 2011.

In a discussion with Walter (John Noble) Peter realizes that the night that Walter took him from the other universe played out differently in this timeline. Why? Because there was no Observer at the event.

Olivia (Anna Torv), Lincoln (Seth Gabel), Broyles (Lance Reddick) and Astrid (Jasika Nicole) all wonder what the hell an Observer is even as they get pulled into the pursuit of Nadine. Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) offers them some direction on why Nadine abducted a former Massive Dynamic scientist, Malcolm Truss (Arye Gross).

Peter may be able to help in their pursuit of Nadine as he tells Fringe he helped decipher previous shapeshifter tech. An uneasy alliance is formed.

But even as Peter is slowly able to convince Walter of who he actually is, Walter doesn’t accept that he should be able to be happy or accept his existence.

Through it all Nadine continues her work and developing a cure. She then contacts someone on the other side (?) who tells them that they are sending others. Who is it? The other universe who they are supposed to be working with peacefully, or some new enemy?

I love how the show has been able to reinvent itself over and over and keeps viewers hooked!

And Those We’ve Left Behind features a number of strange temporal anomalies, something Fringe believes may be due to Peter’s appearance in their universe. Walter, meanwhile, has exiled himself to the lab and his bedroom so that he cannot (and will not) interact with Peter.

Written by Robert Chiappetta and Glen Whitman, this episode debuted on 11 November, 2011.

Investigating strange scenes, Peter finds himself partially caught up in a time loop that helps him start to puzzle things out, but it is Walter who figures out the events are circling out from a central location are flowing outwards in a Fibonacci sequence.

The source is Raymond (Stephen Root) and Kate (Romy Rosemont). It seems Kate has been working on a series of equations to allow for a continuous time loop, and Raymond has built it because he’s trying to keep her alive, and safe, and not fall victim to the sickness that strikes her before she can complete her work.

I love an episode that plays with time, loops and bubbles.

Peter does his share to help prove himself and stop the time loop, which gives Raymond and Kate a bittersweet ending and also makes Olivia realize that he’s been telling the truth about everything, but doesn’t know how that will make him fit in this timeline.

Season four is shaping up to be my favourite.

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