“He’ll choose our Olivia”

TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Concentrate and Ask Again
Original Air Date: February 4, 2011
Episode Number: 3×12

Episode Description

When a scientist falls dead after ingesting a lethal cloud of blue powder and his bones disintegrate in his body, the CDC suspects a biological attack. As the Fringe Team investigates further, a subject from Walter’s past with ties to Olivia reluctantly agrees to assist with the intense case.

My Review

I swear to God, it seems like this is the first time I’m watching this show because I don’t remember that last scene between Nina and Sam and him saying that whoever Peter chooses will determine which universe survives.

In any case, what?! There’s no doubt that Fringe is a love story: a love story between a father and his son; a love story between a boy and a girl; a love story about man and science; a love story about a woman and her devotion to always saving someone; etc. So for the writers to give us this revelation as to which universe will survive is not really that surprising. Granted, I am a little skeptical that this is what it boils down to, but I have faith in these writers and showrunners.

Olivia finding out (thanks to Simon) that Peter still has feelings for Fauxlivia was heartbreaking, but she really needs to have a long talk with Peter to clear the air between them because they have to grow to trust each other again fully and completely. They will never get past this if Olivia doesn’t talk to Peter knowing what she knows now.

So does this mean that Sam Weiss is one of the First People? That was a good catch on Nina’s part noticing that the author names on all the books consisted of the same set and had the same number of letters in them. I liked Nina’s scene with Olivia in the beginning of the episode where she reassures Olivia that Fauxlivia is not better than Olivia. Really wish we had more scenes between the two of them because I have always been interested in their dynamic.

I liked Simon very much and it was great that he was instrumental in helping the Fringe team catch those two guys. I’m with Peter, though. How many more are out there just like Simon who were experimented on, but didn’t complete the trials and thus are not on a list? Just sad to see him live out there by himself with no one to talk to. What kind of life is that?

Olivia looked absolutely stunning in that dress so I would like to thank the writer for writing this part in the story. The fact that she was shooting guys in that dress made it even hotter, lol. Who needs James Bond when you have FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham? I’ll take her over James Bond any day.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– I saw a book written by a “Dr. Spock” in the Massive Dynamic room that Nina first enters in the beginning of this episode. I see what you did there, show.

– So Olivia likes her coffee black with one sugar while Fauxlivia likes it with milk. Try harder to remember next time, Peter.

– “Why would anyone kill a scientist? What did we ever do?”

– Loved that scene in the highway with Olivia, Walter, and Peter where Olivia asks Walter what he’s going to New Hampshire for and he doesn’t answer her and Olivia’s like “That wasn’t my question” with this pissed off look on her face. There’s our Olivia, always direct and blunt with Walter, lol.

– And then we immediately get a cute smile from her in the next scene when Walter punches Peter as soon as he spots a Volkswagen Beetle (“Punch buggy!”).

– “The tall one thinks you’re hot.”

– Olivia trying to downplay how great of a shot she is…girl, please. You are a great marksman, not Olympic-caliber, but good enough to shoot a shape-shifter from 20 feet away speeding away from her in a moving van.


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