This review may contain spoilers.
If you had trouble figuring it out from the plot of the episode, the word entrada basically means an entrance or a way in.
Walternate (John Noble) wants a way into our side, and up until this point, Fauxlivia (Anna Torv) has been finding her way into our Fringe Division. But conversely, “Entrada” is also all about the exit or the way out. After all, you can’t really have one without the other, right?
Since the beginning of this season, Olivia has been looking for her way back into our world and a way out of the other. Fauxlivia, on the other hand, was never trapped in our world. In fact, as of this episode, we find out that Fauxlivia’s mission here is actually complete, but it’s only once she’s figured out by Peter (Joshua Jackson) that she even begins to implement her exit strategy to return back to the Other Side.
By the end of the episode, the Olivias have been returned to their rightful places. And while Fauxlivia was constantly guided in her path to return home by shapeshifters, Olivia went to a somewhat familiar face in Alt-Broyles (Lance Reddick).
Speaking of Alt-Broyles, from his first scene with Walternate in this episode, his fate was definitely sealed. Poor guy. Though if you were to ask Walternate, he would probably just be classified as another ‘casualty of war’.
There have been quite a few critics calling this the best episode of “Fringe” ever, and it’s difficult to argue against that. The pacing and balance between the two worlds was a thing of beauty, and hopefully that is something that will possibly continue as the season continues.
Anna Torv was both heartbreaking (as Olivia) and frighteningly cold (as Fauxlivia) throughout this episode, and seeing Lance Reddick morally conflicted as Alt-Broyles made his gruesome death even more painful than it technically should have been, considering it was slightly obvious that he wouldn’t live past this episode. “Entrada” also left us wanting more and wondering how things are going to be now that things are back to ‘normal’.
Also, is there really much better than the line, “He fell right into her vagenda”? Probably not.
What Didn’t Work
This isn’t really a problem as much as it is a lamentation: it’s going to be sad to see the Other Side go. Sure, the series will continue to incorporate it into the story, but one of the best parts of this season was seeing the Other Side’s Fringe Division in action every other week. Plus, the slight differences between the two universes is always a treat (although it’s certainly a treat that must make the writers’ rather busy keeping straight).
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Fringe” stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole. “Entrada” was written by Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman and directed by Brad Anderson.
“Fringe” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.