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'Fringe' recap: In 'The Abducted,' who can take a child? The Candyman can.

The greatest themes in Fringe are The Missing Child and The Missing Father. Walter’s abduction of the alternate-universe Peter to replace his own dead son was such a profound violation of the universe(s) — a cataclysmic sin, to use a religious value that Fringe usually does not traffick in — that it caused both a massive and very specific rift, inter-dimensional and interpersonal.

To take just another quick example: In season one, before things became more complicated, Fringewas fundamentally about a son (Peter) who led a purposeless existence because of the absence of a father (the Walter committed to an asylum; the Walternate in another dimension).

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