After a month away, the sci-fi drama “Fringe” has returned to television with new episodes on a new night. The series now airs on Fridays, and to get us back into the groove of things they’ve brought in the big dogs — Christopher Lloyd. The veteran actor appeared on the episode entitled “The Firefly” where he played a character significantly different from the ones he’s portrayed in the past.

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The Players

  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Writers: J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner
  • Cast: Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown

Episode Title: “The Firefly”

This week, the Observer returned to the “Fringe” fold to set off a chain of events that once again test Walter’s love and Peter’s life. It all starts with a futuristic clinic visit to an aging ex-rocker (Lloyd) from his dead son. This leads the team down a path that ultimately forces Walter to once again put Peter’s life in fate’s hands, which is exactly what the Observer wants.

The Good:

  • Pants on the ground: What better way to start off an episode than with Walter? In this week’s opening scene, he showed us some skin by scooting across the living room with his pants around his ankles. It was hilarious and made me remember why I love this show and that guy.
  • Christopher Lloyd Brings the Drama: Even though Lloyd is known for his comedic roles, he turned in a touching and dramatic performance as a long suffering father.
  • Peter/Olivia Angst: The last time we saw these two, Olivia pretty much washed her hands of Peter after he came clean about his relationship with Bolivia. This week, there was obvious tension between them in every scene. It was almost uncomfortable to watch because they were so awkward around each other, but I couldn’t look away. It’s going to take a while for them to get back to a good place again.

The So-So:

  • Chain Reaction: Whenever the Observer pops up you already know some weird stuff is going to happen (stranger than usual). Early in the episode when Walter was talking to Roscoe, he was telling him about the special milk infused formula he was making to increase his brain power. The camera purposefully lingered on the bottle when he put it in the refrigerator, and at that point I knew — it would be back. Fast-forward 20 minutes to Peter seizing on the ground after accidentally drinking it. Damn you Observer!

The Bad:

  • Who’s the Daddy: When Peter followed the Observer to the top of a building, the creature shot him with a strange ray gun and ran away. But before that the Observer said to him, “It must be very difficult being a father.” Naturally you would think that he was talking about Walter and his decision to let Peter go, but was he? I kind an “aha moment” where I was wondering if Peter was an unknowing dad himself. Maybe he has a kid brewing in Bolivia’s belly on the other side. That was a confusing way to leave the episode. What do you think it meant?

Rating:  8/10

“Fringe” airs Fridays on Fox at 9 pm.

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