This week on “Fringe” Walter and Peter are back! The episode entitled “The Box,” more than makes up for the short appearance the duo made during the season premiere. Unfortunately, Alt-Olivia is also showcased (ugh), and she continues to lie and manipulate everyone the real Olivia cares about. How long will we have to put up with her?

Check out the review…

The Players:

  • Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt
  • Writers: Josh Singer and Graham Roland
  • Cast: Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown

Episode Title: “The Box”

The story alternates to the Fringe Team “over here” where they investigate a mystifying case that people are discovered in a trance-like state that ultimately leads to their death. The unlikely suspect: a mysterious box. As Peter and Walter collaborate to study its properties, alternate Olivia presses on and turns up the heat on an unsuspecting Peter. Meanwhile, key information about the future is revealed when Walter and Nina meet at Massive Dynamic for the emotional reading of the last will and testament of William Bell.

The Good:

  • Walter’s Dialogue: After the season premiere, which was heavy on Olivia and light on everyone else I realized how much Walter’s amazing one liners are for the show. Here are some of his greatest hits from this week’s episode.
  1. Walter to Astrid, “Aspirin! We need to go to the market.”
  2. Walter to Peter, “Silent but deadly. Speaking of which, you might want to take a step away.”
  3. Walter to Peter, “Kent Street. I frequented a massage parlor just around the corner. I used to get off right here.” Peter replies, “I sure hope you’re talking about the station Walter.”
  4. Peter to Broyles, “We’re talking about two universes here. Two of each one of us. At this point would anything really surprise you? Walter says, “Bacon-flavored pudding. That would surprise me.”
  • Walter/Astrid: I love Walter and Astrid’s relationship. She’s his confidant and caretaker. The way he opened up to her about Peter and Belly was a testament to how much he cares about her and values her opinion.
  • Belly’s Gift: At the Will reading for William Bell, Walter received an envelope with a key to a safety deposit box. While initially afraid to open it he eventually bit the bullet and learned that Belly made him the sole shareholder of Massive Dynamic! Do you know what that means? More Walter and Nina scenes. Can those two just get together already? They’re like the middle age versions of Peter and [real] Olivia.

The So-So:

  • Peter/Alt-Olivia: There was a lot of affection between these two in this episode and it would have been great had it been genuine. Well, it’s real for Peter but just work for Alt-Olivia. It’s clear that she’ll serve a greater purpose later in the season but it hurts to see her all over Peter knowing it’s a sham. Like most viewers, I wanted to see him with Olivia but not this way.

The Bad:

  • They Shoot Deaf People Don’t They?: As if it wasn’t already lame for Alt-Olivia to kill the deaf guy who brought her the box, she drug his body across the floor, then paused to check the door when Peter made an unexpected visit. I’m not a murderer but if you just shot someone would you stop and answer the door with a lifeless body in the middle of your floor? Would you even answer the door at all? Alt-Olivia is slipping.

Overall:

This week’s “Fringe” was a great episode. Things are about to get heavy now that Walter owns Massive Dynamic. Not only will he be Nina’s boss, but he could arrange it so that all of the company’s technology can be used to aid Fringe investigations. Kind of like what happened during the last couple season’s of “Angel” when he took over Wolfram & Hart.

Rating: 9/10

“Fringe” airs Thursdays at 9PM on Fox

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