TV Show: Fringe
Episode Title: The Human Kind
Original Air Date: December 7, 2012
Episode Number: 5×08
Olivia encounters a very intuitive and oracle-like person named Simone as she looks to recover a key piece of equipment for Walter. Meanwhile, Peter finds himself in a perilous situation as he observes Windmark.
FINALLY! An Olivia-centric episode and of course it was written by Alison Schapker. She’s definitely right up there as probably my favorite Fringe writer together with Monica Owusu-Breen so when I saw Alison’s name in the credits, I was very happy and this episode didn’t disappoint and probably my favorite episode so far this season.
Olivia got to save herself, kick some ass, channel her inner MacGyver, obtain the magnet that Walter needs to save the world, share scenes with Fringe fan Jill Scott, and she was able to convince Peter to stop this revenge path he’s on before it’s too late. That’s a superhero, if there ever was one. And it’s all in a day’s work.
Loved how she devised that “gun” using the bullet that killed her and which Etta saved in order to save herself. Talk about coming full circle. I have missed Olivia kicking ass and shooting bad guys. It only took eight episodes, but better late than never, I guess.
The last Olivia/Peter scene had a bit of cringe-worthy/cheesy dialogue, but I’ll let it slide because Alison wrote the episode and I can’t say a bad thing about her. I got teared up when we saw Peter flashing through the happy memories he had of Olivia, Walter, and Etta. That was a very effective way to remind the audience about how much all of these characters have gone through.
I thought Olivia telling Simone that her faith and her ability are not real/fake was COLD, lol. Good thing Simone was not frazzled and didn’t think much of whatever Olivia believed or didn’t believe. “You can’t know everything.” Foreshadowing in regards to the Observers’ ability to see everything?
Walter’s new name for Astrid: Asner. 😄