Fringe: Season 3, Episode 17

Stowaway (18 Mar. 2011)

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When the Fringe team investigates an apparent suicide victim, they uncover a second set of fingerprints leading them to a woman with uncanny characteristics that cannot die.

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When the Fringe team investigates an apparent suicide victim, they uncover a second set of fingerprints leading them to a woman with uncanny characteristics that cannot die. Written by Fox Publicity

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Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) imitates William Bell's voice throughout the episode while her body is "possessed" by Bell. See more »

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Broyles asks an agent to check a suspects "Metrocard". In the Boston area the stored value cards for mass transit are called Charliecards after the song "Charlie on the MTA". See more »

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I think I'll have another cup of Soul Magnet tea, thank you.
21 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode has it's moments. The introduction of this side's version of Fringe Agent Lincoln Lee (in Clark Kent glasses, no less!) was awesome. The plot was pretty standard SciFi and it served more as a backdrop for the emerging relationship between Olivia-as-Bell and Walter. And that was cool but, dang, it was hard to listen her impersonate Leonard Nimoy. A tough act for any actor to get right and even harder for an actress. I can't belittle her attempt, it was good, it was just super weird to hear it, although seeing it was fine (the subtle flirting with Astrid was quite well plotted, I might add).

I did think it a tad odd that the blonde woman (who I'm pretty sure was in Caprica and Deadwood) didn't try better ways to die before opting for a train-bomb. Gunshots and jumping off buildings doesn't work, OK, but there are others ways to go before you decide to try and soul hitchhike with a trainload of people. To their credit, the writers did (kinda) address this when Peter and Lincoln are talking about (and around) her condition when it's implied she's off her nut a little. To a crazy person the strangest options make perfect sense I suppose. She was at the end of her rope and any possibility had a chance, even if it meant killing a bunch of other people just to try.

That was one question I had while watching. The only other was who the bomb maker was and why he put the bag there to begin with. As that was never explored it just felt like a convenient back door to set-up the "purpose driven life" cup of tea Peter and Olivia-as-Bell share at the end.

Anyway, it moves the story along and introduces another alternate, which tips it from just their above-average-yet-average 6 to a solid 7. Decent episode.


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