I think sports should operate like network television and go on hiatus every summer and for the holidays because sometimes we need a break from all this madness and who would really want to watch baseball instead of Fringe? That is not a world I want to live in. One more thing to add to my to-do list for when I achieve world domination. Until then, here is what happened on Fringe this week.
Peter (Joshua Jackson) is back and everyone at Fringe division is giving him the side-eye because they just know he’s up to no good and his uber-confident demeanor is a bit off-putting to the men in the room. So far only Astrid seems immune to his well-groomed charms. There is no question about who he is because his DNA is a 99% match to Walter’s. But when his own father fails to recognize him Peter knows he has to change tactics. This is not the world he left. Thankfully there is a new case to focus on involving a new breed of shapeshifter and Peter happens to know a little about them. With some prodding from Lincoln (Seth Gabel) they agree to let Peter help them out. Just like old times, sort of.
The case involves a kidnapped scientists who used to work for Massive Dynamic developing human cell replication. The project was nixed by William Bell due to some ethical argument but on the other side the project lived on. But there is a problem, and the shapeshifters are here to get the man who started it all to help fix it. Not surprisingly the man agrees, but only because he doesn’t really know what is going on. Things go bad very quickly.
After some fancy keyboard work Peter figures out that these new shapeshifters replicate down to the cellular level which means that they don’t bleed Mercury and unless you open them up you’d never know, opening the door for some shapeshifting moles in the FBI or even Fringe division. I expect this will come up again soon. In the meantime Peter has to figure out how to get everyone to recognize him again.
I mentioned earlier that this timeline is different and without Peter in the picture there are big changes in our main characters. Olivia (Anna Torv) and her sister were raised by Nina Sharp after her mother died and is interested in Lincoln. Walter has long since accepted the death of his son as well so when faced with an adult Peter he sees it as a temptation and a gift he is not worthy of receiving since it was his own selfishness that put them in their current situation to begin with. This Peter is merely another iteration of his dead son and he treats him as such. Peter could start telling them things about their lives that he knows but they may not even be valid any more in this timeline. I can’t wait to see how they resolve this.