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Fringe Episode 415: "A Short Story About Love"

      Email Post       3/23/2012 07:00:00 PM      


Following the recent shocking revelations and emotional events, Peter weighs his options as the Fringe team investigates a killer targeting love
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How do you rate the Fringe episode "A Short Story About Love"?


milostanfield said...

Ok, I'll go first. Dynamite ep. One of those that seemed like it had only been on about 20 minutes when it ended.

And the ending was wonderful! I'm not a Polivia shipper first and foremost. I love them getting together (it's SO earned), but I don't think that is the center of the whole show. That said, I had the same major goose bumps last night I had at the end of "6B" and the beginning of "6:02AM". Wow!

Definitely a Peter-Olivia ep. The title alone gave that away. I thought Josh and Anna were fantastic. Loved the structure, with Peter going off on his own to bring us the big insight from his meeting with (still living!) September, then Olivia having her insight with the 2nd victim's wife which saved a life and caught the monster of the week, and then the two of them REALLY getting together at the end.

Fascinating to compare how Torv played Olivia's succumbing to become her "real" self with how she played succumbing to become chemically induced red Olivia in 3.01 "Olivia".

Also loved the Olivia-Nina scenes. Nina is evil? HA! Take that!

Astrid is developing more and more, since "Making Angels", as a character in her own right. Loved that too.

The blue Broyles seems pretty much confined lately to being Mr. Exposition. Hopefully we'll see more from Lance with the red verse version.

Walter and Peter's "be a better man" scene was great. Somebody get him some M&Ms.

I really feel for Lincoln. I've been in that corner of a triangle and it's not fun. Linc: I do know a certain redhead you might like!

On to rewatch and looking forward to other's comments.

constantcoefficient said...

I feel like I have to rewatch Brown Betty now, I felt like there were at least a few call-backs to that ep.

The best part to me was that they went back to the old formula of not overtly explaining the true motives behind the scientist's work. The song and the picture were never discussed, only that everyone deserved to feel what it's like to be in love. Between that and poor Lincoln's looks of longing/despair, I can't help but think of my favorite Moulin Rouge quote "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return". Simply amazing.

Great episode and I can't wait to see where they take the Peter + Olivia relationship now, and whether everyone else will regain their memories as well. So excited for next week!


JonasSH said...

I really enjoyed this episode, nice to see the Peter/Olivia predicament unfold in the end.
Also, we have been introduced to the characters I imagine will be the villains, but what exactly they're up to, is not really clear to me at this point. Should be interesting!


milostanfield said...

I'd like to follow up on your Moulin Rouge quote. Are you refering to the 2001 version with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, or the 1952 version with Jose Ferrer? They're both on Netflix. This ep reminded me a bit of "Phantom Of The Opera". TIA.

Rikker said...

How can you get a list of music credits of a particular show?

milostanfield said...

try the episode pages at FringePedia (Fringe Wiki tab at the top of this page). Credits for the background music are in the end credits, usually Chad Seiter, Chris Tilton, or Michael Giacchino. They also have soundtrack CDs out with just the background music.

Zepp said...

For me, this great episode was created in the form of style own but with a narrative with a personality, or the brand that so far all watched in Fringe. That is, this episode was shocking, mysterious, scenic, emotional, sentimental dense, and extremely artistic and human. It is a perfect junction of the drama, with segments of science fiction, I think. I divided the main characters in two parts in two realities, acting as if they were two sides of a coin, but in the end, come together and amalgamate with that wonderful hug and kiss swivel (classic film .. .) love between Peter and his beloved, Olivia. It was really for me that, one of the most beautiful moments experienced and displayed on the TV screen, filled with great emotion and passion that I have ever seen visually in the stories that happened in the implacable universe of Fringe so far.

I see the beginning of this episode as something moving in the shadows, a creature in search of love distorted, demented and truly transfigured. More scenes seemed a nightmare than anything else. The scenes performed in dark shadows denoted high human degradation as well as something that anyone of us would want to escape, to forget as quickly as possible. Scenes were well played by great guest stars, which have a high scenic quality theatrical tone, no doubt.

Another thing that caught my attention was also the excellent quality of interpretation of the main actors. There were scenes that showed, in my view, high levels of scenic interpretations, made with great care, that the actors performed, with their fixed positions in an emotional drama classic in the projection of his dialogues and faces, presented in his excellent performances interpretative. Bravo for them! And in this regard, I highlight scenes and dialogues in front of a bar, between Anna Torv (Olivia) and Blair Brown (Nina), as well as the meeting (sensational and surprising) between Joshua Jackson (Peter) and Michael Cerveris (September). I can not fail to mention the excellent photography of the scene, this episode. Just high quality images, with appropriate shades, perfect spot lighting and camera movements super aligned with the script, congratulations to director of photography and staff, I really liked their work.

Finally, Fringe is getting better, I see. Go, Fringe towards 5th season, Go!

Matthew M said...

It was O.K. Final reveal no surprise. Now, will everyone else start to remember Peter? Will OT Olivia remember 'Henry'? Will everything besides P/O remain the same? Still many unanswered questions. I think this might be the end of the road for the series. I hope not but it seems like this is setting up a finale that could go either way.

Sophie said...

Loved the episode, but can't give it a full 5/5 as for me Peter's relationship with Olivia, is only part of what makes this timeline the right one. Once the others start remembering him too then I'll be completely happy. I know, I know..I want the moon on a stick.

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fjg said...

I think Fringe has lost the plot. All this romantic crap is not Fringe, and I'm not happy with how it is going. I will still watch it but I am no longer waiting impatiently for it to be on. I can wait.

Zepp said...

I am sure that if, by chance, there is something lost, indeed it is not the plot of Fringe. The course of these fantastic stories being told on Fringe, are being put to us in a way just great, and well explained, I think. Also I think for the person like Fringe, it must first understand it minimally. And to "break" all those sequences dark monsters, huge hosts of human parasites, shapeshifters mortals, exploding heads, and everything else, nothing is better than a romance, like that between Olivia and Peter, in any of the universes where they are. This love story in a way humanizes the inconstant universes of Fringe, which was until now, no doubt, a piece of art which, or do you like it or not.

Anonymous said...

I'm a complete Fringe addict, and appreciated the romance between Peter and Olivia when it was low key, or a secondary theme in the show. I feel like this last episode was a little cheezy, and am reluctantly hopeful that tomorrow's episode will recapture the main theme of the show as fringe science not metaphysical romance....

Zepp said...

I also agree with you, cassie. I also really like the Fringe, by representing his own name, which is the "edge science." All these stories of universes in collision, shapeshifters, Observers, people in conflict with their copies of other universes ... are absolutely amazing subjects covered, and for me too, are the main subject of Fringe. As also agree with you that this love story between Peter and Olivia, it should be a second or third plan, no doubt. So, as I was saying, the main Fringe really, these are matters which relate to cases of "edge science," which give you the personality of the magic of science fiction. But even with a scene that has been overused in cinema classic, the encounter between Peter and Olivia at the end of the episode, I particularly liked.

pMaestro said...

Part of the poignancy of that final scene was created, of course, by the equally poignant soundtrack.

(The rest of this posting deals with music theory speak so read on at your own risk.)

Peter and Olivia's theme is in g minor staring with a descending five-note motif in a distantly related key of E flat major that goes to g minor, then an E flat 6th phrase to F major, finally cadencing back home to g minor. What was so amazing about the final scene was that the final cadence went not to g minor but to the relative (and psychologically happier) key of B flat major. Talk about an emotional and dramatic resolution.

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