Fringe Season3 Episode 13 Immortality


We return to the Redverse and focus on Fauxlivia for this episode. After dwelling on the plot in my last review I shan’t do the same here. Suffice to say there is a major character based plot twist that again is a natural development of the relationships earlier in this season, advances the Redverse v Blueverse plot and has emotional consequences for the characters.

That plot development is the strongest element of this episode which has a heavy feel of Cronenberg, William S Burroughs and of a B movie mad scientist rift in its story of parasitic beetles & repulsive deaths.  Now that feel isn’t a bad thing, however when the science is a little ropy it can put a block on enjoying the monster of the week plot. This is especially because the emotional truth of the episode is so true it shines a light on the weak science of the episode.

Now this is a show that deals with pre-mass extinction humanity, alternate dimensions and shape-changing biological robots – I may appear a little foolish criticising the science right?  

So let’s be clear I am not criticising the fantastically element. I’m criticising the following 2 elements in particular (spoilers ahoy 🙂

The gestation period of the parasites is ridiculous & the episode is inconsistent on the ability of the bugs to survive outside of the host .

That’s it, and it’s a very small couple of things – but you know what? When an episode has delivered as consistently and at as high a level as Fringe so such little things have the potential to unsettle one a bit.

Other than this minor niggle the performances are great with once again a tremendous show by Anna Torv. I’d love to her how she approaches playing Fauxlivia as opposed to Olivia. John Noble also does an amazing job where Walternate finds he has limits that we know ‘cute, blue’ Walter has already crossed. To me that begs the question – are we sure who the big guys are.  

A tonal element of this episode that also works is the casual references to the mass disasters inflicted on the Redverse. This is a world where 9/11 or the Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami disaster would be a footnote against whole cities being encased in amber and their weakness in the face of infectious disease.

Overall a  good epsidoe of Fringe from an arc point of view, but a weak episode on it’s weekly threat.  As an afterthought I suspect geeky-bug girl will attract a certain degree of fan interest.

3.5/5 (heh it’s still Fringe right?)

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