This review may contain spoilers.
Off an average episode on the Other Side, last week, “Fringe” comes back with a stellar scientific anomaly of the week (fully based in mythology) episode with “6955 kHz.” The episode title refers to an AM radio numbers station that, when played at the “right” time, completely wipes the memory of the listener.
Kind of weird, right?
Well according to Walter, the numbers are “the key to the universe” and “a secret worth protecting,” so it looks like someone had a good (in that sort of evil way) reason for making sure they would have no memory of them. J.J. Abrams alum Kevin Weisman (“Alias,” “Felicity”) showed up as our favorite type of villain of the week — a shapeshifter — working under the orders of Fauxlivia (Anna Torv) to protect the numbers. Reminding us that she’ll do anything to make sure her side wins the “war,” between universes, Fauxlivia pushes him out a window and watches him fly.
At this point, the only thing that might keep the Other Side from coming out on top is Fauxlivia constantly killing her own soldiers.
Meanwhile, Peter (Joshua Jackson) does exactly what Walternate (John Noble) wants and what Walter doesn’t want by continuing to work on device from the Other Side. While, in theory, Nina’s (Blair Brown) advice for Walter to just let Peter find out more about the device is a great one, that’s not so much the case when the audience knows Walternate really wants him to work on it. If Walter doesn’t pull out a big old ‘I told you so’ later in the season, there will be no justice.
Also, if these people don’t figure out that Fauxlivia isn’t Olivia soon, there’s a lot less than a lack of justice happening here.
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating — this show is at its absolute best when it’s about the mythology. Somehow, the numbers of the “first people” (people even before dinosaurs — classic “Fringe” in its ‘that can’t be real-ness’) will play a big role in the fight between universes, but at the moment, what it will do is just as big of a puzzle of what the numbers all actually represent.
The tag at the end on the Other Side was slightly unexpected, since we haven’t switched universes within episodes like that since the premiere, but it was probably a better use of Olivia’s mind-Peter than last week’s episode, and it set the stage for what we’ll see next week on the Other Side.
What Didn’t Work
Really, how hasn’t Fauxlivia been caught by now? For the sake of keeping the tension up, it’s great, but if the show doesn’t want us to think all of the other characters are idiots, they might want to do something about this. First of all, she shows up to the first crime scene, completely dressed how she would if she were in her world, not ours. Alright, maybe that’s probably something only a woman (and Peter or Walter) would notice, but then she didn’t recognize Ed Markham (the man who helped Fringe Division find the ZDT manual) in a list of names Peter showed to her. Then she had a conversation with Nina Sharp where she didn’t seem like she had absolutely zero trust in Nina, which is really just unheard of. Of course, Nina found something off about the fact that she wouldn’t talk to Walter about Peter, but that just resulted in Nina talking to Walter instead. And at the end of episode, Fauxlivia attempted to subtly
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Fringe” stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole. ” ” was written by Robin Chiapetta & Glen Whitman and directed by Joe Chappelle.
“Fringe” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.