TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: Forced Perspective
Original Air Date: January 27, 2012
Episode Number: 4×10
Olivia continues to cope with the ominous warning from the Observers, while Peter and the team track a girl with the mysterious ability to see the future and predict death.
This had a sad ending with the girl, Emily, predicting her death all this time and her actually dying. I wanted somehow or some way for Walter and the Fringe team to save her, but alas, it was not to be. My emotions definitely got the better of me during the scene in the bench with Emily and her father and him asking why she didn’t tell him and she replies that he will find her way to him anyway.
The parallel of Olivia’s storyline regarding her death along with Emily’s ability to see someone’s death before it happens was well done. What Emily said to her why she warns/tells the people about their impending doom really resonated with Olivia. Emily said that it would allow them to say goodbye to those they care about and tell them that they love them before it’s too late.
Towards the end of the episode we see Olivia have a heart-to-heart with Nina, telling Nina that she sees her as the closest thing she has to a mother and that she loves her. This would be a much sweeter scene if only Nina is not lying to Olivia’s face about why Olivia is having those migraines. It’s really hard to not see Nina as a villain here because like I said in my previous review, if she cares for Olivia, she wouldn’t be experimenting on her or whatever it is she’s planning on doing together with Jones.
Another parallel between Emily and Olivia is the fact that both of them were experimented on as kids and when Emily’s father was asking Olivia and Lincoln if they have any idea what it’s like to experience that and the camera pans to Olivia’s face, it made me sad. Olivia could have used the fact that she was experimented on as a kid to make the family trust her, but she didn’t. I don’t think she’s ready to talk about that just yet and admit that to strangers.
As for September’s message that Olivia will have to die in every version of the future, it’s still hanging in the air and I’m glad that Olivia opened up to Broyles about this. This is something that she definitely needs to talk to someone about and the fact that it’s her boss is better than no one. Broyles showing his concern for Olivia by wanting to have someone look after her and telling her to leave the courthouse was touching. Broyles is not one to usually show affection or be emotional, but I liked that he cares enough for Olivia that he just wants her to be safe.
Olivia being happy when she found out that Walter and Peter are finally working together was cute. They almost seem like the characters we knew and loved in the first three seasons. I find it curious that I’m liking the dynamic between this version of Olivia and Peter and how they’re strangers to each other, but at the same time, there is that underlying tension and mystery surrounding their scenes.
Peter’s reaction when Olivia told him that they weren’t aware of who or what the Observers are until recently was pretty amusing. I don’t know if he was just exasperated or what that the Observers in this timeline hadn’t made themselves known or that the Fringe team would know about them. “They don’t predict the future, Olivia. They’ve already experienced it.” Poor Olivia. How does one react to that statement?
Other random thoughts and observations:
– “Don’t worry, I have no idea what he’s talking about either.” – Astrid perfectly representing the viewers in regards to Walter whenever he talks in scientific terms.
– “Are you asking me a question or are you accusing me of something?” – Nina to Olivia…this cracked me up.
– I love how in both versions of our universes, Boston and New York City are right next to each other and that the characters make it from one city to the other within a matter of what it seems like 30 minutes. Olivia was in NYC when Emily called her from Boston and in no time at all, she meets Emily on that bench. Emily couldn’t have been sitting there for three/four hours (or however long it takes to drive from NYC to Boston) that whole time.
– Why was September outside Olivia’s building again? What important event is going to happen that he has to be there to observe?