Fringe Season 3: Episode 7 The Abducted

Fringe has been praised for moving the story forward in every episode. Rightly so…this episode is no exception. in fact I would say it’s an illustration of Fringe taking the brave choices that other shows only seem to be bothered taking in a season finale (and even then have the rest button hidden behind they back.) There may well be spoilers below, under the bed and in the cupboard.

We have an essentially basic threat of the week story. However in this episode the human tragedy of the monster of the week is very close a team member one whose emotional side we’re not used to seeing on either side of the Looking Glass. Now this serves a useful purpose from the point of view of the plot – it also however serves to humanise a character who to often can seen something of a martinet.  Again Fringe anchors the threat of the week, the plot arc and human drama together very effectively.

This would be nothing without the performances including some excellent child acting from the youngling Olivia has to befriend as well as the superlative Anna Torv as well as Lance Reddick.  I also suspect we see than Bluverse Olivia ‘s great strength is her empathy skills something that

The pay off in Oliia solving the case is also used as an opportunity to tell us a tiny we bit more about the Redverse – which makes me thing Edger J Hoover pissed off a lot more people in that world than he even did in ours.  While I’m discussing acting the return of a minor character from earlier this series is a joy and the performance as expert as anything I’ve enjoyed by the actor in his other work.

The weeks ‘Monster’ is an effective piece of story telling and chilling, playing with Daily Mail/Express/CSI boogeymen while delivering something a bit more fairytale, Rodahl Dahl & B movie science fiction at the same time.

And then Fringe goes and finally does it – it gives us the ending that in another show would end with tears and hugs and recriminations but here ends with stark horror and a sickening position with a character having to move from lovely doovy snookikins to betrayal but without tipping the wink.  There is a  great promise of threat for the future. This means we’re set up for some further detection work by our heroes and our sympathetic heroine is still in peril. Genius.

Now moved to Fox’s own version of the electric chair – the Friday night ‘death slot’ we can only hep that Fringe at least gets to finish this amazing journey.

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