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TV Review: Fringe – “Olivia In the Lab With the Revolver”

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Tonight’s episode was set to be a cracker and it did not disappoint. However, before we go there, I am happy to remind you that the Fringe soundtrack by Michael Giacchino, Chris Tilton, and Chad Seiter will go on sale April 20, 2010. You can pre-order it on Amazon, I know I did. I have been counting down the days. Is that strange?

Tonight Olivia was really put to the test. Trying to solve incredibly random disease cases while struggling to keep a pivotal secret from a dear friend would debilitate any mere mortal. Luckily our Olivia is neither mere nor mortal. This episode kicks off in fine Fringe style with a gruesome, disgusting disease. A woman dies from rapid onset of cancer after being touched by a sick man.

The family dynamic between Peter and Walter is better than ever. This is juxtaposed with Olivia’s dilemma of trying to keep the truth from Peter. Walter is dead set against her telling him the truth. Olivia feels that she would want to know and in turn wants to tell him. Ultimately, in a quiet moment Peter tells Olivia that it has been a while since he has felt like he had a family.

The man inflicted with the cancer ends up being a murderer. He is targeting people who were part of William Bell and Walter Bishop’s Jacksonville drug trials. By merely touching his flesh to theirs, he passes the disease to the victim, while temporarily extending his life. Ultimately, he tries to track down Nick Lane and visits his aunt. Nick Lane, if you remember, was Olivia’s buddy in the drug trials. They would pair the children in groups of two, so that they would feel safe. Nick Lane’s aunt tells the murderer that Olivia had come looking for Nick months earlier.

Olivia Dunham realizes that Nina Sharp may have some answers. As per their usual meetings Sharp is very cryptic and gives little to no information. When pressed by Olivia she turns the tables and infers that Olivia has feelings for Peter. That if she wanted to tell him she already would have.

In the end, this episode boils down to one pivotal question. Does Peter have the right to know the truth about who he is? The people around him are grappling with this very question. Olivia tells Walter that she has decided not to tell Peter, that some truths could only hurt and not help and that some Pandora’s boxes should remain closed. Walter, looking amazingly relieved, promptly tells Olivia that he wants to tell his son the truth. This moves us forward toward one helluva confessional.

Should Olivia tell Peter the truth? Would you want to know the truth? What is truth, anyway?

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  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com Nancy

    Peter could be told the truth without telling all of it.

  • http://lazarocooks.blogspot.com/ LazaroCooks!

    Nancy…What is truth? There are so many degrees. If the man is happy…Let him be. However, he does have a right to know who he really is. Great debate. That’s why I love Fringe. Thank you for stopping by.

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    I may be a sucker for love but I think Olivia should do two things.

    1. allow for them to “get closer” and more personal. There’s something going on there…

    2. And tell him the truth.

    Sometime, somehow the truth will come out and he will find out that people he carted about and possibly loved knew all along and decided not to tell him.

    The Truth always (almost) wins!

  • http://lazarocooks.blogspot.com/ LazaroCooks!

    Free Newsletter Templates…Agreed. What’s done in the dark will always come to light, they say. The truth will eventually come out. I think I’m a sucker for Olivia…Thank you for commenting.