“For the sake of one life, you will destroy the world”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Peter
Original Air Date: April 1, 2010
Episode Number: 2×15

Episode Description

Walter flashes back to 1985 while explaining Peter’s otherworldly origins to Olivia. Also, Peter’s mother is introduced, and details of the neighboring world reaffirms that there is more than one of everything.

My Review

Definitely one of the best episodes of Fringe and I’m pretty sure this one is right up there with other Fringe fans. We finally got all the answers that we were asking in regards to Peter and what really happened in that lake and how September is involved and everything was glorious. This episode was truly a gift and I would like to thank the writers for this episode. Brilliant all around. And they made an episode where the character in the title doesn’t even appear in the present! And Olivia only gets about three minutes of screen time, what? To sideline two of your leads for the majority of the episode was a pretty ballsy move, but it paid off in a huge way.

I know I keep saying this, but even though I’ve seen this episode before, I have forgotten some of the details as to what happened with Walter crossing over to the other side. I forgot that he had every intention of bringing Peter back and even to go as far as promise Alt-Elizabeth that he will. Of course, his intention along with that promise went out the window when he saw Elizabeth’s face hugging Peter. He couldn’t do that to her, break her heart all over again by returning Peter and this was more than enough for Walter to justify keeping Peter. It’s pretty messed up if you think about it. Poor Walternate and Alt-Elizabeth.

This got me thinking, though. If Walter had every intention to return Peter, how would he do it since the device is now submerged in the freezing Reiden Lake waters? I wonder if he REALLY was going to return to Peter and was only waiting for an excuse or a sign to tell him that he shouldn’t and this is where Elizabeth came in.

And now we also know how September is involved. He wanted an up close and personal view of Walternate finding the cure that September inadvertently caused Walternate to miss the experiment and thus not finding a cure for Peter. August (!) and Observer Boss tell him that he needs to fix this and he does by being at the right place at the right time in Reiden Lake and rescues father and son. September telling Walter that “The boy is important. He has to live.” raised a few more questions, naturally, lol. Minor spoiler…I know what September means. 😏

We also found out what happened to Nina’s arm! (This was another one that I have forgotten, lol.) She stuck her hand in the device and pulled it out at the very last second before Walter turned it off, but it was too late because it seemed like her hand was disintegrating or didn’t assemble properly after she pulled it back to our side. Rough.

It was nice to finally meet Carla, Walter’s lab assistant. I loved their showdown at the lab where Walter displayed his bravado and ego and railed at Carla for disagreeing with him about crossing to the other side. She’s definitely in the right, but since Walter is blinded by his hubris and his need to save Peter, he threw her out of the lab. I got chills when Walter said “There’s only room for one God in this lab and it’s not yours.” I don’t like sane Walter. He’s scary as fuck.

It was also nice to finally meet Peter’s mom, Elizabeth, played by the lovely Orla Brady. I thought she did a wonderful job as both Elizabeths and she broke my heart when she saw Peter in the lab. She played that with just the right note of shock, relief, and happiness.

So is it safe to say that Walter pretty much brought about this war between the two worlds by crossing over and taking Peter and thus tearing a hole in the universe and weakening the “shield” on both sides? Oh, Walter, what have you done?

Other random observations:

– Walter to Olivia: “You can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a child.” I smell foreshadowing.

– LOVED the 1985 version of the theme song. It’s one of my ringtones.

– Back To the Future starring Eric Stoltz. I love these downright geeky details that the writers include in the alternate universe. So fascinating.

– Who else laughed when Nina pulled out that big-ass cellphone from her purse to call her office? 😂

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