Fringe 4.13 "A Better Human Being" Review

Last night’s episode of Fringe was one that we’d been waiting for since this season began.  It picked up right where last week’s "Welcome to Westfield" left off, with Olivia seemingly slipping back into our Olivia from the original timeline. The case of the week was distinguished by a great performance by newcomer Harrison Thomas as a patient misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, but was largely overshadowed by the confounding developments between Olivia and Peter.

Even though we’ve seen Peter and Walter’s relationship becoming much more similar to the one we’d grown to know and love in the original timeline, this new Fringe episode saw it reverting to mistrust and suspicion, at least on Walter’s part. Walter’s preliminary explanation for the fact that Olivia is remembering events from what they have been assuming is another timeline altogether is that between her Cortexiphan-magnified empathetic abilities and Peter’s desperation to get his Olivia back, some sort of memory transfer is occurring. In this new timeline, Peter’s absence has facilitated a much closer relationship between Walter and Olivia, and I think we were definitely seeing that at play here. Not to mention the fact that Walter was right: it would be wrong for Peter to be trying to twist this Olivia into someone she isn’t. Walter saw first-hand the universe-shattering effects of trying to hold onto someone you love, and that his surrogate daughter is apparently being threatened now only serves to amplify his anger. Read More...


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