Our Astrid gets an unexpected visit from her Alternate, while Peter and Olivia track a killer using a toxin that has yet to be invented. Both universes collide in a case that pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
In the parallel universe, the alternate Astrid crosses the portal and visits Astrid since she has difficulties in social interaction and communication, and Olivia comes after her. Meanwhile a man kills people with a strange device but the Fringe Division has no clue to follow. When one victim survives, he explains that the man said that wanted to put him out of misery since he would become paraplegic. Soon alternate Astrid helps the fringe Division to identify the man. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The glyphs for this episode spell out: EMPATH See more »
When Alternate Astrid blurts out "Deus ex Machina," Walter asks, "The hand of God?" This phrase actually translates into "God via the machine" or "God in the machine," an plot device in Ancient Greek drama that amounted to a last-minute rescue by an omnipotent force. Neither Walter's translation nor Alternate Astrid's use of the phrase are accurate. See more »
This is now my favorite episode...wonderfully written, beautifully directed. Everything worked in this episode, the comedy was spot-on, the story and dialog just great. I've always thought Astrid was one of the most charming (and cute) characters on TV, the way she has always been so good with Walter, but what she does in this episode is so compassionate as to be inspiring. Bravo Jasika Nicole. The dynamic between Walter and Altlivia was well played, too. All the characters from both (or two) of the time lines seem to be learning to get along, and there is a lot of opportunity for comedy, and this episode made the most of it. Altlivia's "Hey girls!" entrance was hilarious, as was the "I"ve always wondered why more people didn't do that" from Olivia. What's really great about this episode though, were the themes...duality, the convergence of all time, the importance of family... This episode was one of the most cinematic entries into a series that is always beautifully done. This show still has lots of stories to tell, and I hope this episode is a preview of the quality we can look forward to.
That this show is on the verge of cancellation is amazing to me.
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