Episode Title: "Olivia"
Story: Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is trapped "over there," and nobody believes that she's actually from an alternate universe — nobody, that is, except for the shadowy Walternate (John Noble), who has plans of his own for the reality displaced operative. Olivia's situation takes a turn for the worse after she takes matters into her own hands, only to find that she's starting to doubt her own story.
Meanwhile, "over here," Bolivia has infiltrated the Fringe team, though her motives and mission remain unclear.
Going Over There Again: Oh, my. They didn't miss a beat, did they?
In its first new episode since Olivia Dunham found herself imprisoned in an alternate reality, "Fringe" proved once again that it's one of the most the most innovative, entertaining genre shows currently airing on television. After months of wondering what would happen to Olivia, we finally have an answer — or, at least, we have the start of an answer.
Anna Torv may have turned in the work of her career with that opening scene, coldly denying that she's the Olivia Dunham of the "over there" world. When she breaks free, Olivia has every intention of getting the hell out of dodge and back to the universe she calls home, but the portal is closed and it looks like she's stuck. Making matters worse is the fact that a series of chemical injections ultimately take effect, convincing Olivia that she really is the Olivia of "over there."
Watching Olivia slowly realize that something is wrong with her psyche was absolutely gut-wrenching, from her newfound sharpshooting to her sudden memories of painting her mother's house. The smug smile that Olivia proudly wore in scenes opposite Henry the cab driver — played brilliantly by "The Wire" veteran Andre Royo — was slowly removed from her face as the episode trucked along. Now, the Olivia we know and love is completely suppressed inside of her mind, leaving us with two vicious women to watch week in and week out.
As exciting as the season premiere was, the little teaser of Walter, Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Bolivia (the production team's nickname for the alternate Olivia) has me very excited to return to our home turf next week. Not only am I itching to spend time with Walter and the other regulars, but I can't wait to watch Torv tap into her inner bad girl when playing the cunning Bolivia. Next Thursday can't come soon enough. But I echo Alternate Broyles' (Lance Reddick) comments to Walternate: why is it so important for Olivia to believe that she's from the "over there" universe? I guess, as Walternate himself replied, we'll find out soon enough.
As exciting as the season premiere was, the little teaser of Walter, Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Bolivia (the production team's nickname for the alternate Olivia) has me very excited to return to our home turf next week. Not only am I itching to spend time with Walter and the other regulars, but I can't wait to watch Torv tap into her inner bad girl when playing the cunning Bolivia. Next Thursday can't come soon enough.
Walter's Weekly Wisdom: "Can we start with dinner? I'm starving!" — Walter to a freshly interrogated Peter Bishop.
Next Case: On the next episode of "Fringe," we'll find out what's inside "The Box." No, it's not Gwyneth Paltrow's head.
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