This week’s episode of “Fringe” entitled “The Plateau” took us to the other side — again. Olivia has reunited with her team and gets thrown back into the work force to track down a serial killer. The entire hour is dedicated to the alternate dimension, which unfortunately means it was light on Peter. Don’t get too sad, he did make an appearance but not in the capacity that we’d like.

Check out the review…

The Players:

  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Writers: Alison Schapker, Monica Breen
  • Cast: Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown, Kirk Acevedo, Seth Gabel

Episode Title: “The Plateau”

In this case, timing is everything as a series of anomalous events lead the Fringe Division to investigate deadly incidents with unimaginable coincidences. As the freaky crimes continue to occur, the team is in a race against time to protect potential victims. Meanwhile, Secretary Bishop shares his strategic plan with Colonel Broyles as Olivia grapples with a heart-stopping vision.

The Good:

  • It All Started With a Pen?: Agent Lee saw a ball point pen and instantly realized that something was off. We later find out that the majority of their dimension transcribes everything digitally and that’s why the pen caught his attention.
  • Frank is Eye Candy: I want Peter and Olivia together as much as the next person but Alt-Olivia’s boyfriend Frank is pretty easy on the eyes. Maybe it’s the wispy bangs and the strong jaw structure but either way he’s a nice looking fellow. Plus, he has a great personality.
  • Olivia’s Sister is Dead: More of the reversal effect from the alternate universe is revealed when Olivia states that her sister died a few years ago. In our world she’s alive and has a daughter, but her and Olivia’s mother is dead. Yet in the alternate world the mother is alive and the sister is not.

The So-So:

  • Final Destination Syndrome: The sequences leading up to each person’s death were complex and visually interesting but I kept feeling like I was watching Final Destination. After the first death, you kind of get over it.
  • Over There Again: The producers have said that the first half of the season will take place on the “other side” and that’s fine but the Peter and Walter deprivation is killing me. Having them pop up in random hallucinations isn’t going to cut it.

The Bad:

  • Astrid From GI Joe: Can we get the real Astrid back? This G.I. Joe camouflage wearing human computer just isn’t working. The warm, compassionate Astrid is much better. I understand she’s an alternate but to put it plainly, she sucks.
  • Slow Motion City: Did Zack Snyder direct this episode? Why was there so much unnecessary slow motion taking place? It’s obvious that they wanted to show you the intricacies of Milo’s plans but it was used for scenes that had nothing to do with those events.

Overall:

For an “over there” episode “The Plateau” was decent. Charlie is starting to have some doubts about Olivia’s identity (as he should) and she’s beginning to feel drawn to her true self via Peter. It seems that Walternate is planning an invasion of our world and Olivia is the key to making it happen. Unfortunately, we’ll be jumping back and forth between universes for a while.

Rating: 7.5/10

“Fringe” airs on Thursdays at 9 PM

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