Previously on Fringe: A Season Four partial-recap
This episode showed the parallel universe, something that we haven’t seen in a very long time. I forgot how much I enjoy the camaraderie of Faux-livia and Alt-Lincoln. In our universe, Walter believes that his beloved Gene is depressed, so he–along with Peter and Olivia–are off to take Gene to graze.Our glasses-wearing Lincoln travels to the parallel universe to drop off some files, and is caught in one of their cases.
Upon closer inspection of the case, our Lincoln decides to stay and help with the case, as he believes that the attacks are being led by a shapeshifter. Lincoln knows more about shapeshifters than anyone else–his partner was killed by one, and he wants to stop them from killing anyone else. However, unlike other shapeshifters, this one kills only those who are hurting others. Fauxlivia, Alt-Lincoln, and Lincoln work together and capture the shapeshifter. Once caught, Lincoln questions the… being’s motives, but all he gets out of it is the shapeshifter’s unwavering belief in David Robert Jones.
Unbeknownst to them, Broyles has made a call to Alt-Nina. Alt-Nina ensures that a sniper is in place to kill the shapeshifter before he is taken back–that way nothing can be traced back to Jones. The sniper misses, and shoots Alt-Lincoln in the chest instead, and Fauxlivia kills the sniper. Alt-Lincoln is taken away via ambulance, but not before telling Fauxlivia to look for a connection between the sniper and the FBI–clearly, some high-ranking officer knew what was going to happen, and wanted the shapeshifter to die before he compromised Jones’ team.
The shapeshifter finally realizes that Jones will not come for him, and agrees to help the Fringe division. He transforms into the sniper–with new technology, as these new shapeshifters are more advanced-looking than the ones previously seen–and helps capture Nina.
In a move I was completely unready for, one of the final scenes shows Fauxlivia breaking down and crying–Alt-Lincoln died on the way to the hospital. It is one of the first times Fauxlivia shows her tender side, and it is heartbreaking. Our Lincoln also decides to stay in the parallel universe to help capture the other shapeshifters.
- I feel like each episode of Fringe is a child of mine, in a very non-creepy, normal way. Instead of splitting my love, it multiplies it.
- This made me sad for many reasons. I love the alternate world–and the alternate people. Alt-Lincoln’s death was so sad–I loved his character so much more than our sad, mopey Lincoln. However, it does make sense that Alt-Lincoln should have to die. Our Lincoln has much more room for development, and it leaves open the possibility of an eventual romance between Fauxlivia and Lincoln.
Lincoln: Maybe Batman’s moved to the Bronx.
Fauxlivia: What’s a Batman?
Lincoln: The Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight. Billionaire playboy puts on a cape to clean up the streets of Gotham.
Alt-Lincoln: Oh, you mean Mantis.
Lincoln: Seriously? Your superhero is an insect?
Fauxlivia: Oh, what, ’cause nothing says badasslike a flying rat?
Alt-Lincoln: Back at the church, Olivia tried to arrange for your return trip to the other side, but you weren’t having any. There a problem?
Lincoln: No problem, just… they can handle things fine without me.
Alt-Lincoln: Well, that’s the difference between us. My world wouldn’t survive without me.
Lincoln: Yeah. I noticed that about you. Your unwavering confidence.
Lincoln: Bordering on self-aggrandizing narcissism. Don’t get me wrong, I could use some of that myself. We’re not much alike, you and me.
Emily enjoys all mediums of speculative fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi–especially reading, writing, and watching them. A Fringe fanatic, she is convinced that one day she will meet her parallel self, aptly nicknamed Femily (Fake Emily), and save both worlds from their inevitable destruction.