Fringe 4.11 "Making Angels" Review

This week’s episode of Fringe, "Making Angels", was certainly a long time coming: we finally, finally learn more about Astrid beyond the fact that she’s a junior field agent who’s remarkably good at handling Walter. It sometimes boggles my mind that we’ve gone so long without learning anything personal about one of the main characters on Fringe. It also felt like the other characters were learning new information about their coworker just as we were: maybe it was just me, but both Walter and Olivia seemed surprised to learn that Astrid’s mother died when she was a girl.

Jasika Nicole, who plays Agents Astrid Farnsworth, did an absolutely fantastic job in tonight’s episode. It was wonderful to see her get to take the lead, and seeing the two versions of her characters side by side makes it even more apparent how very different the Alternate is from the Astrid we’ve gotten to know. Yet again it brings up the debate of nature versus nurture, in this case in terms of autism spectrum disorders. It fascinates me to wonder how genetically identical people can be so radically different, and I love that Fringe provides such an interesting platform for the debate: they’ve certainly woven the two universes together in an entirely new way this season, and I hope they continue to do so. Read More...


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