Fringe 3.16 "Os" Review

Just to get it out of the way so I can get on with the more interesting details: I absolutely loved tonight’s Fringe episode. I initially thought that tonight’s episode was a return to the more case-centric style of storytelling, and to a degree it was. Solving the case of bodies that were lighter than air yet contained traces of the densest elements provided Walter with quite the challenge, and led to some always-entertaining moments between Walter and Astrid. The case itself turns out to be tied to the larger story of Fringe in a way that I honestly did not anticipate. The reason that the aeronautical engineer, played marvelously by Alan Ruck, is able to create this new "miraculous" compound that breaks the laws of physics is because Our Universe is starting to decay the same way the Other Side is. The very laws of physics, as Walter points out to Nina, are ceasing to function the way they ought to.

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I found myself in the strange position of identifying with the "bad guy" of the episode. Someone whom I love very much is in a wheelchair, although for a different reason than the engineer’s son, and I can absolutely understand his desire to do anything he possibly could to try and fix the situation; his desire to try and do everything in his power to make his loved one happy. My heart broke for both the father and son during the prison scene, and I was once again struck by the continuing trend of Fringe having amazing guest stars.  At the same time, I also found myself hating the father for using other people as lab rats and taking advantage of their hope and desperation – even if he did it out of love for his son. Never let it be said that issues in Fringe are simply black and white. Read More...


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