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‘Fringe’ – Marionette

Olivia’s first case back in our world begs the question: how could Peter not know the difference between her and Fauxlivia?


This review may contain spoilers.

The episode opens at a train station, which we all know is never a good sign. Luckily, nothing horrible or gruesome happened this particular location. So that’s progress, right?

But then there’s some business with organ removal and people surviving after having had said organs removed, so we probably should’ve just wished for train station shenanigans. It’s not just mindless organ removal, though — the baddie of the week just wanted to return the organs (which had been transplanted) to their original owner and get his reanimation on. He even made sure to apologize to each victim of his madness. See? He’s a psychopath that cares.

Olivia is back home and ready to get into action, but Broyles (Lance Reddick) rightfully informs her of his reservations with having her back in the field so soon. After some smoothtalking from Olivia about Alt-Broyles, she’s back in the game like nothing ever happened.

However, something (some things, actually) did happen, and ‘Fringe’ isn’t going to ignore that.

Peter tells Olivia that he noticed changes and “explained away the differences” between her and Fauxlivia, because their “relationship was different.” He called Fauxlivia “less intense” and “quicker with a smile.” Honestly, it all just sounded like a nicer way to say that he liked Fauxlivia better, so he ignored the fact that she was clearly not Olivia. Olivia takes this all in stride, but in the passive aggressive way where it’s obvious to anyone but Peter that she hates everything about this.

Wise Astrid tries to talk some sense into Olivia, stating that all of Peter’s feelings were in fact for her and not for Fauxlivia. But since even the psycho organ thief could tell the difference between the girl who died and the thing he brought back to life (with all the body parts, just not the soul), Astrid’s pep talk didn’t really have the intended effect.

“She’s taken everything,” said Olivia, toward the end of the the episode.

What Worked

Could the actual marionette scene have been any more disturbing? The concept itself was already unsettling, but seeing it all unfold was nothing resembling pleasant. Kudos to “Fringe” for always being able to pull off these types of scenes.

It makes sense that Olivia would want to jump back into the field immediately. She’s not one to be coddled, and staying off on the sidelines would do nothing but make everyone walk on eggshells around her.

What Didn’t Work

The way the episode handled the parallel of the baddie of the week to the Peter/Olivia situation was a bit heavy-handed towards the end, but it was nothing completely terrible.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

“Fringe” stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole. “Marionette” was written by Monica Owsus-Breen & Alison Schapher and directed by Joe Chappelle.

“Fringe” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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