In the words of Troy from “Community,” “Damn, it got real up in that memory cave.” This week’s episode of “Fringe” was all about facing the reality of death and truth both rolled into one. After Olivia’s return to the real world she thought everything between her and Peter was going to be sweet as pie, unfortunately she was about to get a rude awakening. Check out our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Joe Chappelle
  • Writers: Alison Schapker, Monica Breen
  • Cast: Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown

Episode Title: “Marionette”

In “Marionette” a killer is on the loose and he’s stealing various organs from his victims so he can revive and reanimate a 17 year old girl who committed suicide. Amidst their investigation Peter decides to tell Olivia that he had a physical relationship with her alter, while she occupied her life. This added some hard to watch tension to the episode that proved how good of actors Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv really are.

The Good:

  • “The Conversation”: When Peter revealed his “intimate” relationship with faux Olivia, it was beyond awkward. Olivia tried to play it off as if she wasn’t bothered by it but we knew her real reaction was just brewing beneath the surface. The things Peter said to her were enough to make anyone feel less than. He said the impostor was quicker to smile and less intense than her. No wonder Olivia asked Astrid if he seemed happier with the fake.
  • Anna Torv/Joshua Jackson: The acting between Torv and Jackson was amazing this week. Not only did they have to work the case storyline but in every scene they had to play it as if they were uncomfortable with each other. They were walking on eggshells the whole episode until finally Olivia let it all out and the only thing Peter could do is sit in silence and afterwards say, “I’m sorry.” But it was too late because she was already gone.
  • The Writing: Kudos to the writers for being able to put together a compelling story about regeneration while paralleling the disintegration of Peter and Olivia’s relationship. This week’s episode was definitely character driven.
  • The Marionette Doll: The sequence that featured Amanda’s lifeless dancing body was creepy, terrifying, and sad all at once. Everything from the music to the actors playing the scene was chilling.

The Bad:

  • Blatant Advertising: Did Astrid and Peter really need to have a video chat over their Sprint phones in this episode? We get that they’re sponsor’s of the show but come on. Unless she was showing him some physical evidence on the video they could have stuck to old school audio.
  • Fringe Moves to Fridays?: This isn’t a part of the episode but after it aired the preview said it would return on Friday, January 21. Why are they sending this show to die? Everyone knows that “Fridays” are the worse nights during the week for television.


The acting and the writing in this week’s episode was amazing. With the exception of the random product placement for Sprint, “Marionette” was another winner.

Rating: 9.5/10

“Fringe” airs on Fox Fridays at 9 pm.

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