This week’s episode of “Fringe” was filled with twists and turns as the team finally came face to face with Walternate’s evil machine. No one is prepared for the effect it will have on them, especially Peter. The episode takes a dark turn as shape shifters start dropping like flies and a mole plants itself inside the group. Check out the review for more details…

The Players:

  • Director: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Writer: Josh Singer
  • Cast: Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown

Episode Title: “Reciprocity”

The Fringe team visits Massive Dynamic to see Walternate’s assembled world-destroying machine. Once in its presence, Peter experiences a nose bleed and they begin running tests on him. Astrid and Olivia go through Fauxlivia’s notes to find out who and where Walternate’s spying shape shifters are located, so they can bring them in for questioning. Unfortunately, someone else is also looking for them and is murdering them left and right.

The Good:

  • Walter’s Quest for Knowledge: Walter continues on his quest to restore the missing brain tissue that Bell removed. Throughout the episode he inhales a chimpanzee formula, takes an IQ test, and even shows a little jealously when he discovers an amazing lie detector machine created by Bell. He wants more brain power and he wants it now!
  • Peter’s Weaponized: Once he approaches Walternate’s machine Peter is “weaponized.” He becomes a lean mean shape shifter killing machine and the group is none the wiser. Even though it sucks that he’s slowly going to the dark side, it was a twist that I didn’t see coming.

The So-So:

  • Peter/Olivia: Olivia finally cut Peter some slack for his relationship with Fauxlivia after realizing how he’d been duped by her. She apologized for her abrasive behavior over the past few weeks and said they can get past the betrayal. She said, “I thought so much about what she did to me that I didn’t even think about what she did to you.” That summed it up best.

The Bad:

  • Leap Frog Plot: When all the shape shifters began to die, the team came to the conclusion that a mole was in their midst. They tested all the Massive Dynamic workers who came in contact with Fauxlivia’s files. They landed on Dr. Falcon, but he was dead, then Brandon, who passed his polygraph with flying colors, then Walter finally discovered it was Peter (the rest of the group doesn’t know). They went from person to person and after a while, it became annoying. We’re surprised they didn’t throw Astrid into the bunch as well!


Last night’s episode of “Fringe” finally brought us face to face with what we’ve been hearing about all season — the machine. This whole time it’s been seen as a threat, but no one had any idea the effect it would have on Peter. Despite it’s jumpy plot movements, overall “Reciprocity” was a good episode.

Rating: 8.5/10

“Fringe” airs on Fridays at 9 PM.

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