Deep breaths everyone! It’s the season finale.
This episode is just hard. Sure, Olivia is alive at the end, but watching her get shot and then her family gather for the funeral was difficult. It was especially difficult for me because the funeral pyre reminded me of Return of the Jedi (a beautiful scene in cinema). And let’s not forget Peter breaking down at the thought of never having children with Olivia. And Ella no longer believing in fairytale endings. So much heart break. Of course, the episode can’t end there. It’s the season finale for goodness’ sake. If you are not curled up in the fetal position bawling then the writers didn’t do their job, so the episode ended with Peter being erased. You know that ship that we’ve been fighting for…oh yeah, it’s gone. NOT COOL.
I’m back!! It feels nice to return and write absurd photo captions. So, where did we leave off? Peter and Olivia were in romantic bliss holding hands, ordering pizza, enrolling in pottery classes, snuggling in bed, and taking bubble baths together. They were doing so well but then Belly had to cockblock EVERYTHING! His soul entered Olivia’s body. I don’t know about you but I was shipping Polivia not Pelly. The silver lining to this madness was that Anna Torv gave an entertaining performance as Olivia possessed by William Bell. The glasses, the voice, and the attraction to Astrid were gold. Peter was adorably angry and a worried boyfriend which only made him more lovable. I love how hard he fights for Olivia and his relationship with her. He’s a knight in a slim-fitting peacoat. Oh, and let’s not forget the other relationship in this episode. Lincoln is here and looking for a friend!
Happy Birthday Pop Culture Nexus! Let’s kick off this birthday bash with a Fringe post.
There have been some ultimate cockblockers on the show but William Bell receives the gold medal. Peter and Olivia were at the peak of couple bliss when Bell decided to inhabit Olivia’s body. REALLY?! You, sir, are barbaric. The Polivia ship was sailing smoothly- holding hands, kissing each other in the hall… It was like finding a unicorn-rare and majestic. Polivia will eventually return so in the meantime, let’s have fun watching Olivia act like Bell.
It’s been a while (sorry!). Time for another dose of Fringe photo captions and first time viewer reactions. The last time I did this, I wrote about 3×14 “6B”. Just thinking about that episode makes me smile. So much Polivia goodness. Olivia forgives Peter and then, they go upstairs to the bedroom to read a book together. They probably continued reading the Harry Potter series…you know, grown up stuff. One would expect 3×15 to start where 3×14 ended (with Polivia fluff) but we all know Fringe doesn’t operate in a traditional manner. Instead, 3×15 transports us to 1985. It’s another retro episode!!!! It’s titled “Subject 13,” a reference to Olivia’s test subject number, but the episode is more about Peter than the cortexiphan trials.
“Subject 13” begins with one of the SADDEST scenes in the series – Peter breaking the ice to go home. The suicidal act and Elizabeth’s desperation to stop him produce a distressing scene. Peter is experiencing unimaginable homesickness and it’s painful to witness the danger he will risk to return home. He’s just a boy. He shouldn’t have to go through this turmoil. Elizabeth does her best to convince her son he belongs, but in the end, it’s up to Peter to make that decision of believing or not. Either way Elizabeth loses. She suffers seeing her son unwilling to stay and when he chooses to remain in this world, she is tormented by the fact that she must continue lying to her son. It’s a broken world where universal fulfillment is not possible. This is why I love Elizabeth’s words at the end. Her line is applicable to the Fringe world and the world we live in. It’s one of my two favorite quotes in the series (the other being in “White Tulip”) and I hope you find as much hope in it as I do.
Sometimes the world we have is not the world we want. But we have our hearts and our imaginations to make the best of it.
If you ever wondered what Walter Bishop and William Bell were like in the early days of their partnership, or if you ever imagined Nina Sharp as a hippie, or if you ever contemplated the possibility that the Zodiac Killer was actually from another universe, then you may be interested in reading Christa Faust’s latest book, The Zodiac Paradox. This elaborate thriller weaves together details of the Zodiac killings in the late 60s with the world of Fringe, giving us a much-needed glimpse into Walter and Bell’s early days of LSD trips and inter-universe travel. Faust does an outstanding job of staying true to the characters, while also introducing some new details of their pasts. (You can read Mary’s review of the book here.) Thanks to Titan Books, we got the chance to ask the author some questions about the book, and how she tapped into the minds of young Walter, Bell, and Nina…
The Zodiac Paradox weaves together the case of the Zodiac Killer with the sci-fi world of Fringe. What was it like to re-imagine the infamous serial killer through the lens of Fringe?
It was a blast, and allowed me to invent answers for some of the mysterious questions involving the real world case that had always bugged me. For example the mystery of the gloves found in the back seat of the taxi cab. Why would the killer take off his gloves in the middle of a murder and then be seen by witnesses minutes later trying to wipe his fingerprints off the cab. If he didn’t want to leave prints, why take off the gloves at all? And then why leave them behind in the back seat? It doesn’t make much sense in the real world, but if you mix a touch of Fringe science (no spoilers) all of a sudden it makes perfect sense. That was the most enjoyable part of this book for me.
True to the nature of Fringe, this book includes a lot of serious science talk. (I’m still trying to wrap my head around “monopropellant-grade anhydrous hydrazine.”) How much research did you have to do to master the dense scientific language that permeates Walter’s and Bell’s everyday speech?
Tons, but I can’ t complain because I really love research. The hard part isn’t reading up on all these topics, it’s not letting yourself get sucked down the rabbit hole and distracted by intriguing but unrelated things. However, I will admit that I do worry I’m gonna end up on some FBI list for the types of things I read up on, like monopropellant-grade anhydrous hydrazine and other ingredients needed to make your own LSD.
Some of my favorite moments in the novel include the young, independent and slightly reckless Nina Sharp because she had a sense of adventure and carefree rarely seen in the series. How difficult was it to keep the characters fresh while still maintaining a familiar environment for the readers?
I really like Nina too, and wanted to give her a little more depth and humanity without undermining the established character. It was a tricky balance but I like to think that I was able to pull it off.
One of the most memorable and revealing scenes about Olivia Dunham’s character occurs in episode 3 of season 5 when she tells Peter she felt conflicted being a mother because she always felt destined for something else. Will teenage Olivia grapple with this same destiny in The Burning Man?
While I did try to weave in all the complex and subtle nuances of Olivia’s evolving character over all five seasons of the show, my prime focus in all three books is to get the three mains to the point in their lives where they begin the first episode of the first season.
Special thanks to Christa Faust. Make sure to grab her next Fringe novel, The Burning Man, on July 16, 2013.
-Mary and Louise
Okay, so it’s really Anna Torv’s birthday but we decided to take this opportunity and throw Olivia a party. And, let’s face it…we just want to bring the Fringe fans together again because we miss each other.
We all know Olivia is a minimalist but today we are going to shower her with lots of gifts, both practical and impractical stuff. Perhaps you want to give her a pet rock or a pink rhinestone covered knit hat. It doesn’t matter. She can’t say no! Share your gift for the most badass Fringe agent in the comments section, and remember to be creative and ALWAYS have fun.
Possible gift ideas:
I still haven’t gotten over the shock, anger, and frustration this episode brought into my life. A BABY?! REALLY?!?! Just when I thought we could move pass the Altlivia bump in the Polivia saga, we find out she is growing another bump – with Peter’s progeny inside. Excuse me while I search for a desk to hit my head against multiple times. I know, I know. Peter and Olivia ride off into the sunset on a magical, white unicorn, but when I saw this episode my Polivia dreams were shaken. Would Peter return to the Red-verse to be with his child? I still find it difficult to believe Altlivia and Peter created a baby…but they did.