TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: In Absentia
Original Air Date: October 5, 2012
Episode Number: 5×02
The fight for freedom intensifies when the Fringe team revisits Walter’s Harvard lab – now under Observer control – in an attempt to locate the information they need to fight on in their mission to save the world.
I thought this was just an okay episode. Was not too thrilled about Olivia being put in her position by Etta, but I’m going to let it slide for now because Etta is right. This is her world and Olivia has yet a lot to learn. I did appreciate that both Etta and Gale acknowledged that Olivia made them changed their minds because they could see/feel something in Olivia that convinced them to make a better choice.
Gale says that he saw a conviction in Olivia’s eyes that they will win the war against the Observers and that this is the first time that he believed this could be true and will happen. So he ends up telling Etta that he will join the resistance and figures that the tattoo on his face will be an asset. Meanwhile, Etta says that she felt pity from Olivia, pity for all of them at what this world has come to. So she follows her mother’s lead and lets Gale walk away instead of shooting him or giving him over to the resistance.
Etta telling Olivia to her face that she’s easily manipulated was surprising. Granted, she just came back from seeing Simon’s severed head being experimented on in the science lab so she probably was still in shock and wasn’t thinking about what she was saying. For all she knows, Olivia is the one doing the manipulation with Gale and was just showing him pity so he would comply. This isn’t Olivia’s first trip to the rodeo after all.
Other random thoughts and observations:
– It’s good that they were able to recover Walter’s tape, but could he at least have said on video where those tapes can be found?
– “I’ve been around way longer than you might think.” – Olivia to Gale
– “I know you like to be in control. So do I.” Like daughter, like mother.