“Real is just a matter of perception”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: The Plateau
Original Air Date: October 7, 2010
Episode Number: 3×03

Episode Description

In this case, timing is everything as a series of anomalous events lead the Fringe Division to investigate deadly incidents with unimaginable coincidences. As the freaky crimes continue to occur, the team is in a race against time to protect potential victims. Meanwhile, Secretary Bishop shares his strategic plan with Colonel Broyles as Olivia grapples with a heart-stopping vision.

My Review

Cool episode. Milo was so sure that he knows what was going to happen and when it didn’t, he was so shocked as was I, but instead of being confused about it, I was cheering at how cool this sequence was and that Olivia escaped death. Suck on that, Milo!

Olivia slowly getting her own memories back and seeing Peter and Walter is making me so hopeful that she’ll figure everything out and will find a way to cross over to her universe. That last scene with Peter was so tender and sweet. Him reminding her (essentially, it’s her reminding herself) that she’s not from this world that she’s not Fauxlivia was so sad. Olivia still has a long way to go and this is just the first step into going back.

Charlie has his suspicions if this is his Olivia and I liked how he snuck in that story about them riding the rollercoaster in Coney Island as a way to test Olivia and she passed it with flying colors. I hope he notices more things that his Olivia wouldn’t do – like break protocol and not using her oxygen device when entering an area where the air is compromised. This was a definite red flag, but he chalked it up to Olivia being a daredevil and too focused on catching the bad guy to notice the oxygen warning sign.

It’s sad what happened to Milo, but why didn’t the trials stop after the first treatment where he already exhibited genius IQ levels? Were they using these patients are guinea pigs? If so, why isn’t this ruled as unethical over there? Are these human drug trials allowed? Yes, the sister was the one who signed up Milo, but how would she know if the hospital was overstepping their bounds?

Loved how they showed us the different permutations going on in Milo’s head. That was very cool to see. I cracked up at AltAstrid trying to explain impossibility and improbability to Lincoln and also when she explained the whole “prediction” thing to Olivia and AltCharlie.

Looks like Walternate and AltBrandon are not done experimenting on Olivia and they will employ the old immersion tank technique to get her to exhibit her ability to cross over. This show certainly doesn’t like to pass up any opportunity to have Olivia strip down, does it? Heh.

Other random observations:

– I really liked the first scene with Olivia and Milo’s sister, Madeline. Good chemistry between both actresses.

– We find out in Earth 2 that pens/pencils are rare, that avocados are in rare supply, and that smallpox has not been cured.

– I liked that AltBroyles wouldn’t stop asking Walternate what his plans are involving Olivia and that he finally got his answer.

– Lincoln once kissed Fauxlivia thinking that she didn’t have a boyfriend. Awkward. I like their dynamic and how they seem to really be in sync as partners.

– I got chills when Walternate told AltBrandon “I am still a scientist, Brandon. I just have a much larger laboratory.”

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