Quick Recap and Review:
We start out in the Blueniverse with Peter and Fauxlivia on a date, flirting and being sweet, but we soon learn, when she goes to the bathroom with her giaganitc clutch bag that it’s taking a toll on her; things need to proceed, but she just doesn’t feel that way about him. Meanwhile, a senator named Van Horn gets killed in a car crash and it turns out that he’s not a senator, he’s a deep-cover shapeshifter who has so totally taken on Van Horn’s identity that he’s come to actually care about his family and his neighbors. Newton comes to take him out, but he doesn’t do a good enough job to keep Walter, now head of Massive Dynamic and spending most of the episode tripping hard on LSD, from figuring out how to access his data a little. Which means Fauxlivia’s cover is in danger and Newton triggers another sleeper to take care of the situation: he’s been posing as a cop with a wife and kid for five years. Which, as it turns out, is also long enough to start feeling like the actual person. Newton is puzzled by how all his operatives have been going native, but he doesn’t have time to worry about it, because right after he offs the cop, Fauxlivia and Peter show up, chase him down and arrest him. Which leaves another shapeshifter body for Walter to play with. Afterward, Fauxlivia somehow walks into a federal prison and visits Newton without any surveilance of any kind, and they talk about how far she’s willing to go to get the job done. She needs to have Peter on her side, but can she do it? She gives Newton a self-destruct program, leaving another body for Walter, not to mention all the puddles of cyber-evidence when he bleeds out.
Fauxlivia goes home and seduces Peter, who is admittedly easy to seduce, and their first bedtime funtime is interspersed with Newton dying, which is creepy. And disturbing. And really unnerving. And it adds just that much more to the tower that’s going to crush them all when she’s exposed– probably next airing (or very soon after, since maybe Fauxlivia can keep her away, or she might be too confused at first), when “Olivia comes home”, according to the commercials. They’re really building up this revelation– it makes us wince every time something more happens, every time Peter gets that much closer to something like happiness, because we know that it’s all a sham. And there’s so much that will need to be sorted out in the aftermath!
This whole ep was tense and felt like it was very near the breaking point, which is exactly where it should be. Better yet, the lighting and makeup boys somehow managed to get Fauxlivia to look more and more like some sort of alien as the show went on, all angles and strange eyes and severe lighting. More different from Ourlivia than we thought! Bravo!
The best part– or at least one of them– was the whole minor plot of how real someone is. Weren’t the two gone-native shifters more real than Fauxlivia, because they actually did care about the lives they’d inhabited, because they didn’t want to hurt people? While Fauxlivia doesn’t care if she hurts people on this side, and has to fake caring about things? Brilliant. And it gives just that much more intensity to the whole storyline, and how it’s getting more and more Big Questions About Reality And The Human Condition, which is exactly where this show needs to go.
This week’s grossness: Silvery shapeshifter brains.
Peter’s conman showing– we don’t get nearly enough of his talent for reading people or his previous existence as a high-stakes scam artist. We demand more! And it was so nice that it came out on a date while he was trying to impress Fauxlivia. Remember last season and the season before, when they used to talk things out at the bar and share little snippets of their talents and skills?
Walter in charge of Massive Dynamic and no one knowing what to do with him– that scene where he was talking to the head researchers was great, and the look on Nina’s face was priceless. What is she going to do now that she’s back being Walter’s helper and only barely has any idea how loopy he is? Drama, that’s what.
Any moment with Walter and Astrid. This week, he got her name right!
Peter admitting that he’s a little suspiscious of Fauxlivia, and that she seems like a totally different person. Props also for admitting that he’s been making excuses about it. Minus props for being too easily distracted afterward, and going along with her so-called reality when the rest of the show happend. But at least the seed is there. Maybe he’ll get more suspiscious in episodes to come, and he’ll be the one to expose her? Oh the pathos!
Peter is drinking a lot. They keep making a point of showing us how many shots he’s taking at any one time, and this can only go poorly when things fall apart.
Walter’s MD lab is cold and inhuman; we miss the cow and the piles of outdated tech and the home-grown-ness of the lab at the school. Hopefully he’ll junk it up in due time.
Why did Newton have to go?? He was so great, and the power struggle between him and Fauxlivia was just awesome. Maybe Walter can salvage him and he’ll still be around? Mayeb he’ll be reprogrammed or held captive until he starts getting Stockholm Syndrome, and he’ll switch sides? One can hope, right?
Fringe is off for a while because of sports, and will return Nov 4th.
Fringe, FOX, Thursday nights at 9.