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Fringe 4.16 "Nothing As It Seems" Review

Last night’s thrilling new episode of Fringe “Nothing As It Seems” saw the team investigating a case with details which Peter recognized from his timeline, even as it became apparent that some aspects were radically different.  The episode evoked a distinct feeling of déjà vu as it turned the season one episode “The Transformation” on its head: although it’s been frustrating, at times, navigating this new timeline, I have found it quite fascinating to see the ways in which a seemingly small change – that is, removing one single person from existence – has caused such pervasive changes.

In many ways the audience has been in the same boat as Peter in this new timeline: we too have missed the characters we’ve grown to love, no matter how interesting these new variations are. But since Olivia chose to keep her memories from the original timeline and became “Peter’s” Olivia again, the rest of the team seems closer than ever to their iterations from the original timeline. Walter swings from hilarious food fixations to disgusting concoctions to heartbreaking revelations as he gives Peter the stockpile of presents he bought for his son on each missed birthday. According to September, Walter’s inability to let go of his son contributed to allowing Peter to come back into existence: fitting, given that in order to remove Peter from the timeline in the first place, the Observers had to prepare Walter to be willing to let his son go. Read More...


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