Fringe: Season 3, Episode 22

The Day We Died (6 May 2011)

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Peter successfully enters the machine with Olivia's help, and is transported to the near future where Walternate's universe is the one which has been destroyed. Peter learns about the ... See full summary »

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Peter successfully enters the machine with Olivia's help, and is transported to the near future where Walternate's universe is the one which has been destroyed. Peter learns about the origins of the machine and its ultimate purpose. Written by Anonymous

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Season 3: Strong season that benefits from higher stakes, more characters and fewer "filler" episodes
26 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As much as I enjoyed the second season of Fringe, I didn't totally like the way it seemed to lull in the middle with lots of holding episodes that mostly let the main story fade into the background. I assumed this would continue to be the pattern but actually in this third season there are very few episodes which stand totally alone – the majority are directly related to the main story while the few "case per week" ones tend to have some connection to it. I can think of only two maybe three that were very much time-fillers and they stood out because they took the focus out of the show in most cases but were also the weaker episodes (the Marionette one was terrible for example). Mostly though this very strong season keeps the focus where I wanted it to be and delivers more than I expected.

Picking up where the last season left off, we have the cold war between the two universes continuing but on the smaller scale we have the two Olivia's swapped for the first third of the season. This I liked as a device but the season also uses it well to develop the characters and show the emotional damage done to everyone by that period; it is a nice touch that means the show is never just about the sci-fi action but has people in there too. In terms of the main story though the season does have a good build of tension across the whole run and I did find it very hard not to wolf down the whole of the season in a short period of time. It is funny because with a lot of shows with JJ Abrams' name attached to them, I get the feeling of it not knowing where it is going and just filling space – but with Fringe I never doubted the season or felt it wasn't sure what it was going to do next. This isn't to say that I found it perfectly satisfying though and the season finale was a bit less impacting than I had hoped, but it was still very good.

Some specific episodes are weaker than others and there are some ideas and threads that don't always work; so, for example, Peter becoming "weaponized" (for one episode) seemed to be a way of making a twist rather than a real change in his character but by far the worst idea was having the spirit of Bell living inside Olivia. OK so this is a show where you need to go with it, and it did produce a really good episode that references Inception and is partially animated, but it did also mean that Torv has to spend 3 episodes doing some odd low voice trying to impersonate Spock! Speaking of Torv, she does show her limited range here and seems to be on the edge of her ability but she does some very good work – her Fauxlivia is not great but the insecurities in Olivia were convincing and engaging. Jackson benefits from having more to do than before and this was the first season where I felt he really had something to work with. Of course the heart of the show for me continues to be Noble, who is great in every aspect of his character(s). Support from Reddick, Brown, Nicole etc is of a high standard and again, as a Wire fan, it is fun to see the continued casting of people from that show (the main one in this season being Andre Royo).

Fringe is a sci-fi set across parallel universes and features odd characters and scenarios, so it is perhaps not for everyone in that regard but for me the show works because it tells the story really well and the main characters are very well drawn – in particular Walter. Season 3 benefits from the stakes being very high and having twice the characters to play with than in the previous seasons and as such it probably my favorite thus far. I'll try to leave it a while before I seek out the fourth season, but it is very enjoyable and accessible so I doubt it'll be that long before I'm back in it.


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