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Fringe Season 4: 5 Questions About “Enemy of My Enemy”

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Fringe Season 4: 5 Questions About “Enemy of My Enemy”
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at 7:30am
by Graeme McMillanFeature, Television

It’s possible that, by this point, you’re wondering just who we’re supposed to be rooting for in Fox’s Fringe, and last night’s episode “Enemy of My Enemy” might have just confused matters even more by bringing back a bad guy who really should’ve been dead. Five questions about the episode? That’s just for starters…

What Is David Robert Jones Up To?

So we know that Jones has the potential – or, at least the material – to “blow a hole in the universe” multiple times over, but why would he want to? Given that he can apparently travel between universes at will – and has the ability to deploy shapeshifters throughout at least two universes – why would he want to destroy one (or more)? And what does this have to do with whatever Nina is up to…? “Enemy of My Enemy” gave us lots of clues about what Jones’ agenda was, but nothing even approaching a real answer… Instead, all we got are far more questions (The one that feels like it’s either the key to the whole thing or a massive red herring: Jones has apparently discovered a way to duplicate William Bell’s ability to synthesize the material necessary to make his universe-shattering bomb – Is this an allusion to his working with forces within Massive Dynamic, or are we supposed to read more into Bell’s now-mysterious-again disappearance in this timeline?). Frustrating? Definitely… but kind of compelling, too.

What Is Happening With Olivia?

And while we’re talking about Nina… Whatever she’s up to in regards to Olivia seems to be part of Jones’ plan, if that final scene is anything to go by. Going by clues in previous episodes, Olivia is continuing her cortexephan trials without knowing it, and all under Nina’s manipulation, but to what end? Is Olivia’s latent ability to travel between universes unaided the key to Jones’ entire plan… and if so, does that explain why the Observer told her that she had to die last week? Is killing Olivia, and removing the one person who can naturally travel around the multiverse the only way to keep the multiverse from being destroyed?

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Matthew M said...

I thought we learned Cortexiphan killed adults but hasn't killed Olivia. Is this because she took it as a child? If the headaches are a by-product then she hasn't been taking it very long.

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