TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Neither Here Nor There
Original Air Date: September 23, 2011
Episode Number: 4×01
The Fringe Team takes new shape as the impact of Peter’s heroic choice unfolds in the fourth season premiere. Just one week after Peter Bishop saved the day and was then wiped from existence, the truce between the two worlds remains intact and the two sides are forced to work together. Lincoln Lee joins the Fringe team as they investigate a shapeshifter case that is very personal to him.
This season premiere was not as amazing as the first three season premieres, but it was still very good. Apparently a world without Peter is a very somber world for Olivia and Walter which led to the episode being a quiet affair. It was a nice way to integrate Lincoln within the team and have him be in on the secret regarding Fringe division and the alternate universe.
Walter being a shut in and afraid to leave his lab was so sad to see. Without Peter, he’s less of a person and is a lot more prone to outbursts of paranoia and rage. Olivia said this is because he has no one to tether himself to this world and she couldn’t be more right. Seeing Walter sleeping in his lab broke my heart. At least he has Astrid to help him with the field work and assist him in the lab.
Meanwhile, Olivia is even more serious and stoic (if that’s even possible) than her previous versions. She still has the same no-nonsense attitude about her and distrusts AltLivia as before, but there’s just a sadness and this cloud of heaviness about her that is hard to dismiss. On a shallow note, I think Anna Torv looked her best yet in this episode. The hair was definitely doing it for me. I know it looked the same, but there was something about it that was different that made her look even more attractive than usual.
Lincoln just accepting the weirdness of the shapeshifter case and wondering at the alternate universe was a joy to watch. Of course he never met the Fringe team even though we saw him interact with them in season three because Peter never existed and it was with Peter that he mostly interacted with. I felt bad for him for losing his partner, but was glad that Olivia did everything she could to return Robert’s body back to his family.
I’m looking forward to how this show will bring back Peter and how they’ll explain it. Walter seeing images of Peter means that Peter is not completely gone and his existence is bleeding through this new universe. Wonder what September has planned…it looked like he changed his mind at the last minute in ridding Peter for good when he shut down his machine.
Other random thoughts and observations:
– Love the new yellow credits.
– Seeing Olivia getting a brutal beating by that shapeshifter was hard to watch. She got the upper hand at the end, though, by shooting at the shapeshifter five times.
– I got a kick out of Olivia and AltLivia’s first scene with both of them accusing each other that they can’t be trusted. AltLivia’s smirk is so annoying, lol.
– AltLivia was totally checking Lincoln out in that brief scene, wasn’t she?
– Nice to see Nathan Miller from The 100 show up again as the FBI agent who was at the lab looking after Walter.
– “Maybe you are just incapable of trusting people.” – AltLivia speaking the truth about Olivia.
– “Who are you people?” – Nice callback to Lincoln saying the same thing in his first appearance in our universe.
– “I know what it’s like to have a hole in my life. It’s been there ever since I can remember.” – Olivia trying to explain Peter’s absence without knowing what/who this hole is.
– “Sometimes answers lead to more questions.” – This should be the show’s motto.