Join us for our Fringe Summer re-watch, where we review every episode of Fringe during the summer hiatus. Comments are welcome as we dig into the connections made over three seasons.
My sister died during childbirth.This story idea has certainly always been out there. If the scripts were thought up that far ahead, and if Olivia was played like she always knew the risk of being pregnant, would that have translated into the hesitant reaction behind that closed door before seducing Peter? In any case, now we bare witness to the real consequences of that choice. In the aftermath of "Immortality", Liv is resigned to being a single parent, with mom Marilyn and Lincoln for moral support. Olivia also has a reality check. There is high chance that she might be a carrier for Viral Propagated Eclampsia (VPE), the same disease that took her sister Rachel's life. Either she or the child or both will not survive delivery.
Lincoln and the rest of his team had more to be concerned about when Olivia was kidnapped from her home. During their investigation, Lincoln and Charlie encounter Henry the cabbie and suspect that their Olivia had been replaced for a time all along. The Secretary confirmed as much and revealed that Agent Dunham was carrying his grandchild. Outwardly appearing the victim, he impresses upon the Fringe agent his deepest desire for not loosing the baby.
Meanwhile, Olivia is subjected to freaky fringe science that accelerated the development of her baby. Before the doctors can complete their task, Liv breaks free, drawing upon her Dunham-esque innate nature to take out her opponents much like the other Olivia did in "Bound" and "Olivia".
By the time Lincoln and Henry comes to her rescue, everyone believes having the baby will kill her, including Liv. Shortly before the baby is born, Olivia begs Lincoln to promise to save the baby. In the most tense moment in an hour of television imaginable, it would appear that Olivia's heart gave out. Because it was so unexpected, I remember yelling at my TV the first time I watched it. You will notice even the background music also went silent for a few seconds. It felt like the longest 50 seconds before Liv breathed again, to Lincoln's relief. This was Seth Gabel's best scene no doubt, full of tenderness and love.
It's not surprising that the Secretary was the mastermind behind the kidnapping. In the end, the purpose of it was to attain baby boy Dunham's blood sample, in effect saving both mother and son. Now the whole incident made Lincoln and Charlie wonder what else Secretary Bishop is keeping from them, like what happened to Broyles. How far would they go for a man who values a mission over the actual people involved?
- The two instances that we see symbols of Buddha remind people of Peter's favourite book. If You See the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him. In Eastern faiths, Buddha has achieved enlightenment. He is capable of living an eternity through reincarnation. Who knows what other significance does Buddha have to the Fringe story.
- I love you. How many time have we heard this? This time it is Lincoln who declares his feelings for the with these three little words. It's often heard around Olivia Dunham over there and over here. On rare occasions, it is even reciprocated. One likely reason we haven't see Liv return the sentiment is probably of the uncertain situation she finds herself in. We know she trusts Lincoln. Trust is only the beginning steps to becoming more than just friends.
- I never thought of how the Secretary even knew about Olivia's VPE, when her own OBGYN didn't have the test results until later. That bossy doctor had no regard for her well being and his conversation with the obstetrics nurse does seem to supporting that theory.
- The head doctor said, "She's a fighter... Like they said." Since they were obviously Brandon's associates, I am guessing he provided them that bit of information. If it was him, he would be speaking from first hand experience. I just keep flashing to the scene in "Olivia" where he's touching a bruise on under his eye, when he was talking to the Secretary. It won't be the last time he gets his lights punched out by a Dunham.
- Marilyn Dunham was reliving the horror of losing a child. She was the most concerned for Olivia. So devastated initially, she didn't want Olivia to have the baby.
It wouldn't be his baby being born. Olivia would not be having a baby then, since there would be no reason to accelerate her pregnancy. When she does have children, there is a likely chance that she would die.