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‘Fringe’ – 6B

It’s not just the Other Side that’s feeling the effects of the shifts in the universes

This review may contain spoilers.

It’s a shame “Fringe” has already had its musical episode, because at this point in the story, it seems like someone will burst into song with a rendition of “All You Need Is Love” at any given moment.

When it was just hinted that Fauxlivia could possibly be pregnant (which she turned out to be), fans got a weary. And then when it was revealed that the fate of both worlds basically depended on which Olivia (Anna Torv) was loved more by Peter (Joshua Jackson), things got kind of bit iffy on that front too. Its one thing to have the will they/won’t they aspect of the show, and to even put the characters together, but making that romantic part of the show — especially in a science-fiction show — the driving force for seemingly much more important plots is suspect, at best.

So even though “6B” was a pretty good episode with a strong case of the week — there was even a glimpse of the Other Side, complete with Fauxlivia and everyone’s favorite alt-world Fringe Division member, Lincoln Lee — the not-so-subtle subtext of the power of love (and moving on or moving forward in love) left a bittersweet taste at the end of all of it.

Points of Interest

1. Walter (John Noble) referring to Nina Sharp’s (Blair Brown) right-hand man, Brandon, as “that nervous fellow” was pretty spot-on, really.

2. Conversation amongst out Fringe Division the amber process commonly used by the Other Side’s Fringe Division occurred during this episode, but it ultimately didn’t come down to actually using it. Could it possibly happen somewhere along the line?

3. Before this week’s case came along, Walter mentioned that there haven’t been any new cases in the past couple of weeks. Is this because last week, we had the Other Side’s case of the week instead?

What Worked

It was refreshing — in a “Fringe” way — to see that our world is also deteriorating from the world-hopping and balance-shifting that’s been going on. Of course, the problem in this week’s episode was not as dire as the Other Side’s deterioration, and its solution was much more pleasant than the old amber trick. But it was nice to be reminded that Walternate and everyone on the Other Side aren’t the only ones who are having troubles because of this.

Now the next step (depending on how long this entire storyline will be stretched out) will be to figure out how to stop and/or reverse this deterioration — on both sides — without ever really needing to use the doomsday device.

An “emotional quantum entanglement” best defines not only the case of the week, but Peter and Olivia’s relationship. If that’s the route this storyline is going, then it’s a potentially good thing that the relationship is getting all of this focus.

What Didn’t Work

But if not, the power of love is a curious thing. It seemed like Olivia wouldn’t just get over the Fauxlivia/Peter thing, especially in the first half of the episode episode where she seemed to want nothing to do with him outside of work. But then we got deeper into the case of the week, and it become the thinly veiled example needed to move Olivia/Peter right along. Because now that’s supposedly the only thing we’re really supposed to care about in a show that has alternate universes, the First People, and scientific anomalies.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

“6B” was written by Glen Whitman & Robert Chiappetta. It was directed by Thomas Yatsko.

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

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