Fringe: Season 5, Episode 12

Liberty (18 Jan. 2013)

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As the Observers evaluate Michael and begin to learn of his abilities and potential, Olivia embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue him.

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Kitchen sync, Part I
18 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Last episode, we were left wondering why the "Anomaly" would step off of the train. Maybe it was to let Fringe Division get away, or maybe the "child" observer wanted to taunt Captain Windmark - Who seems to have a big problem reading this kid. Every Observer trick old Windy tries out, backfires on him - He's gotta leave the room, he can't read this kid, the kid throws it all back at him.

Meanwhile, Fringe Division has to figure out a way to get this kid back. This is a crash and burn situation, there is no going back to the way it was for anyone after this: Broyles has to burn a bridge to get Fringe the info on where the kid is being stashed. So what better way to snatch the kid then to let Olivia user her Cortexiphan abilities and do it from "The Other Side"- Problem is, she hasn't had the stuff in her system since "The Bullet that Saved the World" - So Peter is worried what it's gonna do.

No Problem, Walter has a stash of the stuff - With a shelf life of 127 years. The risk is the massive doses she has to take, which Walter administers in four huge injections - Enough for a few hours of universe-hopping. Anna Torv does a great job playing an older Fauxlivia, it really seems like two people.

Meanwhile Old Windbag goes "back to the future" to talk to the head Observer, who suggests taking the kid apart and putting him in cold storage like hunks of beef, because the kid is too interesting to waste. Too bad he'd be dead, but that's how cold these Fedora-Heads are.

While Fringe Div is in Battery Park, September sneaks into the Lab and starts assembling the machine - Oops, it does not work. Big Problem.

The great thing with this ep is of course we get to see "The Other Side" after 25 years. This includes seeing Fauxlivia and Agent Lee, who have aged while Olivia had not. But while there, Olivia has time shifts (Kitchen Sync to S1E20 and S2E1), so it is hard for her to see what is really happening in front of her, her perception keeps shifting from one universe to the other-Not the thing you want to happen when one Universe has a Liberty Island filled with Observers and Loyalists. But this gives us a chance to look in on Agent Lee and Fauxlivia and questions about their fate are dealt with. Same old Fauxlivia, and Agent Lee has become more like his "Doppelganger" who had been shot in S4. Also the fate of Walternate - Who is 90 years old real time in that universe.

There is a great revelation in this episode, and it comes at the very end, where we see Eugene Lipinski as "December" once again - He was the "Boss" of the 12-member Observer team of which September had been a part. December can go to the Future and retrieve the broken piece September needs. What nobody ever realised until this point is that it was not only September who was affected by the Humans of the 20th/21st century - All of the Observers who were part of that were affected- And once again, Kitchen Sync - the 2nd Season episode "August" comes to mind.

So if these 12 "Disciples" from the future, who were observing Walter and Peter could be affected by their positive emotions, so too can the Observers who are occupying the time frame where this season is occurring-This includes Windmark, but where September and the other 11 had positive experiences, Windmark is being affected by Negative emotions - Like Hate. This was hinted at in the episode just previous to this.

So Olivia succeeds - But this is just part one, there are more Kitchen Utilities to be thrown at us.


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